Still no consolidation at jail kitchen

NORWICH – A three-year-long discussion about how to consolidate the meal services offered by two government departments currently using the cafeteria at the Chenango County Public Safety Facility continued on Tuesday.

Neither food purchasing nor meal preparation is being done collectively more than a year after the operations moved into the 130-bed jail and public safety building. Area Agency on Aging Director Deb Sanderson told members of the Health and Human Services Committee yesterday that kitchen staff workers could be helping each other respectively, but don’t.

“Sounds like you’re still having territorial problems,” longtime committee member Robert D. Briggs, R-Afton, said.

In March, Chenango County Sheriff Thomas J. Loughren told the Public Safety Committee the prison population would soon begin eating food collectively purchased and meals cooked together with the agency’s staff. Sanderson said yesterday, however, she had not spoken to the Sheriff about consolidation recently.

Area Agency on Aging uses the facility’s kitchen on weekdays to prepare take-out lunches for its 60-Plus Nutrition Program. The 250 to 400 hot meals prepared are reimbursed by federal, state and local sources depending on factors such as the county’s senior population, overall population and other demographics.

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