LEWISTON – The Town Board accepted the retirement of Town Clerk Carol J. Brandon on Monday and appointed Deputy Clerk Donna R. Garfinkel to fill her unexpired term in 2014.
Brandon has been involved in the Lewiston political scene for more than 37 years, including 15 years as the town clerk, 10 years as deputy clerk and 12½ years working for former Assemblyman Joseph T. Pillittere. Brandon will officially retire at the end of the month. Garfinkel has served as deputy clerk for 23 years.
According to the recently adopted budget, the move is expected to save money for the town.
Brandon, who had been elected town clerk five times over the last 15 years, earned $58,739 a year, while the newly appointed clerk’s salary is $48,672.
In other matters, the board:
• Approved an excavation permit for Mawhiney Trucking to complete work on a clay-mine excavation pond at 2752 and 2799 Ridge Road. Building Inspector Timothy R. Masters said after the meeting that among conditions of the agreement were the payment of $38,000 in permit fees. According to Town Attorney Michael J. Dowd, there are about 4 to 5 acres remaining in the 56-acre excavation pond. Masters said a stop-work order was issued in 2006.
• Agreed to terms for a 20-foot easement for installation of a town drainage pipe – if needed – on land bordering Joseph Deck’s Riverwalk Development on River Road and Gerald Wolfgang’s planned development on River Road.
“We’ve been working on it for two years, and Deck and Wolfgang have finally agreed to terms,” Dowd said. “The storm sewer may not be the best option, but it is essential that we get the easement whether we need it or not.”
The drainage pipe is one of several options to alleviate flooding for residents of the Riverwalk Development.
• Agreed to pay up to $1,000 to install and test GPS units for use in vehicles of the Recreation and Parks departments.
• Voted to close access roads to Joseph Davis State Park and the marina for the winter season.