My wife and I have lived in Cold Spring about three years now, and so far, our political establishment has spent the majority of its time in self-serving, factional disputes instead of doing the people’s work. The volunteer committees, on the other hand, are the real heroes, working tirelessly in their spare time with their only goal being to improve things for village and all its residents. Unfortunately, the less than sterling performance of the board has had a significant negative impact on the committees. The recent (effective) dismantling of the Parking and Code Update Committees are great examples of our elected officials taking two steps back without the usual one step forward.
It seems to me that the best part of our “government” are the volunteers, but unfortunately they are being held back by the people getting paid. One way to resolve this would be to eliminate the paid officials, transfer their roles to the town and enhance the committee system. That way everyone working directly for the village would be doing it for the right reason.
By the way, I am not a “Government is bad” type of individual. I like to have someone taking care of our streets, bridges and schools. But in this case, we seem to have an extra layer that not only costs money but is counterproductive. Let’s eliminate that layer, shore up what’s working, and move forward.