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Bethlehem Town Board holds off on filling Planning Board seats

An unusual procedural snafu sparked perhaps the liveliest debate between members of the board after the organizational agenda had been completed. When it came time to approve the minutes of the last meeting, as is customary, board members realized that only two of the five had been present at the last meeting on Dec. 23.

Board members Kyle Kotary and Joann Dawson were absent from this meeting, and newly minted member Mark Jordan was not yet on the board, leaving Messina and Councilman Mark Hennessey unable to constitute a majority.

Town Attorney James Potter explained that the vote to approve the minutes is largely ceremonial, as the town clerk is tasked with keeping the minutes. The vote merely acknowledges that the Town Board agrees with the minutes as prepared.

After discussion, a 2-0 vote was taken, with three abstentions.

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