PISECO -- Three new councilpersons have joined the Arietta Town Board: Barry Baker, Jacquelyn Grier and Christy Wilt.
And for the first time since former councilpersons James Farber and Marie Parslow died last year, the board was at full strength when it met Monday, Jan. 6.
The annual Organizational Meeting saw the following appointments made for 2014: Code Enforcement Officer and Building / Safety Inspector John Casey; Registrar of Vital Statistics and Animal Control Officer Kenneth Parslow, Court Clerk Joyce Page; Deputy Supervisor Barry Baker; Deputy Superintendent of Highways William Parslow Jr.; Deputy Tax Collector Jodie Small; Health Officer Dr. Robert Brandis; and Road Supervisor Michael Rogers.
Councilman Michael Knapp will chair the Snowmobile Trails Committee. Knapp and Baker were appointed to the Employees Negotiating Team.
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No one has been appointed yet as deputy zoning officer or town historian or to chair the Town Buildings / Streetlights, Airport, and Youth & Recreation committees.
The reimbursable mileage rate for 2014 was set at $0.56 per mile.
Salaries for 2014 are superintendent of highways, $39,429; supervisor, $23,589; assessor, code enforcement / safety officer, $15,133; $13,000; town clerk $10,273; justice, $9,060; councilperson and tax collector, $6,022; recreation director, $1,887; animal control officer, $1,252; registrar of vital statistics, $631; and deputy supervisor, deputy superintendent of highways, town historian and health officer, $500.
Other employees received 2 percent raises.
The town will advertise for a deputy zoning officer. It wants to find someone to be trained by Casey in preparation for his future retirement.
Casey said he issued 54 building permits during 2013, for two new houses, four new septic systems, six new wells, 31 accessory structures, five demolitions and remodeling.
Supervisor Rick Wilt said the major projects for 2014 are fuel farm upgrades at Piseco Airport, new propane furnaces for the highway garage and engineering for fixing Piseco Community Hall's roof.
Wilt was authorized to advertise for bids for the fuel farm upgrades. The town has received a grant from the New York State Department of Transportation to pay for the work. Engineering consultant McFarland-Johnson Inc. designed and will oversee the upgrades.
Note: This article is based on minutes of the Arietta Town Board meeting of Jan. 6, 2014 as provided by Town Clerk Kenneth Parslow.