Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Steuben Legislature looks to future funding, progams

BATH -- Accepting federal and public safety grants, efforts to improve the local economy and moving forward on Steuben County Public Works projects were part of a packed agenda when the county Legislature met in regular session during a 10 a.m. Monday teleconference.
The county board accepted more than $158,000 in state COVID-19 funds to pay for various COVID-related expenses. The grant will pay for overtime for county Public Health nurses, medical supplies and mileage, and additional administrative costs, according to county Public Health Director Darlene Smith.
The county also is in line for Federal Emergency Management Agency funds but no amount has been determined.
Other grants Steuben legislators accepted included a $500,000 federal Community Development Block Grant which pays for well and septic, water and sewer, and mobile home needs for qualifying property owners.
The county Sheriff’s Department received a $24,750 grant for a State Farm traffic safety mobile exhibit and a $30,000 matching grant to upgrade its Livescan Digital Fingerprinting equipment.
The Steuben board also is expected to approve transferring $50,000 from the county’s contingency fund to cover additional costs related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The county Legislature also will move forward with Steuben County Public Works projects on the County Route 119 bridge over the Canisteo River in the Town of Cameron and the County Route 66 bridge over the Canisteo River in the Town of Hornellsville. Some 80 percent of the cost of the projects is federally funded.