Milton Town Board/Ballston Journal

Milton Adopts Salary Schedule at Organizational Meeting

MILTON – Wayne Howe will remain the town’s highest paid employee in 2017, earning $87,516 according to the salary schedule adopted Wednesday at the Town Board’s annual organizational meeting.

Howe, who serves as building, zoning and fire inspector, earned $83,301 in 2016.

Milton Town Board/Ballston Journal

Milton Town Board/Ballston Journal

The No. 2 earner on the town payroll is Highway Superintendent David Forbes, who will get $66,651 in 2017, and was paid $65,344 last year.

Supervisor Dan Lewza will get $46,321 from the town this year (up from $45,412 in 2016), plus $18,879 from Saratoga County, for a total salary of $65,100.

Comptroller Julie Pratt will be paid $61,363, up from $58,395 last year. Town Attorney James Craig will get $50,031, up from $49,050. Milton’s top salaries are lower than those in the neighboring town of Malta.

A resolution was passed authorizing “the Highway Superintendent to spend $1,442,988 in Highway funds for general repairs and improvements.” Forbes said later that this expenditure of town funds was largely for “paving and payroll.”

The board voted to pay the Community Emergency Corps of Ballston Spa $541,766 for ambulance service, up from $519,080 last year.

Other payments included $41,000 to the Ballston Spa Public Library, $17,000 each to the Ballston Area Recreation Commission and the Ballston Area Community Center, $16,000 to the Ballston Spa Village Pool, and $15,000 to Ballston Spa Senior Citizens.

Lewza said the Town Complex Feasibility Committee would be chaired by Councilman Benny Zlotnick, who replaces Councilman and Deputy Supervisor Frank Blaisdell. The committee, Lewza said, is expected to make recommendations by this fall on the future sites of the Highway Department and Town Hall.

Councilwoman Barbara Kerr voted against accepting Lewza’s committee assignments. She was removed from the Budget Committee, which last year consisted of her, Lewza and Pratt. But Kerr said later her negative vote was not due to her own removal, but to the presence of two town employees, Pratt and Jason Miller, on the new committee, along with two elected officials — Lewza and Blaisdell.

The Chazen Companies were replaced as town engineering consultants by M.J. Engineering and Land Surveying.

Larry Woolbright was reappointed Planning Board chairman, and Kimberly Weaver was reappointed as chairwoman of the Zoning Board of Appeals. David Beals was reappointed to the Zoning Board, and Marco Bianchi to the Planning Board. Fred Harris was appointed as a part-time code enforcement officer at $15 per hour, which Howe said would require his resignation from the Zoning Board.

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Reporter Bob Conner has worked 21 years in various positions at the Gazette of Schenectady, and before that four years as a reporter at the Glens Falls Post-Star. He won two first-place writing awards from the New York Associated Press Association for newspapers with circulation between 50,000 and 250,000. Bob has a Phi Beta Kappa bachelor’s degree in journalism from New York University, and an associate’s degree in chemical dependency counseling from HVCC. He is a published author and is currently writing a historical novel about the last four months in the life of Ulysses S.Grant

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