Saturday, January 19, 2008

Unofficial Record Setting Board Meeting

Last night, if nothing else, we raised the bar for the most business conducted in the least amount of time.

There were four items on the agenda:

  • Public hearing and resolution to change the boundaries of the Cortland Road Sewer District to accommodate TC3's dorm construction

  • Resolution setting the three year repayment schedule of TC3's commitment to the cost of the flow monitoring systems

  • Resolution setting the three year repayment schedule of TC3 Foundation's commitment to the cost of the flow monitoring systems.

  • Resolution to approve the agreement with the village regarding the Cortland Road Sewer district and planned improvements
And I added an item to the agenda at the last minute: an agreement to collaborate with a local business to bring wireless high speed internet access to the entire Town of Dryden.

So, we opened the public hearing at 6:30PM . All the Board members were familiar with the issue, so there was no discussion. There were no comments from the public. So, we were able to leave the hearing open for the required 15 minutes while we moved ahead in the agenda.

All the board members had read the TC3 repayment agreements prior to the meeting. There was no request for discussion. So approving those two agreements took only the time necessary to make the motions and vote. And we were still short of the 15 minutes period of the public hearing.

We moved on to the wireless internet proposal. All the Board members had read about the proposal prior to the meeting. I briefly described the Universal Broadband Access Grant program that will allow us to proceed with our effort to bring wireless internet to all of Dryden. There were a few comments. Our commitment is to provide a “Letter of Intent to Collaborate” to a local business applying for a grant. It was approved unanimously.

By then, our fifteen minutes were up. We closed the public hearing and passed the resolution to change the boundaries of the CRSD.

Finally we took up the agreement with the Village regarding the CRSD – at least four years in the making. We discussed arbitration vs simplified judicial proceeding as dispute resolution mechanisms and the need for the village to rescind the moratorium on sewer connections. We passed the resolution approving the agreement including the provision of arbitration for dispute resolution. And passed a resolution to notify the village prior to their Tuesday meeting that we will deliver the signed agreement following their action to rescind the moratorium.

Voila! It was 6:50 PM and we were finished. I must point out that hours of preparation preceded this twenty minute meeting. My thanks go out to the board members who came to the meeting prepared to discuss and decide the issues. And especially to Steve Stelick for his work negotiating the agreement with the Village.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

When you hear broadband providers or your colleagues and friends talking about "wireless" they could actually be talking about two separate things:Wireless Networking, having a wire free computer in the house connected to a broadband connection.Wireless Broadband, this is a special kind of broadband package where you can use it at home, but also in certain places when you are away from home. All you need is your phone number or pastcode to see if either of these broadband connections are available and you can check it at

12:34 PM, February 01, 2008  
Blogger Mary Ann said...

I appreciate the thought. But I understand the difference. Like many people I have a wireless network in my home. But in most of our town wireless broadband access is not available.

If you are from the UK you may not understand how sparse our population is. Setting aside the village where wireless broadband is available in some spots, the rest of our township has 11,000 people over 250 square km. That's 44 people, or perhaps 20 households per square km. Without government incentives it is not profitable for broadboad providers to reach areas like this. So most of us are left with only dial-up access to the internet.

6:20 AM, February 02, 2008  

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