$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.