CANTON St. Lawrence County legislators approved a plan Monday to have a trained group made up of volunteers and paid personnel to deal with hazardous materials incidents.
The county will pay the city of Ogdensburg an annual fee of $17,500 for services of its team, which is mostly paid employees of the municipality.
The county also will provide Occupational Safety and Health Administration training, which is free, to volunteers. I think this is a nice compromise, County Administrator Karen M. St. Hilaire said. This is kind of a hybrid. We support Ogdensburg having a paid team.
The county will try the arrangement on a one-year trial basis.
The point is we need a group to respond as soon as possible, said Legislator Vernon D. Sam Burns, D-Ogdensburg. This addresses that.