The newly elected Village of Fredonia Board of Trustees and Mayor Stephen Keefe were sworn in officially by Justice David Prince on Monday.
The special meeting in village hall welcomed Trustees Marc Ruckman and Janel Subjack to the board and acknowledged the appointment of Trustee Joseph Cerrie.
The three trustees who ran on the Democrat line in March ran unopposed, while Mayor Stephen Keefe beat out incumbent Michael Sullivan by way of a 634 to 504 vote.
Outgoing Trustee Susan Mackay, Sullivan, department heads, and friends and family were in attendance to welcome the board.
Prior to the start of the special meeting the board held an hour and a half budget meeting. Part of the discussion dealt with the trustees and mayor budget lines. Only one change was made at that time and that was a reduction of $500 from the travel expense line compared to the 2010-2011 adopted budget. The total trustees budget is set at $26,500, which includes $5,000 per trustee, $500 for supplies and $1,000 for travel mostly dealing with municipal workshops.
The mayor budget line remained unchanged at $15,600, which includes $12,000 for the mayor, $500 for supplies, $2,600 for utilities and phone and $500 for travel. Mayor Keefe said he does own his own cell phone so the utilities/phone line may be reduced some according to Administrator Richard St. George.
OBSERVER Photo by Michael Rukavina
Left to right: Fredonia Village Justice David Prince, Mayor Stephen Keefe and Trustees Joseph Cerrie, Janel Subjack and Marc Ruckman during the swearing-in ceremony inside village hall on Monday.
In other news:
The Board approved the mayor's appointment of Ronald Johnson of Temple Street as acting Village Justice until the end of this village official year at his current salary with no other benefits. Mr. Johnson is said to have passed the required training course.
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