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Saranac Lake comprehensive plan in the works

Renovations to begin at old village buildings

The Saranac Lake Village Board of Trustees voted to close the study started in 2008 that may have move the municipality towards becoming a city.

The Saranac Lake Village Board of Trustees voted to close the study started in 2008 that may have move the municipality towards becoming a city. Photo by Andy Flynn.

— The clerk of the works will be Jeff Dora, of Malone, who will get $19/hour plus mileage, and the cost is estimated at $9,500 for both projects.

Trustee Pelletieri asked Village Treasurer Paul Ellis why the code enforcement officer couldn’t handle the job of clerk of the works in the hope of saving money.

“More and more I’ve wanted to do things in-house,” Pelletieri said. “Are we getting to a point where we’re going to use the code enforcement officer for things like this?”

And Trustee Branch inquired as to why the job wasn’t advertised and the village didn’t hire locally.

“We thought the clerk of the works would be more beneficial and cost effective,” Ellis said. “The timeline is very tight on this.”

Work on the renovations is expected to be finished by next winter.

Mayor Clyde Rabideau said that the code enforcement officer is busy with apartment inspections and that the clerk of the works job is time intensive and is a specialized position.

“It requires experience and expertise in this kind of public works,” Rabideau said.

Bugdet process

Looking to the spring budget process for 2012-13, the Village Board approved a tentative calendar for budget meetings and deadlines.

Trustee John McEneaney asked the village treasurer whether they could keep within the state’s mandate of a 2 percent tax cap.

“I couldn’t tell you,” Ellis said, adding that there are many new costs that may put the village over that 2 percent cap. “And so we’ll just have to see where everything falls ... It will be quite a challenge.”

Department heads should have their spending plans to the budget officer by Feb. 24. A preliminary budget will be done by March 12. A public hearing must take place on or before April 20. And a budget must be adopted on or before May 1.

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