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Lewiston Town Board approves staff changes with Lewiston Police Department, HPC

Fri, Jan 27th 2023 11:00 am

New fee schedule announced for Dickersonville Cemetery

By Terry Duffy


Lewiston Town Board members approved staff changes with the Lewiston Police Department, as well as some member updates with the Historical Preservation Commission, in its otherwise low-key regular meeting on Monday.

Councilman John Jacoby, who serves as board liaison to the Lewiston Police Department, announced Officer James Ullery has retired from the LPD after 25-plus years of service.

“Kindly be advised that I have retired from the Lewiston Police Department effective immediately. I have filed my retirement papers with the NYS Pension System; I have been advised my retirement date will be on Feb. 3, 2023,” Ullery wrote in a letter to Supervisor Steve Broderick and board members.

Town Board members went on to approve Ullery’s retirement, effective Feb. 3.

A former officer with the Village of Youngstown Police Department, Ullery continues to serve as a member of the Town of Niagara Police Department.

Soon after, the Town Board approved the resignation for Katelyn Allan, who served the LPD as an account clerk.

“Please accept this letter of formal notification of my intention to resign from my position as an account clerk for the Lewiston Police Department. My last day will be Friday, Feb. 3,” Allan wrote. “Thank you for the years of experience in knowledge the Town of Lewiston and the Lewiston Police Department has given me to be able to reach the point in my career that I am at right now. I will forever cherish all the friendships that I have made, and I will miss working with the wonderful men and women that protect our great town. This has truly been a pleasure working for you and serving the town of Lewiston for the past 13 years.”

Town Board members went on to approve Allan’s resignation with regret. There was no announcement made at the session as to her successor.

Board members also approved the hiring of Cody Bruyere as new full-time officer with LPD. Bruyere will join the department on Feb. 6.

Jacoby announced member changes with the Lewiston HPC with the appointment of Gail Williamson as a non-voting member.

“She is a very fine addition to that board,” he said.

In addition, Jacoby announced the election of new HPC officers. Zachary Collister was named chairman, Harry Reik as vice chair, and Louise Wasko as secretary.

In other news from the session:

•Town Clerk Donna Garfinkel announced a new fee schedule for gravesites at the town’s Dickersonville Cemetery. She said that, effective immediately, there would be an added fee of $250 to handle the opening and closing of graves for cremation services. Board members approved the change without comment.

•Recreation Department Director Cathy Cvijetinovic said planning for the town’s baseball programs are moving ahead.

“Our baseball registrations are open,” she told board members. “We are already getting a lot of registrations; same with the coaches. We have over 21 right now, which is great. That’s moving along.”

“Just a reminder we post everything on our Facebook and our website, so anyone can follow everything on the Town of Lewiston Recreation Department,” she added.

•Councilman Rob Morreale presented a motion for the purchase of a new vacuum truck/sewer jet for the town’s Water Pollution Control Center. The purchase approved by board members totals $461,000, via a budget revision from the town’s SSI fund balance account to the wastewater treatment plant’s equipment line.

In a related area, the board approved the hiring of Nick Conde as a maintenance worker with the WPCC, and approved a MOA for staffer Ed Zimmerman effective Jan. 1, 2023.

•The board approved the appointment of Lisa Wisnieski as the town’s new bingo inspector, and rescinded the appointment of Linda Kreps.

For more information on the session, visit www.townoflewiston.us.

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