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Assistant DA may go back to part-time

Friday, December 13, 2013 - Updated: 8:30 AM


Express News Staff

LAKE PLEASANT -- Weather and a desire for more information resulted in the Hamilton County Board of Supervisors tabling one resolution and deciding not to open a bid when it met Dec. 5.

The resolution that went nowhere would return Assistant District Attorney Sterling Goodspeed to a part-time, 20-hour per week employee effective Jan. 1, 2014, with an annual salary of $47,641.

Arietta Supervisor Rick Wilt said, “I am uncomfortable with this.”

He, Long Lake Supervisor Clark Seaman and Lake Pleasant Supervisor Neil McGovern said they have doubts too, because their town justices like Goodspeed’s work and would hate to see him go or have his hours cut.

Farber said he had similar concerns, but had spoken with both Purdue and Goodspeed before drafting the resolution to which both agreed.

Seaman moved to table the resolution, with all the supervisors agreeing, including Farber, to set up a committee meeting to discuss the matter with DA Marsha King Purdue and Goodspeed.

The board made the ADA position full-time in April 2012, with benefits but no increase in pay. At the time Goodspeed was working 30 hours or more a week when his contract was for 20 hours.

Goodspeed did not ask for an increase in pay but did accept the benefit package. In the case of the county, full-time means at least 30 hours a week.

According to the tabled resolution, a very recent time study determined Goodspeed’s 30 hours a week should be reduced back to 20.

If the board adopts the resolution Goodspeed will no longer be eligible for benefits, but his annual salary of $47,641 would not change.


The board was to open bids Dec. 5 to replace the truck scale at the Indian Lake Transfer Station, but that did not happen.

Bidders were asked for proposals for an 11- by 70-foot truck scale and an 11- by 35-foot truck scale. The county wants to replace an old 11- by 35-foot scale that is not working properly.

Two bids were expected but only one was received in time for the meeting. The other did not arrive, and the problem wasn’t the mail.

Solid Waste Coordinator Tracy Eldridge explained he had received a call earlier that morning from the other bidder, who had planned to submit his bid in person. “He told me black ice caused him to have an accident this morning and he won’t be able to make it,” Eldridge said.

The supervisors agreed to return the one bid received unopened and re-advertise for bids to be opened when the board meets Dec. 20.


The board renewed the Veterans’ Service Agreement with Fulton County for 2014, with the same terms and conditions. Hamilton County will continue to pay $12,500 plus $600 for travel expenses.

Fulton County’s director of Veterans Services will visit Hamilton County each Wednesday, alternating between Indian Lake Town Hall and the Hamilton County Court House in Lake Pleasant.


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