Jerusalem fills town planning board vacancy in split vote

After five months of wrangling and dissension, the Jerusalem Town Board has appointed a new member to the town’s planning board. Paul Zorovich has been appointed for a 7-year term through December 2023 as recommended by the interview committee.

The vacancy attracted two applicants, Zorovich and Mark Catlin. However, Catlin’s application was dated after the Jan. 6 deadline. In February, board member Daryl Jones proposed a resolution appointing Zorovich to the post.

Supervisor Patrick Killen proposed another resolution appointing Catlin, claiming Catlin has a family history in agriculture, which Killen would prefer when replacing Ed Pinneo as a representative for farmers on the board. Pinneo’s sevice ended Dec. 31, 2016 after 23 years.

Killen said it would be legal to consider a late application. Neither man was appointed in February, and the board voted 3 to 2 to re-advertise the post with the preference for a background in agriculture, with Jones and Max Parson dissenting.

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