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LAKE GEORGE — The village is taking over landscaping responsibilities for the town, which will clean the village’s two public restrooms and public buildings in the latest effort between the two municipalities at sharing services.

The village is hiring longtime master gardener Judy Geawar to supervise other employees to take care of landscaping in all the medians and plantings in the Gateway Project at the entrance to town on Route 9 and at the “Welcome” corner at the intersection of Route 9 and Route 9N.

Geawar has been taking care of the flower beds, shrubs, trees and other greenery in the village for many years and has received awards for her work, according to a news release.

In exchange, Jim Martino, the town’s building and grounds superintendent, will supervise a town crew that will clean the village’s two public restrooms in Shepard Park and at the Visitor Center, as well as sweeping the walkways and main street.

“We have a landscaping and beautification department and they have a buildings and grounds department, which we don’t have,” said village Mayor Robert Blais.

The arrangement will save the village about $15,000 and the town $18,000 in personnel costs, according to Blais. It is just the latest example of the village and town sharing services to save money.

Other services the village does for the town include providing fire protection, doing weekend inspections for the Water Department and providing sanitation services.

The town provides planning and zoning services to the village through a recent arrangement with Dan Barusch, the town’s director of planning and zoning. The two entities share employees for maintenance of buildings and parks and courts. Joint committees handle recreation and distribution of occupancy tax funds.

“The cooperation between the town and village is extraordinary across the state and creates several thousand dollars in savings to our taxpayers,” said town Supervisor Dennis Dickinson in a news release.

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Michael Goot covers the city of Glens Falls, the town and village of Lake George and other northern Warren County communities. Reach him at 518-742-3320 or mgoot@poststar.com and follow his blog at http://poststar.com/blogs/michael_goot/.

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