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North Country Community College staff may get contracts after all

If approved, the contract would cost the college $24,000 next year and wouldn't result in any additional cost to the county in 2011.

County Manager Dan Palmer said the contract was the best officials could hope for and an improvement over the most recent deal that has remained in effect because of the impasse.

Essex County's move to reconsider the college contract could place the heat on Franklin County legislators.

In September, Franklin County legislators tabled the contract and waited for the Essex County decision.

Tim Burpoe represents Saranac Lake and the town of Franklin on the Franklin County Board of Legislators.

"The legislature was unhappy with it back when it was first offered. Particularly when we are battling with every nickel and dime in our budget," he said. "Some of the legislators argued that we shouldn't be giving a 3.2 percent increase."

Burpoe did note that there are several new members of the Franklin County board and the dynamic could change. But he wasn't overly optimistic.

Several recent controversial decisions involving the college have been initially acted on by Essex County, rendering Franklin County's subsequent actions essentially meaningless.

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