The Journal Register (Medina, NY)

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February 14, 2013

Shelby to provide more public access

Medina Journal-Register — SHELBY — A measure passed Tuesday by the Shelby Town Board will provide greater access and opportunities for input by residents on town business, the councilman who proposed the resolution said.

Councilman Kenneth Schaal’s proposal amends the town’s agendas to include a second public comment period during town board meetings. The comment period, which would follow the saying of the Pledge of Allegiance, would allow residents to address the agenda’s resolutions before those measures are discussed and passed by the board. 

”This allows for more public comment time ... and more public participation,” Schaal said.

The board had allowed for a single public comment period at the conclusion of meetings on any subject. Supervisor Skip Draper said the new comment period would be limited to agenda items. 

The measure also calls for the town to attempt to provide as much information about proposed board resolutions as possible on the town’s website. Residents can already review planned board resolutions in person at the clerk’s office and view an online agenda at the town’s website.

In other board action, a proposal to add language to the town’s zoning laws explicitly prohibiting the creation of garbage dumps within the town was sent to the Shelby Planning Board for review.

The measure was raised by Schaal, who cited the recent efforts to re-open the OSL site in Albion as good reason to take proactive steps to ban the business in Shelby.

• Draper said an audit that the town will phase out using manual ledgers to track town finances on the recommendation of an audit released last month by the state comptroller’s office.

The audit commended the town’s manual record-keeping for its accuracy, Draper said, but the state is pushing for those records to be done electronically. The town has previously used electronic ledgers for payroll and budgeting.

• Highway Superintendent Mike Fuller said he is working with Chatfield Engineering to find alternative funding sources for proposed Water Districts 10 and 11. An attempt to secure U.S. Department of Agriculture Small Cities grants has been stymied by a lack of applications from residents of the proposed districts.

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