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LETTER: Bean thanks voters

Citizens of Spafford:

Thank you for voting for nonpartisan, inclusive and competent government for your town. The number of voters was astonishing and shows that you all really care about how the business of the town is conducted. Spafford has traditionally been a township dominated by small family farms but the small farms in the area have given way to more efficient and productive corporate farm operations run by well educated, business oriented men and women. Town government has not kept up with this trend however and your newly elected leaders will have to install technology, change the culture of decision making and ask for your input in order to use your tax money more efficiently. I invite citizens to help us make this change by attending town board meetings, communicating with board members and reading the newsletter that will go to all citizens beginning in January. Town board meetings are held on the second Thursday of the month at 7 p.m. There will be time allocated for citizen input at the beginning and end of each meeting and all will be treated with respect.

Studies done in the past show that the citizens of Spafford want the rural, farming, scenic character of the town to be preserved. We have two beautiful, clean lakes that need to be protected. Currently, the character of the town, health of our lakes and property values are being negatively affected by code enforcement influenced by favoritism, threats and old animosities. This will stop and code violations going back to 1997 will be resolved. Plans will be developed that will guide development and codes updated in order to protect our lakes, rural character of the town and property values. I ask that you join in this effort for the benefit of all citizens. I look forward to working for you as we move town government toward a higher level of integrity, fairness, efficiency and harmony.

MARY BEAN

SUPERVISOR ELECT

TOWN OF SPAFFORD

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