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February 28, 2018

What the Town of Wheatfield just did, the entire county should be doing, too

A casual observer might not have called it triumphal or even worthy of comment, but for governmental observers and watchdogs several important things took place Monday at Wheatfield’s town board meeting.

Department heads: Paul Siegmann of the Highway Department, Rich Donner of Water & Sewer, Mike Klock (above photo) from inspection, Assessor Bridget Grawe. Nearly all of them were present Monday.

But that’s not the new part. For some time now, Wheatfield has been leading the county’s major municipalities in having department heads speak regularly at council meetings.

This time, though, instead of remaining [...]

 
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October 17, 2017

“Phishing” emails might have hooked town employee in week-long email outage

The Town of Wheatfield is only just recovering from a Gmail hack that left the town’s email system down for about a week.

Councilman Larry Helwig said “it’s been a painful week” with long days getting the system back up in the information technology department.

The town has brought in outside consultants to help deal with the hacked email situation that first became apparent when phony emails were being sent out by town employees.

How the hackers got into the system is still unknown, Helwig said. But he strongly cautioned employees not to click on links contained in emails.

Emails from Amazon, UPS and [...]

 
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July 10, 2017

Board silent as Wheatfield gives up $750,000 grant for sidewalks on Krueger Road

“Do we have a second?” Supervisor Robert Cliffe asked Wheatfield town board members Gil Doucet, Larry Helwig, Randy Retzlaff and Arthur Gerbec regarding his resolution to accept a $750,000 grant to build a sidewalk on Krueger Road.

Wheatfield own board members Arthur Gerbec and Larry Helwig during Supervisor Robert Cliffe’s attempt to get a second regarding his proposal to build a sidewalk on dangerous Krueger Road.

Silence.

“Gentlemen, I need a second to proceed.”

Silence.

Wheatfield town board member Gilbert Doucet during Supervisor Robert [...]

 
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June 6, 2017

Krueger sidewalks getting public meeting; updated costs released

After hearing Ryan Fischer’s sister ask, “Why won’t you build us sidewalks?” Wheatfield Supervisor Robert Cliffe said the town is planing a meeting for residents to express their desire or opposition to the long-discussed project.

In the meantime, urban planner Maureen Harding asked the town board to walk down Krueger Road, where Fischer was killed on foot, and experience the traffic and the speeds at which it travels.

Deborah Fadel said the street is unique in Wheatfield due to its combination of 11 feeder streets, fire hall, playground and two commercial properties.

Fadel asked the board [...]

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