The first row of the board room on Monday night was occupied by kids whose feet didn't reach the floor. The squeals of "she's not sharing" and inevitable interruptions lightened up the otherwise formal proceeding of swearing in Sleepy Hollow's three new Trustees.
“Come on kids,” joked Mayor Ken Wray, adding that he's “glad the kids are having a good time.”
The board is looking very female now. Save for the Mayor in center position and Trustee Bruce Campbell, there are now five women positioned at the front of the room, two of whom have two young children. They are: Evelyn Stupel, Barbara Carr, reelected Karin Wompa, and newcomers Susan MacFarlane and Jennifer Lobato-Church.
Lobato-Church's two daughters and Wompa's twins were in attendance, along with a grandmother and a daddy, for the relatively quick meeting. But the speed, the kids, and the cookies in the back room afterward won't exactly set any new standard with such matters as GM and the budget to attend to.
Along with swearing in the elected Trustees (promising, right hand upheld, to support the Constitution and "faithfully discharge [their] duties to the best of [their] abilities"), there came many other mayoral appointments, committee membership adjustments and standard operational resolutions.
New committee membership is as folllows:
Chair: Wompa; Members: Stupel, Church
Chair: Campbell; Members: Carr, Church
Chair: Carr; Members: MacFarlane, Wompa
Chair: Church; Members: Stupel, Campbell
Chair: Stupel; Members: Campbell, MacFarlane
Chair: MacFarlane; Members: Carr, Wompa
The ad hoc committee for GM development oversight will change slightly, with the Mayor as Chair and Wompa and Campbell members; the Safe Housing Task Force will again have Stupel as Chair and community volunteers comprising the committee.
The resolution was made to dedicate April work sessions to budget discussions.
Some Planning Board Committee memberships are up including, most notably, the Chairman position () to be announced next week, as will membership of the Waterfront Planning Advisory Committee.
The Environmental Advisory Council will include members David Bedell, Sean Roach, Adrian Berezowsky, and Francois Rejeili, with chair to be announced. The Zoning Board Chair position, made vacate now that Lobato-Church is a Trustee, will be filled by former Trustee Thomas Capossela.