Stop signs start debate

In a typical year, traffic control is swamped by stop sign requests, but most are denied.

"Stop signs should only be placed in appropriate places," said Redlich.

The board spent about 20 minutes discussing open government, after which Redlich proposed that a portion of town board meetings be given over to department head sessions.

His suggestion is that town department heads identified in agenda items be at board meetings to answer questions. Since Guilderland board meetings are televised, he felt this would keep the public informed, and would help monitor departmental activities.

Runion felt that the department heads should be protected. By law, he said, they have the right to an attorney before questioning.

"There needs to be controlling of questioning," Runion said. "I don't think it's been well thought out. We can't legally order them in."

"The public should be familiar with department duties. Opposing this is opposing open government," said Grimm.

"I don't think department heads are required to appear," said Pastore. Slavick, Pastore and Runion opposed the proposal.

"I don't want this turning into a witch hunt," Runion said in closing.

"I can't believe my colleagues would oppose open government. I'm in shock," said Redlich.

In other business, the board unanimously appointed machine custodians and party representatives to work the 2008 primaries and elections. Members also appointed Michael Borges as a member of the economic development advisory committee.""

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