MIDDLEPORT — The village board approved two new hires at its most recent business meeting.
Miguel Bermudez was hired as a police officer, on a part-time basis, effective Feb. 26. His pay is $14 per hour. At the time of his application, Bermudez worked for both the Holley and Somerset police departments and, according to Middleport Police Chief John Swick, he is highly regarded within both departments. Bermudez speaks fluent Spanish, according to Swick.
Sarah Quackenbush was hired as a deputy village clerk, on a part-time basis, effective Feb. 27. Her pay is $12 per hour.
The board appointed current clerk-treasurer Rebecca Schweigert as registrar, and Vicky Demmin as deputy registrar, for two-year terms. The appointments are good through Dec. 31, 2018.
In other business:
• Village coordinator Bryan Bobbit updated the board on upgrades at the waste water treatment plant. He said there may be an issue with the boiler, as it will take until November to get one made and it is supposed to be installed by Dec. 31, per state regulations. The state Department of Environmental Conservation is to be advised of the issue, in the event that the village needs to ask for an extension.
• Trustee Wayne Blumrick addressed claims made by mayoral candidate Jacob Froman in a recent article in the Union-Sun & Journal. Froman said his decision to run for office was inspired by the village board's "lack of listening to residents when passing the recent animal ban, and several other code changes in recent years which residents didn’t understand.”
He also said, “When 100 people sign a petition and 80 people show up at a public hearing, and then the board waits two months and passes the ban when no one is here, that isn’t right.”
Blumrick said the board never received the petition that Froman spoke of. He also said that 38 people attended a public hearing on the proposed local animal control law in mid-September 2016, and not all were opposed to the suggested limits.
Blumrick said the board worked on the law for five months and made several revisions before finally adopting it. He added that it's not true no one was at the November business meeting when the law was adopted; a homeowner who harbored chickens was in attendance, he said.
Finally, Blumrick said, he is unaware of any new laws or "code changes" that residents don't understand.
“I’ve been on the board for six years and I recall only two laws that we’ve passed,” Blumrick said. “One was to make solicitors apply for a permit and to provide identification to protect our residents from scam artists. The other was to put a weight limit on our side streets to reduce premature wear and tear from the heavy machinery during the remediation.”
The board's next regularly scheduled business meeting is at 7 p.m. March 20.