County District Attorney Dick Northrup said: “We have no factual basis for liability concerns if investigators are kept under the district attorney.”
Also on the docket, the board moved to authorize the Public Works Department to award the lowest bidders for construction of a new material recovery facility at the county landfill in the town of Walton. The $7.6 million landfill project is funded in part by grants and other sources.
“Ground can be broken right away with the board’s approval,” said Sue McIntyre, solid waste director. “The project is expected to be completed in the summer or fall of 2014.”
Salary increases for 10 county employees were approved.
A resolution supporting establishment of a southern tier office of Department of Mental Health was passed.
“The New York State Office of Mental Health is proposing a major redesign that includes closing two nearby inpatient services at the Elmira Psychiatric Center and Greater Binghamton Health Center by July 2014,” said Cindy Heaney, director of mental health. “The closures make access to critical care difficult. Hopefully, this resolution will bring attention to the need for mental health services in rural areas.”