The Journal Register (Medina, NY)

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September 2, 2013

Ridgeway voters have highway primary

Medina Journal-Register — On Tuesday, Sept. 10, voters in the Town of Ridgeway will go to the polls to vote in a primary for the town’s highway superintendent. 

The candidates are incumbent Mark Goheen and challenger Ray Wendling.

Mark Goheen

Goheen was elected to the position in November of 2009. Since that time he said the town’s highway department has worked diligently on many projects.

Among the finished projects he listed were the elimination of bridge headwalls next to town roads and the covering of culverts to remove abutments so that cars in many areas cannot just run off a road and land in a ditch.

“We’ve done a handful of those,” Goheen said of the latter.

Major rains in Knowlesville over the summer led to standing water problems in the hamlet. Goheen mentioned how the town has worked to fix that problem to the best of its ability, but he said the problem is an ongoing one.

“We cleaned out the culverts underneath the canal, and now we’re looking to divert water away from Knowlesville,” he said. The town is currently in the process of acquiring state permits to move forward with that project, he said. 

Goheen added that he has been involved in helping to create Ridgeway Water Districts 12 and 13.

“It looks like both of those will be approved for funding,” he said. Currently, he estimated that 85 percent of the town’s residents have town-provided water. 

“We have other folks who still need water, and I’d like to see us get as close to 100 percent as possible,” he noted.

Goheen said he hoped to win another four years with the town.

“I love my job,” he said. “It’s a great bunch of guys to work with, and it’s something different every day.”

Goheen’s background includes an associates degree in mechanical engineering, with supervisory and budgetary experience at places like Kodak. He is a member of the Lions Club, the Jaycees, and is a softball umpire for high school and local leagues.

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