Adoption of budget, Drop-In Center management on Seneca Supervisors committee agendas

WATERLOO — Adoption of a 2018 budget and finding someone to manage the Seneca Connections Drop-In Center highlight the items to be considered by the Seneca County Board of Supervisors’ various committees Tuesday.

Here’s a look at the main agenda items for the committees:

Mental Health Services

The county is looking for a way to continue services for the mentally disabled at the Seneca Connections Drop-In Center on Cayuga Street in Seneca Falls, a move prompted by Arc of Seneca Cayuga no longer offering peer counselors to provide that service.

An ad hoc committee of the county Community Services Board was asked to come up with a plan for continued operation of the Drop-In Center. The recommendation was to seek an entity capable of providing the necessary management through requests for proposals. The full Community Services Board and county Director of Community Services Margaret Morse have endorsed the plan.

If approved Tuesday, the recommendation will go to the full board for a final vote.

Public Safety

This committee will discuss the development of a new policy related to the demolition of unsafe buildings. The board approved the demolition of a building in downtown Interlaken at county expense earlier this year, only to find it unlikely the property owner will reimburse the county, as had been planned.

This group will consider a motion to sign a one-year, intermunicipal agreement with Monroe County for medical examiner services, and members also will discuss the 2018 salaries of Sheriff Tim Luce and Emergency Management Director Melissa Taylor.


This panel will consider a motion to approve 2 percent salary increases for employees not represented by a bargaining unit and whose titles are not included on the salary schedule, and discuss the 2018 salary for Personnel Director Kathy Corona.

Finance, Assessment & Insurance

Amendments to the 2018 county budget will be considered by this committee prior to consideration of a motion to send a final spending plan to the full board.

This committee also has an executive session planned.

Planning, Development, Agriculture & Tourism

The committee will consider a resolution supporting the county Industrial Development Agency and its $54,000 budget allocation for 2018, the same as this year; discuss a motion to direct the county manager to sign a memorandum of agreement with Cornell Cooperative Extension that provides the agency with $357,793 in the county budget for its operations. A separate motion before the Public Works Committee would authorize a contract with Cooperative Extension to provide a recycling education program for $9,999, a service it has been providing since 2011.

Public Works

This committee will talk about a motion to create and fill a water and sewer operator position, and debate whether to issue a request for proposals for the design, engineering and project management of Phase 2 of the Facilities Master Plan. The move of the county Office for the Aging and the Departments of Public and Environmental Health to the former BonaDent building is expected to be finalized by Jan. 8.

Public Health Services

Committee members will discuss a contract with Nicholas Rich of Phelps to serve as administrative hearing officer for the county Health Department. Rich would replace retired hearing officer John Tonzi of Auburn.

Rich would be paid $125 per hearing. He is retired from the state Health Department with 40 years of experience related to environmental health issues. The appointment would be for two years.

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