Deputies could receive residency waiver
Madison County could soon do away with requiring sheriff deputies to abide by a residency requirement.
WAMPSVILLE, N.Y. >> Madison County may soon be able to do away with requiring certain sheriff deputies to abide by a residency requirement.
The sheriff’s office employs special patrol officers for security assignments in public buildings, schools and courthouses. Under New York State Public Officers Law, special patrol officers must reside within the county where they are employed.
Madison County has identified a “greater need” for those officers than what may be available from within the county. In order to drop that residency requirement, the county would have to get the State Legislature to grant a home rule request, making an exception.
Currently, officers employed in divisions other than special patrol are required to live in a county contiguous to Madison County.
The Board of Supervisors on Tuesday scheduled a public hearing for its Nov. 8 meeting on a local law that will establish salaries for certain county employees next year. The local law will include the salaries of the commissioner of social services ($100,396), public health director ($98,983), highway superintendent ($97,572), sheriff ($96,160), personnel officer ($85,857), treasurer ($78,910), county clerk ($73,137), election commissioners ($63,803) and real property tax services ($15,000).
The board also approved a 2.25 percent raise for management employees starting Jan. 1.
The board signed off on an agreement with the NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation that will allow the county to use a 2016 21-foot Whaler boat for law enforcement patrol. The agreement will not cost the county any- thing.
Supervisors approved an understanding with the Lincoln Fire Department that will relinquish the use of a 2008 Chevy Tahoe to the use of the fire department. The vehicle has been deemed surplus by the county and will be used by the fire department in exchange for its storage and transportation of the county’s foam trailer.
The county is changing the way it compensates the town of Lincoln as a host of the county landfill. Pre- viously, the town was paid 50 cents per ton of solid waste disposed at the landfill. The board agreed Tuesday to change that to a fixed yearly payment of $50,000 instead of a payment based on tonnage. The agreement will start Jan. 1; the fixed rate will come out to be more money for the town, according to County Administrator Mark Scimone.
The next board meeting is scheduled for Nov. 8 at 2 p.m.