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Drug testing approved

CROWN POINT - The Crown Point town board has adopted a zero tolerance policy for illegal drug use.

The board has voted to randomly test town employees who drive town vehicles and those who have "sensitive" jobs.

"The board adopted the no tolerance policy which makes a clear statement that there is no tolerance and any employee using alcohol or drugs will be terminated," Supervisor Bethany Kosmider said.

Crown Point highway workers have been drug tested in the past as part of a state Department of Transportation protocol. The town board has decided to extend that policy to any town employee who drives a town vehicle and others.

"We added (to highway workers) the maintenance crew, the water/wastewater superintendent, any employees who drive town vehicles, lawn mowers, other motorized equipment (chain saws, etc.) and sensitive jobs that require precise implementation, such as the treatment of water," Kosmider said.

Elected officials who drive town vehicles will also be tested, she noted.

Kosmider said Crown Point has not had any past drug issues, but the board wants to send a strong message.

"Drug testing is a good way to avert potential problems and the policy itself is very clear of the consequences," she said. "If you want to work in Crown Point, drug use will not be tolerated.

"There has been no problem in the past that I am aware of," she added. "I am just thinking pro-actively and do not believe in waiting until something happens."

The testing will be conducted by Convenience Medical of Glens Falls.

Should an employee test positive, Kosmider stressed, there will be no second chance.

"We adopted the zero tolerance policy so if someone tests positive, they are done (fired)," she said. "We did not incorporate the Employee Assistance Program into our policy. Our employees will know from the start that there is zero tolerance and if they test positive, they will know that they will be terminated."

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