Bill Michaels to Seek re-election as Town of Otsego Councilman

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Councilman Bill Michaels is seeking re-election as Councilman of the Town of Otsego, a small rural township in central New York State which also includes the historic Village of Cooperstown and Lakes Otsego and Canadarago. Michaels will be running on the Independent, Republican and Conservative lines Election Day, November 8.

Michaels for Councilman

Michaels has served the Town focusing on sound fiscal management, modernization and efficiency in operations and supporting responsible land use planning.

Councilman Bill Michaels is seeking re-election as Councilman of the Town of Otsego, a small rural township in central New York State which also includes the historic Village of Cooperstown and Lakes Otsego and Canadarago. Michaels will be running on the Independent, Republican and Conservative lines Election Day, November 8.

Completing his second, non-consecutive four-year term Michaels has served the Town focusing on sound fiscal management, modernization and efficiency in operations and supporting responsible land use planning.

Michaels led the successful elimination of benefit packages for elected officials and the freezing of elected position salaries. He supports annual funding contributions to the building and equipment funds as a savings measure whereby the Town needs not increase taxes or borrow for necessary improvements and projects. In doing so he co-chaired the building committee’s addition to the Cemetery Road Highway Department thereby concentrating the entire operation at one location. This move improved the Department’s efficiency plus it created much needed space for operations. As a result, labor and fuel efficiency were improved and the project was completed at half the expense of other previously proposed projects, all without having to borrow funds. Also, for the last four years necessary Highway Department equipment purchases have been made without the need to borrow money.

Michaels supports improvement in using technology. For example, adding high speed internet access to the new Highway Department Facility would facilitate the Highway staff’s access on-line to weather condition enabling more accurate plowing strategies. Internet access would also provide the Superintendent better resources for equipment technical data and Department procurements. Further, technology upgrades such as networking within the Town Office Building computers would permit more efficient file sharing and print management. Michaels stresses that the goals of all technology improvements are to deliver a net cost savings to the Town and to increase the speed at which residents can access information.

Town planning and land use are longtime concerns of Councilman Michaels. Having served the Town previously as a member of the Zoning Board of Appeals, Michaels came to the board with full knowledge of the Town’s Land Use Law and how it applies to the zoning districts. Michaels supported the Town’s Comprehensive Plan developed with resident participation by the Comprehensive Plan Committee. He proposed changes to the Land Use Law, successfully adopted, that allow Multi-tiered Adult Housing Facilities in both Residential-Agriculture Zones by special use permits. Recently there has been strong citizen concern about the potential for industrial uses within the Town specifically the drilling of natural gas resources. Michaels introduced the motion to accept language changes to the Land Use Law that define and limit industrial uses within the Town.

Bill Michaels brings fresh ideas and new strategies to the Board generated by his experiences in operating a small business in the Town since 1992. He believes the primary role of a Councilman is fiduciary, and the record reflects it. His commitment continues the Michaels Family history of public service and business operations in the Town of Otsego since the mid-1800’s. A vote for Bill Michaels on November 8 will give the Town Board experienced leadership.

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