Niagara Gazette

January 28, 2013

County board taps Timm for refuse district

By Joyce Miles
Niagara Gazette

Niagara Gazette — LOCKPORT — Dawn Timm's proposed appointment as interim administrator of the Niagara County Refuse Disposal District won the backing of two legislative committees Monday.

Timm, the county's environmental coordinator, would take on district administration and management duties of former district Director Richard Pope, who resigned Jan. 2.

On Monday, a proposed motion to appoint Timm and pay her an extra $8,500 for the year was OK'd by unanimous votes of county lawmakers on the refuse district administrative board and the legislature's public works committee.

The appointment will go to a vote by the full legislature next month.

The county would enjoy significant savings in personnel spending by paying Timm a stipend. Pope's combined salary and benefit costs approached $104,000.

County Manager Jeffrey Glatz proposed Timm's interim appointment as the best of three options for replacing Pope. The first option, hiring a new permanent director, would not be possible until sometime in 2014, when the next Civil Service exam for refuse district director is given by the state, he said. A second option, hiring out landfill management and district administration to a private firm, would cost about $48,000 for the year, according to a "reputable" area firm's quote, Glatz said.

An odd bit of drama surrounded the suggested stipend for Timm. Glatz had recommended $10,000, but while agreeing Timm as interim administrator is the best option, incoming refuse board chairman Mike Hill, R-Hartland, suggested cutting the stipend to $7,500, "to make it a little bit more palatable."

That brought an objection from board member Clyde Burmaster, R-Ransomville, who said in response that he'd put up a resolution to pay Timm $10,000 and make board members vote . Timm was worth the higher stipend, he said.