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LOCKPORT – Kenneth Banker, the Town of Lockport’s longtime water and sewer superintendent, plans to retire April 15, but he won’t go far.

The Town Board agreed last week to a two-year consulting agreement for Banker, which will pay him $16,000 in the first year and $5,000 in the second year.

“He’s got 30 or 35 years of knowledge of where every drain, every fire hydrant is,” Supervisor Marc R. Smith said.

Banker is to be replaced by the director of the town’s new Department of Operations, which was approved last month by the Town Board.

However, Smith said the job specifications for the directorship of the new department have yet to be approved by the state Division of Civil Service, so the post can’t be filled.

There will not be a civil service exam for the new job, which is to pay between $50,000 and $60,000 a year. Banker earned about $60,000 a year.

The new department also will be responsible for street lighting, town parks and buildings, in addition to the water and sewer systems.

In other matters at last week’s meeting, the board bought two new pickups for the water and sewer departments from Van Bortel Ford of Rochester for $52,554. The town had budgeted $60,000 for the purchases. One of the old pickups will be kept for buildings and grounds work, Smith said.

The board also agreed to buy new floor mats for the entrances to Town Hall from Carpet Collection for $2,825. The mats in the entrance vestibules “haven’t been touched since 1975,” Smith said.

They sit in metal trays and collect water tracked in on rainy or snowy days. The new mats will have aluminum frames, Councilman Mark C. Crocker said.

Councilman Paul W. Siejak said the town earned $1,054 in the first two months of the year as its share of the proceeds from electronics recycling at the town highway garage. Regional Computer Recycling and Recovery of Rochester pays the town 8.6 cents per pound.

The board also appointed Barbara L. Reynolds, operations manager for residential mortgage underwriting at M&T Bank, to the seat on the Board of Assessment Review vacated when Councilwoman Patricia Dufour joined the Town Board on Jan. 23.

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