Town Council members sometimes joke that new members are lured to the volunteer post under the premise that the job entails just one evening twice a month. It's not true.
In addition to the three or four hours of Town Council meetings members are required to attend, Farmington councilors also serve on numerous committees and serve as liaisons to other boards. Hours and number of meetings for committees, in addition to research and other obligations vary. The Unionville Traffic Committee, for example met a few times a month at 8 a.m. for almost two years. In general, committee members meet to research an issue and make a policy recommendation to the council.
Liaisons are responsible for attending the meetings of other governing bodies in town and reporting back to the council about their activities. The Board of Education liaison, for example, then has to attend the many school board meetings in addition to the council meetings.
In addition to helping shape policy in regards to various town issues and keeping the council informed, committee members and liaisons can also serve as a resource for residents with questions or concerns.
Since the town has a new Town Council - elected in November, with one new member appointed in January - new committee assignments and liaisons were given at the Tuesday night meeting.
Here's the list:
Board of Education: Patty Stoddard
CCM Representative: Nancy Nickerson
C.R.C.O.G Legislative Board: CJ Thomas
C.R.C.O.G Policy Board: Jeff Hogan, Kathy Eagen
C.R.C.O.G Transportation Board: Russ Arnold
Chamber of Commerce: Patty Stoddard
Conservation and Inland Wetlands Commission: John Vibert
Economic Development Commission: Patty Stoddard
Farm Sub-Committee: Jeff Hogan (chair), John Vibert, Patty Stoddard
Focus Group: Patty Stoddard
Greater Hartford Transportation: Kathy Eagen
Green Sub-Committee: CJ Thomas, John Vibert
Historic District Commission: Nancy Nickerson
Housing Authority: John Vibert
Human Relations Commission: Amy Suffredini
Land Acquisition Committee: Nancy Nickerson, John Vibert
Library Board: CJ Thomas
Recreation Committee: Jeff Hogan, CJ Thomas, John Vibert
Retirement Board: CJ Thomas
Stephen A. Flis Scholarship Fund: Charlie Keniston, Amy Suffredini
Town Plan & Zoning: Amy Suffredini
UCONN Committee - DOC: Amy Suffredini
UCONN Committee - Communication: Jeff Hogan, Nancy Nickerson, Amy Suffredini
Unionville Village Improvement: John Vibert, Patty Stoddard
Veterans Memorial Committee: Charlie Keniston
Water Pollution Control Authority: CJ Thomas
Bicycle Friendly Subcommittee: CJ Thomas (chair), John Vibert