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Lysander town officers-elect seek candidates for town boards

— The officers-elect of the town of Lysander continue to make progress in rebuilding town government to make it more representative of the people.

Supervisor-elect John Salisbury, and councilors-elect Andy Reeves and Melinda Shimer, have been busy identifying and interviewing firms for the role of town attorney and candidates for the position of town councilor to fill the seat that will be vacated by Brian May at year-end. May, a Lysander town councilor, was elected in November to represent the county’s first legislative district, which includes the town of Lysander.

“We’re pleased with our progress to date, but there’s much more work to do before the town’s annual organizational meeting on Jan. 3, 2012. The response from the community to our solicitation for town councilor candidates has been very positive,” Reeves said. “But, now we need to shift our focus to candidates for open seats on the three town commissions including planning, zoning and parks and recreation.”

One seat on each of the three commissions expires each year.

“We have a significant opportunity to increase the effectiveness of each board by opening up these positions to the people of this community regardless of party affiliation,” Shimer said. “There is tremendous depth and breadth of talent in the town. But to tap this diversity of talent, we must be willing to consider candidates from all corners and walks of life. The town can no longer afford to make a particular candidate’s political party or neighborhood a litmus test for consideration.”

“We want the most independent, objective and capable people on each board. So, these are the only criteria we’ll use to evaluate each person, period,” Reeves added.

If you’re interested in interviewing for a seat on the town’s planning board, zoning board of appeals or parks and recreation board, please submit a brief bio or recent resume to the town’s transition team no later than Dec. 16 at transitionteam@earthlink.net.

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