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Massena Village Board to hold special meeting to discuss code enforcment officer

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MASSENA - The Massena Village Board will be holding a special meeting at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday to discuss its ongoing search for a code enforcement officer.

The town board hired Peter Devine, Massena, to the part-time post on July 17 and was believed to be the top candidate for the village post.

But Mayor James F. Hidy made it clear Friday afternoon village officials have not selected a candidate for the post yet.

“(The meeting) will be regarding the hiring of an individual. We’re going to be discussing hiring an individual for code enforcement,” Mr. Hidy said. “The town has decided on their position; now the village still has to do its due diligence.”

The next code officer will be replacing Gregory C. Fregoe, who had held the position since 2002.

Town Supervisor Joseph D. Gray said earlier this month Mr. Devine was one of three finalists for the town’s code enforcement officer position interviewed by Mr. Gray, Town Councilman John F. Macaulay and Village Trustee Albert “Herb” Deshaies.

He noted the joint committee had recommended hiring Mr. Devine for the town post.

“It will be a joint effort with the village,” Mr. Gray said following the July 17 town board meeting.“The intent has been that we believe that the public wants there to be a joint effort. We think it makes sense to combine the resources of the town and village with regard to the code enforcement staff who are in the office that work for the village.”

Town officials said the position would be 30 hours per week, with both the town and village each paying for 15 hours per week.

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