County board takes on a number of issues

— Elizabethtown Supervisor Margaret “Maggie” Bartley said that Gov. Andrew Cuomo had spoken about funding for 20 miles of roadwork during his Feb. 3 speech in Plattsburgh.

“The money may be in the budget, but the question will be if they keep it in there,” Hatch said.

In other news

The Essex County Board of Supervisors voted on a number of resolutions during its Feb. 6 regular monthly meeting, including:

• 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.

• Increasing the hours of the Finance Deputy in the County Treasurer’s office from 35 to 40 hours per week.

Leaders said that the increase in hours was needed to compensate for the loss of employees in the department.

“Increasing these hours is actually going to be saving us money because we have reduced cost with the reduction of staff,’ Westport’s Daniel Connell said.

“We have reduced staff and this change is to allow for the added work to be done,” County Manager Daniel Palmer said.

Elizabethtown’s Margaret “Maggie” Bartley said that people had asked her about the change.

“I had someone asks me how we could replace a full-time position with just five hours,” Bartley said.

“I hear that concern as well,” County Chairman Randall “Randy” Douglas of Jay said. “But the key is that everyone is now being asked to do more with less.”

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