Supervisors OK money for jail maintenance

NORWICH – The county board last week authorized an extra $132,000 for 2011 expenses at the Chenango County Public Safety Facility that weren’t previously budgeted.

A county contingency fund will be tapped to pay for maintenance needed at the sheriff’s office and jail, which officially opened on Upper Ravine Road in the Town of Norwich in 2007. About $50,000 will be spent to repave the parking lot, purchase a new dishwasher for the kitchen and to replace three electronic locks that no longer work. For additional fringe and medical costs incurred last year, lawmakers will turn to sales tax collections. A dedicated 1 percent supports jail operations, maintenance, labor and the 911 emergency communications tower system.

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