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Wheatfield approves new pay scales

WHEATFIELD – The Town Board voted Monday to approve new wage scales for department heads and summer seasonal workers.

Supervisor Robert B. Cliffe said the move reflects the abolition of cash stipends paid to department heads for various side duties in addition to their regular salaries. Cliffe said the Town Board used to be able to withhold those stipends if it wished, but now the amounts are being including in the base pay.

No department head received a raise of more than 2 percent for this year, said Town Attorney Robert J. O’Toole, who doubles as the town’s human resources director.

O’Toole is to be paid $96,665 this year. Other department head salaries include Budget Director Edward Mongold, $25,469; Assessor Bridget A. Grawe, $55,696; Town Clerk Kathleen M. Harrington-McDonnell, $62,354; Highway Superintendent Arthur F. Kroening, $65,100; Building Inspector Michael C. Klock, $52,592; acting Recreation Director Michael C. Ranalli, $52,727; Water and Sewer Superintendent Richard A. Donner, $63,303.

Suspended Recreation Director Edward M. Sturgeon will be paid at the rate of $62,164 a year, but only for a month. He is retiring Feb. 1 as part of a settlement with the town over Sturgeon’s alleged mismanagement of cash from the Fairmount Park concession stand.

Cliffe is to be paid $37,324 this year, and the four councilmen are to receive $13,630 each. Town Justices John J. Mattio and Erin P. DeLabio will earn $23,947 each, and Town Prosecutors Matthew E. Brooks and David M. Heim will each be paid $10,981.

The board also increased pay for summer seasonal employees by 75 cents an hour because the minimum wage in New York rose from $7.25 to $8 an hour as of Jan. 1. O’Toole said there are 30 to 35 such positions.

Also Monday, the board voted on a long list of appointments, including a roster of 10 town constables, each of whom is allocated 100 hours of work at $13.97 per hour. Robin Zastrow continues as chief constable.

The list includes Craig M. Schultz, who is currently suing the town over allegedly being denied constable assignment because of a political conflict within the town Republican Party.

On another topic, the board renewed its deal with Municipal Solutions of Le Roy to prepare paperwork pertaining to town borrowings. Fees range from $1,250 to $4,500, depending on the amount that the town borrows.

Cliffe said a $160,000 bond anticipation note for past roof repairs at the water and sewer administration building will be converted to a long-term bond this year. Also, the town is considering borrowing as much as $800,000 for an improvement project at Fairmount Park.

The town received a state grant for that work, but it covers only half the cost, O’Toole said.

The board also approved payments of $202,000, a 3 percent increase, to the Shawnee and St. Johnburg fire companies, with checks to be presented by Cliffe at their installation dinners this month.

The Adams, Frontier and Bergholz fire companies will receive identical amounts by April 1.

The board voted to hire Wild Kritters of Niagara and David Muir for wild animal control on an as-needed basis. Cliffe said the town will pay $50 to $60 per incident.

“We’ve been using them in those rare instances where someone needs a skunk or other wild animal euthanized,” Cliffe said. The SPCA of Niagara will continue to handle dog control with a $20,000, one-year contract.

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