County Legislature makes several annual appointments

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 11 January 2022 at 10:56 am

ALBION – The Orleans County made several appointments during an organizational meeting last week and also gave final approval for 2 percent raises for the legislators, the same rate as the county employees and department heads.

Legislator Don Allport cast the lone vote against the pay increases for legislators, saying local taxpayers are already seeing big hikes in inflation, driving up costs for purchases and shouldn’t have to shoulder any more increases.

With the 2 percent increases the salaries for the legislators for 2022 includes $19,243 for the chairman, $14,550 for the vice chairman and the five other legislators at $12,828 each.

The appointments and designations approved by the Legislature include:

  • Lisa Stenshorn to continue as Clerk of the Legislature
  • Kathy Bogan to continue as County Attorney for a term of two years
  • The Daily News of Batavia designated as official newspaper for legal notices
  • Don Allport designated by the Republicans as Majority Leader of the Legislature and that Fred Miller is designated by the Democrats as Minority Leader of the Legislature.
  • The 2022 regular meetings of the County Legislature will be held on the fourth Wednesday of the months of January through October at 4:30 p.m. at the Orleans County Legislative Chambers. The November meeting will be the third Wednesday and the December meeting will be the third Monday.
  • The Legislature appoints the following delegates and alternates to the InterCounty Association of Western New York to represent Orleans County, effective January 1, 2022 through December 31, 2023: Skip Draper, John Fitzak, William Eick, Lynne Johnson, Jack Welch and Lisa Stenshorn.
  • Appointed the following county legislators to board of directors for Orleans Economic Development Agency: Skip Draper of Medina and John Fitzak of Carlton.
  • Appointed the following as members of the Soil and Water Conservation District Board: county legislators Bill Eick and Ed Morgan, Ridgeway town highway superintendent John Olinger.
  • Appointed the following the sportsmen and legislative representatives to the Fish and Wildlife Management Act Board, terms effective January 1, 2022 through December 31, 2023: county legislators Ed Morgan and Bill Eick, and Murray resident Neil Valentine.