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Potsdam weighs Recreation Department's future

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POTSDAM — The village Board of Trustees is considering removing the Recreation Department budget from its general fund, creating an independent fund and agency responsible for its management.


Potsdam's recreation budget is supported by the town and village, though the fund is included in the village's budget.


In recent years, the municipalities have sparred openly at their joint meetings over recreation expenses, with town officials complaining that they have to pay half despite having few options for controlling the costs.


Trustees voted unanimously last week to support a resolution brought by Trustee Ruth F. Garner to explore the creation of a separate recreation fund.


The fund still would receive financial support from the town and the village, but a separate recreation committee would be charged with charting and controlling expenses.


Village Administrator David H. Fenton Jr. said pulling the recreation budget out of the general fund would make it easier to calculate fringe benefits associated with department workers, whose pay and benefits are lumped in with all village employees.


He said a standalone recreation budget also would make it easier to calculate the cost of what are now deemed to be in-kind services provided by village and town workers in support of the program.


A report on the merits of setting up such a system will be presented to the village board at its Nov. 15 meeting.

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