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SCHUYLER COUNTY—The Schuyler County Legislature approved to authorize the distribution of mortgage tax receipts for county towns and villages, at their regular meeting Monday, June 14.
These taxes collected from Oct. 1, 2009 through March 31, 2010 will be distributed to various municipalities as follows; the town of Catharine $2,719, Cayuta $2,491, Dix $10,575, Hector $28,053, Montour $4,326, Orange $6,066, Reading $6,636, and Tyrone $8,970. The village of; Burdett $502, Montour Falls $1,662, Odessa $503, and Watkins Glen $4,761.
The legislature approved a resolution in supporting a temporary extension of enhanced federal Medicaid matching funds under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). According to the resolution, in order to fund the program counties have had to increase property taxes and sales taxes, and county services have declined. A “cap” has been placed in NYS to help provide stability however; counties are still concerned with the future sustainability of the Medicaid program. Under the ARRA, a Federal Medicaid Assistance Program (FMAP) provides increased matching funds for counties. If approved by the state, the FMAP could be extended and extra six months, through June 30, 2011 to further assist Schuyler County with Medicaid funding.
A resolution to authorize the transfer of funds from the Facilities and Grounds Capital Reserve account to the Shared Public Works Facility Capital Fund was approved by the Schuyler County Legislature with a five to three vote. The Shared Public Works project has exceeded the $2,983,000 that was originally funded for the project. Legislator Dennis Fagan expressed his disapproval and said this issue could have been resolved before completion of the project. “I can’t support a waste of money like this,” Fagan said.
New York State provides financial aid for municipal waste reductions and municipal recycling projects. After examining the laws, the legislature believes it is in the public interest and benefit to file an application for the state grant. It will cover 2010-2014 and the signing of the associated state contract under appropriate laws of NYS.
A memorandum of agreement between Tompkins, Cayuga, Seneca and Schuyler Counties for a 2009 Hazardous Material Grant Program was authorized by the Schuyler County Legislature. The agreement deals with weapons of mass destruction, hazardous material response and decontamination capabilities. The county has limited capabilities to respond to hazardous material incidents and would like to work with other counties to enhance these capabilities and support other counties where they lack.
The legislature approved to authorize an application and accept a 2010/2011 NYS Aid to Prosecution Grant to the Schuyler County District Attorney’s Office to assist prosecution of felony offenses. The grant is estimated to be $31,800 with no local matching.
The legislature also approved to authorize an application and accept a 2010 Child Safety Seat Program Grant from the NYS Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee. The estimated $15,200 with no county match, will allow the Schuyler County Sheriff’s Office to purchase a mobile fitting station, child safety seats, other related equipment, and training for technicians.
Schuyler County Public Health has also received a National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) Capacity Building Award of $5,000. The legislature approved the funding agreement which will last until July 31.
Schuyler County received requests to add property to their agriculture districts during their enrollment period from Jan. 15 to Feb. 15. On March 16, the county’s Agriculture and Farmland Protection Board found viable agriculture land requests. The county did not, however, hold a public hearing regarding the enrollment requests. A public hearing will be held July 12 at the regular meeting of the legislature to solve this matter.
The Schuyler County Legislature approved to recommend and add a request for inclusion into the Schuyler County Agriculture District #2. On March 15, the county’s Agriculture and Farmland Protection Board found one request to be 40 acres of viable agriculture land. After environmental assessments, the parcel located in the town of Reading also proved on May 10 to not have any significant negative environmental impacts.
After being approved by the legislature, June 15 is proclaimed as Elder Abuse Awareness Day and July 2010 will be recognized as Case Management Month by Schuyler County.
The next regular meeting of the Schuyler County Legislature will be Monday, July 12 at 6:30 p.m.

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