Monday, November 21, 2016

Job Opening: Rural Health Program Assistant

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Job Opening: Rural Health Program Assistant

Hamilton Coalition from Hamilton · 11-21-16
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Program Assistant, Madison County Rural Health Department – Job Description

Educational Requirement: Minimum of Bachelor’s Degree in Human or Health related services.
1. Assist the Executive Director in the implementation, delivery and completion of Madison County Rural Health Council programs, such as but not limited to, National Diabetes Prevention Program, Worksite Wellness Coalition, and Mobility Management.
2. Complete assigned duties within agreed upon timeframe, achieving desired outcomes.
3. Coordinate with Director and other collaborators to meet program needs in an efficient and effective manner.
4. Maintain statistics and outcome measurements as required for program completion.
5. Represent the Madison County Rural Health Council, the mission and program initiatives clearly and in a professional manner.
6. Participate in community activities to promote the programs of the Madison County Rural Health Council.
7. Other responsibilities as assigned. 

1. Demonstrate effective communication skills, written and verbal.
2. Understanding of and proficiency in Microsoft Office programs, ie, Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Publisher, Access.
3. Knowledge of Health and Human Services in Madison County
4. Ability to work independently, handle multiple projects, meet deadlines with supportive direction.
5. Ability to work with individuals and organizations.
6. Commitment to continuous learning and improvement

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Tuesday, November 15, 2016

TOWN BOARD: Nov 14 Regular Meeting..."UNOFFICIAL MINUTES"...

November 14, 2016

Meeting was well attended by the public.  Missing in action were Joe Walker (kidney stones – ouch) and John Salka ( Jeff Mayne asked  that we keep John in our thoughts since he had a family health EMERGENCY)…fortunately,  John posted on FACEBOOK that he was at his birthday dinner!! Happy to see the emergency is over!

Moments of silence for Loretta Witter and Ernie Clemons, who have passed away .

Mark Zediker, interim Highway Supt., delivered an update:  contaminated soil from the highway dept drains has been moved to the Madison County Landfill to be used as cover; the Grade-all is still down; mower has been fixed; new NO Parking signs installed by Fairgrounds; equipment winterized.  Despite conversations with BCS Supt Jim Plows, the students continue to park cars too close to the road for plows to pass.  Perhaps if a few of them are clipped, they’ll get the point.

Doesn’t look like the Town will be using “brine” on the roads.  Previously purchased from Town of Hamilton, the brine was not well liked.  According to Zediker, we don’t have the proper equipment to spread it; added expense of using; rumored too corrosive for vehicles.

Sorry to see Mark step down…did a good job and informative. Newly elected Highway Supt, Paul Owens, attended the meeting.  We understand Mr. Owens will be stepping down from his job as Manager of the BCS  Bus Garage.

The salt shed is nearing completion.  Zediker provided pictures of the progress.  Now waiting for compaction test before putting in the asphalt floor/base.  When using salt, asphalt is recommended over concrete which deteriorates. The asphalt will be available until the end of the week. As rumored, the $18,200 proposal on the asphalt was given to Park’s Paving.  Suite Kote was the ONLY other bid at $18,724.

Salka was right…he did get a raise last year….to $7,000 ….on top of the insurance and salary from the COUNTY.  The raise was never reflected in the Minutes…what a SURPRISE.  Per County records, as Town Supervisor, in 2016 Salka already receives a county salary of $15,300 plus $27,200 in health insurance benefits (tax free and for life) and $2,555 toward retirement…. Over $50,000 in salary and benefits! Hope Bill Magee is listening! After all the hypocritical crap he took from Salka….

 On a positive note, the 2017 budget passed.  The tax rate was slightly lower….$6.38 per $1,000…. Down $0.05 cents from last year…. No explanation given so more than likely due to the INCREASED ASSESSMENTS…rather than cuts.

Assessor Rhonda Weigand has been in town assessing new building permit properties.  By letter, she complimented Sherry Perretta for the detailed list of properties. Also 24 people have not sent in the ENHANCED STAR applications. Would be nice if the TOWN POSTED ON THE WEBSITE when ASSESSOR is in TOWN.  The “website” …a project gone to waste and never used… and touted as one of  Salka’s achievements!

And MORE from the BOARD’s no decision/no action file… also known as “I’ll look into it!!” file:

….The saga continues:  Flick’s vs Town Board.  For some reason, the Town Board and Town Attorney have been unable to get Flick’s owner, Frank Kabana, to remove his furniture from the adjoining Town property.  Rumor was …he threatened to pour cement down the Town’s well (per Jeff Mayne) if the Town moved it.  What’s the REAL PROBLEM, here?

…..The Planning Board continues to look for two alternates.  Ralph Keith will be resigning.  The openings were months ago, but never posted in local media or the “Town Website”.  If you’re interested, contact Dan McCoach.

… After three years, the Town Board just cannot manage to complete the DOG ENUMERATION.  More discussions. No decisions.

…No decision was ever made on the MOWER quote from Caz Equipment, submitted at the Sept meeting.

….FOIL Requests continue UNANSWERED: Former Highway Supt.’s health insurance expiration date continues to be a subject of growing mystery and continued failure by Supt Salka to comply with FOIL requests regarding the issue.  Why all the foot dragging on that request…hmmm..?

The Board accepted Raymond Gingrich’s quote of $850 for improvements to the Court Entrance.  Gingrich also repaired the Giles school house.

Judge Rhodes submitted a $3,700 estimate/request from Rick Crowell for Court House security cameras.   Rhodes checked with neighboring courts who were very pleased with Crowell’s work.

Nice, professional letter from Justin Plows, who mowed the Town’s cemeteries this year.  A big job!

Meeting was well run and good exchange…nice job, Jeff et al.

Monday, November 14, 2016

Electoral College 2016

It is important for us to support DEMOCRACY, even if we did not vote for Mr. Trump. While there has been a good deal of controversy over the electoral college vs popular vote, it is worth noting the constitutional basis....and a few SURPRISING details! From FACT CHECK and THE FEDERALIST PAPERS:

Q: Why does the U.S. have an Electoral College?
A: The framers of the Constitution didn’t trust direct democracy.

Why does the United States have an Electoral College when it would be so easy to directly elect a president, as we do for all the other political offices?
When U.S. citizens go to the polls to “elect” a president, they are in fact voting for a particular slate of electors. In every state but Maine and Nebraska, the candidate who wins the most votes (that is, a plurality) in the state receives all of the state’s electoral votes. The number of electors in each state is the sum of its U.S. senators and its U.S. representatives. (The District of Columbia has three electoral votes, which is the number of senators and representatives it would have if it were permitted representation in Congress.) The electors meet in their respective states 41 days after the popular election. There, they cast a ballot for president and a second for vice president. A candidate must receive a majority of electoral votes to be elected president.

The reason that the Constitution calls for this extra layer, rather than just providing for the direct election of the president, is that most of the nation’s founders were actually rather afraid of democracy. James Madison worried about what he called “factions,” which he defined as groups of citizens who have a common interest in some proposal that would either violate the rights of other citizens or would harm the nation as a whole. Madison’s fear – which Alexis de Tocqueville later dubbed “the tyranny of the majority” – was that a faction could grow to encompass more than 50 percent of the population, at which point it could “sacrifice to its ruling passion or interest both the public good and the rights of other citizens.” Madison has a solution for tyranny of the majority: “A republic, by which I mean a government in which the scheme of representation takes place, opens a different prospect, and promises the cure for which we are seeking.”

As Alexander Hamilton writes in “The Federalist Papers,” the Constitution is designed to ensure “that the office of President will never fall to the lot of any man who is not in an eminent degree endowed with the requisite qualifications.” The point of the Electoral College is to preserve “the sense of the people,” while at the same time ensuring that a president is chosen “by men most capable of analyzing the qualities adapted to the station, and acting under circumstances favorable to deliberation, and to a judicious combination of all the reasons and inducements which were proper to govern their choice.”

In modern practice, the Electoral College is mostly a formality. Most electors are loyal members of the party that has selected them, and in 26 states, plus Washington, D.C., electors are bound by laws or party pledges to vote in accord with the popular vote. Although an elector could, in principle, change his or her vote (and a few actually have over the years), doing so is rare.

As the 2000 election reminded us, the Electoral College does make it possible for a candidate to win the popular vote and still not become president. But that is less a product of the Electoral College and more a product of the way states apportion electors. In every state but Maine and Nebraska, electors are awarded on a winner-take-all basis. So if a candidate wins a state by even a narrow margin, he or she wins all of the state’s electoral votes. The winner-take-all system is not federally mandated; states are free to allocate their electoral votes as they wish.

The Electoral College was not the only Constitutional limitation on direct democracy, though we have discarded most of those limitations. Senators were initially to be appointed by state legislatures, and states were permitted to ban women from voting entirely. Slaves got an even worse deal, as a slave officially was counted as just three-fifths of a person. The 14th Amendment abolished the three-fifths rule and granted (male) former slaves the right to vote. The 17th Amendment made senators subject to direct election, and the 19th Amendment gave women the right to vote.
– Joe Miller

Hamilton, Alexander. “Federalist No. 68.” The Federalist Papers [1788]. Accessed at The Library of Congress Web site. 28 Jan. 2008.
Madison, James. “Federalist No. 10.” The Federalist Papers [1787]. Accessed at The Library of Congress Web site. 28 Jan. 2008.
de Tocqueville, Alexis. Democracy in America, vol. 1. Accessed at the University of Virginia Department of American Studies Web site. 28 Jan. 2008.
Office of the Federal Register, U.S. National Archives and Records Administration Web site, FAQ, 11 Feb. 2008.

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Incredible EXPLOSION Tonawanda Steel Mill

HUGE EXPLOSION of Steel Mill in Towanda, NY ...check out live feed at this link....

ELECTION RESULTS - Congratulations to....

...Bill Magee.... Paul Owens ....Joe Walker.... CONGRATULATIONS and GOOD LUCK in the upcoming terms!!!

Monday, October 31, 2016

SALKA-CIDE: Self inflicted....

Wow!  Talk about mean-spirited, TRUMP-ESQUE platitudes from a big talk/no action candidate...whose favorite word is "I".... who never fails to make an immature, divisive remark or capitalize on a personal tragedy...while spewing his political dogma without a fundamental understanding of the issues.  A vote for SALKA... governmental suicide.

Monday, October 24, 2016

BUDGET MEETING WEDNESDAY?....rumor has it that Mr. Salka has planned a budget meeting

BUDGET MEETING WEDNESDAY?....rumor has it that Mr. Salka has planned a budget meeting this Wednesday, October 26....we didn't see it on the TOWN WEBSITE that he constantly takes credit for but never, maybe it's bad news and he doesn't want anyone to attend....yes, a real open government candidate.... Mr. Talk,