By Rich Place

For the first time in a dozen years, Clyde Drake led a public meeting when the Concord Town Board convened Thursday, Jan. 4 for its first time this year.

Drake, who served as school board president for seven years in the late 1990s and early 2000s, oversaw his first meeting as Concord town supervisor, succeeding Gary Eppolito, who served in the position since 2005.

The board met a week earlier than its traditional second Thursday of the month because it held its reorganizational meeting before a relatively short regular meeting.

The reorganizational meeting consisted of the passage of more than 20 routine resolutions, including more than 40 appointments by the supervisor and town board, official designations and various other legalities.

Among the notable appointments was James Krezmien as deputy supervisor; Darlene Schweikert as tax collector and registrar; and Brian Attea as town attorney. Stephanie A. Bacon was named deputy town clerk and Amy Schosek and Amanda Roth were named court clerks.

The Springville Times was named the town’s official paper, designating it to print legal advertisements and meeting notices for the upcoming year. It was also resolved the town board would host its regular meetings at 7 p.m. on the second Thursday of the month.

Following the reorganizational meeting, the town board convened for its first regular meeting of the year and were surprised to hear of the retirement of parks superintendent Joe Krzemien.

“This sort of caught us by surprise,” Drake told the board.

Krzemien was responsible primarily for the maintenance of Community Park on North Buffalo Street. In a letter to the board, Krzemien said he retired Dec. 31, 2017 and will make himself available to his successor for advice.

“The good thing is there really is no activity up at Community Park until basically the end of March,” Drake said. “So we’ll have to start advertising.”

Also at the meeting, John and Mary Jane Miess addressed the board; the pair have been outspoken advocates for senior-related issues in the town.

“I want to publicly thank the new board, specifically Supervisor Drake and Councilman (William) Snyder, for extending an olive branch, as they say, and asking to meet with Mary Jane and myself,” he said. “They graciously afforded us more than an hour in the supervisor’s office discussing senior related issues. We came away feeling a new sense of respect and courtesy that seemed missing before and expressed a willingness to listen and good faith to suggestions for improvement.”

The town board also added a handful of meetings to their upcoming calendar, including a special board meeting at 10 a.m. Jan. 18 to pay bills; a meeting at 6 p.m. Jan. 18 at the Senior Center on the Concord Comprehensive Plan update; and a public hearing at 6:45 p.m. Feb. 8 on the Cold War Veterans’ Exemption.

The next regular meeting of the Concord Town Board is scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 8 at the town offices inside Goddard Memorial Hall, 86 Franklin St., Springville.