Warren County Board of Supervisors committee meetings
Meeting* Warren County Board of Supervisors Health Services, Sheriff's Office, Public Works committees
Top story* Supervisors discussed the prospect of asking organizers of Americade to pay more toward the overtime costs the county Sheriff's Office incurs during the annual motorcycle rally. The county received a $4,500 check from Americade recently for the Sheriff's Office's role in picking up traffic duties at the Beach Road parking lot. Americade organizers turned to the county for assistance at the parking area after the state raised its fee for Department of Environmental Conservation staff members to be stationed there. Warren County Sheriff Bud York said his agency spends about $50,000 for officer overtime during the rally, which prompted supervisors to question whether discussions should be held about the event picking up more of the tab.
Other news* Supervisors discussed correction officer overtime costs in Warren County Jail. The Sheriff's Office Committee had to transfer $53,000 within the agency's budget to pay for recent overtime costs. York said four officers were out because of injuries, and two officers were terminated. "We've been under-budgeting overtime," York said.
* The railroad platform at Thousand Acres Ranch in Stony Creek has been completed. A $33,000 state grant was used for the project, with county workers doing much of the construction.
* County officials hope changes to the menu at Westmount Health Facility will make residents healthier and save the county money. Queensbury at-Large Supervisor Matt Sokol, chairman of the Health Services Committee, said Gretchen Petteys, the new diet supervisor at the county run-nursing home, has mostly done away with boxed and canned food and replaced them with fresh meats and vegetables. "They're better fed. The food is healthier and more flavorful," Sokol said. The county will save money with better planning of the meal plan, though the extent of the savings was still being determined. Officials said Jeremy Scrime from the county Information Technology department saved the county thousands of dollars by developing menu-tracking software that the county would have had to purchase otherwise.
Next meeting* Real Property Tax Services, Tourism committees, Wednesday, 9:30 a.m., county Municipal Center