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James Lynden continued his criticism of fellow Fredonia Village Board associates, centered all over an April retreat, in the course of a meeting this week. This time, while, he saw a bit of pushback from other village officials.

At the commence of his allotted time for stories, Lynden mentioned, “A range of challenges have transpired that I am going to handle here with you and should be dealt with in an open up community board assembly.”

Mayor Doug Essek hit his gavel and stated, “Point of purchase, this is some thing that you’ve talked over with other trustees in good depth listed here at our previous (conference). … Is this one thing diverse, or the similar point?”

Lynden replied, “This is anything we didn’t end the discussion up and I come to feel the general public needs to understand a few goods and there is additional to it than just the just one part. … There’s supplemental enterprise.”

The two went back again and forth until village board member Roger Britz mentioned, “He’s bought privilege of the board, allow him speak.”

Lynden then started his statement. He reiterated his demand that the other four village board customers illegally made selections on the village charter, and starting up a so-termed “village management crew,” at the April 24 retreat.

“The steps with regards to the amendments to the constitution resolved on at the retreat must not move forward,” he claimed. “Their ask for should be regarded unlawful. I must insert that I am really unhappy that the lawyers did not halt the trustees from getting an unlawful assembly.”

Lynden went on to criticize the village clerk’s office environment for failing to take away references to an administrator in village legal guidelines, as mandated by a 2019 trustees resolution. Lynden and Britz are the only board members from that time continue to serving as trustees, even though Essek was also a trustee at that time, right before defeating Athanasia Landis for the mayor’s put up afterwards that 12 months.

“It appears there is a concealed agenda and the four trustees are making an attempt to take out some of the obligations of the mayor,” Lynden claimed, introducing that the ask for for a village administration group is an “illegal motion.”

His final big stage slammed a new village organizational chart the trustees passed later on Tuesday. Lynden needed it tabled, but no 1 seconded the movement, and it handed 4-1 over his “no” vote.

“What was explained in e-mail as the management staff is less than committee-assigned trustees. That is a critical and deliberate misrepresentation of the constitution. Those committees are assigned by the mayor and have no authority to supervise or direct the get the job done of subordinate village officers or personnel. Also, unique trustees do not have the authority to supervise or direct the get the job done of subordinate village officers or staff, either. They can only gather facts.”

He also alleged the chart was emailed to him only an hour prior to the past workshop meeting. “It was not thoroughly reviewed, is not correct and should really not be on the agenda,” he said.

Lynden then resolved village board member Scott Johnston’s remark of “What do you want from this?” produced during his previous assertion in Might.

“I want transparency,” he stated. “I want every village office to be able to function with no currently being micromanaged by a committee or customers of this board. I want this village govt to function according to the genuine latest village code, that is the charter and codes, and the New York Point out constitution…it is my duty of becoming this ahead to the public.”

Britz’s flip to converse arrived future. “I had a response and I realized Jim was likely to bring this to the desk tonight, but I’m not likely to respond,” he explained, “but I am likely to say, ‘Jim, I type of concern in which you are having your authorized advice from.’”

He then defended the credentials of the Buffalo regulation agency, Webster Szanyi LLP, the board has retained for village legal professional duties. Webster Szanyi’s Charlie Roberts has been the most important attorney to get the job done with Fredonia considering that earlier Village Legal professional Dan Gard was allow go before this yr, but other lawyers from the agency have served him out.

“I never know about how the relaxation of the board feels, but if this retreat was in any way unlawful, I would believe our lawyer would not have hosted it or carried out it,” Britz concluded.

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