Officials from the Village of Waverly, the Town of Barton, and New York State will be meeting in January to discuss a possible consolidation of services between the Waverly and Barton municipalities. The meeting, scheduled for January 4th at the Waverly Village Hall, comes after Waverly Mayor Dan Leary reached out to Barton Town Supervisor Leon Cary about possible benefits of some consolidation of services. Leary says that the Town and Village already work closely. Cary says that consolidation could save operating costs for both municipalities.
The Waverly School District will hold community budget presentations the next three nights to discuss their $31 million spending plan, which includes a proposed property tax levy increase of 5 percent. Superintendent Randy Richards says the district needs to raise taxes in part to help pay for a mandatory $1 million health care increase. The district also elected to keep Chemung Elementary open for next year after hearing from community members. There had been talk about closing the school to save money. The tax increase is above the maximum allowable amount from the state, so the district will need 60 percent voter approval for the budget to pass.
Public presentations on the budget will be held before tonight’s Barton Town Board meeting at 6:30, before the Village of Waverly trustees’ meeting tomorrow at 6:30pm, and before the Town of Chemung board meeting at 7pm Wednesday. New York State residents will vote on school budgets next Tuesday, May 17.
We will broadcast our first baseball game of the season tonight as Waverly hosts Newark Valley in an IAC game at Waverly High School. Both teams are coming off wins on Monday, with the Wolverines beating Watkins Glen and the Cardinals edging Edison. Our broadcast will begin at 8pm.
More information has been released on the car accident in the Town of Barton on Tuesday which left a mother dead. Authorities say that 41-year-old Deborah Reynolds of Athens was travelling on Dean Creek Road when she lost control of her vehicle, leaving the roadway, and eventually hitting a tree. Her three children, ages 4, 8, and 10, were in the car at the time of the crash. They are said to have been unharmed.
Information is still coming in about a fatal crash in the Town of Barton. Emergency personnel responded to Dean Creek Road in the Town of Barton last night. A mother is said to have perished in the crash. Her three children were in the car at the time of the accident. Authorities are still investigating.
A Tioga County Legislator has died. District 5 representative Raymond Case passed away this week at the age of 68 after an illness. Case was first appointed to the legislature in 2012 to fill an open seat and just won re-election for a new term last month. District 5 includes Waverly and the Town of Barton.
The Chair of the Tioga County Legislature, Martha Sauerbrey, sent out a statement from the entire legislature. It reads: “Ray was an outstanding legislator and advocate for the county. We pass on our thoughts and prayers to the family and to the community to which Ray represented.”
His services will be handled by the Estey, Munroe, and Fahey Funeral Home in Owego. The obituary will be posted on the funeral home’s website at www.emfaheyfuneralhome.com.
A press conference was held at the Barton town hall yesterday. To announce that a proposal has been submitted to New York State for the installation of a well to collect natural gas from beneath a hayfield in Barton. Here’s Cub Frisbee, President of the Tioga County Farm Bureau with more. Frisbee is a member of the Snyder Farm Group, which is made up of 5 longtime Tioga County farm families. They plan to release the natural gas by using gelled propane, which is outside of the scope of the New York State ban on hydrofracking. Frisbee hopes this will be the start of something big in New York State. Many supporters were on hand for the press conference in Barton yesterday.
The Boil Water Advisory for Waverly and Barton has been lifted.
The Village of Waverly has been under a water boil advisory for several days after a water main break Tuesday evening. Residents in both Waverly and Barton are urged to boil their water for food preparation and cooking, and brushing teeth. This also includes drinking water for pets. The Waverly School District was forced to close down the rest of the week, leading up to spring break next week. According to the village Water Plant Operator, if all goes as planned the water boil advisory should be lifted by this morning. The Tioga County Health Department requires certain tests before the village can lift the advisory.