Council to weigh appointments

GLOVERSVILLE – The Common Council and mayor will look to resolve a number of appointment issues at the meeting Tuesday, including appointments to the Zoning Board of Appeals, according to the agenda.

At the organizational meeting on New Year’s Day, Mayor Dayton King had planned not to reappoint zoning board Chairwoman Karen Smith, who has been a volunteer on the board for years.

However, 6th Ward Councilman Wrandy Siarkowski said he would not consider voting in favor of another person for the board until Smith was reappointed. Siarkowski was supported by other members of the council.

The appointments to the board are made by the mayor, but they need to be approved by the council.

Members of the council have said they are looking for experienced and qualified candidates to fill the positions, but none have been presented by the mayor.

“Right now I have a couple of people I’m excited to appoint to the boards and I think the council will be OK with them,” King said. “I don’t think that you necessarily need experience, but you do need to be able to read the code. We really just have to put this issue behind us and move forward.”

However, Councilwoman Robin Wentworth and other members of the council said they haven’t received any notification of who the appointments might be.

“I have not seen one name,” Wentworth said. “The mayor keeps saying he has all these people that want to be appointed, but we haven’t heard any names.”

The Zoning Board of Appeals is a five-member board, usually with one alternate, but the board currently has only three members, just enough for a quorum.

Recently, the three sitting members were unable to have an official meeting earlier this month because they could not establish a quorum because of a member’s absence.

The city has also previously delayed appointing William Walrath to another term as the head of the city’s transit system, but there is a resolution on the agenda for his appointment.

A city resident in November told officials Walrath, a Northville resident, is holding a department head position without being a city resident and could be in violation of state and local law.

Labor Attorney Bryan Goldberger’s legal opinion, presented in a letter to the Common Council, stated Walrath would be able to remain in his position because he lives in Fulton County.

Both Wentworth and Siarkowski said this morning they still have concerns with the transit appointment.

Tabled resolutions

The city also will look to resolve the four emergency resolutions from the last meeting involving the Recreation Commission, city transit fees and Common Council rules.

One resolution involves the transfer of a $10,000 donation from Overlook Ridge Apartments from the general fund to a Recreation Commission account. Another resolution involves setting a new $250 purchase cap on the Recreation Commission, which will require Common Council approval for any purchase over that amount.

The council also has proposed a resolution to lower the fee to $1 for students of the Gloversville Enlarged School District using the city Transit System to go to the middle school or high school. The fee is currently $2.

According to the council rules for this year, King is listed as a member of the council. The council has an emergency resolution to remove that from the rules.

The change actually happened in 1998 after the Report From the Charter Revision Committee was approved by public referendum. It included a clarification that the mayor is not a member of the Common Council but presides at all meetings of the council and may still participate in those meetings and vote in cases of a tie.

The issue is the charter never was updated with the referendum change.

“I’m just ready to move on and I’m not concerned with being a member of the Common Council,” King said.