MASSENA - When the Massena Town Council voted to hire Peter Devine as its code enforcement officer at the boards July meeting, Supervisor Joseph D. Gray said he was expecting the village board to follow suit at its next meeting.
The village board did not do so, and Mayor James F. Hidy says he doesnt expect the village board will be naming a code enforcement officer when it meets tonight. Tomorrow we should direct the village clerk to submit the qualifications to the newspaper and then well go on from there before we fill that part-time position, Mr. Hidy said Monday afternoon, explaining the village will be seeking applicants for the position.
They hired a code enforcement officer, we have not, Mr. Hidy said, referring to the towns hiring of Mr. Devine. The village board has had continuous discussion in regards to hiring a code enforcement officer. Legally, there are formalities that we must abide by in regards to hiring practices.
Mr. Hidy said once that procedure is followed the village will then make its decision.
When asked if that means the village and the town could end up with two different part-time code enforcement officers, Mr. Hidy replied, Theres always that possibility. Once that (proper hiring procedures) is accomplished and weve narrowed down a pool of candidates who have the proper qualifications and after they are interviewed we will then select that person, Mr. Hidy said.
Mr. Gray said, as far as hes concerned, the village has already interviewed code enforcement officer candidates, noting they had two representatives on the committee that recommended Mr. Devines hiring.
Trustee Deshaies was there and Trustee Ahfeld was unable to make it, Mr. Gray said, adding the plan from the beginning was for the town and village to share a code enforcement officer with each municipality paying for 50 percent of his salary.
Thats been the plan from day one. I thought we had an intermunicipal agreement, Mr. Gray said. Somebody in the village has decided to muddy the waters.
Mr. Gray said hes not sure who is complicating the matter, but he doesnt believe it is Mr. Hidy.
Somebody else in the village is calling the shots, but apparently theyre afraid to do it in public, Mr. Gray said. The village needs to decide what they want to do and do it and stop this behind closed doors stuff thats been going on for eight months.
Mr. Hidy is also expected to update the board on the status of funding for repairs to the Aluminum Trail at Tuesdays meeting.
Mr. Hidy said hes optimistic the village can receive some additional funding and make the necessary repairs to the footbridge, without using any additional village funds. The village has already invested $288,000 into the design phase of the project.
Currently Ive sent out requests for funding assistance and Ive met with NYPA and am awaiting a response from them, Mr. Hidy said.
The mayor also said that a resident of the village has volunteered to look for grants that could potentially aid in the completion of the project.
Ive also spoken with a resident of the village who has volunteered her time to seek out and apply for additional grants, he said. This will enable us to forge forward with regard to the money already spent toward the completion of the project without using additional tax dollars.
At last months meeting, Department of Public Works Superintendent Hassan A. Fayad said that the project could be completed if the village borrowed $239,200 to fund its remaining share of the project, which would also be paid for with the help of a Federal Transportation Enhancement Program Grant of $1,153,800.