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December 18, 2013

Town hires new water resources director

Tonawanda News — The Town of Tonawanda board has appointed Michael Kessler as the new director of water resources, replacing Ken Maving, a 31-year veteran who retired last month.

“He’s a longtime town resident, born and raised here, went to school here,” Town Supervisor Anthony Caruana said. “He has already done something similar in Niagara Falls, and he is very knowledgable about the things we are doing in the town.” 

Kessler, who will earn a salary of $98,000, now serves as director of infrastructure operations for the Niagara Falls Water Board. 

The hire, which was approved Monday and is effective March 20, comes a few weeks after workers finished up phase one of the Parker Fries project, a four-phase, multimillion dollar endeavor that will improve the town’s sewer infrastructure. 

At Monday’s meeting, the board called for bids for the project’s third phase, which is expected to cost $16 million. 

The board also approved the retirement of the town’s first comptroller, Edward Mongold, whose retirement is effective Dec. 27. Mongold’s deputy comptroller, James Webster, will be taking over the position.

The town will has hired Ronald N. Lunghino to replace Webster at a salary of $70,000. 

Mongold worked for the town for 31 years. 

Contact reporter Jessica Bagley at 693-1000 ext. 4150, or follow her on Twitter @JessicaLBagley.

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