Del. County BOS Discusses Pandemic Reimbursement, Reopening County

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DELHI - The mental health facility, the county employee pay scale and re-opening the county topped the agenda at the May 15 Delaware County Board of Supervisors (BOS)  meeting. 

The BOS approved a resolution which approved being a part off the Southern Tier Phase One initiative to reopen the county government. 

In a non pre-filed resolution, the board also addressed the financial impact the pandemic has had on the county. The supervisors approved directing federal aid to all municipalities in the county as a result of COVID-19. 

Section 601 of the CARES Act provides a $150 billion fund for states, tribal governments and units of local government with a population in excess of 500,000 people, but “less than half a percent of municipalities in the entire United States meet this population threshold and are thus ineligible to receive direct funding from the federal government,” said Hamden Town Supervisor Wayne Marshfield.

“We talked about this in finance,” said Marshfield. “The Association of Counties did not come up with a plan, but the Association of Towns did. Our counties and towns need this.”

The county will look into the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act to address the economic fallout.

Marshfield said the county has lost funding in sales tax revenue, court fees, mortgagee recording and permits, to name a few. 

Delaware County will call upon representatives such as Congressman Antonio Delgado, Senator Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand to assist in acquiring funding related to the pandemic.

Chairperson Tina Molé discussed a resolution previously adopted for county employees salaries. 

The BOS approved a resolution to bring the county government back 100% to stay on par with the private sector. Therefore, there will no longer be time and a half or time and a quarter for county employees. The determination will go into effect on May 17.

Per contract, essential staff continued to work during the pandemic and were paid time-and-a-half in accordance and all staff deemed nonessential were sent home but continued to receive full pay. Employees working remotely were paid time-and-a-quarter.

Construction for the Behavior Health Facility in Walton was authorized for no more than $8 million which will be part of a bond. 

Ground will break for the facility in the beginning of June.

In other county business: Joe DeMauro was appointed to the position of Delaware County Director of Information Technology.

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