CHEERS - To one round of appointments. This week, the Gloversville Common Council approved the appointments of four Ethics Board members, leaving only one vacancy. The method of appointing residents to the Ethics Board was changed via a public vote in the general election last November. The council now has the authority to appoint the members. The remaining vacancy must be filled by someone who has no affiliation with the Republican or Democratic Party. This is the time for an independent to step up. Unfortunately, efforts to fill vacant city Zoning Board seats by the mayor, with council approval, remain unsuccessful. The majority of the council has expressed concern that longtime member Karen Smith was not one of the mayor's appointees. The mayor now has the option of submitting two more names, plus an alternate, for consideration.