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County supervisors sharpening their pencils

QUEENSBURY Warren County supervisors were looking out for the county budget during last weeks personnel/human resources committee meeting.

Several requests were put before the committee to fill county positions for various reasons, and the board turned down two of them.

Department of Public Works Superintendent Bill Lamy answered questions about his request to fill the vacant position of airport maintenance worker at Floyd Bennett Airport. We need a full-time person to keep the runways clear of snow, brush and grass, Lamy said. There are a hundred acres out there to maintain, and without this position, were looking at a twenty percent reduction in staff.

Supervisors decided not to fill the vacancy that had been left due to a resignation.

How do we know we cant do without this employee unless we try? said Glens Falls Ward 5 Supervisor Bill Kenny.

A request to replace a vacant position of community health nurse passed despite attempts to keep the budget down.

Not in the health field, said Thurman Supervisor John Haskell, who voted to fill the position.

When the position of patrol officer came to the floor, the committee asked Warren County Sheriff Larry Cleveland if he could get by without replacing the position.

It would cut services, Cleveland said. Weve had no increase in patrol services in eight years and the load is heavier, with less staff. Haskell said that overtime in the sheriffs department was already high, already costing the county. The board voted 4-3 not to replace the position. Voting against it were Queensbury Supervisors Dan Stec and Matt Sokol, Glens Falls Supervisor Bill Kenny and Hague Supervisor Dan Belden.

Cleveland asked if the position would be abolished or if he could return in January with another request.

Its a budget issue. Were hoping not to spend that money in 2008, Stec said. County Attorney Paul Dusek said the position would remain in the organizational chart, but not funded.

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