Village Board approves measure to hire engineering aide

06/21/2011 11:05 AM |

Tensions arose at a Greenport Village Board work session Monday when Trustee Mary Bess Phillips challenged a request to hire an engineering aide.

Utilities director Jack Naylor said the aide is much needed in an effort to cut down on his overflowing demand.

Mr. Naylor said 90 percent of the aide’s responsibilities would be to handle paperwork, with only 10 percent devoted to technical responsibilities. That would free Mr. Naylor to do hands-on engineering work, he said.

But Ms. Phillips questioned whether spending money on a new position was appropriate.

“Are you planning on decreasing your hours and salary?” she asked the utilities director.

He shot back: “I’m working 75 hours a week.”

Two years ago, Mr. Naylor was authorized to hire an administrative aide to handle paperwork, but the woman hired left the area right after the job offer was made. The position went unfilled.

Since then, Mr. Naylor said he has had trouble finding a candidate willing to work for the relatively low salary.

Ms. Phillips also offered concern that a board resolution was needed immediately for the hiring or there would be another delay awaiting a new civil service listing of qualified candidates.

Ultimately, she voted with the rest of the board to allow the appointment at a salary of $33,200.

Sparring between the two continued over reports due within a year after completion of the waste water treatment plant project that is now expected to be finished by the end of November. For awhile, it appeared the project would slip into the first quarter of 2012, but contractors have been able to catch up, according to Mayor David Nyce.

Ms. Phillips wanted assurances that steps would start now to prepare the necessary reports, instead of waiting until the last minute.

Both she and the mayor also elicited an agreement from Mr. Naylor that he would work to assure that in addition to the training provided by equipment manufacturers to operate the revamped plant, there would be in-house training of staff.

There will be “a steep learning curve” for the staff and the village needs to be “ahead of this as much as we can,” Mr. Nyce said, asking that documentation on operation of the equipment begin immediately.


Mr. Naylor proposed a 5 percent hike in sewer rates this year to cover funding needs that include debt payments when the waste water treatment plant work is done and expenses to upgrade pump stations and sewer system improvements.

He also recommended a 4 percent hike in 2014 and another 3.5 percent in 2016.

Village customers who are metered would see their rates go from $33.37 per month to $35.04 this year, while unmetered customers would see their rates rise from $50.19 per month to $52.70.

Customers outside the village who are metered would see their rates go up from $50.08 to $52.58, while those who aren’t metered would see a hike from $60.67 to 63.70.

A public hearing on the proposal is scheduled for July.

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  • whyt the f@#$k do we have a bldg insp? oh thats right to break all laws that do not accomadate her clients all i can say is pray i do not get a terminal diagnoses barring that wingate must die there is no other way to solve this period i have tried the law is on my side and i have won every time in court but she refuses to do what the state orderd because there is realy no power they have since we are a incorparated village without the mayor asking the state but once again she has stoppped the law either wake up or it will get worse!!!!! and wingate should know i will not stop or slow down the only thing to stop me is her death and that will only slow me down slightly so in short anyone seen even talking to her will result in instant retrobution then i will git nastey. but its time the village was returned to the villagers and not her clients

  • this is directed at wingate the owners of the kaplan market are now begging you to obey the law they have found out lieing and cheating under kapels rules have cost them all of thier savings and even thier marraige , and they understand that the advice she kapell and abatelli has cost them thier entire nest egg and if she is not dead within 3 days it will cost them the rest of thier saveings lesson here is do the job you were hired to do or f!@#k off cause your ego is killing us you are a liar and a cheat and it is becomeing more clear daily that you can not read the english languege especialy when code is involved your time is running out obey the law and disapear cause there is no way you will be permitted to breath american air i will not kill you as that is against the law but i will continue to shut down any and all ilegal projects like the market whos owners are now blaming you specifacly for the fact that they got caught!!! plus that body found in nassua point (the dead woman that stood 4 feet 8 inches high) a few years back was killed because of your ignoreing village county state town codes all at once you took away her safe haven to inrich the owners of the kaplan market you will never be forgiven and if you had any decancy you would kill yourself tonight till that happens i will make sure all knbow just what you are and in the pool of life scum does infact float higher then you nough said

  • i am a union man but if she is not dead and fired tonight say good by to your union you will get what you deserve period and if you think this is a joke remember what it was like under kapell and his dope dealing family i as a stake holder will promise you i will kill all contracts in perpatuidy think on this then act for once i start there will be no end period tic toc the clock is running out on you and again once i start christ himself will not even slow this down either this is america or you really have to fear me the choice is yours decide well people its your last chance

  • Everyone knows about our freedom of free speech, but really Mr Parpan, you and your newspaper censor and withdraw articles because of minor criticisms of the Greenport Mayor and Village Board but continue to allow the psychotic ramblings of this peggsmac guy to be published. If you will not filter his post will you at least in the future try to make him use spell check and a few capital letters?