Cheers and jeers

CHEERS – To one round of appointments. This week, the Gloversville Common Council approved the appointments of four Ethics Board members, leaving only one vacancy. The method of appointing residents to the Ethics Board was changed via a public vote in the general election last November. The council now has the authority to appoint the members. The remaining vacancy must be filled by someone who has no affiliation with the Republican or Democratic Party. This is the time for an independent to step up. Unfortunately, efforts to fill vacant city Zoning Board seats by the mayor, with council approval, remain unsuccessful. The majority of the council has expressed concern that longtime member Karen Smith was not one of the mayor’s appointees. The mayor now has the option of submitting two more names, plus an alternate, for consideration.

CHEERS – To a centennial year. The community’s Glove Theatre is celebrating its 100th birthday this year. We applaud those who continue to strive to keep the theater a vital part of our community. If every resident gave just $1 to continue the renovations, what a tremendous difference it could make. What a tribute it would be to Dr. Henry Cady and George Dartch, who built the theater in 1914, and to the Schine family, who made the Glove known throughout the country. We’re looking forward to some exciting events during this yearlong celebration. We all should get out and support the theater.

JEERS – To no explanation. This week, the Oppenheim-Ephratah-St. Johnsville Central School District Board of Education voted to give board President Sue Sammons and the district’s attorney the authority to request information from Superintendent Laura Lawrence, who has been on “unexplained” paid leave since November. We realize this is all part of a legal procedure, but it’s still simply wrong that the public cannot get an explanation for why the superintendent was put on leave and continues to receive her $108,000 salary – paid by taxpayers.

CHEERS – To a savings. The village of Northville and town of Northampton already are saving taxpayers money this year. According to town Supervisor James Groff, each municipality will save approximately $25,000 by sharing one treasurer. This is a great example of the benefits of sharing municipal services. Apparently, it isn’t stopping there, as officials are looking at a number of other possible areas. Supervisor Groff and village Mayor Debra Ellsworth have started out the year in a cooperative, progressive way. We encourage them to continue along this road.