Nelson In an otherwise light monthly meeting, the Nelson Town Board accepted the resignation of the town zoning board of appeals chair, appointed an interim ZBA chair and made other appointments to both the ZBA and the town planning board.
Jeff Rubenstein, chair of the ZBA, officially submitted his resignation letter to the town board recently because he is moving out of Nelson. Town Supervisor Roger Bradstreet read Rubenstein’s letter to the board, after which Councilor Mike Costello made the motion “with regret” that the board accept the resignation.
Both Costello and Bradstreet publicly lamented the loss of Rubenstein from the ZBA, saying he did an excellent job, was always reliable and will be sorely missed. The board than unanimously approved his resignation.
While the board was disappointed to lose Rubenstein, his resignation was not unexpected. He announced his intention to leave last December, at the same time one member each of the town ZBA and planning board announced their resignations as well.
Because of those events, the board began in January actions to amend town law to allow for alternate members to be added to both the planning board and ZBA as a way to ensure a full complement of each board when in session if a member was absent or had a conflict of interest. The alternates, similar to alternates on a jury, would attend every board meeting and be subject to the same training and rules, but not vote unless needed.
The town board approved the new law in April.
At its May 9 meeting, the board approved Eric Lints, of Nelson, who applied to be a ZBA alternate, to fill the now-vacant seat on the zoning board. It also approved Jeff Spaulding, of Erieville, as the planning board alternate.
The town planning board has seven members, each serving a term of seven years. The ZBA has five members, each serving a term of five years.