It's been six months since former town councilor took office as Manlius Town Supervisor. The Eagle Bulletin had a chance to ask him some questions that reflect his accomplishments and challenges thus far. Here's what he had to say:
What have been some of your biggest accomplishments since you've taken office in January?
One of the accomplishments I am most pleased with is the revitalization of the Shared Services Committee (formerly the Consolidation committee). The three village mayors and I have given the committee some projects to facilitate the mutual cooperation of the villages and town.
We recently had a very productive meeting regarding Ambulance Service billing. Currently there are two companies providing billing service to the village ambulance services. These two vendors made presentations to the committee and we hope to have only one billing agent provide the service to all three ambulance services.
There was also an interesting discussion of "hard" and "soft" billing (the degree of aggressively pursuing unpaid bills). By working together, we will have a uniform fee structure and collection policy, and lower costs by having better buying power.
And I hope you all noticed the new white Dog Control van with the towns of Dewitt and Manlius lettering. Kudos to our new Town Clerk Allison Edsall for putting that program together.
We have also laid the groundwork for the upcoming 2009 budget. Although fuel and asphalt costs have skyrocketed, the 2008 budget is in great shape, and we look forward to 2009's budget coming in with a very low increase. To keep town spending as low as possible, I will be proposing the reorganization of the administrative staff in Town Hall to take advantage of an employee leaving and shifting the responsibilities of our current staff to make town government more efficient.
Since you've taken on the role of supervisor, how has it impacted your life on a whole, personally and/or professionally?