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O達oyle hands in his resignation to the North Collins Village board

It came near meeting痴 end, a surprise resignation by North Collins Village Trustee Thomas O達oyle which became official that evening. O達oyle said he is retiring from State employment and would need to have no other jobs on the date of his retirement. The Board had dealt with a similar request earlier in its June 4 meeting when Police Administrator Richard Cooper sought and gained acceptance of his resignation as he too will soon retire from the State. However, while Cooper also requested and gained reinstatement after one-day, O達oyle said his resignation was permanent. After reviewing his situation, he and his wife have decided to spend a great deal of time traveling in his retirement and O達oyle does not think that will allow him to dedicate the amount of time required to serve as a trustee. O達oyle, who only began his four-year term this past April said, 典his could be the shortest term in history. The board held off discussing filling the vacant seat until its July meeting at the earliest.

The village also accepted the resignation of Sean Howard from the police force based on the constraints of his employment and family responsibilities. It did appoint Brandon Voss as an officer on the recommendation of Mayor Vincent George. Voss was recently featured after receiving the Medal of Valor for his efforts in assisting victims of Hurricane Sandy. Voss has also resigned with his military police unit.

Resident Cecil Lee, who first broached the idea last month, presented the board with an amendment to State law that allows campfires not higher than three feet in villages. Additionally, the fire must be created using only charcoal or untreated wood and must not be left unattended.

Resident Dicci Montaldi praised the efforts of the Public Works Department in keeping the village clean this year, especially its swift pickup of brush at the curb.

Code Enforcement Officer Phil Tremblay reported sending out letters to known owners of abandoned properties with some being returned for bad addresses. Discussions with one property owner see his property scheduled to be soon sided along with other improvements and the grass cut in regular order.

George said he was scheduled to meet with County Legislator John Mills and a County representative to discuss the poor condition of the railroad crossings in the village. While the Buffalo Southern Railway operates on the track, the line is actually owned by the county through its Industrial Development Agency. Any repairs around the track bed must be done with the owners permission.

The mayor also announced that workman痴 compensation would cover Junior Firefighters serving with the fire department as long as they are under the supervision of the fire chief. The board also received a by-law amendment proposal currently before the North Collins Fire Company, that would create a new tier of membership allowing 16-18 year olds to participate in fire training and limited scene support. The board also approved the two newest members of the fire company, Trey Bley and Michael Enders, Jr.

The board approved a one-year extension of the Sherman Avenue Bond Anticipation Note in the amount of $75,000 and paid bills totaling $76.9 million.

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