Gloversville city-manager plan headed to voters

GLOVERSVILLE – The Common Council voted Tuesday to allow the public to decide whether to change the city’s form of government and hire a city manager.

The council voted 4-2 – with council members Wrandy Siarkowski, Robin Wentworth, Jay Zarrelli and Ellen Anadio voting yes, and members Arthur Simonds and James Robinson voting no – to send the proposal to voters in the November general election.

The proposal calls for the city to change to a city-manager form of government in which an appointed city manager would be responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations, proposing the city budget, setting the council agenda, appointing department heads and supervising employees.

Currently, the city’s elected mayor handles many of those duties. Under the proposal, the mayor would be a member of the city council and act as the chairman.

The change would eliminate the commissioner of finance position because the manager would handle that responsibility.

If the referendum is approved, the new form of government would take effect on Jan. 1, 2018.

Several people spoke during a public hearing on the measure Tuesday. Most of the speakers said the council should review the proposal further before voting to send it to a public referendum.

More on this story will appear in Wednesday’s print and online editions.