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Legislators approve wage increases

YATES COUNTY—Legislators approved 2011 budget transfers of $171.564 for county employee wage increases during their meeting Monday, Jan. 10. The amount transferred was $46,554 for non-union employees. The non-union and hourly salary schedules were adopted. Also approved were budget transfers for wage and related increases for CSEA employees in the amount $125,010.
Legislator Mark Morris said he would vote no on non-union pay increases for several reasons stating, “We must start somewhere.” Morris and Legislator Patrick Galvin cast the two no votes. Prior to the vote Fitch noted Yates County is one of the few counties that does not offer a lifetime health care benefit.
Following the meeting, Yates County Administrator Sarah Purdy said the gross amount of the increases do not include state aid reimbursement. Purdy said all increases were budgeted in the 2011 budget. The agreement with CSEA is in its second year.
In other business: Passed a resolution requesting New York State Assembly pass a bill directing that mandatory court ordered surcharges imposed and collected on Driving While Intoxicated offenses be directed to the STOP-DWI Program in the county where the offense occurred. The New York State Senate has unanimously approved the bill. The resolution noted the court ordered surcharges on Driving While Intoxicated convictions could be used by the counties to support the enforcement of the ignition interlock provisions of Leandra’s Law.
• Reappointed Public Health Director/Director of Patient Services Deborah Minor for a one year term to expire Jan. 31, 2012.
• Authorized Legislature Chairman Taylor Fitch to sign a agreement on behalf of the S2AY Rural Health Network with New York State Department of Health, Office of Rural Health Network for a rural health network grant in the amount $221,327. Fitch said, “This is one of the later evolving rural health networks. Lauren Snyder started it when she was director of public health here. It is one of the largest.” The period covered is Feb. 1 to Jan. 31, 2012.
• Legislators adopted sliding fee schedules for home care services, lead screenings and administration of immunizations.
• A resolution adding a 19.2 acre parcel of property to the Yates County Agriculture District #1 was approved following a public hearing. Requests from landowners for inclusion in the agricultural district were accepted for a 30-day period beginning Nov. 1, 2010.
• Fitch asked for a moment of silence in memory of Frank Condella who served on Yates County Legislature from 1972 to 1975. He also asked for silence in memory of the victims of the recent shooting tragedy in Arizona.
• Fitch named Lindsey Magee to a term on the Youth Board through Jan. 10, 2014. Legislator Leslie Church said the Youth Board has established a Distinguished Youth Award. The award will recognize a youth who is an outstanding role model and provides service to their community.
• Legislator Donna Alexander announced the Marine Patrol will receive a marine patrol boat, motor and trailer through the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. Alexander said there will be no cost to Yates County. Legislator Dan Banach said the boat was built by the Angler Boat Company. The company built boats in Yates County many years ago.
The next meeting of the Yates County Legislature will be at 1 p.m. Monday, Feb. 14 in legislative chambers in the Yates County office building on Liberty Street in Penn Yan.



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