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Duo to lead North Collins recreation programs

[photo1]NORTH COLLINS — Rozalin Warren, the departing North Collins recreation director, became emotional, as she turned in her program checkbooks and other paperwork, formally ending her latest two-year stint as head of the department.

During the March 8 work and business session of the North Collins Town Board, Warren received applause from the board and community members present, as she told the board, “Thank you for everything.” Councilman Michael Perry said, “We are going to miss you. My hat is off to you.”

The board not only filled the vacancy, but added a second assistant position, to cover an increased program schedule and to further expand offerings.

At least three candidates were known to have applied for the position. Following an executive session, Jan Mathis was named recreation department leader. No stranger to town athletic programs, Mathis had led the girls softball program and youth soccer program in the town, for years.

The board also created the position of assistant recreation leader and named Stephen Sheehy to fill that spot.

Sheehy has been involved in town recreation programs as a parent volunteer, during the past several years.

The new position pays the same annual salary as the recreation leader: $3,150. Town Supervisor Rosaline Seege originally suggested creating the assistant position, for which money was allocated in the budget.

Councilman John Tobia said that he hopes the dual leadership of the recreation department will allow one person to administer the necessary forms and paperwork while the other will be more involved with the actual programs. He added, “An active recreation program will attract young families to move to North Collins.”

Town Attorney Richard Schaus reported that he had drawn up, and submitted for review, an agreement to allow Michael Stefan of the Stefan Hay Co. to mow the area above the long-closed town dump on Ketchum Road. Schaus said that the agreement could come before the board as early as March 12.

Town Clerk Margaret Orrange reported that, since resuming duties in updating the town’s website, she has added a pop-up calendar listing area activities.

Tobia said that the calendar was one of the most important pieces of the website, and said that someone could possibly be brought in to focus on the town’s Web presence. “We have a situation where no one down here knows what’s going on at the other side of town,” he said.

Orrange explained that the current site is cost-effective and maintained by the Southern Tier West consortium. She added that she will request information to provide e-mail addresses for all town personnel, through the site.

In other board news:

– Town Court Justice Michael Stevens was approved to retain repairs to the floor behind the judicial dais in the court room.

– Seege added parks liaison to Councilman Ellen Mathis’ portfolio. Mathis will now be responsible for accepting reservations for the parks and senior building, effective April 1.

– Councilman Michael Perry reported that high-efficiency lighting had been installed at the senior building.

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