The Oneonta Common Council hired a police officer, named an acting mayor and approved members of boards and commissions, among other business Wednesday night.
Anthony Capristo was appointed as a police officer at a base salary of $37,000. His appointment, subject to satisfactory completion of Civil Service requirements, is effective today.
Capristo’s application was pending when the council was preparing the 2013 city budget and debating the mayor’s proposal to cut two vacant positions in the police department. The issued was decided through a budget amendment to keep one of the two positions.
A task force, formed late last year, is studying staffing and resource issues in the police department.
On Wednesday night, Mayor Dick Miller reviewed council committee appointments, including newly appointed chairmen Larry Malone of Finance/Administration, Russ Southard of Human Resources, Chip Holmes of Facilities, Technology and Operations, Bob Brzozowski of Community Improvement, and David Rissberger of Public Safety. Committee membership remains mostly unchanged, Miller said.
In other business at City Hall on Wednesday night, the council:
• Recognized the Oneonta High School girls soccer team for success during its season.
• Concurred with Miller’s appointment of Michael Lynch, council member for the Fourth Ward, as acting mayor for 2013.
• Approved as new members, Barry Warren to the Board of Public Service to a term ending Jan. 14, 2014, and Cecelia Zapata to the Community Relations/Human Rights Commission to a term ending Jan. 14, 2015. Terms of many current members of board and commissioners were approved.
• Approved removing the “no turn on red’’ signs at the intersection of Center and Church streets. Center Street Elementary School closed in June, and council members in August postponed changing the signs until more details were available about traffic, including school bus routes.