Six Allegany County legislators

Six Allegany County legislators ended their terms in the final session of 2017 and received plaques and recognition for their tenures. Included were (from left) Vice chairman and Minority Leader Kevin LaForge, C-Wellsville; Aaron McGraw, R-Alfred Station; Charles Jessup, R-Alfred Station; Tim O’Grady, R-Wellsville; and Norm Ungermann, R-Cuba. Also recognized was Scott Burt, R-Scio, who was not present at the session.

BELMONT — Allegany County Legislators tied up loose ends during Tuesday’s final meeting of 2017, voting in unison on all resolutions except one, where a single no vote was cast against approving $88,000 for demolition of four condemned buildings owned by the county.

Legislator Norm Ungermann, R-Cuba, voted against an agreement with low bidder, Regional Environmental Demolition, Inc. of Niagara Falls, expressing a wish for a separate vote on a contract for demolition of a Belmont property.

“We are now going to have $110,000 invested in 25 Court St.,” Ungermann said, adding, “We paid $85,000 for it and we let it sit. We just aren’t good stewards of taxpayer money.”

Dwight Fanton, R-Willing, told Ungermann that the county was also able to obtain an adjoining property by taking possession of 25 Court Street. David Decker, R-Cuba, commented that he was glad to see at least one dissenting vote, but voted with 11 other lawmakers to approve the agreement.

The agreement authorizes a contract to demolish buildings and clear the sites by March 2. The 25 Court St. work will cost $27,000, while two Wellsville locations, 157 E. State St. and 161 East State St., will each cost $21,200. Work at 39 Queen Anne St., Friendship, will cost $18,600. According to the resolution, the properties’ condition prevented their sale and they were subsequently condemned, requiring renovation or demolition by the county.

In another matter, the legislators voted 13-0 to create a new janitor position in the Department of Public Works to clean and perform maintenance tasks in the Courthouse Complex at an hourly pay rate of $17.18. The janitor, to be hired in early 2018, will earn $31,275.06 annually, in addition to benefits equal to $13,979.95. The new position has already been included in the 2018 budget. The need for one more employee in buildings and grounds is due to the renovation of the third floor of the County Office Building.

In other matters the Legislature:

• accepted a low bid of $2.16 million from Marcy Excavation Services, Inc. for the county’s Landfill Closure Phase IV. Legislators LaForge and Ungermann abstained from the voting.

• approved an agreement with Chautauqua County to house prisoners in the Allegany County Jail for a payment of $90 per day per prisoner. The agreement is valid through 2019.

• agreed to appropriate $105,573 from federal Section 5311 Capital Mobility Management Funding for the purchase of two buses for the Allegany County Public Transportation System, operated by First Transit. The local share of $13,197 will be paid by First Transit, with an equal amount to come from state aid funds.

• approved a contract with Cattaraugus County to provide a lead-poisoning prevention program and blood lead investigation services for Jan. 1 through Dec. 31, 2020, at a cost up to $3,000 per year.

• voted to increase to four the number of annual electronic waste recycling collection events conducted by Sunnking, Inc. of Brockport.

• abolished two Board of Election clerk slots, and created two election clerk positions to take advantage of increased state aid of $6,329 to be used to meet expenses of the Help America Vote Act grant and to educate poll workers.

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