East Otto Town Board holds reorganizational meeting to kick off year
Wednesday March 6, 2013 | By:Jessie Owen, Journal editor | News
EAST OTTO — The East Otto Town Board ushered in 2013, by holding an organizational meeting on Jan. 8.
Salaries for elected and appointed officials were adopted, including the following: town supervisor, at a quarterly rate of $6,360; town clerk, at $6,628, quarterly; deputy town clerk, at $250, annually; town board members, at $1,320 each, quarterly; town justice, $5,200, quarterly; court clerk, $1,500, quarterly and the appointed assessor, at $7,020, biweekly.
Also approved were the salaries for the highway superintendent, the tax collector, the assistant tax collector, the town historian, the constable, the planning board chairman and board members, examining review board chairman and board members, zoning board of appeals chairman and board members, code enforcement officer, dog control officer and budget officer.
Two full-time commercial driver’s license highway employees receive $16.14, per hour, and one receives $16.76, per hour. The CDL deputy superintendent receives $16.66, per hour.
David Forster was appointed as deputy supervisor and highway liaison. Helen Lincoln was appointed the deputy town clerk and assistant collector. Bill McCabe was appointed as the deputy highway superintendent and Dennis Westfall was named the assistant deputy highway superintendent. Town Clerk Ann Rugg was named the registrar of vital statistics and the records officer.
Jeffrey Forster was noted as the sole assessor, effective September 2007 – September 2013.
Amy Schosek was named the court clerk, Mary Dankert was appointed as dog control officer and Jeffrey Holler was named the code enforcement officer. Michelle Gogel is the town historian. The town constable is Douglas Falk and the attorney for East Otto, based on time and materials, is Brady & Swensen – voucher per diem.
The following individuals hold five-year terms on the planning board: Chairman Carol Dill, Deanna Bowen, Sidney Barber, Chris Shattuck and Jeff Russell.
Chairman Edward Perry, Terry Kazmark, Mike Jones, Chris O’Neill and Rachel Tolsma are currently completing five-year terms on the zoning board of appeals.
Holding five-year terms on the board of assessment review are Chairman Paul Elliott, Rosemary Solecki and James Dill.
The board will continue to hold meetings on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month, at 8 p.m.
The Bank of Cattaraugus, M&T Bank, Cattaraugus County Bank, Citizens Bank, Community Bank and Five Star Bank were designated as town depositories for the supervisor, town clerk, collector and town justice monies.
Supervisor James Beach was authorized to invest town funds, pursuant to the town of East Otto investment policy adopted July 2001, in accordance with the board’s stated guidelines.
The Springville Journal was designated as the official town paper.
The bulletin board in front of the town hall and at the entrance to Rugg’s office is noted as the official bulletin board for East Otto.
Highway Superintendent Thomas Benz was authorized to purchase up to $500 in small tools, without consultation.
Beach was authorized to pay National Fuel, National Grid, health insurance, Verizon, Cellular, AT&T, the telephone, disability, Home Depot, compensation, postage, New York state retirement, insurance premiums, unemployment and equipment lease payments, prior to audit by the board.
The board set the mileage rate at 50 cents, per mile.
The board resolved to pay school expenses for necessary training for elected officials.
The board agreed to pay all materials, supply purchases and machinery rental, not to exceed county or state bid prices, unless authorized by the board.
Section 18(4)(A) of the public officials law applies to indemnification and the saving of town employees from any judgment or settlement of a claim covered by said section.
Highway employees will be paid on the Wednesday following the two-week pay period.
Smoking is prohibited in the town hall building and in all town properties.
Boards will notify Rugg, three days prior to all of their meetings. Minutes from those gatherings will be filed with Rugg, one week following each meeting.
Full-time highway employees are required to submit to a physical, every two years. They will receive time and a half pay, if they work on a holiday.
Paid holidays for full-time highway employees include New Year’s Day, Good Friday, Memorial Day, July 4, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.
All new, full-time hires will be offered the same health insurance coverage currently in effect for town employees.
Rugg and the town justice were authorized to maintain a petty cash fund, for making change, in the amount of $50.
In other matters:
– A $30 fee will be assessed, for any returned checks.
– Lakeshore Testing Services was appointed as the official testing service for drug and alcohol testing for this year. Beach is the primary contact and David Forster is the secondary contact, for the drug and alcohol program.
– Rugg paid Beach $159,912 for the first installment on the 2013 tax warrant.
– Ann McDonnell was hired to write a grant for the records storage room, available from New York state archives, for not more than $1,500.
– The board and supervisor were authorized to sign the 2013 agreement to spend highway funds, in the amount of $208,570, on 43.17 miles of road.
– Benz addressed a letter received from a Monk Hill Road family, concerning logging being done on that street. Benz said that he has spoken with the logging company, which is complying with all of his requests.
– The board discussed continuing the summer swim program for one more year and how to be more proactive, through advertising, in encouraging residents to allow children to participate. The program will be re-evaluated at the end of the summer, to determine this idea’s effectiveness.
– During the board’s Feb. 12 meeting, Bob and Lorna Barber said that they will be applying for a liquor license, when they open a new restaurant in the former John Boy’s location.
The next East Otto Town Board meeting will be held March 12 at 8 p.m.
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