Business in the Allegany County Town of Genesee remained at a semi-stall Monday as residents and town officials waited for the announced planned resignations of Supervisor Orville Jordan and Councilman Robert Deschler and for Thursday's 1:30 p.m. hearing in State Supreme Court in Belmont on the legality of the Nov. 5 dismissal of Town Clerk Carolyn Sherman.
"We haven't paid any bills since October," Mrs. Sherman said Monday. "And the Town Board has not met."
Her dismissal by a 3-2 Town Board vote elevated what had been a local fight into an issue before State Supreme Court.
Jordan, Deschler and Councilman Jerald DeGroff had voted for the dismissal. So far, only DeGroff's resignation has been received, Mrs. Sherman said.
Acting Supreme Court Justice Peter Sprague on Nov. 16 reinstated Mrs. Sherman pending the hearing Thursday. Sprague also had ordered the town office to be reopened after Jordan had closed it.
Former Councilman Charles L. Barrett, who in November was elected for a term beginning Jan. 1, said that he is waiting for the resignations of Jordan and Deschler so that he can be appointed to take his councilman's seat early. Deschler reportedly is in Florida and is said to have mailed his resignation. When the resignations occur, Barrett and Councilmen Edgar B. Sherman and Clyde Young will constitute a quorum of three that will enable town business to be conducted.
Barrett said that as much as $30,000 in town bills remains unpaid. Moreover, he voiced concern about the safety of two town funds, one of $97,000 and the other of $101,000. "It would only take a signature to remove some of those funds," he said.
Barrett said that Jordan, a former Andover school superintendent, last November was elected supervisor of the town of fewer than 2,000 persons that lies between Wellsville and Olean. He had no opposition because no one wanted the office, Barrett said.
"This is the price we have to pay for apathy," he added.
Barrett said that he and another former councilman, Dean Aaron, have been working to have Jordan removed as supervisor.