To the Chatham Town Board,
To be clear, I am writing representing only myself, no others or
First I would recognize the overwhelming time and effort the Chatham
Board has invested in the present zoning proposition.
Though you are not done. It has become clear many of the town residents
are unaware of a zoning change effort. Once aware, they are not in
agreement. All this in three weeks, some would say “the eleventh
hour.” Only through the efforts of a few Chatham residents has
the proposition come to light to many of the populace.
Recognizing the tenure of the town board without criticism; A first term
Supervisor. An appointee. Two once-elected members. The last member to
vote and move away, not to be a resident. Five people.
Well aware of the legal right for the five to bring this to conclusion,
I suggest this all encompassing proposition, (changing the aura of our
town), is grand enough to be compared to a school’s budget. Devised by
a board it is then sent to the public for decision. So it should be for
The board should otherwise be spending its valuable time educating. To
include, but not limited to; meetings, survey(s), flyers, internet
notice(s), etc. While I admire the ability of the board to make this
decision, I admire the public’s more. There is plenty of time until
The second Tuesday of November, the moving board member will still be
here, to vote and influence until the end. Let alone all the rest. We
are all stakeholders in this town. Here one day, one year, one decade
or generation. I don’t care if the family came over on the Mayflower,
we all share common responsibility.
Come November, Yea or Nay. We will all share the result.
Be well. Ted Miner