Canton village board members sworn in for new terms
Friday, December 8, 2017 - 5:38 pm

The Canton village board swore in four new members at a recent organizational meeting. The board is, from left, trustees Carol Pynchon and Beth Bullock Larrabee; trustee Sean O’Brien, Mayor Michael Dalton, and trustee Klaus Proemm.

By ADAM ATKINSON

CANTON – A new village trustee, along with two incumbent trustees and the mayor, all of whom won at the polls in November, were sworn in recently.

The oath ceremonies and other housekeeping business were handled by the village board at its annual organizational meeting Monday, Dec. 4.

Incumbent board members Carol Pynchon and Sean O’Brien and incumbent village Mayor Michael Dalton will begin another term on the board in January. Trustee Pynchon will also serve as deputy village mayor.

Meanwhile, Klaus Proemm, a former planning board member appointed earlier this fall to fill a vacant trustee seat for the rest of 2017, was sworn in to the same seat starting in 2018. Proemm was elected in November to serve out the one year remaining on former trustee Dwight Stephenson’s seat. Stephenson left the position at the end of summer to pursue a work opportunity. Proemm ran for the seat in November unopposed.

At the meeting Dec. 4, the board approved the reappointment of the following staff members: Gerald Ducharme, village attorney; Linda Casserly, village historian; Sally Noble, village clerk, treasurer and budget officer; Deborah Murphy, deputy treasurer; and Cara Adams, deputy clerk.

Board committee appointments included Barry Walch, planning board member and chairman; Mike Catanzaro, zoning board of appeals member and chairman; and Barbara King, housing authority member.

Village Attorney Gerald Ducharme was reappointed as the fair housing officer to administer the village’s fair housing program which the board readopted at the Dec. 4 meeting.

Canton Police Chief James Santimaw was appointed as the affirmative action representative to administer the village’s comprehensive Minority and Women’s Business Enterprise/Equal Opportunity Program.

In other action, the village board designated the St. Lawrence Plaindealer and the Watertown Daily Times as the village’s official newspaper for posting required legal notices for village actions. And, Community Bank, NA, of Canton was designated the official depository of village funds.

The village also voted to:

• maintain a blanket bond with a faithful performance of duty clause for employees who may not be able to perform their duties as part of the village insurance clause;

• renew its permitted investments policy;

• authorize payment in advance of the regular audit for bills when required;

• renew the mileage reimbursement rate for employees of 40 cents per mile and the travel reimbursement policy;

• authorize the attendance of employees and officials at training schools and meetings; and

• renew the village’s procurement policy.