Don Coe Retires After 39 Years on Planning Board

The town board is expected to accept his resignation at tonight's town board meeting, plus lead public hearings on the budget and a potential tax cap override.

Amidst an agenda that includes one police sergeant's retirement and the appointment of another, public hearings on the proposed 2013 budget and a potential tax cap override, is an item that's sure to cause some disappointment. 

After nearly 40 years of sitting on Bedford's Planning Board, Don Coe is resigning, effective Dec. 30.

"...I have enjoyed virtually every day of my service," he said in his letter to the board, citing plans to travel with his wife and visit family as reasons for his exit. "...Bedford is a wonderful town where everyone is treated fairly and with respect, and which operates effectively and smoothly."

Coe's resignation is one of several personnel items. Here are the others included in the agenda (available here):

  • The hiring of Stephen A. Rivera, for the position of a part-time parking enforcement officer.
  • The promotion of Andrew Bellantone, who is moving from police officer to sergeant. Sgt. Anthony T. Frasca, Jr., is retiring.
  • The reappointment of Betsy Smith and Wayne Grossman, both of whom sit on the Recreation and Parks Advisory Committee.

Elected leaders will also deal with departmental business, including:

  • A recommendation to award the bid for new equipment needed for maintenance rooms at three pool facilities. 
  • The establishment of next year's holiday schedule

The two public hearings, one on the 2013 budget—which town officials were wrestling with last week—and the other on overriding the 2-percent property tax cap, are slated to start at 7, or shortly thereafter.

The last part of the meeting is new business. Items are set to include a discussion on an "extinguishing easement" on Haines Road, as well as a plan to set up candidate interviews for two advisory boards.


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