Avoca town attorney Karl Anderson resigns

Andrew Poole

In a handwritten note just one sentence long, Karl Anderson ended 12 years of service as Avoca town attorney.

Anderson submitted his resignation to town clerk Kim Jackson on Jan. 17, without providing a reason for leaving the position he’s held since 1990. Messages left for Anderson Thursday weren’t returned by press time.

Supervisor Ron Harmon said the board hadn’t reappointed Anderson yet as the town’s attorney. After comments from residents regarding legal fees, the board was looking at how much other municipalities payed their attorneys.

Harmon said it was more reflection on whether the board could reduce the amount of work performed by Anderson, and then would consider that with his salary. Anderson worked with the town board and did a large amount of work with the planning board as well.

The town was paying Anderson $18,000 annually, added Harmon.

The supervisor said he was “shocked” by Anderson’s resignation, and that he was pleased with Anderson’s service during his tenure as town attorney.

Anderson was aware of the board’s research, added Harmon.

“We didn’t blindside him with anything. We did indicate that to him,” he said. “There was no indication that we weren’t going to reappoint him.

“It’s not that we were paying Karl too much. For his services, it was probably right on target with what we were paying him. The concern was, maybe all of those services weren’t actually needed.”

The board had postponed making a decision regarding appointing an attorney until Jan. 30, said Harmon. With Anderson’s resignation, the town will be researching new candidates.

The supervisor wasn’t sure when they would appoint an attorney.

In other business, the town:

• Heard Dan Hubbard read a letter stating that the village taxpayers were paying more than its share toward the town tax levy.

• Split on a vote for an open seat on the zoning board of appeals.