Current Projects Continue to Move Forward
By Jann Wiswall
With the passing of Ellicottville Town Highway Superintendent Dave Golley on Tuesday, Dec. 2, the town of Ellicottville’s board held a special meeting on Dec. 3 to deal with the loss of this hard-working member and leader of the six-person department staff.
Since Golley’s hospitalization on Nov. 18, Deputy Highway Superintendent Loyd Hovey had taken charge of the department. Hovey will continue to serve in that role until the board has all the information needed to make a longer-term decision on staffing the position.
Town Supervisor John Burrell asked the board for permission to work with Hovey to immediately advertise a job opening for another full-time employee, however, in order to keep the department fully staffed and the roads plowed throughout the winter. The board approved the request, giving Burrell and Hovey responsibility for interviewing and hiring.
The board also gave Burrell and Hovey permission to search for and hire a seasonal employee for the department. Seasonal employees are hired to work full time for three to six months.
Both positions are advertised in this issue of the Ellicottville Times.
In related business, Burrell noted that Golley had been working on several highway and drainage projects with Town Engineer Mark Alianello. Alianello said he would brief Hovey on those projects to keep them moving. Burrell also explained that a few other transitional issues had been discovered and resolved.
In addition, Golley had been researching prices for a new front-end loader, which must be purchased by the end of the year in order to keep it in the 2014 highway department budget. The board asked Hovey and Burrell to move forward and advertise for bids. Hovey will open bids on Dec. 16 in time for board approval of the purchase at its regular Dec. 17 meeting.
Finally, Burrell asked the board to form a committee to consider how to reorganize the highway department for the long term, given the current unexpected situation and the recently adopted law changing the elected position of Ellicottville highway superintendent to an appointed one. The new law, which was approved by voters in November, was intended to go into effect on Jan. 1, 2016.
Board members Ken Hinman and Greg Fitzpatrick volunteered to lead the committee.