Lake George Village Board of Trustees and Town Board
* Special joint meeting of Lake George Village Board of Trustees and Town Board, Wednesday evening
* The village of Lake George received a $50,000 grant during the Regional Economic Development Council awards for conceptual designs for streetscape enhancements along the Canada Street corridor from McGillis Avenue south to the village line. Mayor Robert Blais suggested some of that money could go toward designing a crossing over West Brook, since that is not currently in the design or funding for the town’s Route 9 Gateway project. Town Supervisor Dennis Dickinson said it would make “a nice unity bridge connecting the town and village.” Blais said it “wouldn’t be inexpensive” but they could apply for construction money to get it built after it’s designed. “We can share the cost,” he said.
* Over the past year, the town and village began sharing more services, adding code enforcement, mowing, lifeguard supervision and beautification, among other services. Village employees are performing maintenance on the town’s Caldwell Sewer District, which in November included working on a global positioning system for the new collection system map. Mayor Robert Blais said the town and the village still need an intermunicipal agreement for sharing the code enforcement officer. Officials said sharing the lifeguard supervision was especially beneficial.
* After village officials left, the Town Board met in executive session to discuss compensation for specific employees. The budget adopted in November keeps salaries for elected officials flat in 2015, but grants a 3 percent raise to all full-time employees and no raises for part-time employees. On Wednesday, the board increased the hourly rate of two part-time employees by $1 after evaluations. Comptroller Wendy Baird said it’s possible those two raises will not cost more than was budgeted. “We budget for a certain number of hours for part-timers to work. They may or may not work all those hours. There may not be a need to allocate more funds to give them a raise,” she said. The board also voted to give a public works employee a $1 raise for his qualification as a pump operator. Lake George Volunteer Fire Company had difficulty responding to some calls because of a shortage of firefighters during weekday work hours certified to operate the trucks. This was an incentive for employees to take on the training. Board member Marisa Muratori, the lone vote against granting that raise, said she didn’t feel it was necessary. Blais has said five to six members of the Fire Department agreed to go through the pump operator course. “I think the crisis is over. I’m not willing to reward an employee $1 more an hour. They would already get paid (while they were responding to a fire on town time),” she said. “We’ve been very frugal about giving out raises.”
* Next joint meeting to be determined