Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Trustees to discuss village manager's future

The future of the current village manager in Saranac Lake will be up for discussion during a special meeting later this week.

The Saranac Lake Village Board of Trustees will meet Thursday at 5 p.m. in the offices on Main Street.

Mayor Clyde Rabideau said trustees will address three items during the meeting – but the main purpose is to discuss the future employment of Village Manager Marty Murphy.

“I called the special meeting to discuss a resolution regarding Mr. Murphy’s employment status,” Rabideau said.

Murphy’s name was not among several mayoral reappointments during last week’s organizational meeting.

According to the village’s website, Saranac Lake adopted the Village manager Plan form of government in 1929.

“The village manager is the administrative head of the village and directs and supervises the activities of all village departments, manages municipal resources for the efficient operation and delivery of public services, presents plans, reports and analysis to the mayor and village board and maintains the financial affairs of the village in both long term and short term perspectives,” the statement reads.
The village manager is also responsible for preparing the draft budget and acts as budget officer.

Among other duties, the village manager oversees strategic planning and labor negotiations.

The villages of Lake Placid and Tupper Lake do not employ a village manager.

During Thursday’s meeting, the board will also discuss a lawsuit and a loan request submitted by the Adirondack Housing Development Corporation.

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