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Concord Town Board holds its first meeting of the year

CONCORD — The Concord Town Board held its annual organizational meeting on Jan. 3.

Town Supervisor Gary Eppolito asked the board to approve several of his appointments, including Board Member James Krezmien as deputy supervisor; David Batterson as town historian; Eppolito as representative to the youth board, Southtowns Planning Group, senior citizens group and planning board, as well as the representative and treasurer for Northeast Southtown Solid Waste Management Board; Board Member Deborah King as the representative to the Industrial Development Agency and the control center advisory board; Krezmien as liaison to the highway department and Board Member William Snyder as the representative to the town of Concord Hulbert Library.

Eppolito also asked the board to approve the appointments of Snyder as representative to the West Valley Coalition, with King as an alternative; Board Member Paul Salzler as the liaison to the Concord Community Park, Mortons Corners Fire Company and code enforcement officer; Snyder as liaison to the East Concord Fire Company and Eppolito as liaison to the Springville Volunteer Fire Company and Boston Fire Company.

The supervisor recommended that the board appoint the following: Town Clerk Darlene Schweikert as tax collector and registrar; William Nellis as assessor; Roger Atkinson as code enforcement officer; Deborah Barone as town attorney and town prosecutor; Michael Barone as deputy town attorney and deputy town prosecutor; Hodgson Russ – Daniel Spitzer Esq. as special council; Eppolito as representative to Rural Transit Service and Southtowns Preservation Board and David Graves as bingo inspector.

Eppolito recommended that the board also appoint Kenneth Zittel as planning board chairman; Edwin Heary Jr. as appeals board chairman; Carolyn Robinson as dog control officer; Robert Rosenswie Sr. and Jeffery Singleton as court officers and constables; Laura Landers/Freed Maxick & Battaglia as the town’s certified public accountant; Schweikert as the freedom of information officer; Joseph Krzemien as superintendent of buildings and grounds and Michael Willibey as disaster coordinator.

The board approved all of the appointments.

Schweikert’s appointment of Stephanie Bacon as deputy town clerk, deputy tax collector and registrar was approved by the board.

The town justice’s appointments of Amy Schosek and Andrea Warner as court clerks were approved.

The board also approved Nellis’s recommendation that Dawn Marie Martin be appointed as his assistant.

M&T Bank, Cattaraugus County Bank, Citizens Bank, Chase and Community Bank were approved as depositories for town funds.

The Springville Journal was named the official paper of the town of Concord.

Jurors’ pay was set at $7.25 per day, for being called, and $9.25, for being called and seated. Meal allowances for jurors were approved at $8 for lunch and $12 for dinner.

Town employees will receive eight days of sick leave, per year, with a 160-day maximum. Personal leave was set at three days, per year, not to accumulate.

The town’s paid holidays are New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King Day, Presidents Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Columbus Day, Thanksgiving Day, Veterans Day and Christmas Day. Good Friday, Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve are half days.

Mileage reimbursement from the town was set at $0.565 per mile. This was raised from last year’s $0.505, per mile, to comply with the Internal Revenue Service’s rate.

The board set the meal allowance at $30, per day, except for meals taken on trips to New York City, which were approved at $50, per day.

Highway Superintendent Dennis Dains was approved to spend up to $1,000 without permission from the board.

Eppolito was appointed as the delegate to the Association of Towns meeting in February, with Barone as alternate.

The Concord Town Board meetings will continue to be held on the second Thursday of each month, at 7 p.m. Work sessions will be held, prior to the regular board meetings, as needed.

Eppolito asked that all board members review the employee manual, which will be adopted, during the February board meeting. Dains will provide the language necessary for new hires and pay increases within the highway department.

Dains was authorized to advertise for fuel bids.

The next Concord Town Board meeting will be held Feb. 14 at 7 p.m.

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