Sunday, March 15, 2020

Meetings of Interest in the Week Ahead

It's entirely possible that all these meetings will be canceled, but for now here's what's on the calendar.
Photo: Bill Huston
  • Also on Wednesday, March 18, the Zoning Board of Appeals meets at 6:00 p.m. at City Hall.
  • On Thursday, March 19, the Common Council Economic Development Committee meets at 6:00 p.m. at City Hall.
  • On Friday, March 20, the Tourism Board holds its first publicly noticed meeting at 6:00 p.m. at City Hall. 
If any of these meetings is canceled, Gossips will let you know.


  1. Wow these earth shattering issues of importance are worth risking exposure and possibly death. Ridiculous this has not been cancelled yet.

  2. Before anyone votes for spending $20,000 on a "Master Plan" for the "Fishing Village", it would be irresponsible not to take a drive or walk down there and actually look at the state of decay of the shacks you are voting to preserve. Look at the materials they are made from when you consider the "historical value" of these structures. Rotting particle board, vinyl siding, plywood siding, asphalt shingles, cement blocks, etc., are generally not considered historical materials worthy of restoration.

    1. You focus on shacks when the issue is historical use.

      Striper season starts and the bay remains empty.

      If you want a free "tourist ready" village by June first, take all the doors off on April first and follow the fisherfolk gathering by the Faithful.

  3. I have no reason to believe that planning for the City’s response to the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, is not underway. If there ever was a time to have all hands on deck, this is it. So here are a few suggestions:

    • Governor Cuomo’s Emergency Executive Order 202.1 permits meetings such as Council and committee meetings to be held with public participation as long as they are streamed and recorded. This would serve to safeguard the health of elected officials who must meet and the public’s right to follow discussions. (see
    “Suspension of law allowing the attendance of meetings telephonically or other similar service:
    • “Article 7 of the Public Officers Law, to the extent necessary to permit any public body to meet and take such actions authorized by the law without permitting in public in-person access to meetings and authorizing such meetings to be held remotely by conference call or similar service, provided that the public has the ability to view or listen to such proceeding and that such meetings are recorded and later transcribed;”

    • That WGXC stream the Council committee meetings as well as the Informal and Formal meetings;
    • That the Mayor and his staffs develop a response plan, with the Common Council Columbia County and the State;
    • That the coronavirus be at the top of the agenda for all committees with the purpose of working with their members and departments to develop plans specific to their responsibilities
    • Identify individuals and groups in the City who either are at personal risk or whose lives are disrupted by the procedures for addressing the contagion, or existing groups who can assist City-wide efforts, and incorporate them in the committee discussions.