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Marilla fills Planning Board vacancies

Marilla has a full Planning Board again after two residents were appointed Thursday as alternates.

Alternates are not required to attend all Planning Board meetings, but they are called upon to serve when a regular member can’t attend a meeting.

Councilwoman Julie Lathrop announced in August that the town was seeking applicants after the board lost two full-time members; one who resigned and another who died.

Two alternates filled those positions, leaving fresh vacancies.

Max L. Strasser, a former Marilla postmaster, was appointed to a position that expires Dec. 31, 2015. Filling the other post is Ed Stanton, who will serve until Dec. 31, 2016.

Supervisor Earl Gingerich Jr. said he had no preference when it came to filling the longer alternate term.

“There was no particular order as far as filling the terms,” Gingerich said. “I basically tossed a coin. There was no reason behind how it was set up.”

A third resident, Susan Pirson, also expressed interest serving as an alternate.

In another move involving the Planning Board, the council appointed Kristen R. Matthews as clerk for the board, retroactive to Aug. 20.

Matthews replaces Melissa Stark, who submitted her resignation in June.

“She looks like she’s going to be a good asset to the Planning Board,” Gingerich said.

In other action, the Town Council:

• Set a public hearing for local Law No. 3 that would regulate the plowing of snow, ice and other material to prevent obstruction of fire hydrants. The hearing will take place Oct. 8 at 7:30 p.m.

• Set a second public hearing for Oct. 8 at 7:35 p.m. for proposed projects for community development block grants. The hearing will be followed by the council’s monthly meeting.

• Amended the town budget to pay for a portion of a new building in Elma that will be used by Tri-Town Recreation. Marilla’s share is $13,230, an increase of $5,130 in the budget line.