County board of supervisors wrap-up

ELIZABETHTOWN Several committees and sub-committees met for the Essex County Board of Supervisors on July 14. Here is a brief summary of noteworthy discussions: After requesting resolutions authorizing the addition of HICAP grant funding to the budget, Patty Bashaw from the Office for the Aging expressed great concern regarding many people who may not be eligible for HEAP this winter, yet will need assistance in helping to heat their homes. She suggested setting aside funds as a safety net to assist people who could easily end up struggling to pay for heating oil. In the Department of Public Works committee, DPW superintendent Fred Buck made a request to transfer $190,000 budgeted for road machinery into funds for gas and diesel. According to Buck, the DPW has already exhausted its entire anticipated fuel budget for 2008 and the transfer is necessary to deal with the rising cost of fuel. Nancy Dougal from the county transportation department reported an increase in ridership on the countys public transportation system. Nearly 350 people are now using the buses on a regular basis. In anticipation of grant money, Dougal requested authorization to purchase another bus which would be used for a route to Jay. Dougal said that the one-call center for the transportation program could be established within the next month. Representatives from One Work Source attended the transportation committee meeting to offer their perspective on how the transportation system can serve the needs of both employers and employees. Town of Jay Supervisor Randall Douglas expressed emphatic support of a plan to offer ride-share participants a guaranteed ride home in case of an emergency.

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