Surveys needed to form a town comprehensive plan should be back in the Prattsburgh town hall soon.

Surveys needed to form a town comprehensive plan should be back in the Prattsburgh town hall soon.
Prattsburgh Town Councilwoman Stacey Bottoni said recently she will return the surveys to the town board after residents filed a new Freedom of Information request.
The surveys asked residents to comment on what projects the town should pursue for the community’s benefit. The comments are used to provide a legal basis for future plans.
Bottoni has kept the surveys in her possession for nearly two years, claiming they were not public information. Bottoni claimed she had been informed by the state State Department she had the right to keep the documents.
However, resident Carl Wahlstrom notified the town board that Bottoni’s action could be illegal, saying the councilwoman could be imprisoned and her house searched if she refused to allow the surveys to be reviewed by the public.
Town attorney Ed Brockman said the board could also take action against Bottoni.
But Bottoni said she had learned recently she was wrong and was simply waiting for residents to file a second request before the documents were returned.
 Wahlstrom said it is unlikely the surveys will be helpful now, because they have been out of public view and are outdated.
He said he will file the second request for the surveys because, “It’s the principle of the thing.”