Sheriff's boat patrols spared the axe - for now

Warren County is responsible for approximately $17,000 annually to fund the patrols. But Essex County already chips in $5,000 toward the program, reducing the Warren County share to around $12,000.

But with a state Department of Environmental Conservation presence on waterways, some supervisors said the local taxpayer money should go elsewhere.

Swan said the boat patrol has the strongest presence on Lake George with boats stationed on the lake - one in Lake George village and another in Bolton. A third boat travels to the remote locations around the region, fulfilling shared service requirements.

The patrol not only covers Warren County waters, but also Schroon Lake in Essex County and several Hamilton County and Washington County lakes.

It is on Schroon Lake three days per week in peak season he said, as well as on Loon Lake.

Swan said that to reduce costs, the sheriff's office has already reduced the number of routine patrols on Lake George.

"We followed the supervisors' request," Swan said.

Journal Editor Thom Randall contributed to this report.

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