GLOVERSVILLE - The Common Council plans to eliminate its ad hoc committees and establish standing committees at the start of 2013.
In October, 1st Ward Councilwoman Robin Wentworth resigned from the council's Finance and Insurance Review committees, saying they weren't being used effectively. She said as ad hoc committees, they were intended to be only temporary.
At its Dec. 18 meeting, the council approved Wentworth's motion to change the council's rules for 2013 to eliminate the ad hoc committees. Council members will be assigned to the new standing committees in January.
Gloversville Common Council members review proposed rules changes for 2013 at a meeting Dec. 18 at City Hall.
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The decision was approved unanimously by the council, including Councilman-at-Large James Robinson, who is in charge of setting up council committees.
"I'm in favor of the standing committees," he said during the meeting.
The Finance and Insurance Review ad-hoc committees were the only committees set up in 2012, and there were no standing committees.
"I think the standing committees will work much better and we will be able to accomplish more," Wentworth said after the Dec. 18 meeting.
The council also changed the rules to have the standing committee meetings take place not monthly but only when the chairperson of each committee feels it is necessary.
The council also unanimously approved a motion to change the date of the 2013 organizational meeting from Jan. 1 to Jan. 8.
All necessary appointments will be made on that date and applied retroactively to Jan. 1, officials said.
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