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Warren Co. leaders: 'Mandate drug testing for welfare recipients'

Warren County leaders made a variety of decisions at their recent monthly meeting, held at the county municipal center in Queensbury.

Warren County leaders made a variety of decisions at their recent monthly meeting, held at the county municipal center in Queensbury. Photo by Thom Randall.

— Addressing a related issue, Board of Supervisors Chairman Dan Stec noted that 11 or 12 percent of the county residents depended on food stamps, and the local expense of administering the program was costly. He said the county would be asking U.S. Rep. Chris Gibson to work toward developing a less expensive manner of operating the federal program.

Also, the board voted to apply for a $700,000 grant to buy land and easements east of the county airport’s secondary runway to meet Federal Aviation Administration mandates. Queensbury supervisor-at-Large Mark Westcott contended that such a sum shouldn’t be spent on accommodating a backup runway.

“I’m supportive of keeping county airport in business, but I have serious reservations about the money,” he said. “The airport has operated successfully for decades without the purchase of land.”

But county Public Works Superintendent Jeff Tennyson countered that for years, the county had been on notice from the FAA that it needed to eliminate hazards – mainly trees – near the runway. Tennyson said that if the county did not make progress in meeting the FAA mandates, they could force the county to shorten the runway. The measure passed with all supervisors but Westcott voting for it.

In other business, the county leaders:

  • Tabled a resolution urging Congress to repeal an existing public subsidy of free cell phone service to low-income citizens -- a cost now shouldered by wireless customers. They set it aside so the request could be reviewed by Gibson.

  • Authorized Lake George Village to seek out quotes for printing a brochure to market the Charles Wood Environmental Park’s festival space.

  • Approved drafting a contract with Edward Zibro to lease the Warren County Fairgrounds in 2013 for the Warrensburg Bike Rally, with an option to return for five years, subject to annual endorsement by the county and town of Warrensburg. Queensbury at-large supervisor David Strainer called for the contract to include specific dates for the rally rather than vague terms, so the agreement wouldn’t deter others from reserving the facilities.

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