Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — And each Town Board members hears from residents, Crocker said.
“We get very positive feedback, most feel we’re doing a good job,” he said.
Smith, Dufour and Crocker are against the referendums. The ward system would reduce residents’ representation, the incumbents say, by giving each resident only two representatives — their ward representative and the supervisor — down from five. Board members are available, the three say.
“You can always find a sympathetic ear on the board,” Smith said. “You limit yourself under a ward system.”
Black said under a ward system, the representative elected would have to live within that ward. It would make that representative accountable to their neighbors. Mongielo agrees with the idea, as he passed around a similar petition a few years ago.
Wards would act as a sort of term limit for elected officials, Mongielo said. People Mongielo have spoken with have issues with the board and with how the minor party endorsement process is handled, he said.
But wards could be divisive, stopping the town from working as a whole, Crocker said.
As for the meeting changes, Smith said all of the meetings are open to the public. And the Town Board has made decisions to not move forward with legislation when there is public objection, such as the wood burning stove ordinance a few years ago, Crocker said.
Contact reporter Joe Olenick at 439-9222, ext. 6241 or follow him on Twitter @joeolenick.Contact reporter Joe Olenick at 439-9222, ext. 6241 or follow him on Twitter @joeolenick.