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County Legislature updates from last nights session


The Cortland County Legislature met last night, and proclaimed February as African American History Month in Cortland County.

The legislature also distributed most of an $8.7-million windfall in sales tax revenue to the city and towns, taking 54%, plus $375-thousand off the top.

The county created a new full time Attorney position, effective immediately, abolishing the former part-time job. The County Attorney’s office will now have one full and one part time lawyer on staff, with the full-time salary capped at about $108-thousand.

The county will spend $151-thousand for security equipment and a new Ceilometer at the airport. After state funding, the county cost will be about $15-thousand. A ceilometer measures the height of clouds, by the way.

Money to replace the McGraw-Marathon Road Bridge was approved, most from federal and state sources with a small local share.

The County created four new temporary Public Health positions, along with a coordinator. Their mission, if the jobs can be filled, is to educate the public on the COVID 19 response.

A shortage of dispatchers led to the creation of a full-time temporary 911 dispatcher position to help cover retirement shortages. The county hopes to hire from its latest Civil Service exam for the job.

New Chair of the Legislature Kevin Fitch joins us tomorrow at 9 for Meet Cortland County.

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