ONEONTA – The Otsego Now board of directors, at its monthly meeting Thursday, approved minutes of its new Reorganization Committee that includes among the committee’s goals: “engage in a search and hire a full-time CEO.”
The 2-5 vote came over the objections of board member Bob Hanft, immediate past chairman. He said including that line in the Reorganization Committee’s 11 “duties and responsibilities” will only serve to slow Otsego Now’s current momentum. “I think it does more harm than good.”
Hanft said the committee had been directed to come up with a plan for the future, and that taking on the mandate of seeking a new CEO should come only after a plan is developed and approved. “I think that’s line should be stricken,” he said.
COOPERSTOWN – Yet again, an appointment to the Otsego Now board of directors stirred lively debate this morning at the monthly county Board of Representatives’ meeting.
Yet again, a county rep – this time, Andrew Stammel, D-Town of Oneonta – raised concerns about “lack of transparency” in the proposed appointment, this time that of Sarah Harvey, Otego, a project manager with LeChase Construction.
“If you’re not in the room, if you’re not in the small group of people, you aren’t going to get the information,” said Stammel, who abstained from voting on the appointment, which passed after 10 minutes of brisk discussion.