[Updated] Nisky indoor rec project 'postponed'

Two board members claim they were left out of decision on controversial bond

— McKinney said he was unaware of the recreation facility being removed from the bond proposals until The Spotlight reported it on Monday, April 30. Similarly, Kasper also said she was unaware of the development until reading media reports.

“Why were two other board members not informed about this decision until we read about it in the paper?” McKinney asked.

Landry said he called Kasper on Saturday, April 28, and she returned his call Monday, April 30, when he then informed her of the decision.

Kasper contested Landry’s account and said when the agenda for the Tuesday, May 1, meeting was distributed on Friday, April 27, Landry said the bonding resolutions weren’t ready. The recreation center and new water and sewer garage weren’t on the meeting agenda.

“(Landry) said on a message, which I have on my phone, the bonding resolutions weren’t ready and won’t be ready until Monday,” Kasper said at the May 1 meeting. “That was it, until I got a phone call Monday morning that The Spotlight had a press release from you. If that is not informing me, I don’t know what is.”

Kasper restated she supported a permissive referendum and believed it was the best way to resolve the debate.

Some residents during the May 1 meeting questioned if board members meeting with residents on Saturday, April 28, violated New York State Open Meetings Law.

“I don’t think that would comply with what you did on Saturday with Open Meetings Law,” resident Elmer Bertsch said. “It is obviously abhorrent to conduct public business, public activities, without everybody who is on the elected board being at least advised that this is going to take place and you may join in the discussion.”

Landry and McDonnell said no decisions were made during the Saturday meeting and it was simply to thank proponents of the project for their efforts and to inform them the bonding resolution is being set aside.

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