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Village combines treasurer, clerk jobs

In Week Two of Mayor Barbara Alberti's administration, changes continue around Depew Village Hall.

In one of its first actions, the Village Board, including the five members of the People's Voice of Depew Party sworn in last week, combined the jobs of treasurer and village clerk into one position, village administrator, and appointed Elizabeth Melock to fill it.

"I combined two offices into one vary capable person," Alberti said of Melock, who had been treasurer for eight years. "She's totally hands-on."

Melock will work from her office in the Treasurer's Department, Alberti said.

The village will save about $45,000 in wages and benefits, she said. Under the proposed budget, the treasurer was to receive $55,047 per year, and the village clerk was scheduled to make $51,240 plus $2,000 for serving as budget officer and $500 for registrar of vital services. Benefits run about $12,000 per person.

Under the new arrangement, Melock will make $75,047 to do both jobs. The board did not renew the contract of Robert Kucewicz, the former village clerk, who had supported the Depew Action Party.

Other Action Party appointees who were notified their services no longer were needed include Community Development Director Joseph Cipolla, who made $6,000.

Recreation Director James Ramsey also was let go. Michael Wojcicki, a recreation specialist for many years, was named recreation director. He will handle both jobs for the same salary of $19,520, which is what Ramsey would have made in the new fiscal year. Also in recreation, Susan Stranc will take over as clerk from Peggy Wlostowski at $2 per hour less. The village also is revamping the fee schedule for recreation activities.

Village Attorney James M. Vallone was replaced by Anthony Nosek, who will be paid $25,000 a year, $5,000 less than Vallone.

The village also cut one of two public health officers, who are paid $2,000 apiece.

Alberti said the board still is reviewing the proposed budget and will meet with some department heads next week.

"We would hope to have a budget in place by April 23," she said.

The budget must be adopted by April 30.

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