I know public meeting laws prevent a quorum of town board members from meeting together without publicly announcing it weeks in advance, but what's to stop them from giving each other the occasional phone call to discuss their ideas? Perhaps then, Fenimore would have realized the amendment was a waste of time and Martin would have had a plan for new golf course rates that at least one other board member was willing to support.
Just because these are part-time elected officials doesn't mean they have to do the job part-way. Getting things done in government requires compromise, and compromise requires communication. The town board members cannot be effective if they only discuss town business with each other at the town hall.
Matt Bosley is the editor for the Valley News and Tri-Lakes Today newspapers. He can be reached at 873-6368 x216 or firstname.lastname@example.org.