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Schuyler hears about Scenic Byway

SCHUYLER COUNTY—George Kellogg of Hector, director of Seneca Lake Byway Inc., attended the December meeting of the Schuyler County Legislature Dec. 13 to make the announcement that the New York State Scenic Byways advisory board unanimously recommended the designation of the “Seneca Lake Scenic Byway” as a New York State Scenic Byway.
The Seneca Lake Byway Inc., a not-for-profit, all volunteer organization has been working for more than five years to succeed in making an 18.8 mile stretch of Route 414 connecting the towns of Hector and Lodi a scenic byway. Their purpose for creating this area as a scenic byway was to “1) Protect the economic and aesthetic interests of the residents of both Hector & Lodi; 2) Enhance business enterprise, e.g. agriculture, winery, Bed & Breakfasts, restaurants and recreation; 3) Improve the safety of roadway/byway access for autos, bicycles and walkers; and 4) Provide incentive for more timely highway maintenance, as well as State and Federal grants within the Towns.” In January draft legislation will be developed and attached to a Department of Transportation budget bill and be presented to lawmakers for passage.
The county legislature approved and ratified the collective bargaining agreements with highway and road patrol workers. The road patrol workers contract goes into effect Jan. 1, 2011. The highway workers contract expired Jan. 1, 2010. Therefore, the approved new contract will take effect as of that date. The contract awards a 2.7 percent increase in salary per year over the next five years. However, the workers have agreed to change from a self-funded insurance program to a program provider organization (PPO), each employee being responsible for 15 percent of their insurance premiums.
The appointment of elections commissions by respective party legislators were approved. Joe Fazzary will become the Republican Commissioner and John Vona will become the Democratic Commissioner.
These and all other agenda items were approved unanimously.



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