Legislature approves new dress code
WATKINS GLEN--The Schuyler County Legislature held their regular meeting, Monday, Feb. 12 in the legislative chambers at the county office building. All agenda items were approved at the session. Among the items approved were: adopting a county-wide dress code, moving forward with the County Road 16 bridge replacement over Meads Creek, beginning advertisements for bids to upgrade the jail plumbing and approving a concert at the Watkins Glen Performing Arts Center, March 14.
During the last legislative meeting, a new proposed dress code drew comments about some of the restrictions for employees. Prior to the meeting Monday night, Schuyler County Administrator Tim O'Hearn explained, "following last month's legislative meeting, Human Resources Director Lorry Johnson and I met with our local union leadership. That meeting was extremely positive and resulted in wording changes designed to clarify any wording concerning what is deemed appropriate dress. The union leadership now supports the adoption of this resolution and I am grateful for their support and collaboration in this initiative. It is important to note that the vast majority of our employees fully comply and even exceed the expectations set forth in the new dress code."
The dress code does not permit see-through clothing, tops that expose the midriff, sweatpants, tracksuits, athletic shorts, ripped clothing, spaghetti strap or undershirt style tank tops or halter tops, rubber flip-flops and inappropriate slogan or any message based clothing. Sweatshirts and hoodies are also prohibited with the exception of certain maintenance employees or staffers performing home or field visits. Hats have a similar exemption as do crew neck style shirts.
The County Road 16 bridge replacement is included in the 2018 budget. The state estimated the project would cost $790,000, however engineers projected $877,000. The bids showed the engineers' estimates were "almost right on the money," and officials expected this discrepancy as the original estimate by the state dated back to 2012.
The legislature also authorized the advertisement of bids for work at the jail building. The project will update plumbing at the facility including replacing feed lines, toilets, sinks and showers. Estimates expect the work to cost some $300,000. O'Hearn mentioned these updates are the result of the New York State Commission of Corrections facilities inspection and their requirement that physical upgrades be performed.
Finally, there will be a pre-St. Patrick's Day concert at the Watkins Glen Performing Arts Center, March 14. The band Kilrush will play and the performance will be free and open to the public. O'Hearn, who is now managing the performance space, hopes to have this evolve into a regular series of shows featuring local and regional performers as well as promoting craft breweries and the wine industry.