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Details From Yesterday’s Jam-Packed County Meetings

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Several committees of the Cortland County Legislature met yesterday (May 14), including Budget and Finance, Judiciary and Public Safety and Personnel.

There are quite a few noteworthy items heading into next Thursday’s meeting of the full legislature.

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The County Budget and Finance Committee voted to abolish the position of ‘Fiscal Officer’ to be replaced with an ‘Assistant Budget and Finance Director.’

Likewise, the committee also voted to replace the ‘Principal Account Clerk’ position with a ‘Senior Account Clerk.’ It also recommended the creation of three caseworker positions to help with a shortage at the Department of Social Services.

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About $48K in professional services was approved for a large-scale, long-term capital improvement project at the County Courthouse.

Gradual improvements to the building’s exterior stairs, roof, heating system, and elevator are expected. Bell & Spina Architects, out of Syracuse, was awarded as the lowest bidder.

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The State Department of Health awarded nearly $370K in transportation assistance to the county, which will be paid to First Transit, Inc., the county’s contracted public transit provider.

That’s a result of a major revenue loss for First Transit in 2010 caused by the legal transfer of non-emergency transportation to a private Medicaid brokerage system. First Transit lost 40% of its revenue operating the county’s transportation system because of this transfer.

A partnership was also approved between the State and County Health Departments to provide funding for the Immunization Action Plan. Just over $155K will be provided over the next four years, with $31,050 being awarded each year.

That funding will will be used to improve immunization levels among county residents.

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An official agreement was authorized with Direct Energy Corporation, out of New Jersey, to supply the county’s natural gas.

Municipal Electric and Gas Alliance represented the county in the bid-making process, as per Resolution No. 44-11 (2018).

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Just under $15K was awarded to the Sheriff’s Office by the State Division for Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) Office of Program Development and Funding to further support criminal justice services.

That was originally supposed to be $20K, but was not ultimately not expended in full. The funding will go towards additional staffing and man hours to help with local drug/narcotic investigations and enforcement.

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Cortland County officially signed on to a municipal agreement with the counties of Cayuga, Jefferson, Lewis, Madison, Onondaga, Oswego and Tompkins–referred to as the “Central New York Epidemiological Alliance.”

That agreement signifies a commitment to provide mutual aid to each other during a public health
emergency that exceeds the capabilities of the individual counties.

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Both the Budget and Finance and Personnel committees approved a contract with Granicus, LLC, a company that provides a service called MinuteTraq that creates user-friendly editions of legislative agendas and minutes, as well as audio and video of meetings and proceedings all intended for public use.

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A recommendation was made to approve just over $20K to Silver Lining Performance Horses in McGraw as part of the Microenterprise Grant Program.

There will also be a public hearing at the beginning of next Thursday’s (May 23) legislative session to discuss $200,000 in microenterprise grants currently available to local business owners, awarded in fiscal year 2017 under the Small Cities Community Development Block Grant Program.

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Certainly a lot to keep track of, so make sure you stay tuned with us for the essentials!

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