You have asked WHAT I WOULD DO IF ELECTED. This is the first of a series answering that question.

I will work hard and smart. I will try to convince other board members to agree. A supervisor has no real power alone. It takes the board (in our case 2 out of 3) to agree to do something. A chairman has no power except to conduct meetings and to call a meeting. This is how I would approach the items to be accomplished. I would try to convince other board members to permit what I suggest.

With that, my highest priority is roads and right-of-way (ROW). Start with a plan, one with words and examples to back them up. We have only a colored lines drawing. The information was developed by our engineer, who is no longer with the engineering firm. I will ask the management of that firm and our new designated engineer to attend a meeting and assure us that the information we paid for and education on our infrastructure didn’t walkout of door with the past engineer. I will ask for notes from inspections and his examination of the problems. I will ask if they (the firm) are prepared to produce specifications for contractors on roads to be worked on, and a ballpark estimate of that task, the engineering necessary to estimate costs. I will ask their recommendation on what are ‘bite sized’ groups of roads to be worked on. I will ask their recommendation for the first group and their rough estimate of the cost involved. I would pay for their engineering work with the CARES fund, rather than spend the money on town hall remodeling.

Next, I will insist that all the board members independently inspect the roads – especially those designated as ‘FAILED’ which are likely to be the first addressed. The board members should back up their inspections with notes.

I will also put out a call to our residents for them to make a case for specific streets along with their thoughts on what specifically to do.

In addition to the roads, I will set up 2 regular monthly board meetings per month, one primarily for normal business, and the other to work as a group on identifying issues and then on getting something done on what we identified. This second meeting could also accommodate issues of regular business that would otherwise require calling a special meeting. This would eliminate the work of posting and advertising special meetings and save staff time while also likely reducing the number of special meetings. If there is no urgent business to discuss the 2nd meeting would be cancelled. We need to know what we are all thinking independently and reach a consensus.

Watch for the next post in this series – WHAT I WOULD DO IF ELECTED

Vote Vince Anderson for Town Board March 12