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Town of Hamburg Asst. Police Chief Mikac retires, all legal action ends

For over a year, Town of Hamburg Assistant Police Chief Stephen Mikac, the Town of Hamburg and Chief of Police Michael Williams have been at legal odds with each other.

In one case, there was pending disciplinary charges against Mikac, who in turn had filed action “Stephen E. Mikac vs. Town of Hamburg: and Chief of Police Michael Williams, in his individual and official capacities.”

In an executive session on Monday (June 25) all parties allegedly came to an agreement and Mikac, after 25 and a half years of service, has officially retired from the Town of Hamburg Police Department.

The resolution reads that Mikac has relinquished any and all claims of retaliation, harassment or other wrongdoing on the part of the Town of Hamburg or Williams and also acknowledged that there never was any retaliation, harassment or other wrongdoing by those parties.

“All legal actions have been dropped and that is all I can say about the matter,” Hamburg Supervisor Steven Walters told The Sun Tuesday (June 26). “I wish him good luck in his future endeavours.

“His service to this community is appreciated,” Walters said.

According to Walters, as part of the settlement, all of the contract details, including monetary figures, are confidential.

Walters also said there are no plans at this point to begin the replacement process.

“This is a competitive position and I am not sure if there is a current list (Civil Service) for this position,” Walters said.

In other action at the work session part of the June 25 meeting, as the first official action of the meeting, Walters adjourned the “probably longest executive session ever held.”

At the June 11 work session, the board, which was down one member with Walters being excused, ended in executive session when Councilman Joseph Collins had to leave due to illness. Councilwoman Amy Ziegler, the remaining board member at the meeting, read into the legal record there was not a quorum so a meeting could not be held.

In other business, Walters informed the board the agreement with the Prospect Lawn Cemetery will expire in August and they are asking the town for a 50 percent increase in the monthly payment from $1,000 to $1,500 for operational costs.

It was agreed by the board they will ask the organization to petition the courts to allow them to reinvest stocks, investments to allow for dividends to help with the financial obligations for the maintenance of the cemetery.

The board also discussed the request of the Mt. Vernon Sewer District for the town to take over the district and then feed it into the Erie County Sewer District No. 3.

“I do not want to see us back in the sewer business,” Walters said. The town divested themselves of their multiple sewer districts in 2007-08.

“The current ECSD administration has said they do not know if they want to take on any other districts. So if we take over, we may not be able to get rid of it,” Walters said.

According to Walters, Town Engineer Gerard Kapsiak is working with others in the county to see what can be done, so everything is in a holding pattern.

At the regular part of the meeting, a public hearing was held on a proposed rezoning of light industrial property on Quinby Drive to mult-residential housing. Several Richwood Drive residents spoke out against the idea.

“It is quiet now,” Michael Bleech. “You get four- and six-unit apartments on this one acre and there will be so much more activity, traffic and noise.”

Other concerns include increase in traffic, water runoff and loss of privacy if balconies are allowed to overlook the neighbors’ property.

The board took no action at the meeting.

The board will next meet at a 6 p.m. work session followed by a 7 p.m. meeting on Monday, July 16.

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