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CHEEKTOWAGA TO ELIMINATE RECREATION DEPT. COUNCILMAN OUTLINES PLANS FOR SPLITTING UP DEPARTMENT'S FUNCTIONS

The Cheektowaga Recreation Department, which is losing its director Dec. 31, will be carved up among three other departments, with the Youth Bureau receiving the biggest piece.

Councilman Dennis H. Gabryszak, head of the Town Board's Parks and Recreation Department, outlined these plans Thursday:

Youth recreation programs will be assigned to the Youth Bureau, which probably will be renamed the Department of Recreation and Youth Services.

Recreation programs for adults will be assigned to the Senior Services Department, which probably also will have a new name reflecting its expanded role.

The Facilities Department will take over responsibility for scheduling the use of ball diamonds.

Michael J. Miecznikowski's job as recreation director was eliminated in the 1991 budget. Miecznikowski, whose base pay is $33,747, was involved in a dispute with the board over whether he complied with a requirement that he be a town resident.

The 1991 budget gives Patricia A. Wojcik, senior services director, a base salary of $37,207, an 18 percent raise. Her salary was considered below that of comparable positions, Gabryszak said.

Kenneth J. Kopacz, youth director, will have base salary $39,373, up 5 percent, under the 1991 budget. Gabryszak said a further increase may be provided in consideration of his additional responsibilities. Department heads may receive additional pay for longevity and for unused vacation time.

Gabryszak said he plans to meet next week with the Recreation Department's four full-time employees under the director to discuss the proposed changes and answer questions. Most of the recreation employees are part-time or seasonal workers.

A meeting will be held, probably in January, to outline the changes to representatives of all athletic organizations involved in town recreation programs, Gabryszak said.

The budget has cut funds for seasonal employees, and summer playground programs may be reduced somewhat, Gabryszak said.

There is a possibility that fees will be charged for some programs that have been free in the past, he added.

The summer concert program, which will be shortened by a budget cut in 1991, will be among the programs transferred to Mrs. Wojcik's department.

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