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WC Board of Supervisors meeting, Nov. 17, 2020

by WayneTimes.com
November 21, 2020

 The regular meeting of the Board of Supervisors was held in their chambers in the Court House, Chairman Miller presiding.  Upon roll call, all Supervisors were present except Supervisor Leonard who was absent.  County Administrator Richard House and County Attorney Daniel Connors were also present for this November board session.

COMMUNICATIONS:

A copy of the Sheriff’s Office Cash Receipts Report dated October 28, 2020 totaling $10,938.65 was received. A copy of the County Auditor’s accounts payable report for monthly utilities, miscellaneous payments including the October 2020 warrants for accounts payable, totaling $6,381,918.28 was received and filed.

 Chairman Miller introduced and welcomed Senator Pamela Helming for attending. Senator Helming thanked everyone for this opportunity to address the full board. The Senator thanked the Wayne County Board of Election, their employees and volunteers who work so hard this year with the high number of votes received in the General Election. She said all State funding projects for 2020 remain on schedule; noting there are a number of projects scheduled in Wayne County, including waterfront projects for the preservation of property and area businesses.  The International Joint Commission (IJC) has requested a survey be completed regarding Lake Ontario; Senator Helming encourage the group to go to her Facebook page and find the link to this survey. The State will continue its funding of broadband projects; however, if additional funding will be placed into these projects will not be known until after the first of the year. The State has committed $1.5 million to Wayne County for broadband.  Senator Helming thanked Planning/Economic Development Director Brian Pincelli for his work with the County’s broadband inventory and service upgrades.  

The State is working with all communities regarding the COVID Pandemic.  Any request for supplies should be made to the State; Senator Helming said she should be contacted if requests are not being met. 

The Governor has been requested to issue an Executive Order so individuals with tax exemptions on their properties would not have to perform in person re-certifications this year.   The State has collected the names of veterans for submission to the State Veterans Hall of Fame; 25 names were submitted from Wayne County. 

Senator Helming would like to find a time to acknowledge the Wayne County veterans whose names were submitted.   Senator Helming thanked the Board of Supervisors for the work they continue to do for their community. 

2021 Wayne County Tentative Budget

Kenneth Blake, Fiscal Assistant and Deputy Budget Officer, gave an overview of the proposed 2021 County budget, stating the budget totals $187,500 million, down from the 2020 budget.  

The County’s tax levy is just under the State tax cap at $42.6 million.  The budget includes a $4.4 million appropriation from Fund Balance. 

The proposed budget has a tax rate of $7.52/$1,000 of assessed value, down from $7.77 in 2020. Chairman Miller noted this would be the last budget Mr. Blake would be preparing the County due to his upcoming retirement in 2021.  He thanked him for his work.  

REGULAR BUSINESS: (highlights)

- AUTHORIZATION FOR COUNTY TREASURER TO PROCEED WITH THE RELEVY OF UNPAID VILLAGE AND SCHOOL TAXES

- ACKNOWLEDGING RECEIPT OF THE 2021 TENTATIVE WAYNE COUNTY BUDGET

- AUTHORIZATION TO ABOLISH A FULL-TIME ASSISTANT DISTRICT ATTORNEY POSITION AND CREATE AND SET SALARY FOR A FULL-TIME SECOND ASSISTANT DISTRICT ATTORNEY POSITION 

- RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING AMENDMENTS AND REVISION OF THE COUNTY PLANNING BOARD BY-LAWS

- AUTHORIZATION TO SIGN EQUIPMENT LOAN AGREEMENT WITH HEALTH RESEARCH, INC. FOR WAYNE COUNTY PUBLIC HEALTH

Wayne County Public Health (WCPH) is a Limited Service Laboratory and holds a CLIA Waiver with NYSDOH Wadsworth Laboratory; Health Research, Inc (HRI) desires to loan equipment to Wayne County Public Health (WCPH) to assist in increasing its ability to provide COVID – 19 virus testing using the Abbott ID Now rapid testing machine for community testing in high prevalence areas or in outbreak situations; and WCPH has already received four (4) Abbott ID Now rapid testing machines and 1400 testing kits; HRI requires WCPH to sign an Equipment Loan Agreement stating that HRI will retain title of the equipment and WCPH will be responsible for any repairs to damaged machines and loss of the equipment while in WCPH’s possession; now, the Chairman of the Board of Supervisors is hereby authorized to sign the Equipment Loan Agreement with HRI for the four (4) Abbott ID Now rapid testing machines for the period of one year beginning on the date of execution by both parties with an option to renew for two additional years, subject to the County Attorney’s approval as to form and content, and the County meeting the insurance requirements as deemed in the Agreement.

- AUTHORIZATION FOR WAYNE COUNTY PUBLIC HEALTH TO PURCHASE AN ULTRA-COLD FREEZER AND TRANSFER FUNDS 

Wayne County Public Health (WCPH) will be the front line vaccinators for Wayne County residents once COVID-19 vaccine is distributed to the local health departments (LHD);  the NYS Department of Health (NYSDOH) and the Center for Disease Control (CDC) has notified LHD that the current vaccines being created have to be stored at an ultra-cold temperature, -80 C or the vaccine will only stay viable for 5-10 days; and WCPH does not have an ultra-cold freezer and wishes to purchase one in preparation of receiving COVID-19 vaccine in the next few months; and  the Wayne County Purchasing Agent was able to identify a 19.4 cu/ft Fisher Scientific ultra-cold freezer off of the GSA Disaster Purchasing program contract for a cost not to exceed $9,737.91; and  the NYSDOH has approved such purchase from the COVID-19 funding provided to WCPH; now,  the Director of Wayne County Public Health has authorization to purchase a Fisher Scientific 19.4 cubic feet Ultra-Cold Freezer to store COVID-19 Vaccine with NYSDOH COVID-19 funding, at a cost not to exceed $9,737.91; and  the Treasurer is hereby authorized to amend the 2020 Budget and transfer funds to Public Health’s equipment line: A4011 Public Health Service (Appropriations)

$9,737.91 from 54650 - COV19 Communicable Disease – Coronavirus

$9,737.91 to 52500 - COV19 Other Equipment – Coronavirus

- SETTING DATE FOR PUBLIC HEARING FOR A LOCAL LAW TO RESCIND LOCAL LAW NO. 5-2019 RELATING TO A LOCAL LAW OVERRIDING THE TAX LEVY LIMIT FOR WAYNE COUNTY FOR 2020 AND AUTHORIZING THE ADOPTION OF A BUDGET FOR 2020 THAT REQUIRES A TAX LEVY GREATER THAN THE TAX LEVY LIMIT FOR THE 2020 FISCAL YEAR

Board of Supervisors shall hold a public hearing on Tuesday, December 1, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. in the Supervisors Chambers in the County Court House, 26 Church Street, Lyons, New York.

- ADOPTING 2021 PROPOSED SALARY SCHEDULE FOR COUNTY OFFICERS AND DEPARTMENT HEADS

The Government Operations Committee has reviewed and adopted the 2021 step salary plan, for County Officers and Department Heads and is recommending them to the Board of Supervisors; now, therefore, be it RESOLVED, that the Board of Supervisors hereby adopts the following proposed schedule for certain County Officers and Department Heads for the year 2021, effective January 1, 2021 and any additional anniversary steps throughout 2021:

COUNTY OFFICERS – Term Elected

Jankowski, Michael - County Clerk * $93,229

Calarco, Michael - District Attorney * $200,400

Virts , Barry - Sheriff * $123,934

Schmitt, Patrick - Treasurer * $88,468

COUNTY OFFICERS – Term Appointed

House, Rick - County Administrator $133,947

Connors, Daniel - County Attorney $123,488

Wayne, Ellen - Comm.of Social Services $105,647

Correia, Andrew - Public Defender $111,440

Rooney, Kevin Superintendent .of Public Works $115,068

Kalinski, Christine - Human Resources Director $94,327

Scott , Kristen - County Auditor $69,431

Ambroz, Karen - Director of RPTS $77,645

Alquist, Mark - Election Commissioner PT $14,003

Zornow, John Election Commissioner PT $14,003

DEPARTMENT HEADS – Appointed 

Pincelli, Brian Director of Ec.Dev/Planning $110,257

Haitz , James - Director of Mental Health $117,552

Devlin, Diane - Director of Public Health $110,257

Stalker, Jeffrey - Nursing Home Admini. $104,524

Bastedo George - Director of Emerg. Manag. $99,500

Ury, Matt - Director of Info.Technology $95,340

Ameele, Mark - Director of Probation $87,094

Haskins, Amy - Director of Aging & Youth $66,304

Worth, Christine - Director/Tourism/Promotion $75,509

Maybee, Renee - Director/Veterans Services $50,477

Molisani, Richard - Director/Weights/ Measures $68,144

and be it further

RESOLVED, that those salaries listed herein that are required to be adjusted by Local Law shall become effective pursuant to the Local Law. Mr. Johnson moved the adoption of the resolution.  Seconded by Mr. Chatfield.

Chairman Miller requested that Resolution Nos. 489, 490 and 491 all be amended to insert the word ‘Proposed’ within the title and the RESOLVED clause of the resolution. Supervisor Kolczynski moved, seconded by Mr. Johnson that all three resolutions be amended as request.  Motion carried.

Upon roll call, all Supervisors voted Aye.  Absent – Supervisor Leonard. The Chairman declared the Resolution adopted.

- ADOPTING 2021 PROPOSED SALARY SCHEDULE FOR SPECIFIED COUNTY MANAGERIAL EMPLOYEES NOT SUBJECT TO COLLECTIVE BARGAINING AGREEMENTS

Mr. Emmel presented the following:

WHEREAS, the Government Operations Committee has determined 2021 wages for managerial employees not subject to collective bargaining agreements and is recommending them, in the schedule below, to the Board of Supervisors; and  any employee listed whose current rate is below the established midpoint Step 7 will also include a step increase on anniversary date of appointment to current position; now, therefore, be it  that the Board of Supervisors hereby adopts the  proposed schedule for County Managerial Employees not subject to collective bargaining agreements for the year 2021 effective January 1, 2021

-  SETTING DATE FOR PUBLIC HEARING ON LOCAL LAW PROVIDING FOR CHANGES IN SALARIES OF CERTAIN COUNTY OFFICERS DURING THEIR TERM OF OFFICE (2021)

The County of Wayne is desirous of providing for a salary increase for certain county officers during their term of office; and  the Government Operations Committee is recommending 2021 Salaries pursuant to Section 20 of the Municipal Home Rule Law that the Board of Supervisors shall hold a public hearing on Tuesday, December 1, 2020 at 7:05 p.m. in the Supervisors Chambers in the County Court House, Lyons, New York, on a proposed local law

EXECUTIVE SESSION

Mrs. Bender moved, seconded by Mr. Johnson that the Board go into Executive Session at to discuss a personnel matter.  Motion carried.

REGULAR SESSION

The Board resumed regular session at 10:55 a.m.

Public Forum Discussion for Police Oversight and Police Reform is scheduled for tomorrow night, Wednesday, November 18th 2020 at 7:00 p.m.

This second public forum will be held at the Wayne County Court House, Supervisors Chambers on the second floor, 26 Church Street, Lyons, New York.

ADJOURNMENT: 

The next scheduled meeting of the Board of Supervisors is Tuesday, December 1, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. for the purpose of holding a Public Hearing on the County’s 2021 Budget.

The last meeting of year for this Board is scheduled for Tuesday, December 15, 2020 at 9:00 a.m.

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