A pair of Town of Evans police officers were recognized at the Feb. 6 meeting of the Evans Town Board for their efforts and excellent police work in two separate events.
Lieutenant Peter Smith was acknowledged in a letter of recognition from Police Chief Ernest Masullo for his quick work and thorough diligence in the investigation of an arson at the Evans Town Hall, which occurred Jan. 7.
The incident occurred while the Town Justice Court was in session. At approximately 8:30 p.m., Smith was dispatched to an odor of smoke coming from somewhere within the Town Hall. After determining that the smoke was emitting from the women’s bathroom in the atrium, Smith’s investigation revealed that someone set paper on fire, while in the restroom.
“After you immediately started an investigation,” Masullo said, “you conducted numerous interviews and viewed security tape footage in an effort to develop a suspect. And with this information in hand, you interviewed said suspect, and when confronted with evidence, this person confessed.”
“On behalf of the Town of Evans Police Department, I want to recognize Lieutenant Smith for his excellent police work during this investigation,” Masullo said. “Your efforts and attention to duty are to be credited with solving another crime in our Town. Congratulations and keep up the good police work.”
Patrolman Garrasi was also accommodated for exemplary work in a case involving an attempted break-in and vandalism.
In a letter of recognition from Karen LaCorte-Nies and Jon Nies, Garrasi was thanked for his commendable work in response to the incident which occurred at the Nies’ seasonal residence at Point Breeze RV Park.
“Patrolman Garrasi was very quick to respond, professional, courteous thorough and sympathetic,” the Nies’ said. “We are only seasonal residents of Evans, but we are very grateful for your police departments’ commitment to the community and your support.”
Supervisor Keith Dash, as well as the rest of the Town Board also took the opportunity to recognize the officers and their police work.
“The Town Board would also like to extend their thanks and congratulations to these officers,” Dash said. “They deserve to be recognized for their efforts as well as their hard work and dedication to this Town.”
In other news:
• The 2012 year end e-waste recycling totals were announced. In total the town collected 77,775 total pounds of e-waste, including 4,693 pounds of computers, 21,488 lbs. of computer peripherals, 5,707 lbs. of small electronic equipment, 148 lbs. of small scale serves and 45,739 lbs. of televisions.
• Evans Center Volunteer Fire Company Captain Adam Bitnun was congratulated by Councilman Paul Cooper as well as the rest of the Board on his accomplishment of responding to 433 calls last year alone. James Ginnitti (406 calls) and George Ross (405) were also congratulated.
• A public hearing was scheduled for March 6 at 7:10 p.m. regarding the rezoning of property at 8746 Erie Road for the purpose of operating a landscaping business and restaurant, as well as 8930 Erie Road for the purpose of operating a hair salon. An additional public hearing was scheduled for the same night to consider Proposed Local Law No.3 for 2013, amendments to the Town Code, Chapter 158, regarding rental permits.
• Eric Hamilton and Michael Conti were appointed as part-time Public Safety Dispatchers, to be called as needed at a rate of $13.55 per hour.
• Frederick Garrasi III was appointed to the position of Full-time Police Officer.
• Tom Kait, retired Evans Water Department Crew Chief, was appointed as a consultant to the DPW/Water Department at a monthly rate of $250.
• Mary Ann Baake was appointed as consultant to the Town Court as a rate of $9.50 per hour.
• The Highway Superintendant was approved an additional annual stipend of $10,000 as he has been given added duties of overseeing the DPW.