The Town of Taghkanic has established a small number of advisory committees, made up of town residents who meet regularly as volunteers to work on various issues of importance to the town. Committee membership is open to all residents of Taghkanic. In addition, committee meetings are open to the public, and meeting times are listed on the town calendar. If you have an interest in serving on a committee, start by contacting the committee chairperson, listed below.
The Broadband Advisory Committee was authorized to research and develop recommendations to the Town Board for actions to be taken to assure town-wide access to broadband service. It has facilitated successful completion of this mission by keeping the Town informed of grant progress in the County, identifying and reporting major mapping issues, hosting Open Houses for residents to meet with providers, and researched and published guides for access and for financially challenged community members. The focus for 2022 is on tracking the impact of infrastructure and any improvements in technology.
The Short-Term Rental sub-committee was created by the Town Board at the request of the Zoning Commission to assess the need for, and the feasibility of implementing, ordinances and regulations to govern Short Term Rentals (STRs, defined as paid guest lodgings in residential dwellings, for periods of less than 30 days) in Taghkanic. The Subcommittee was charged with proposing realistic, fair, and achievable regulations and local laws to the Town Board for its consideration and eventual implementation.
To fulfill this mission the STR Subcommittee has:
Ongoing meetings of the STR Subcommittee are open to the public.
The Conservation Advisory Council (CAC) was established in 2013 with our first meeting on March 16, of that year. The CAC was established to advise the Town Board, Planning Board, Zoning Board of Appeals and other boards or committees as needed. The CAC provides an environmental perspective on land-use proposals, stewardship and other issues that affect our surroundings. One of our main goals is the education of the public on environmental and stewardship issues as it applies to their home, the Town and the region. We have had a number of educational “walks” and presentations to help meet these goals. We plan to do more of this in the future. Presently, the CAC is working with the Climate Smart Community Task Force to further education and environmental projects in the Town.
The Climate-Smart Communities Task Force was established by the Town Board to seek information on practical steps the Town and residents can take to help diminish the progression and impact of climate change.
The CSC Task Force
The DCAC is authorized to develop digital communication tools for the Town, including the website, the T-Gazette, and other tools that may become available to promote town wide citizen access to and involvement with the general processes of town government and community events. The committee is currently working on an update to the town website. The current site represents the first iteration of that update. It will continue to evolve over the next year.
This committee is authorized to audit monthly financial information for discrepancies and to develop suggestions for financial planning to support the Town’s Long-Term Capital Plan.
This commission is authorized to develop and deliver a Draft Zoning Code to the Taghkanic Town Board for its consideration, modification and final approval.