Woller resigns from Fleischmanns board

By Jay Braman Jr.
Long-time Fleischmanns Village Trustee Fred Woller, who ran unsuccessfully for mayor just last year, has resigned from his post.

The resignation was announced by Mayor Todd Pascarella last week at the village board meeting. No explanation for Woller’s resignation was given. Woller was re-elected to another two-year term just this past March.

At the same meeting, Pascarella appointed village resident David Yates to fill the vacancy. Yates will remain on the board until elections in March 2013. At that time voters will chose a trustee to fill Woller’s unexpired term.

While ushering in the new political blood, Pascarella was grateful to Yates. “I would also like to thank David Yates for stepping up to graciously offer his public service to the village at this time,” he said. “David and his wife, Young Song have owned a home in the village for four years and, after having the first floor of their house on Main Street destroyed by the Great Flood of 2011, they rebuilt it and David decided to call Fleischmanns home. David has worked in the digital design profession and has volunteered his talents in helping to keep Fleischmanns updated on social media.”

Earlier this month Yates established himself as a vocal supporter of the restoration of the Bridge Street bridge, whose fate is in the hands of the Delaware County Department of Public Works.
Yates told the Catskill Mountain News recently that he questions the decision making of that department. “I don’t understand why the county decided to undertake the repair of the Depot Street bridge when the Bridge Street bridge hasn’t been resolved,” said Yates Tuesday. “I also question which budget is covering the cost of the work on Depot Street.”

Yates also feels that Fleischmanns, now with the Depot Street bridge out of commission, really dodged a bullet during hurricane Sandy.

“With the Bridge Street bridge removed and no longer functioning, and the Depot Street bridge under construction, the residents of the Village of Fleischmanns were left in a very vulnerable situation,” Yates said. “This underscores the importance of having all the bridges in Fleischmanns open and operating to vehicular traffic. Fewer crossings put our village in peril. Removal of even one of the bridge crossings in Fleischmanns creates serious safety issues.”

Yates is the second trustee to be appointed this year. The village board appointed Wagner Avenue resident Kathleen Rostad to the board in the spring. The appointment was made to fill the vacancy left by Trustee Todd Pascarella, who was appointed mayor to fill the vacancy left by former mayor Dave Morell, who resigned last winter.