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Palamara abstains from vote

There was one vote opposed regarding the Lenox highway department's hourly rates during the town's organizational meeting held Jan. 6. Councilman Anthony Palamara wouldn't comment on his nay vote after Supervisor Rocco DiVeronica listed hourly wages for highway workers. He did, however, abstain from the vote regarding the memorandum of understanding. One reason he said was because he just received the memorandum and didn't have time to review it. He also felt compensatory time for highway workers should be capped.

"Why would you want to cap it?" DiVeronica asked. "Then you have to pay them overtime."

"Then the comp time should be used up within that year," Palamara said.

"I think it is but I will check into it," DiVeronica said.

Palamara still abstained from the vote.

Also added to the memorandum was "in the event of death or termination, workers or beneficiaries will be paid for any time or benefits." The board agreed to omit that portion of the memorandum.

During the appointments a policy question on residency requirements was an issue for dog control officer Kim Muehlenbein. DiVeronica said the policy states the officer must reside in the town of Lenox.

"It must be a local law because we can't find any state law regarding this," DiVeronica said. "We need to waive or eliminate the local law so she can continue to be our dog control officer." Muehlenbein was a resident when she first took the position but has since moved from the township.

Committee appointments and department liaisons were selected. The policy stated that if an employee has a problem there will be no phone calls made to board members. They are to proceed with their contact person who will then set a meeting with the entire board.

Councilwoman Grace Rapasadi felt each employee should know who their contact person is. DiVeronica said all employees would be sent a memo.

To obtain a copy of the appointments, paid holidays or conference policy, stop by the town offices at 205 South Peterboro St.

The board will meet with the village of Canastota for a joint meeting on Jan. 21 at 7:30 p.m.

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