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Concord Town Board Talks Storm, Approves Code Enforcement Officer

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By Rich Place

The Concord Town Board last week approved the hiring of a new code enforcement officer, tabled a resolution approving a new park employee and heard an update on the search for a new librarian.

The personnel items came following an update from Dennis Dains, town highway superintendent, on the March 2 storm that walloped the town with heavy, wet snowfall.

“The amount of snowfall, along with trees and powerlines coming down all across town, made it difficult to keep up,” Dains told the board during its March 8 meeting. “All the guys did an outstanding job dealing with the storm.”

He said the snowfall — among the “heaviest and worst” since he’s been with the town — measured 18 to 24 inches. Although difficult to handle, the highway department managed with no major breakdowns, Dains said.

By shifting personnel, most notably having nightshift stay until about 7:30 a.m. the morning of the storm, the department was able to do a five-truck run for about three hours beginning at 4 a.m.

“Going down Springville-Boston Road was like a disaster trying to miss the trees that were fallen and the ones coming down,” Dains said.

One plow truck was trapped on Chaise Road for about 45 minutes after a tree and power line fell in front of the vehicle and another tree fell behind it soon after. Daines thanked the village electric department for their quick response to the scene.

The week following the storm, highway department personnel went throughout the town — including county roads —  to compile a list of where debris was located that will need to be cleared once the snow melts, Dains said. He met with county officials to go over the list.

In personnel matters, the board approved Jeff Singleton to serve as the town’s code enforcement officer following interviews by supervisor Clyde Drake and councilman Phil Drozd.

“I think we had some great people that were interested — some construction background in each of them — but this candidate was just far above them,” Drozd said. “And I say it’s a win-win for the taxpayers due to the fact we don’t have to ‘school’ him. That’s very expensive.”

Singleton comes certified and “right up-to-date on everything” in regard to certification documentation, Drozd said. Singleton also is employed as a code enforcement officer for the village of Silver Creek.

In other personnel matters, Drozd provided an update to the board on the search for a librarian for the Hulburt Library following the January resignation of Bridgette Heintz.

“When the librarian notice was posted by Erie County, it had in parenthesis ‘pending civil service list,’” explained Drozd. “Well, we interviewed and guess what happened — the new civil service list came out.

“So by law, (we) got to go by that new list because we are in the middle of interviews and no one was appointed yet. So it’s back to square one.”

He said interviews began that morning, March 8, with people from the civil service list.

A motion to appoint a town park employee was tabled after Drake said interviews had been held but details need to be worked out with civil service. It was noted a special board meeting may be needed to ready baseball fields by April 8, when the varsity baseball team would like to hold its first practice at the town park.

The Concord Town Board is scheduled to meet next at 7 p.m. April 12 in the town hall on Franklin Street.

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