Rayland

Dear Editor,

The Village of Rayland at the present time is moving forward for the benefit of all village residents. The good things happening in your town are unprecendented in it history. We have the momentum moving in the right direction. Here is a list of some of the accomplishments that happened in the past eight years during my term in office.

The present village officials have taken your village from the brink of bankruptcy with over $100,000 dollars in debt to the municipality being on sound financial ground. Think about that citizens. This cannot be disputed. Why would you want to change things?

The village has received over $1,000,000 dollars in government grants in the past eight years with a good chance of getting more. Do you, the good residents of Rayland, want to this to stop? I don't think so. Keep the present council in office, Clarice Bibbo, Carolyn Tolonese, Breanda Staats, along with the electing newcomer, Todd Heitz, to keep us moving forward. The Village of Rayland cannot afford to hesitate when it comes to applying for government grants. If we hesitate, the village loses its ability to apply for and receive any grants from any government agency. In the present environment, it is very difficult for any small village to compete for what grant money is available. Your village ill need sewer lines replaced, roads repaired and improved, storm drainage rehabilitated and many other parts of its infrastructure replaced and rehabilitated in the near future. Your village's very survival is at stake. Think about this before you vote for a Rayland Village Council Person in the November general election backed by a person who is a chronic complainer, has never applied for a grant in his life and sees nothing good being done in the village as stated in his many letters to the editor.

Your village has gotten new sidewalks, put in on the east side of Main Street with new sidewalks on the west side to follow at no cost to any resident.

Narrows Road has been resurfaced at a cost of $80,000 dollars through a government grant at no cost to any resident of Rayland.

The Village of Rayland has gotten new waterlines installed on Main Street, Church Street and Highland Street at a cost of $700,000 dollars through a government federal stimulus grant (the only one received in Jefferson County) again at no cost to the citizens of Rayland.

This list could go on and one, but I really do not need to continue, everybody gets the idea.

There needs to be continuity in the Village of Rayland with the working together of the present officials to offer the best chance for the municipality to keep moving forward, not backward.

What is best for the Village of Rayland and its residents is the most important reason - the only reason to elect village officals. Do not vote for candidates who have hidden agendas or want to make changes for their own personal reasons.

Re-elect Clarice Bibbo, Brenda Staats and Carolyn Tolonese on Village Council along with electing Todd Heitz, to ensure that the Village of Rayland and will continue to move forward under good leadership and management. It is all up to you, the residents. As citizens of Rayland, you have to make the decision on how Rayland either moves forward for survival or backward into the abyss. It is all up to you. We have the best community in the valley. Let us keep it that way!

Tammy Morelli

Mayor

Village of Rayland

Rayland

Dear Editor,

I am writing in reply to the Letter to the Editor written by Chuck Sudvary of Narrows Road, Rayland, and as usual it contains half truths, innuendoes, and out and out lies.

If he has so much to gripe about and thinks Rayland Village Council is doing such a bad job as he states in his many Letters to the Editor, why isn't his name on the ballot for November instead of his "substitutes?"

I won't try to answer each of his complaints, because some of them are just so laughable, it would be a waste of my time and your time. One example: all the chairs for the public have been removed from the municipal building on orders from the village administrator. Is that ridiculous or what?

Mr. Sudvary writes, The Village of Rayland Council passed a $4 a month street light fee on orders from the village administrator - there he goes again - and the village charged a late fee of $10 a month to anyone who did not pay the fee. He does not state that the street light fee is put on the resident's utility bill and is part of the utility bill and if you do not pay your utility bill in full each month, you are charged a delinquent fee of $10. The $4 light fee per month is the law. Mr. Sudvary, is it okay to break the law if you don't agree with it?

Mr. Sudvary brings up the state audit the village had years ago and he states records were missing. We have been through this over and over again. I hate to repeat the same answers that have been given before, because he does not seem to understand. He does not say anything about the recent audit by the state auditor on the village books that found everything in order and gave words of praise to the village on a job well done. Must have slipped his mind!

I was hired over eight years ago for the exact reason that has been stated before that the books were in disarray and the village was $100,000 in debt. That was all corrected and soon after the village was on its way to recovery. Now, at the present time and with the hard work and guidance of Mayor Tammy Morelli and the present village council, along with Rick Soos, our fiscal officer, who is one of the finest fiscal officers in the state, the village is in a period of unprecedented good fortune with the momentum for good things to keep happening going in the right direction. With this in mind residents should give very serious consideration to keeping the present village council together so the village can keep moving forward.

Oh, by the way, I hired the mayor's mother as janitor for the village at about $15 every two weeks without asking the fiscal officer if the village could afford it. Mr. Sudvary wants to know if this is legal. I need to ask the village law director before I get in trouble. Is this idiotic or what?

Should I go on? Maybe, just one more item. This one is new, at least to me. Mr. Sudvary writes, - is everyone ready for this one - "Village council keeps saying certain people are not "Rayland People." He goes on, "maybe council members need to be reminded who is paying their wages." I think that if any council member is caught saying that to anyone they should be docked their $15 a meeting pay. I bet they are really scared now!

I could go on and on, but why waste my breath in this case, my time and ink. Everyone knows what the village officials are dealing with. I do wish everybody would get out and vote for the three incumbents the village has on village council: Clarice Bibbo, Brenda Staats, and Carolyn Tolonese, along with newcomer, Todd Heitz, who does not have a personal agenda, for Rayland Village Council to keep the village moving forward. We have a lot of plans and ideas for the present and future of the community, with the possibility of obtaining more government grants at the forefront. We, the village officials, would like to implement those plans and ideas for the good of the Village of Rayland. We can only get this important work done if we all work together as a team: residents and officials. President Lincoln said, "a house divided cannot stand." This present village council and mayor stand as one moving forward together doing whatever is necessary for the betterment of the Village of Rayland.

Richard Bibbo

Village Administrator of Rayland