By DAN GUZEWICH Staff writer
A 51-item agenda whose topics range from restoring 15 Health Department positions that were to be deleted June 30 to giving certain first-time homebuyers a county tax break awaits county legislators this week.
Additionally, the Board of Legislators will make its annual proclamation of June as Dairy Month. Dairy is the major component of the county’s substantial farm economy.
The board meets at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the County Office Building in Utica. Agenda highlights include:
-- Reestablishing 15 positions in the Health Department that were eliminated as of June 30 in this year’s budget. The county has now decided to leave the programs intact and not outsource them. In some instances, it was learned that programs could not be turned over to vendors and in others it didn’t make financial sense to pursue outsourcing.
The four resolutions to support the reinstatement of the positions were approved by the Health and Human Services Committee Monday. The committee approved all four measures 9-1, with one absence. Harmony Speciale, D-22, Utica, opposed all four items. Howard Regner, R-2, Verona, was absent.
-- Providing for a partial exemption from county property taxes for first-time homebuyers of newly constructed homes.
-- Granting an easement and right-of-way over county land at the Mohawk Valley Community College Rome campus to the city to support creation of the Mohawk River Trail Project.
-- Approving MVCC master plan for future development of the school’s main campus in Utica and smaller one in Rome.
-- Authorizing the district attorney to use $78,000 in forfeiture money so the Utica Police Department can remain a member of the drug task force. The department withdrew from the task force for financial reasons after the city Common Council adopted the 2012-13 budget.
-- Approving a policy and procedures for county departments for protecting personal private sensitive information when disposing or reusing electronic equipment. The policy follows release of a state audit earlier this year that found instances where personal data was not erased from devices like computers or photocopiers when disposed of or moved to another county department. The same report recommended the situation be fixed through adoption of a policy and procedures.
-- Authorizing the county to seek several state-funded economic development grants on behalf of companies undertaking projects.