Will Wadsworth, Geneseo Town Supervisor, sat down with Robert DeLena for a podcast recently (the podcast can be seen on GeneseeSun.com or on YouTube). Mr. Wadsworth reflected on philosophy as Town Supervisor and what is upcoming in the future. All Geneseo residents should take the time to watch the podcast and reach out to him if they have questions. Here is a quick synopsis:
Will Wadsworth has held the position of Geneseo’s Town Supervisor for 11 years. This April 16th the Republican caucus will be held which Mr. Wadsworth intends to participate. To help readers decided he agreed to answer the questions listed below. He also was kind enough to participate in a podcast which readers may see for free at our Genesee Sun Facebook page as well as on YoouTube (search the words “Genesee Sun Wadsworth.”)
Q. When did you become the Town Supervisor?
I became town supervisor in 2008
Q. What was it like to become the Supervisor?
Any time there is change, a new perspective, there are things to consider doing differently.
The first years were a big learning curve. The budget is complicated because we have a village, so there are four distinct parts to the budget. Then add special use districts for water and sewer, and there are a lot of moving parts.
Q. Do you like being Supervisor:
It is an exciting job. The Supervisor is aware of all aspects of the town operation. It’s rewarding to challenge the norm and find better more efficient, less expensive, ways to deliver at a high level. In my time the Assessor and Code office have become part-time operations. The Highway under Larry Levey’s guidance has embraced the mission and is operating very efficiently. We have succeeded in bringing in over 1.7 million on grant money from various sources. We have used this money to improve infrastructure to do with Highway, salt Storage, road drainage cross overs, and stormwater management aimed at improving water quality in Conesus Lake, our primary source of drinking water.
Q. The Supervisor also sits on the county Board of Supervisors. What does that work entail?
For the most part, the Board of Supervisors deliver state programs locally, and we are responsible for the Skilled Nursing Facility, Departments of Health, Social Services, and Sheriff to name a few. All of the county departments are managed and staffed by excellent people who are real assets to the citizens of Livingston County. They make us proud every day.
I have served as Vice Chair, I’ve sat on the Human Services, Public Services, and Ways and Means Committees. I currently represent the county on the Soil and Water Conservation Board and The Genesee Finger Lakes Regional Planning Council. …housing
Q. What is your greatest accomplishment?
I have several; 1. Navigating the economic downturn of 2009. It was hard work delivering services at a high level without merely raising taxes. We took an in-depth look at everything we did and had to make some sacrifices, but we did it. That set us up nicely for operating within the Governor’s future tax cap.
2. Managing through a change of leadership in all major departments, most due to retirements has been challenging. The new team is talented, and learning and the other veteran employees and I provide stability as the new team members determine how to work in a municipality and the intricacies of The Town of Geneseo. We are at a significant junction, and I am proud of the work I am doing to assure the future stability of the town Government.
Q. What is next for Geneseo?
We are receiving quite a bit of interest in commercial development. Our excellent planning board is working on several exciting projects. Our recent rewrite of the town zoning code and the adoption of design standards make us much better prepared for receiving applications that fit our values.
We are just about to start the review of our comprehensive master plan on its tenth anniversary, and it is looking good for a new water district on Lima Elm, North, and Pole bridge roads. A USDA grant partly funds this project.
The citizens of this proposed new district submitted petitions requesting municipal water, and it moved forward. The project stalled for several years because our population grew to greater than ten thousand making us a NY State Town of the First Class. It took several years to convince the USDA that we were, in fact, rural and that this grant funding was essential to proceed with this water district.
Q. What are your thoughts to share with the voters?
We are in a crucial time as we bring on new staff and fine-tune the budget process to remain one of the lowest taxing towns in the region. I work hard and am committed to the town and county. I am determined to finish the projects we have been working on and some yet to come. I work well with my colleagues at the town and the county and am in an excellent position to provide value to both. I have been in this position for 11 years, despite changes in staff and the ever-changing requirements of the state of new york, everything has gotten done. There have been no failures or major problems or controversies.
I have sincerely appreciated your support in the past and ask for your help at the Republican caucus on April 16th at 7:00 pm in the Supervisors Chamber at the Livingston County Government Center. There is a challenger, and I believe I remain the best choice for Geneseo. “