By PETE KLEIN
Express News Staff
LAKE PLEASANT - Ann Melious, director of Hamilton County's Planning, Tourism and Community Development Department, has resigned effective July 23.
The Board of Supervisors has already started a search for a replacement. In the interim, it appointed William Osborne as deputy director to oversee the department on a part-time, hourly basis.
Osborne, of Lake Pleasant, is the immediate past director of the department.
Melious is moving to the San Francisco Bay area, where her husband has accepted "an exceptional job opportunity," she explained. "Leaving will be bittersweet. I have loved working in Hamilton County."
Melious started working for the county Jan. 6, 2011 at a salary of $58,000. She has worked in the tourism industry for 27 years, first in conference and convention hotel marketing, later in public programming for two state facilities and then for over 10 years as executive director of the Adirondack Regional Tourism Council.
MAPPING NEW LANDS
When the Board of Supervisors met Wednesday, July 3, it authorized Steve Signell's Frontier Spatial LLC, Long Lake, to develop an online mapping application of certain new state lands for no more than $5,000.
The debate over how to classify new state lands in the five towns (Indian Lake, Long Lake, Minerva, Newcomb and North Hudson) known as the Upper Hudson Recreational Hub has resulted in these communities joining forces to determine how they can profit from the additional tourism the state is saying the new public lands will generate.
Chairman of the Board William Farber said the mapping would be very useful for town boards and local planning boards, and would be made available to the public at large and online.
The mapping will include topographical and local attributes best known to the local people. Local information generated at meetings leading up to the state purchase of the lands will be incorporated.
"You will be able to zoom in and out," Farber said.
The board passed a resolution urging Gov. Andrew Cuomo and state legislators to exempt firearm permit records from disclosure under the Freedom Of Information Law.
The resolution is in reaction to gun control legislation commonly known as the NY SAFE Act, signed by the governor in January.
While there is a provision in the law allowing citizens who hold firearms permits the option to have their names and permit information withheld from public disclosure, the supervisors believe a better approach would be to amend the pertinent sections of state law to exempt all personal information of firearm permit holders from FOIL disclosure.
In other business, the board approved a contract with Barbara Taylor, Long Lake, for Public Health Emergency Preparedness Coordinator Services at $20 per hour, not to exceed $25,000 yearly plus mileage at the current IRS reimbursement rate.