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County Clerk no show at committee; coroner sought

The Essex County Board of Supervisors.

The Essex County Board of Supervisors. Photo by Keith Lobdell.

— While several topics were discussed at the Oct. 15 Essex County Personnel and Administration Committee meeting, one was not.

The meeting opened with what would have been the time for County Clerk Joseph Provoncha to present his monthly report. Instead, committee chairman Gerald Morrow said that the clerk had been “excused” from the meeting and moved on to the next agenda item.

Provoncha, along with deputy clerk Cross, had been sanctioned under a settlement agreement by the county Ethics Board Friday, Oct. 12, a compromise deal concerning alleged infractions in the awarding of a bid for services.

Coroner sought

Jay Supervisor and County Chairman Randy Douglas announced the formation of a committee that would be tasked with finding a replacement for the late Robert Heustis to serve as one of the four county coroners. The interview committee would include David Blades of Lewis, Sue Montgomery-Corey of Minerva, Randy Preston of Wilmington, Ronald Moore of North Hudson and county personnel officer Monica Feeley.

In her monthly report to the committee, Feeley said that there will be a Nov. 8 health fair for personnel at the county.

“Vendors will come in and show the employees what they have to offer for benefits,” she said.

Also during reports, Douglas asked the board to back letters to federal legislators from Office for the Aging Director Patty Bashaw and Adirondack Community Action Programs Executive Director Alan Jones requesting federal funding to remain in place for weatherization programs

“It is something that is very important in this county,” Douglas said.

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