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Marilla again looking to fill two vacancies on Planning Board

For the second time in four months, the Marilla Town Board is looking to fill two vacancies on the Planning Board.

Supervisor Earl A. Gingerich Jr. revealed this week that Daniel Abbott has decided to step down.

Gingerich said Abbott emailed him his decision, citing “time constraints” that will prevent him from continuing to serve.

Abbott’s announcement comes on the heels of Richard Janiga’s decision to end his 29-year tenure on the Planning Board.

“So we will have two open positions,” Gingerich said.

Councilwoman Julie L. Lathrop noted that the Planning Board as two alternate members who will be promoted to the main board.

“We’re going to need two more alternates,” Lathrop said.

Alternates are encouraged, but not required, to attend meetings and are called upon to serve with full voting powers only when a regular member can’t attend a meeting.

The Planning Board lost two members last summer when Jen Seth-Cimini stepped down and another long-serving member, Richard Rose, died.

Those vacancies were filled in August.

The Planning Board meets on the third Tuesday of every month to review various applications, codes and building plans then makes recommendations to the Town Board.

Lathrop said in August that there are no formal requirements to serve as an alternate, but Gingerich noted that new Planning Board members must attend state-required training seminars.

A new clerk was also appointed to the Planning Board in August to fill a vacancy created in June when the former clerk resigned.

According to Lathrop, Abbott’s successor may not be needed until 2016 because the board will likely cancel its December meeting.