Ronald W. Nesbitt

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Dec 09

Town Board, Planning Board and Zoning Board of Appeals Appointments

Posted on December 9, 2013 at 11:23 AM by PattiAnn Schultz

At this time each year the Town Board gets ready to reorganize its operations and appointments to the boards which are accountable to the Town Board. 

The Planning Board has seven members and the terms run seven years with one appointment up each year. The Zoning Board of Appeals has five members with one appointment up each year. The Conservation Board has five members and one appointment on this board is also up each year. The Town Board considers attendance, training taken by state law, resume, and the desire of the applicant to do the best job he/she can do for the town. This is the criteria that the Town Board considers before reappointments are made each year. When a new board member is required to fill an open position or a resignation of someone from a board, the Town Board will look at a person’s resume along with a personal interview to see if the candidate has the experience to fill the required position.

Contrary to what some residents might think, the boards here in Webster are represented by a cross section of party affiliations.  Also, at no time does the Town Board tell members of the Planning, Zoning, or Conservation Boards how to vote on any particular matter. In fact we do not discuss applications with each other before any hearing.  Our three boards are all independent of the Town Board and this Town Board would not have it any other way. In case of disbelievers just ask any current or former member of any board whether or not the Town Board has ever asked them to vote any particular way on an application – the answer would be no. 

The last thing in the world this Town Board will do or consider doing is placing members on an appointed board because of their political affiliation. What a terrible way to consider someone for appointment. Your Town Board wants qualified Webster residents on our boards who understand the workings of the town and are interested in making Webster a better place to live, work and play.  In no way should politics be involved. Let us just leave that for Election Day where the residents decide who and what party affiliations represent them.

So, if you are interested in serving the town on any of our boards, please send in a resume with your qualifications to the Supervisor’s office and the Town Board would be more than happy to consider you for any openings that match up with your resume. Besides the Planning Board, Zoning Board of Appeals, and the Conservation Board, there are times when we also have openings on the Library Board and the Parks, Recreation, Open Space and Athletic Review Board. 

To the other volunteer boards in town that give of their time to make Webster a better community, the Town Board thanks you for your time and continued efforts.

As always, if you should you have any questions about your town government, please feel free to contact me during regular business hours at (585) 872-7068; or email me anytime at  

Ronald W. Nesbitt