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Saratoga City rec center moves ahead

In other news, the council:

Approved a "principal planner" position by a 3-to-2 vote to replace city planner Geoff Bornemann, who retired at the end of May. The position is salaried at $62,229. Keehn said a woman who was qualified for the position could start July 23. McTygue and Accounts Commissioner John Franck voted against. Keehn restructured the planning department last month, renaming existing positions and creating others.

Endorsed the U.S. Mayors Climate Protection Agreement, which lobbies federal and state governments to reduce global warming pollution levels and supports the passage of greenhouse gas reduction legislation.

McTygue said the city is already addressing these issues, and touted his department's Energy to Ice program for saving taxpayers more than $600,000 by powering the Weibel Ice Rink through methane gas collected in the city's closed landfill.

"We're doing our bit and hope to continue to do more," he said.

Heard Mark Torpey of the Saratoga Energy, Environmental and Development (SEED) Project give a presentation on alternative energy sources, including wind energy procurement and using biodiesel fuel to power school buses. Two Saratoga Springs School District buses will be run on biodiesel from soy next year.

Passed two ordinances introduced by Franck. A new livery ordinance will allow all people with a valid driver's license to operate pedicabs within the city's designated district. The district was also enlarged in the new ordinance to include portions of the West Side across Broadway. The other ordinance permits the commissioner of accounts to sell $25 annual permits for canoes to launch at the Waterfront Park on Saratoga Lake. The program is for city residents only.

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