BOMBAY — The Bombay Town Council appointed Terrance Durant to fill the unexpired term of a town justice, following the resignation of Frank Lacerenza.
Lacerenza stepped down as of Dec. 31, 2012; the term expires on Dec. 31, 2013.
At a recent meeting, Town Attorney Richard Edwards advised the Town Council members that they did not have to advertise the vacancy and were free to appoint someone to fill the rest of the four-year term.
Town Supervisor Mary-Frances Taylor made the motion to appoint Durant, it was seconded by Councilor Philip Reardon and passed unanimously.
The appointment is contingent on Durant becoming certified for the position, and he would have to run for and win the office next fall to continue in the position.
STATE PAYS INTERIM
James Durant, a Moira town justice, has been filling in for Bombay since Lacerenza’s resignation, and he will continue to do so while Terrance earns certification, according to Bombay Town Clerk Jennifer Reardon.
The state pays for the interim justice but, she said, the town had been supplementing that amount by paying James for arraignments. But officials learned they can’t legally do that, so at the same meeting, the Town Council repealed a previous resolution that had approved those extra funds.
The town has two justices; the other seat is held by C. Curtis Smith.
The council accepted five resumes for the position of court clerk and turned them over to the court.
PAY LOADER REPAIRED
Also at the meeting:
Conference: The Town Council accepted a reimbursement request from Code Office Peter Ghostlaw for $746.86 in mileage and conference expenses.
Security: Taylor will set up an appointment with NCC Systems Inc. in Potsdam to discuss the town’s security system.
Groomer: The town approved a request from the Border Riders Snowmobile Club to store its trail-grooming machine in the cold-storage building on Lantry Road from May 2013 to May 2014.