Trash collection to end in town of Thurman?

— • Despite pleas from the Warrensburg emergency squad to continue their contract to it’s 2010 level of $50,000 annually, rather than the sum of $20,000 now budgeted for 2012, the board didn’t back down. Warrensburg Squad Board President Bob Farrell said his agency would suffer substantial losses providing full services to the town for $20,000 per year.

• Supervisor Wood said that efforts to regain possession of the town-owned ambulance from the beleaguered Thurman emergency squad might soon end up in litigation. She said that although prior town Supervisor John Haskell had signed a contract that promised to turn over the ambulance to the squad when the squad fully reimbursed the town for its purchase — and there are now only two payments remaining — substantial legal flaws existed in the contract.

“Our case is strong,” she said. “We could get the ambulance back by the end of the year.”

• Doug Needham of the Thurman Connections Snowmobile Club asked the board for permission for snowmobilers to use a portion of River Road near its intersection with Bowen Hill Road to connect snowmobile trails running between Hamilton County and Lake George.

The route alongside the town roadways was now needed because of the loss of use of the county rail bed due to newly reactivated winter train service, and the Thurman link was vital for sledders traveling through the Adirondacks to Vermont or even Canada, he said.

Board members raised concerns about public safety, noting that the roadway requested had steep drop-offs and was narrow portions, presenting a hazard to both sledders and motorists rounding turns and encountering unexpected snowmobiles.

Needham responded that these problematic stretches could be posted with signs warning of hazards. The board tabled the issue for further consideration.

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