Greenport loses three cops, seeks replacements

GREENPORT — Police Chief Kevin Marchetto is reading resumes, hoping to fill three vacancies on the town’s police force as quickly as possible.

Moving on to further their careers in law enforcement are:

*Officer Christopher Link, with the Greenport P.D. since 2005, who has been hired by the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office

*Officer Kenneth Stern, with the department since 2008, who has been told by his current employer, the Greene County Sheriff’s Office, that he may not carry two badges

*Officer Lewis Hatch, who joins the Vermont State Police after serving in Greenport since June, 2010.

The chief thanked all three for their services to townspeople. Candidates for the Greenport Police Department must be graduates of the state Police Academy. For more information contact Chief Marchetto at 518 828-6121.

In his report for the year 2010 to the Town Board Wednesday, January 5, Chief Marchetto noted 1,523 calls for service, up 114% from 2009; 224 arrests, up 16%; 814 traffic tickets, up 67%; 199 motor vehicle accidents, down 22% and 340 parking tickets, down 11%.

Owners who are away from their Greenport properties for substantial periods got a warning from the Water and Sewer Department. A pipe that bursts in freezing weather, said Dan Kenneally, can gush as much as 30,000 gallons over a couple of days. That translates to a water bill close to $60,000.

In a brief organization session January 5, the board:

*Appointed Chief Marchetto at $20.40 per hour for 20 hours per week; Beth MacGiffert deputy town clerk at $14.28 per hours for 35 hours per week, with partial benefits; Becky Siegel town bookkeeper at $20 per hour, no benefits; Jennifer Pinkowski dog control officer at $2,000 per year, no benefits; Town Clark Sharon Zempko registrar at an additional annual salary of $845; Morris Associates town engineers; Sonya VanBortel of the firm of Rapport Meyers LLP town attorney and attorney for the Planning Board; Karen Sapcoe secretary of the Planning Board, at $80 per meeting and $12 per hour for office hours; Sonya Lehtinen Town Court clerk at $14.06 per hour with a minimum of 35 hours per week, partial benefits; Councilman Guy Apicella deputy town supervisor at an additional yearly salary of $1,506; John Florio and Vincent Concra building inspectors/code enforcement officers at $25.50 per hour for 17 ½ hours per week each.

*The board voted, with Councilman Thomas Fleming opposed, to pay Ms. Zempko a stipend of $1,500 for additional duties related to the “Music at Sunset” concert series.

Buttonholed after the meeting and asked what his goals are for the coming year, Supervisor Edward Nabozny said, “Number One is to maintain our services to townspeople. We’ll continue to look for build-out at Greenport Commons. Hopefully the tide is going to turn, and a major new employer will come to town.” He would give no details, but made the remark with an obvious twinkle in his eye.

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