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Wayne Post
  • Macedon Mayor Marie Cramer still hopes for better relations with town

  •  Village Mayor Marie Cramer and Village Trustee David Kelly sat down for an interview with the Wayne Post on Sunday to discuss their plans moving forward with repairing the historically fragile working relationship with the Town Board following the town’s signing of a five-year fire-protection contract with Macedon Center Fire Department on April 25.

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  •  Village Mayor Marie Cramer and Village Trustee David Kelly sat down for an interview with the Wayne Post on Sunday to discuss their plans moving forward with repairing the historically fragile working relationship with the Town Board following the town’s signing of a five-year fire-protection contract with Macedon Center Fire Department on April 25.
    Macedon residents were optimistic the municipalities were ready to put the past behind them after a joint meeting held on April 9. However, Cramer said the Town Board went ahead with the project without adequate communication with the village trustees.
    The Town Board approved a controversial plan to expand Macedon Center’s fire protection presence. However, the board made adjustments in response to resident concerns shared at a public hearing in March that include the village continuing to cover certain neighborhoods in town requiring faster response times.
    The town continues to move forward with investing in building a second Macedon Center-operated fire hall to serve the newly-developed western areas in Macedon.
    Both Cramer and Town Supervisor Bill Hammond have told the Wayne Post on several occasions that “taxation without representation” is rampant in both municipalities when fire protection, the sewer plant and ambulance services are concerned. At a press conference held on Friday, Mayor Cramer expressed her desire to continue serving as a voice for village residents and to find common ground and make peace with the Town Board once and for all.
    At the April 9 meeting held at Palmyra-Macedon Intermediate School, both municipalities had expressed interest in aspects of an alternative agreement proposed by Hammond. On April 12, Hammond wrote Mayor Cramer explaining what he envisioned for fire protection, incorporating the possibilities discussed on April 9. He requested Cramer provide written confirmation to move forward and to propose a number of dates to meet to resolve “outstanding issues regarding the sewer plant,” which is another long-standing spat between the two municipalities over the operation of the plant, which is a share facility.
    “I sent (the town) an email, and said at our next village board meeting I will discuss this with the board,” said Mayor Cramer. “They know we were supposed to meet again to discuss the fire contract … To this day we have no idea what the contract looks like. We have no idea what they’re proposing with us.”
    Village Trustee Dave Kelly said the town should address one issue at a time.
    “Personally I feel the fire contract should be taken care of first and then we can move onto the village sewer contract,” he said.
    “We’re looking for more public meetings with the town,” he continued. “As far as the first meeting we had, it was great, because it has been years since the taxpayers came out and spoke their mind. It appears now though it hasn’t done much good because the discussion is still the same.”
    Page 2 of 2 - Regardless of what Cramer describes as “obstacles” set in her way by the town, she is committed to ensuring the voices of those she represents are heard and remains optimistic that her first term will leave a positive legacy.
    “I went in (to office) knowing there was a possibility of conflict,” said Cramer. “History is repeating itself, though. I’m still always willing to keep an open mind and optimistic that we can still move forward. The residents need to continue to speak out, and I will still fight for what they believe in, because that’s who we are serving – those who elected us in here.”
     
     
     
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