Bethlehem committee to investigate ward structure

Idea draws criticism from board, other citizen groups approved

— Kuhn said he sees the advantages of extending the supervisor’s term.

“I think this is something I would probably support, given the committee’s findings,” he said. “My concern is when you have a supervisor with a short term, I’m not sure if he or she has significant time to effectuate their agenda, and almost immediately have to thinking about reelection. It seems weird to have the executive of a town have a shorter term then its legislators.”

Kotary said if the committee is looking into lengthening the term for the supervisor position, he would like the same research done for the positions of highway superintendent and town clerk, which also have two-year terms.

In additional to the committees already on the agenda, Kotary proposed a Comprehensive Plan Review Committee, an Economic Development Committee and a Communications Committee that would bring together the Town Board, Planning Board, Zoning Board and IDA at certain points throughout the year to keep each other in the loop.

“We have had other boards make decisions the Town Board didn’t necessarily agree with, and might not have happened if we knew what was going on,” he said. “Sometimes other boards see things at a micro level without seeing big picture.”

Dawson mentioned that before additional committees are established, the board should research conclusions drawn by similar citizen's groups of the past to prevent too much overlap and to save time.

The Town Board said it is also looking to fill two open positions on the town’s Industrial Development Agency. Chairman Frank Veneiza said the IDA is looking for someone with financial experience and who has the time “to do a lot of reading.”

Those looking to be appointed to the IDA also have until before the next town meeting to submit a resume.

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