Sheibley seeking Gowanda trustee seat

Carol A. Sheibley is seeking election to a two-year term as Gowanda village trustee in the March 19 election. Sheibley served as village trustee from 1990 to 2002 and from 2005 to present. Seventeen of those years, she served as deputy mayor.

Sheibley currently serves as board liaison to the Gowanda Recreation Commission and previously served 16 years as a member and chairperson. Her efforts with Gowanda Recreation span 51 years as a commission member and volunteer. Other current areas of responsibility are garbage and recycling, lighting and sidewalks. She is a past Gowanda Volunteer Fire Department fire commissioner, serving in that role for 11 years, and now has 10 years’ service as a volunteer fire department member, serving as treasurer for her company. Three of those years were spent as department treasurer. She is a member of the Marching and Cadence Unit. She also served on the Southwestern Volunteer Firemen’s Association Convention Committee and was convention treasurer. She is a member of the Cattaraugus County and Southwestern Volunteer Firemen’s associations.

During her tenure in office, some of her responsibilities have included buildings and general maintenance, ordinances, hospital liaison, playgrounds and beautification projects. Sheibley served as village board liaison during the spring and summer of 1996 to the New York State Department of Transportation Route 62/39 total road reconstruction project and in 1998 to the Broadway Road Project. She also served as a member of the Collins/Gowanda Master Plan Committee and worked cooperatively for the infrastructure grant to retain Gowanda Electronic corporation in the village. Other grant writing efforts include village projects of water line replacements, generators for the water department, signage for the village, Americans with Disabilities Act requirements for sidewalks and curb corners, storm drainage on Water Street and the initial grant from the Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation for Chang-Hu Park. She currently attends meetings for the Thatcher Brook Task Force.

Other responsibilities include auditing vouchers for the board meeting abstracts along with a review of bank statement reports.

“I strongly believe in responsible, affordable and accountable government,” Sheibley said. “The spending of taxpayer dollars should be a well-planned, fair, and well though-out process for all action that is taken. Listening to taxpayers’ concerns with a willingness to be their voice is imperative to effect and facilitate needed change. I pride myself on having a working knowledge of village operations and of village and general municipal law.”

Retired after 34 years as elementary physical education and swimming teacher at Gowanda Elementary School, she is a graduate of Mary Manse College in Toledo, Ohio, with a B.A. degree in education, and graduate work at SUNY Buffalo and Fredonia, and Findley College in Ohio. Sheibley is a national award recipient of the American Hometown Leadership Award, for which the Village of Gowanda received $5,000, and National Catholic Education Association Award in 2000, local recipient of Spirit of Gowanda Service Provider Award and Woman of the Year. Sheibley is active in Saint Joseph Church, serving as Eucharistic minister, school board member, parish council member and trustee.

Other memberships include Cattaraugus County Youth Board, chair of Gowanda/Collins Correctional Facility Community Advisory Board, Slovenian Club of Gowanda and Women of the Moose.

Sheibley resides on Torrance Place in Gowanda.