Teresi To Make BPU Board Appointment

Jamestown Mayor Sam Teresi is planning to name a new member to the Jamestown Board of Public Utilities, and to make other appointments to citywide boards and commissions next month.

Earlier this month, Dr. Len Faulk announced that he would not be returning to the Jamestown Board of Public Utilities next year. He said the reason he will not serve on the board anymore is because he wants to spend more time with his family. Faulk’s term on the board was set to expire at the end of the year. According to the February 2012 BPU newsletter, Faulk was appointed to the board for two years to replace William Guillotti, who retired after 15 years of service to the utility. Faulk is a retired State University at Fredonia professor and administrator. Besides serving on the BPU board, Faulk has served on several community boards and commissions, including being the co-chairman for one of the committees looking into consolidating the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s and Jamestown Police departments.

Faulk’s retirement from the board now leaves Teresi with the job of finding his replacement. As mayor of the city, Teresi has had the responsibility numerous times to find community members willing to serve on boards and commissions.

”At this time of the year, this is one of several appointments I need to make and bring forth for the City Council to ratify,” he said. ”I’ll bring forth my nominations at the Monday, Jan. 6, City Council organizational meeting.”

Teresi said he approaches selecting a nominee to a board or commission the same way each time. However, the nominee’s knowledge and background will depend on what board and commission the mayor selects them to handle.

”I’m looking for quality people who have something positive to bring to the process. People who have a sincere interest on the topic area they will be addressing on the board or commission,” he said. ”I want them to take a positive approach to just not finding problems, but finding solutions. I like to find myself with people who have a positive, can-do attitude. After all, we are all here not to be too critical and tear things down, but to build the city back up, and you need positive people to do that.”

Teresi said he looks for intelligent people who sometimes have similar skill sets as the person he is losing from the board or the commission. However, he also likes people who have unique backgrounds or perspectives on a topic who can add something new to the conversation.

”The bottom line is I want someone who is competent and understands the topic, and has a concerning and caring view of the community – like Dr. Faulk,” he said. ”Not everyone has the same background. I also like people who come from different angles on the topic.”

For the BPU board, the nine-member panel has five citizen appointments; Faulk was one of them. Teresi said of the five citizen appointments, four of them have a four-year term, and one of them will have a two-year term. Teresi said he is still determining how long the term will be for the new member of the board. The mayor said he will make his decision on term length by the time he nominates the potential new board member by the Jan. 6 organizational meeting. All the mayor’s appointments are subject to approval by the City Council.