Supervisor calls Bounty program 'pork'

NORWICH – At least one county supervisor objected to the presentation last week of $12,500 to a mobile farmer’s market project, calling it a pork, (or in this case, vegetable) barrel handout.

David C. Law, R-Norwich, asked for an explanation of the expenditure during a meeting of the Chenango County Board of Supervisors Oct. 14.

“We’ve been asking for and so far haven’t received a report on programs receiving these funds,” he said. “I’d call this pork barrel.”

The funds are available at the discretion of the Planning & Economic Development Committee and are intended to support infrastructure, promotion and business development. The county caps the capital project fund each year at $250,000.

The allotment will be used for phase two of the Chenango Bounty at Your Door, a service that delivers fresh produce to customers’ homes. It represents the second and final installment of county support.

After a brief discussion of whether the money was being used to purchase the actual delivery truck, Committee Co-chair Jerry Kreiner, R-Plymouth, said the allegation was untrue. “The money is used for consultants, an online website and business plan development,” he said.

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