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December 12, 2013

Delaware board takes steps to fill coffers

By Cheryl Petersen Contributing writer
The Daily Star

---- — There was a changing of the guard after Delaware County business was tended to at the Board of Supervisors last regular meeting of the year Wednesday. Among other business, the supervisors agreed to resolutions targeted to increase county revenue through state and federal reimbursements to the social services. 

“The department is taking the approach of anticipating overspending next year by capturing revenue now and covering the expenses with future reimbursements,” said Social Services Commissioner Bill Moon.

The revenue will be applied to the Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP), youth training, a parent-aide program and employment-related services.

“The number of employable public assistance recipients has been expanding,” said Moon. “Delaware County has two locations at which to train employable people with the goal to re-attach them to the workforce.” One location is SUNY Delhi and the other is Delaware Opportunities.

The training services include professional teachers and a computer laboratory. If necessary, child care of the employable recipient is also an added expense.

“The resolutions were drawn up with the hopes that the final expenditures come in under the appropriations,” added Moon.

As for the parent aide program and transportation, Moon said: “The county is serving an unusually high number of over 100 foster children. However, we hope this is a peak number and it will start dwindling,” said Moon.

The board resolved to object to the use of Delaware County’s seal or logo on the state website associated with pistol permit recertification and/or the NY SAFE Act.

“The state needs to be held accountable for their own laws,” said Delaware County Sheriff Tom Mills.

The sum of $29,028,648.08 was determined to be levied against the taxable property of Delaware County and credited by the county treasurer.

Sympathy was extended to the family of former Town of Deposit Supervisor, Lee Conklin, who died recently.

A budget modification, because of a $610,000 grant, was approved. The grant funds will offset a portion of the architectural and construction expenses related to the partial relocation of a call center slotted to employ 400 people. Glenn Nealis, the county’s economic development director, and Jim Thomson of the Industrial Development Association were lauded for their participation in the effort to bring this business to the county.

New Corporate Compliance Officer for Public Health Donna Jones was introduced to the board. 

“The compliance officer reviews and evaluates compliance issues within the public health organization,” said Bonnie Hamilton. “All supervisors can go directly to her with any concerns.”

Six new incoming supervisors were welcomed and encouraged to speak their mind.

Outgoing supervisors were recognized for their work. Especially noted was Don Smith, town of Franklin Supervisor for 23 years at the town and county level. Don Smith also received a plaque from Cornell Cooperative Extension.