Don’t forget that the next public forum on developing ClarkstownÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s comprehensive plan is scheduled for this Thursday at Clarkstown North High School. Officials said they’re looking for suggestions from residents on what should be included in the comprehensive plan, which they want to complete in 2009. Some of the topics include housing, recreation, transportation and cultural resources.
The workshop begins at 7 p.m. and ends around 9:30 p.m. and is one of several meetings to discuss the plan.
UPDATE: The meeting was actually held on Monday, Feb. 4 and we missed it. There is no meeting scheduled for Thursday. Sorry for any inconvenience!
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Just a reminder that Clarkstown officials are holding their next public forum on developing the town’s comprehensive plan on Thursday, Jan. 24, at the Congers Community Center. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. and last until about 9:30 p.m. People are invited to offer suggestions on topics such as housing, recreation, transportation and cultural resources.
The workshop is among several meetings that officials are going to hold in Clarkstown to get input from the public. Town officials said they hope to complete the comprehensive plan in 2009.
In fact, Clarkstown officials plan to spend much of 2008 studying, consulting, planning and evaluating. There’s the energy audit, the mall study, the parks and recreation forums and housing for volunteer emergency services among many other issues the town is looking at.
As Clarkstown Supervisor Alexander Gromack said in a phone interview yesterday afternoon: “2008 is the year of the plan.”
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About a month ago, I wrote about Stony Point Town Board member Geoffrey FinnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s complaint regarding George PotanovicÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s appointment to the Comprehensive Plan Committee.
Finn argued that the appointment should have been made by the BoardÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s vote, not by Supervisor Phil MarinoÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s lone decision. Finn said the meeting was illegal because it included Potanovic, who was not officially appointed.
Marino later admitted that he made a mistake, and brought the item to the March Town Board meeting.
Guess what happened there: When Marino made a motion to appoint Potanovic to the committee, no one seconded. And the motion was dead.
IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve covered many municipal board meetings in different communities, but this was the first time to see a motion that failed because no one seconded.
IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m still thinking what this incident really means. IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢d appreciate if someone can explain it to me.
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Stony Point Town Board member Geoffrey Finn said the townÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s recent Comprehensive Plan Committee meeting was illegal because it included a resident who was not supposed to be there.
The person in question was George Potanovic, president of the Stony Point Action Committee for the Environment. Potanovic said he attended the meeting because Supervisor Phil Marino, who was on vacation when the meeting was held, recently appointed him to the committee.
Potanovic had a letter of invitation from the supervisor, but Finn, who is a committee member, left the meeting because Potanovic didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t leave.
Marino and Finn later had a discussion, and Marino admitted that he misunderstood the Town BoardÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s resolution regarding appointments of the Comprehensive Plan Committee members. He said he thought that he was authorized to appoint members without the Town Board’s approval.
Marino said he would bring PotanovicÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s appointment before the Town Board at the Town Board meeting this month.
But Potanovic said in any case, he should be able to stay for the meeting because it was open to the public.
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