BOSTON — The new year brought the usual annual appointments for the Boston town board, which met on Jan. 8. The meeting came a week later than the usual first Wednesday of the month, due to the town hall’s being closed for the holiday on Jan. 1. When the board convened for its first meeting of the calendar year, several decisions were made, before moving forward.
First came the appointments of town employees. “We’re lucky enough, in this town, to have some of the most fabulous employees of any town in Erie County,” said Councilman Jay Boardway.
The list included Michael Kobiolka as town attorney, Kelly Vacco as deputy town attorney/prosecutor, William Ferguson as code enforcement officer, Anthony Zeniuk as recreation director, Karen Miller as clerk, John Sibenik and Daniel Mule’ as court officers, Thelma Faulring as secretary to boards and committees, Theresa Horschel as nutrition program director, Lori Valentine as substitute assistant nutrition director, Sharon Bulger as assistant nutrition director, Leo Jensen as town hall laborer, Joyce Carr as marriage officer, Jacob Karb III as liaison for Cobblehill Cemetery, William Sodja as town hall cleaner, Jennifer Mule’ as registrar of vital statistics, Elizabeth Martin as deputy registrar of vital statistics, Sandra Quinlan as substitute assistant of vital statistics, Robert Telaak as parks superintendent, James Hannon as town engineer and Elizabeth Weitzel as highway clerk.
Supervisor Martin Ballowe made several appointments himself, including Boardway as deputy town supervisor, Dawn Boncal as assistant to the supervisor, Kathleen Selby as bookkeeper and budget director and Keith Kaszubik as town historian. Those individuals were sworn in, during the meeting.
The North Boston branch of Evans National Bank was designated the town’s official bank. The Sun was named the town’s official newspaper. Councilman Gary Vara and Conservation Advisory Council Chairman Donald Buckley were appointed to the Northeast Southtowns Solid Waste Management Board.
In addition, town board meetings will still be held bimonthly, on the first and third Wednesday of the month, at 7:30 p.m. Agenda review will be held the same days, at 5:30 p.m, prior to the board meetings.
In other board matters:
– Resolution 2014-01 was passed, which outlined several procurement policies for this year.
– Resolution 2014-02 was passed. That included a schedule of fees.
– Resolution 2014-03 resolved “that the Boston Town Board hereby formally request a traffic speed and safety study be conducted for the entire length of Rice Road in the town of Boston, with specific attention paid to the Feddick [Road]/Rice intersection. The board is asking that the speed limit be set at 45 mph, due to safety concerns of its residents, with respect to the lack of a speed limit on the entire length of Rice Road.” The resolution was passed unanimously.
– Under resolution 2014-04, the board resolved to “enter into membership in the plan pursuant to section 50, Subdivision 3-a of the Workers’ Compensation Law.”
– Cindy Deluca, a resident of Boston, spoke up, regarding the speed limit on Feddick Road.
“We wanted to put our two cents in worth that we are for that reduction in the speed limit because I don’t see any speed limit signs on Feddick Road,” she said.
“We have children, we have dogs and no one goes 55, even in bad weather. I’m tailgated every morning, when I go to work. I work downtown. The roads are slippery. It’s a slippery street. It’s not completely down to [dry] pavement, which I don’t expect it to be, but I also don’t like all these four wheel drive trucks and everything riding [behind me] at 55 and above when it’s slippery out. And everybody knows everybody speeds on Feddick Road, pretty much.”
Councilman Larry Murtha responded, “That’s being taken care of. The state’s got it, right now. The study needs to get done. That’s in the works.”
– Ron Yormick, another Boston resident, said, “I’m just here to thank [Highway Superintendent] Bob Telaak and his crew for the job well done on this blizzard that we had, on the town roads.
“I’m still considered essential personnel, believe it or not,” he continued, “and I had no problem whatsoever getting around this town, on town roads. It’s just phenomenal what this town crew does – and not only this week, but also a few weeks ago, when we had the 31 inches of snow. It’s just amazing what Bob and his crew does. I just thank him immensely for that.
“I’m here to also chastise the county, because I haven’t seen a plow all week, and I see the [Department of Transportation] is now doing Boston State Road. I’ve seen two plows just coming here tonight. So where the county is, is beyond me, but maybe that’ll change now that [Legislator John] Mills is in charge of the Legislature. I just want to thank you guys for keeping my taxes low. I don’t want to [complain] about anything tonight.”
Telaak replied, “I’d like to thank Ron Yormick for the kind words. It was very nice. I’d like to thank the Delucas. I don’t know them. I’ve never met them, but I appreciate them coming down asking for the speed limit reduction on Feddick Road. It’s definitely been needed, for years. I’ve had several people ask me about that, but nobody else ever comes to the meetings.”
– The board approved the appointment of Thomas Winters to the Boston Emergency Squad.
– The review of the board of assessment’s appointment of Robert Ganey was tabled until the next board meeting.
The next meeting is scheduled for Jan. 22 at the Boston Town Hall, which is located at 8500 Boston State Road in Boston. The meeting will begin at 7:30 p.m.
In February, the board will resume its usual first an third Wednesday meeting schedule.