CROWN POINT - An electronic newsletter is now available to Crown Point residents wishing to keep up with town government.
Anyone who wants to receive the newsletter can contact Supervisor Bethany Kosmider via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Plans are also being made for a town website and a marketing brochure has been completed.
"We are hopeful to have a website up and running in the near future to use as a promotional and informational tool," Kosmider said. "A Crown Point resident has stepped up to the task and has designed a professional brochure that the town can use to attract business. Still looking to design a brochure to attract tourism, we are working on identifying strengths and attractions."
Kosmider said public information and participation is a priority for the town board.
"I have been especially pleased to see the large numbers of citizens who are coming out to attend our town board meetings each month," she said. "Everyone has been courteous and follows the rules of the meetings. I encourage everyone to get involved and participate on a committee."
The town board meets at 6 p.m. at the town hall on the second Thursday of each month.
The Crown Point board has also decided to tape its meetings and air them on the cable television public access channel it shares with Moriah.
"With the Open Meetings Law and Open Town Government format, I deemed it beneficial to film the town board meetings every month," Kosmider said. "These town board meetings will be played on an access channel on Time Warner Cable TV in the very near future and for the time being, we will be sharing an access channel with Moriah. When we have a need for more time and space, we may have our own access channel.
"For those who do not have cable, they can check out a copy of the meeting from the Hammond Library as you would a book and return it when you are done watching it," she said. "This is a method of keeping the people informed of what is going on in their town."
To further open government, Kosmider invited Assistant Attorney General Glen Michaels to a recent board meeting. He presented information about making government accessible.
While working on open government, the Crown Point town board has also tackled several other issues.
Remodeling the town court is being planned; the Emergency Preparedness Plan is being studied and about to be reinstituted; the budget reduction committee has been meeting with a goal of cutting the town budget by 10 percent; the town is participating in a NYSERDA Energy Audit, which pointed out areas that need improvement to save money on energy costs; and the town-school committee continues to meet.
"A committee report from Councilman (Bob) Patnode and Councilwoman (Yvonne) Dushane showed a good rapport between the school and the town board, working together for the good of the youth," Kosmider said. "We are currently looking at ways in which we can have a place for the youth to go to after school hours while offering interesting activities for all ages. Interested parents are urged to participate."