Board of Supervisors

Thursday, July 13, 2017 at 7:58 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, news, Board of Supervisors, Warsaw.

Every American, as stated in the Second Amendment of the United States Constitution, has the right to bear arms. Within this right includes the right to carry a concealed firearm in New York State.

On Tuesday, the Wyoming County Board of Supervisors held a public hearing on whether to amend Local Law No. 3 of the year 2013 – A local law banning possession of weapons in Wyoming County buildings.

As the law stands right now, no persons may carry a concealed weapon into a county government building with the exception of police officer or peace officer at defined in the New York State Criminal Procedure Law.

The proposed amendment would now include: A person licensed by New York State Penal law 400(2)(f) to have and carry a concealed weapon may carry a concealed weapon in a building where such carry is not prohibited by Federal or New York State law, rule or regulation – in Section 3: Exclusions, of the 2013 amended law.

Why the proposed change in the law?

“The United States is a democratic society,” said Wyoming County Board of Supervisors Chairman Doug Berwanger. “Part of that is, the common person has a right to approach their elected officials to change regulations.

“Two members of S.C.O.P.E (Shooters Committee on Political Education) asked to be put on the agenda to discuss the local law and the Board of Supervisors would entertain anyone for any issue they have.”

“I am truly blessed to live in a country as safe as safe as I do,” said S.C.O.P.E member David Ricketson, of Varysburg. “The American I grew up in is not the same America today. It seems like once a week we hear about a person doing harm to someone they never met. An evil person will not pay attention to a posted concealed carry sign, while a permit holder will to a fault.”

Ricketson likened carrying a firearm to any number of things used for protection such as a hard hat and safety vest.

For him, a handgun is just another one of those things and he cited Frederick Douglass in part: “A man's rights rest in three boxes. The ballot box, the jury box and the cartridge box…”

Robert Kelly, of Middlebury, opposes the amendment. He served four years in intelligence and survelience in the Air Force during the Korean War. Based on his experiences, he is convinced of the potential peril of, and absence of benefits to, the proposed amendment when, as he says, too many guns get into too many hands.

“I applaud the county’s decision to prohibit guns in county buildings,” Kelly said. “I urge the board to broaden this prohibition. I urge the board to reject appeals that weaken the positive.”

Before the amendment was even presented to the board, the Safety Committee agreed to form a subcommittee, which included members of S.C.O.P.E., Wyoming County Sheriff Gregory Rudolph, former Wyoming County Judge Mark Dadd, and Chairman of the Safety Committee James Copeland. Beginning in February, the subcommittee reviewed the information and decided to add the exclusion.

“The Board of Supervisors is a county government and we represent the people of the county. This is a democracy and we did due diligence. We have received 30 emails in favor of the change and no negative responses.”

However, those who voiced their opposition to the law on Tuesday, cite safety concerns of allowing guns in buildings such as the hospital and Mental Health Department. However, New York State regulations list these buildings and offices as places off-limits even with a permit/license and allow for county governments to use a home rule option.

Places off-limits include:

    • Courthouses (NYS Office of Court Administration) Federal law bans firearms in federal courthouses and U.S. attorney offices except for law enforcement personnel on official business;

    • Certain cities and all counties may, under home rule options, ban firearms from their governmental buildings;

    • (265.01a) On school grounds which include colleges and universities (exceptions: the forestry lands, wherever located, owned and maintained by the SUNY College of Environmental Science and forestry or on a school bus as defined in section 142 of the V&T law without the written authorization of such education institution)

According to the Department of Environmental Control and NY Parks Recreation and Historic Preservation, firearms are banned on the properties they control except for hunting in season.

Firearms may be possessed on public campgrounds only during the spring and fall hunting seasons.

The federal government’s rules governing conceal carry holders has an even longer off-limits list:

    • Federal courthouses;

    • Federal buildings;

    • Any building owned, leased or rented by the federal government;

    • Federal prisons;

    • Army Corps of Engineers;

    • National cemeteries;

    • Military bases;

    • Rented offices;

    • Amtrack;

    • Post Office;

    • Bureau of Land Management;

    • Indian reservations

Additionally, the State controls the carrying of firearms in the National Forests in their state.

If the amendment were to pass, there are two county government buildings that would be directly affected – the Government Center, Main Street, and the Department of Motor Vehicles, both in Warsaw. Should the board vote in favor of the law, both state and federal regulations supersede county law and would still list many of the county’s government buildings as off-limits to licensed gun owners.

“You unanimously approved the law which kept firearms out of public buildings,” said Warsaw resident Suzanne Cogan. “I don’t understand why the change. We have places with families and children. I think it’s a dangerous position to allow firearms in any store. I fear for our people and it seems like we’ve returned to the wild West. How can we get to feeling safe like we were in the ’50s and ’60s?”

The law first went into effect in 1994 following an incident at the Department of Social Services building. According to Berwanger, a person went into the building and dumped gas all over the floor and was going to light it.

“Thankfully for the quick response of emergency personnel, the person was caught and he didn’t light the gas,” he said. “That incident prompted the law.”

However, a group of citizens asked to amend the law and the board decided to take a look and hold a hearing to get the public’s reaction. If the people are agreeable to a change, the board will change it.

“I feel that it’s every Americans right to own and bear arms,” said Karl Drasgow, of Orangeville. “There’s no reason for them not to in public buildings. While its a cop’s job to respond to and investigate crimes, it’s each persons own responsibility to protect themselves.

"The Constitution states that you can’t discriminate, and I feel you are discriminating against Americans by not letting them bear arms in a public buildings. I think it’s silly to make them keep it in their vehicle, which poses a different safety issue.”

Berwanger says people will feel they can and are able to exercise their rights under gun ownership under the Second Amendment. The change in Local Law No. 11 of 1994 and amended by Local Law No. 3 of the year 2013 would further that right of theirs.

However, in a nine-to-seven split, the board opted to reserve the vote and keep the record open until its September board meeting.

To read the entirety of Local Law 11 1994, the amendment to Local Law 11 of 1994 2013, or a copy of the proposed law, click here.

Monday, January 23, 2017 at 5:41 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, government, news, Warsaw, Board of Supervisors.

During the Jan. 17 county Board of Supervisors meeting, there was some conflict over a resolution to increase "Schedule S” employee vacation time. Although in all, the resolution was to pass the Salary Schedule S Handbook amendment, which included changes to employee vacation time.

In the prior handbook, employees earned vacation time based on the number of years of service. For example, an employee who has worked up to five years earned 10 vacation days; six to 10 years, 15 days; and 11 to 15 years, 20 days. That change was made effective Jan. 1, 2014. Prior to 2014, Schedule S employees accrued 24 days per year.

“Up until three years ago, that benefit was extended to all Schedule S employees. They are a part of management and in an effort to recruit quality people for the position, we extended that (vacation) benefit,” sad Wyoming County Board Chairman Doug Berwanger. 

In 2014 there was a “cash crunch” and that vacation benefit in the package took a hit. However, over time, it proved to be a poor decision, Berwanger says. What had ended up happening was the employees who were part of the union were accruing more vacation time than their managers. 

On Tuesday’s vote, half the members of the Board agreed the change was necessary, but half of them disagreed: Sandra King, of Pike; Brian Becker, of Sheldon; Bryan Kehl, of Attica; Ellen Grant, of Bennington; Keith Granger, of Castile; Jerry Davis, of Covington; Michael Vasile, of Genesee Falls; and Vanessa McCormick, of Java.

“At a time when the county is working under financial restraints, 24 days of vacation on the first day seems excessive,” Kehl said.

Becker, who owns William G. Becker & Sons Inc. in Java, says newly hired employees know they will earn vacation time on an anniversary date (typically after a year) – “that’s just the way it is.”

Schedule S employees don’t actually earn all 24 days when they initially start, they accrue time based on the number of hours they work in a pay period – every two weeks – not to exceed a total of 24 days in a year. However, if an employee chooses not to use any vacation time for any year, it can carry over to the next, but maxes out at 12 weeks, officials say.

“There is no financial impact and it would put everyone on the same level,” said Perry Town Supervisor Jim Brick. “People were working the same amount of hours, but not getting the same number of vacation days.”

“In your career (with the county) you can only accrue 12 weeks at any given time or be paid out upon separation,” Berwanger said. “The ‘additional’ time is perceived to be a financial hardship. But in these positions, we don’t have to hire extra help to cover the time off, therefore, no additional cost. When they come back from vacation, they have their work they need to catch up on. Also, Schedule S people have an evaluation process to go through; so if they don’t get their work done, it may impact future raises.”

Yet, with the vote so evenly split, how was the resolution actually passed? It helps to understanding the vote process.

The towns are split by a weighted vote, with the most votes for the simple majority in the towns of Warsaw (201), Perry (187), Arcade (172), Attica (164), Bennington (140), Castile (123), and Sheldon (102). The town with the least amount of votes is Genesee Falls (19). Of the those that represent the most votes, only the towns of Sheldon, Castile, Bennington, and Attica voted “no” – Warsaw, Perry and Arcade voted “yea.” Voting in the remaining towns vary between 38 to 93.

To pass, the resolution needed the simple majority to vote “yea.” In Wyoming County, the simple majority is 1,599 votes – the total number of combined votes of the 16 supervisors. The resolution passed with 800.

“There are 31 departments in the county and not everyone will retire at the same time,” Berwanger said. “The big impact is the 10-percent contribution for health insurance. In 2014, anyone hired as a Schedule S employee would be responsible to pay only 10 percent of their health insurance, this had stayed intact.”

In other actions:

    • The chairman is authorized to sign the following grant acceptance awards;

    – Arts Council of Wyoming County on behalf of the Historian’s Office, to fund a county-wide Eat Your Way Through History tour;

    – Catholic Charities of Buffalo on behalf of the Office for the Aging, to provide funding for respite services to caregivers of individuals with Alzheimer’s disease; and

    – New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services on behalf of the District Attorney’s Office, to fund victim services;

    • Jake Kramell was removed as a Youth Member to the Wyoming County Youth Board;

    • Chairman authorized to sign contract with the Orleans County Sheriff’s Office on behalf on the Wyoming County Jail to provide prisoner housing for Orleans County inmates; and

    • Appointments/reappointments include: 

    – Gregory J. Collins, DO, MPH, as part-time medical director; 

    – Thomas Wakefield, DMV, to the Wyoming County Board of Health; 

    – James Brick, Daniel Leuer, and Cheryl Ketchum to the Wyoming County Water Resource Agency Board of Directors; 

    – David Rumsey, Department of Social Services commissioner; and Laura Paolucci, Health Department administrator, to the 2-1-1 Advisory Board; 

    – Edwin Smart (replacing R. Crandall), and David Johnson (replacing R. Lathan), to the Wyoming County Planning Board; 

    – Undersheriff David Linder, as part-time Stop-DWI coordinator;

    – Janis Cook, as county auditor; 

    – Jerry Davis, Ellen Grant, and John Copland, as members of the Inter-county Association of Western New York, with Cheryl Ketchum and Rebecca Ryan as alternate members; and

    – HIPPA Officers include David Tallman, corporate compliance officer; Joan Kibler, privacy officer; and Todd MacConnell, IT security officer.

Monday, October 24, 2016 at 1:07 pm

The 9-1-1 system has been in place in the United State since 1968. However, even at late as 1989, some areas still lacked the emergency service.

During the late 1960s, early ‘70s, the county put in its first communications system. That system worked on a low-band frequency – analog. While the analog system still worked great, Wyoming County Emergency Services Director Anthony Santoro reported, it’s a phased-out technology. The new very high frequency (VHF) system, operational this summer, is P25 compliant to allow for digital technology – Next Generation (NG) 9-1-1. 

As a way to pay for the 9-1-1 service, surcharges are imposed on “any device capable of connecting to 9-1-1.” However, fees are not collected from prepaid devices. At a recent board meeting, the Wyoming County Board of Supervisors passed Resolution 45, which states in part:

The Wyoming County Board of Supervisors supports the extension of 9-1-1 surcharges to include prepaid devices as essential to preserving current resources for 9-1-1 service.

“The way it works now is that each county provides the services that they can afford and what they believe is adequate for their respective county,” Santoro said. "By creating the statewide board it would give guidance to the entire state and we would be able to work toward the goal of every county PSAP (Public Safety Answering Point) providing the same services across the state.”

He underscored the importance of establishing a statewide dedicated 9-1-1 board to govern and give guidance on what is expected from each county to provide its residents.  

Resolution 45 pertains to the way that New York State collects and distributes the $1.20 surcharge on cell phones. This funding was intended to be spent on the operation and continual technological updates to the county PSAP (9-1-1 centers) to keep up with the ever-changing technology world.  

The new radios from this past year constituted the first phase of the process. This allowed the county to get off of the old low-band radio technology. The tower equipment and the radios that were installed in the fire service vehicles countywide are in a sense a totally different project, even though they all kind of tie together in the end.

“Unfortunately, the state has raided this fund and has used a substantial amount of the money for other things. The state on average has collected roughly $200 million each year. Up until just a few years ago, they only gave just under $10 million back to the counties.”

Each of the 62 counties had been receiving $161,290.32 annually from the 9-1-1 fees. Over the past three to four years, the NYS 9-1-1 Coordinators Association, and Sheriffs Association, along with NYSAC (New York State Association of Counties) have pushed hard to have more of the funding returned to the counties where it is to be used for PSAP operations.  

“Currently the counties are now receiving approximately $75 million of the $200 million that is collected annually. This is a huge improvement for the counties, but is still not adequate funding for the operations of our PSAPs.”

While all of the equipment for emergency services in the county will be NG ready, it will not operate as such until the state comes out with specific guidelines as to how each county should be operating and what is actually expected of each county.

“When talking about NextGen, it is estimated that it would cost $2.1 billion to bring all of the PSAPs in New York State up to NextGen standards. The state will need to be the leader in working through a plan to be able to allocate the funding for the local PSAPs. If this does not happen, counties like Wyoming will never be able to afford the upgrades that are necessary to move forward.”

County officials across the state are calling upon Governor Andrew Cuomo, the State Legislature, and the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services to create a state 9-1-1 department that “best serves the public interest and supports PSAPs” in the state. Additionally, the new department would continue to allow all counties in New York to “receive 9-1-1 calls and dispatch emergency services in a manner that is most appropriately determined by those municipalities."

For a complete copy of Resolution 45 click here. 

See related: Wyoming County waiting for FCC to approve radio frequency

Monday, May 16, 2016 at 6:29 pm

County highway improvements suspended because of budget constraints in prior years will now be accomplished over the next four years.

Passed by unanimous vote at the May 10 County Board of Supervisors meeting, the repair work on the eight roads that were part of the Better Pavement Program are back on track.

The roads getting a facelift include: Exchange Street, Attica; Perry Road, between Strykersville and North Java; Castile Center (east), Castile; Park Road West, Castile; Starr Road, Wyoming; Telegraph Road, between Eagle and Pike; Simmons Road, Perry; and Liberty Street in the Village of Warsaw.

The road improvements include sidewalks, curbs, gutters, drainage, landscaping, and related improvements as well as incidental costs and expenses are not to exceed $12 million.

In related matters, Local Law No. 1 – A local law to rescind and replace Local Law No. 1, year 2003 -- Establishing a Motor Vehicle Use Tax – was adopted. 

The collection of this tax started July 1, 2003 and helps the county provide the convenience of a local Department of Motor Vehicle Office (DMV). In addition to keeping the local DMV self-supporting, the additional revenue helps to keeps property taxes down. Of the 43 counties that have this tax across the state 35 are already at this rate and seven are higher. Wyoming County is the lowest.

A caveat for this tax is the AGR (agriculture) plates. If there is a vehicle use tax in Wyoming County, no matter what the rates are, farm vehicles have to be exempt, AGR vehicles do not. Of the surrounding five counties – Cattaraugus, Allegany, Erie, Genesee, and Livingston – Livingston County is the only one that charges AGR vehicles the tax. Additionally, taking the tax off the AGR vehicles, at the current rate, equates to approximately $2,000 less revenue a year.

In other matters:

    • May 21 was proclaimed as Armed Forces Day in Wyoming County; 

    • May was proclaimed Older Americans Month, Foster Care Awareness Month, and Mental Health Awareness Month by the board; 

    • Peter J. Bendyna was appointed as the Wyoming County Human Resource director, effective May 11; 

    • Three positions of Civil Service Commissioner were created, currently serving six-year, staggered terms; 

    • The application for a Farmland Protection Implementation grant has been endorsed by the board. The grant is through the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets for the Smithgall/Old Acres Farm in Perry, as part of the county’s purchase of development right program; and 

    • James Brick, Town of Perry supervisor, and Sam Gullo, of Family Furniture in Perry, were reappointed to the Wyoming County Business Center Board of Directors.

For the full County Board of Supervisors agenda visit http://www.wyomingco.net/.

Friday, May 13, 2016 at 1:17 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, crime, Warsaw, Board of Supervisors, drugs, heroin.

There is a heroin issue that is enveloping the nation; the United States, while hosting a small fraction of the world’s population, has the largest percentage of the opioid problem.

U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul Jr. spoke about the opioid epidemic at the monthly Wyoming County Board of Supervisors meeting held earlier this week.

Heroin is considered a Schedule 2 narcotic in the opiate family – a drug derived from the opium poppy. At one time, opioids referred to synthetic opiates only – drugs created to simulate opium, however different chemically. Currently, the term opioid is used for the entire family of opiates – natural, synthetic and semi-synthetic.

According to Hochul, there are four main facts surrounding the opioid problem: 

    • They are over prescribed. The United States holds 1 percent of the world's population, but 99 percent of the problem;

    • Prescription Take Back Days. The amount of pills that residents of the state turn in is larger than other areas of the country;

    • Five doctors have been charged and or convicted of abuse of their powers when prescribing pain medication; and 

    • Overuse. According to the Center for Disease Control, one in five people will use an opioid without a prescription.

“Every 17 minutes someone dies from an opioid overdose nationwide,” Hochul said. “About two years ago, there were 100 deaths in Erie County. In 2015, it more than doubled. In 2016, that number could reach over 500. That’s about 10 per week. This past February there were 23 overdose deaths in just one week.”

By way of comparison, according to the U.S. attorney, there were 40 murders in Erie County in 2015. In that same year, there were 262 overdose deaths. He also estimates that there would have been more than 1,000 if it weren’t for Narcan, which is used by first responders to reverse the effect of opioids in the attempt to save lives.

In Wyoming County, between 2010 and 2014 the number of opioid related emergency department admissions increased 47.6 percent – 42 and 62. The number of opioid-related inpatient hospital admissions rose from 61 to 91 respectively – a 49.2-percent increase. 

During that same time period, those who were admitted for treatment for any opioid in Western New York was 7,679 in 2010. By 2014, the number of people seeking treatment rose by almost a third – 10,154 – a 32-percent increase.

Across the state, those in treatment for heroin use was 55,900 in 2010; in 2014, 77,647. The number of deaths across the state due to heroin overdose increased 163 percent (215 in 2008, 637 in 2013) and opioid overdoses increased 30 percent (763 to 952).

Hochul and county officials agree, change cannot be implemented overnight and it may get worse before it gets better.

“In Scioto County Ohio, every member of every family was addicted to pain pills in 2011,” Hochul said. “They have been trying to address this problem for five years. Publicity isn’t working. The See Something, Say Something campaign isn’t working with the pill problem.”

While Erie County has taken a proactive approach to combat the issue – the take back program, arresting pill traffickers, and education – officials say that Narcan is making a dent, but the number of overdoses are still rising. 

“Question your doctor when you get a prescription pain medication. Ask if their are alternatives,”  he said. “Heroin is cheap compared to pills. Dealers want the pills, not the heroin. People are also looking to self-medicate to cope with stresses.

“If we pretend it doesn’t exist, we’re in denial. We have to address it.”

According to medical experts, 90 percent of all addictions begin in the teen years.

For more information see the New York State Opioid poisoning, overdose and prevention 2015 report to the governor and NYS legislature

Tuesday, December 29, 2015 at 12:40 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, government, Board of Supervisors, Warsaw.

The Wyoming County Board of Supervisors will hold its annual organization meeting at 2 p.m. Jan. 4.

Three new supervisors will be installed, including Brian Becker, Sheldon; Keith Granger, Castile; and Brett Hastings, Eagle. Each were elected town supervisor in November. 

The meeting will include the installations, oaths of office among county officials, a state of the county address, and appointment of the senior supervisor who signals the end of the board’s monthly meetings.

The regular monthly meeting will be at 2:30 p.m. Jan 19. Both meetings will be held in the Supervisors Chambers, at the county Government Center, 143 N. Main St., Warsaw.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015 at 12:10 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, government, Board of Supervisors, Warsaw, Pike.

There are those occasions where a law just cannot fix the problem. Such is the case with the formerly proposed animal shelter law.

During the Board of Supervisors meeting held Tuesday at the Wyoming County Fairgrounds, Chairman Douglas Berwanger announced that the proposed legislation will be tabled indefinitely.

Through a series of public hearings, written input and board discussion, it was concluded that the issue can not be solved by placing a new law on the books.

The law was initially proposed in April following several situations of cat hoarding in the county. However, after disagreements over wording, the Public Safety Committee opted to withdraw the proposal. 

“We are probably going to look into coming up with a policy on how to handle such situation," said head of the Public Safety Committee John Copeland. “The policy would be to protect first responders and give them guidelines on how to handle those situations, so nobody will be at risk.

Berwanger acknowledged written comments submitted by six local residents concerning the now tabled proposal, but added that those comments would not be read, but would be added to the meeting minutes and be available on the Board of Supervisors Web site later in the day.

Other board matters included:

    • The week of Aug. 15 through Aug. 22, 2015, proclaimed as Wyoming County Fair Week. The proclamation noted the Fair’s focus on all families, particularly the farm family, agriculture, horticulture and more. Additionally, the Fair is a “showcase for our farmers, artisans of all types and the youth of the entire county.”

    • A Cancer Screening Leave policy was adopted for all Wyoming County Employees.

    • The 70th anniversary of the Wyoming County Veterans Services was commemorated citing the first permanent paid position of a Veterans Service Office, which became effective Jan. 1, 1945. The first director was Arthur Lockwood, of Silver Springs.

    • A resolution was passed in support of the efforts to establish the Charlotte House Comfort Care in Wyoming County. It was noted that there is a need in Wyoming County to provide a place where our dying residents can spend the final days of their life in comfort, in their own county, and die with dignity.

The Charlotte House will rely totally on the community for its support, with income being in the form of memorials, donations, fundraising revenues and grants from non-governmental organizations.

    • The chairman has been authorized to sign lease agreements with Warsaw Property Management, LLC, on behalf of Mental Health, and with Wyoming County Community Action.

    • The right of ways for the Starr Road bridge project has been approved. The property owners have agreed to donate seven parcels in the Town of Covington for the replacement of the bridge over Kelly Brook.

    • The Building and Grounds temporary laborer position has been extended to Jan 12, 2016. A case manager position has been created for the Office for the Aging.

    • A public hearing is scheduled for 2:30 p.m., Sept. 8, in the Supervisors Chambers, Wyoming County Government Center, Warsaw, for a local law providing salaries for certain county officers for the year 2015.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015 at 7:16 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, government, Board of Supervisors, Warsaw.

After months of planning and a few revisions, the proposed local law regulating animal shelters law has been tabled. 

John Copeland, chairman of the Public Safety Committee, requested Local Law No. 5 to be withdrawn citing “a number of concerns which require the rewriting of the law and ask that it’s tabled until such time the law can be rewritten.” 

The proposed law was met with contention during the Board of Supervisors meeting in May. The law was then tabled for revision and held until June’s meeting in the Wyoming County Government Center, Warsaw. The law was brought up for public comment and tabled once again until Tuesday’s meeting. 

However, following Copeland’s recommendation, Board of Supervisors Chairman Douglas Berwanger called for a vote withdrawing the law from public hearing and vote until further notice, to which all members agreed. 

In other matters:

    • Due to the aforementioned law, Local Law No. 6 became Local Law No. 5. The law to continue to impose a county mortgage recording tax on obligations secured by a mortgage on real property and to repeal Local Law No. 8 of 2008, was adopted. The law will become effective Nov. 1, 2015 through Nov. 30, 2016.

    • A resolution was adopted authorizing the financing of a capital project at the Wyoming County Community Health System. The estimated $300,000 project is for the investigation and initial repair of deteriorated infrastructure.

    • A refund of $1,469.32 for an error on the assessment or levy assessed to the Varysburg Fire Department, Inc., Route 20A, Varysburg. The error included the incorrect number of garbage and water units.

    • Positions in two Wyoming County Departments have been created/reassigned. The keyboard specialist position has been reassigned from the Buildings and Grounds Department to the Budget Office Department. The Youth Bureau created the position of student aide. The aide position is a temporary, six-week position effective July 13 through Oct. 1.

It was also noted that the location and time of the August Board of Supervisors meeting has changed. The meeting will be held at 2 p.m., Aug. 18, in the Youth Building of the Wyoming County Fairgrounds, Pike.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015 at 10:18 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, government, Board of Supervisors, Warsaw.

The proposed local law regulating animal shelters was presented, then immediately tabled, at Tuesday’s Board of Supervisors meeting to allow residents another chance to voice their concerns.

County officials worked with the Wyoming County’s Animal Control officer, Building and Fire Codes Department, the Health Department, the District Attorney’s Office, Wyoming County Court system, state and local law enforcement and Wyoming County taxpayers to change the wording that drew heated debate during May’s board meeting.

“I think it’s important for another hearing for public comments or remarks,” said Board of Supervisors Chairman A. Douglas Berwanger.

A public hearing is scheduled for 2:30 p.m., July 14, during the Board of Supervisors meeting at the Wyoming County Government Center, Warsaw. The public is also encouraged to write in their comments, Berwanger said.

The purpose of the law is to regulate animal shelters by requiring the facilities to obtain an Animal Shelter Permit from the County of Wyoming. The main change in the law is what defines an animal shelter.

According to the proposed law, an animal shelter is any facility that is sustained by public or private funds, for profit and or nonprofit, and serves as a temporary location for holding 10 or more lost, stray or abandoned domesticated and/or farm animals, and which operates 120 days or more in a calendar year, until disposition by adoption or euthanasia is made.

Additionally, the applicants must consent to annual inspections by Wyoming County Fire and Building Codes, and the County Health Department. The law also states that any change to the facility or its operation must be reported to and approved in advance by the Board of Supervisor’s chairman. The law further states violations are subject to a civil penalty in the amount of $1,000 for each offense.

The law also includes a one-time application fee of $20.

In other matters:

    • The board proclaimed June as Dairy Month in Wyoming County. The county is the leading milk-producing county in New York, in terms of total milk production and number of cows. County farms produce an average of 2,800 gallons of milk per year with county totals equaling close to 130 million gallons per year, with approximately 46,500 milk cows.

    • A public hearing was set for July 14 to introduce a local law to continue to impose a county mortgage recording tax on obligations secured by a mortgage on real property and to repeal local law number 8 of 2008.

    • Flag Day and Flag Week have been proclaimed for June 14 and through June 20, respectively.

    • The chairman of the board is authorized to sign various contracts on behalf of the Youth Bureau and the Department of Social Services, as outlined in the agenda dated June 9, as well as contracts with Monroe County Public Safety Laboratory on behalf of the Sheriff’s Department; Global Tel*Link Corporation on behalf of the county jail; contracts on behalf of Emergency Services; and "with Wilma" on behalf of emergency services.

The next Board of Supervisors meeting is July 14, at the county Government Center, Warsaw.

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