County shuffles money to pay $100,000 in bills

NORWICH – Members of the Chenango County Finance Committee spent the majority of the time during their monthly meeting Thursday identifying the funding sources for two bills totaling $100,000.

The first, for $50,000, was from the New York State Dormitory Authority for pre-construction phase work completed for the Public Safety Facility’s communications project. The county budgeted $700,000 in 2007. Clerk of the Board R.C. Woodford said he “hoped” that this initial part of the estimated $3 million, two-year long project was now complete, at $750,000, and told the board that DASNY would be requesting $1 million more this year for construction.

The first three towers, one each in the towns of Norwich, Otselic and Coventry, are scheduled to be erected summer. Woodford said new towers in Pharsalia and New Berlin will follow at a later, unspecified date.

The committee agreed to tap into a set-aside 911 surcharge reserve to the pay the bill. The reserve tracks between $300,000 and $400,000, Deputy County Treasurer Ardean Young said.

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