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Cicero holds first town board meeting

Entire Cicero Town Board shares their thoughts on Jan. 4 meeting and what's to come

Giving his side of the story, Cicero Town Councilor Vern Conway, spoke with the Star-Review and reiterated his thoughts at the end of the first town board meeting held at 7 p.m. Wednesday Jan. 13 at town hall.

Conway's thoughts on the locally controversial Jan. 4 town of Cicero organizational meeting were propelled by his disapproval with how the appointments were handled.

"When Jim [Corl] and I brought up the RFP (request for proposal) it was because of the way it was done," Conway said. "It was not about the people (being appointed)."

Conway said he has since spoke to Cicero Town Supervisor Judy Boyke about the issue and he said they agreed that the decisions for the position appointments "should have been a five-person" decision.

The way in which the decisions were made, was Conway's main concern because the decision should have involved the board "working together."

Aware of Boyke's plans for appointment at the Jan. 4 meeting, Town Councilor Jim Corl said he was informed, but not included in the supervisor's decisions. Corl said he had a meeting with Boyke Dec. 29 to discuss the transition of the town board.

Although Corl was knowledgeable of the attorney and engineer appointments, he said he was not given the selection for the town comptroller's position during his meeting with Boyke.

Because of the "lack of communication" Corl said he experienced, he thought it was best to bring the issue to the public's attention during the Jan. 4 town board's organizational meeting.

"I think as taxpayers, they should know what the process of selection is," Corl said in regards for a Request for Proposal.

When asked why an RFP wasn't exercised during the last five years he has been on the board, Corl said there were no changes in the personnel within the town board's appointed positions for the last six years.

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