Councilman Steven Viens is joined by his wife Marijane as he is sworn in for his first term as Westport town board member by Town Clerk Sheila Borden.
WESTPORT — The Westport Town Board is seeking to fill a vacancy left by former Councilman Michael Tyler who resigned to fill the town justice spot he was elected to in November.
The board decided during an organizational meeting Tuesday, Jan. 7 to advertise the open position and give all qualified applicants a chance to apply. It can then opt to appoint someone to the seat.
It’s been an unusual few months for town officials in Westport. Tyler temporarily filled supervisor Dan Connell’s seat in the fall due to illness. The supervisor has since returned.
Councilman Daniel McCormick has also been absent due to illness, but plans to return to his seat once healthy.
Tyler resigned from his position on the town board upon being elected to town justice, thus opening a seat on the board.
Connell stated “only having three members could pose a risk with voting procedures. Town law requires three members to be present for all voting; therefore, one no show would mean a failed vote.”
During the organizational meeting Connell suggested two options to fill the vacant position left by Tyler.
“The board could appoint or not appoint,” said Connell. “We would like to make this a totally open process.”
The board chose to advertise the position and give all qualified residents a chance to apply.
The Town Board is requesting letters of interest and resumes from individuals interested in filling the position through Dec. 31, 2014. To be eligible applicants must be a registered voter in the Town of Westport. Applicants must be received no later then 3 p.m. Tuesday Jan. 21, 2014 at the Town Hall, 22 Champlain Ave. PO Box 465 Westport, NY 12993. For additional information call Connell at 962-4419.
Another item of discussion during the meeting was a mass letter that’s been posted throughout the town, stating: “The town of Westport will be closed to further activity or communal gathering until after April 30th 2014.”
Connell wanted to make it clear that the letter was a hoax.
Supervisor Connell said, “I would like residents to know that this is a hoax by someone trying to deliberately stir things up in our community. The town has always been open and will continue to be.”