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    Is Right-sizing Orchard Park next?

    From: https://buffalonews.com/2018/11/11/f...ext-to-upsize/

    Smaller town boards are losing their appeal.

    After five Town Boards downsized nearly 10 years ago, two have voted to increase their number of board members from three to five, and Orchard Park could be the next one, following West Seneca's successful upsizing vote Tuesday.

    "I would never advocate copy-catting," Orchard Park Councilman Michael Sherry said.

    But he does advocate having a community conversation on what he calls "right-sizing" the Town Board.

    "The real issue is what is the value to the community of having a five-person board vs. a three-person board," Sherry said.
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    Councilman Sherry, for Christ’s sake, don’t get college faculty involved in the decision about the town board unless they are residents. And then their opinions should be valued no more than those of other residents and not as some types of experts. You can make the decision without the input of supposed “experts”. And it’s not “copy-catting” to undo the damage done to your town by Gaughanism and the editorial board of the Buffalo News.

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    From: https://buffalonews.com/2019/08/24/f...be-looking-up/

    Orchard Park's seven-year experiment with a downsized Town Board may be coming to an end. A group of residents, including two former board members, plans to file petitions Monday in favor of a referendum to increase the size of the board from three to five members.
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    If you would like to help restore your representation in Orchard Park please join and support this group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/670923993382196/
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    From: https://buffalonews.com/2019/09/10/o...vember-ballot/

    It's official.

    The referendum to increase the size of the Orchard Park Town Board will be on the Nov. 5 general election ballot and early voting, which starts Oct. 26 at 37 locations in the county.

    "The board reviewed the paperwork we received from the town clerk's office," Erie County Elections Commissioner Ralph Mohr said Tuesday. "We certified it for the general election ballot yesterday."

    There was some confusion, because the Town Board also had approved a resolution setting the vote. But Mohr said the Board of Elections approved the petitions containing 1,441 signatures asking for an upsizing vote that Town Clerk Remy Orffeo had certified. A group of residents, including two former Town Board members, initiated the petition drive.

    Two council seats were eliminated in 2012, following a vote in 2009 to reduce the size of the board.
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