Craig launches new committees in Germantown

GERMANTOWN—At the January 6 reorganization meeting, the Town Board agreed to disband all the current citizen advisory committees, with the goal of changing and augmenting them at the January 27 regular board meeting. The new committees were announced and approved Monday, as follows:

The former Economic Development Committee was “divided into two sister committees,” said Supervisor Joel Craig. The first one is new: Community, Arts and Tourism, chaired by Corinne Curry, with Norman Mintz, Virginia Sibbison and Billy Kimmell as members. Mr. Kimmell ran unsuccessfully for a Town Board seat last fall.

The second is the Business and Economic Development Committee, chaired by former supervisor Roy Brown, with members Patricia Hinkein, James Lawlor and Otto Leuschel, each of whom owns at least one business in town.

The Parks and Recreation Committee is chaired by Brittany DuFresne, with members Liz Bathrick, Ranee Snow and Richard Mayr.

Former councilman Jeremy Smith chairs the History Committee. Members are Helen Henderson, Ruth Decker, Joan Burger, Nancy Balazs, Alvin Sheffer, Richard Coons, Hank Himelright and former town historian Marguerite Riter.

Another new committee is Disaster Preparedness, chaired by councilwoman Andrea Dunn. Members are councilman Michael Mortenson, former supervisor George Sharpe Sr., Linda Sharpe, town justice Robert Beaury, police commissioner Roger Rekow and Stan Pollard.

The mission of this committee, said Mr. Craig, is to draft a more formal plan, subject to review, for the town’s response to an emergency such as the ice storm that occurred a few years ago.

The board also established an Independence Day Celebration Committee without, yet, any members. Volunteers are being sought immediately and should call town clerk Joyce Vale at 518 537 6687.

“We’ll have a great summer,” predicted Mr. Craig, “with Independence Day at one end, the apple festival at the other.”

Each Town Board member is a liaison with a committee. Each committee was asked to submit to the board this month what he or she wants to accomplish this year. Mr. Craig stressed that additional members were welcome on each committee. “We’re really looking for community involvement,” he said.

In another business, the board:

Passed a resolution appointing Marguerite Riter historian emeritus for the Town of Germantown, with thanks for her long, enthusiastic and expert service as town historian

Accepted Sue Raab’s thanks for her appointment as town historian. “Marguerite Riter’s shoes will be hard to fill,” said Ms. Raab, “I’m depending on [the History Committee]”

Approved Councilman Matthew Phelan’s attending the NYS Government Financial Officers’ Association conference April 2-4 at a cost of $295. Mr. Phelan learned about the conference when he, other board members and Ms. Vale attended the Association of Towns training this month for new municipal officers. Mr. Phelan and Mr. Craig are the town board’s Budget and Financial Committee

Announced that in addition to its website (germantownny.org), the town now has a Facebook page: Town of Germantown, New York, as another way to reach out to the community. Facebook participants are asked to “like” the page. As of Wednesday morning, the page had 232 “likes”

Announced that representatives of the town’s new accounting firm, Stickler, Torchia, Allen & Churchill, will meet with the board in a public session Monday, February 24 at 6 p.m. to review the reports it will be providing to the board. The regular town board meeting will begin at 7 p.m.

 

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