Deputies could re­ceive res­i­dency waiver

The Oneida Daily Dispatch (Oneida, NY) - - Front Page - By Caitlin Traynor news­room@onei­dadis­

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.

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