From the Editor, 9/7/21
Friday will be a big day in Belmont as the ‘top brass’ in the county gather to discuss and vote on multiple resolutions at 2pm. These full board meetings are the product a many hours of work behind the scenes: committee meetings, hearings, and much debate crafted the resolutions being put forth for a vote by the full board of legislators. Here is a look at the decisions that will be put to a final vote:
The first three agenda items are to provide full board approval to create three new jobs within the county health department. These positions are temporary, provided by grant funding until at least July 31st, 2022, but could continue beyond that should funding be renewed. The first is a Health Coordinator, a job that has become vital during the pandemic as our health department meets constant new challenges.
Speaking of vital, the next resolution asks legislators to vote on creating two full time nursing positions within the Health Department. The third job being presented to the county leaders for approval is a Typist for the Health Department. These are also temporary jobs, part of grant funding that is in place until the end of July 2022, possibly beyond.
The next resolution is great news for Allegany County winter sports enthusiasts, and the businesses who depend on them. The Allegany County Federation of Snowmobilers Association has been approved to operate a growing trail system and use the funds received from a New York State Parks grant. Pending legislators approval, the ACFSA will receive $113,280 for trail maintenance and safety.
Legislators will also be asked to approve property easements in the Town of Alfred in order to legally repair the Pine Street bridge over Canacadea Creek. The owner of the property is SUNY Alfred State College so this is a inter-government deal, a legal formality, with little direct cost to the taxpayer for the easements.
Fridays full board meeting will be rounded out with a resolution to accept a insurance claim after one of the pods in the Allegany County Jail suffered unexpected electrical issues and needed major repairs. This resolution, actually all of the above, are expected to be approved by majority vote by the board.