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Fenner town board changes monthly meeting schedule

The Fenner Town Board held its organizational meeting last week, before which new member Bill Cody, second from left, was sworn-in to office. New Supervisor Dave Jones, third from left, was sworn-in on Jan. 3. Also pictured, from left, Councilor William Wester, Highway Superintendent Frank Hyatt, Councilor Hannah Strack and Town Clerk Joanne Buyea.

The Fenner Town Board held its organizational meeting last week, before which new member Bill Cody, second from left, was sworn-in to office. New Supervisor Dave Jones, third from left, was sworn-in on Jan. 3. Also pictured, from left, Councilor William Wester, Highway Superintendent Frank Hyatt, Councilor Hannah Strack and Town Clerk Joanne Buyea. Photo by Jason Emerson.

— During its first regular meeting of 2014, the Fenner Town Board convened with a new supervisor, one new town board member, one vacant board seat and a slew of reorganizational appointments and decisions, which included the moving of the monthly town board meetings to a different day of the week.

Supervisor Dave Jones and Councilors Bill Cody and Hannah Strack all attended their first board meeting since being sworn-in to their respective offices after the November election. While Cody is new to the board, Strack was reelected to her seat and Jones moved jobs from that of a councilor to the supervisor.

The main order of business for the Jan. 8 regular monthly meeting was for annual reorganizational appointments. The majority of town officers and appointments stayed the same from 2013, with a few exceptions: Jones was officially selected to be the town budget officer, Strack was named deputy town supervisor, Councilor Bill Wester was appointed to the Youth Recreation Committee (to replace retired Councilor Hank Stoker), James Burke and Paula Douglas were named to the town planning board and Oneida Savings was named the town’s sole banking institution.

The board also unanimously voted to increase the hourly wages of the zoning board of appeals secretary and the deputy town clerk by $1 per hour each. This would increase the ZBA secretary to $9 per hour from $8 per hour, and the deputy town clerk to $10 per hour from $9 per hour. This action was taken upon the recommendation of Strack based on the increase in the New York state minimum wage to $9 per hour.

The board also unanimously agreed to change the day of their regular monthly meeting from the second Wednesday of every month to the second Thursday of every month. The scheduled times of their monthly meetings also have been changed.

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