County Legislature Session Summary for March 2010

County Legislature Session Summary
for March 2010

(Binghamton, NY). The Broome County Legislature held its third Regular Session of 2010 on Thursday, March 18th, 2010 in the Broome County Office Building in Downtown Binghamton.
The Legislature considered resolutions concerning filling a vacancy on the board, county-wide regulation of the taxicab industry, weatherization assessments for elderly, low-income housing, electronic recycling collection programs as well as a Cost Estimate Survey for the proposed County Nursing Home among numerous other items.
 
The meeting began with a public hearing regarding the inclusion of parcels in Agricultural Districts No. 4 & 5. After several residents voiced concerns over certain properties being included, the legislature voted to table this resolution until more information is made available.
 
The legislature then considered and adopted a Local Law and an accompanying resolution regarding county-wide regulation of the taxicab industry. The Local Law was drafted with the input of the Taxi Service Committee which was formed in 2008 and consists of members of the Greater Binghamton Chamber of Commerce, local law enforcement and local government officials and taxi owners. This initiative will consolidate taxi regulations throughout the county into one location, the County’s Security Division. The Taxi Service Committee believes that this regulatory program will provide for safer, more professional taxi services through a single, uniform code for the industry.
 
After a vacancy was created in the 2nd legislative district following the resignation of Timothy Cleary, the legislature appointed Joseph A. Merrill to the seat. Mr. Merrill will finish the term which Mr. Cleary was elected to in the fall of 2008. Mr. Merrill is currently the City of Binghamton Clerk, a Captain in the NY Army National Guard and is a resident of Binghamton’s First Ward. The appointment will take effect on April 13, 2010 and lasts through the end of the 2010. The seat will be up for election this fall as will all 19 legislative seats.
 
The legislature also renewed a grant for the Office for Aging’s Weatherization Referral and Assistant Program (WRAP). The grant provides screening and assessment of elderly, low-income housing to determine energy-related needs and recommended health and safety improvements as well as assistance with weatherization, home repairs and assisted referral to help offset costs associated with improving energy efficiency and household safety.
 
Other matters discussed and approved included authorizing the Broome County Division of Solid Waste Management to hold free off-site electronic recycling collections in an effort to promote the recycling of end-of-life electronic waste. The collections times will be from 9:00am to 1:00pm at the following locations:
·        May 15th, 2010-        Town of Union, 3111 E. Main St, Endwell
·        August 14th, 2010-    Susquehanna Valley Central School, 1040 Conklin Rd, Conklin  
·        October 2nd, 2010-  Windsor Central School District, 206 Main St, Windsor
 
Joanna M. Kamin was appointed as the Executive Director of the Youth Bureau effective February 22nd, 2010. Joanna will replace Beth Roberts who has left the County to take a position with Cornell Cooperative Extension. Members of the legislature thanked Beth for her many years of excellent service and wished her the best of luck with CCE.
 
In other news, the Legislature authorized an amendment to the agreement with the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York to provide services necessary to conduct an analysis and prepare a Cost Estimate Survey for the proposed new Broome County Nursing Home at the Greater Binghamton Health Center to include preparing a topographical site survey to determine boundaries, the locations of underground utilities and to undertake the required State Environmental Quality Review.
 
One item that was withdrawn from the agenda for this month’s session was a Local Law creating a requirement for a special hauling permit for use of county roads by certain vehicles that exceed the weight or dimensional limits in State Vehicle and Traffic Law. After much public discussion about this Local Law in multiple committees, it was deferred until April’s Session in order to review the content with the concerns that were brought forward in mind. A draft of this proposed Local Law is available online at: www.gobroomecounty.com/legis/local-laws
 
Once adopted by the Legislature, resolutions are then forward by the Clerk of the Legislature to the County Executive for her approval.
 
Meeting notices, agendas, minutes and all other legislative business are available on the County Legislature’s website under the Legislative Business tab at: www.gobroomecounty.com/legis  For more information, please feel free to visit the site or contact the staff of the Legislature by phone at 778-2131.
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