SILVER CREEK - The Silver Creek Village Board has several positions to fill.
The first to be discussed is the new court clerk position. This position was vacated upon the retirement of Carol Waugh in June, who is now working part-time filling in and in anticipation of training the next court clerk.
Judge Richard Saletta reported to the board having several successful interviews. He said he is almost done with interviews and will be able to narrow down the pool to three candidates in a few days.
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Silver Creek Judge Richard Saletta reported to the village board interviews for the court clerk are almost complete.
He said one of the applicants is an experienced court clerk for another town, but the others will need to be trained.
He said if the village does not hire the experienced applicant there is a six-day training session coming up at the end of November.
He said although this will cost the village the money for mileage, a hotel stay, food and salary it will also teach the new clerk all they need to know, which will make their training with Waugh go much faster.
"The other option we have is sending her to the magistrate's taking the bench school. They teach the clerk everything that the clerk needs to know ... A hotel for six days is $624, time would be eight hours a day times $12 per hour and that comes to $576, travel is 300 miles each way so that's $300, and we'd only have to pay for dinner because breakfast and lunch is supplied and that's $150. The good thing about that is they learn everything then the only thing they need is hands-on experience," he said.
He said he wasn't sure how much money he has left in the training budget but would check with the treasurer this week.
Mayor Kurt Lindstrom said if the board needs to it will call a special meeting to fill the position in order to get an inexperienced applicant into the fast-approaching training.
Another vacancy which came up at the board meeting came from the resignation of Wendy Pagano as deputy clerk/treasurer.
Lindstrom read a letter from Pagano which said she had obtained other employment and thanked all those she worked closely with in the village.
Lindstrom along with board members Thomas Harmon and Amy Romanik thanked Pagano for her service and wished her luck.
In the workshop Romanik said she thinks the position should made to part-time, however the board decided to discuss it further when the two absent board members were present.
The other vacancy left to discuss was the position of disaster coordinator, which was previously held by Rich Bartlett.
The board passed a resolution to appoint Fire Chief Jeff Griewisch as acting disaster coordinator until a permanent coordinator can be found.
Lindstrom noted Griewisch did well stepping into this position in preparation for hurricane Sandy.
"Thank you to acting disaster coordinator Jeff Griewisch for coordinating all efforts with department heads and volunteer fire fighters," he said.
In other business:
The board passed a resolution to hold workshops at 7 p.m. with the meetings to immediately follow. In the past the meetings started at 8 p.m. and there was often a long delay, now meetings will begin as soon as the workshops end. The next meeting will be held Nov. 19.
Police Chief Timothy Roche reported he met with FSC on the cameras and as soon as equipment is in they will be installed. He also said the village will have the camera equipment and the equipment for the new narrow-band radios installed at the same time to save the village some money. He also reported receiving three grants: STEP for $2,554, Buckle up NY for $720 and a partnership with state and federal police for new bulletproof vests amounting to around $650.