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A plan to transition Canton’s code compliance technician from a village employee to a town employee involves dividing up office space on the second-floor of the municipal building, 60 Main St., at an estimated cost of $2,100.

The town and village boards have agreed that Timothy Nolan, a part-time village employee, will become a town employee Jan. 1, who works under the supervision of Code Enforcement Officer Russell B. Lawrence IV, also a town employee.

Mr. Nolan has been employed by the village since August 2010 and is paid $15.84 per hour.

In 2013, his wages totaled $11,631, according to data provided by Village Clerk Sally A. Noble.

Mr. Nolan is primarily responsible for inspecting apartment rental properties and some commercial buildings to make sure they comply with village codes. He has been supervised by the village mayor.

Deputy Village Mayor Michael E. Dalton and Canton Town Supervisor David T. Button both said it makes sense to have Mr. Nolan report to the code enforcement officer.

“We believe the most efficient way for his work to be monitored and assigned is through the code enforcement office,” Mr. Dalton said. “This helps establish a better chain of command.”

Through a shared services agreement, the town and village evenly split the cost of Mr. Lawrence’s salary, but the village has been paying all of Mr. Nolan’s wages.

Town officials plan to make a proposal to village officials regarding how much funding they want the village to chip in toward Mr. Nolan’s wages once he becomes a town employee. The town and village have shared services agreements for several departments including recreation, assessor and code enforcement.

Mr. Button said most of Mr. Nolan’s work takes place in the village because that’s where most of the rental apartments are located.

“We’re doing a cost and income assessment of that department. We want to see what a fair distribution of those costs will be,” he said. “We still have to work out the dollars and cents with the village.”

The town is reviewing construction bids for creating additional office space for Mr. Nolan who now works in the village clerk’s office. The plan is to house him in a section of Assessor Steven E. Teele’s office on the second floor of the municipal building.

A wall will be constructed to create separate office space, and a door will be installed to link Mr. Nolan’s office with the code enforcement office. The work is expected to start within the next couple of weeks.

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