Incumbent Supervisor Margaret Bartley and former Supervisor Noel Merrihew.
Voters in Elizabethtown will have a familiar choice when they go to the ballots Nov. 5.
For the second straight election for the office of town supervisor, current Supervisor Margaret Bartley will face off against former Supervisor Noel Merrihew, who she defeated in 2011.
What do you bring the position of supervisor that will benefit the residents of the town?
Bartley: I have started a lot of various projects that deal with town improvement, and I would like to continue them and see things through. There are a lot of things to do and the biggest is the sewer project. It has taken two years to complete the paperwork on the Foot Bridge grant. We are also partnering with Verizon to bring in 4G service and with the help of Congressman Owens. We will have a blue mailbox on Court Street.
Merrihew: Experience. I think with controlling spending by coordinating our workforce we can help the efficiency of expenditures with the coordination of manpower.
What is the state of Elizabethtown right now?
Merrihew: I think Elizabethtown is poised to positively grow in a conservative fashion for the North Country region. We have all of the infrastructure, aside from the sewer. It is a matter of making the calls and bringing the parties to the table.
Bartley: I think Elizabethtown is moving forward. In the last six months we have had a half dozen families that have moved in. We have a couple of businesses moving in. We have turned the corner on the recession we have had. Between the chamber and the governor promoting the North Country, we have seen a huge benefit and the hospital has been a huge part of that.
What do you as supervisor, if elected, have to do to ensure Elizabethtown has a functioning wastewater treatment system in the next two years?
Bartley: The first thing we have to do is get all of the materials and plans that we have paid for, which we have not received yet. We are missing engineering specs and some other things that are needed for construction. We also need to listen to the funding agencies who say the project is too big. Start small, phase in work and let it grow.
Merrihew: The first thing is to bring the project shovel-ready. Everything should be ready to be shipped to the agencies for funding. We should be at that point and we are not. We are just lacking the easements. Them we need to bring in the funding agencies by the beginning of 2014 to make sure that we are on their lists for potential grants and funding.
Other than the wastewater system, what is the biggest issue facing Elizabethtown?
Merrihew: The DPW. There are certain, given costs associated with town government that you have nothing to do with as far as retirement and health care. You have control over your staff and over planning. You have to be careful with how you save money, yet you have to make sure that you do. I believe that with efficiencies implemented, you can then go back and fund some of the non-profits.
Bartley: I am very worried about the declining population in our school. If we continue at the rate of decline we are in, we are going to lose businesses. We need to bring people here and we need to welcome those people here. If we lose people, we will lose our stores. When these stores pull out they leave big holes. Also, the population’s average age went from 45 to 52 in 10 years. We need to make sure we have jobs, because jobs bring in young people.
How do you continue to provide quality services to the taxpayers while staying within the state tax levy cap?
Bartley: What I have done is to really start paying attention to the details when it comes to fuel and electricity to find ways to scale back on those costs. We have converted to wood heat in the highway and golf course garages and we are looking at lots of reductions in areas where we can. We have a wonderful group of volunteers that have been helping us out and we have received a lot of donations, having raised several thousand to finish the new holes at the golf course.
Merrihew: You have to go out and find ways to create revenue. You can do that with the highway and your parks department and in other areas. It comes down to managing your expenses and finding the unique ways to bring income into the town.
Three candidates are seeking two seats on the Elizabethtown board, including incumbent Evelyn Hatch, Richard Olcott and William Wright Jr.
Voting for Elizabethtown residents will take place at the Town Hall, 7563 Court St., from 6 a.m. until 9 p.m. Nov. 5.