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DSS asbestos costs to climb

by Carol Thompson

Two members of the Oswego County Legislature’s Infrastructure and Facilities Committee voted against the transfer of more money for the asbestos abatement project at the Department of Social Services complex in Mexico.

“I don’t know that I’m going to be able to support all this,” Legislator Jake Mulcahey said as a request for a capital project be amended to a maximum authorization of $1,566,341.

“I support moving out the employees, I support abating all the asbestos in the building and potentially replacing the carpets,” Mulcahey said, adding that he was not sure he could support everything else.

Asbestos was discovered in the ceiling tiles earlier this year, following a complaint reportedly made by an employee. County Administrator Phil Church told the committee that employees in the newer part of the building have also expressed concerns and that additional testing will be conducted.

While the state is expected to pick up 75 percent of the cost, taxpayers will contribute more than a quarter million dollars to the project.

The asbestos abatement is expected to cost $214,250 with the construction costs estimated to be slightly over $1 million.  The entire project is estimated to cost over $1.5 million.

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Painting project – Student Mariahlee James paints part of a sports-themed mural at the Fulton CYO. The mural is part of a community service project between YAP and Catholic Charities.

Youth Advocate Program: Keeping children and parents together

Painting project – Student Mariahlee James paints part of a sports-themed mural at the Fulton CYO. The mural is part of a community service project between YAP and Catholic Charities.

by Nicole Reitz

The Youth Advocate Program, located at 616 Oneida St., Fulton, is in the business of keeping kids and families together at home.

YAP, an alternative to a placement program, is a contracted service by the Department of Social Services. Families are referred to YAP off the DSS case load and work with a wide range of situations throughout Oswego County.

Most of YAP’s cases are either school-related issues, parenting or the parent-child relationship.

“The county has different things that they can do with kids who are at-risk of residential placement,” said David Canfield, Oswego County director of YAP. “We don’t have the stigma that a lot of times DSS walks in with. DSS recognizes that they don’t have the resources with families that YAP can have. We’re here to work closely with DSS to help them do their jobs better, easier.”

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