Yates town supervisor declines pay for 2016

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 18 January 2016 at 12:00 am

Photo by Tom Rivers – Jim Simon, third from right, leads the Yates Town Board meeting last Thursday when the board made numerous appointments and set salaries for town employees.

YATES – The new town supervisor has declined pay for leading the town government in 2016.

Jim Simon was elected in November in a write-in campaign over incumbent John Belson. Simon was backed by the Save Ontario Shores citizens’ group that opposes the large-scale wind energy project in Yates and Somerset.

Belson was paid $8,000 in the role as town supervisor in 2015. Simon, who works as dean of the GCC campus centers in Albion and Medina, chose to work for free for the town. The budget kept the salary at $8,000 for 2016. Simon also declined the $1,500 for budget management.

Simon said the $9,500 combined for the town supervisor will go into the general fund balance.

That salary was part of a series of appointments approved during the Town Board’s organizational meeting last Thursday.

The meeting included two new Town Board members with Simon as town supervisor and John Riggi as councilman. Michelle Harling also is the new town clerk, replacing Brenda Donald, who retired on Dec. 31.

Some of the appointments include:

Webster, Schubel & Meier of Medina for legal services at $7,500 for the year; Dan Wolfe as fire and building code officer, and also as zoning enforcement officer; Patricia Laszewski as assessor; Lynne Johnson as town bookkeeper and water bookkeeper;

Dawn Metty as Zoning Board of Appeals and Planning Board clerk; Gary Daum as ZBA chairman; Keith McKinney as ZBA member; Richard Kurz, Ed Urbanik and Ralph Smith as Planning Board members; Don Lamay as Planning Board chairman;

Roger Wolfe as water district superintendent and cemetery superintendent; Wes Bradley as youth agency representative; Michelle Harling as registrar of vital statistics; Dawn Metty as deputy registrar; John Donald as dog control officer;

John Riggi as deputy town supervisor; Dawn Metty as town historian ad deputy town clerk; David Hydock as deputy highway superintendent; Susanne Sanderson as court clerk; Eric Harling as court baliff;

M & T Bank and the Bank of Castile as official depositories for the town;

The Daily News of Batavia as official newspaper to publish the town’s legal notices.

The Town Board also set the following as salaries and wages for 2016:

Highway superintendent at $62,922; Town clerk, $39,900; Supervisor bookkepper at $14,500; Water superintendent at $13,325; Town justice at $8,500 for the year; Cemetery superintendent, $5,200; Town Board members, four at $3,259.75 each; Water bookkeeper at $3,100; Deputy highway superintendent at $2,500; Historian, $600; and Town supervisor at $0.

The hourly rates include: Highway motor equipment operator, $23.40; Code enforcement and zoning officer, $21.53; Court clerk, $14.69; and deputy clerk, $11.52.