Brocton renews sheriff’s contract

By ANN BELCHER

OBSERVER Correspondent

BROCTON – The majority of the members of the Brocton Village Board of Trustees authorized Mayor Dave Hazelton to sign an 18-month contract with the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office Wednesday during their regular board meeting.

The contract, which provides for enhanced police protection to the village, commenced June 1 and will expire on Dec. 31, 2014. The length of the contract, according to the mayor, was decided as a benefit to the budgetary planning process of the county. An increase of less than $2 per hour will be reflected in the contract from June 1, 2014 to Dec. 31, 2014 for salaries, a patrol vehicle, training and other administrative expenses defined in the contract.

Mayor Hazelton noted he and the board are happy to have the contract in place. Trustee Dale Van Vlack, who is employed by the Sheriff’s Department, abstained from voting on the resolution.

In other matters, the board accepted with regret the resignation of Code Enforcement Officer John Monaco.

Due to health reasons, Monaco has decided to retire, according to the mayor, and the village will continue to utilize interim officer Ryan Maurer until a final decision about a replacement is made by the board.

“John did a good job for us, and it’s truly with regret that we accept his resignation,” added the mayor.

Members of the Brocton Fire Department will once again play host to the annual Boy Scouts of America Cub Scout Fire Muster to be held later this fall. Permission was also granted for the department’s presence to be made at the Fredonia Farm Festival, the upcoming Grape Festival and for the department’s Engine 201 to be present at a special memorial service for the late Theodore “Ted” Gorka in late September.

Gorka, who boasted a remarkable 55-year service to the community and the fire department as a volunteer and fire policeman, passed away on June 30. Engine 201, which bears Gorka’s name, was officially dedicated to him and will help honor him at a memorial service to be held at St. Dominic’s Church in Brocton.

Members of the board also accepted the names of Paul Trippy, Brandy Smith and Emily Hanson as additions to the fire department insurance rolls as new members.

The board will meet again on Wednesday at 7 p.m.