Gerald Knoll, Village of Hamburg public works superintendent, was selected Tuesday as executive director for a recycling station in Depew to serve 21 municipalities in the county.
Knoll was chosen by a weighted vote of representatives of member municipalities at a meeting of the Northern Recycling Council, known as Norec, in the Depew Municipal Building.
A Norec committee will negotiate terms of employment with Knoll. A maximum yearly salary of $60,000 has been budgeted.
Knoll received 53 percent of the votes in the first ballot, with 32 percent for Ronald C. Zoeller, Cheektowaga sanitation director; 14 percent for John R. Finster, Erie County's solid-waste management coordinator, and 1 percent for Kurt Samuelson, a Niagara Mohawk Power Corp. engineer.
A fifth candidate, who is from out of state, received no votes.
The executive director will oversee planning, construction and initial operations of the proposed facility to receive recyclable material for packaging for shipment to recyclers.
Once the station is in operation, Norec may decide to contract with a private company to operate it, and the executive director's position may be eliminated.
Norec received a letter from the Depew-Cheektowaga Taxpayers Association expressing concerns about trucks hauling material to the proposed station at 3327 Walden Ave.
The association asked that truck routes be designated to minimize traffic in residential neighborhoods, and that space be provided at the station to prevent Walden Avenue from traffic snarls with trucks waiting to be unloaded.
Stanley Jay Keysa, Norec president and Lancaster supervisor, said the letter had "good comments" and asked, "bear with us until staff is hired and can work on this."
The Town of Evans and a consortium of Niagara County municipalities have expressed interest in joining Norec or using its planned facility.
The council deferred a decision until it receives a state permit for the project.