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Busy Wednesday for Allegany County Legislature


New EMS Advisory Board, filling open positions, reviewing highway projects

By Andrew Harris

Legislators will have a full plate today in Belmont. Agendas indicate that the four committee meetings planned after a full Committee of the Whole meeting are full of important topics.

Perhaps the most interesting of the day will be the Public Safety committee who will be forming a new EMS Advisory Board. That board will be lead by a EMS Medical Director, provided by University of Rochester Medical Center. The Allegany County EMS Advisory Board will replace the former Allegany County EMS Advisory Council, which was an informal body constituted for a similar purpose that operated in Allegany County from the mid-1970s through 2020.

District Attorney Keith Slep will ask the committee to approve filling an open position in his office. A part-time, 3rd Assistant District Attorney is requested. The other top cop in the county, Sheriff Rick Whitney will make a similar request of legislators seeking to fill the vacant Corrections Sergeant. Look for more details from county law enforcement later in today’s edition of the Wellsville Sun.

The Director of Public Works, Justin Henry, will provide the board with a comprehensive review of this years highway projects. After some standard requests for seasonal staff and material bids, Henry will ask permission to create a new capital account for a project on County Road 26 in the town of Belfast. That bridge replacement project is set to begin soon.

Members of the Personnel Committee will meet after Public Works to do some housekeeping work and hear from the Board of Elections. Commissioners will ask to have unspent funds from the 2021 elections reallocated into the 2022 budget.

Human Services is the final committee meeting on the legislative agenda today. The committee will hear reports and requests from the Health Department, Social Services, and the Office of the Aging. Many of the topics will be to fill open jobs and request permission to spend funds from the American Rescue Plan.

Read the schedule and access each committee agenda on

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