11, 2008 at 10:00AM
The meeting was held in the Legislative Chambers
Williams, Chairman; Gene Waldbauer, Vice Chairman; Don Spaulding, Tony Piombo
Committee Members/County Staff Arriving Late Due To Highway Committee Meeting Lasting Longer Then Expected: Danny Ross, Chad Loomis, Tom Hartnett and Mark Suben
Legislators/County Staff Present: Angie Wyatt, Secretary to Scott Schrader; Lee Price, Sheriff; David Hartnett, District Attorney; Bob Duell, Fire/Emergency Management Director; Jane Goldner, Probation Director; Mark Suben, County Attorney; Rob Corpora, Information Technology Director; Jack Hess, Deputy Information Technology Director; Dave Tanner, 911 Center; Nick Wagner, 911 Center Coordinator
Others Present but late due to Highway Committee meeting lasting longer than expected: Evan Geibel, Cortland Standard; Eric Mulvihill, WXHC Radio
Others Present: Fran Casullo, Town of Cortlandville Judge
The meeting was called to order at 10:10a.m. by Chairman, Tom Williams
MOTION TO APPROVE THE MINUTES OF THE FEBRUARY 12, 2008 MEETING MADE BY MR. WALDBAUER - 2ND BY MR. PIOMBO - ALL PRESENT VOTING IN FAVOR – MINUTES APPROVED
Chairman Williams asked the Committee if Resolutions 1 through 4 could be voted on as a group. None of the Committee members objected to voting for the first 4 resolutions as a group.
MOTION BY MR. SPAULDING – 2ND BY MR. PIOMBO TO APPROVE THE FOLLOWING RESOLUTIONS: 1) RENEW CONTRACT FIRE & EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT NATIONAL INCIDENT MANAGEMENT SYSTEM (NIMS) COMPLIANCE CONSULTANT; 2) AMEND 2008 BUDGET FIRE & EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT (HAZARD MITIGATION GRANT PROGRAM PROJECT #1650-0002 – FY ’07; 3) AMEND 2008 BUDGET FIRE & EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT TECHNICAL EQUIPMENT – 2006 PREPAREDNESS GRANT; 4) AMEND 2008 BUDGET FIRE & EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT TECHNICAL EQUIPMENT – 2006 PREPAREDNESS GRANT – ALL COMMITTEE MEMBERS PRESENT VOTING IN FAVOR – MOTION PASSES
1. Renew Contract Fire & Emergency Management National Incident Management System (NIMS) Compliance Consultant – MOTION PASSES AS PART OF A GROUP (SEE ABOVE)
Mr. Williams felt that we should be assured that we are certain that
the individuals and businesses are knowledgeable that the Sheriff’s
Department/911 Center will be discontinuing the monitoring of the private
alarms. Mr. Spaulding inquired if
continuing the monitoring of the private alarms could be profitable.
Mr. Wagner indicated that it could be profitable but government should
not be monitoring private alarm systems.
He further indicated that he is unsure what private companies charge
for their services.
Probation Department (Jane Goldner) – Ms. Goldner reported that another Probation Officer and DSS
Case Worker have been added to handle the PINS (Persons In Need of Supervisor)
Diversion and that the program is going good.
She indicated that there are 63 kids in the PINS Diversion Program.
This program makes it possible to avoid Family Court.
They used to be able to work with PINS individuals for only 6 months
but that has been extended. Kids
are now eligible for PINS up to the age of 18.
Ms. Goldner further indicated that the Probation Department and
Department of Social Services work closely with all the County schools.
Sheriff’s Department (Sheriff Lee Price) – Sheriff Price indicated that the jail is going well and that they have 4 females housed out. Sheriff Price advised the Committee that to better regulate the Sheriff Department records, a Record Services Local Law will be drafted for enactment. There will be more information at a later date. Sheriff Price will be speaking to Mr. Schrader and Mr. Suben regarding the proposed law.
Information Technology (Rob Corpora & Jack Hess) – Mr. Corpora reported that the Simplex Grinnell Company replaced the security doors at the Department of Social Services. The doors can now be controlled from one location. They will be drafting a resolution for 13 security doors and the elevator at the Courthouse.
Judge Fran Casullo (Town of Cortlandville Justice) - Committee Chairman Williams asked Judge Casullo to speak about the jail situation from a judge’s view. Committee Chairman Williams indicated that he would hate to see a jail being built and then new technology changing things so he felt that we need to talk to the players who deal with that issue. Judge Casullo feels that one of the biggest issues besides building a new jail is the housing of female inmates. Females in the Cortlandville Court who are sentenced to jail usually are housed in Tioga County. Even in 2003 we were not equipped to deal with female inmates. Judge Casullo commented that A.T.I. (Alternatives To Incarceration) is a good program and sometimes alleviates the necessity to incarcerate people. Mr. Piombo asked if there are a lot of juveniles. Sheriff Price answered that kids under 16 do not go to jail. Mr. Suben indicated that they go to juvenile detention. Ms. Goldner commented that there are 45-65 people in the Pre-Trial Program and approximately 100 people who are doing community service.
Meeting Time (Mr. Williams) – Mr. Williams feels that since General Services Committee and Highway Committee meetings run longer a lot of the time, he would like to switch times with the Highway Committee so that the Highway Committee would meet at 10:00a.m. and the Judiciary & Public Safety Committee would meet at 9:00a.m. Mr. Williams asked Ms. Wyatt to speak to Highway Committee Chairman, Mr. McKee about this change.
MOTION TO GO INTO EXECUTIVE SESSION TO DISCUSS PENDING LITIGATION MADE BY MR. SPAULDING – 2ND BY MR. HARTNETT – ALL COMMITTEE MEMBERS VOTING IN FAVOR – THE COMMITTEE WENT INTO EXECUTIVE SESSION AT 10:35A.M.
With no further business to conduct the meeting was adjourned immediately following the executive session.
Minutes taken and prepared by Angie Wyatt, Secretary to Scott Schrader.