HASTINGS, N.Y. -- How does your local government work? There are many board and commission meetings each month, so The Daily Hastings has taken a look at a few of them to help residents get involved. Arguably three of the most important meetings in Hastings are the board of trustees, the zoning board of appeals and the planning board. The board of trustees meets on the first and third Tuesday of each month, the zoning board meets on the fourth Thursday of each month and the planning board meets the third Thursday of each month.
Agendas are made available to the public a few days before the meetings and if not posted on the website, it is available upon request at the Municipal Building. The time and place of the meetings is posted on the village website and on its calendar well in advance of each session. Agendas can also be found on bulletin boards at the Hastings Public Library, the community center and they are also sent out to those on the village email list.
Biographies of town officials are not provided on the village website, but contact information is available. Further information would need to be directly requested from a board member or from the village hall. If you have any questions about the agenda you can contact the village clerk or the chair of the specific board before the meeting for clarification.
Records of the meetings are kept in the form of minutes which are posted on the village website after they are approved at the next meeting. If minutes have not been uploaded to the website yet, you can ask to see them at the village hall.
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