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Devine hired as part time code enforcement officer for Massena


MASSENA - The town of Massena’s new part-time code enforcement officer won’t even have to leave his office when he takes over his new responsbilities.

The town board hired Peter Devine, Massena, to the part-time post Wednesday night, and the village board is expected to follow suit at their next meeting in August. Mr. Devine already serves as the village’s housing rehabilitation program director and worls out of the code enforcement office in the Massena Town Hall.

Town Supervisor Joseph D. Gray said Mr. Devine was one of three finalists for the position interviewed by Mr. Gray, Town Councilman John F. Macaulay, and Village Trustee Albert “Herb” Deshaies last week.

Mr. Gray said he is hopeful Mr. Devine will start his new duties on Aug. 1.

“It is the recommendation from the joint committeethat we hire Peter Devine of Massena for a code enforcement job. He will hopefully be certified, be able to fulfill his certification requirements by the end of this year. If he is able to take the classes right, he would start Aug. 1 at a rate of $16 an hour while he’s working and training at the same time. He’ll also be working; he’ll still do code enforcement work while he’s training. Then, once he is certified, we would up that to $17.50 an hour once he’s certified and after a six month review consider a second increase at that time if his work is satisfactory in the first six months,” Mr. Gray said.

“It will be a joint effort with the village. The intent has been that we believe that the public wants there to be a joint effort. We think it makes sense to combine the resources of the town and village with regard to the code enforcement staff who are in the office that work for the village,” he added.

The position will be 30 hours per week, with both the town and village each paying for 15 hours per week.

“I should add there are no benefits. There’s no paid time off, no health care, there’s no sick time. He is paid for the time he works. The hours he works is what he’s paid for. ... He will be using the vehicle that we have for code enforcement. He will, however, pay for his own classes for certification. The town and village will pay for his expenses during that attendance. So we’ll pay the mileage to the schools, and we’ll pay for his expenses while at the schools. The actual course costs will come out of his pocket because he will own that certification. Otherwise, I was concerned that if the village or town paid for that certification and he left after six months then we’d pretty much send our money out the window with a guy who’s going to work someone else’s code enforcement,” Mr. Gray said.

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