ROUSES POINT - John Cooper, former trustee for the village of Rouses Point, was appointed as chairperson of the planning board during a village board meeting Jan. 19.
Cooper, who stepped down from the village board, effective Dec. 31, was appointed by Mayor George A. Rivers as an alternate for the planning board, effective Jan. 1.
Last year, Cooper had been appointed to the village board in March, which left him having to step down as a planning board member.
"You can't hold two offices here in the village at the same time," he explained.
However, Cooper was recently appointed as a town councilman for the town of Champlain.
"Being a town councilman [in Champlain] ... I can get back to the planning board," he said. "It's kind of my favorite thing."
Cooper was appointed to chairperson by the mayor, after former chairperson Geri Favreau stepped down from the position.
"I've been a volunteer on the planning board for almost four years," explained Favreau. "I just thought it was time for somebody else to have the experience."
Favreau will now work alongside Cooper, as she is still a member of the planning board.
"I think John will make a wonderful chairman," she said. "I think he will be very very good. I support him 110 percent."
Cooper's first official meeting as chairperson for the planning board will be Monday, Jan. 25. However, he's already made plans for how he hopes things will go.
"We just like to keep everything rolling as smoothly as we can and get through things as quickly as possible for the residents here," he said.
Cooper is currently working with the other board members to make sure enough alternates are available, if another member is unable to make a meeting.
"We don't want to hold anybody up," he said. "When we come to vote on something, we want to have quorum every time. Makes the board run a lot smoother."
As the new town councilman for Champlain, Cooper will be keeping himself busy.
"We decided that I was with the board members here and there was an opening on the board [in Champlain] and Rouses Point contributes a substantial amount of revenue for the town," explained Cooper. "We thought we should have somebody from the town representing the village of Rouses Point."
During the Jan. 19 meeting, Thomas Batha was also appointed as deputy chairperson for the village's planning board.