Chatham board opens door to would-be appointees

CHATHAM–Town Supervisor-elect Maria Lull said last week that the Town Board invites interested parties to apply for the vacant seat on the board for a term to run from January 1 to December 31, 2016.

The seat becomes vacant when Ms. Lull, a current Town Board member who defeated incumbent Supervisor Jesse DeGroodt in November’s elections, takes office as supervisor January 1. Ms. Lull was reelected last year to a second four-year term as a board member.

“This appointment by the Town Board is a unique circumstance. Unlike the other Town Board appointed positions, the individual who is interested in the Town Board seat must run for election in November 2016. The person who wins the election will then serve a term of four years,” Ms. Lull wrote in an email to the Columbia Paper.

Interested parties should email Ms. Lull at with a letter of interest and resume by December 30, 2015.

The board also held a regular board meeting last Thursday. This was the last regular meeting for Mr. DeGroodt and board member Jean Rohde. Ms. Rohde did not run for reelection.

Ms. Lull discussed advertising for other positions, including the town’s representative to the county’s Office for the Aging, at the December 17 meeting.

This week the town has advertised openings for seven positions in town government, including town attorney.

Current Town Attorney Tal Rappleyea announced that the town’s Zoning Implementation Committee (ZIC) had finalized its review and changes of the zoning laws after about four years of work. The committee was formed to review the zoning laws to make sure they conform to the town’s Comprehensive Plan. The committee is sending the changes to the board for review and adoption. The Town Board can adopt, reject or modify the committee’s recommendations.

The board also plans to sign a letter in support of the Columbia Land Conservancy land use easement with Doyle’s Farm, a property that is in both the Towns of Chatham and Austerlitz.

During public comment town Recreation Director Sheri Franks thanked Mr. DeGroodt and Ms. Rohde for their service on the board. “It’s been a pleasure working with both of you,” she said.

The board will hold an organization meeting Saturday, January 2 at 10 a.m. at Town Hall on Route 295.

To contact reporter Emilia Teasdale email .

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