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LETTERS: Failure to exercise prudence

— To the editor: The Lysander town board held a 7 p.m. Jan. 23 public hearing on its proposal of a local law to increase the town’s planning board members from five to seven. The hearing opened with a call for speakers on behalf of the proposal. None came forward. Conversely, a dozen and a half persons spoke in opposition to the proposal; some speaking twice. A general consensus questioned the extra costs for increasing the membership. Finally, towards the end of the hour long hearing, two persons did speak in favor of the change.

At the following 8:10 p.m. town board meeting, an agenda listed the new business item (F) for a resolution of local law #1/2012 increasing planning board members from five to seven. A motion to pass was countered by Councilor Art Levy’s motion to table the item, adding there was no apparent reason to rush. Levy introduced the cost-effectiveness for studying the pending town of Cicero’s proposal to decrease its planning board members from seven to five and directed the same to the Lysander town attorney. A second to his motion was not given, so the board continued with its original motion where a vote of 4-1 passed the resolution.

In an age of consolidation, combined services and cut backs, it would have been prudent for the board to have tabled the resolution for further discussion. At other public hearings, those unable to attend are granted an opportunity to submit a written testimony for consideration. A decision is then made upon the complete review of all the facts. It is unknown whether written testimonies were considered by the board in their deliberation of the passed resolution.

Kevin Bamerick is a resident of Baldwinsville.

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turgid 2 years, 5 months ago

You only have the question because you only heard what you wanted to hear. I think 3 peoples stood up in favor. The Supervisor said he received emails in favor of the expansion and 2 (2800) to 1 (1400) clobbering of the incumbent was the "silent majority" speaking. Just because a few vocal people showed up doesn't mean the entire community spoke. You had a couple of Oak Brook Anti-Y people and the ousted LRC. Two self serving groups which have never spoken for the entire community of Lysander. I guess I should point out the Y hasn't spoken for the entire community of Lysander either. Have a nice day.

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jmsml 2 years, 5 months ago

Thank you Turgid, intelligent, articulate, and to the point.

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bviller 2 years, 5 months ago

If I may suggest something, perhaps you should send a FOIL request to find out exactly how many people wrote to the Town in favor of the expansion. I should think the silent majority is not such a majority as it has been portrayed to be.

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VillagePeople 2 years, 5 months ago

I think Turgid only heard what she wanted to hear and really wants to believe there is a silent majority. As Lysander has had an issue with fake email not so sure I would trust a raw email account without a name to back them up. Why are the meeting minutes not being posted on -line anymore?

jmsml - Not sure turgid is all that accurate but you can also hear what you want to hear just like she said

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turgid 2 years, 5 months ago

Why can't you wrap your head around the 2800 people that voted in favor of Lysander 1st which never hid their desire to have the Y built? You and I both know that is why they won by a 2 to 1 margin! The PEOPLE want the Y and are sick of the games the LRC and the Anti-Y group are playing.

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VillagePeople 2 years, 5 months ago

I think there are many reason people voted out the old administration and I find it highly doubtful everyone voted in the new group just because they wanted to build a Y. As a matter of Fact even if 2800 people voted only for the Y then that is only the majority of the people who voted and the rest of the town who didnt vote could really care less about the Y one way or another.

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VillagePeople 2 years, 5 months ago

I dont think the people who voted for JAM supported the Y - I think there were many reasons

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