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October 24, 2013

Delaware County Board of Supervisors tackles issues

By Cheryl Petersen Contributing Writer
The Daily Star

---- — During a meeting Wednesday of the Delaware County Board of Supervisors, a roof repair estimate of $1 million for a main Delaware County Public Works facility dashed the supervisors’ hopes to maintain the building.

In addition, County Paralegal Assistant Stephanie Joedicke was awarded employee of the month at the county attorney’s Office, and an invitation was extended to the supervisors to visit stream restoration projects completed after the devastation by Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee.

“The building on Page Avenue, referred to as the Patrol Shop, was built 125-years ago,” said Hancock Supervisor Sam Rowe, chair of the Public Works Committee. “It’s been in disrepair for years. The cost of $1 million to fix the roof isn’t prudent.”

In the early ‘70s, the Patrol Shop was added onto the building, and those structures are secure, he said. However, Delaware County will be losing a structure.

“The facility in Sidney Center must be destroyed May 1, 2014 because it is in the flood plain,” Rowe said.

There are almost a half-dozen public works facilities located throughout the county.

“The county needs to work with towns,” said Rowe. “We supervisors talk a big talk about shared services, but we don’t follow through. Somebody needs to let go of control. We shouldn’t be spending money following each other around, working on roads. The committee decided to hire a consultant to re-evaluate the county and its facilities to come up with a plan that provides practical road work.” 

The meeting then motioned County Attorney Porter Kirkwood to introduce Joedicke, the county attorney’s employee of the month.

“Stephanie is a graduate of Lake Erie College and began working in the Investigation Unit in 2007,” said Kirkwood. “Year 2011, she was promoted to the position of paralegal assistant. Stephanie Joedicke was raised in Margaretville, and the county attorney’s office is honored to be keeping the best and brightest workers in the region. Stephanie is a hard worker and dedicated.”

Dean Frazier, commissioner of Delaware County Department of Watershed Affairs, invited the supervisors to review flood mitigation projects in the town of Middletown. A commercial bus has been scheduled for Nov. 14.

“You can see a few of the 33 stream-restoration projects that protect public infrastructure, private property, as well as provide for the protection of water quality have been completed,” said Frazier. “To date, over $2.2 million has been spent.”

Frazier also noted an upcoming meeting scheduled for Dec. 5, saying, “You will learn about changes made in the national flood insurance program.” A new 100-year Flood Plains map has been constructed. The planning board is making efforts to inform how 6,000 businesses and homeowners will be affected by the changes.

It was resolved that the Delaware County Sheriff’s Office will continue its four-day work week for the personnel assigned to road patrol and investigations.

 “The four-day work week has saved on overtime pay,” said undersheriff Craig DuMond.

A public hearing on salary increases for 10 county employees is scheduled for Nov.13, at 12:45 in the Supervisors’ Room at 111 Main Street in Delhi.

Each of the 19 towns received a check, varying from $3,397.97 to $45,670.71, as their portion of semi-annual mortgage tax income, recorded at the county office, totaling $323,165.19. The towns each receive half of 1 percent of the total. A quarter of the 1 percent goes to Delaware County and a quarter percent goes to New York state.