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Lewiston kicks off 2022 with reorg session

Fri, Jan 14th 2022 07:00 am

Town Senior Center to reopen Tuesday

By Terry Duffy

The Town of Lewiston kicked off business for 2022 Monday with its reorganization meeting in the midst of COVID-19.

The session saw the return of Supervisor Steve Broderick who was ill. It was held via Zoom as the town continues its coronavirus precautions.

“Now we’ll move on to the reorganization meeting,” Broderick said. “This is a tedious process. I’ve personally been out of the office for the last week-and-a-half with COVID; same thing for my partner, Rob Morreale.”

The reorg session itself featured a vast number of approvals, appointments, confirmations and the like. Highlights include:

•The Town Board meeting schedule includes work sessions at 6 p.m. on the following Mondays: Feb. 14, March 14, April 11 and May. 9. As has been the practice in past years, no work sessions will take place during June, July or August. Work sessions will continue Sept. 12, Thursday, Sept. 14, Nov. 14 and Dec. 12.

Regular meetings will take place at 6 p.m. Mondays, Jan. 24, Feb. 28, March 28, April 25, May 23, June 27, July 25, Aug. 22, Sept. 26, Oct. 24, Nov. 28 and Dec. 29 (the town’s final audit).

•The town’s holiday schedule includes: Feb. 21, President’s Day; April 15, Good Friday; May 30-31, Memorial Day; July 4, Independence Day; Sept. 5, Labor Day; Oct. 10, Indigenous Peoples Day; Nov. 11, Veterans Day; Nov. 24-25, Thanksgiving; and Dec. 25-26, Christmas.

•The town designated the Niagara Gazette and the Tribune-Sentinel as its official/secondary newspapers for 2022, and KeyBank as the official town depository.

•The board announced the 2022 Association of Towns meetings, typically held in New York City, are canceled for this year and will take place virtually. Broderick will serve as the delegate and Councilman Bill Geiben as the alternate.

•Broderick announced Town Board liaison appointments would be the same as 2021, with the only change being Morreale assuming the liaison responsibilities held earlier by Al Bax, a former board member who was appointed as town attorney.

•Broderick and Councilman John Jacoby will serve as liaison for town/village police operations.

For more information and updates, visit the town’s website, www.townoflewiston.us.

•Moving to confirmations/appointments, the board approved Bax as town attorney and Seaman-Norris as attorney for the town for 2022. Other approvals include: Linda Johnson, town assessor; Tim Masters, building inspector/SEQR compliance officer; Chris McAuliffe, code enforcement office/storm water manager; Engineering Services, GHD Consulting Services Inc.; Les Myers, fire prevention chair; Pat Martin and Don Consentino, fire inspectors; Brian Christman, deputy highway superintendent; Marjorie Maggard, town historian; Dave Trane, parks superintendent; Frank Previte, police chief; and Melinda Olick, senior services director.

•In supervisor’s confirmations, William Conrad was appointed as deputy town supervisor; Amy Smith, confidential secretary; Jacqueline Agnello, finance director; John Walker, junior accountant, part-time; Connie Myer, grants consultant; and Drescher & Malecki LLP, town auditor.

•Broderick announced the town is reviewing applications for the open town recreation director position. Nicole Short will serve as secretary for the Recreation Department.

For more information on 2022 appointments to the town Cable Commission, Environmental Commission, Board of Ethics, Historic Preservation, Library board of trustees, Lighting Advisory Board, Parks and Recreation Advisory Commission, Personnel Committee, Signage Committee, Town Hall Renovations Board and Zoning Board Appeals, visit www.townoflewiston.us.

Wrapping up:

•Geiben announced the Lewiston Senior Center, which has been closed due to COVID-19, would reopen on Tuesday, Jan. 18. Geiben also said the Lewiston Family Ice Rink is now closed following a successful holiday season. Cleanup continues at Academy Park.

•Jacoby announced Brett Rogers was named as a part-time officer with the Lewiston Police Department.

•Morreale announced the town would hold a public hearing at 6 p.m. Monday, Feb. 14, to consider a final plat for the Briar Oak Estates Perry subdivision.

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