The board is expected to approve funding for Wellsville’s Madison Street Bridge
By Andrew Harris
County legislators will gather today in Belmont for a monthly meeting of the full board. On the agenda today will be the typical business of government and some interesting highlights.
According to the agenda and overview of resolutions before the board, two resolutions stand out:
- Longtime District 1 legislator and former County Chairman Philip Stockin will introduce a resolution to increase the pay of county officiers. This request could bring the board back to an ongoing debate about how to use pay increases to best retain the county workforce. The historic labor market is causing labor shortages among the “rank and file,” employees of the county and concerns that the top talent will find greener pastures. *Chairman W. Brooke Harris corrected this statement with: “The local law increasing the the salaries of certain county officers is a statutory requirement for anybody (board appointed or elected) who gets a raise mid-term. We have to do it every year. In other words, nothing to do with recruitment, retention issues, or “rightsizing” county compensation.”
- Legislators will be asked to approve an agreement with L.C. Whitford to replace the Madison Street Bridge in Wellsville. The bridge spans the railroad and is one of the most heavily traveled bridges in Allegany County. With a price tag “no to exceed,” $2,160,788.16, Allegany County currently does not share sales tax revenues with municipalities like Wellsville in return for providing the capital for all bridge repair and replacement in Allegany County.
Below is the full agenda, the 2pm meeting will be live streamed on the Allegany County Facebook page, you do not need a Facebook account to access the public meeting livestreams or archives.
CALL TO ORDER
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE TO THE FLAG – Legislator James M. Rumfelt
INVOCATION – Legislator Gretchen Hanchett
APPROVAL OF MINUTES:
- motion to approve
PRIVILEGE OF THE FLOOR:
- ACCORD Domestic Violence Program Manager Jennifer Morgan-Burt, LMSW – Domestic Violence
ON THE DESKS:
- Report of IntraFund Transfers and Tax Bill Corrections Approved by the County Administrator in September 2023
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS, COMMUNICATIONS, REPORTS, ETC.
- Issued and effective on July 21, 2023, the NYS Board on Electric Generation Siting and the Environment approved the Alle-Catt Wind Energy, LLC, Compliance Filing for a Proposed Wind Energy Project subject to conditions.
- Copy of correspondence dated September 25, 2023, from Bond, Schoeneck, & King to the NYS Public Service Commission on behalf of Niagara Mohawk Power Corporation d/b/a National Grid an application to Amend the Certificate of Environmental Compatibility and Public Need authorizing Removal and Installation of H-Frame Structures on Existing 345 kV Overhead Electrical Transmission Facility
- Notice of next Inter-County Association of Western New York meeting at Intergrow Greenhouses in Ontario, New York.
- Correspondence from Senator Borrello acknowledging receipt and support of our Resolution No. 333-23 in opposition to moving certain elections to even-numbered years.
- Correspondence from Assemblyman Giglio acknowledging receipt of our Resolution No. 333-23 in opposition to moving certain elections to even-numbered years.
- Correspondence from the New York State Association of Counties (NYSAC) offering Chairman W. Brooke Harris an appointment as Chair of the NYSAC Resolution Standing Committee, and Chairman Harris accepted their offer.
- Reminder that the Allegany County Farm Bureau annual meeting is on Tuesday, October 17. Please let Clerk of the Board Riehle know whether or not you plan to attend.
- Reminder that Cornell Cooperative Extension’s annual meeting is on Tuesday, October 24. Please let Clerk of the Board Riehle know whether or not you plan to attend.
- Chairman Harris’ proclamation declaring October 8-14 as Fire Prevention Week and the month of October as Fire Prevention Month in Allegany County.
- Chairman Harris’ proclamation declaring October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month in Allegany County.
INTRODUCTION OF LEGISLATION:
- Legislator Philip G. Stockin to Introduce Local Law Intro. No. 1-2023, Print No. 1, A Local Law to Provide Increases in the Compensation of Certain County Officers
- Resolution Intro. Nos. 347-23 through 371-23
GOOD OF THE ORDER