continued “Be very careful — the county fairground has been an asset of the county for many years,” Strough said at the meeting.
Queensbury at-large supervisor David Strainer responded that Emerson had assured the county the fairgrounds would be retained substantially in its present status, and Emerson’s expertise at marketing events would mean boosted attendance.
•approved resolutions to dissolve the county Human Resources department and combine its functions with the former county Civil Service office in forming the new county Department of Personnel.
• voted to buy five new police cruisers for the county Sheriff’s Office, fewer than have been requested.
• approved a slate of raises, ranging from almost $500 to $2,500 for 69 of the 130 non-union county employees, whose salaries have been frozen for three years. The salary hikes were granted following a study of the positions and their counterparts in the private sector. A planned $1,750 raise for county Sheriff Bud York was jettisoned minutes before the resolution was approved, because the county officials weren’t aware that boosting the salary of a public official would require passing a local law. In his post as county Sheriff, York is paid $93,280. He also receives a pension for his decades of work as an Investigator with the state Police.