County receives funding, drops personnel idea

FONDA – The Montgomery County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday accepted more than $181,000 in state funding to help pay for a Montgomery County Soil and Water Conservation District project.

According to Board Chairman and Root Supervisor John Thayer, the board acted as a middleman between the Soil and Water District and the state, as the district needed a municipality to sponsor the project.

“We are just a conduit,” Thayer said.

Corey Nellis, Soil and Water District manager, said the project is known as the Mohawk River Basin Watershed Management Plan. It will list all the land usage in the local part of the Mohawk River Basin, from residential to farm land, and the permitting requirements for the municipalities in the district.

“This was a $700,000 project we started back in 2009,” Nellis said.

The project is almost complete, according to Nellis.

In 2010, the Board of Supervisors accepted $370,270 – earlier funding for the same project.

Also at Tuesday’s meeting, state Sen. Cecilia Tkaczyk, D-Duanesburg, met with members of the Board of Supervisors Tuesday to discuss funding to the Consolidated Highway Improvement Program and school districts, according to Thayer.

In March, it was reported that Montgomery County’s total CHIPs funding increased from 2012-13’s $3.1 million to 2013-14’s $3.8 million.

According to the funding breakdown, the county’s Department of Public Works would get $2.4 million, an increase of more than $400,000 from 2012-13’s amount.

In other business Tuesday:

  • ?The board declined to take action on a resolution that would have created a list for non-bargaining, full-time employees who were laid off or had their jobs eliminated.

According to the resolution, employees who had been rehired from the list by the county would have been entitled to the same amount of vacation time they had earned previously.

According to Thayer, Palatine Supervisor Brian Sweet and Minden Supervisor Thomas Quackenbush both pulled their sponsorship from the bill, leaving no support for the bill.

  • ?A resolution was passed allowing $9,000 to be used to purchase a SQL computer server for the Board of Elections to back up voter data.
  • ?Thayer said the board authorized the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office to purchase $18,000 in computer and telephone equipment. According to Thayer, the equipment would be used for dispatching.