Albion hires 2 part-time code officers for village

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 1 July 2022 at 11:23 am

ALBION – The Village Board has filled the vacant code enforcement officer position with two part-time employees.

Kevin Sheehan resigned from the 20-hour-a-week position about a month ago. The village on Monday hired Anne Podolak and then on Tuesday hired Jeff Gifaldi. They will share the duties of the position, each working about 10 hours a week.

Podolak works as the code enforcement officer in Le Roy and Gifaldi is the Carlton codes officer. He also is the Orleans County undersheriff.

They are viewed as a temporary solution while the village looks for a longer-term answer for the position.

The two started right away. That followed last week’s Village Board meeting when a representative from Milestone Construction Partners in Rochester said the lack of a code officer in the village had stopped construction of a 2,250-square-foot addition for Oak Orchard Health behind its site at 301 West Ave.

Milestone wasn’t able to proceed without an inspection from the codes officer and that delay for nearly three weeks was threatening Oak Orchard’s ability to meet the deadline for a $757,000 grant from the federal American Rescue Plan Act.

Podolak and Gifaldi were both at the site on Tuesday and gave Milestone the OK to finish the project.