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Webb Stevens man about Spafford

Webb Stevens is no stranger to work. When he was elected supervisor for the town of Spafford two years ago, he added this duty to farming, driving a school bus for Skaneateles, plowing snow and raising Percheron horses.

"Work is what keeps you going," he said. "I have no intention to stop."

The supervisor reflected on two issues the town is currently grappling with: re-evaluation of property and the new Marcellus, Otisco, Spafford Water District.

He explained: "Spafford is the lead town for the water district because we could get a no-interest rate loan for the whole project because we were a town that was not affluent. Bids have come in on the water project and are currently under review to make sure they meet all requirements and will probably be completed by 2009."

Webb acknowledged Spafford is becoming more affluent. "New homes are being built and others are selling for more than they were a few years ago," he said.

However, the town has little business to add to the tax rolls. "Our tax basis is either agriculture or residential," he said.

Yes, there are restaurants in the town and a golf course, but they are small. The golf course was recently sold.

"There will be changes because of the sale but it will stay as a golf course. That was part of the agreement," Webb said. "It has got to be right for the town and the future."

His roots in the area are long and strong. Born on Rickard Road, he is a graduate of Skaneateles Central School. He came to the position of supervisor with experience as Spafford town justice for 19 years and as an assessor before that. He and his wife, Sally Cone Stevens, a native of Elbridge, have been married 46 years. They have two daughters - Kim Tracy who lives on Shamrock Road and Kelly Cusick of Marcellus - and six grandchildren.

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