BOSTON — Fewer than 24 hours after finding out that their tenure with the Boston town board would continue, Supervisor Martin Ballowe and Councilmen Jeff Genzel and Jay Boardway joined the rest of the town board to hold its bimonthly meeting on Nov. 6. Each took the opportunity to express their gratitude. With four years behind them, they said they look toward continued progress, in the next four years.
“I think that the results of the election showed that the majority of the voters in the town of Boston are in favor of what the town board’s policies are and what [Ballowe, Genzel and Boardway] are doing,” said Town Attorney Michael Kobiolka, who thanked the three officials for “the dedicated service to the town of Boston, for the past four years.”
“I’d just like to thank, of course, my family, the town of Boston constituents and all of our supporters, for supporting us in [the] election,” said Genzel. “It was an overwhelming victory. I think the town realizes that we’re all doing a great job up here, and we hope to continue with the next four years on the same track we’ve been on, running a town like a business, with a common sense approach.”
“[The election] was tremendous,” said Boardway. “It shows that our message got out there, that folks know we’re doing a good job, up here. I want to thank all of our supporters: our family, our friends – everybody that got out, everybody that banged on doors, carried flyers for us, did whatever they could do. I’d like to make sure this town continues to run the way it’s run for the last four years. We really appreciated it. We’re going to keep it up. We’re going to keep going in the right direction, for the next four years.”
“I definitely want to thank the support of my family, too, and the people who helped us out, on our campaign through it,” said Ballowe. “I don’t take what I do lightly, up here. I put heart and dedication into it, as I have the last four years, to improve our town and keep our taxes low and keep money in the pocket of our residents. Whether it’s 60 cents or $6,000, it doesn’t matter: Taxes did not go up, bottom line. Where every other town around us, taxes increased, our taxes didn’t. That’s what was our main goal coming in here, four years ago, and we accomplished it, and we’ll keep working to accomplish it, for the next four years.
“But that doesn’t come with one man doing it,” he continued. “It comes with 30 people doing it and 30 people working together and understanding what our vision is, to help residents out, when we go through tough times, when the economy isn’t doing well and taking what we have and making it better. That’s what the parks are, and people who clean our roads or people who run our offices, to our computers, to our clerks, to everything. It definitely takes a group effort, and for that, I am truly appreciative for all their help, for four years.
“It’s a bumpy road sometimes, but you know what? At the end of the road, it’s well worth it, when you have residents coming up and enjoying our facilities and enjoying that they have a few more bucks in their pocket. With that, the next four years, we’re hoping to do the same thing,” he continued
“We’ll keep working hard and dedicated for the town of Boston and for the residents here, and I appreciate their support and trust in us to do that.”
In other board matters:
– The board adopted the preliminary budget for 2014.
“We worked really hard on this budget and can say that it’s a good, solid budget, holding the line on your taxes,” said Ballowe. “There’s absolutely no tax increase. So, the taxes that you paid – town taxes – of 2013 will be the same taxes in 2014. So, on the previous years, we haven’t raised taxes. We’ve cut them a little, but it’s still not a raise, not a half percent, not a quarter percent, not a tenth of a cent. It has not been raised.
“We’ve actually seen some savings that were in garbage refuge. The savings there, the first year I think it was between $17 and $20, a household. There was no tax increase, which is the main purpose of us doing our jobs up here and having all these meetings, to make sure your tax dollars are kept under control within a good, safe community, give you everything you need and give every department head what they need in here, to run their facilities properly. “
– Richard Lee resigned from the Conservation Advisory Committee, effective Sept. 23.
“The reasons are health-related, older age, too many other commitments,” he said, in a letter to the board. “After more than 12 years of quite active involvement in all the events the committee has accomplished, it is time for new blood, more energy and greater advisement to the town. I now want to enjoy my grandchildren, travel, golf, fish and hunt more often. I know the committee is in good hands and I hope inventive sparkplugs will step forward.”
Filling in Lee’s vacancy will be Scott Johnson. His term, after being approved by the board, will expire on March 1, 2017.
– Jillian Ford was voted in as a member of the Boston Emergency Squad.
The Boston board will reconvene on Nov. 20 at 7:30 p.m. at the Boston Town Hall, which is located at 8500 Boston State Road in Boston.