OGDENSBURG A request by the Ogdensburg planning and development office that its board evaluate itself is getting mixed reviews not only from the panel itself, but also the man who appointed its members, Mayor William D. Nelson.
At the conclusion of Tuesdays Planning Board meeting, interim Planning and Development Director Andrea L. Smith handed out copies of a single-page performance evaluation.
The director asked the board members to introspectively evaluate themselves in four areas: communication with the public, teamwork, training and attendance.
The self-applied ratings in each category are unacceptable, poor, acceptable, good and excellent.
Board chairman and 24-year member Timothy J. Redmond was puzzled at what Ms. Smith was asking.
I dont know why shes doing this, he said Friday, asserting that no volunteer board should be asked to evaluate itself.
Mr. Redmond said he will not fill out the survey.
But Frank R. Perretta, a member since February, did complete the evaluation. He gave the board excellent ratings in communication with the public and teamwork. Training and attendance are requirements.
Still, Mr. Perretta said he had never heard of a volunteer board being asked to evaluate itself.
Neither had Mr. Nelson, who got his start in public service in the early 1990s as a member of the Planning Board and advocates volunteerism for the citys committees, commissions and boards.
He disapproved of Ms. Smiths move, which he knew nothing about until Friday afternoon.
I dont know why she is doing this, Mr. Nelson said. I think its unfair to ask volunteers to evaluate themselves at any level.
Ms. Smith could not be reached for comment Friday afternoon.