By Joshua Maloni
The Village of Lewiston held its annual organizational meeting on Tuesday.
Prior to setting appointments for the next fiscal year, Mayor Anne Welch and trustees Vic Eydt and Tina Coppins were sworn into office.
Board members then approved the following:
•A motion to approve Welch’s appointments of clerk (Shannon Fundis) and treasurer (Stephanie Longwell) for a four-year term, and deputy mayor (Eydt) and deputy clerk (Donna Vazquez) for a one-year term.
•The reappointment of Joseph Leone as law counsel; Nussbaumer & Clarke Inc. as the village’s engineering firm; Kenneth Candella as both building and zoning inspector; Longwell as registrar; Fundis as deputy registrar; Russ Piper as historian; and Barry Beebe as fire inspector – each for a one-year term.
•Also reappointed: Peter Coppins and Susan Hofert to the Historic Preservation Commission (five-year term); Norman Machelor to the Planning Commission (two-year term); and Nicholas Schaefer, moving from alternate to regular Planning Board member (two-year term). Schaefer will replace Savana Bevacqua, who stepped down to fulfill her new obligations as a member of the Lewiston-Porter School Board. Trustees accepted her resignation with regret.
•Liaison and alternate liaison duties for administration (Welch/Eydt); personnel (trustees Nick Conde and Dan Gibson); the Niagara River Region Chamber of Commerce (Welch/Coppins); beautification (Welch/Coppins); Artpark (Welch/Conde); Lewiston Council on the Arts (Conde/Gibson); law enforcement (Gibson/Conde); fire (Eydt/Gibson); recreation, parks and environment (Gibson/Conde); Planning Commission (Welch/Eydt); Zoning Commission (Conde/Eydt); Department of Public Works (Welch/Eydt); Community Sewer Commission (Eydt/Conde); American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars (Gibson/Coppins); Lewiston Library (Coppins/Gibson); and Historic Preservation Commission (Welch/Eydt).
•KeyBank will serve as the official depository.
•The Sentinel will continue as the official newspaper of the Village of Lewiston.
•Regular Board of Trustees meeting time and dates are 6 p.m. on the first Monday of each month from October through May, except the September and January (2023) meetings shall be on the first Tuesday; and the third Monday of each month from September through August, except the January and February 2023 meetings shall be on the third Tuesday.
The next organizational meeting will take place at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 5, 2023.
Meetings are held in the Morgan Lewis Village Boardroom inside the Red Brick Municipal Building, 145 N. Fourth St.
•Trustees will hold a public hearing at their July 18 meeting to discuss adding new stop signs on South Fourth, Water and Niagara streets. They’re also expected to make a decision on adding security cameras to the new inclusive playground located in Marilyn Toohey Park, behind the Red Brick.
•US Traffic Control installed new street, crosswalk and stop signs along Center Street this week. The faded maroon markers were replaced with black and white versions.
Town of Lewiston Justice Thomas Sheeran administered the oath of office to Village of Lewiston Mayor Anne Welch and trustees Vic Eydt and Tina Coppins. The elected leaders then took photos with family members.