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May 16, 2014

Delaware supervisors discuss heroin problem, flooding

DELHI — Chairman Jim Eisel opened the Delaware County Board of Supervisors meeting Wednesday by reading from his written statement an update on the area’s heroin epidemic. The supervisors also passed resolutions to move forward on an Emergency Communication upgrade and a $1.3 million flood-mitigation project in the town of Sidney.

In regard to the heroin epidemic, Eisel read “We have received a lot of tips on our hotline; keep them coming. Drug abusers and dealers need to know that the Delaware County Sheriff is coming after you because we are out to put you in jail long-term and you should seriously think about moving out of rural Delaware County.”

Residents are using the 1-888-914-9111 tip-line to anonymously report any illicit drug activity.

A resolution to support training pertaining to flood issues for Code Enforcement Officers was approved. Officers can gain knowledge of flood plain regulations, flood buyout and relocation processes and programs, terms and regulations of the National Flood Insurance Program, and mitigation efforts.

A resolution to authorize entrance into agreement with the Delaware County Industrial Development Agency (IDA) for the Sidney Center Streambank Relocation Project was approved after a lengthy discussion.

Serving his first year as the elected Sidney Supervisor, Eugene Pigford delivered a speech pointing out that the New York’s State Environmental Quality Review (SEQR) did not refer to the hamlet of Sidney Center.

“Why wasn’t input from Sidney Center Village considered?” Pigford asked.

Pigford outlined the project’s impact on streets and a town park.

“The impacts leave unresolved issues,” said Pigford. “With input from all agencies, maybe these issues could be resolved.”

The Sidney Center project began in 2012 as an opportunity for the IDA to use funds.  In 2012, the IDA contacted the Delaware County Planning Board for a list of possible Streambank Restoration projects, one of which was the Sidney Center project.

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