Sullivan County Democrat
Callicoon, New York
April 10, 2012 Issue
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Deputy village manager position remains unfilled

By Dan Hust
MONTICELLO — In two split votes, Monticello’s village board decided last week to retain the currently-vacant position of deputy village manager but stipulated its refilling would require a supermajority vote.
Trustee Carmen Rue moved to abolish the position entirely, as the board has no intention of filling it. But she only found support from Mayor Gordon Jenkins.
“I created it, and I’d like to kill it,” Jenkins stated. “There’s no need for it. It’s too much government.”
The rest of the board – Deputy Mayor TC Hutchins and trustees James Matthews and Victor Marinello – felt no need to eliminate the position, arguing that a future board would have to spend money to legally reinstitute it if it was stricken from the village’s employee rolls.
But Marinello then motioned to ensure that it can’t be filled without a supermajority vote (four of the five trustees in agreement).
That garnered unanimous support from the board, minus Jenkins (who did not vote).
Nelshore drive improvements
Nelshore Drive will soon see a wholesale replacement of its water and sewer pipes, thanks to the $15 million wastewater upgrade the village has undertaken through federal grants and loans.
The near $700,000 in bids from Argenio Brothers and Merrit Construction came in $100,000 under what was expected, leading the board to unanimously approve the bid awards.

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