“The estimated surplus, if we can call it that, should be returned to the people,” said Harpersfield Supervisor Jim Eisel. “The government doesn’t create jobs, the private sector does, and that is where the money should go.”
The board also approved two resolutions written by John Boecke, director of veterans services, supporting Blue Water Acts presented by Rep. Chris Gibson, R-Kinderhook.
The resolutions are meant to ensure health care to service members who could have come into contact with the air-borne chemical Agent Orange during the Vietnam War.
A grant awarded to Delaware County in the amount of $179,210 was accepted by the board to upgrade the hardware and some software for the 911 system.
Graydon Dutcher of the Delaware County Soil and Water District gave a presentation on successful flood-mitigation projects after Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee.
Dean Frazier, commissioner of watershed affairs, spoke on behalf of the flood-mitigation strategies that also include buy-outs and relocations. “Be assured, any decision to buy out or relocate comes from the community in which it may occur,” said Frazier. “The plans are voluntary.”
However, Middletown Supervisor Marge Miller criticized the New York City Department of Environmental Protection for sometimes being slow to act, noting: “The process would have to work hand-in-hand.”