After working with the town of Boston for almost 10 years total, Recreation Director Bonnie Clesse allowed the town board to formally announce her resignation at the town board meeting on Aug. 1.
Clesse began her work in Boston in 1993 and will officially cease from her duties on Dec. 31, when her resignation takes effect. The board waited until the summer program was underway to make Clesse’s plans public.
“I have thoroughly appreciated the opportunity to serve the people of Boston for a combined total of almost 10 years,” said Clesse, through a letter to Town Supervisor Martin Ballowe.
“I have enjoyed working with the dedicated town staff and officials, the summer and winter recreation staffs and almost all the children and families in town,” she said, adding that, while she enjoyed performing her job with the town, she now wishes to spend more time with her four children and five grandchildren, who are located all over the country.
“In February, I told you of my retirement plan,” she said. “Thank you for agreeing to let me wait until camp is fully in operation before formally announcing my resignation. It enabled me to dedicate myself and organize everything for a smooth transition to incoming recreation directors.”
She said that she has been preparing a “computerized project plan” for all of the town’s recreation programs, to smooth the transition for the next recreation director.
“I will also remain available to help in any way I can,” she said. “Thank you all for allowing me to part of your lives and of our wonderful citizens of Boston.”
Councilman Jay Boardway, who “with regret” seconded the motion to accept Clesse’s resignation, said, “As the recreation liaison, I have had the opportunity to work with Miss Clesse for three years now. She essentially turned that program around from being on the verge of threads to now a department that keeps these children happy, occupied [and] busy during the summer. It keeps them challenged, and, on top of that, the budgetary part of that she’s put together has taken that department from a $30,000 deficit before we came in here to a dead even, We make no profit, but we lose no money on this. So again, it’s going to be very sad to see her go.
“She’s assured me she’s going to stay on and assist with training the recreation director which will be appointed,” he said.
In other board matters:
• In addition to Clesse, there was another resignation announced at the board meeting. Kathleen Telaak, assistant to the town supervisor, will remain on board until only the end of the month, as her resignation takes effect on Aug. 31.
“It has been a pleasure working with you and serving the town of Boston for the past few years,” she said, in a letter to the board. “Thank you for the opportunity.”
“She’s been my right hand,” Ballowe said. “I will truly miss having her there. You don’t realize how much you depend on that second person there until they’re gone, but I regretfully will accept her letter of resignation.”
• Donald O’Bryant, president of the Boston Emergency Squad, wrote to thank the board “for allowing the squad to utilize the talents of grant writer Connie Miner to assist in submitting a FEMA AFG grant application requesting funding for replacement radio equipment.”
The request is to allow the squad to purchase two UHF mobile radios, 12 UHF portable radios and 40 UHF pagers, which are “all needed to comply with new FCC narrow banding standards, dispatching upgrades and field communications interoperability.”
“Connie took on the project with a limited window of time prior to the July 6 submittal deadline and completed same, providing email updates over the holiday week. Her composition skills and focus to detail is to be commended,” O’Bryant said.
• Tom Winters, having “completed the mandatory fire-police training course required of New York state,” was appointed “to carry out the duties of fire police officer for the Patchin Fire Company.”
• The board approved “an additional accessory building for storage” to Jacob and Penelope Karb. According to Code Enforcement Officer William Ferguson, “The accessory building size and location meet the requirements of the Boston Zoning Code.” The same was said of Steven Walker’s request for “an additional accessory building for animals and storage,” which was also approved by the board. The board will reconvene on Wednesday, Sept. 5 at 7:30 p.m. at the town hall, located at 8500 Boston State Road.