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Supervisors prepare for emergencies

Sunday, August 31, 2014 - Updated: 7:12 PM

By PETE KLEIN

Express News Staff

LAKE PLEASANT -- The Boy Scout motto is “Be prepared” and that is what the Hamilton County Board of Supervisors were trying to do when they passed a group of resolutions dealing with emergency preparedness when they met in June.

In December, 2013, Hamilton County won a Communications Grant in the amount of $2,530,385 from the NYS Division of Homeland Security & Emergency Services (DHSES) Statewide Interoperable Communications Grant (SICG).

The $2.53 million was combined with the $144,472 Public Safety Answering Points (PSAPs) grant the county received in May 2013.

In order to effectively design and build a countywide system, professional expertise is necessary and after conducting a Request for Proposals process, the Board authorized entering into a contract with Blue Wing, St. Paul, MN, in an amount not to exceed $109,000 to develop a system.

The Board also authorized Hamilton County Emergency Services (OES) to order interoperable communications mobile radio equipment and services off of a Motorola Solutions, Inc. State Contract through Wells Communications Service of Troy, in the amount of $74,000.

Because OES has need of the ability to have interoperability capabilities in a transportable unit that can house four bands of interoperability radios with high power, and with disparate power sources in a weather resistant enclosure, the Board authorized OES to purchase from Collcomm Inc., Cumming, Ga. its QuickLinx-M portable incident command and tactical dispatch system for the sum of $36,350.

The Board further authorized the Hamilton County Sheriff and the Hamilton County Director of Emergency Services to apply for the 2014 State Homeland Security Program/State Law Enforcement Terrorism Prevention Program (SHSP/SLETPP) Grant in the amount of $50,000.

Because the NYS Department of Health through Health Research Inc. (HRI) intends to award Hamilton County Public Health Nursing Service (HCPHNS) continued funding to support the 2014/15 Public Health Emergency Preparedness and Response Grant activities, and a coordinator is required to meet the yearly required local health department public health emergency preparedness program, the Board approved entering into a contract with Barbara Taylor, Long Lake, to serve as the Public Health Emergency Preparedness Coordinator from July 1, 2014 through June 30, 2015 with the rate for services to be $20 per hour, with an amount not to exceed $25,000, plus mileage.

FAMILY VIOLENCE

HCPHNS has applied for and has been approved for the Federal Family Violence Prevention and Services Act grant award in the amount of $32,045, with a local share of $6,409, for the purpose of supporting operational expenses not otherwise covered by government funding and to support health and safety improvements for residential programs serving victims of domestic violence.

The grant will be used to offset the salaries of two caseworkers.

COMMUNITY SERVICES APPOINTMENTS

The Board approved reappointing Mary Kiewicz-Schlansker of Piseco, John Simons of Piseco, and Deborah Ameden of Indian Lake to the Community Services Board with terms expiring Dec. 31, 2017.

It also approved reappointing Kathy Hutchins of Indian Lake to the Community Services Board of Mental Retardation and Developmental subcommittee with a term to expire Dec. 31, 2017.

HIGHWAY PROJECTS

The Board approved the following pavement maintenance projects on the following county roads to be paid for with monies appropriated in the 2014 highway budget: County Route 6, Benson Road, Town of Benson, Approx. 1.2 miles with an estimated cost of $85,000; County Route 11, South Shore Road, Town of Lake Pleasant, Approx. 1.0 miles with and estimated cost of $35,000; County Route 21, Maple Grove Road, Town of Hope, Approx. 0.8 miles with an estimated cost of $40,000; County Route 24, Old Piseco Road, Town of Arietta, Approx. 2.5 miles with an estimated cost of $85,000.

BRIDGE WORK

The Board approved paying Town & County Bridge and Rail, Inc., Albany, $114,470 for materials for the superstructure and related items for the Beaver Meadow Brook Bridge project, Indian Lake.

It also approved paying Laminated Concepts, Inc., Big Flats, $39,722, for laminated decking and related items for the project.

peteklein@hamiltoncountyexpress.com

     

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