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happyripleyres

Dunkirk, NY

#1 Feb 13, 2013
The tuition vote had very strong opinions on both sides. So many comments are Ripley is terrible. Anyone have an idea on how we can improve the community? No personal attacks- real positive ideas?
coach c

United States

#2 Feb 13, 2013
Access the lake; Show what the town could offer to visitors besides gay marriage and a porn shop; Figure why everything is abanded in a seemingly prime location; work.
coach c

United States

#3 Feb 13, 2013
People who visit a place that appeals to them are more likely to return to that place. Visiting lake erie has been a rememberable experience for many. We have a gold mine that is unscathed. Is ripley's problem that the kids fear change, or do our officials fear growth?
happyripleyres

Dunkirk, NY

#4 Feb 13, 2013
I agree we need business investment. Looking at the pictures hanging on the wall at the pizza place Ripley seemed to be seemed to be a busy town. I am a 20 year resident and know there are many smart hardworking people in this town. The article in the Observer a few weeks ago about the impression Ripley made to people coming into NYS from PA was cringe worthy.
coach c

United States

#5 Feb 13, 2013
Its the same with a lot of these small towns. Thriving small businesses were eventually shadowed by "big box" retail. The thing that could really help Ripley is attacting visitors. Visitors may turn into residents. There is a place for big business in Ripley off the interstate. Does anyone know why it is in ruins? If we had at least one big business or plant , and a few more residents, then there would be a chance for small business again in Ripley.
coach c

United States

#6 Feb 13, 2013
A School might help too
coach c

United States

#7 Feb 13, 2013
Or we could all just run away
yes

United States

#8 Feb 14, 2013
it all comes down to money I've been here a boute 15 yrs and have a business here but the taxes here are the worst in the area I pay more than double than findley lake more than triple on a westfield property. I did the research and these are equal properties compared. it is tough to make it here you can only pass on the cost of so much that's why gas stations can't make it two miles down the road it was 15-20 cents cheaper you make the call

until we get our costs under control it will be hard to get companies here
I do agree that we need to have pride and get the community evolved in the clean up and making things better around here. the school isn't the answer it is the community that has to pull yogether and work toward making a better town
Moving

Dunkirk, NY

#9 Feb 14, 2013
No one is coming to Ripley unless they are dead beats. This is one of the last places someone would want to live.
concerned parent

North East, PA

#10 Feb 14, 2013
I know of the days when there were two cherry plants in town and numerous businesses as well. My mother has pictures of Main Street- a drug store, grocery, restaurant and more. Having a full school attracts people; a larger population attracts businesses. It is a shame to see the empty buildings now.
happyripleyres

Dunkirk, NY

#11 Feb 14, 2013
Having a good public school attracts residents. It is common in other states to have regional type high schools that pool community resources. It struck me as unusual that each small community on NY ran it's own high school. The school will be only 17 miles from it's current location.
marge collins

Brocton, NY

#12 Feb 14, 2013
thats all folks
marge collins

Brocton, NY

#13 Feb 14, 2013
ban together and take the town back dont llet no one bulley you
coach c

United States

#14 Feb 17, 2013
Moving wrote:
No one is coming to Ripley unless they are dead beats. This is one of the last places someone would want to live.


Ripley is another piece of d land on planet earth. I love the view of the lake as i drive off the hill. I love how i have a contributory to 20 mile creek in my back yard. Yesterday a low-flying bald eagle flew over my house and circled. Ripley is gorgeous .
happyripleyres

Dunkirk, NY

#15 Feb 17, 2013
coach c wrote:
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Ripley is another piece of d land on planet earth. I love the view of the lake as i drive off the hill. I love how i have a contributory to 20 mile creek in my back yard. Yesterday a low-flying bald eagle flew over my house and circled. Ripley is gorgeous .
The hawks by the lake are also a joy to watch.
Margie it is not all deadbeats that move here. We have people who work hard and enjoy the wholesome country life to raise a family in.
ripley resident

Westfield, NY

#16 Feb 18, 2013
happyripleyres wrote:
I agree we need business investment. Looking at the pictures hanging on the wall at the pizza place Ripley seemed to be seemed to be a busy town. I am a 20 year resident and know there are many smart hardworking people in this town. The article in the Observer a few weeks ago about the impression Ripley made to people coming into NYS from PA was cringe worthy.
need to vote for diffrent people on the town board and school board,fresh new faces,maybe if we had that might ripley change,do something with these empty buildings.instead of having our children walk the streets put something in one of those buildings for our children,need new business i would rather shop in my home town then go to another,people here just dont care what happens to the town and the school..all these homes for sale there are people right now looking for bigger places,theres a family of 6 right now living in a 3 bedroom apt another baby on the way these people need a bigger place...just saying
Tell it like it is

North East, PA

#17 Feb 18, 2013
Ripley has all the necessary geographical components to be as flurshing as any lake shore community in Pa or NY. state. A inter-state highway, a rail line, a great lake and shore line, proximity to jobs in neighboring communities, grapes rather than cows. But we have shot ourselves in the foot by allowing the same families, for twenty years, to control our school and now we watch as their is a family "take-over" of our town board. If you had a personal business with a nine million dollar budget would you hire Bob Bentley, Fred Krause and the Rowe family to run it? Certainly you wouldn't but that is what we have allowed to happen to our school district. Without competent people stepping-up to run the school and town our community will eventually be a "four-corners".
ref

Cleveland, OH

#18 Feb 19, 2013
Tell it like it is wrote:
Ripley has all the necessary geographical components to be as flurshing as any lake shore community in Pa or NY. state. A inter-state highway, a rail line, a great lake and shore line, proximity to jobs in neighboring communities, grapes rather than cows. But we have shot ourselves in the foot by allowing the same families, for twenty years, to control our school and now we watch as their is a family "take-over" of our town board. If you had a personal business with a nine million dollar budget would you hire Bob Bentley, Fred Krause and the Rowe family to run it? Certainly you wouldn't but that is what we have allowed to happen to our school district. Without competent people stepping-up to run the school and town our community will eventually be a "four-corners".
You hit the nail squarely on the head. Nothing has been done to improve Ripley in the last 30 years. Not one attempt has been made by a single person in power to attract and facilitate new business in Ripley by offering tax and job creation incentives.But they sure have been good at scaring off potential business (Cabela's, Tops, etc.) That is one of the biggest factors why student enrollment in in such decline. There is no reason to come to Ripley. Bentley can't run a business (other than into the ground, Fred's a nice guy, but he has never come up with a good idea on his own , he's a yes man. And the Rowes just seem to be happy with the status quo. Until the voters start to wise up, it's not going to change.
coach c

United States

#19 Feb 19, 2013
When is the next town board election?
Stephanie C

United States

#20 Feb 21, 2013
When I was a member of the Ripley Are Chamber of Commerce, we wrote letters and tried very hard to entice Cabelas and Walmart(potential distribution center) for their decision to settle here. From what I heard, there was resistance from the town board, however I don't know what that was. The property at Shortman Rd is either locked in to personal property wars between families or was slated for the Gateway welcome center that never came to be (money allegedly squandered by former town supervisor and porn store went in its place).
I have little hope that Ripley will be the gem it used to be from the looks of things now. I'm sad to see the buildings in the disrepair they are now.

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