Dresden streamlines hiring of professionals 

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The Dresden Town Board held a special meeting on July 26 to adopt a procurement policy regarding Dresden and Huletts Landing that would expedite the hiring of professional services such as lawyers and engineers.  

Suzy Shad, who sits on the Dresden Sewer District Committee, presented the policy to the board at its regular meeting on July 12.  

“The first procurement policy was drafted quite some time ago and it had everything going out to bid for professional services like lawyers and engineers,” she said. “With looking at other municipalities policies like Hudson Falls, most have exemptions for professional services.” 

The purpose of a procurement policy for Dresden and Huletts Landing is to speed up the process of finding those professionals without having it be a long, drawn-out process. It will be a positive force for receiving specialized services.  

“When you need a specialized service, there might not be five other people to choose from to put out for a competitive bid or you might have an existing relationship with an engineering firm that doesn’t need to have a big learning curve of billable hours to get up to speed with what’s needed for the project,” she said.  

One of the first projects is the sewer district of Huletts Landing. With past hurricanes like Irene and the beaver dam washout of Foster Brook in July 2013, this procurement policy will help speed up the process and ensure past events won’t be repeated. 

“There’s a lot of need over in Huletts for sewer districts one and two and they have an engineering firm that has already done work through the Lake George Association. They were awarded a grant through LGA, and they are up to speed with everything going on up there,” she said.  

Shad says she is native to Huletts Landing and said she still remembers the day the beaver dam gave out. Shad’s house, which sits higher thanks to some cinderblocks, was affected by the dam giving away. She said that the chocolate milk-like water was touching the bottom of the lifted home.  

“Debris-filled waves of water flew down the brook and it was so deep It was touching the bottom of my house. The force of it was so much it basically blew the house off the concrete blocks and there was damage to the structure,” she said.  

“It buried my brother’s car with all of the silt that came down.” 

Shad spoke about how natural disasters like the beaver dam giving way and events such as that could be a threat to the drinking water quality. She said back in the 90s, there was a sewage line left above ground which could pose a problem now in 2022. In the event of the line breaking, sewage could seep into the lake. 

“That’s drinking water and some people still run hoses out in the lake and it’s not okay if there’s an E. coli breakout,” she said.  

Shad has been working with other locals as well as town board members that also are committee members on the idea of the procurement policy. Town attorney Matt Fuller brought the idea forward and Shad said it’s a step in the right direction.  

“They didn’t bury that sewer line back in the 90s to cut costs and now here we are in 2022 and we could be paying for that shortcut they took back then. That is an engineering project that will be helped by the updated procurement policy.”