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Council defeats blight-focused job

Position focused on maintaining properties

November 30, 2013

GLOVERSVILLE — The city Common Council voted 4-3 this week against adding a Department of Public Works employee whose job would be to help reduce blight by maintaining properties owned by the city......

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RobinWentworth

Nov-30-13 3:14 PM

ERRThis position was initially for a supervisor to mow grass and clear snow off sidewalks, but was changed last minute to a laborer position. The issue of mowing grass and clearing snow is presently being done through abatements by DPW. It was suggested that if more help is needed to mow grass or remove snow, the city could contract with landscaping businesses on an as needed basis. Other than mowing grass or removing snow the city can **NOT** go onto private property to do other work, that would be trespassing. The issue of addressing codes and court fines was suppose to be the focus of the "blight group", but so far none of that has been done. OR:

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RobinWentworth

Nov-30-13 3:12 PM

This position was initially for a supervisor to mow grass and clear snow off sidewalks, but was changed last minute to a laborer position. The issue of mowing grass and clearing snow is presently being done through abatements by DPW. It was suggested that if more help is needed to mow grass or remove snow, the city could contract with landscaping businesses on an as needed basis. Other than mowing grass or removing snow the city can go onto private property to do other work, that would be trespassing. The issue of addressing codes and court fines was suppose to be the focus of the "blight group", but so far none of that has been done.

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InIreland

Nov-30-13 12:22 PM

Keep trying Art, you are on the right path. The city needs to help improve property values as well as lower tax burdens. The problem will still be proper oversight to ensure that the work gets done for true cost and proper value. That is where these ideas once implemented often go awry. I look forward to seeing the 100 pictures when I get back to the US and Gloversville.

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TiredOfTax

Nov-30-13 10:58 AM

So Lizzie how did they give away the pre-k program at Boulevard? There has got to be a way.

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lizzie

Nov-30-13 9:58 AM

If the position was to take care of city AND county owned properties, maybe it would have been an idea to approach the county to see if they would have been willing to split the salary. (Schools to this with the county for some positions).

Unions = no subcontracting.

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Stackrat

Nov-30-13 8:12 AM

What about the blight properties that are still occupied? There are plenty of those around as well!

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TiredOfTax

Nov-30-13 7:40 AM

Forget the hire, SUBCONTRACT the position and you are clear of those nasty employment details. Our city has proven that it should not be in the employment business with debt to retirees being a good portion of our continued debt. If at any time you are not happy with a contractor.. end it and move to a better choice, try that with an employee.

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