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February 5, 2013

Your Town: Champlain

CHAMPLAIN — The Champlain Town Council wants to make sure the generator for the Route 11 lift station kicks in if the power fails.

At a recent meeting, Code Enforcement Officer Michael Tetreault reported that converting that switch so it engages automatically would cost about $3,700. 

“Right now, we have no backup if something was to go wrong,” he told the council, according to minutes from the session. 

A power outage without the generator kicking on could result in sewage overflow into the Great Chazy River.

Tetreault suggested that installing a new switch would cost less.

The council will be updated on costs at the February meeting, Town Supervisor Larry Barcomb told the Press-Republican.


The Town Council addressed numerous matters at its organizational meeting. Among them were:

Salaries noted: Barcomb read a list of salaries as set in the 2013 budget: $19,000 for town supervisor; $6,150 each for the four councilors; $18,378 for the elected portion of the highway superintendent’s pay and $31,658 for working the position full time; town clerk/tax collector, $25,031 with additional pay of $3,275 as water/sewer clerk and $9,164 as planning/zoning clerk; $22,599 each for the two justices; $1,000 for the marriage officer; $5,796 for the youth director; $300 each for the five members of the Assessment Review Board; and $1,000 for the town clerk/registrar.

Legislator’s report: Legislator County Legislator Harry McManus talked about Clinton County’s plans to build a $63 million expansion on the terminal at Plattsburgh International Airport, which he said should be complete in about two years and not cost any local taxpayer dollars.

“I think it’s a great asset,” Barcomb told the Press-Republican. “It’s working well; it’s serving a lot of people.”

Also, McManus said, the town will receive about $30,000 more than expected in sales-tax revenue from Clinton County from 2012. The original projection had been $569,821.

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