Supervisor says all options for consolidation will be explored
After a surprising Wednesday night town board meeting, Cicero Supervisor Judy Boyke wanted to let her constituents know what degrees of consolidation the town could explore.
Cicero Police Chief Joseph F. Snell had a request for proposal on the Feb. 24 agenda so the department could send out bids for two new patrol vehicles.
The item was approved with a 4-1 vote and the bids will be sent out. However, Cicero Deputy Supervisor Jessica Zambrano was opposed because of her concern of town spending, she said.
Zambrano said the item was discussed during the Feb. 23 Town Board Workshop, which prompted her thoughts of consolidation. Snell said the topic of consolidation was first brought to his attention during the Feb. 24 town board meeting.
Although the topic may have been brought up prematurely, according to Boyke, she said that during the changes in town administration, "it has been stressed to conduct an internal audit of all departments."
"I am appointing the comptroller's office to conduct this audit," Boyke said. "There will be no cost as opposed to using and outside vendor."
During her campaign, Boyke said many residents questioned the possibilities of consolidation in numerous areas of the town's structure.
However, she said, "something of this multitude needs much preparation," which is why she has suggested that an audit be performed by Cicero Town Comptroller Shirlie Stuart.
Because of the current economic status across the county and state, Boyke said she is looking at ways to "tighten the budget."
"Looking at the future budget we are looking into consolidation in many areas of the town of Cicero," Boyke said. "We are concurrently forming committee's that will consist of board members and citizens of the town to look at concepts for consolidation."