Rotterdam board says yes to citizen committee

The resolution that establishes the committee takes effect immediately, but Tommasone said it will take some time to fill the committee with interested members.

He mentioned two possible members of the committee, Diane Marco and Kevin March.

Marco is a former town board member who retired at the end of last year after eight years of service. She was a strong proponant of the raises, citing the fact that there has been no increase in payment for board members in 17 years.

March is an active citizen and frequent attendee of board meetings. He spoke at several meetings stating his dissatisfactory opinion of the raises.

March said he would have interest in serving on the committee. He thinks the community needs to be more involved in Rotterdam's political process.

"People need to take more action in what happens in the government both locally and nationally," said March. "People need to speak out at meetings instead of complaining after the fact."

Electronic signs discussed

The board also passed a resolution that is the first step in amending the town code to allow public schools and firehouses to use flashing signs.

The resolution, which passed unanimously, will refer the amendment of law to the planning board for further consideration.

The law now states that no sign can be illuminated by or contain flashing, intermittent, rotating or moving lights.

Several schools and firehouses in Rotterdam have electronic, scrolling signs, which serve the purpose of providing vital information to townspeople and could be used during times of emergency, said Tommasone.

The change in code would allow these signs to remain in operation, but would outlaw private citizens from erecting or using lighted signs.


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