time to clean house
WORRIED

United States

#1 Jul 27, 2009
I BELIEVE THE TOWN OF LEE RESIDENTS SHOULD THINK HARD ABOUT WHO THEY RE-ELECT THIS YEAR!!! THAT INCLUDES EVERY ONE WHO WORKS IN THE TOWN HALL.WE HAVE A TOWN SUPERVISIOR WHO FIGHTS YOU TOOTH AND NAIL ON EVERY SUBJECT BROUGHT UP(unless its an election year)AND A TOWN CLERK WHO IS ON THE COMPUTER ALL DAY TALKING TO PEOPLE OR SETTING UP HER NEXT DATE.NEITHER CAN BE BOTHER TO TELL THE TRUTH ON ANY SUBJECT!THE TOWN BOARD MEMBERS ARE ALL SCARED TO GO AGAINST JOHN URTZ.WHAT KIND OF TOWN GOVERNMENT DO WE HAVE? I SAY WE CLEAN HOUSE!

Since: May 09

Caroga Lake, NY

#2 Aug 6, 2009
Great point Worried. As a life long resident of the Town of Lee, I would first like to start out stating what a wonderful town we have. We have so much going for us, from the wonderful 4 seasons, to the great natural resources (great fishing, hunting, hiking, camping, etc), to being located just right and not to far away from everything (malls, cities, sporting events, recreational activities, etc). I am sure this short list could be added to and would offer that up for those looking for ideas to post. With that being said I do think we can improve. While I am certainly not looking to explode our population, I do think it would be of value to introduce our little secret of the world to others. Growth is always good when not overdone. More businesses, restaurants and places for children would be a welcome site. How this is done is the million dollar question. Advertising, word of mouth, working closely with county, state or development agencies would be a start. These are just some ideas that I think could be explored. Now for some questions to ponder. To do this we need effort. Whether that be from grass root efforts, leadership from our town board, help from other representatives, I am not sure. What is discouraging is an example of the lack of any effort. Just some specifics, although outdated still relevant indecision of our town supervisor. When asked about the town stance on the Oneida Indian response to taxation. Since I do not want to misquote what was clearly written in the sentinel I would advise you to obtain the May 13th 2009 edition or read it online. This along with previous indecisiveness on our Fire Commission vs Fire Dept issue demonstrates to me a lack of true leadership. Standing on the sidelines or "wait and see" attitude means loss opportunities. Since the purpose of this site is not just to vent but to also offer suggestions, I would like to think that members or our board or town representative attend the workshop mentioned in the Rome Sentinel article to become more informed and to see if the town could either benefit from an agreement or make a stand and say no, we will not support the agreement. I think Mr Mandryck was simply looking for an opinion of his constituents and since he was unable to meet with all residents of the Town of Lee, the easiest way is to go to those who represent us as a whole. Unfortunately it appears the Town of Lee residents have no opinion on the matter. Or at least that is what our leadership offers. That said I hope we can make changes, what ever that may mean to the benefit of all. Either new leadership or leadership that will lead and not just watch the world pass by. If the current leadership wants to step up to the plate I just hope it is for their full terms and not just the 6 months before the next elections. Amazing what can be done in 6 months vs 4 years. Maybe we should have our future elections every 12 months...
TTmyass

Watertown, NY

#3 Aug 7, 2009
Yes, wouldn't it be wonderful to bring some growth to the town, especially along Turin Road. We could have a McDonalds, a Monroe Muffler, Eckards Drug Store, Dunken Doughnuts, a big grocery store, doctors offices and tire stores. Then we could lower the speed limit to 30 mph and put traffic lights at Sleepy Hollow Road, Karlen Road, Martin Drive, the entrance to the Town Park, Cemetary Road and at the bottom of Stokes Hill. It would only add 10-15 minutes to your trip from Stokes to Rome. Yes, it would be wonderful to have growth.

NOT.

If you want the amenities of living in a big city, then move to Rome. Those of us who choose to live in the country don't want your "vision" and "growth". We don't want your Rotten Rock housing development or that over restricted new subdivision on Cemetery Road that will cater to a new set of whiners and piss and moaners.

We consider your viewpoint poison.

Since: May 09

Caroga Lake, NY

#4 Aug 7, 2009
Well TTmyass or Ron or whomever you decide to be based on your argument. You seem to have a quick response with no positive or alternative ideas. Must be either you are just one of those miserable people that can find no happiness of some or the posts here strike a direct cord. No matter. You are entitled to your opinion and I am always happy to hear opposing views. I also reviewed my post and I could not find anywhere in it that I was looking for Rome to be duplicated. I am fine with the 10 minute travel to Rome for many of the am amenities you speak of. Just saying it would be nice to have new business here in Lee. To also assure that in tough times we have a larger tax base to fall on. Also maybe something year round for the kids or Lee. Or should we travel to Rome for that also? Pick a new name and get right back to me, ok? Would like to hear from some other folks also...
Yankee

Ogdensburg, NY

#5 Sep 25, 2009
"Opportunities"? To do what? Pave Paradise and put up a parking lot? No, thank you.

I like Lee in its rural state. We don't need any more strip malls, car lots, pizza 'n' wing joints or pawn shops in the area - plenty of those just minutes away in Rome. I would hate to see any more agricultural land lost to McMansion lots. There is plenty of empty retail and manufacturing space and commercially-zoned land on the market for sale/lease in the immediate area, so there's no need to destroy any more woodland, farm land or watershed for that sort of "Progress".

Your kids need something to do? Look harder, there's plenty for kids to do already - you just might have to get involved. Scouts, 4-H and FFA are all wonderful, wholesome activities for youngsters, and they don't necessitate the building and maintenance of multi-million dollar facilities.

Lee isn't broke, and doesn't need your variety of "Progress and Growth" to fix it.
Terrace Photog

La Fayette, NY

#6 Sep 25, 2009
Yankee, I couldnt agree with you more. What Lee needs is RESPONSIBLE PLANNED GROWTH...not just putting up housing development after housing development. I think you are right on. Therefor, I assume you will be voting for Richard Smith on Nov. 3rd? Certainly sounds it to me. Both of you have the same vision.

Glad to have you on board :)

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