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Schuyler approves mutual aid agreement

SCHUYLER COUNTY—The Schuyler County legislature authorized an agreement with eight area counties regarding responsibilities for public health, emergency planning and response at the regular county meeting on Monday, May 10.
Some public health problems may require public health services that exceed capacities of individual county public health departments.  Schuyler, Chemung, Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Seneca, Steuben, Wayne, and Yates Counties will now provide mutual aid to each other during a public health emergency.
The legislature approved to authorize applications and/or accept funds for a number of grants as well.  The county will receive its annual Immunization Grant, in the amount of $30,000, effective until March 31, 2010.  The county will also receive its annual Lead Grant in the amount of $11,866, effective until Sept. 30, 2010.  
The New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services has made grant funds available through the 2010 Byrne JAG Recovery Act, to assist the Schuyler County Sheriff’s Office.  The grant money will assist the sheriff’s office with obtaining equipment to enhance and improve its law enforcement mission.  Funds will be provided monthly until the estimated $25,000 is used up.
Schuyler County will also gain $20,860.54 from the sale of timber on federally owned entitlement land in the Town of Hector.  These funds will be used for the town’s road maintenance.  
The county and the Village of Watkins Glen have been working to redevelop the Seneca Lake waterfront.  The legislature voted to approve the authorization of a contract with the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation to develop the northern end of the Catherine Valley Trail.  
The trail route will now head into Seneca Harbor Park along Decatur Street.  The current contract for the development of the trail will also be changed from $124,000 to $112,500, and will be extended until Aug. 2011.  
A proposal to include 37 townhouses and on-site residential and recreational amenities along the waterfront has also been approved through a local site plan review process.  A portion of Seneca Harbor Park and the edge of another parcel was granted an access easement of about .093 acres by the legislature for a secondary access point.  
The legislature agreed to urge the NYS Senate and the NYS Governor to oppose eleven new bills involving anti-firearms.
The legislature also passed a resolution in opposition of amending the public officers law.  If amended the law would require certain records, subject to a discussion conducted at an open meeting,  be made available to the public.  
The legislature believes that the intention is good; in order to get the information out to the public, but it would involve an extra cost to the county.  The legislature states that these records are currently available to the public upon request.   
The legislature also approved to recognize Rose Ciccone as the New York State Office for the Aging Senior Citizen of the Year for Schuyler County.  Over the years she has contributed to her community in many ways and many feel Ciccone deserves recognition for her efforts.  
The next regular meeting of the legislature will be held Monday, June 14 at 6:30 p.m.   

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