LEWISTON – Town of Lewiston Supervisor Dennis Brochey took the reins of his first Town Board meeting at the annual reorganization meeting Thursday.
He apologized for a shaky start, but he made it clear that there were going to be some changes as he appointed a new finance officer, new engineering firm, new deputy attorney and new deputy supervisor.
Some familiar faces will be part of the changes, which included former Town Councilman Sean Edwards taking the job as deputy supervisor. Edwards served on the Town Board from 2006 to 2009.
CRA Engineering, which had served as the town engineering firm several years ago and serves as the village engineering firm, will be back, replacing Ryan Smith of Nussbaumer and Clark Engineering. Brochey said after the meeting that they are looking at cutting costs by bringing in a part-time in-house engineer.
Finance Director Michael A. Johnson was replaced by Certified Public Accountant Paul Kloosterman, a Lewiston resident and Niagara University graduate.
However, Johnson will still be working for the town in a similar capacity, appointed by the board to a new civil service position of municipal internal claims officer, a position that was created in the 2014 budget. Johnson will remain at his salary of $42,500 and will be responsible for procurements, negotiations, overseeing contractors and purchases.
Kloosterman’s salary was not set, but Brochey said after the meeting that it will likely be higher than they had been paying Johnson, because of his experience as a certified public accountant and his credentials.
“I can foresee a long future with him,” Brochey said of Kloosterman after the meeting.
The Town Board reappointed Town Attorney Mark Davis but ousted consulting attorney Michael Dowd and appointed a new deputy attorney, Brian Seaman.
Brochey also moved meeting times from 6 to 6:30 p.m. on the second and fourth Mondays, which he called “a move towards transparency.”
“Hopefully we can get more people to attend our meetings at that time,” Brochey said.
“I’m going to run a tight ship, a tight budget, and I feel confident that they are going to work with me,” Brochey said of the new appointments on Thursday.