LAKE GEORGE The Lake George Park Commission is gearing up to hire technicians and get costs down for the boat inspection program.
The Lake George Park Commission Board of Commissioners on Feb. 3 unanimously approved a resolution authorizing a contract with Global Employment Services Inc. of Selkirk, Albany County, for staffing needs of the 2015 traileredboat mandatory inspection program.
This year will be the second in a twoyear pilot program that placed six inspection stations around Lake George.
The commission received five bids and chose the lowest bidder to provide the administrative aspects of the program. Lake George Park Commission Conservation Operations Supervisor Roger Smith said officials expect to hire 25 to 30 new vessel inspection technicians and have about half returning from last year’s program, which supported 55 to 60 parttime jobs.
Anyone who wants to apply can visit the commission’s website at www.lgpc.state.ny.us and click on the “Commission Positions Currently Available” link. The parttime positions pay $12 to $14 an hour.
Executive Director Dave Wick said the program was estimated at a cost of $700,000 annually, but last year it came in around $600,000. This year the goal is to get the cost down to $500,000.
“This year we know everything about last year’s staffing, so it’s going to be smoother in the rollout. Our goal is to optimize staffing. If we had one criticism last year it was that we had too many people out there as inspectors waiting for boats to show up. Now we know minute-by-minute who showed up at each of the sites and we can optimize staffing and cut a minimum of $50,000 out of the budget,” Wick said.
The program is scheduled to begin in April.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo proposed in his 201516 Executive Budget to increase the Environmental Protection Fund allocation by 28 percent to $172 million. The $10 million increase would go toward 14 categories, including land conservation, stewardship and invasive species control and prevention. If approved, the invasive species control and prevention portion of the EPF budget would increase from $4.7 million to $5.7 million, and $1 million is expected to go toward boatwashing and inspection stations across the Adirondack Park at strategic locations, a measure for which several groups have been lobbying. The Adirondack Council issued a statement applauding the governor for that and a series of other Adirondack-focused initiatives.
Fred Monroe, supervisor of the town of Chester and executive director of the Adirondack Park Local Government Review Board, and Fund for Lake George Executive Director Eric Siy have been involved in talks with state officials and are circulating a memorandum of understanding parkwide among various groups and municipalities that would help create a partnership, similar to the Save Lake George Partnership that helped match the state’s allocation for the Lake George program.