Niagara Gazette

Lewiston

January 2, 2014

Brochey brings changes to Lewiston town government

Niagara Gazette — LEWISTON — When voters elected Dennis Brochey its next supervisor this past November, the message they delivered was to change town government.

Together with his four Lewiston councilmen, he delivered a number of minor and moderate shakeups to the town's operations during Thursday's reorganization meeting. Gone is consulting attorney Michael Dowd and engineer Ryan Smith and his firm, Nussbaumer and Clarke.

His goal through these changes is to be more transparent and to cut down on personnel spending so the town can address some pressing issues in other areas.

"I want to cut down on some of these unnecessary expenditures so we have enough money to fix the senior center," he said after the meeting. "The board is looking into possibly hiring a part-time, in-house engineer right now. We have an interview scheduled, we just need to find out if he's qualified in what we'd need."

In the interim, Conestoga Rovers and Associates will serve as engineer, Brochey said. Its job will be to provide any assistance in an emergency situation, he added.

Mark Davis was retained as town attorney, a position he held even with Dowd, who serves as Porter's attorney, around.

Those personnel moves weren't the only big shakeups Brochey announced Thursday. After nearly two months of interviews, surgery recovery, some hemming and hawing and holiday distractions, he announced his choices for his appointments to serve two critical positions under him.

Former Councilman Sean Edwards will serve as deputy supervisor — who would serve as leader in the town should Brochey be absent or unable to perform his duties for any reason — beginning immediately, while certified public accountant Paul Kloosterman is the new finance director.

Kloosterman's start date was yet to be determined by the Gazette's deadline.

Edwards, who served one four-year term on the town board before declining to run for reelection in 2009, said the choice was not politically driven.

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