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Legislators to discuss computer pornography behind closed doors

by Carol Thompson

Oswego County Legislature Chairman Kevin Gardner said Wednesday that the matter of pornography found in a county highway department employee’s computer will be discussed during a closed-door executive session some time in the near future.

There has been no updates on the issue since the April 11 meeting when County Administrator Phil Church stated that one employee had been disciplined and two other computers were being checked.

he allegation that a highway employee spent time at work viewing pornographic pictures and videos was brought to the attention of Legislator Doug Malone by several highway employees, who claimed their complaints to management went unaddressed.

Malone went to District Attorney Gregory Oakes and requested the allegations be looked into. That resulted in a finding of pornography in the employee’s computer.

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Valley Viewpoints: Expect more of the same

by Doug Malone, Legislator

I guess the news of senator Patty Ritchie’s endorsement of Michael Backus for county clerk means Oswego County residents can expect more of the same controversy and overspending if Backus is elected.

Back in August, most of the Republican legislators voted to award a contract for the clerk’s office to IQS, the company that came in more costly than any of the other bidders. The taxpayers can expect to fork over $300,000 more over the life of the contract for the same service the other companies offered and they all had a better overall rating than IQS.

When Ritchie was the St. Lawrence County clerk, she brought IQS onboard in her office, so it’s a no brainer that the chances of cancelling the contract with IQS are slim to none if Backus becomes the next county clerk.

Backus said that having Ritchie’s insight and experience once he’s successful in the fall will be a huge asset. Should Oswego County residents take this to mean that the senator will be micromanaging the clerk’s office? I would think there’s enough for Ritchie to do in Albany than to meddle in the affairs of the Oswego County clerk’s office.

There are many problems in the clerk’s office and the successor needs to be a take charge person who can bring a dismantled office back to a functioning, cost effective operation to serve the public.

Residents need to decide if they want another county Republican chairman at the helm of the clerk’s office or if they want to be rid of mixing politics with the public’s business. We have a chance to end the Republican stronghold on county government and return the clerk’s office to the people – where it belongs.

Legislators want state to halt mandates

by Carol Thompson

The large raise handed down by the state for Oswego County District Attorney Gregory Oakes sparked a discussion in regard to unfunded state mandates that are strapping the county coffer.

During Monday’s meeting, the legislature’s Strategic Planning and Government Committee approved the salary increase for Oakes, which will jump from $119,800 annually to a minimum of $140,166, an increase of more than $20,000.

Legislator Doug Malone suggested that the legislature send a resolution to oppose the unfunded mandates because the raise was not budgeted.

County Administrator Phil Church said he could prepare a resolution for the next meeting that would address not only the issue of the raise, but other issues as well that impact the county budget due to unfunded mandates.

“As long as there’s enough teeth put into it,” Malone said.

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Legislator objects to taxpayers footing the bill for New Haven home clean up

by Carol Thompson

At the conclusion of the June 14 meeting of the Oswego County Legislature, Legislator Doug Malone said he is not pleased that the taxpayers of the county have to pay for the clean up of a Town of New Haven property.

The clean up work began Monday at the 3600 Co. Rte. 6 property, which has been littered with garbage. The property was declared a “public health nuisance” by the Oswego County Health Department.

The owner of the property, Harold Curran, died last August.

Oswego County is only permitted to clean up the garbage that poses a heath threat, but not the tons of other debris that litters the property.

Malone said he didn’t agree with the procedure taken to approve the expense. He said the legislature nor any of the standing committees were consulted prior to the clean up approval.

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County approves money for solar project

by Carol Thompson

The Oswego County Legislature accepted $835 in additional funding for the Bunner Street complex solar energy project, bringing the total cost to $106,820.

During Thursday’s meeting, a resolution to approve the additional funds was approved with little discussion.

Legislator Doug Malone questioned if the project had gone out to bid.

Legislature Chairman Fred Beardsley said the answer was unknown. “We don’t recall,” he said.

The solar energy system project was originally approved May 2010. It was a set up to install a 19.3 kW solar generation system and later increased to a 28kW syem.

Part of the project required access to the ceiling area of the complex and asbestos testing was required before the work could proceed, according to the resolution.

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Oswego County mosquito surveillance plan receives funding

by Carol Thompson

The Oswego County Legislature approved spending $18,436 for a mosquito surveillance program.

The program involves marking mosquitoes with a fluorescent power to track them and is significant, county officials said, because it will help determine more precise information regarding locations, distance and time adult mosquitoes migrate.

During Thursday’s meeting, Legislator Doug Malone questioned whether the money that is going to be used to tattoo the insects would be better spent on eradication efforts.

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Legislators spar over non-agenda committee items

by Carol Thompson

Oswego County Legislator Doug Malone attempted to bring up two issues during Monday’s meeting of the legislature’s Strategic Planning and Government Committee- but he was not allowed to speak.

Malone, a member of the committee, wanted to address the issue of his failure to receive a financial disclosure form as well as the length of the Health and Human Services Committee meetings.

None of the Democrat legislators received the financial disclosure form that is required to be filled out and Malone, because it is the jurisdictional committee, attempted to address the matter.

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