GENESEO— The Geneseo Town Board will be personally inviting residents to come and share their input on goings-on in the town. The decision was made at the Board’s regularly scheduled meeting Thursday evening. For the next two Town Board meetings, March 27 and April 10, there will be an opportunity at the beginning of the meeting for residents to participate and help the board reach new decisions.
“What we are hoping will happen is we can hear thoughts and ideas from people who haven’t contacted any of us,” says Town Supervisor Will Wadsworth.
A number of council members had specific suggestions for how it might work. Councilwoman Patti LaVigne suggested asking for input from these guests on specific ongoing discussions, such as how the beach at Long Point Park should handle lifeguard hours. Deputy Supervisor Roberta Irwin suggested asking participants at board meetings to fill out a survey before beginning the discussion so they can actively participate in giving guidance to the board.
Wadsworth says that this forum idea has been successful in Avon, and that in one years’ time the Geneseo board can have individually invited every resident from the Town to give input.
At the March 13th meeting, the floor was open to residents to share their concerns or input, and three topics from three people were raised and discussed among the board.
In other business, Robert Thayer shared his concerns with the board about the intersection between the 20A and North Road. Highway Superintendent Larry Levey explained, “they’d never build it that way again, but funds are an issue.” In other words, it is clear there are problems in the design of the road, but it would be extremely costly to fix the way the road is set up. Councilman Jerald Wrubel offered to bring the problem to the Livingston County Traffic Safety Board, which has representatives from every town in the county. Bill Mills is the Geneseo representative, and Councilman Wrubel, as the alternate, also attends Safety Board meetings to stay aware of what is going on in this area.
Al Dietrich, the liason for the Conesus Lake Association Board, shared updates on a collaborative program between the Cornell Cooperative Extension, SUNY Geneseo, and the Conesus Lake Association to raise awareness about prevention of intrusive species in Conesus Lake.
Kathleen Trainor announced that the Conesus Lake Association has changed their website, and encouraged the board to explore the new features the group has made available online.
After the meeting, Thayer, Dietrich, and Trainor each said they had been able to communicate easily with the board. Dietrich said, “This Town Board is extremely cooperative.”
To bring your ideas or concerns to the board, come to 4630 Millennium Drive on March 27th at 7pm!