B'ville honors employees, Sykes retires

The village honored several employees last Thursday for years served with the municipality.

Mayor Joseph Saraceni presented service awards to Claude Sykes, John Merritt, Rosemary Johnson and Bruce Tompkins for each of their 30 years of service. Claudette Roller was presented with a service award for her 25 years of service.

Sykes, the superintendent of the Baldwinsville Department of Public Works, was honored for his 33 years of service to the village. Sykes will retire from the superintendent position, as he will become the supervisor of the town of Van Buren in January, a position he was elected to in the recent election.

Saraceni noted that during Sykes' 33 years with the village, he served under six different mayors and was appointed year after year, a credit to his knowledge of the job and work ethic. He also said Sykes' always offered good advice and was very objective.

"I wish you luck," Saraceni said.

A retirement party will be held for Sykes Nov. 28 at the village hall. All are welcome. For more information, contact the village clerk's office at 635-3521.

Village appoints engineer

Timothy Baker was appointed to the position of village engineer at last Thursday's Baldwinsville board meeting.

The position will replace the DPW superintendent position formerly filled by Claude Sykes. When Sykes notified the board he would be retiring, he created a list of his duties as they had evolved over the years. The village determined an engineer would be better suited to fill the position because of state mandates and the technical demands of the job.

"We couldn't have asked for a better candidate," Sykes said of Baker. "I feel very comfortable leaving the village in his hands."

VB approves Lakeside budget

The Van Buren board approved the Lakeside Fire district budget, a five-year contract that remains at $226,000 for the 2008, 2009 and 2010 budget years and then increases to $228,260 for 2011 and $232,000 for 2012.

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