Cicero eliminates planning and development director

— Corl also dismissed concerns that the loss of the planning director might deter potential development from the town.

“I think the role that the town board has and the supervisor has is to promote the town and to bring business into the town,” Corl said. “We’ve got to seek out opportunities for businesses to come here and make Cicero as attractive to businesses as possible. I don’t think we’re going to be lacking in that area [because we don’t have a director of planning and development]. We’re going to be very aggressive in doing anything that we can to bring business into the town. I’m very committed to that.”

In addition, other changes made at the organizational meeting should entice developers to the town.

“We reduced the size of our planning board to five, so that’s not only a cost savings, but it’s going to make it a little easier for developers coming into the town when they’re proposing projects,” Corl said.

The position is set to be abolished effective Jan. 14.

Also at the organizational meeting:

Town board meetings were changed to 6:30 p.m. the second and fourth Wednesday of the month. The board used to meet at 7 p.m.

The supervisor and board members voted, as established according to the 2012 budget, that their salaries will not change from 2011. The supervisor’s salary is $44,053; councilors make $10,462.

Councilors were given their liaison appointments. Jennings will act as liaison to the town clerk and the parks and recreation department; Conway to the highway department, assessor’s office and ZBA; Burtis to the comptroller’s office, unions and highway department; Zambrano to the zoning and planning departments, planning board and tax receiver’s office; and Corl to the town court, police department and school district.

The board voted to reinstate the contract with assessor Brad Brennan on an interim basis. Brennan’s services will be shared with the town of Salina.

The Star-Review was once again named the official newspaper of the town of Cicero.

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