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June 19, 2014

Harrietstown names interim supervisor

HARRIETSTOWN — The Harrietstown Town Council voted to appoint Michael Kilroy as interim supervisor.

Former Supervisor Bob Bevilacqua resigned as of May 25 due to a family medical emergency.

Town Councilman Ron Keough said Kilroy will serve for the balance of this election year.

“The supervisor’s position will be up for election this fall,” Keough said.

Kilroy has been Town of Harrietstown budget officer for 25 years.

In an interview Wednesday, he said he has no plan to run for the office in open elections this November.

But he said the move to fill the interim seat came amid what is looking to be “a horrendous budget year.”


Two flood-related repair and mitigation projects are on the Harrietstown Town Hall table.

A $35,000 loss in Fire District revenue came as Santa Clara switched its fire-protection contract from Saranac Lake to Tupper Lake this year.

“We have the $900,000 renovation project on the table for the Town Hall,” Kilroy said.

“And we borrowed $330,000 for the (Saranac River) retaining wall.”

That work started on Tuesday.

Flood-mitigation money for the retaining wall is supposed to come from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

“But we don’t get FEMA money until we’ve spent it,” Kilroy said.


A permissive-referendum period for the Town Hall restoration project ends in about a week, and unless a petition is properly submitted to force a public vote on the matter, the town will move to borrow $900,000 with a bond anticipation note.

They will budget for interest at about 4.5 percent, Kilroy said.

“We won’t know the interest rate for certain until we go out to borrow the money.”

The Town Council and other town officials have looked for historic restoration grants to help repair the Town Hall, which was damaged by flooding back in 2011.

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