The Bethlehem Town Board at its first meeting of the year.
Photo by Marcy Velte.
continued In accordance with the 2013 budget, the board voted to consolidate the positions of Planning Board attorney and Zoning Board of Appeals attorney into one position. Michael Moore will now take over both roles, at a savings of $16,822 to the town.
According to Clarkson, Guilderland, East Greenbush and Niskayuna have all combined their Planning and Zoning Board of Appeals attorneys, and all spend less than Bethlehem does.
In addition, the board voted to reinstate the town’s Board of Ethics, appointing three residents who will serve without compensation. The new supervisor has previously stated one of his major goals is to update the town’s ethics policy.
“I want to get to work very quickly on ethics,” said Clarkson in a previous interview. “I believe we have several issues we need to address and I’m not content to have Bethlehem lagging in this issue.”
The supervisor said the state comptroller has put out a model policy that the town may look into following. “I just feel Bethlehem should have the best ethics policy in the state,” he said.