G’town board reorganizes briskly

GERMANTOWN—The Town Board’s annual reorganization meeting passed quickly and amicably on January 5.

Regular Town Board meetings continue at 7 p.m. on the fourth Monday of the month, with exceptions for Memorial Day and Christmas week. Town Board workshop meetings are scheduled for 7 p.m. on March 16, June 15, September 14 and December 14.

Deputy supervisor is Councilman Donald Westmore and deputy town clerk is Donna Diehl. Police commissioners are Supervisor Joel Craig, John Rustici and Roger Rekow. Due to budget constraints, the town’s police force has been reduced from six to three, Officer-in-Charge Brian DuBois and officers Ryan Scalera and William Jennings.

Town Board committees are: Government, Mr. Craig and Mr. Westmore; Public Works and Highway, Mr. Westmore and Michael Mortenson; Public Safety, Mr. Mortenson and Andrea Dunn; Parks and Recreation, Ms. Dunn and Matthew Phelan; Budget and Finance, Mr. Phelan and Mr. Craig.

Sickler, Torchia, Allen & Churchill remain the town’s accountants, and Tal Rappleyea continues as town attorney. Greenman-Pedersen, Inc., again represents the town on day-to-day engineering matters and projects as specified by the board. Pine Plains Veterinary Associates and Anthony Cidras continue to look after the town’s stray dogs.

The Ethics Committee is chaired by Roger Proper, with members Faythe Smith, Jeremy Smith, Ms. Diehl and Joan Snyder. Susan Raab is town historian.

Steven Savoris again chairs the Zoning Board of Appeals. Stephen Reynolds continues as chair of the Planning Board, and Peter Dedrick is appointed to the Planning Board. John Fieser is code enforcement officer.

The citizen advisory committees are as follows: Community, Arts and Tourism, Rachel Levine, chair, with Corinne Curry, Billy Kimmell, Norman Mintz, Virginia Sibbison and Leo Wurtzburger; Business and Economic Development, Roy Brown, chair, with Patricia Hinkein, James Lawlor, Otto Leuschel and Lori Marchisio.

Also, Parks and Recreation, Brittany DuFresne, chair; History, Jeremy Smith, chair, with Nancy Balazs, John Burger, Richard Coons, Helen Henderson, Hank Himelright, Marguerite Riter and Alvin Sheffer; and Independence Day, Mr. Phelan, chair.

Annual salaries, as stated in the 2015 budget, include supervisor, $7,500; deputy supervisor, $2,200; deputy town clerk, $2,200; justice, $6,000 each of two; councilman, $2,600; town clerk, $7,500, assessor, $18,258; highway superintendent, $53,809; historian, $1,000; and code enforcement officer, $10,000. Mr. Cidras is paid $15.83 per hour for his work as parks and maintenance supervisor.

All board members attended the meeting, convening by themselves, without an audience. The next regular town board meeting is Monday, January 26 at 7 p.m. in Town Hall.



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