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East Hampton Town board spars over schedule

East Hampton -- Supervisor Bill Wilkinson Supervisor Bill

East Hampton -- Supervisor Bill Wilkinson

Supervisor Bill Wilkinson said he wants to improve the town?s metrics next year ? the measurements of how well the town functions ? but added that it?s not a criticism of current town workers. ?We have a great workforce. They just have to be led better,? he says. ?We have to get our goals out and our timetables out, and measure people against those goals.?

He said the town will continue to show financial discipline in an effort to hold down taxes and pay off years of accumulated debt.

(June 30, 2009) Photo Credit: Gordon M. Grant

Plans to have a smooth, noncontroversial organizational meeting in East Hampton lasted all of two minutes Tuesday — just long enough to get to resolution No. 4.

That was to set the town board meeting schedule for the year.

Supervisor Bill Wilkinson, above, suggested it might be time to drop the regular Saturday town board work sessions — a dozen, one per month, for 2012. Few residents come to them, he said.
The 10 a.m. Saturday meetings were started because second-home owners and working families rarely had time to come to weekday meetings and work sessions.

Newly elected board member Peter Van Scoyoc said there could be some use for extra work sessions in the summer when, he said, the year-round population of 24,000 can increase on some weekends to 125,000 people.

Councilman Dominick Stanzione said the three Saturday work sessions in the summer might not be enough, and that he wanted more time to think about any change. “I don’t think we have enough meetings. We should hold as many as we can,” he said.

The town board tabled its resolution setting the meeting schedule for the year, then canceled the work session that had been scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 28. It also discussed canceling the regular Jan. 19 town board meeting but decided not to because it had scheduled several public hearings on that date.

“I hope this is not an indicator of every meeting,” Wilkinson joked. “It could be painful.”



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