Delaware Supervisors to tour flood repair areas

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By Cheryl Petersen
An invitation was extended to the supervisors to visit stream restoration projects in the Town of Middletown.
The projects were completed after the devastation of Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee. A roof repair estimate of $1 million for a main Delaware County Public Works facility dashed the supervisor’s hopes to maintain the building. And, Stephanie Joedicke, county paralegal assistant, was awarded employee of the month.
Dean Frazier, commissioner of Delaware County Department of Watershed Affairs, invited the supervisors to travel via bus on November 14 to review a few of the completed 33 stream restoration projects. The projects protect public infrastructure, private property, as well as provide for the protection of water quality. Frazier remarked, “To date, over $2.2 million has been spent on the mitigation.”

Insurance changes
Frazier also noted an upcoming meeting December 5, saying, “Attendees will learn about changes made in the national flood insurance program.” A new 100-year Flood Plains map has been constructed. The Delaware County Planning Board is making efforts to inform how the 6000 affected businesses and homeowners will be affected by the changes.
As for a county building on Page Avenue in Delhi, referred to as the Patrol Shop, Hancock Supervisor Sam Rowe, chair of the Public Works Committee, said, “The 125-year old building has been in disrepair for years. The estimated cost of $1 million to fix the roof isn’t a prudent undertaking.”
In the early 1970s, the Patrol Shop was added onto and those structures are secure. There are half a dozen other facilities sited around the county. However, the facility in Sidney Center must be destroyed May 1, 2014 because it is in the flood plain,” said Rowe.
“The county needs to work with towns,” said Rowe. “We supervisors talk a big talk about shared services, but we don’t follow through. Somebody needs to let go of control. We shouldn’t be spending money following each other around working on roads.”
“The Public Works Committee decided to hire a consultant to reevaluate the county and its facilities to come up with a plan that provides practical road work,” said Rowe. “We will look for a new location for a new building to replace the Patrol Shop, yet consider sharing with Towns.”
County Attorney Porter Kirkwood, then introduced Stephanie Joedicke, employee of the month at the attorney’s office. “Stephanie is a graduate of Lake Erie College and began working in the Investigation Unit in 2007,” said Kirkwood. “Year 2011, she was promoted to the position of paralegal assistant.”
“Stephanie Joedicke was raised in Margaretville, and the county attorney’s office is honored to be keeping the best and brightest workers in the region. Stephanie is a hard worker and dedicated.”
It was resolved that the Delaware County Sheriff’s Office will continue the four-day work week for the personnel assigned to road patrol and investigations. “The four day work week has saved on overtime pay,” said Under-Sheriff Craig DuMond.
A public hearing on salary increases for 10 county employees is scheduled for November 13 at 12:45 p.m. in the Supervisors’ Room at 111 Main Street in Delhi.
Each of the 19 towns received a check, varying from $3,397.97 to $45,670.71 as their portion of this semi-annual mortgage tax income, recorded at the county office, totaling $323,165.19.