Cohen is a certified public accountant who most recently worked for Time Warner Cable. His salary will be $52,147.
The addition of another staff member to the Comptroller/HR office sparked a discussion over the necessity of office renovations to expand this space.
Dam inspections will cost town
The Town Board voted unanimously to retain the services of Clough Harbour Associates to the estimated tune of $149,500 to complete a new state-mandated dam safety inspection.
The Department of Environmental Conservation requirement must be fulfilled by August 2012. The town owns four dams.
Town Engineer Paul Penman said the water department makes a concerted effort to keep the dams in good shape.
"If we find problems there could be additional work to this. We're hopeful they'll be in compliance," he said.
He also said town staff would be used for the study whenever possible, which could reduce the cost of the inspection. The money will come out of the water fund's operating budget.
Warren Harris of CHA confirmed there are no known grant opportunities for the inspections.
"It's essentially an unfunded mandate," Harris said.