A special meeting of the Planning and Development Committee will follow
By Andrew Harris
County legislators will be in session this Wednesday in Belmont to approve some normal county business and then to start the process of revamping the county economic development efforts.
The Ways and Means committee will gather first to approve the hiring of a driver for the Office of the Aging and hiring four office aides for the Planning department.
A full board meeting starts at 2pm in the legislative chambers. Elected officials will wade through sixteen resolutions ranging from job creation to shared services agreement. You can read the entire legislative packet by clicking here.
The most interesting meeting of the day will begin after the full board meeting ends. The county announced at 4pm on Tuesday May 24 that a special Planning and Economic Development meeting was added to the schedule. Announcing a meeting with less than twenty-four hours notice is always curious, but the purpose of the meeting is quite interesting.
According to the agenda provided, this special meeting of the committee is to begin the process of creating a new local law. In essence, the proposed new law will allow for a restructuring of the county’s economic development efforts. As explained in the county agenda for the meeting, many of the current economic development efforts by Allegany County are currently outsourced to Alfred State College.
The committee will be voting to create a local law that will bring Allegany County’s economic development office back “inhouse.” A Director of Economic Development position will be created in order to, “work with Alfred State College on a succession plan.” A request within to create that new job title indicates that the salary and benefits are “To Be Determined” by the board but will be 100% county funded.
After legislator Healy’s comments recently, which call for the end of the counties relationship with Alfred State, the resolution takes on more significance. Read that story here.
Here is the full agenda for this special meeting and stay tuned for our report from the meeting: