POTSDAM The village Board of Trustees has chosen a new code enforcement officer after firing Timothy J. OBrien at the end of May.
Kevin Brostek, 3377 Route 11B, Nicholville, began working for the village part time on Monday, and will be hired full-time Sept. 10 at a salary of $42,500 a year. His salary will increase to $44,500 once he completes state code enforcement officer training.
Mr. Brostek, a Clarkson University graduate, is a construction inspector with an architectural firm working at SUNY Potsdam. He was one of nine candidates, according to Mayor Stephen W. Yurgartis, and was chosen because of his experience in construction and his local ties.
I think he has a personality that will serve him well as a code enforcement officer, Mr. Yurgartis said.
Interim code officer Andrew Martin, Ogdensburg, will stay until Mr. Brostek goes full time.
In other business, the village board voted to create fees for non-village residents who use certain Potsdam Police Department services. They are:
■ Record checks, $5 for individuals and nongovernmental companies.
■ Accident reports, $10.
■ Vehicle inspections, $10, unless in response to a ticket written by Potsdam police.
■ Fingerprints: $15.
There will be no fees for village residents, other police or government agencies, the Potsdam Housing Authority, or anyone requesting an incident report who was involved in the incident in question.
The board also voted to install a jet fuel pump at Potsdam Municipal Airport.
The airport sells only standard aviation fuel, but has to upgrade to sell jet fuel to accommodate Air Methods Inc., the rescue helicopter service that will begin operating out of Potsdam this fall.
Fuel Tech Inc., Warrenville, Ill., the company that installed the fuel pump, will be responsible for the modification.
The upgrade is expected to cost the village about $60,000.
The village will purchase jet fuel and sell it at a 15 percent markup.
Mr. Yurgartis said he hopes the availability of jet fuel will attract business. It will expand the type of equipment that can come into our airport, he said.
Trustee Eleanor F. Hopke voted against the proposal, saying the high cost was unnecessary. I dont feel good about this, she said. It is my understanding that (Air Methods) will put it in if we didnt.