Plenty of work awaits town officials





Whitehall’s newly elected officers took their oaths of office Monday evening before delving into their annual organizational meeting.

Town clerk Julie Millett administered the oath of office to Supervisor George Armstrong and councilperson Stephanie Safka. Millett, who was elected to office earlier this fall was sworn in earlier that day so she could fill in for Justice Julie Eagan who was unable to attend.

Joining Armstrong and Safka were Town Highway Superintendent Louis Armstrong, Councilman Farrell Prefountaine andWashingtonCountycoroner Ruth Scribner, all of whom return to office after being reelected earlier this fall.

Family and friends gathered to watch the ceremony and some even posed for pictures. After the well wishing, the board dove into the night’s agenda, including Supervisor, clerk and highway superintendent appointments.

Councilman David Hollister was appointed Deputy Supervisor and Kathy Jones was reappointed as the Supervisor’s secretary, the Highway Superintendent’s secretary and the town’s budget officer.

Carol Senecal was reappointed as the town historian and former town clerk Elaine Jones was named Deputy Town Clerk and Tax Collector.

Howard Hunt and Andre Hagadorn were also reappointed to five year terms on the planning board.

Officials also chose to stick with Jack Hoagland as interim Rec. Center Director until a final decision could be made on a permanent director.

Armstrong said the town has received several applications for the position, including one from Hoagland, and once officials have a chance to review them, they would make a decision, likely by the next meeting.

Hoagland, a longtime volunteer at theRec.Center, has filled the director’s position since Daniel Welch resigned in October.

Specific committee members appointments were shelved until the next meeting.

Council members also voted to proceed with finding a certified public accountant that could audit the town’s finances.

Officials said they would like to have an audit done on an annual basis.

In other matters, Millett announced that the Town Offices would be happen Monday through Friday from9 3 p.m. The offices were previously open Tuesday through Friday but one of Millett’s objectives during her campaign was to be open five days a week.

Officials also voted to lock the Canal Corp. Visitor’s Center on Saturday’s and Sunday’s January through March (with the exception of special events held in the park such as the Winter Festival which has been slated for Feb. 15 this year). The center will be open on weekends during the rest of the year.

The next meeting will be held at7 p.m.on Wednesday, Jan. 11.




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