By Jann Wiswall
Tom Scharf was appointed the Town of Ellicottville’s Highway Superintendent at a special meeting of the Town Board on Wednesday, April 27.
Scharf starts his new job on Monday, May 2.
Scharf has worked at J.D. Northrup Construction since 1987 as a heavy equipment operator and foreman. He has experience with road construction, utility work, drainage and erosion control, excavation and more. He also has supervisory experience and strong communication skills.
Scharf said he is looking forward to working with the public in his new position. “It will be great working in town and for the town,” he said.
Town Supervisor Matt McAndrew said Scharf’s extensive experience in the field will be an asset for the town.
The board also thanked Frank Moore for his leadership as Deputy Highway Superintendent over the past several months as the superintendent search was underway.
During the special meeting, the board approved a recommendation from town engineer Mark Alianello to replace booster station #1 with a new station that will be constructed in a building, instead of in the ground. Alianello had prepared a preliminary budget of $240,000 for the project, noting that there is enough money in the capital reserve fund to pay for the project.
The board agreed that the project is necessary and that it makes more sense to do it right from the start instead of funding short-term, stop-gap measures that will only cost more in the end.
Alianello was authorized to begin designing and bidding the project.