Y the rush?

Lysander increases size of planning board

— In fact, many of those against increasing the number of planning board members felt the motion was politically motivated and that the majority of the town board members were trying to manipulate the planning board in order to increase the chances of having a YMCA built at the corner of Drakes Landing and Route 31 in Radisson.

While Supervisor John Salisbury tried to dissuade this train of thought, specifically stating, “Expanding from five to seven members has nothing to do with the Y,” many did not buy his sentiment.

Norm Ashbarry, who ran for Lysander Town Councilor in November and was defeated, brought a copy of the Nov. 2, 2011 Baldwinsville Messenger, which featured a full page ad endorsing Salisbury and councilors Melinda Shimer and Andrew Reeves. That ad also said, “Help Build the YMCA Now!” and “We considered providing funds to the ‘Y’ to sue the Lysander Town and Planning Boards and all of their respective members for arbitrary actions, financially harming the ‘Y,’ and placing their personal agendas before those of the Lysander community,” and was signed by Salisbury, Shimer and Reeves.

Salisbury reiterated the vote wasn’t about the Y, but about getting wider representation on the planning board. He then told the audience the two new members would not be able to legally vote on anything currently before the board, and, even if the matter of the Y was withdrawn and came back before the planning board as a new item, and the two members appointed were in favor of the Y, the vote would still be 3-4 against it. A member of the audience shouted at that point, “That’s only one vote to sway.”

Marty Oxford, one of the few residents to speak in favor of the proposed law, said, “It’s not about the Y − with more members there would be more ideas.”

Lysander is currently accepting resumes for the new planning board positions, which will be appointed by the board.

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