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Farnham Board schedules special meeting for local public works talks

FARNHAM — A discussion regarding sending the village of Farnham’s part-time department of public works employees to an upcoming water school grade D certification course turned into a back-and-forth among Farnham Village Board members.

After the board approved the hiring of Jason Hoisington as a part-time worker for the village’s DPW, the next order of business was the approval of the village’s two part-time DPW workers, Hoisington and Harry Gibbons, to attend the course on Sept. 12 and 13, at a total cost of $700, or $350 per worker.

A motion was made by Trustee George Cordia to send one employee – Hoisington – to the class. Mayor Julie Gibbons said that she felt that choice was not an option, in fairness to the other employee in question.

“How can we justify having three certified water operators in the village when, in the past, we’ve only had two?” Cordia asked. “And what do we do if they both fail? Then we’re out $700 instead of $350, if we only send one man.”

Gibbons said that she did not feel right about picking and choosing between village employees.

After Cordia’s original motion to send only one employee to the water school course was made, Harry Gibbons spoke up, from the audience. “Where does seniority come into all of this,” he asked. “I’ve been here four years and you want to send someone that you just hired?”

Gibbons said that he is considering bringing legal against Cordia for discrimination.

When Cordia’s motion did not receive a second vote, Julie Gibbons made a new motion to send both employees to the training. This motion received a second from Trustee Yvonne Heller.

Though the motion garnered a 2 – 1 vote, it could not be passed and was subsequently tabled, due to the lack of a board majority vote, since Trustee Scott Cordia was not in attendance. Jere Hoisington abstained from the vote, since Jason Hoisington is his son.

“The motion is tabled at this point and we will have to call a special meeting in the future and make sure our fifth trustee is available to attend,” Gibbons said. “We have to have a board majority vote for this motion to be passed and three is the majority, not two.”

Outside of Ellsworth Nolan, Farnham does not currently have any certified water operators. When Ellsworth is unavailable, the village currently depends on the village of Angola to service its water customers, according to the board.

“We need to get someone certified in this class,” Heller said, “if it’s one or if it’s two. We need another person certified. Take this week, for example. With Ellsworth gone, we are [fully] dependant on Angola to come and help us. We can’t keep doing that.”

A special meeting will be scheduled in the future.

In other news:
– The meeting was opened with a moment of silence in memory of the late town of Brant Judge Peter Gugino.

– The board announced that it under-spent last year’s budget by $12,572, which will be added to the village’s general fund.

– Melanie McEvoy was hired as a part-time cleaner and Hoisington was hired as a part-time DPW worker, at a rate of $8 per hour.

– The bid for the paving improvement project for Railroad Avenue and Detroit Street was awarded to Milherst Construction Inc. in the amount of $104,647.
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2013-08-30 | 18:10:34
Well it's really sad that when the employee who recently left wanted to know about the Dpw school and maybe more hours because he was employee with senority; he was told there was none by the mayor.The board never even addressed the issue. Now when it comes to her husband senority does matter. Her husband has been a dpw worker for only a yr.She didn't want to send anybody to school or increase one dpw worker to full time like the employee that had the previous position.Nor the board or the mayor even answer the questions asked at the time.It's been reported within the community that the employee left for another job. He had worked for the village since 2003. Mayor Gibbions said at that time there is no senority and they work same amount of hours.Adopted new paperwork and policies without board approval,making from what understand a very hostile work place.Even went so far to require a sign in book for visiters,customers,board members and any body who walked in .Even ordered the clerks to lock doors. The part-time employees certainly didn't do same amount of work.One employee always worked while her husband could be seen doing nothing or she would call him in.So what you have now is the new worker in question with less senority than her husband,(who has been reported to have failed already a class ) so she makes a motion for thi classs.Talk about unethical. She shouldn't have been allowed to make a motion regarding her husband at all. Our village lost 2 good workers recently how many more will there before she is held accountable for her actions. The board cleary does not support the Fire Chief either. No employee should be allowed scream awful language at a public meeting like Mr. Gibbions has done. At a previous meeting the Chief informed public of her charges and actions. Her husband spoke up calling the fire chief an asshole and slandered his coworkers. She prevented the response of an ambulance. You want to tell me as a town or village resident we have no right to be informed. These actions tell me she doesn't have any concern for this community, only her own needs and the power that comes with the title of Mayor. Why does the the board allow this. A board that the taxayers in community have elected.Is this Corfu or Farnham?
2013-08-30 | 18:36:06
FARNHAM
MAYOR SHOULD BE REMOVED FROM FARNHAM. THE LIST OF UNETHICAL PRACTICES SHE IS RESONSIBLE FOR IS GETTING LONGER.EVEN AFTER SHE STOPPED THE AMBULANCE FROM RESPONDING TO A CALL(putting communities of Brant and Farnham in danger of losing our ambulance),IS THE CAUSE FOR GOOD WORKERS LEAVING, SHE CONTINUES TO LOOK OUT FOR HERSELF.THE BOARD HAS YET TO PUT HER IN HER PLACE.ITS SAD THAT A GOOD WORKER HAD TO LEAVE. WITH NO SENORITY AND NO LONG TERM ADVANCEMENT IT WAS THE ONLY OPTION. NOW TO FIND OUT THAT IS NOT THE CASE. AND WHY? BECAUSE THAT EMPLOYEE WORKED SINCE 2003 ,PUTTING HER HUSBAND IN A PLACE OF LOWER SENORITY WITH LESS THAN A YEAR OF EMPLOYMENT? THIS LEFT ONE PERSON WITH NO OPTION EXCEPT LEAVING. NO OTHER CHOICE BUT TO FIND OTHER WORK. NOW COMES A NEW HIRE AND MAGICALLY MAYOR GIBBIONS, SAYS SENORITY DOES MATTER.WHICH WE ALL KNOW SERVES HER OWN NEEDS ONCE AGAIN. THAT IS JUST SAD.
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