With a final presentation on citizen engagement and leadership, the 20/20 Implementation Committee, which has analyzed a number of elements of Bethlehem town government, wrapped up its work.
After presenting findings and recommendations to the Town Board over the past year ranging from commercial re-use of properties to potential unification of the town’s highway and public works departments, members of the committee have finished their main task of coming up with proposals to streamline town government.
Committee co-chairs Terri Egan (former Bethlehem supervisor) and George Leveille (Chairman of the Town’s Planning Board) were at the Town Board’s final meeting of the year on Wednesday, Dec. 28 to thank them for allowing and supporting this type of work.
“While we said this was our final, final report, George and I talked and to the extent that decisions are made as you move forward over the next couple of weeks, couple of months, and if there is an interest in convening this type of group again, we would certainly be open to having a conversation about process,” Egan told the board.
The committee’s work has served as a spark for conversations regarding elected and appointed seats in town government and better ways to ensure the town is maximizing its revenues and monitoring its money.
Supervisor Sam Messina said the committee’s work is an example of what sets Bethlehem apart.
“There’s nowhere that I look at the state level, county level or other town or city levels that has quite the wealth of people volunteering their time, their energies, to come up with such wonderful documentation, such strong and clear guidance for the town board to consider in the future,” said Messina.
Members of Bethlehem’s 20/20 Implementation Committee have laid out suggestions to the Town Board regarding how the town can foster economic development.