The recent vote by the Irondequoit Town Board for a $13 million bond issue was a “sneak attack” on town residents.
The recent vote by the Irondequoit Town Board for a $13 million bond issue was a “sneak attack” on town residents. I checked the town’s website late in the day the board was to meet, and there was no indication on the board agenda they were going to vote for a bond issue and the closing of the two library branches subject to voter approval. Only when I arrived at the town hall about 6:30 p.m. did the agenda there indicate the addition of the proposed bond resolution and voting.
Even some Town Board members seemed shocked to have received legal documents late in the afternoon and even as they were sitting down for the meeting. One board member stated, “Why wasn’t any of this (bond proposition/voting) talked about at the workshop?”
Town residents were not able to comment on the proposed closing of the two library branches and bond issue during public input of the meeting, since they arrived not knowing the issue was placed on the agenda until the last minute and the documents were not available to the public.
Such a major decision with tax consequences and harmful negative impacts should not have been presented and voted on in the same night. This is similar to what was done by a previous Town Board when it voted with no prior notice to close the senior center and pay $18,000 per month rent at Kings Park.
The fact that there are some informational meetings by the library board afterwards does not justify the Town Board’s failure to afford residents the opportunity to speak to the issue before the board voted.
RICHARD J. BARONE