The Franklin County Traffic Safety Board is a group of concerned residents of Franklin County that meet monthly to discuss traffic concerns and solutions.
The Board was formed by the County Board of Legislators under the authority of Article 43 of the New York State Vehicle and Traffic Law (sections 1672 to 1677).
Members who serve on the Traffic Safety Board are required to be residents of Franklin County and are appointed for three-year terms. They are not compensated for service to the Board and attendance at meetings is voluntary. Rules and regulations as set forth by the County Board of Legislators regarding the composition of the Traffic Safety Board and the manner in which it conducts business can be viewed in the County Manager's Office located at the Court House, 355 West Main Street in Malone.
The Board is authorized for 21 members and includes the following agencies; Malone, Saranac Lake and Tupper Lake police departments, New York State Police, Franklin County Sheriff's office, state Department of Environmental Conservation, and Akwesasne Tribal Police. Also on the Board is a representative from the state Department of Transportation, Franklin County Highway Dept., STOP DWI, Franklin County Probation Dept., County Health Dept., County Manager's office, and the District Attorney's office. In addition, there are several Board positions for citizens not part of a government entity.
There are currently two open positions on the Board. Current officers are: Chairman Sheriff Kevin Mulverhill, Vice-chairman Dave Werner and Executive Secretary Brian McKee.
The Board has two paid part-time positions; Administrative Assistant, Tina Recore and Traffic Consultant Ron Reyome. They are both grant-funded through the Governor's Traffic Safety Committee.
Because the county seat is in Malone, most of the Board members are from the northern end of the county, and the Board would like to have better representation from the southern end. We would also like to be more active with traffic issues in the Saranac Lake and Tupper Lake areas. Anyone interested in serving on the Board should attend a couple of meetings, which are normally held on the 4th Wednesday of the month at the Public Safety Building on Bare Hill Road in Malone, but are occasionally held at Paul Smith's College. For information on meetings, contact Tina Recore, at 481-1554. If, after attending a meeting, you are interesting in a board position, write a letter of interest, stating why you wish to join the board and how you can help improve traffic safety in Franklin County.
The goal of the Board is to further traffic safety within Franklin County by addressing local traffic issues, providing traffic safety education through the news media (including these Did You Know articles), and speaking on traffic safety issues to organizations throughout the county. The Board also assists in organizing enforcement efforts for Driving While Intoxicated checkpoints, Off Road Recreational checkpoints, and conducts a quarterly "Victim's Impact Panel" for drivers convicted of drunk driving.
For more information, visit the Board's website at www.frankincony.org and look for Traffic Safety Board under "Departments." Questions, comments or inquiries may be made by contacting Ron Reyome, whose contact information is listed on the web site, or emailing the Board at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dave Werner can be reached at email@example.com.