Baldwinsville To the editor:
At the last Lysander Town Board Meeting, a concerned citizen asked the board if they had discussions looking into making some elected positions appointed. The board would not discuss specifically what positions they were looking at and the supervisor stated those talks had taken place in executive session, meaning they are yet to be public knowledge. I believe the positions they are looking into are the town clerk and highway superintendent. While many steps will have to be taken publicly to make these appointed positions, I have reservations about this idea.
If this is done with the intent of consolidation between Lysander, Baldwinsville and Van Buren, this could be an excellent cost-savings tool. This was not stated. Another plus to making these positions appointed is the town board would be able to look over many potential candidates instead of the public voting on just one or two people with a major party backing in an election that may or may not be as well qualified.
This plus is also a negative in my view. It would give the town board even more control over the separate facets of government. It would also give the taxpayers and voters one less opportunity to show their happiness or unhappiness with this official. The people appointed may or may not live within the town and their decisions may not directly affect their day to day lives.
Please call, email or talk to your town board members about this issue. Let them know your views on this idea.
Kevin Rode is a resident of Lysander.