After a stormy hourlong discussion, the Batavia Town Board Wednesday night reaffirmed by a 3-2 vote the reappointment of Arthur K. Posluszny as town manager.
Posluszny was rehired by the new board majority at its Jan. 10 meeting but supervisor June C. Vukman, one of the two who opposed Wednesday's motion, has consistently refused to sign the employment contract.
Wednesday's action, initiated by veteran Councilman George F. Forsyth, directs that the supervisor sign the one-year contract. Posluszny, who is also the part-time mayor of Lancaster, would be paid $30,000 to work three days a week for the town and attend town meetings.
He had served as manager for four years until he was fired in the summer of 1988 in a surprise move by Mrs. Vukman. Bowing to a public outcry, the firing was rescinded eight days later but Posluszny declined an offer to return.
He was reappointed by the new board majority, which consists of Forsyth and Frank Gorecki Jr. and newcomer Alfred E. Lang. Donald L. Partridge, who was defeated by Lang last November, was among those who questioned rehiring Posluszny.
Other speakers complained that the new board majority's actions "strip the elected supervisor of most of her powers." The two factions also clashed over the appointment of a Financial Advisory Board and a Water and Sewer Advisory Commission.
Mrs. Vukman charged the appointments were "illegal," claiming that only the supervisor is empowered to make such appointments. However, she lost on a 3-2 vote, supported only by Kathryn E. Sewernyiak.
The three-member majority also terminated a contract with town engineers Nussbaumer & Clarke of Buffalo and replaced M & T Bank of Batavia with Central Trust Co. of Oakfield as the town's principal depository.
Mrs. Vukman, who clashed frequently with Forsyth and once with Town Clerk Rubie K. Levins over a voting procedure, insisted that in 17 months since the manager was fired "I have done nothing wrong. I have tried to be open to everyone, board members and constituents."
An overflow audience of 75 cheered and booed throughout the 65 minute debate on rehiring the town manager and on subsequent resolutions with a 3-2 split.