Ticonderoga to make changes

TICONDEROGA - Looking to save money and become more efficient, the Ticonderoga town board is making some changes in 2009.

Supervisor Bob Dedrick announced two new committees and a time change during the year's first meeting Jan. 8.

Trustees now have an operations efficiency committee and an insurance committee - and board meetings, held the second Thursday of each month, will now start at 6 p.m. to allow more time for town business. Previously meetings started at 7 p.m.

The operations efficiency committee will include Ticonderoga residents with business experience, Dedrick said.

"There are a lot of ways we can make our town more efficient," he said. "There are people in our community with good ideas and the experience to make us more efficient A to Z."

Dedrick said the new committee will look at all facets of town government and make suggestions to the town board. It will meet once a month.

The supervisor said the committee will study the town budget as well as consider the possible merger of the highway, water and sewer departments into a single department of public works.

Ticonderoga voters rejected a proposed DPW with an appointed chief three years ago. However, a DPW with an elected leader does not need voter approval, Dedrick said.

"It's something we have to look at," Dedrick said.

The insurance committee will review all town policies and shop for better deals, the supervisor said.

"We can use the experience of our townspeople who are out there in the business world every day," Dedrick said. "They can help us."

The time change will also help Ticonderoga trustees address issues, the supervisor said.

By starting an hour earlier, the board will have more time - and a chance to get home earlier than they have in the past. Monthly town board meetings can last for hours, depending on the issues on the agenda.

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