• $700 for the Thurman Townwide Garage Sale in May.
• $$8,250 for the Thurman Summer Concert Series held on Monday nights during July and August at Veterans Park. The sum includes the including the cost of the town's July 4 fireworks displays.
• $1,50040 for porta-johns at Veterans Field through the summer where the town's events and festivals are held.
• $2,1009 for general publicity - primarily by Internet and printed materials, coordinated by Perky Granger.
• $250 for email blasts to thousands of pre-qualified potential visitors.
One request - for $600 - to place a generic advertisement in the Adirondack Guest Informer, was declined by the Thurman Town Board. The publication is placed in motel and hotel rooms in the Lake George region.
Clerk's duties expand, pay didn't
Also discussed at a recent town meeting was Town Clerk Cynthia Hyde's remarks that she was having trouble keeping up with ever-expanding duties of her office because her limited salary, which is $18,023 per year, constrains the number of hours she can work each week. Hyde also serves as the town's Records Management Officer and Registrar of Vital Statistics, two legal positions which together earn a stipend of only $1,040, according to local law.
Apparently the Town Clerk's mandated tasks have expanded substantially in recent months because of the the new tasks of dog licensing. This government function, formerly handled by the state Department of Agriculture and Markets, was turned over this year to local municipalities.
Town Supervisor Evelyn Wood said this week that Hyde is busy with licensing duties partially because Town Animal Control Officer Dexter Baker is doing such an efficient job.
Activities, meetings in Thurman
The Sugar Loaf Mountain Seniors Club is now reverting back to its schedule of night meetings. The next meeting will be held at 6 p.m. April 20, on the third Wednesday of the month. Among the topics anticipated for discussion is a review of potential trips for the group. New members are always welcome.