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August 13, 2007
County Begins Work on Household Hazardous Waste Facility
You will recall that I first proposed the concept of a permanent household hazardous waste facility in my 2007 State of the County address. I'm thrilled to see that it will become a reality here in Oswego County.
Members of the Oswego County Legislature began the process of developing a permanent facility for getting rid of household hazardous wastes at their Aug. 9 meeting. The Legislature awarded a $68,500 engineering contract to evaluate existing sites, obtain proper environmental permits, and develop plans for all stages of the plant's operation.
The location of the facility hasn't been determined. The county has received $175,000 in state funds through Senator James Wright for the project, and the County Legislature set aside $125,000 in county funds.
The facility will eventually accept items such as pesticides, automobile batteries, and unwanted paints from Oswego County residents. County residents have their next opportunity for a hazardous waste cleanup day Saturday, Sept. 15 from 8 a.m. to noon at the Bristol Hill Landfill.
Legislators took action on several other items when they met last week at the H. Douglas Barclay Courthouse in Pulaski:
- Eliminated health insurance and prescription drug coverage for any newly-elected members of the county Legislature effective Jan. 1, 2008.
- Gave the Oswego County ATV Club permission to use sections of county Route 22 for a fundraising event between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Sept. 15. The club is holding a benefit ride to buy a new off-road rescue unit for the Altmar Fire Department.
- Sold 12 parcels of tax-delinquent properties in the towns of Albion, Constantia Hastings, Orwell, Redfield, Richland, Sandy Creek, Schroeppel, Volney and Williamstown, recovering $86,983 in delinquent taxes, interest and penalties.
- Accepted a $42,109 grant award to the Real Property Tax Services Office from the Local Government Records Advisory Council. The money will be used to expand the assessment records and tax map system on the county Web site at http://rptsweb.oswegocounty.com/search.aspx.
- Awarded a $25,300 contract to a Schenectady firm to develop, install and train staff on the Web-based GIS parcel viewing system.
- Transferred funds to pay Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oswego County for their recent work associated with the eight-year review of the county agricultural district.
- Accepted a $92,862 grant from the Federal Aviation Administration to pay for an obstruction study at the Oswego County Airport, and transferred $2,444 from highway department accounts for the county's share of the study. The state will also contribute $2,444.
- Reclassified a senior account clerk position to junior accountant position in the County Treasurer's Office.
- Accepted $15,000 for the Sheriff's Department's Operation Safe Child program from the state Division of Criminal Justice Services. The funds will allow the sheriff's office to purchase a laptop computer and equipment for fingerprinting and photographing children.
- Created three new part-time court attendant positions to cover increased cases in the county court system. The salaries are reimbursed by the state Unified Court System.
- Accepted $821,500 in federal funds for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families administered by the County Department of Social Services. The money will be used by DSS to help persons with drug and alcohol addictions, victims of domestic violence, and people transitioning from welfare to work.
- Accepted $25,000 from the state and federal governments to provide services to special need families who are victims of domestic violence.
- Accepted an additional allocation of $37,998 to the DSS budget to provide intensive case management services for families that are not complying with the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families requirements.
- Transferred $64,000 from the reserve fund to purchase eight new photocopiers. They will replace older copiers that were being leased.
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