The Lancaster Town Board on Monday appointed two new members to the board of the town’s Industrial Development Agency and one new member to the town Planning Board.
The appointments won unanimous approval, but only after a resident who closely follows the workings of town government objected that the available positions had not been advertised.“I’m looking at the selection process and wondering why it isn’t open to the public?” said Lee Chowaniec, a regular contributor to the SpeakUp Western New York message board.
Town Board members said they receive applications seeking appointment to various boards throughout the year, and the appointment resolutions are made public three days before the vote.
But Supervisor Dino J. Fudoli said he would like information on upcoming vacancies on the Lancaster IDA, the Planning Board and other entities posted online well in advance of a formal vote.
“I think that’s a good suggestion,” Fudoli said.
The appointments of the members of the town boards and commissions came at the Town Board’s annual organizational meeting. Most of the panels’ members were reappointed to their positions, but there was some turnover.
The seven-member IDA board will see two new members, Robert H. Klaczyk and Michael J. LoCicero. Members Frank Fialkiewicz, Steven Hoffman, Alan Kurtzman and E. James Nunan, along with Fudoli, the IDA chairman, were reappointed.
Klaczyk, 48, a food broker and the owner of KB Food Holdings, was appointed to the seat now held by William D. Tate Sr., the board’s vice chairman, who recently sold his home in Lancaster and moved to Clarence.
LoCicero, 33, whose father, Nicholas, is the town prosecutor, replaces longtime IDA board member John Visone. LoCicero is an attorney with Tronolone and Surgalla.
Chowaniec asked during the public comment session how the Town Board settled on the replacements for Tate and Visone. Fudoli said he reached out to several people, and others contacted him, before he decided to recommend Klaczyk’s appointment. The supervisor, a Republican, said the four Town Board Democrats backed the appointment of LoCicero.
Council members Mark Aquino and Donna G. Stempniak said they want to hear from members of the public who are interested in serving on town boards and committees, and Aquino agreed with Chowaniec that fresh blood is needed from time to time.
For example, Aquino said he encouraged Anthony Gorski to seek a position on the Planning Board because Gorski is an architect and will provide helpful technical expertise. Gorski replaces Steven Socha.
That body also will have a new chairman after Stanley Jay Keysa, the longtime head of the Planning Board and a former town supervisor, said his recent health issues prevent him from serving in that position.
Neil Connelly was appointed chairman, but Keysa will remain a member of the board.
Members of the IDA board receive no compensation. Members of the Planning Board receive $3,221 per year, and the chairman receives $4,122.