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Lyonsdale officials seek interested supervisor candidates

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PORT LEYDEN — Lyonsdale town officials are seeking residents interested in serving as supervisor.

“We want to get the best-qualified person for that position,” Town Councilwoman Nancy A. O’Brien-Dailey said.

Any interested residents are asked to send a letter by Thursday to Lyonsdale Town Board, Attn: Supervisor Position, P.O. Box 722, Lyons Falls, N.Y. 13368.

A couple of people have inquired about the post — which has been vacant since second-year Supervisor Marylou Hawk stepped down in early March, citing time constraints — but anyone interested is encouraged to submit a letter of interest, Ms. O’Brien-Dailey said.

Council members may appoint someone as supervisor through the end of the year, although the post will be up for election in November.

The board now has only three members, since one resigned in February because of health issues.

“The board is grateful for the service Marylou gave,” Ms. O’Brien-Dailey said. “She stepped up to fill the position when it was vacated by the prior supervisor.”

Mrs. Hawk had “an extremely busy year as supervisor,” having dealt with audits from various agencies, including the Teamsters, insurance, fire inspection and the state comptroller’s office, she said.

While the town is still awaiting findings from the comptroller, Ms. O’Brien-Dailey said, the audit was “very thorough” and covered many aspects of town business.

Concerns over fuel contamination at the town garage also were dealt with through the state Department of Environmental Conservation, she said.

“Working with the DEC and a certified environmental contractor, a survey was done of the town barnyard, and it was found to be a nonissue,” Ms. O’Brien-Dailey said. “The concern had been brought to the DEC’s attention that a prior spill may not have been cleaned up properly, with concerns of a cover-up. The survey confirmed the documentation from the prior spill.”

She expressed gratitude toward the previous town board members and superintendent for being thorough with the cleanup.

“We have had several different sets of eyes scrutinize the day-to-day operations and feel very positive that we are in compliance,” she said. “It is our hope that we can move forward and our only concern will be when our snow leaves.”

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