The fracas over who will run Hamburg's Buildings and Grounds Department – and for how much – has been settled: Highway Superintendent Ted Casey will continue for the foreseeable future, and he'll receive the $2,500 stipend.
The Town Board also made a promise to Casey: "We will take a good look at the demands of the operation during this calendar year and give a good faith effort to whether or not there should be a change in the stipend for 2019," Supervisor James M. Shaw said.
"I think that the board's willingness to revisit the stipend at the next round of budgeting shows that they're open to working with me," Casey said.
Shaw said Casey has been lobbying him for weeks for an increased stipend. But Shaw said the budget has been set for the year, and could not be increased. He proposed instead that the Town Board terminate Casey's oversight of Buildings and Grounds, and appoint the current foreman as director, since Casey "no longer wishes to manage and direct" the department.
While the board discussed last month who, besides Casey, could run the department and if it had the ability to force him to perform the managing duties, Casey said he didn't want to stop doing the duties. He said he was always willing to work out an amicable solution.
"I'm just looking forward to working with the board for the benefit for Hamburg residents," Casey said.
He said he did not realize how much time he would be spending in Buildings and Grounds until he started the job Jan. 1, and told The Buffalo News Monday, "Twenty-five hundred dollars to run a complex other department, no one would say that is fair and equitable."
He said there are 55 full-time and part-time employee in Buildings and Grounds, and more in the summer, and 31 full-time and one part-time Highway Department workers.