First, they both wanted to unite the town and work together. However, the very first meeting of 2017, Cynthia Hyde made a motion to dissolve the position of Deputy Supervisor, this was a non-paid position. How was this hurting the town at all? What it was really doing, was keeping Cynthia Hyde, Kathy Templeton, and Mike Eddy from trying to control every move our Supervisor at that time could do. If she was not able to do her job for any reason, they wanted to take over. They had no experience in running a town however the Deputy Supervisor at the time did. How was this decision looking out for the taxpayers?
The next thing they wanted to do was rescind the Rules of Procedure. Why would they want to do that? The reason was that they wanted to be able to talk, yell and make accusations whenever they wanted to during meetings and take any authority away from the supervisor at the time. This was nothing more than a “bullying” move.
The next thing they did was to rescind the Town Attorney Contact policy. Again, why would they want to do that? The answer is because they wanted to have the tax payers pay for the use of the town attorney for their own personal issues. They wanted to try again, to use the attorney to strong arm the supervisor at the time. This policy was set in place in the first place because Mike Eddy ran up a bill of over $2000.00 calling the attorney about issues that he personally did not like, it was not for town issues that concerned him, it was for issues that made him mad because it wasn’t what he wanted personally, one issue was the fact that Mr. Eddy has been trying to get Bear Pond Road closed to the public for years and has not been successful. Mr. Eddy and his family own camps on this section of road and have tried to run many people off the road when they were there hunting or hiking. They even tried to kick out a group of people that own a hunting camp back on that section of road.
So far, have you seen anything that says these people are working together with the board at the time? Do you see anything that says they are trying to work to unite? So far, it is clearly personal agendas tearing apart the town’s policies to put into place policy’s that serve their personal agenda.
Let’s not forget, there was one other board member at the time as well that they were not listening too or working with, it wasn’t just the supervisor at the time.
On January 20th, 2017, the supervisor at the time chose to resign. This board was clearly not going to work together for the good of the town and what they wanted her to do was be the one to put her name on the dotted line for their agenda, which left them free from responsibility if anything went wrong, they could say she was supervisor it was her responsibility. So, on that day the town lost a supervisor that had worked hard for the town for 7 years. She worked to keep the taxes low and through hurricane Irene, she kept this town functioning and fought to get FEMA in here to restore our roads and bridges. She fought to get the Combs Road bridge rebuilt, and was able to work with the federal, state and county administrations to make that happen. It also only cost the taxpayers about $5000.00 as well and the state did the work saving even more on our highway budget.
This supervisor did the only thing she could do and resigned. She was not going to do the unethical things the new board members wanted her to do.
January 20th, there was a board meeting. Since the supervisor and one board member were able to at least get the abolishment of the deputy supervisor position tabled, that position was still intact as of this date. The Deputy Supervisor at the time, Susan Shepler, chaired the meeting and they worked through most of the annual audits for the town. Once that portion of the meeting was done, Cynthia Hyde made the motion to abolish the deputy supervisor’s position. They took a vote and the vote was 3-1. Cynthia Hyde, Kathy Templeton, and Mike Eddy all voted for it. The other board member voted against it. So, the town lost once again. Susan Shepler stepped down as deputy supervisor and the town fell into the hands of this board. The other board member, Jey Youngblood, also resigned that night, another loss for our town.
As far as I am concerned, that is the day the town of Thurman went back 8 or 9 years. Back to backdoor politics at its finest.
Right away they stepped up and started spending money. Attorney fees are through the roof this year. On February 14th, they appointed Cynthia Hyde as supervisor. She lost in 2015 when she ran, but she finally now had what she wanted, she could “get her hands on the books” as she so happily stated she wanted to do while campaigning in 2015.
The next move they did was to ask for letters to fill the two board seats. They however only filled one of those seats. The only letter of interest was Joan Harris, who had tried many times to run, but lost every time. So, they appointed her.
Cynthia Hyde quickly appointed Deb Runyon as her Secretary/Bookkeeper. Deb Runyon had also tried to run for board but lost. She was also a big supporter of the current board.
In March, the town clerk, Jeanie Sprague, resigned. Do you see a pattern here folks? They then ended up appointed Susan Staples. Susan Staples does not do a good job as clerk. When people have gone there to get a fishing license she has told them that she is not licensed to do that. She does not like to go against what she personally likes to do for the town’s people. The town board meeting minutes are not posted until a month or better after meetings. She is not a good town clerk, yet she is running for this position.
The new town board and acting supervisor also fired the Sole Assessor that had been hired by the previous administration. Mike Eddy stated that it was not legal to hire this man since the position did not become vacant until January 1st. Huh?? Obviously, Mr. Eddy doesn’t have a clue, even after 4 years of sitting on the board. To go from an elected position to an appointed position takes time. So, it had to be started the end of 2016. Which is was. Resolutions had to be passed and papers filed with the state. The new position did not take effect until January 1st. So, the old assessors stayed in office until then. So yes, it was perfectly legal and done so through the town attorney. Mr. Eddy just didn’t want to see his friends leave the assessor’s office. It makes one wonder why? They didn’t have to worry long though, as the new board fired the sole assessor that had been hired and appointed the old assessor, Thom Birdsall. They even created a position that did not exist for Susan Baker as Clerk to the Assessor. They could make sure their friends stayed where they wanted them.
Kathy Templeton stated in her campaign speech in 2016, “Wouldn’t it be great if we all got along?”. However, Kathy chides people to the point of intimidation when they merely have questions. Her followers also help in her endeavors on social media. Kathy recently called someone with a college degree in political science a pup and told them to go get some milk and go to bed. She also referred to this person as an idiot. This was all this year, as a council member. So much for wanting to get along. It only proves that she will say anything to get elected, but that is as far as it goes.
This town board does not like the security camera's so they turned them off. Cynthia Hyde stated that one reason was because they were creating too many FOIL requests. Kathy Templeton stated on social media that they were on, but that the sheriff told the town attorney not to let it be known when they were on, so would be burglars would not know when they were on. I have to state the obvious here, if you have security cameras, the best way to keep criminals away is to have them on 24/7, so Kathy Templeton's statement makes no sense at all.
When a landfill position became available, they appointed another friend and political supporter to the position. He did not last there, but while there he managed to mess everything up.
They hired the son of another friend and political supporter, who they had to fire within two weeks for not doing his job.
So, we now have a town administration of self-appointed people that are not doing a good job for the tax payers. They have spent money like crazy on things that were not in the town’s budget, they hired their friends. They had to hire an outside CPA to do the job that Cynthia Hyde is supposed to be doing, all the time blaming it all on the past administration. Cynthia Hyde collects extra pay as the towns Fiscal Officer, yet a CPA was also paid to do that work.
One more important note, we also lost all our volunteers for the Youth Commission and Food Pantry! When good people are leaving because of this administration, how is that good for our town?
Is the town of Thurman in the papers all the time anymore? No. How come? Because this administration is doing a good job?? No! Because they have all their friends and supporters in place so they all get along. All the people that did nothing but run the town and the administration down, are now employed by the town or just happy their friends are now in office. It isn’t because things are going well for our town. No news is not always good news.
Don’t put all your trust in the silence of the newspapers.
The town of Thurman is in a sad state. A state that only we the taxpayers can change in November.
We need to lock the door once and for all on backdoor politics.