Waverly will have a new mayor this year, and current trustee Patrick Ayres will run unopposed for the position. Petitions were due yesterday for those interested in appearing on the ballot for next month’s general election. Ayres, the owner of Broad Street Records, was the only candidate to turn in a petition for mayor. He currently serves as the village’s deputy to Mayor Dan Leary, who is stepping aside after his term ends. Also up for election next month are three trustee seats and the village justice post. Polls will be open from noon to 9pm on March 21 at the Village Hall.
A third mayor in the Valley has announced that he will not seek re-election this year. Sayre Mayor Denny Thomas announced yesterday that he will not be seeking a fourth term as mayor, after spending the last 12 years in charge of the borough. Thomas becomes the latest long-serving mayor in the Valley to announce he will be leaving local politics, joining Waverly Mayor Dan Leary and Athens Mayor George Whyte. Thomas thanked the residents of Sayre for their support. Besides his civil service, Thomas also owns a funeral service and is the athletic director of the Athens Area School District.
An Athens man is in the Tioga County Jail today after allegedly attacking and seriously injuring his girlfriend in Waverly yesterday. Investigators say 25-year-old Michael Comstock attacked his girlfriend at a home in the village. No motive was released. Comstock has been charged with felony assault, criminal obstruction of breathing and criminal possession of a controlled substance. He was taken to the Tioga County Jail in lieu of $20,000 bail.
The Tioga County Legislature will recognize the state champion Newark Valley football team before their regular monthly meeting today. Coaches and players from the school’s first state champion football team will be recognized in the Hubbard Auditorium at the Tioga County Office Building at 12pm. Also on the agenda, legislators will recognize this month as National Radon Action Month and vote on a resolution to allow Taylor Garbage to accept household electronic waste from Tioga County residents.
The Waverly Central School District has announced plans to hold an active shooter drill sometime in the spring. Superintendent Dr. Randy Richards says the district is working with both the Waverly Police Department and New York State Police to develop the drill. It is part of the district’s safety plan, which will be available for residents to comment on during a public hearing Jan. 19 in the high school library.
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.
After receiving two additional insurance checks, the Village of Waverly is on its way to replacing all equipment lost as a result of a devastating fire in August. The most recent checks will go towards replacing two dump trucks lost in the fire. The Village has already replaced two other dump trucks, and received money to replace their former skidsteer, backhoe, and pickup trucks. A roller, which was also heavily damaged in the blaze, was only months old at the time of the fire and is being repaired instead of replaced.
Waverly School District Board of Education member Matt Talada has resigned from his position on the board, effective immediately. Talada was part way through his second year in a five-year term. He cites increased responsibilities in his job at BOCES as well as stresses in his personal life as the main reasons for his departure. The school board must now decide if it will leave the position open, appoint a member, or hold a special election for the remainder of this school year. An election WILL have to be held next year to fill the now vacated position.