A familiar last name has joined the Town of Boston Highway Department, with the hire of Kenneth Telaak by the Town Board on Wednesday.
The new employee is the brother of town Highway Superintendent Robert Telaak.
Councilman Jay Boardway, who along with Supervisor Martin Ballowe and Councilman Jeffrey Genzel voted in favor of the hire, said that the post is specialized and that Kenneth Telaak is well qualified.
Councilman Lawrence Murtha voted against hiring the highway superintendent’s brother. Councilman Gary Vara was not in attendance.
Robert Telaak said his brother has the skill set through more than 20 years of training to do the job.
“He’s got to know how to drive trucks,” said Telaak, noting that his brother has driven a milk truck and also drove for Gernatt, the gravel and asphalt products company, throughout the years.
The post includes such tasks as using a high-lift and backhoe and the ability to spread blacktop.
According to the highway superintendent, the department has two fewer workers than it did 15 years ago, so it is important to hire people who have the experience in doing many jobs. He added that the shortage makes it difficult to hire and train younger workers.
Kenneth Telaak will be paid $19.38 per hour. He replaces Joseph Wells, who retired recently.
“This will be the first employee who is contributing to his health care premium as well,” Boardway noted.