Knox board unanimous on most resolutions
To the Editor:
Your Feb. 23 front-page article begins, “The pattern that has plagued Supervisor Vasilios Lefkaditis since he took office on Jan. 1, 2016 – a town board that consistently voted against him, 4 to 1, on controversial issues – dissolved at this month’s board meeting.”
This comes up again on page 11 of the April 13 issue of The Enterprise, “The four Knox council members have often voted on controversial issues, 4 to 1, against the supervisor.”
Here is a list of all of the resolutions in which any board members voted against Vas (VL) since January 2016, when he became supervisor; Vas had support from Dennis Barber (DB) for six of them:
Org. Meeting 2016 – # 8-2016 - VL & DB – Appoint Tom Wolfe as PB Chair
# 8-2016 – VL & DB – Appoint Bob Price as PB Chair
February # 37-2016 – VL – Appoint Dan Driscoll as PB member
# 38-2016 – VL & DB – Appoint Ken Saddlemire as PB member
# 39-2016 – VL & DB – Appoint Deb Nelson as PB member
March # 59-2016 – EB – Purchase John Deere tractor with 50” flail head
April # 68-2016 – VL – Rescind March 8 resolution appointing Marshall & Sterling ... and reappoint Amsure
May # 101-2016 – VL – Send Eric Kuck & Amy Pokorny to finance training
# 103-2016 - VL - Send Eric Kuck to finance training
8/3/16 #149-2016 – VL – Send town newsletter from Town Board rather than from Supervisor
September # 166-2016 – VL – Approve meeting minutes from 8/13/16
# 169-2016 – VL & DB – Use same public interview process for 2017 for PB as for 2016 PB appointments
October # 181-2016 – VL – Hold PB & ZBA interviews in executive session
December # 216-2016 VL & DB – Apply for EV charging station grant
#219-2016 – VL – Appoint Travis O’Donnell as PB member
Org. Meeting 2017 - # 6-2017 – VL – Appoint town positions and abolish deputy supervisor position
# 8-2017 – VL – Appointment and compensation for town attorney
#11-2017 – VL – Appoint Doug Roether & Eric Marczak as ZBA members
#15-2017 – VL – Appoint Betty Ketcham as PB member
#16-2017 – VL – Appoint Bob Price as PB Chair
#24-2017 – VL – Appoint Kevin Sherman & Eric Kuck as CAC members
Out of 225 resolutions in 2016, and 60 through March 2017, all (except Earl Barcomb’s vote against purchasing a flail mower) since Vas became supervisor have been approved unanimously. For the meetings where “none” is noted, all of the resolutions were unanimous.
Almost all of the resolutions in which board members voted against Vas were appointments to volunteer boards. Only one, #216-2016, approving application for an electric-vehicle charging station grant, relates to a public policy issue.
Editor’s note: Amy Pokorny is on the Knox Town Board.
The Enterprise lists most of the unanimous votes in the “other business” section of town board stories while the divided votes, the ones with controversy, tend to be the focus of stories.