SILVER CREEK – New Mayor Nick Piccolo held a re-organizational session last week where he welcomed newly elected trustee Warren Kelly and announced his trustee appointment, Anthony Pearl.
Piccolo won the recent election unopposed and had the opportunity to fill the Village Board vacancy created by his victory. He had one year left on his trustee term, and he turned to Pearl, his running mate, who had sought election on the Democratic Party line.
Piccolo urged his fellow village leaders to work together. He also vowed to keep in touch with state and local officials.
Piccolo has already had some success in obtaining Federal Emergency Management Agency funding. The village applied for FEMA funds after a flood in August 2009 did substantial damage to the public works building, municipal building and many vehicles and pieces of equipment.
As a trustee, Piccolo started writing letters to state and federal officials about the status of FEMA applications that had been on file for months. Last month, money from two applications was released, and the village received a promise of more funding to come.
Piccolo named Trustee Thomas Harmon as deputy mayor. Harmon just won another term as trustee.
Piccolo’s other appointments include Daniel Gard, village attorney; Kerriann Pelletter, village clerk; Janet St. George, village treasurer; and Lisa Adams, deputy clerk and treasurer.
Ralph Crawford was given a temporary appointment as public works superintendent, and Herm Griewisch was also temporarily appointed as chief water operator. Both had served as working foremen.
Former Trustee Amy Romanik was named youth recreation coordinator.
Maureen Morabito was retained as chairman of the Planning Board, and Jeffrey Hornburg was named chairman of the Zoning Board of Appeals.
Piccolo opted not to fill the position of disaster coordinator, which had been held by the late Rich Bartlett.
Piccolo named himself and trustees Harmon and Kelly to serve on the committee for police operations. In light of recent staffing issues and controversies in the Police Department, the committee is expected to have an agenda in the near future.