ILION — The Ilion village board is seeking to fill the village clerk’s position again.
During a meeting last week, the board accepted the resignation of Bobbielee Stephenson from the position. Stephenson had been appointed clerk in December. She succeeded Chelsey Lawson, who had been appointed clerk last May.
Mayor Terry Leonard said he had a meeting with a candidate and hoped to have a new clerk in place as soon as possible.
Deputy Clerk Susan Hale has been handling the clerk’s responsibilities in the interim.
Fire station boiler
The board approved repairs that had to be made to the boiler at the fire station at a cost of about $3,500. Fire Chief Robert Paddock said department personnel went to pick up the part that was needed, saving the village about $150. There are leaks in the old steam boiler, he said. The department is now treating the water used in the boiler. Paddock said he was advised that installing a water softener could also help cut down on the number of repairs needed.
Leonard recalled that during the last heating season the board was advised that all of the repairs needed had been made.
Paddock said that while the boiler itself was replaced at some point, the radiators and traps are 90 years old.
The board accepted the resignation of Stanley Dorozynski from the fire department and approved the appointment of Mary View to the department.
In other business
• Recycling totes will be delivered to village customers in time for the start of the new contract with Spohn’s Disposal. In the past, only those customers who rented garbage toters had the use of the recycling toters. With the new contract, customers will be issued toters for their recycling waste whether they use garbage toters or purchase bags.
• The board passed a resolution for the nomination of candidates for the June 19 village election. The mayor’s position and the trustee seats held by Fred Hartmann and Kalman Socolof will be up for election. Mayor Terry Leonard has said he does not plan to seek re-election. All of the positions carry four-year terms.
• The village received word that it qualifies as a hardship community in connection with the application Barton & Loguidice submitted for a water system project.
• Herkimer County has requested assistance from the village’s Municipal Electric Utility Department to move power poles on Spinnerville Gulf Road, where the county has some work planned. Board members wanted to know how much moving the poles would cost.
• The board approved a request from Property Maintenance Officer and Acting Codes Officer Tim Carter to attend a 20-hour continuing education class in Lake Placid at a cost of not more than $700 to cover travel expenses, hotel and meals.
• Leonard said residents need to take care of their pets. He said there are more calls for cats than the Humane Society can accept.