WADDINGTON – Incumbent Town Supervisor Mark Scott is seeking his second, four-year term on the town council.
A longtime resident of Waddington and a very active member of the community, Mr. Scott said he has enjoyed his time as town supervisor.
I believe we have made some positive progress and would like the opportunity to continue to move the community forward, Mr. Scott said.
He will be challenged by former town clerk Sandy R. Wright in the Republican primary race. Even if she loses the Republican primary on Sept. 10, shes locked in the race with the Democratic Party endorsement.
But that does not intimidate Mr. Scott, who said he has done what he said he would do as town supervisor:
■ He said he has implemented a financial plan that continues to save Waddington taxpayers over $100,000 per year through savings on health insurance, pension costs, liability insurance and labor costs.
■ The town has maintained a stable tax levy and reduced the tax rate for all three years hes been supervisor.
■ He worked to sell a former NYPA surplus lot. The resulting $90,000 in extra funds were reinvested to save taxpayers money.
■ He said he has implemented the strategic plan by appointing town board members to committees which will advance recommendations of the plan. Committees include Agriculture; Surplus Lands Utilization; Business Attraction and Retention; and Recreation and Tourism.
■ He wrote two successful grant applications worth $70,000 which will be used to install handicapped accessible facilities at the old town hall so it may be better utilized on a year-round basis. The project will begin by the middle of September.
■ He pushed to switch retiree health insurance coverage, resulting in lower deductibles and savings to the taxpayers.
■ He said he helped secure a grant which paid for a Coles Creek to village trail feasibility study. The study will be used to secure outside construction funds in the future.
■ He keeps citizens informed through regular reports in the Waddington Recorder, which he created over a decade ago.
But Mr. Scott said he has more plans in to spur economic growth. Moving forward, the biggest issue facing Waddington, he says, is stimulating economic development within the town, while sustaining the tax levy.
Using savings, he created a new annual $15,000 economic development account which helped fund a strategic economic development plan that resulted in securing of grant money for town projects.
It will enable the town to undertake additional beneficial initiatives in the future, Mr. Scott said.
He created a Waddington Energy Working Group which has promoted savings through increased energy efficiency and studying the development of renewable energy technologies such as underwater turbines and photovoltaics. He is also working with the town council to create the Sustainable Power and Applied Research Community Concept for the Whitehouse Bay area properties, and signed a contract with a local agri-business to grow sorghum as the first project.
Mr. Scott resides in Waddington with his wife, Kelly, and children, Austin, Cassidy and Gabriella.