An open letter to the Town of Delaware Town Board
i) Citizens who otherwise would be unable to visit town hall during regular hours, would be able to confer with their representatives at an appropriate time and place.
ii) During quiet periods, the pairs of representatives could discuss town business in compliance with the State Open Meetings Law (which prohibits more than two board members from discussing town business privately).
Communications between the board and its constituents could also be improved by changes to the town’s website:
1) Include a Supervisor’s Message describing current and future board matters and concerns, and soliciting comments and suggestions from the town’s stakeholders.
2) Add a public electronic forum where any stakeholder (i.e. resident, taxpayer, landowner, registered voter, or business owner) can express concerns or opinions regarding any town issue; to avoid abuse, anyone posting to this site would have to sign on using their true identity (no screen names or anonymous posts).
3) Add a link to the video recordings of town meetings that are now available for viewing at youtube.com/community film watch.
[Steve Lundgren is a resident of Hortonville, NY.]