"He is very qualified and has more training than all the current committee members," said Klotz. "The planning board chair serves at the pleasure of the town board, and that gives the town board the responsibility as a whole to control and make changes necessary."
Council member Winters did not support the appointment.
"The public is questioning Rockwood's closeness to our town supervisor," said Winters. "They can see this closeness, and it's not just my opinion but something that's quickly becoming clear to residents."
In a split vote, Rockwood was appointed planning board chair, with Nolen and Winters opposing; Klotz, Thomas and Sausville in accordance.
Ethics committee to be studied
In a move that could delay processing of two complaints against Sausville, the board appointed a committee to examine the make-up of the ethics board, which has only reviewed two complaints in the last 15 years or so, and make recommendations for who should fill the committee seats.
Sausville said changes in Association of Towns guidelines called for reviewing and re-appointing ethics committee members.
"We have a blue ribbon group to gather a list of town residents to sit on the ethics board," said Sausville. "However, the town board can choose others, not just those recommended by the panel."
In an interesting twist, former town supervisor David Meager will serve on the committee.
Those approved to review the Association of Town rules and recommend any changes are Paul DeCotis, Bill Baker, Jeff Stratton, Dave Stiles, Fred Sievers, Dave Meager and Kyle Kordich.
Other organizational business included setting policies for purchasing, tax collection, banking and investments, and other nuts and bolts. Among those approved Monday night were:
The town clerk's office, town historian's office and the town parks and recreation office (David R. Meager Community Center), will be open to the public from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, except on holidays.