Delaware County CHIPS funding boosted

By Cheryl Petersen
The Delaware County Board of Supervisors met in Delhi on March 27 with all supervisors present
Chair of Public Works, and Town of Hancock Supervisor, Sam Rowe, Jr., reported on a recent announcement by NYS Senator Jack Martins, that the 2013-2014 state budget includes $75 million of increased funding for the Consolidated Local Street and Highway Improvement Program (CHIPS).

Established by the Legislature in 1981, the CHIPS program allows funds to go directly to local governments to support repairs to the highways, bridges, and roads that they operate and maintain. Under the CHIPS funding allocation in the new budget, Delaware County will see a $281,998 increase in CHIPS funding, a 15.34 percent increase over last year. The total funds coming to Delaware County are estimated at $2,120,468 for year 2013-2014.

Chair of the Community Service Board, and Town of Andes Supervisor, Martin Donnelly, informed the supervisors of an upcoming invitation to explore two potential building sites, one of which would serve as a new facility for the Mental Health Clinic. The clinic provides evaluation, diagnosis and treatment to adults and children residing within Delaware County. “The current facility housing the Mental Health Clinic, near the Delaware Valley Hospital, is too small,” said Donnelly. “Therefore, on April 3, at 4 p.m., we are scheduled to tour the DelMet building in Walton, and then at 5:30 p.m., we will tour the vacant school in Treadwell.” The Community Service Board, functioning under the Mental Health Committee, will be seeking bids from both places.

Resolutions were put forth before the Board of Supervisors. All were approved. Resolution # 55 entailed a received bid price from Machinex Technologies Inc., of $2, 285,675 for new equipment for a projected new recycling center stationed at Delaware County Solid Waste Center on Route 10 near Walton.

Approval was given to move forward to finalize contract details. “
The price will cover all equipment, controls, sorting lines, separators, inter-connects and so on,”
said Sue McIntyre, Solid Waste Director. “As for a timeline, the engineering and design will occur spring 2013. Fabrication of equipment will occur summer 2013. Installation in the fall. And, operational startup in spring of year 2014.” Town of Hamden Supervisor, Wayne Marshfield asked Sue McIntyre if a new building will be required. McIntyre answered, “Yes, with approval from the Board, the new building will be built on the flat area near the compost building. The anticipated cost of the building will be $2.5 million. Funds will come from the money in capital reserve and grants.”