The Lobster Tank

County meetings Dec. 19

9:52 a.m The DPW committee is talking about transfering money into the flood account. Some are saying that they have had to go to private contractors in the towns in order to get post-flood work done.

9:56 a.m. Supervisor Douglas asked if the unepended balance of $968,807.09 was considered during the budgeting process, and county manager Daniel Palmer said that it was.

10 a.m. DPW Supervisor Anthony LaVigne said that the bridges that were formerly in Saratoga have been brought to Essex County, and that they will be used to replace three bridges at a significant cost savings to the county. North Elba Supervisor Roby Politi said that a similar bridge was used at the Adirondack Loj Road and saved that town $750,000.

10:12 a.m. The discussion of guiderails was brought up by Douglas, who said that there are people who have come to him identifying a county road that now needs a guiderail after the recent flooding. The talk turned to what could or could not be done under neglegence law.

10:36 a.m. The personnel committee is now talking about the residency report by Monica Feeley.

10:49 a.m. The committee is talking about the residency policy and if it is clear enough and if the language needs to be changed. Supervisors Scozzafava and Politi said that they feel it is very clear about residency, but Palmer contested that you could read the policy to say that it only took effect after the most recent policy manual was approved in 2005, and not 1987. County Attorney Daniel Manning described the current policy language as, "a mess."


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