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January 23, 2014

Delaware board approves wireless phone surcharge

By Cheryl Petersen Contributing writer
The Daily Star

---- — DELHI — At its meeting Wednesday, the Delaware County Board of Supervisors approved of an additional 30-cent monthly surcharge per wireless cell phone.

“All the funds will go to the 911 account to continue upgrading services,” said Public Safety Chair and Deposit Supervisor Tom Axtell.

Also approved was a maximum expenditure of $154,000 for engineering evaluations of the Public Works operations and maintenance to determine the design of a new building.

Chair of Public Works Sam Rowe, Hancock supervisor, said, “The committee has tossed around ideas for over four years. The Public Works building on Page Street is old and unsafe. As a temporary fix, the mechanics were moved to the Wickham building on Bridge Street.

“Repairing the Page Street building roof is too costly and doesn’t guarantee future usability,” added Rowe. “The best alternative is to tear down the old building and rebuild a highly functional building between Page and Bridge streets.”

The old building is connected to the Board of Elections building and a building with county offices. They would not be affected.

“The new building will include space for mechanics and for maintenance, said Supervisor Dennis Valente, a committee member, “thereby allowing the Wickham building to return to the market and be put back on the tax roll.”

Delhi Supervisor Mark Tuthill remarked on the building site being near a flood plain.

“Indeed, a section of the potential building would need to be raised,” he said. “For the flood plain reason and for many other concerns, the committee feels consultant services are necessary. We want to do this once, and do it right.”

Wendel Architecture, Engineering, Surveying & Landscape, based in Buffalo, was approved to study the county public works operations and come up with parameters to accommodate the mechanics and maintenance, while yet being adaptable to the bridge crew.

“All preliminary work and studies will be shared with the village of Delhi,” said Board of Supervisors Chairman Jim Eisel.

A change order of more than $2 million was authorized for the new recycling equipment for the new Materials Recovery Facility being built at the Delaware County Landfill in Walton. “Necessary changes were made in the final design, mainly engineering, fabrication and installation, and fire walls,” said Sue McIntyre, director of waste management.

The Sheriff’s Office was granted funds by all supervisors except Valente to participate in the statewide “Police Traffic Services Program,” at a cost of $9,455. 

“I will vote ‘no’ because I believe the program is a blatant violation of my rights,” said Valente.

Five old vehicles were approved to be sold at an auction by the Sheriff’s Office.

Appointments were made public for the Delaware Opportunities, Health Services Advisory Board, and Soil & Water Conservation District committees. “I’ve also appointed seven members to the Finance Committee as per suggestions from the supervisors, and we will try it for a year,” said Eisel. “If it doesn’t work, we can go back to having five members on the Finance Committee.”

With the recent death of former town of Kortright Supervisor Donald L. Kerr, a resolution extending sympathy to the Kerr family was unanimously passed.

“His contribution to the county was dedicated and Donald had a head for figures,” said Hamden Supervisor Wayne Marshfield. “I listened when he spoke.”