Both scheduled January meetings for the Conesus Town Board, for Jan. 8 and Jan. 22 have been cancelled.
About 25 people went to the town hall for the organizational meeting that had been announced as Jan. 8 at 7 p.m. at the last town board meeting and on two different agendas sent out. A few of the people attending had asked to be put on the agenda and expected to speak before appointments were made at the organizational meeting. When people arrived, agendas for the meeting were available to audience members at 6:30. The town board was already in another room in executive session, but the audience waited about an hour for the board to return to the public meeting. However, upon return, it was announced that there would be no town board organizational meeting, since the clerk had forgotten to advertise it on the town website and in the legal newspaper, as required by law.
The board also reported the scheduled Jan. 22 town board meeting could not be held because Councilman Tim Beardslee was not able to attend it. “We need to have everyone here for this meeting,” said Supervisor Donohue, “especially if we make it our organizational meeting. We need to cancel if Tim can’t make it.” Other dates were suggested, but other board members could not be available on those alternate dates. Finally, Jan. 29, at 7 p.m. was settled upon as the date the first meeting of the year would be held, with all members present.
However, after the audience members left, some board members said they did not want to wait until the 29th to hold the organizational meeting. “It won’t look good if we change it now (after it was announced, and the people had left),” said Councilman Don Wester. Lawyer Don Young agreed, but suggested perhaps the town board could hold a morning organizational meeting earlier, with all members present, instead of on the 29th. However, members could not come to agreement on an alternate date or time to the one announced to the audience, when all could be present.
So, at night’s end, the next scheduled announced Conesus Town Board meeting is Jan. 29 at 7 p.m. If that changes again, the change will be in the town’s legal paper, on the town website and in the in theGenesee Sun.