CROWN POINT - It didn't take long for Bethany Kosmider to learn about being town supervisor.
On her first weekend as Crown Point's top elected official, Kosmider was called at home by a constituent in crisis.
"There were frozen water pipes at the home and power (electricity) had to be cut off," Kosmider said. "It was very cold the family didn't know where to turn. I spent several hours trying to help out.
"In the end it was very rewarding," she continued. "The woman who was affected came to my office later to thank me; she was very appreciative. It wasn't necessary, I was just doing my job, but it was nice and I felt good about it."
Kosmider is spending a lot of time going through files and meeting people.
"I'm get orientated," she said. "Wendy (supervisor's clerk Wendy Ingleston) has been very helpful. She has a good handle on things and has taught me a lot."
The new supervisor is making changes. She has appointed a new deputy supervisor, Bob Patnode, and changed many of the town committees. She's even created a few new committees.
"Bob is very energetic," Kosmider said of her new deputy supervisor. "He's working to bring some matters to the board that have been overlooked in the past."
At Patnode's urging Kosmider created an emergency preparedness committee to ready the community for a possible emergency.
She has also created a school relations committee to improve communications between the town and local school district.
"The school is a big part of our town," Kosmider said. "We should be in constant communication."
Other committees have new members.
"I want to create more energy on the committees," she said. "I'll expect a committee report each month."
Although not in place yet, Kosmider has plans for a citizens advisory committee to assist the town board in making decisions and planning for Crown Point's future.
"I hope to have a citizens advisory committee appointed by summer," she said. "I think there are a lot of good ideas in our community. The town belongs to the people who live here and I want to encourage their participation."