Trustees in Saranac Lake have agreed to boost the pay of a village justice following the resignation of his colleague last month.
Long-time Justice Thomas Glover retired from the bench in March, capping off more than 20 years of service to the village of Saranac Lake. Trustees honored him by approving a resolution of appreciation and presenting him with a plaque.
But Glover's retirement has increased the workload for the village's second justice, Ken McLaughlin.
At Monday night's regular board meeting, trustees voted to increase McLaughlin's pay until another justice can be appointed.
The board authorized village Manager John Sweeney to use up to 50 percent of the budget allotted for Glover to pay McLaughlin's additional salary. In other words, McLaughlin will perform the duties of two village justices for the price of one-and-a-half.
"He's offering his services at half price," explained Mayor Clyde Rabideau.
McLaughlin also serves as a justice for the town of Harrietstown.