Ever since Kevin Gaughan first raised the issue of downsizing government boards, I have been trying to find a community that has one. Through some combination of the terms "three-member," "board" and "New York" on Google, I came across Cherry Valley.
But Google missed the part where the Town Board will grow to five members following the 2009 election.
The supervisor there told me three is fraught with problems. Gaughan, who also had not heard that the board was growing, disagrees.
Gaughan likes to paraphrase this quote from Franklin Delano Roosevelt when he responds to people who say cutting the number of people on a local board won't really haven an impact: "It is common sense to take a method and try it. If it fails, admit it frankly and try another. But above all, try something."
They've tried a three-member board in Cherry Valley. Should we try it here?
--- Bruce Andriatch