Barber at the helm early in Guilderland

The Enterprise — Anne Hayden Harwood

Taking the oath: Peter Barber, the supervisor-elect, signs his oath of office as he his appointed to the position a month early. Former Supervisor Kenneth Runion retired in November, before his term expired, because he sold his house and moved out of state. Barber took the seat at Tuesday’s town board meeting.

GUILDERLAND — At a town board meeting on Tuesday, Peter Barber was officially appointed as the new town supervisor, by the interim supervisor, Patricia Slavick.

Former Supervisor Kenneth Runion retired on Nov. 23, before his term was up, because he sold his house and moved to Florida.

Barber, as the supervisor-elect, agreed to take on the position a month early.

The board members, including Brian Forte, who ran on the Republican ticket and lost to Barber in the election, voted unanimously to approve the appointment.

“Guilderland needs a supervisor and Barber won the vote, so he should take the position,” said Forte at Tuesday’s meeting.

After the appointment, Barber took his seat as the supervisor for the remainder of the meeting.

“A lot of the items on the agenda tonight are just cleaning things up that have accrued over the last 60 days or so,” he said.

He indicated that, unless something urgent came up, there would be no second meeting in December. He asked the audience to give Forte and Al Maikels, whose terms end this month, a round of applause.

Maikels was not re-elected, bested by Republican Lee Carman and Democrat Rosemary Centi.

“It has been a pleasure serving you,” said Maikels, a Democrat. “I have to say, I think this town is in a better place than it was four years ago.”

“It has been a pleasure to serve, not just for the past four years, but the past 30,” said Forte, who was a Guilderland Police Officer. “I’ll still be around.”

At the meeting, the board voted unanimously to:

— Authorize the supervisor to renew the town insurance policies issued by Selective Insurance Company for the term of Dec. 1, 2015 to Nov. 30, 2016;

— Authorize the supervisor to renew the workers’ compensation policy issued by Public Employees Risk Management for the term of Dec. 1, 2015 to Nov. 30, 2016;

— Authorize the supervisor to sign an agreement with the town of Colonie for the use of the town of Colonie police range and training facility for 2016 and 2017;

— Authorize the supervisor to sign a professional services agreement with Delaware Engineering, P.C., for consulting engineering services for the McKownville stormwater mitigation project as approved by the town board on March 3. The project will replace pipes and build a retention pond to alleviate flooding in the area;

— Authorize the highway superintendent to bid on used equipment available through the auction houses or sites with the prior approval of the supervisor;

— Appoint Tracy Slupski and Carol Wysomski to the Board of Assessment Review and appoint David Payton as a alternate member;

— Release escrow in the amount of $40,000 for the construction of sidewalks and $35,000 for the installation of a bridge at the Twenty West subdivision; and,

— Adopt a resolution that authorizes financing, as budgeted, of three police patrol vehicles by a lease purchase agreement with First Niagara financing.

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