Three new members start job on Collins Town Board

OBSERVER Photo by Andrew David Kuczkowski Pictured is the Collins Town Board for 2018. From left, supervisor Ken Martin, councilwoman Jane Sion, councilman Jim Hotnich and deputy supervisor and councilwoman Mary Stelley.

COLLINS — As the year gets underway, new board members take their seats. For the town of Collins, Ken Martin, Jim Hotnich and Jane Sion fill the Collins Town Board with returning board member Mary Stelley.

Martin was a town supervisor before and sat on the board prior to stepping up for the departing supervisor David Tessmer.

His goals echo that of Tessmer. Many of the recent works like demolishing blight properties to the improvements of the LK Painter Center are on Martin’s agenda as supervisor.

“To continue on with all of it. I came on the board in 1990, except the two years I was off (and on the zoning board of appeals), I have 26 years on here,” Martin said. “When I first came on, this building didn’t look like this when I was supervisor. … I have been active in (everything), every budget and every project that we had.”

Hotnich joins the board with aspirations of wise money spending for the town. The 30-year resident who lives on Spring Street wants to be economically smart on the town board.

“I just want to see us move forward,” Hotnich said. “I’m in business, my son’s business and the town is a business just like anything. We have to watch our dollars and cents. We have to see how we can extend those dollars and cents.”

As for Sion, a 57-year resident of Collins who lives on Brewer Road, her origins in the area pushes her agenda to support the agricultural aspect of Collins.

“I was a farm girl, I am behind the agricultural part of the town,” Sion said. “I feel that if we all work together, we can do things and rebuild the town of Collins and make it a better place.”

Sion was quick to add that her experience in small business is close to heart for the betterment of Collins.

Since the Collins Town Board supervisor is Martin, whose term as councilman didn’t end prior to becoming supervisor, there is one empty seat on the board. The board will take applications and select the fifth member accordingly.

The Collins Town Board will meet on Feb. 5 at 7 p.m. in the town hall.

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