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2007-10-24 / Front Page

Juul named village administrator


Juul Juul Williamsville Deputy Treasurer Lynda Juul was appointed as the new village administrator at the Village Board's regular meeting Monday.

Juul's appointment came after a 3-2 vote, with trustees Jeff Kingsley and Brian Geary voting against the resolution that stated Juul would be hired at an annual rate of $65,000.

Kingsley, while echoing previous statements made by trustees Basil Piazza and Brian Kulpa that Juul was both qualified for and deserving of the position, noted his dissatisfaction with the salary amount that was put forth by the village.

"There has been a lot of debt and expenses that have not been accounted for in the budget," Kingsley said. "I'm uncomfortable with the salary because we don't know how it will affect the village."

Kingsley went on to note that his chief concern is that the village will have to raise taxes in order to cover expenses, particularly those that had not been accounted for in the budget, such as former administrator Sally Kuzon's severance package, expenses with the Williamsville Water Mill and payments for the village's fire service award.

"At the time of Sally Kuzon's severance we said now is the time to scale back," he said. "I don't consider $65,000 scaling back."

Geary also voted no on the resolution.

"I'm a stickler and a big-time negotiator because I'm a small business owner," he said, though he noted that Juul was the most qualified candidate for the position and "worth every penny."

"I'm happy to see the village promote from within," said Mayor Mary Lowther. "I don't think we could have done any better with a national search."

Lowther went on to say that Juul's salary is significantly less than Kuzon was paid, and that the village's budget is sound and Juul's salary is well within the bounds of the budget.

Juul has held the position of deputy treasurer since 1999. She is an Amherst resident.

"I'm looking forward to my new position with the village," she said.

The board also affirmed the 911 system that is employed by the Town of Amherst amid steps being taken by Erie County to consolidate the systems county-wide.

"This is just a reiteration of our satisfaction with the current system," Kingsley said.

Also approved was the creation of a special events committee for the village with Lowther as the board liaison.

"This is just an extra set of hands at special events," Lowther said of the committee, which will not meet regularly.

The board also designated Wednesday, Oct. 31 as Trick-or-Treat night in the village.

The next regular meeting of the Village board will be at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13 at Village Hall, 5565 Main St., Williamsville.

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