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Councilwoman resigns from ad-hoc committees

November 13, 2012
By LEVI PASCHER , The Leader Herald

GLOVERSVILLE - The Common Council has been using ad-hoc committees incorrectly and they have not been set up properly by Councilman-at-Large James Robinson, a councilwoman said.

First Ward Councilwoman Robin Wentworth resigned last month from both the Finance and Insurance Review ad-hoc committees because she said they aren't effectively being used and are only intended to be temporary. However, the committees continue to exist.

"They have been set up as if they're standing committees, and they are not," Wentworth said. "If we want standing committees, then we need to establish them. I think they need to be changed because I don't see them as being effective."

She said she recently proposed the council, when it decides on the council rules for the coming year, consider changing the ad-hoc committees.

Wentworth said a lot of work has gone through the committees that was never followed through on.

She also said she doesn't think someone should replace her on the committees because they are supposed to be temporary.

"Ad-hoc committees should not continue without an end. They are supposed to be temporary to address a specific issue and then have an end period," Wentworth said.

Wentworth said the Finance and Insurance Review ad-hoc committees are the only committees set up at this time and there are no standing committees.

"That is something I would like to see change. There should be standing committees in the council," Wentworth said.

Fourth Ward Councilwoman Ellen Anadio agreed the ad-hoc committees should only be temporary and said it is something that needs to be addressed in the future.

"If you bring forward information [at ad-hoc meetings] and no one follows through on that, then not much has been accomplished," said Anadio.

Robinson, who is in charge of setting up the committees, could not be reached for comment.



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