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County ethics policy yet to be updated

A draft code of ethics policy was handed out to members of the Oswego County Legislature’s Strategic Planning and Government Committee at the June 25 meeting. To date, no new policy has been introduced.

The issue resurfaced at the July 23 committee meeting, with legislators agreeing to have a sub-committee review the draft plan. During the Aug. 27 meeting, Legislator Margaret Kastler asked if the sub-committee had been established to review the draft policy. The answer was no.

That was the last discussion on the plan that guides county employees in regard to ethics conduct.

Legislator Jim Karasek, who also served on the committee last year, said he had no idea why it has not been brought back up for discussion.

Some legislators have been pushing to have more members added to the ethics board. Currently there are three members with no alternate. It has been suggested that the board members be increased to five.

By Carol Thompson

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County considers splitting committee

by Carol Thompson

During Monday’s meeting of the Oswego County Legislature’s Strategic Planning and Government Committee, it was decided that the Department of Social Services should be removed from the blanket of the Health and Human Services Committee and placed under its own jurisdictional committee.

Legislator Doug Malone has been pushing the idea to separate the Social Services Department and make it fall under a separate committee all year.

He had the support of Legislator Jim Karasek and while both lawmakers are pleased that it is going to be done, both agreed it is too late in the year to initiate it.

Until next year, when new committees are formed, the Health and Human Services Committee will remain status quo, Karasek said.

With the 2013 budget process about to begin, splitting the committee up at this time would be too difficult.

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Legislators question grant application for Camp Zerbe

by Carol Thompson

A grant application seeking funds for the repair of a lodge at Camp Zerbe that would require Oswego County taxpayers to kick in 25 percent of the cost was questioned during Thursday’s meeting of the Oswego County Legislature.

“I still remain extremely concerned over this,” Legislator Jim Karasek said. “Even when the project is completed, it still won’t have heat and water.”

Oswego County Youth Bureau Director Kathleen Fenlon requested permission to apply for a grant not to exceed $349,419 to repair the ailing lodge. The old Adirondack-style lodge, built around the mid 1940s, consists of a large room that features a fireplace at each end, a kitchen and a large front porch that overlooks Lake Lorraine. The county has never used the lodge.

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