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Beaulieu hired as interim code enforcement officer by town of Massena

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MASSENA - A former code enforcement officer for the town and village will be coming out of retirement, at least on an interim basis, until the town of Massena can either find a new code enforcement officer or work out an agreement with the village to use its paid firefighters.

Town Supervisor Joseph D. Gray said Dale Beaulieu was willing to fill the position temporarily.

“I reached out to Dale Beaulieu, and he is willing to fill in for the town on an interim basis,” Mr. Gray said, adding Mr. Beaulieu told him up front, “I don’t want to do this long term.”

Given his experience working in the town and village, Councilman Albert N. nicola said Mr. Beaulieu was the perfect candidate to fill in on a part-time basis.

“He’s very qualified, and he’s experienced,” Mr. Nicola said.

Mr. Gray agreed, “He goes out and does the job, and he explains things very well.”

Mr. Gray also said Mr. Beauliew has the mindset it takes to be a code enforcement officer.

“He’s got a great temperment for the job.”

Mr. Beaulieu, who is a retired career firefighter in the vilage, will receive a salary of $35 per hour plus mileage, when he’s not using a town vehicle.

Councilman Thomas C. Miller said he had spoken with Mr. Beaulieu and was informed that he was ready to start work right away.

As for a long-term sollution to the town’s code enforcement position, Mr. Gray said he was optimistic that the town and the village would be able to work out an agreement that would allow the village’s career firefighters to perform code encforcement duties for both entities.

“The long-term solution that makes thes most sense is going back to the village and trying to work a deal out with them,” he said.

Mayor James F. Hidy has suggested that arrangement is not going to occur.

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