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To hire, or not to hire, in NT

Tuesday night's Common Council meeting in North Tonawanda is highlighted by a personnel item from Mayor Lawrence V. Soos.

Soos wants to fill a vacant department head post -- the director of the parks and recreation office -- that's been vacant since the end of March. Check out a story on the issue published today on buffalonews.com.

Council President Catherine G. Schwandt and Third Ward Alderwoman Nancy A. Donovan have expressed concern about filling the post. Alderman-at-large Brett M. Sommer said Soos' choice, Patricia A. Brosius, is the logical one, but added he wants to defer to Mayor-elect Robert G. Ortt, who is taking office at the start of the year.

When I spoke with him on Sunday, Ortt said he wanted time to review and discuss the situation with other city officials.

He said although he wasn't responsible for direct oversight, the parks and recreation department seemed to function well under the current structure since Jerry Whitehead retired. He might consider a plan he said was previously discussed by Soos' administration to split the department in two and offer those in charge a little more pay, Ortt said.

The council's full agenda for Tuesday night's meeting is available here.

--Aaron Besecker

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