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Madison County Board of Supervisors' meeting schedule questioned

The Madison County Board of Supervisors Administration and Oversight Committee passed along to the full board of supervisors its proposed schedule of meetings for the 2008 calendar year.

The action is part of annual housekeeping for the committee.

Supervisor John M. Becker questioned whether the schedule was set in stone once the resolution is passed.

"Is it possible to do a resolution later to change the meeting dates, times or location?" Becker asked.

Chairman Russell Cary (R -- Fenner) said it would take a seven-eights vote to alter the schedule once set. County administrative assistant Russell Lura said it would take 87.5 percent of the weighted vote to constitute a majority vote.

Becker said he wants to work next year toward opening up county government to make it more accessible to more residents.

"I would like to move it to different towns this coming year," Becker said. "Morrisville, Brookfield I think if we held an evening meeting every three or four months, that would be a good effort. If no one comes during the 12 months we try it, then we'll stop doing it."

Becker said he also plans to once again ask Chairman Rocco J. DiVeronica to invite PAC 99 to tape board of supervisors' meetings for broadcast on Madison County's Time Warner Cable public access cable channel.

In other business

The board of supervisors will hold its annual reorganizational meeting at 10 a.m. Jan. 8. In addition to naming the county's official banks, newspapers and professional service providers, the even-year reorganizational meeting includes election of a chairman by the board of supervisors.

Republican Election Commissioner Lynne Jones said the Board of Elections is poised to charge villages for elections beginning in 2009. She said she is a little concerned because the BOE took over the Earlville elections, and part of the village is situated in Chemung County.

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