Potsdam village holding annual meeting Monday
Saturday, November 30, 2019 - 5:39 pm

BY CRAIG FREILICH
North Country This Week

POTSDAM – The Village of Potsdam Board of Trustees hold their annual meeting at 6 p.m. Monday, Dec. 2.

The board will swear in the newest member of the board, Democrat Alexandra Jacobs Wilke, who was not opposed in the election to fill the seat formerly held by Republican Cindy Goliber.

Goliber declined to run this year after she volunteered and was appointed to the board when Trustee Nick Sheehan resigned in February 2018. As the elected Town of Potsdam Clerk also running again for that office on Election Day, she said she didn’t think it would be fair to the voters to be running for both offices at once.

At her last village board meeting Nov. 18, Mayor Ron Tischler praised Goliber for her community-mindedness for serving the village, a sentiment echoed by the other board members. Goliber said she enjoyed the work, and that it was possible she would run for a village board seat in the future.

As is usual for annual meetings, the board will act on appointments and reappointments to a number of positions, including Village Clerk/Treasurer Lori Queor for two more years in those jobs, and her deputy, Maureen Gaffney, also for two more years, through December 2021. Gaffney will also be reappointed as Village Registrar for two more years.

They will renew office business hours at 8 a.m. through 4 p.m. They will set the calendar of regular Board of Trustees meetings for 6 p.m. on the first and third Mondays of the month, except in May, June, July and August, when meetings will be held on just the third Monday of those months, starting at 4:30 p.m.

They will once again be complying with state General Municipal Law by renewing the adoption of a procurement policy that all goods and services which are not required by law will be put out to open bidding.

The board will specify which members of the village staff will be approved for travel for training during 2020.

The rest of the meeting will include routine bill-paying and other matters.