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Forestville mayor questioned by predecessor about locks, clerk

FORESTVILLE – Former Mayor Beth Bowker had questions for newly elected Mayor Linda Aures at Tuesday’s Village Board meeting.

Bowker squared off with heated questions about when locks had been changed at the municipal building and why the new mayor decided not to renew the appointment of Village Clerk Marcia Paterson.

Aures responded that changing the locks was important since there would be a change in the office personnel.

She also said that the clerk’s position was a mayoral appointment and added that she was entitled to seek a replacement for the position.

Bowker, who was defeated by Aures last month, said she will continue her questions at future meetings.

Aures selected James White, of Dunkirk, as the new village clerk, and the appointment was approved by the board at a pay rate of $16 per hour for an average workweek of 25 to 30 hours.

White, who introduced himself at the meeting, was brought on for a six-month probationary period.

The new administration also is changing meeting times. Meetings will be held at 7 p.m. on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month.

Aures announced that a special budget hearing would be held at 7 p.m. Monday. She said the board has cut 8 percent out of the current operating budget and expects to be able to make further cuts.

Charles Brewster, supervisor of streets and water, gave a report on public works issues. He said brush pickup is currently under way. He said someone hit a large tree on Cedar Street, and it has been stood up and anchored. He said that if anyone knew anything about who struck the tree, it could benefit the village, since he is not sure whether the tree will live, and he would like it replaced.

The fire protection contract with the Town of Arkwright was approved at $15,400 for three years.

Fire Chief Bruce Hagmier reported that the department will have a recruitment day from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. April 28.