Express News Staff
LAKE PLEASANT - Ever wonder what the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office does? Wonder no longer. Sheriff Karl Abrams has the numbers for 2012.
He says 87 incidents that led to arrests were investigated. Eleven were felonies, 39 were misdemeanors and 18 were violations. Six arrests were based on warrants and 13 involved mental health issues.
Seventy-four motor vehicle accidents and five accidents involving snowmobiles or boats were investigated.
Personnel issued 326 vehicle and traffic tickets, 26 boating tickets, 15 snowmobiling tickets and 13 parking tickets.
"Everything is up," Abrams said.
Looking only at crimes against persons or property, the NYS Division of Criminal Justice Services shows HCSO investigated 11 such crimes in 2007, four in 2008, two in 2009, four in 2010 and nine in 2011.
Abrams wants to hire an additional boat patrol officer and purchase a new snowmobile this year. He told the county's Central Government Committee Monday, April 22, that the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation would pay half the cost of an additional boat patrol officer and new snowmobile.
He also wants to purchase five new bulletproof vests. He explained Kevlar breaks down and gradually loses effectiveness after five years.
Abrams will submit resolutions on the above for the Hamilton County Board of Supervisors to consider when it meets May 2.
HEALTH INS. GOING UP
Mark L. Crawford and Tish Biesemeyer of Burnham Financial, Lake Placid, provided a brief update on the county's health insurance policy with MVP.
Crawford expects rates to go up somewhere between 10 and 15 percent, with about 4 percent of the increase resulting from Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) requirements such as coverage for prior illnesses.
No changes in coverage are planned at this time, but will be considered when work on the 2013/14 budget begins.
One thing was decided. The supervisors asked Burnham Financial to work with the county Personnel Department to inform county employees of the dollar value of their benefits.