The Orangetown Town Council will hold a public hearing 8 p.m. Thursday regarding a local law that would revise the town code relating to the definition of floor area.
The hearing is part of a regular town board meeting scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m. The full agenda for the meeting and supporting materials are attached to this report.
The agenda includes authorization for Supervisor Andy Stewart to sign a contract with Rockland County to ensure reimbursement to the town of $169,674 for the participation of one Orangetown Police Officer in the Rockland County Narcotics Task Force for 2012.
The council is also planning to accept the retirements of three members of the Orangetown Police Department -- Sgt. Henry Reynolds effective March 31, 2012; officer Clifton Bullock effective April 30, 2012 and Officer Susan Lanoce effective April 19, 2012.
Stewart expressed his concern regarding relatively short notice of these retirements at the town workshop April 19.
"Clearly, we need to discuss hiring in the police department," Stewart said. "Under the current conditions, it's regrettable that the town finds out a police officers who have served for 25 years or so are retiring a day or a week before their last day. Whatever conditions are that contribute to that lack of notice, I hope we can address it in some way. It takes many months to find replacement police officers and get them trained and hired. We need a little more heads up than a week or two."
Much of the agenda will focus on the appointment of new members and reappointment of those already on town committees including the Blue Hill Golf Course Committee, Bureau of Fire Prevention, Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Committee, Orangetown Environmental Committee, Orangetown Parks Advisory Development committee, Shade Tree Commission, Senior Citizen Advisory Committee, Substance Abuse Committee, Traffic Advisory Board, Volunteer Health Advisory Committee, Youth Recreation Assessment Advisory Committee, Rockland Riverfront Communities Council, Board of Assessment Review and Historic Areas Board of Review.
The council will also confirm and appoint liaisons between the board and the committees in town.
The board will also consider creating a Broadacres Task Force with Sean Walsh and Hugh O'Brien as members.