During recent Hamburg Town Board meetings, Councilman Joseph Collins has shown his frustration over the fact that he was censured by the board for a pair of violations. Those were handed down to him back in December. Almost five months later, it appears Collins has not received the training by the Association of Towns he was told he must take in order to be reinstated as liaison to the boards such as the planning board and zoning board.
During Monday’s board meeting, Collins, who accused Councilwoman Amy Ziegler for being responsible for the censures, told her and Supervisor Steven Walters that if the board did not reinstate him, he would file an order against them to “show cause” in an attempt to regain those assignments.
Under the first violation, cited back in December, it read “On or after October 13, 2012, Brian Doyle, Human Resources consultant was tasked with conducting an investigation involving the inappropriate dissemination of confidential information discussed at Town Board executive sessions which occurred on or after October 13, 2012.”
In the second resolution read in December, it stated that Doyle filed a claim of harassment against Collins on June 8, 2012 which claimed that Collins violated the “Town of Hamburg Non Harassment Policy.”
As a result of the second public censure, Collins was advised under the Town of Hamburg Employee Assistance Program and/or the Town of Hamburg Human Resources Department, that Collins must comply with the provisions of the policy.
The resolution also said that because this is Collins’ second violation, he be removed as department contact for departments assigned to him until he has successfully completed “appropriate training” directed by the Town’s Employee Assistance Program or the Town’s Human Resources Department.
Both resolutions passed by a 2-1 count, with Ziegler and Town Supervisor voting in favor.
Collins announced last month that he will not be seeking reelection to the board. Either comply with the order of the board and get the required training or step aside for the last eight months of the term.
It has been a pretty quiet year overall for the Town of Hamburg. In the near future, town board candidates names will unveiled and residents will decide which three candidates can best represent them starting in 2014.
What this town does not need is another battle taking place by an outgoing councilman who was censured and given instruction as to what he must do in order to regain his liaison positions. This is a battle that could drag on for months, and in eight months, Collins will have the word “former” in front of his title as councilman. We understand that Collins wants to stand up for what he believes in, but for the good of the town, we hope this does not lead to another legal fight.
• We would like to congratulate Dale Neseman, who provides editorial cartoons to The Sun each week, for winning First Place in Division 3 for Editorial Cartoons during the New York Press Association Convention, which was held in Saratoga Springs April 5 and 6.
Neseman won the award for his cartoon that appeared in the Dec. 20, 2012 edition remembering the victims of the Sandy Hook tragedy, which left 20 students and six adults dead in Connecticut.
• The Sun will also be a source of valuable information over the next couple of weeks as school districts not only inch closer to adopting their 2013-14 budgets to be placed before voters, but also the deadline is drawing close for prospective school board candidates to get their petitions to the district clerks.
The Sun will provide all of that information for the Frontier, Hamburg, Eden, Lake Shore and North Collins School Districts.
If it is anything like 2012, then there should be some interesting races.