February 7, 2013
Essex County Board of Supervisors
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Moriah Supervisor Tom Scozzafava voiced concerns over DEC burning regulations during the May 20 DPW Committee meeting.
No one spoke against Essex County’s proposal to move the last call at local bars from 4 to 3 a.m. during a public forum at the old county courthouse June 13. In fact, most of the attendees said closing bars down at 2 a.m. would be more appropriate.
Dennis Rosen, the Chairman of the New York State Liquor Authority, will be holding a public hearing on Thursday, June 13 at 6 p.m. to elicit comments on the question of whether the changes in closing hours as outlined in the resolution by the Essex County Board of Supervisors should be approved. The meeting will be held in the Board of Supervisors Chambers.
Members of the DPW Committee exchanged ideas for needed work on the Cornell Cooperative Extension Building in Westport during its May 20 meeting.
Social Services Director John O’Neill briefed members of the Human Services Committee about the Armed Intruder Response Policy that was drafted with input from several department heads and research on similar policies in other counties.
The Board of Supervisors voted to add $40,000 from contingency to an existing $20,000 budgeted to hold a hazardous waste disposal day at two sites in the county.
While there was little opposition to changing the rules for alcohol sales during the Essex County Board of Supervisors meeting May 6, most of the discussion focused on a change to when it could be sold on a specific day.
The resolution in support of changing the hours in which an establishment can sell alcohol from 4 a.m. to 3 a.m. passed through the committee, 13-2, making its way to a weighted full board vote May 6.
Work on the new radio tower on Little Whiteface will move forward after concerns over the mating habits of an endangered bird were raised last week.
Essex County is joining with its neighbors to keep invasive plant species out of Lake George.
Taxpayers with a Basic STAR exemption will have to register with the state in order to continue receiving the discount in 2014.
The Essex County Board of Supervisors approved a new three-year contract with members of the County Chapter of the Civil Service Employees Association (CSEA).
Essex County Lawmakers have come up with a compromise when it comes to the matter of when “closing time” will be here. Members of the Public Safety Committee voted April 8 to turn back the clock on the time bars and restaurants can serve alcohol — from 4 a.m. until 3 a.m. Last month, the committee tabled a resolution that would have moved last call up to 2 a.m.
Jay Supervisor and Essex County Board Chairman Randy Douglas said March 25 that he sent a letter to Gov. Andrew Cuomo asking him if Essex County would be a candidate for one of three gaming facilities proposed to be built in upstate New York earlier this year.
During the March 18 Personnel Committee meeting, North Elba Supervisor Roby Politi said he hoped the county would work quickly to hold that tax sale due to the need for revenue in the county.
Meeting set for 6 p.m.
Essex County Lawmakers will decide today if their voice will join the growing number of counties that have called for state legislators and Gov. Andrew Cuomo to re-think the SAFE Act.
While plans for the 165th annual Essex County Fair are well into the works, the fate of future fairs may be up to the Essex County budget committee.
Members of the Public Services Committee moved a resolution on to Ways and Means which would guarantee that any employee who needed a ride home in case of an emergency would have one.
Essex County Department of Public Health Director Linda Beers told members of the Essex County Board of Supervisors March 4 that the town of Wilmington would be receiveing a detector as part of $26,000 in funding through the Creating Healthy Places Grant Program.
During the Feb. 25 Ways and Means Committee meeting, the board passed a resolution to bid for installation and programming of all mobile radios throughout the county-wide radio system. During the discussion, Moriah Supervisor Tom Scozzafava said he had talked with DPW head Anthony LaVigne about county employees doing the installation.
Essex County Board of Supervisors Chairman Randy Douglas thinks the fight to raise the county's share of the local sales tax to 4 percent may be starting to turn in the county's favor.
Director Patty Bashaw told members of the Human Services Committee Feb. 11 that she was preparing to go to towns and senior organizations to talk about the office and their role in the county.
Essex County will look at funding the instillation and programming for new mobile radio units for county fire departments as part of the new radio system project.
The Essex County Board of Supervisors will continue to use its legal counsel for the radio project through the end of the year.
The Adirondack Regional Employees Assistance representative for New York state may be looking to move his office to Lewis.