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The Village Board, which had hoped to split the duties of the special events coordinator, now plans to assign the job to one person after the second job candidate informed officials she won’t take the position.

Trustees have asked Dawn Gaczewski to serve as the village’s part-time special events coordinator, and she has agreed to take on those responsibilities, according to Trustee Dawn Robinson.

The Village Board must vote on Gaczewski’s appointment as the sole coordinator because it alters the original, dual arrangement approved at the April 8 board meeting.

Mary Jo Monnin’s hiring was contingent on her receiving her employer’s approval to accept the part-time post. Monnin is a sports reporter for The Buffalo News and she recently informed village officials the company wouldn’t permit her to take the job.

Gaczewski and Monnin would have divided up the village’s lineup of special events. Each woman was set to earn $5,000 over the course of the one-year contract, as well as 25 percent of any money raised from sponsors for the events.

Gaczewski now would earn the full $10,000, Robinson said.

Robinson said she still thinks splitting up the events among two coordinators is a good idea, but given the current time constraints she agreed with her colleagues that assigning all of the duties to Gaczewski for this first year makes the most sense.

Trustees could vote on the special events job as early as Monday’s board meeting.

Also Monday, trustees plan to vote on the 2013-14 village budget. The $7.5 million tentative budget would raise spending by 4.2 percent and raise the property tax rate by 3.87 percent, though officials have met in recent weeks to discuss changes to the plan.

The tax levy, the total amount to be collected in property taxes, would rise by 3.18 percent.

If the proposed property tax rate is approved Monday, the owner of a property assessed at $150,000 would pay $1,517.18 in village property taxes next year, an increase of $56.51 over the current budget.

The board meeting begins at 7 p.m. in the Municipal Building, 5423 Broadway, preceded by a work session at 6.

Also this week:

• A representative for Orville’s Home Appliances said last week the chain hasn’t made a decision on when to begin construction on a store planned for the corner of Transit Road and William Street.

The Town Board voted Monday to approve the store’s site plan and to accept the finding from an earlier joint meeting of the Town Board and the town Planning Board that the project wouldn’t harm the environment.

• Work by the Erie County Department of Public Works on a railroad crossing will force the temporary closing of a section of Town Line Road, between Westwood Road and Walden Avenue, today through Tuesday, the Town Clerk’s Office reported.