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REMINDER: no GARBAGE TOMORROW--OPEN GOVERNMENT INITIATIVE-RESOLUTIONS ON WEB
Release Date: March 23, 2008

Reminder: No garbage pickup tomorrow -Easter Monday. Years ago public works employees voluntarily gave up a holiday that they were entitled to. Instead, they are off on Easter Monday.
 
Sunshine Week (a national effort by the American Society of Newspaper Editors to educate the public and make government more open) comes to a close at midnight yesterday (3/22/2008). In the Town of Greenburgh, however, Open Government initiatives continue to be advanced 52 weeks per year. The most recent initiative of the Town Board is the posting on the town’s Web site of resolutions that will be voted upon at the next Town Board meeting. Town Clerk Judith Beville, Councilman Francis Sheehan and I discussed this initiative at a department head meeting earlier last week and we developed a plan of action to move this initiative forward. After the meeting Councilman Sheehan took some draft resolutions, standardized them, and began working with Deputy Commissioner of Parks and Recreation Joe Lucasey, who doubles as our Webmaster, to work out the logistics of posting the nine resolutions for the March 26 Town Board meeting. Seven resolutions have already been posted, as have the agendas for Tuesday’s Town Board Work Session and Wednesday’s Town Board Regular Meeting.
 
Although it is a work in progress, the foundation is now in place for posting resolutions at least 24 hours before the meeting and we hope to expand that to 48 hours or more, even when we have our typical number of 20+ resolutions on the agenda.
 
Judith Beville and her staff, Francis Sheehan, and Joe Lucasey have taken the lead on getting resolutions posted, supported by the enthusiastic encouragement of the entire Town Board (Sonja Brown, Diana Juettner, Kevin Morgan, Francis and myself), and the full cooperation of staff in all our departments responsible for drafting resolutions. We welcome your comments regarding the availability and usefulness of resolutions posted on the Town’s Web site at the following link: TOG Documents & Forms.
 
Councilman Sheehan is working to expand this initiative. In the future we hope that if the Board retains the services of a company they will be able to click on the resolution, and then visit a hyperlink to the company's web site. This will enable visitors to our web site to confirm, for themselves, how reputable the company is and could generate additional questions from the public prior to a Town Board meeting.
 
Under Documents & Forms we have also posted a picture of all the documents we had to throw out after the last Town Board meeting. We made the copies because the public at the prior meeting insisted we have an ample amount of hardcopies available. It is hoped that this open government initiative will also help to reduce such waste.
 
Email responses sent to TownBoard@GreenburghNY.com will be received by all five board members. We welcome your comments.
 
Paul Feiner
 
 

                                                             

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    Town Board Meeting Resolutions
View Town Board resolutions for the March 26, 2008 meeting:
          2008 0326 AT-1
RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING SETTLEMENT OF CLAIM AND LAWSUIT RELATED TO WATER DAMAGE CLAIM, FILE NO.: 506/02C, BY ABSOLUTE TEXACO FOR AN AMOUNT NOT TO EXCEED $2,150.00
          2008 0326 BD-1
RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE BUILDING DEPARTMENT TO COLLECT FEES FOR FIRE ALARM PERMITS
          2008 0326 PR-1
RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE TOWN OF GREENBURGH TO ACCEPT A $1,000.00 DONATION FROM SAM’S CLUB (WAL-MART STORES, INC.) FOR THE HALLOWEEN 2008 “SPOOKTOBERFEST” PROGRAM
          2008 0326 PR-2
RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING AWARD TO LOWEST RESPONSIBLE BIDDERS FOR POOL CHEMICALS AND SUPPLIES FOR 2008 AT A TOTAL COST FOR ALL ITEMS BID NOT TO EXCEED $29,607.85
          2008 0326 PR-3
RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING AWARD TO LOWEST RESPONSIBLE BIDDERS TO PROVIDE FOR THE PRUNING AND/OR REMOVAL OF TREES DEEMED UNSAFE IN VARIOUS TOWN PARKS BY THE DEPARTMENT OF PARKS AND RECREATION’S ARBORIST AND THE TOWN’S FORESTER, AT A COST NOT TO EXCEED $84,500.00
          2008 0326 PW-1
RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE USE OF AUCTIONINTERNATIONAL.COM, AN ON-LINE AUCTION COMPANY, AT NO COST TO THE TOWN TO SELL 22 ITEMIZED OLDER VEHICLES AND EQUIPMENT CONSIDERED SURPLUS OR NEEDING SIGNIFICANT REPAIR
          2008 0326 PW-2
RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING AWARD OF BID FOR TWO (2) TRUCK CAB & CHASSIS COMBINATION UNITS AT A TOTAL COST NOT TO EXCEED $337,994.00
          Photo of Resolutions after 3/12/2008 Town Board Meeting
Town Clerk Judith Beville, in response to requests from the public to have ample copies of resolutions available at the start of Town Board meetings, had available prior to the 3/12/2008 meeting all the copies shown in the photograph. No one requested them. It is hoped that posting resolutions on the Web will help end this wasteful use of paper.
 


 

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