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County gets bridges from state DOT

Tax breakdown of state mandated services will now be on tax bills

Laurie Davis of Adirondack Harvest addresses the Essex County Board of Supervisors Dec. 5. The board passed a resolution that will break out how much of the county tax bill goes towards local programs and how much goes towards state mandated costs.

Laurie Davis of Adirondack Harvest addresses the Essex County Board of Supervisors Dec. 5. The board passed a resolution that will break out how much of the county tax bill goes towards local programs and how much goes towards state mandated costs. Photo by Keith Lobdell.

— Essex County is getting a gift from the New York State Department of Transportation.

The Board of Supervisors voted to spend $40,000 for the transportation of seven sections of used Inverset pre-cast bridges from Schuylerville to Essex County.

The bridge sections are 15 years old and were used in a section of highway around the Saratoga Springs area, according to county Department of Public Works Superintendent Anthony “Tony” LaVigne.

“They are widening the road where these bridge sections are now and currently pieces are not adequate for what the DOT needs,” LaVigne said. “They offered them up to the county and I said sure.”

The “gift” will save the county around $900,000 and give them pre-cast bridges that can be used to help rebuild county roads in need of repair.

Funding for the bridge sections will come from a flood account and was deemed as an emergency expense.

The board also passed resolutions to increase the private pay rate for the Horace Nye Nursing Home for nursing home care from $285 per day to $290 per day effective at the start of 2012.

The board adopted a resolution for Emergency Services to apply for and accept a three-year grant from the state division of Homeland Security on behalf of FEMA for $151,000, with $51,038 going to the Essex County Sheriff’s Department.

A resolution was also passed that will show taxpayers how much of their tax bill is going toward county services and how much is going into state-mandated programs, including Medicaid, as separate lines on their tax bills.

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