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Citizens call for greater oversight of sewer system

Navitsky's license now valid

In other business Monday, the Lake George Town Board passed a motion calling for obtaining information about the engineering license of Lake George Waterkeeper Chris Navitsky, affiliated with the Fund for Lake George.

But their act may be moot.

Several weeks ago, local land developers had accused Navitsky of signing documents as a professional engineer, although he was not at the time registered as a licensed engineer with the state. Navitsky said Monday his engineering license had temporarily lapsed while its renewal was being processed by the state, but his license was now in force. Peter Bauer of the Fund for Lake George confirmed that Navitsky's license paperwork was now in order, and said the attack on Navitsky's credentials was unfounded.

"This was an effort by a small group of individuals who oppose public oversight and monitoring of various regulatory boards," he said.

At Monday's meeting, John Salvadore expressed his support of Navitsky's efforts to research and protect the waters of Lake George, although he said that area municipalities were inconsistent in how they pursued the problems Navitsky routinely uncovered.

Beatty Rd. now a public street

In other action, the town board formally accepted Beatty Rd. as a town thoroughfare. Located east of Million Dollar Beach, the road has been maintained to a point by town road crews. Resident Mary Lou Vosburgh thanked the board for its continued maintenance "Thanks for making it a safe place," she said. The ownership of the road has been controversial, sparking a lawsuit against public ownership.

Vacation time limitations set

Additionally, the board adopted an Employee Vacation Policy which mandates that vacation time is used in the year in which it has accrued, except for special circumstances approved by a supervisor. In no instances may vacation days be rolled over for two years, nor shall any employee receive cash payments for unused vacation time, the law states.

Also, the board voted to purchase a 2009 John Deere backhoe/loader for $89,000, to be reduced by a $20,000-trade-in allowance.

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