New part-time position discussed

Bethlehem, IDA would partner to form economic development job

— Town Board members were generally in favor of the plan, but said they would like to see more specific details before it was approved.

Councilman Jeffrey Kuhn asked whether after five years without a person dedicated solely to economic development, if the town has seen a lack in development to show that filling the role was needed.

“I’ll answer it this: the economic professionals within the town ... feel we’re not doing enough,” said Clarkson. “It’s hard to say during those five years what happened because it also coincided with an economic downturn.”

Councilwoman Joann Dawson said the details of the person’s duties should be in place before moving forward so one entity does not take up the person’s time more than another, especially since the IDA would be paying a greater share of the salary.

Councilman Kyle Kotary suggested it might help if the person could focus his or her efforts on developing certain areas of town, in order to measure how well they’ve done.

Clarkson said the employee would serve under Morelli, but would also attend IDA meetings. He did not feel the partnership would result in a struggle over the person’s time. He also said he brought up the subject merely to get a consensus from the board before the IDA and town staff did the work to seek out candidates.

The supervisor said the plan my not be able to go forward, or may take some time, if no one deemed qualified applies for the position.

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