Express News Staff
LAKE PLEASANT - The Hamilton County Highway Department will be able to do more road improvements than previously planned for this construction season, thanks to an unexpected increase in Consolidated Local Street and Highway Improvement Program funding from the state.
When the Board of Supervisors met Thursday, May 2, it adjusted the 2013 Capital Road Projects fund from the original $484,000 upward to $590,772 and authorized an updated list of projects.
Added to the list is $75,000 to improve drainage, recycle base and chip seal about one mile of County Route 8 (Griffin Road) in Wells.
CR 11 (South Shore Road) in Lake Pleasant and CR 6 (Benson Road) in Benson will get $125,000 each to improve drainage, recycle base and pave about one mile.
CR 21 (Maple Grove Road) in Hope will get $120,000 for about 1.2 miles of hot mix asphalt overlay. CR 24 (Old Piseco Road) in Arietta will get $110,000 for hot mix asphalt overlay on about one mile.
Board of Elections commissioners Marie Buanno (Republican) and Cathleen Rogers (Democrat) updated the board on a proposed early voting law.
Buanno said 23 counties, including Hamilton County, had thus far passed resolutions opposing a proposed early voting law. As of April 29, she said, there was an early voting bill in the Assembly but none in the Senate.
The Assembly passed the bill last week. It requires counties establish five early voting polling places for every general (15 days) and primary and special election (eight days), at county expense.
Assemblyman Marc Butler (R-Newport), who represents Hamilton County, voted against the bill. He believes lower population counties should be exempt from it.
Chairman William Farber commented, "The problem is metro areas didn't buy enough voting machines. This is why they had long lines. The state needs to realize one size doesn't fit all."
The 2012 General Election turnout rate in NYS was 42.6 percent, according to the United States Election Project, ranking it at 47th of the 50 states.
Thirty-two other states and the District of Columbia have some form of early voting in place.
-- The board approved distributing money raised by the mortgage tax to the following municipalities: Indian Lake - $19,681; Inlet - $18,384; Long Lake - $17,659; Lake Pleasant - $14,220; Wells - $6,404; Arietta - $4,140; Speculator - $2,790; Hope - $2,641; Benson - $1,536; and Morehouse - $374.
-- The board voted to amend the county Code of Ethics to allow a waiver to be granted, under some circumstances, to the requirement that former employees may not work for the county for at least one year.
-- John Boya, Indian Lake, was appointed to the Community Services Alcohol and Substance Abuse Subcommittee with a term expiring Dec. 31, 2017.