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No raises again for Amherst’s elected officials

Elected officials in Amherst will go another year without a pay raise.

Supervisor Barry A. Weinstein said he won’t include a raise in the 2016 budget, and his colleagues on the Town Board agreed Tuesday.

That means Weinstein will earn $75,000 as supervisor next year, while the four part-time councilmembers will be paid $25,500. The town clerk’s salary will remain at $65,000.

The last time Amherst’s supervisor, councilmembers and town clerk received raises was in 2004, said Robert P. McCarthy, the town’s director of personnel.

Weinstein said he would not raise his salary as long as he’s in office. A case, however, could be made for raising other elected officials’ salaries, the supervisor said. He considered a pay hike for at least one public office, but he didn’t think that would go over with taxpayers.

Town Justices Geoffrey Klein and Kara A. Buscaglia will make $96,700 in 2016. The town judges last saw an adjustment in their pay when they went full time in 2011.

The highway superintendent will earn a base salary of $73,927, but stipends granted in recent years – $13,073 for overseeing refuse control; $7,500 for heading up parks; and $2,500 for signs, signals and drainage – will bring total pay to $97,000.

In other business at Tuesday’s Town Board meeting, the board:

• Reserved a decision until Nov. 16 on whether to rezone three acres at 4176, 4180, 4184 and 4188 Sheridan Drive for 18 patio homes proposed on the north side of Sheridan, east of Sunrise Boulevard, near the Youngmann Highway. Officials want the developer, Jay Ayoub, to continue discussions with neighbors about the potential size and scope of the project.

• Went against the recommendation of the Traffic Safety Board and approved stop signs at the corner of Culpepper Road and Quantico Court at the request of residents.

• Rezoned property at 1745 Maple Road for 48 single-story garages for the Maple Road Senior Apartments.

• Asked the Erie County Department of Public Works to repair North Forest Road, between Maple Road and Sheridan Drive. North Forest is heavily traveled and the town has received multiple requests to improve the condition of the road.