Public Speaks Out on Puppy Mills, Fracking
by Aneta Glover | Posted: Wednesday, August 29, 2012 2:28 pm
With a much smaller than expected group assembled, Supervisor Walter Prouty called the Town Board Meeting to order, asked the group to stand to recite the Pledge of Allegiance to be followed by a moment of silence.
Prouty called for a motion to accept the minutes of the June 11, 2012, meeting.
Prior to the Opening of the Public Hearings, Prouty called for a motion to open the Public Hearings and introduced Town Attorney Steven Getman.
Getman explained the purpose of the public hearing was to give opportunity to the public to express their opinions in an amiable, respectful manner. “There will be no discussion with other speakers, or questions presented to the board.” He further explained, that because the resolutions had not been presented to the County Board, "No vote will be taken by the board at this meeting.”
Prouty further stated, "Speakers will be limited to 3 minutes, they must be courteous, they must raise their hands to be acknowledged to speak. Each must clearly state their name and residence, particularly if they are out of the area.” His strong admonitions combined with the instruction from the town attorney did a good job of keeping everything orderly. Prouty administered operation of the oven-timer with the aplomb of a long-time baker. Most speakers had written statements.
The Town Attorney read the resolution as it was proposed at the July meeting to enter into a moratorium for a period of 18 months to study the issues as they relate to Puppy Mills in the Town of Ovid.
Public Hearing No. 2--to discuss the Town of Ovid's Resolution to enter into an 18-month moratorium to study the issues related to hydro-fracturing --was opened by motion. The Town Attorney read the proposed resolution.
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Steven Getman Seneca County Attorney, 2002-2007
Steven Getman Seneca County Social Services Attorney, 1995-2001
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