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Controversial election signs cause tension among DeWitt candidates

DeWitt Republican candidates erected around 100 signs last week that call for keeping brush pickup and saving the DeWitt Police. The Democrats say both issues are “fabricated.”

DeWitt Republican candidates erected around 100 signs last week that call for keeping brush pickup and saving the DeWitt Police. The Democrats say both issues are “fabricated.” Allie Wenner

— "Consolidation with the sheriffs doesn't make any sense to me" Michalenko said. "To me, this is an ethical issue because there has never, ever been any discussion about consolidation or elimination of the DeWitt police force. The Republicans are just afraid of losing control at this point."

But Scruton, who currently serves on the board, said otherwise.

"I think anybody who's been to one of the town board meetings would clearly have heard comments over the last year saying that we have to take a look at [police consolidation,] that [board members] wouldn't mind the sheriffs and that [consolidation] worked for Clay and could work for DeWitt," Scruton said. "Comments have been made at board meetings by board members. They bring up Clay a lot. But our town is significantly different in its commercial districts and neighboring towns. "

Republicans are also concerned about the fact that Michalenko brought up the idea of changing the classification of the town of DeWitt from a rural town to a suburban town, which could allow the town supervisor to have more power. Michalenko said he brought up the topic because a suburban town is allowed to regulate speed limits, which he said has been a big issue in DeWitt.

"I brought it up over the summer to the board and we talked about it for about 10 minutes it was never a lengthy discussion," he said. "Most neighborhood streets in DeWitt should be 20 or 25 miles per hour, but under New York State law, rural towns can't set speed limits. For the 15 years that I've been on the board, one of the biggest issues for residents is traffic control and speed limits. It's not an issue of power, it's an issue of traffic control. I was told this was the only way we could regulate traffic in our neighborhoods."

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