Nelson Town Board to amend town law

Change would allow alternate members on planning and zoning boards

— The creation of board alternates will not affect the appointments made for planning board and ZBA vacancies and is not only to be used to establish a board quorum, Stokes said. The alternates will be subject to the same training and rules as full board members and will attend every board meeting so they will be current on all issues before the board. But an alternate will not vote unless there is an absence or a need to vote due to another member’s conflict of interest, he said.

Each board will be allowed to have more than one alternate, but the same person cannot serve as an alternate on both boards.

Because the new rule to establish board alternates is an amendment to the current law, it requires a public hearing, which was scheduled for 7:15 p.m. Thursday, March 14, during the town board’s next regular meeting.

Also at the meeting:

—Bradstreet announced the town’s first renewable energy project has been established by a family on Argus Road, who installed solar panels on their home. “We are now on the map for the Solarize Madison program,” Bradstreet said. Solarize Madison is a community-focused renewable energy program promoting sustainable energy production to stabilize current and future energy costs. The goal is to bring at least 35 alternative energy projects to the county by working with state and county organizations. More information can be found at solarizemadison.com.

—Bradstreet announced that the town changed its electric company supplier, which will save the town five cents per kilowatt hour and “does not affect our relationship with National Grid.”

—The board approved a request by the New Woodstock Women’s Softball League to use the Erieville ball field.

—The board appointed Kevin Parker to the Erieville Water District Advisory Board. He will replace Cindy Decker.

Jason Emerson is editor of the Cazenovia Republican. He can be reached at editor@cazenoviarepublican.com.

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