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Bickering halts Guilderland town board meeting

During the public comment period Caroline Williams questioned Grimm's and fellow Republican board member Warren Redlich's claims that the current assessment process is unfair and stated that neither board member had provided information on how the process was broken. Williams stated that the assessment process was a state process and that if the board members felt that it was broken that they needed to address the issue on a state level.

Christine Marshall, a civil service employee of many years, discussed how the position of police chief is a competitive class civil service position and sought to explain the process of open competitive appointments.

Redlich requested to question each of the speakers, but only Marshall agreed. During questioning, Redlich rephrased Marshall's comments in a manner she contested.

Interactions among board members became even more heated during this time, as voices were raised and members interrupted each other and the speakers. Runion moved to adjourn the meeting due to this lack of civility and the board's inability to move on to the items on the agenda, and all members were in favor except Redlich and Grimm. The audience applauded the adjournment.

After the meeting Runion described the conduct as inappropriate and "treating the public poorly, totally disruptive." Runion stated that he was "sending a clear message to the board to clean up its act and be respectful to each other and the public."

The board met on March 4 with the intention of discussing a re-zoning request, the Safe Routes to School Program, Glassworks Village, and other issues pertinent to the Guilderland community. The issues and the other items on the March 4 agenda will be discussed at the next board meeting on Tuesday, March 18, at 7:30 p.m. in the Guilderland Town Hall. Meetings are also broadcast live on Channel 17. ""

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