Sci­mone

The Oneida Daily Dispatch (Oneida, NY) - - Localnews -

$300,000 less than orig­i­nally ex­pected af­ter the depart­ment com­pleted the work it­self. Ad­di­tion­ally, the depart­ment re­ha­bil­i­tated or repaved 28 miles of road last year.

The in­for­ma­tion tech­nol­ogy depart­ment in­stalled a cam­pus-wide se­cu­rity ID pro­gram, as well as a duress sys­tem and a sin­gle point of en­try at the county of­fice build­ing. Ad­di­tion­ally, the county sup­plied IT ser­vices to sev­eral towns last year and is in dis­cus­sions with sev­eral more, sav­ing tax­pay­ers thou­sands of dol- lars with shared ser­vices.

The men­tal health clinic served nearly 600 new clients last year. The Peer Re­cov­ery Cen­ter was opened in Oneida by the men­tal health depart­ment. The fam­ily peer sup­port pro­gram was started last year also and mo­bile cri­sis ser­vices for adults and chil­dren are ex­pected to start this year.

The county’s so­lar ar­ray in­stal­la­tion was also fin­ished last year. The 7,752 ground-mounted so­lar pan­els sup­ply en­ergy to the county of­fice build­ing, jail and other util­ity ac­counts. The sys­tem is ex­pected to pro­duce more than 2.8 mil­lion kWh of en­ergy a year, about 73 per­cent of the county’s en­ergy needs. Over a 25-year pro­jec­tion, the county will save $3 mil­lion, Sci­mone said.

The pro­ba­tion depart­ment su­per­vised ap­prox­i­mately 350 peo­ple last year and was rec­og­nized this year by the NYS Di­vi­sion of Crim­i­nal Jus­tice Ser­vices for staff de­vel­op­ment and for its DNA col­lec­tion rate. The depart­ment col­lected more than $100,000 last year in court-or­dered resti­tu­tion pay­ments and more than $12,000 in fees from of­fend­ers con­victed of driv­ing while in­tox­i­cated.

The crim­i­nal di­vi­sion of the sher­iff’s of­fice moved to the new law en­force­ment build­ing within the county com­plex last year, bring­ing to­gether road pa­trol, crim­i­nal in­ves­ti­ga­tions unit, nar­cotics in­ves­ti­ga­tions unit, records and su­per­vi­sion in one build­ing.

The depart­ment of so­cial ser­vices started the Safe Har­bour Pro­gram to work with chil­dren who are at risk or are vic­tims of sex traf­fick­ing. The depart­ment is also pro­vid­ing in­for­ma­tion at com­mu­nity fo­rums and events to ed­u­cate the public on hu­man traf­fick­ing.

“Thank you to our depart­ment heads, em­ploy­ees and board of su­per­vi­sors for mak­ing Madi­son County one of the best coun­ties in New York state to live, work and play,” Sci­mone said.

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