Residents had questions about pollution, the tax base, and the potential for the sheriff's office to buy a piece of the East Berne property, the potential location of intermunicipal training facilities and a new firehouse.
The clarifications to ethics board procedures discussed with the town's attorney had the overarching goals of keeping the length and cost of investigations down and included the question of whether or not and how defendants should be reimbursed for attorney's fees.
Interim Superintendent Lonnie Palmer recommended the school board make cuts and share services to reduce non-instructional costs at Berne-Knox-Westerlo and offset spending on training for teachers and additional instructors.
The school board has not yet convened a committee that traditionally combs through the spending plan starting in November. In recent meetings, the board and superintendent have discussed a modified timeline for the budget.
The company operating the Tennessee pipeline now carrying natural gas underground through Knox, Berne, New Scotland, and Bethlehem has proposed expanding it by 250 miles starting from Wright in Schoharie County.