County legislators quickly work way through agenda

Published Aug 12, 2017 at 4:00pm

Without a single “no” vote, and hardly any comments from lawmakers, the Oneida County Board of Legislators quickly worked its way through its agenda Wednesday.

Among the resolutions passed:

• Approval for the county to apply to the state Office of Community Renewal for two housing-related grants: $600,000 to continue a program that replaces or rehabilitates mobile homes, and $250,000 to start a well and septic system program.

The HomeOwnership Center will administer the grants. No county dollars are required for either program.

• Approval of a grant agreement between the county Department of Water Pollution Control and the state Department of  Environmental Conservation.

The $1.3 million will be used to partially fund an organics waste processing facility at the Oneida-Herkimer Solid Waste Authority’s north Utica location. The authority will pay for costs not covered by the grant.

The new facility, whose estimated cost is about $2.6 million, will grind up food waste and turn it into a slurry. The liquid will then be piped to anaerobic digesters at the adjacent county wastetreatment plant.

• Final approval of the extension of the county’s 1 percent and 0.75 percent sales taxes. They are in addition to the county’s 3 percent sales tax, thereby creating a total county sales tax of 4.75 percent on most consumer goods. The combined state and county sales tax in the county is 8.75 percent, one of the highest in New York.

• Final approval of consolidated Agricultural District 1 to include the towns of Annsville, Camden, Florence and Vienna.

• Approval of a $77,680 agreement between the county Department of Public Works and Lochner Engineering to provide construction inspection services for the replacement of the Houck Road bridge over Sconondoa Creek in the town of Vernon.

• Approval of a $29,786 grant agreement between the Sheriff’s Office and the state Division of Criminal Justice Services for the purchase of ballistic helmets and ceramic body armor.

• Approval of the county Youth Bureau’s 2017 Resource Allocation Plan.

• Approval of next year’s Workers’ Compensation budget.

• Approval of 23 refunds and 13 corrections for erroneous tax assessments.

Prior to going into executive session, a resolution was read extending the board’s sympathy to the family of Bernard O. Burns, a former county legislator from Clinton who died July 25. Burns was a well-known Clinton Central School teacher and hockey coach.

In the closed-door session, legislators and other county officials spent more than an hour discussing the parking garage for the planned new hospital in downtown Utica. The county and city would share the garage’s construction costs.