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NEW BETHEL SUPERVISOR Daniel Sturm listens during the public comment.

Yeomans Tabbed to Fill Board Seat

By Frank Rizzo
KAUNEONGA LAKE — January 15, 2008 — In its two meetings so far this year, the Bethel town board voted on a further two-month building moratorium and chose Ted Yeomans to fill the council seat vacated by Daniel Sturm when he assumed the post of supervisor on Jan. 1.
The moratorium vote passed 4-0 at the reorganizational meeting of Jan. 3.
Addressing the well-attended room, Sturm noted the development moratorium in place that had expired and said, “The town board acted for this action not to stop all development but to stop unwanted residential development which was jeopardizing the safety and welfare of all residents.
“Now” he added, “we need two additional months of this limited moratorium to complete the work and introduce the updated zoning and subdivision laws and district schedules and maps. Our goal is to have all drafts introduced by our Jan. 24th town board meeting.”
Sturm added that in the series of development moratoriums since last year, “No commercial development… single family lots or subdivisions up to four lots have been affected.”
Yeomans was the choice of the Bethel Democratic Committee. The town board voted 3-1 to accept his appointment (Sturm, Vicki Vassmer-Simpson and Bob Blais for, Dick Crumley against).
Yeomans will have to run again this November to retain his seat, and that term will end on December 31, 2009 (when Sturm’s term as councilman was slated to end.)

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