Taking the oath of office and stepping into their new roles Jan. 5 as Warren County Supervisors, were (from left): county supervisors-at-large Mark Westcott and William Mason of Queensbury (center front), Johnsburg Supervisor Ron Vanselow (second from left), as well as Hague Supervisor Edna Frasier and Lake George Supervisor Dennis Dickinson (right). County Board of Supervisors Chairman Dan Stec, (center rear) welcomed the five to the board after they were sworn in.
Responsibilities were shuffled among Warren County leaders as five new county supervisors were sworn in Thursday Jan. 5. These changes in county committee leadership were enacted at the county’s annual organizational meeting.
The Board of Supervisors, however, retained Dan Stec as its chairman. He has served in the position for one year.
Administered the oath of office were Johnsburg Supervisor Ron Vanselow, Lake George Supervisor Dennis Dickinson, Queensbury Supervisors-at-large Mark Wescott and William Mason, and Hague Supervisor Edna Frasier.
With the retirement of Dan Belden, Horicon Supervisor Ralph Bentley of Horicon was appointed to Belden’s long-time post chairing the county Public Works Committee.
Due to the departure of former county Supervisor William VanNess of Queensbury after his election loss, Thurman Supervisor Evelyn Wood has taken over the helm of the Public Safety Committee.
With the retirement of Sterling Goodspeed, Chester Supervisor Fred Monroe is assuming Goodspeed’s post as chairman of the Real Property Tax Services Committee. Monroe also moves into the chairmanship of the Legislative and Rules Committee, taking over from Bentley.
Glens Falls Ward 1 Supervisor Dan Girard takes over the leadership of the County Facilities Committee due to the departure of Frank McCoy, who lost his bid for re-election as Lake George Supervisor.
County Supervisor-at-large Dave Strainer is now the leader of the Community College Committee, taking over from county supervisor Fred Champagne of Queensbury, who retired Dec. 31. Champagne was hailed for his 18 years of service at the Jan. 5 meeting.
With the elimination of the county Planning Department, the county Planning & Community Development Committee was scrapped, and its functions were consolidated with the Economic Growth & Development Committee, chaired by Glens Falls Ward 3 Supervisor Bud Taylor.
Appointments were also made as follows to supervisors in northern Warren County:
• Warrensburg Supervisor Kevin Geraghty was re-appointed county Budget Officer — and he was praised for his work.
• Designated as representatives to the Intercounty Legislative Committee of the Adirondacks were Stony Creek Supervisor Frank Thomas, Thurman Supervisor Evelyn Wood, Lake George Supervisor Dennis Dickinson, Chester Supervisor Fred Monroe, Horicon Supervisor Ralph Bentley — as well as Geraghty.
• Monroe and Glens Falls Ward 3 Supervisor Bud Taylor were named to serve on the Intercounty Solid Waste Coordinating Committee.
• Wood and Bolton Supervisor Ron Conover were appointed as members of the Lake Champlain-Lake George Regional Planning Board for 2012. This board will be effectively taking over the responsibilities of the county Planning Board, which was disbanded as of Dec. 31.
• Wood and Thomas were named to the Board of Directors of the Warren County Soil and Water Conservation District.
• Bentley and Lake Luzerne Supervisor Gene Merlino were appointed to the District Fish and Wildlife Management Board.
• Thomas was named to the Greater Adirondack Resource Conservation and Development Council, and Geraghty and Bentley were named alternates.
• Monroe, Geraghty, Conover and Queensbury Supervisor Dan Stec were appointed to the county Labor/Management Committee.
• County Public Works Superintendent Jeff Tennyson of Chester was appointed to the Lake George Watershed Conference.
• Bentley was named a Trustee of the Supreme Court Library through 2013.
• Thomas, Taylor, Girard, as well as Philip Goodman Jr. of Johnsburg and Sharon Sano of Lake George were named to the Warren County Youth Board.
After the swearing in of the five new supervisors, county Board of Supervisors Chairman Dan Stec invited them to sit in their respective seats — vintage chairs that he joked were salvaged from Roswell, NM after some nuclear testing, perhaps due to their retro design and peach-pink hue.