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Mang gets permanent post as Kenmore public works chief

After two years of serving as Kenmore’s superintendent of public works, Andrew Mang finally can drop the word “interim” from his title.

The Village Board this week appointed Mang to the post in a 4-0 vote. Trustee Katherine J. Bestine was absent.

“I look forward to serving the residents of Kenmore,” Mang said afterward.

The older brother of Mayor Patrick Mang, he has worked for the Public Works Department for 26 years – 22 as a laborer, two as assistant superintendent and two as interim superintendent.

He was named interim superintendent in January 2011, following the retirement of his predecessor.

Of the seven people who took the civil service exam in April for the job, as well as public works superintendent vacancies in the villages of Hamburg and Lancaster, Mang was the only resident of Ken-Ton. Mang is ranked third on the eligibility list. His current annual salary is $71,426.

In other business, the board approved a resolution supporting continued funding for Erie County’s vector-control program. Last week, the mayor spoke in favor of the program during budget hearings before county legislators.

The more than $1 billion spending plan proposed for 2013 by County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz would increase property taxes by 3.4 percent. Some legislators have vowed to try to reduce or eliminate the tax hike. The mayor fears that the rodent-control program, offered through the county Health Department, could face reductions or elimination – as was the case in 2011, under then-County Executive Chris Collins.

“Once again, [county legislators] are looking to cut so they don’t have a tax increase,” Mang said during the board’s work session.

“I went down there to stress that this is a program that many of our residents take advantage of,” he said of his pitch at the budget hearing. “We probably would not be able to maintain a program like that.”

First-ring suburbs – particularly Kenmore and the Town of Tonawanda – rely heavily on the program to control the rat population. Health Department employees investigate complaints, then follow up with baiting and trapping.

Homeowners can buy some rodent-control products to use on their own property; the state Department of Environmental Conservation requires certification of outside parties.

The county’s vector-control program was restored earlier this year and appears to have Poloncarz’s support.