Delaware County supervisors seek state, fed. social services $

By Cheryl Petersen
Among other business at its meeting last week, the Delaware County Board of Supervisors agreed to increase county revenue through state and federal reimbursements to social services, and they resolved to object to the state using the county logo or seal on the state’s pistol-permit website.
Middletown Supervisor Marge Miller alone challenged the objection to using the county logo, explaining after the meeting, “I voted against that resolution for the reason of consistency. The resolution is in answer to New York State Legislative Acts and is political in nature, yet it wasn’t examined by our County Legislative Committee. This resolution came from the sheriff and the county clerk and I believe it should have come from the County Legislative Committee as a matter of consistency.”
The majority of the board resolved to object to the use of Delaware County’s seal or logo on the state website associated with pistol permit recertification and/or the NY SAFE Act. “The state needs to be held accountable for their own laws,” said Delaware County Sheriff Tom Mills.

Banking on increase
As per the process of increasing revenue in Social Services, “The department is taking the approach of anticipating overspending next year by capturing revenue now and covering the expenses with future reimbursements,” said Bill Moon, Social Services Commissioner.
The revenue will be applied to the Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP), youth training, parent aide program, and employment related services.
“The number of employable public assistance recipients has been expanding,” said Moon. “Delaware County has two locations at which to train employable people with the goal to re-attach them to the workforce.” One location is SUNY Delhi and the other is Delaware Opportunities.
The training services include professional teachers and a computer laboratory. If necessary, child care of the employable recipient is also an added expense.
“The resolutions were drawn up with the hopes that the final expenditures come in under the appropriations,” added Moon.
As for the Parent Aide Program and transportation, Moon remarked, “The county is serving an unusually high number of over 100 foster children, however we hope this is a peak number and it will start dwindling,” said Moon.
The sum of $29,028,648.08 was determined to be levied against the taxable property of Delaware County and credited by the county treasurer.
The board accepted grant funding of $9,000 to the Office of the Aging, from the Rural Healthcare Alliance of Delaware County, to train staff for administering the Matter of Balance Program and to continue a water exercise program for the county’s older population.
Hancock Supervisor Sam Rowe, representing Public Works, reported that projects on county Route 17 have been completed to advance Emergency Watershed Protection and restore a retaining wall.
Sympathy was extended to the family of former Town of Deposit Supervisor, Lee Conklin, recently deceased.
A budget modification, due to a $610,000 grant, was approved. The grant funds will offset a portion of the architectural and construction expenses related to the partial relocation of a Call Center slotted to employ 400 people. Glenn Nealis, economic development director, and Jim Thomson, industrial development association, were lauded for their participation in the effort to bring this business to the county.
New to the position, Donna Jones, corporate compliance officer for Public Health, was introduced to the board. “The compliance officer reviews and evaluates compliance issues within the Public Health organization,” said Bonnie Hamilton. “All supervisors can go directly to her with any concerns.”
Six new incoming supervisors were welcomed and encouraged to speak their mind in year 2014. Outgoing supervisors were recognized for their hard work and genuine efforts.