No nominees presented to council
GLOVERSVILLE – Mayor Dayton King on Monday said he would try to appoint people to city boards at Tuesday’s council meeting, but he ended up changing his mind.
The mayor said Monday he had “a couple of people I’m excited to appoint to the boards and I think the council will be OK with them.”
However, he later changed his mind, he said, because he didn’t have the opportunity to talk to the council about the appointments before the Tuesday meeting because he was out of town with his family.
“I didn’t talk to many of the council members and I don’t want to embarrass other people that want to serve on a board and have their name put out there for the council members to say no and vote it down,” King said. “That is what happened between those days, and what I need to do is sit and talk with some of the council members to make sure we have the votes to say yes before I even put those people up, and last night, I don’t think that would have happened.”
The mayor and council did approve a non-voting youth member to the Recreation Commission, Zach Catucci, and to have Gary Antonucci fill the position of Robert Renda on the Water Board until the next general election.
Earlier this year, King decided against reappointing zoning board chairwoman Karen Smith, who has been a volunteer on the board for years.
Sixth Ward Councilman Wrandy Siarkowski said he would not consider voting in favor of another person for the board until Smith is reappointed. Siarkowski was supported by other members of the council.
The zoning board has three vacancies.
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.
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 delayed appointing William Walrath to another term as head of the city’s transit system.
There was a resolution on Tuesday’s agenda for his appointment, but the council tabled the matter.
City resident Bob Castiglione 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.
City Labor Attorney Bryan Goldberger presented a letter to the council stating Walrath would be able to remain in his position because he lives in Fulton County.
However, council members said they still have concerns with the appointment and are looking for another letter from Goldberger to address the specific job title and civil service issues.