Financial Stability or Financial Instability


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                           Susan Shepler


Mrs. Shepler was the town Bookkeeper.

She resigned.

The town then hired Lester Losaw.

Mrs. Shepler is running on the Financial Stability Line this November.

Please read the following.


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Susan Shepler buys Thurman property





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Susan Shepler is running for town Supervisor on the Financial Stability ticket.

























Whitespace revisited

Many have been curious about the Whitespace project in Thurman and rightly so. If you read this post to the end you will finally have the information you’ve been waiting to hear for years.

Please find below an excerpt from the transcript of the Supreme Court case initiated by the former town supervisor against the contractor who designed and built the Whitespace network.

Please find a link to the illegal Emergency meeting below. The reason it was illegal is because all board members were not present; JohnYoungblood was absent rendering this board meeting and any action taken null and void, which the former town supervisor and board members knew going into the meeting.

The description of the Law concerning Emergency meetings can be found below.

Not only does this show it was an illegal meeting but the former boards incompetence.

Thurman Town Board Emergency Meeting May 2 2016

Please find below a section of Town Law Manual page 35 describing business conducted at a Special Meeting and the requirements “as long as all concilmembers had actual notice of the meeting, attended and participated.”

Page 35 of Town Law Manual

The former board authorized the action, Councilman Eddy voted “No”, for litigation against Mr. Engelmann as regards a public safety emergency.

On pages 12 through 14 you will find where the former supervisor gave false information, under oath, regarding subscribers switching their telephone system over to this (Whitespace) system.
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The testimony given by the former supervisor was not true.

A search of Verizon phone directory and 411 delivered contrary results as all whitespace subscribers have the same phone numbers they had prior to being connected to whitespace.

A current petition supported by whitespace subscribers to have Verizon fix the antiquated phone lines in Thurman futher supports whitespace subscribers have not switched their telephone network.


Let me further explain whitespace.

The former Thurman Town Board signed a five year contract with Frontier for access and use of their trunk line which is where the Whitespace internet starts.

The fee agreed upon between both parties (Frontier and the former town board) was $950 / month for 5 years.
The fee paid to National Grid for electricity to heat and cool the Whitespace cabinets is between $200 and $250 / month.

The fee paid to Mr. Groff to cover electrical fees incurred for use of his pole is $50 / month.

Now comes the part no one (or should I say very few people) knew about.

There was an agreement between the former town board and Mr. Engelmann that the subscribers fee be split between the town and Mr. Engelmann. In other words, if a subscriber paid $50, $25 went to the town and Mr. Engelmann earned the other $25 for services rendered for maintaining the network and this was agreed upon by the former board.

A description of maintaining the network covered items such as monitoring the system for error reports, troubleshooting and billing.

All of the former board was aware of all aspects of the Whitespace project. Councilmember Eddy by his votes did not support the conclusions of the rest of the board regarding the Whitespace project. Why did they fail to do due diligence regarding Whitespace? Why did they let it go without an operator for months, when the only person who could and was willing to operate it was only a phone call away?

They thought they could manage the network – they quickly found out they could not and the only reason Whitespace is not the success it could be today is because of the hasty actions of the past administration.

The full transcript of the criminal action taken against Mr. Engelmann  in the Supreme court will be available in a subsequent post.


Say What?

Mrs. Seaman can be heard instructing Councilman Michael Eddy what he can and cannot do as a board member at the July 2017 Board Meeting, that may be found HERE.

Too bad she didn’t practice what she preached.

Apparently, her memory fails her as she was the deciding vote for her own appointment. That video may be found HERE.

I would have liked to provide a link to the YouTube video of the December 8, 2015 meeting where the public had quite a lot to say about keeping Mrs. Seaman on as a “hold over” board member. I had downloaded it before its mysterious disappearance, but it seems someone had something to hide and had edited the original video – isn’t that curious?

I do not believe I’d trust anyone with such lack of ethics, let alone vote them back into office!

Resolution 1 of 2016 Gail Seaman votes for herself

8 December Thurman Board Meeting minutes

Memorandum from town attorney

Michael Eddy Letter page 1Michael Eddy Letter page 2

In closing, there was once a YouTube channel with all of the videos of past town board meetings put up by a proposed group of Thurman “friends.” Those videos slowly started disappearing, guess they weren’t very “friendly” to begin with.

Sad for them in reality; it only causes one to ask what they had to hide that made them remove each and every video from their YouTube channel – what prompted that?

Opponent running for Town Clerk

The Candidate interested in ousting the current Town of Thurman Clerk may be heard, very loudly screaming at an elderly woman. She called this person stupid at time-stamp 5:25, tells another that they asked an asinine question at time-stamp 5:35. Now mind you, she is NOT our current clerk, but would like to be.


This is the same person who wants to represent your town as the clerk. The clerk is the FOIL officer, if she is asked to provide information and she doesn’t like that person is she going to call them stupid or asinine?


When she was finished verbally abusing the elderly woman and those around the elderly woman she can be seen approaching the board at time-stamp 6:00 and then town clerk with a printed out photocopy of what she said the Warren County Sheriff said to her.


She can be heard at time-stamp 6:03 saying “This is Bud York’s statement about the surveillance camera.” Bud York contacted the towns Attorney that same day and said he did not say that.


The clerk is also a Notary of the Public; the definition of a Notary is, A notary’s main functions are to administer oaths and affirmations, take affidavits and statutory declarations, witness and authenticate the execution of certain classes of documents….., I don’t believe I would trust a person who would lie about what a Sheriff said….

The link to the meeting may be found HERE



Research on Notary of Public is supported HERE

The sidewalk


In April of 2016 appointed Councilwoman Shepler gave a report on the status of the sidewalk entry to town hall. She stated and was recorded in the town board minutes “Sidewalk/Concrete is still ongoing and waiting for another quote.”

Susan Shepler, an appointed council member, was tasked with repairing the sidewalk which was in total disrepair, but was unable to bring it to a conclusion for 9 months. The town of Thurman has a population of 67% Senior Citizens.

After reviewing all of 2016’s meetings minutes, one cannot find another mention of the progress of this important issue. Therefore, Councilman Eddy with his own money and labor corrected the problem.

Former Councilwoman Seaman acting on political motives found fault with it. Their was a fault and it was corrected and accepted by the Buildings and Codes Inspector.

Councilman Eddy deserves thanks.


Further research

So, if I’m reading this correctly, the Attorney the town pays to represent us recommended against having Seaman remain in office with the “hold over” motion.

The board at the time, with the abstention of Councilman Eddy voted in favor… but wait, it was a four member board. So if Councilman Eddy abstained from voting, then Seaman voted for herself? That is not legal.

That move put the town of Thurman in serious jeopardy. Any resolution voted on by that board member could be called into question due to a selfish act.

Lets talk ethics

It causes me great concern that our past government paid such little attention to legal guidance we the people paid for.

Not only did they throw caution to the wind, they threw your money out with it.

Do you want to take a stroll down a destructive memory lane, or do you want to move into our towns advancement?

What I just read here is that the old board was advised against doing the hold over and waning on the side of caution for the town, not fill a vacated seat with a “hold over”. But to hold a special election to fill the vacated seat.

The past board did not listen to a firm they hired for legal guidance…. they felt they knew better than a firm trained in municipal legalities.