Port Henry After nearly two decades on the road, Moriah’s town board meetings have returned home.
The meetings are now held the second Thursday of each month at 6 p.m. at the newly-expanded and renovated court building, adjacent to the town hall at Park Place in Port Henry.
“We haven’t held regular board meetings on town property in a long time,” Supervisor Tom Scozzafava said. “It’s nice to be back.”
The move to the court necessitated a change in the meeting day. Moriah’s town board had met the second Tuesday of each month for decades, but the switch was made to the second Thursday to accommodate the court schedule.
“Historically town board meetings were always on Tuesdays, but this actually has some advantages,” Scozzafava said.
Meeting the second Thursday of each month gives town officials an extra two days to prepare the agenda and bill payments. Agendas are now required by the state to be posted prior to meetings.
“I think the move and meeting date are working out,” Scozzafava said. “I haven’t heard any concerns from the public.”
With Scozzafava and Moriah trustees placing an emphasis on open government and public participation, attendance at town board meetings in the late 1980s and 1990s grew to the point meetings could no longer be held in the supervisor’s chambers.
To accommodate crowds at town board meetings, the conclaves were moved to larger buildings in the community. During the past 20 years the meetings have been held at the Moriah Veterans of Foreign Wars Post in Mineville, the Moriah fire house, the former Republic Steel building in Mineville, the Iron Center museum in Port Henry and, most recently, the Knights of Columbus in Port Henry.
“We’re very appreciative to all the community organizations throughout the years,” Scozzafava said. “They’ve been very helpful.”
It’s been three years in the making, but the town of Moriah has a renovated, expanded court thanks to a group of students.