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Town of Wheatfield holds reorganizational meeting

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Thu, Jan 10th 2019 12:30 pm

By David Yarger

Tribune Editor

Last Wednesday, the Town of Wheatfield Town Board held its annual reorganizational meeting to begin the new year.

The reorganizational meeting is held right around the start of a new year to help set important dates throughout the town, as well as important appointments for certain town duties.

Notable items included:

•The Wheatfield Tribune and Niagara Gazette were designated as the town’s official newspapers.

•Councilman Larry Helwig was reappointed as the deputy supervisor for 2019. Helwig would step in and run Town Board meetings if Supervisor Don MacSwan were to be excused from a session.

•Members of the Town Board were appointed as liaisons to departments throughout the town. MacSwan was appointed as liaison of the budget director, economic development/LDC along with Helwig; justice court and the Veterans Committee.

Helwig was appointed as liaison to the assessor/payroll department, computer systems/technology, the Highway Department along with Councilman Randy Retzlaff; and the Greenway Trail/River Road Park.

Councilman Gil Doucet was appointed as liaison to the Building, Water/Sewer and Recreation departments along with Councilman Curt Doktor, as well as the Constable Department, the Safety Committee, town attorney and town clerk.

In addition to his appointments with Doucet, Doktor was appointed liaison of the Comprehensive Planning/Task Force.

Councilman Randy Retzlaff was appointed liaison to drainage and the Farmer’s Focus Group.

•Wendel Engineers was reappointed as the town’s engineering firm for 2019 per their annual contract. In addition, Wendel was reappointed as consultants to the Planning Board.

•Ed Mongold was reappointed as budget director for the town’s 2019 budget.

•Walt Garrow and Richard Muscatello will chair the Planning Board and Zoning Board of Appeals, respectively.

•Matthew Brooks was reappointed as the town’s attorney for 2019. Additionally, Brooks, along with Matthew Mosher, were appointed “as attorneys for matters properly brought before the Town Justice courts, which call for the services of a special prosecutor and other matters assigned by the Town Board.”

•The town appointed Wild Kritters of Niagara County for 2019 to assist with wild animal control. According to the company’s website, “We are licensed by New York state and U.S. Fish and Wildlife to rehabilitate injured and orphaned wildlife. Our goal is to get the animals back into the wild healthy as soon as possible.”

•The Town Board also approved the 2019 meeting schedule. All meetings will start at 7 p.m. Dates are as follows: Jan. 28, Feb. 11, Feb. 25, March 4, March 18, April 1, April 15, May 6, May 20, June 3, July 1, Aug. 5, Sept. 9, Sept. 30, Oct. 7, Oct. 21, Nov. 4, Nov. 18, Dec. 2 and Dec. 16.


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