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County and Indian Lake may clean up a problem together

Tuesday, August 12, 2014 - Updated: 8:51 AM


Express News Staff

LAKE PLEASANT -- Hamilton County and the Town of Indian Lake find themselves in the same boat when it comes to getting their offices cleaned.

When the Board of Supervisors met Thursday, Aug. 7, the big topic was how to deal with the sudden loss of Ruby Boya. Due to medical problems she is unable to fulfill the remainder of her cleaning contract, effective Aug. 6.

Boya, who also has the cleaning contract with the Town of Indian Lake, has advised the town of the same.

Tracy Eldridge, who in addition to being county superintendent of highways is also in charge of building maintenance, asked for permission to advertise for a full-time custodian or laborer to do the work.

The county has been paying Boya $36,500 a year to clean its buildings in Indian Lake. The contract includes outside grounds maintenance (cutting grass and shoveling snow).

Eldridge said more would be required of a new county employee, resulting in improved maintenance of the Indian Lake building, where he or she would be based.

It would also save on the loss of time and expense of having the two building maintenance employees based in Lake Pleasant travel to Indian Lake to do needed work there.

Eldridge estimates a full-time laborer would cost about $25,000 a year and a custodian would cost just under $30,000 a year, both plus benefits.

The board authorized Eldridge to advertise for a full-time laborer and a part-time (25 hours) cleaner for the county office buildings in Lake Pleasant, because the Buildings Department is currently understaffed.


Indian Lake Supervisor Brian Wells suggested this might be an opportunity for a shared services agreement, under which the new county employee would clean town buildings as well as the county building in Indian Lake.

Eldridge and Board of Supervisors Chairman William Farber agreed sharing an employee could offer cost savings to both the county and the town.

Implementing such an agreement will require further discussions by the Indian Lake Town Board, which was to meet Aug. 11, and the Board of Supervisors.


-- With Deputy Superintendent of Highways Kenneth Parslow of Piseco retiring at the end of the year, the supervisors authorized advertising for a replacement.

-- Phase I of the Hamilton County Fuel Consolidation Project is already being upgraded. The board voted to change the fuel management system from one made by OPW to the FuelMaster system made by Syn-Tech Systems Inc. at the fuel depots in Lake Pleasant and Arietta at a cost of $27,547.

-- The board approved increased hours for Lisa Johnson, assistant to the county highway superintendent, from 35 to 40 a week. Her duties have expanded and the board would rather increase her hours than hire another person.


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