New DPW chief hired for Saranac Lake

Dustin Martin (Enterprise photo — Kevin Shea) (Correction: An earlier version of this article misidentified Martin.)

(Correction: An earlier version of this article identified the wrong person as the newly hired Department of Public Works superintendent. The Enterprise regrets the error.)

SARANAC LAKE — On Monday night the Saranac Lake village board hired a new superintendent of the Department of Public Works and finalized its decision to remove animals deemed a nuisance in the village.

New hire

The board hired Dustin Martin as the new DPW superintendent. After the unanimous approval, a round of applause filled the room. Martin was in attendance. After the meeting, he said he was honored and appreciative of the opportunity.

He said one of the first things he is going to work on is finishing a portion of Olive Street that’s being repaired this year, approximately 100 feet, and complete it in its entirety next year.

“There’s a big smile from some guy up there for tonight, and I’m sure you’ll carry the family tradition in fine form,” said village Mayor Clyde Rabideau.

Martin’s father, Robert Martin, had been the DPW superintendent until 2012, when he died.

Banned animals

The board approved the removal of animals owned and kept in the village that are considered a nuisance. The problem was supposed to have been corrected years ago, but an unseen error in the process required it to be fixed once again.

The new law will now only allow animals deemed a nuisance to be banned, according to Deputy Mayor and Trustee Rich Shapiro. Animal control, police and a code enforcement officer will be able to determine if an animal is a nuisance.

Trustee Paul Van Cott voted against the amendment of the law. Previously, he had stated that he was against how the decision was being made and believed it would set a bad precedent.

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