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Su- pervisor Kenneth Runion dis- agrees and says that any em- ployees, like Burnhan, who are caught taking sick days when they aren't sick will be penalized either by pay or vacation time. Burnhan, who is 60, told The Enterprise this week that his plans to retire from the town's water department last month were wrecked when the town supervisor told him his vacation time had to be used to cover the sick days he took when he wasn't sick. This isn't fair, Burnhan said, since his boss in the water de- partment told him, and many re- tirees before him, to take the sick days off; it wasn't his idea, Burn- han said. Now, without the' $3,500 in accumulated vacation time he thought he had, Burnhan is working part-time at a saw mill to pay his bills. Runion told The Enterprise this week that using sick days when an employee is not sick is simply a violation of town policy. (Continued on page 9) Pumped New filter at plant releases purer water By Nicole Fay Barr GUILDERLAND — After a month of using an additional $1.7 million filtration system at the town's water-treatment plant, of- ficials say the town's water is al- ready cleaner. The town now has to use only half of the amount of chlorine it previously used to clean the wa- ter, said Thadeus Ausfeld, the town's water-treatment plant op- erator. He and William West, the town's superintendent of water and wastewater management, spoke passionately about their work this week. They said the new system is making Guilder- land's water safer than bottled water. The idea for the new granular activated carbon (GAC) adsorp- tion system was spawned almost three years ago. Then, an Enter- prise article — \Hot spots: Water woes beneath the surface\ — un- covered and publicized a prob- lem. (Continued on Page 22) Longhouse Learning Cop The Enterprise — Melissa Halo-Sponcor Following tradition: A fourth-grader at Lynnwood Elementary School passes the talking stick to a classmate who wants to speak after her, while other students look expectantly at the next girl to speak. The ritual was part of a ceremony closing Iroquois Longhouse Village Week. The students replicated a Native American settlement and had to decide what to do when European invaders offered them trin- kets in trade for their land. Story on page Bl. A $3 to $4 million plan School renovation project begins By Holly Grosch VOORHEESVILLE — The el- ementary school building has historic charm but also historic parts. Such as flooring from the 1930's, and a 45-year-old heating system. The Voorheesville School Dis- trict is planning a $3 to $4 million renovation project for the school. One of the greatest expenses is replacing all the unit ventilators, estimated to cost $1 million, and upgrading exhaust and ventila- tion across the building — in corridors, classrooms, and the gymnasium — totaling about $670,000 more. Other elementary-school build- ing renovations include: — Removing asbestos floor tiles and putting in new vinyl composition floor tiles; — Finding a permanent solu- tion to foundation and water leakage at the lower gym; — Replacing existing ceilings and putting in new corridor lighting; — Rehabilitating masonry on the exterior facade and chimney; — Replacing windows with new aluminum windows with insulating glass; — Solving the problem of moisture on the lowest level; — Redesign wheelchair acces- (Continued on Page 16) village By Nicole Fay Barr ALTAMONT — An Altamont police officer, who has been sus- pended since December of 2003, is suing the village for about $48,000 in back pay and is asking for his job to be reinstated. Altamont's mayor, James Gaughan, said that Marc Dorsey had a four-month window after his suspension to take action. Asking for nearly two years in back pay now is unfair, said Gaughan, who was elected this spring. Dorsey's attorney, Stephen Coffey, said that Dorsey was suspended for an Albany stalking arrest and, since those charges were dismissed in June of 2004, he should have been given a hearing about his suspension. Gaughan told The Enterprise that he agrees that Dorsey de- served a hearing. But, he said, it's too late now. (Continued on Page 24) ^ Changes Salerno restructures Altamont Police By Nicole Fay Barr ALTAMONT — The village's new police commissioner is re- structuring the department. As part of this, three officers re- cently resigned and five others got letters from Anthony Salerno Monday, stating that he couldn't fit them into the future work schedule. One of the officers, Ryan Ma- han, plans on discussing the le- gality of this, said his attorney, Stephen Coffey. Mahan could not be reached for comment. Coffey also represents Officer Marc Dorsey, who is suing the village. (See related story.) Asked why he thought Mahan might be upset, Salerno said, \I don't have a clue. We have a new set of directives and we want those directives met. Maybe some people don't want to work for a para-military organization.\ Of Mahan's situation, Salerno stressed, \No one has been fired. We're strictly restructuring for the welfare of the community.\ Mayor James Gaughan agreed, although, he told The En- terprise, the phrase \para-mili- tary\ makes the'hair on the back of his neck stand up. (Continued on Page 25) Inside this week's edition starting on page.. Opinion l Pa 9 e2 .l News Page 9 Community Calendar B4 Classifieds 1 Page 29 j Sports

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