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Fiscal chief submits his resignation

James M. Spute, who has worked for the Town of Hamburg for 33 years, most recently as director of finance and administration, will retire Jan. 27.

He submitted his resignation, which was expected, to the Town Board on Monday night.

Spute served under eight supervisors, and Town Board members said the fact the town is in good financial shape is in no small part due to his efforts.

"You will be missed. . . . You helped me through a first year [in office]," Supervisor Steven J. Walters said.

Spute said he will remain available to help the town through the transition to a new finance director.

Another retiree, Richard Boehm, deputy town attorney, was hired back on a contract basis at $30,000. That is less than the $33,821 salary he would have received had he remained a regular employee. He also will no longer receive fringe benefits.

Using the town Fitness Center will cost a bit more next year. Most of the increases the board approved range from $5 to $10.

A yearly membership will go from $165 to $175 for an adult and from $115 to $120 for college students. An adult couple will pay $300 instead of $285; seniors will pay $120 instead of $115; and aerobics memberships will increase $10, to $140.

Also, boat launch stickers will cost $45 instead of $40.

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