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G’town board now meets 3rd Tuesday


GERMANTOWN—The Town Board has changed the date for its regular meetings in 2017. At the January 3 reorganization meeting, board members agreed to meet the third Tuesday of the month beginning January 17. Start time is the usual 7 p.m.

That was one of the few changes in a quiet meeting at which the board considered 29 resolutions in groups of five.

James Trapp is now code enforcement officer and building inspector. He previously worked in this position through Crawford & Associates, engineers, but he is no longer with Crawford, said Supervisor Joel Craig. Mr. Trapp now serves three towns including Germantown, where he earns $18,000 annually for the post.

In other appointments and related matters:

• North Shore Solutions, based in Clayton is now town webmaster. Les Olsson was appointed to fill the vacant seat on the Board of Assessment review

• Ron Moore II is deputy town supervisor, and Town Clerk Joyce Vale is registrar of vital statistics. The position of deputy town clerk and deputy registrar of vital statistics remains vacant

• Salaries remain the same as last year, said Supervisor Craig, pending union negotiations with town workers. In annual salaries, Mr. Craig earns $7,500 as supervisor and $1,200 as town budget officer. Mr. Moore receives $2,200 as deputy supervisor, and each Town Board member earns $2,600. The town clerk earns $7,500, and each justice receives $6,000.

The salary of the highway superintendent is $56,645 and that of the assessor, $18,258.

In hourly wages, the sewer plant operator earns $20.80, the police officer-in-charge $17, police sergeant $16 and police officer $15. The Police Department consists of Brian DuBois, officer-in-charge, and officers William Jennings and Damon Filli

• In appointments that continue over from last year, Tal Rappleyea is town attorney, Susan Raab is historian, the firm of Sickler, Torchia, Allen & Churchill handles bookkeeping and accounting and Greenman-Pedersen, Inc., represents the town “on day-to-day engineering matters.”

• The Columbia Paper remains the town’s official newspaper, and the Bank of Greene County as the town’s bank for deposits

• The Town Board appointed Edward Colwell to chair the Zoning Board of Appeals, and Steven Bathrick to the ZBA for a term expiring in 2021. Stephen Reynolds was reappointed to chair the Planning Board, and Kerrie Abela was reappointed to that board, for a term expiring in 2023

• Town Board committees remain the same: Town Government, Mr. Craig and Brittany DuFresne; Public Works and Highway, Matthew Phelan and Mr. Moore; Parks and Recreation, Andrea Foley and Ms. DuFresne; Budget and Finance, Mr. Moore and Mr. Craig.

The town still seeks a representative on the county Office of Aging Advisory Committee. Further, Mr. Craig said he hoped to “fill out” the Ethics Committee this month and to appoint citizen committees in time for the January 17 board meeting, particularly the Economic Development Committee and the Parks Committee.

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