The Oswego County Legislature voted May 12 to transfer $30,000 from a building renovations capital reserve fund to an asbestos study capital account to pay for testing of all county facilities.
The county is testing for asbestos in all its county facilities after an employee raised concerns at the Department of Social Services. Asbestos, not at dangerous levels, was located in some of the ceiling tiles at the DSS facility.
“Do we have a firm number about what this capital project will cost?” Legislator Shawn Doyle asked.
Legislature Chairman Fred Beardsley said he did not have a firm cost, however, county officials have given an estimate of upward of $1 million.
County Administrator Phil Church said the budget transfer will cover the cost of some testing that has already been done and the testing of the remaining buildings.
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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.
Oswego County Legislator Mike Kunzwiler wants an answer as to why members of the Democrat caucus did not receive the financial disclosure form required to be filled out by elected officials and appointed personnel.
Kunzwiler and the other Democrats said they received a letter from the county ethics board stating that the legislators disclosure forms had not been received and are due.
When Legislator Doug Malone attempted to address the absence of the form during Monday’s meeting of the legislature’s Strategic Planning and Government Committee, he was not allowed to speak to the issue because it was not on the agenda (see related story).
Without a contract for nearly a year and a half, the review process for selecting a vendor to provide data imaging services for the Oswego County clerk’s office is expected to be underway in the near future.
A committee will be selected soon, Legislator Terry Wilbur told members of the legislature’s Community and Consumer Affairs Committee when they met Wednesday.
An update on the progress of the request for proposals was on the agenda, however, due to the absence of County Administrator Phil Church, Wilbur said he had only a brief update.
Oswego County Legislator Dan Farfaglia presented members of the Community and Consumer Affairs Committee with a proposal that would return a program that allowed a tax exemption for home improvements.
“When this option was available previously, homeowners were exempt from paying the full amount of the increased assessed value until five years after completion,” Farfaglia wrote in a memorandum to members of the committee.
The committee voted Wednesday to table the proposal, not because they don’t support it, but because they want to obtain more information.
The Oswego County Legislature’s Health and Human Services Committee approved the transfer of $18,000 from the contingency fund to be used for mosquito surveillance during a meeting held Wednesday.
Last summer’s increased mosquito population and the death of a child from eastern equine encephalitis has resulted in the county health department taking more aggressive action against the disease carrying vector.
Legislators instructed the health department to pursue a more regional approach to the problem. Two additional seasonal staff persons were added to the 2012 budget.