WEST JEFFERSON — The West Jefferson Board of Aldermen voted 4-0 in favor of dissolving the West Jefferson Board of Adjustments at its monthly meeting Monday, Nov. 5.
Alderman Brett Summey was absent for medical reasons.
Alderman John Reeves, who also serves as the chairman of both the West Jefferson Board of Adjustments and the Planning Board, described how the Board of Adjustments works.
“When somebody comes (to the Board of Adjustments) and asks to adjust a ruling, it is basically just like a court,” Reeves said. “They are sworn in and I think it’s good, even though I’m the chairman of the board, I think (the Aldermen) should have the last say.”
With the dissolution of the Board of the Adjustments, the aldermen accepted the responsibility of taking over the adjustment board’s duties. Alderman Stephen Shoemaker agreed with Reeves in saying the Aldermen felt that proposed rule changes, which the Board of Adjustments oversees, should go directly to the Aldermen instead of through a middle-man.
Shoemaker took the moment to thank the board after making the motion to dissolve it.
“With that motion I would like to thank the Board of Adjustments for the good work that they do,” Shoemaker said. “But like Reeves said, let the buck stop with us, and John and them have done a great job.”