When former Marcellus Town Supervisor John Bendarski politely challenged Village Mayor Mike Plochocki to prove that the village government served a purpose, Plochocki fired back that perhaps a committee was needed to study the question - and Bednarski should chair it.
Six months later, the Committee for the Future of the Village of Marcellus was appointed by the village board at the regular meeting Aug. 24, and Bednarski's name is among the eight members chosen by the board.
Plochocki said the question of whether or not village government was a necessary layer for taxpayers to be burdened by was not a new one when Bednarski posed it, but his comment was the proverbial straw that broke the camel's back.
Since the board meeting, one appointed member, Peg Nolan, has decided not to sit on the committee.
The purpose of the committee
Though the committee was selected and appointed by the board, Plochocki made note that the group would neither take direction from nor report to the village board in any formalized manner and is purely an advisory board.
Most importantly, the committee is not tasked with the dissolution of the village.
"This is not a committee on the dissolution of the village, this is not that kind of a committee," Plochocki said. The committee is expected to examine the efficiency of the current structure of village government and determine whether it is the best plan for the future of the village or whether a change is in order.
Trustee Mary Jo Paul said establishing the committee is a proactive step for the village, especially since state legislation has made it easier for villages to study their efficiency.
Forcing a government to examine its own efficiency through a similar committee used to require 90 percent of the population to sign a petition, but now only calls for 10 percent, Paul pointed out.