In a meeting that lasted 27 minutes, the Essex County Ways and Means Committee passed a number of resolutions onto the full board Jan. 26.
The Ways and Means Committee, usually scheduled to meet the last Monday of the month, met on Thursday due to the upcoming New York State Association of Counties conference in Albany, which several board members will be attending.
All resolutions passed by the committee will be considered by the full board under the weighted voting system at the regular February Board Meeting, scheduled for Monday, Feb. 6, at 10 a.m.
Among the resolutions, the committee approved a pair of increases to the cost of services provided through the Public Health Department, including upping the amount of vaccinations offered from $10 per vaccination to $17, raising the cost of Certified Home Health Agency skilled nursing visits from $190 to $205 per visit and Home Health Aide visits from $50 to $55 per visit.
The board also passed a pair of resolutions concerning the potential sale of the Horace Nye Nursing Home in Elizabethtown. The first was to authorize a Request for Proposals for a Phase One Environmental Evaluation of the facility, while the second was to solicit quotes for title work that needs to be done on the property.
The board passed a resolution to increase the hours of the Finance Deputy in the County Treasurers office from 35 to 40 hours per week.
“This was proposed in the budget for 2012 in our meetings,” Treasurer Michael Diskin said. “When they approved the resolution for salaries for the year, they had the salary at 35 hours.”
Diskin said that the position has incurred extra responsibilities since the elimination of one position from the department and the loss of another part-time spot.
“We eliminated one position and we got rid of a part time position, so there is actually a significant savings by having this person add five hours per week to her work schedule,” Moriah Supervisor Thomas Scozzafava said. “We are streamlining the department.”
In resolutions from the floor, Lewis Supervisor David Blades asked for a resolution concerning the banning for sale or consumption of substances that can be used to make synthetic marijuana.
“A new epidemic in this region is the use of synthetic marijuana,” Blades said. “38 states have taken action to control one or more of the chemicals used to create synthetic marijuana and I am requesting action at the state level restricting the use or sale of these products.”
Westport Supervisor Daniel Connell, who chairs the legislative committee, said that his group would start meeting after the regular monthly board meeting.
Chairman and Jay Supervisor Randall “Randy” Douglas said that he wanted to committee to look at specific topics that the county could focus on when talking to federal legislators.
“When we went down to Washington last year, we had a big list of issues and only a certain amount of time to meet with them,” Douglas said. “We want this committee to focus on some specific ideas or projects that we can really hit hard when we go down there this year.”