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District 1 legislator Martin Kelly introduces himself during last Thursday's town of Minden meeting.

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In a symbolic gesture, Supervisor Thomas Quackenbush passes the gavel to incoming supervisor Cheryl Reese.


Quackenbush passes the gavel

Thursday, December 26, 2013 - Updated: 8:27 AM


C-S-E Editor

MINDEN -- Last Thursday's meeting of the Minden Town Board was the last with Supervisor Thomas Quackenbush at the helm, as Cheryl Reese was elected to fill the seat of Supervisor beginning January 1, 2014.

Though Quackenbush will represent the village of Fort Plain as District 2 legislator, he stated during last Thursday's meeting, "There's no way I can leave behind 12 years here and not think of the town of Minden outside the village when I cast my votes."

"I'll still be at the county level where I've been for 12 years, but to me, it's a whole different avenue," said Quackenbush of his upcoming position on the legislative council.

Quackenbush took a few minutes to reflect on his time served as a Minden public official, stating, "We've really had a cohesive board," along with an effective planning board and zoning board of appeals.

During his time in Minden, he said the code enforcement "has grown leaps and bounds", the town underwent a change from a three-person elected assessor system to sole appointed assessor, and completed and kept updated a reevaluation. "That wasn't popular," Quackenbush said of the reevaluation, stating that people have slowly warmed to the decision, stating that they realize "the end result is fairness and equity."

Under his leadership, the Minden Planning Board spent years creating a comprehensive plan that was adopted by the town council.

Of all the town's accomplishments, he said "those things don't happen without good people."

"We've had our fights and our good times, but it's been great" said Councilmember KarolAnn Grimm.

"I just want to say 'thank you' to you, personally, for all your years of service,"  Reese stated to Quackenbush, adding, "I'm honored to be taking your place," inviting Quackenbush and Minden representative Martin Kelly back to speak at meetings anytime they please.

Quackenbush said, "Minden is lucky" to have Reese taking over as supervisor, as she's also county clerk, and will have intimate knowledge of everything happening at the county level.

Quackenbush introduced District 1 legislator Martin Kelly, who will also represent part of Canajoharie, all of St. Johnsville village and a part of Palatine Bridge, who stated some of his future goals, including the goal to "have a relationship with the municipalities I'll be working with."

Kelley said he'd like to "try to move forward in a peaceful and congenial fashion at the county level and try to reduce some of that wasteful spending." He said he'd like to work with state officials to fight for mandate relief.

Quackenbush referred to the 25-year-old, yet very experienced, Kelly as "wise beyond his years."

Scott Crewell, taking over for retiring Superintendent of Highways Ron Kardash on January 1, 2014, gave a report to the board, stating that he's been riding with highway department employees since right after Thanksgiving. "I've ridden with all the guys," he said, stating that the process has been "very informative". He's learned about routines, and has spoken to employees about their ideas and concerns, and has spent a lot of time with Kardash going over payroll, vouchers, paperwork, and learning where everything is.

Quackenbush also praised Historian Thomas Yager for a job well done, noting that he was extremely thorough. Yager will take a seat on the town council starting Jan. 1, 2014.


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