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Stec: Warren County boosted finances during 2011 despite financial stresses

Progress on environment, infrastructure cited

As he delivers the annual State of the County address Thursday Jan. 5, Warren County Board of Supervisors Chairman Dan Stec praises county workers for their work in boosting efficiency — and diligence in responding to 2011's devastating storms. Listening to Stec's speech are (center): Warren County Administrator Paul Dusek and (right): county Attorney Martin Auffredou.

As he delivers the annual State of the County address Thursday Jan. 5, Warren County Board of Supervisors Chairman Dan Stec praises county workers for their work in boosting efficiency — and diligence in responding to 2011's devastating storms. Listening to Stec's speech are (center): Warren County Administrator Paul Dusek and (right): county Attorney Martin Auffredou. Photo by Thom Randall.

— Stec also hailed the consolidation of emergency and police dispatch services during 2011 with the city of Glens Falls. Such intermunicipal cooperation will provide financial benefits for both the city and county, he said.

Progress on the environment and county infrastructure was also noted by Stec.

He cited the progress on development of the West Brook Environmental Park, which included demolition of the former Gaslight Village buildings as well as securing funding and developing plans for the park. West Brook park is envisioned as a promising tourist attraction while accomplishing its primary aim of reducing pollution of Lake George by filtering stormwater through engineered wetlands.

He also praised the county’s decision to commit funds to combat the invasive Asian clams in Lake George, as well as enacting New York State’s first invasive species law in 2011.

Stec also hailed county workers for their dedication and resourcefulness in responding to the storms on Memorial Day weekend as well as Tropical Storm Irene, which devastated property, infrastructure and roadways, particularly in the town of Thurman.

He also mentioned the completion of the Main St. reconstruction project, which included streetscaping, new sewer and underground utility infrastructure, plus rebuilding the road with an added third lane.

He also talked of how the county had reached the end of the expensive trash burn plant contracts, and were able to reap some income from the sale of the plant.

Stec concluded that frugal and appropriate allocation of finances would be the county’s main focus for 2012.

“We’ve done much solid work in 2011 in very difficult times,” Stec said. “With the help of the tremendous county workforce, I’m confident that we will continue to improve Warren County government.”

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