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Mendon Member Of Town Council

The Town Council is the legislative appropriating, governing and policy determining body of the Town. The Town Council determines the types and levels of service to be provided in the Town. The Council annually adopts the Town budget which reflects the cost of conducting operations and monitors Town operations. In its legislative capacity, the Council passes resolutions and enacts ordinances and laws which govern the functions of town government and ensure the safety and well-being of all residents.
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    Cynthia M. Carroll (Rep, Con, Ind, Rfm) English Teacher (Retired)

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    Terry H. Daniele (Dem, WF, MC) Sign Language Interpreter

  • John L. Hagreen (Rep, Con, Ind, Rfm) National Sales Pitney Bowes Inc.

  • Erin T. Kehaley-Corr (Dem, MC)

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Biographical Information

If you could achieve one major improvement for our town, what would it be and how would you accomplish it?

How would you balance the promotion of development in our town with protection of the environment?

What are your views on housing issues such as affordable housing, code enforcement, and zoning?

What, if any, shared services do we have with other towns (or villages) and what other shared services would you pursue?

Beyond measures already in place, what can be done in our town to meet the challenges of climate change?

Having served on the Mendon Town Board for the past 4 years, I have gained a insightful understanding of the inner workings of local government. The Board continuously strives to fairly/equally collaborate on all areas in need of constant attention to efficiently maintain all services to all Town residents while also keeping a flat tax rate. This achievement results from the varied personalities and cooperative respect of those on the Board who put residents first.The Board has worked with residents to extend its water districts. We have also modified zoning districts to encourage business growth. Sidewalks have been added in the Town to increase safe foot traffic, and we are working on a pedestrian plan with the State. I will endeavor to cooperatively work to continue to maintain and improve the flavor of Mendon. Finally, if hamlet residents in wish to revisit the sewer issue, I will work to help them understand the personal costs and to determine the feasibility of such a project.
Living in a rural community with the beauty of natural resources that Mendon affords its residents is of utmost importance to me. This can create a dilemma, considering the ever-changing global environment. However, through thoughtful, careful comprehensive planning, it can be accomplished. With this in mind, it is vital that the Mendon Town Board pays special attention to where and what type of development is planned. Policies must be maintained and revised as necessary so as to preserve open space and protect Mendon’s valuable resources as development unfolds.
It is necessary to understand that affordable housing does not mean cheap housing. The Town of Mendon has a variety of housing choices within a variety of price ranges. This being said, I would welcome the opportunity of researching any and all options for housing that falls in the purview of the Town’s zoning and code parameters. The Board has encouraged builders to plan and to build smaller homes for aging residents who want to remain within the Town's boundaries, but want to downsize. Mendon’s zoning and code guidelines provide for a blend of agricultural, business, and residential areas.
The Town of Mendon has been engaged in shared services for a number of years. For example, the Town and the Village of Honeoye Falls have shared road maintenance and upgrades, snowplowing and lawn maintenance. In addition, the Town shares various services with the Honeoye Falls-Lima School District. Many times throughout each year, the Mendon Highway Department shares work with other neighboring highway departments. Further, the Town contracts with the Village of Honeoye Falls for local ambulance services. This is, without a doubt, one of the most appreciated services in our community, as the ambulance service and its crew are beyond compare. Through the cooperative collaboration of the Village, Town and the dedicated crew at the HFMVA, we are proud to provide high quality local service that is a source great pride for the Board and community.
During the past year, the Board has developed a local law for the construction and maintenance of solar farms/arrays. The plan, which passed in resolution, provides for the most effective use of land, to maintain the integrity of the beauty of Mendon, and to create efficient, clean energy. The solar farm local law is in keeping the well-being of all Mendon residents in mind and maintaining the integrity of Mendon first and foremost.
Campaign Phone (585) 764-2168
Profession Private Practice Sign Language Interpreter
Transparency is a major concern. It is difficult, if not impossible, to find information regarding our Town’s operations. Our website is outdated, and there is little outreach on behalf of the Board to alert residents to issues under consideration – or to invite or welcome ideas or suggestions. I will work with others to improve our website to make information available at the touch of a finger and include a suggestion area for residents to share their ideas and voice their concerns. I will also be available on a regular and well-publicized basis to meet with residents singly or in groups.
Mendon is a unique place. What we cherish most here is our open space, and I will work to protect and preserve it. In terms of development, my focus will be on optimizing what already exists. Honeoye Falls is a picturesque village in the Town of Mendon. There are far too many vacant store fronts and an unused manufacturing facility. I will support the betterment of the village by first utilizing the buildings and facilities that are already there.
Mendon has varied zoning rules. Certain areas require a 1, 2 and 5 acre building lots. It would be impractical to try to change that. In other more densely populated areas, affordable housing may be an option. Something to note, only Honeye Falls has sewer systems. Due to soil conditions in Mendon (clay) it would be extremely expensive to install sewer systems. I would be interested if a plan were presented to us that made it feasible for us to install a sewer system, especially in the hamlet of Mendon.
The use of shared services will have to be reviewed case by case to ensure efficiency. For instance, the Town Board recently had a discussion about replacing our volunteer ambulance with another ambulance service. This would be an excellent topic for our new website and is one I will review once I am elected.
The current Town Board voted to opt out of New York State Property Tax Law, Section 487. The law permits a limited real property tax exemption for an increase in assessed value based on solar, wind and biomass energy system installations. I will work to reverse that town board action, bring back the tax exemption and encourage the use of sustainable energy. I will also investigate the implementation of a Community Choice Aggregation energy system for the Town of Mendon as a way to make affordable, renewable energy sources Mendon’s default energy supply.
Campaign Phone (585) 820-6913
Profession National Direct Sales
I continue to work with the Mendon town board to insure we supply the highest level of service at the lowest possible tax rates. Mendon residents have come to enjoy great services like our community center and beautiful library while having a flat tax rate for the last five years. Mendon residents are very interested in the protection of our rural roots and the beautiful topography we enjoy as we travel throughout this beautiful town in upstate New York.
The town of Mendon residents have come to expect very passionate effort to protect our environment. We have walking trails and parks within the town of Mendon allowing great access to the great outdoors. As we have been, I would count on our very conservative Zoning laws to insure we properly protect all environmental assets. Our planning and review boards are an independent group of citizens from all walks of life, that absolutely see the rural nature of our land worth protecting.
As I represent the Town board at all Zoning Board of appeals meetings, I am a big fan of our Zoning team. They are compassionate in their review and approach to many of the challenges of housing and property protection. My opinion is that Mendon could use some more affordable housing. We have been very welcoming to a number of new developers that our considering investments in our town.
The Town of Mendon, in partnership with the Village of Honeoye Falls, has been active in shared services for many years. These services include snow plowing, landscape and lawn maintenance, along with road upgrades throughout the complete town of Mendon. Clearly, our biggest partnership, and shared services efforts are supplied by the award winning Honeoye Falls Mendon Volunteer Ambulance Corp. In a time, when many Ambulance services have moved to commercial service, Mendon and Honeoye Falls leaders have found a way to work together, and supply the highest quality of medical care at a moments notice throughout the town. We have a dedicated group of professionals at HFMVA that supply all our residents with high quality service in their time of need. This is a very important delivery capability in our very large coverage zone in southern Monroe county.
In May of 2017, the Town of Mendon Board passed a law, supplying rules for putting in place solar farms. These energy producing solar arrays, when properly placed, can supply new found energy to offset the use of fossil fuels. The law was put in place to insure a thoughtful installation and no infringement on any neighboring properties.
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