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Chief named for planning and building

A seven-year employee of the Town of Newstead will have the new title of director of planning and building.

Christine B. Falkowski, who had been Building Department administrator, started with the town as building and assessor clerk. That department's operations were recently changed to encompass more far-reaching duties covering planning and building. Falkowski's salary will be $21.15 per hour.

Reporting to Falkowski will be John Good, the code enforcement officer, and Jennifer L. Heberling, building and assessor clerk. Falkowski will also continue as secretary of the Planning Board. The board approved her salary at its meeting Monday.

In other business, the board:

*Heard several speakers at a public hearing on Noco Energy's plans to replace an 18,000-gallon gas storage tank at its Main Road location with a 30,000-gallon tank.

Dan Kowalik of the Akron Fire Company expressed concerns that a fire-suppression system be installed at the site and asked for a meeting with the board to review other fire company concerns about the project. Two residents who live adjacent to the site also expressed safety concerns.

The Planning Board has recommended approval of the site plans. Good said "code requirements have been met" and "a number of safety systems are already in place."

Supervisor David L. Cummings said representatives of the Akron and Newstead fire companies will be invited to a work session to discuss the project before the board votes.

*Set a public hearing on the 2009 budget for 7:45 p.m. Oct. 27. Salaries for elected town officials are set as follows: supervisor, $29,355; four Town Board members, $8,838 each; town clerk, $44,034, plus $7,000 as tax collector for the Akron and Clarence school districts; highway superintendent, $50,360, plus an additional $4,930 for his duties as superintendent of refuse and garbage, cemeteries, drainage and parks.

*Scheduled a public hearing for 7:45 p.m. Nov. 10 on a proposed amendment to the zoning law that would allow self-storage units of up to 250 square feet in commercial and industrial districts. Currently such facilities need a zoning variance.

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