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Lake George town & village sign joint services agreement

Lake George Supervisor Dennis Dickinson (center) and Deputy Supervisor Vinnie Crocitto (center left) grin as Lake George Mayor Robert Blais hands them a pen to sign a new comprehensive shared services agreement during a rare joint board meeting held Feb. 10.

Lake George Supervisor Dennis Dickinson (center) and Deputy Supervisor Vinnie Crocitto (center left) grin as Lake George Mayor Robert Blais hands them a pen to sign a new comprehensive shared services agreement during a rare joint board meeting held Feb. 10. Photo by Thom Randall.

In return, the village is to maintain, operate, inspect and repair the pump stations, collection lines and transmission mains of the town-owned Caldwell Sewer District, which transports sewage to the village sewer treatment plant. While such work accomplished on regular working hours will not be billed to the town, overtime labor that’s approved in advance will be the town’s responsibility to pay. Also, the town will be continuing to pay for the cost of parts, fixtures, equipment and service contracts for the sewer district.

On the other hand, the village employees — primarily Judy Gearwar — will be providing the town advice and work in maintaining existing flower beds and gardens as well as creating new ones. Gearwar has received regional acclaim for her decorative gardens in the village, and town Supervisor Dennis Dickinson said he was happy that his municipality would be receiving the benefits of her expertise, and she’d likely be collaborating with town board member Marisa Muratori, also known for her beautification efforts. Gearwar is to continue to be an employee of the town.

Dickinson predicted that Gearwar and Muratori and other town employees would be achieving considerable aesthetic accomplishments as they collaborate on the upcoming Exit 21 Lake George Gateway Corridor project, which calls for extensive landscaping and a new green median in the middle of Rte. 9 leading into the village.

“This is a great thing for both the town and village, and we’ve worked long and hard for it,” Dickinson said. “And we have bigger and better things down the road.”

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