A pair of fond farewells and a hearty welcome highlighted Tuesday’s meeting of the Wales Town Board.
Constable Paul B. Kowalski and Planning Board Chairman Charles W. Lynch – both retiring from their posts – were recognized for their years of service.
When their longevity was mentioned, both were modest about their careers in their respective positions.
Supervisor Rickey A. Venditti said Kowalski served as constable for 20 years, but Kowalski noted that it was more like 15 or perhaps 17 years.
“I lost track,” Kowalski added.
Lynch served on the Planning Board for 29 years – “something like that,” he demurred – including the last 17 as chairman.
Receiving the welcome from the board was Julie A. Barry, who was selected to fill the vacancy created by Lynch’s retirement.
A native of the Rochester area, Barry moved to Wales in September with her husband.
Barry, who earned a graduate degree in urban regional planning from the University at Buffalo in 2007, said she is looking forward to contributing to her new hometown.
“I’ve worked in the planning field at the regional and county level,” Barry said, “but some of the biggest decisions are made at the local level.”
The position of constable remains unfilled, but the board plans to appoint two people to part-time posts.
Venditti said that using part-time constables will help with scheduling for vacations and other matters.