By HOWARD BALABAN firstname.lastname@example.org
Medina Journal-Register — The Village of Middleport is looking for a new coordinator.
Dan Dodge informed the village board on Monday night that he has accepted a position at the Town of Lockport. The lifelong Middleport resident starts his new job as Lockport’s director of operations on September 3.
Dodge served as Middleport’s village coordinator since January of 2007, when he decided it was time for a change in his life.
“I heard their coordinator was retiring, and I thought it was a good time to come back to the village and try something different,” Dodge said. After spending 25 years with Howell Motors Ford in Wrights Corners, he landed the job in his hometown.
“I was a service manager at Howell’s, and I think that helped,” he said, adding that his time in Middleport left him satisfied thanks to everyone he worked with getting along.
Looking back on the past six and a half years, Dodge said he entered the job with no expectations, because he simply did not know what to expect.
“There’s a small enough department and a good crew here that helped me when I came in,” he recalled. He said changing jobs to a larger community means leaving that behind.
“I’ll miss the people here,” Dodge said. “I’ll miss the small-town atmosphere. Here most people knew who I was before I took this job, and I like telling people my arms are tired each day from waving to so many people.”
Moving his career to Lockport is an opportunity he could not pass up, Dodge said. Lockport is “bringing in new people and business and continuing to grow, and I feel I’m getting in while it’s on the upswing,” he said.
Middleport Mayor Dick Westcott said Dodge brought quality work to the village.
“He worked on a lot of different projects for us,” Westcott said. “He had success on some of them but a lack of grants kept him from a few others.”
Westcott said Dodge is a “likable person” and his replacement will also probably feature many of the same qualities of time and people management. He added that whoever the next coordinator is should have a grasp on how to search for grants in order to help move village projects along.
Meanwhile, he said the village will move forward and “hope to find a replacement in short order.”
The new coordinator will essentially be responsible for the village’s public works department, including the sewer and water systems, the streets, and plowing.
Dodge was appointed by Lockport at a recent meeting. He takes over the spot that used to belong to Ken Banker, who retired. His department in Lockport is responsible for maintenance to town buildings and land, excluding the highway garage, but including town parks, the lighting district, and the water and sewer systems.