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Tina Molé Re-elected as Del. County Chairwoman

Additional Appointments Approved
By Rosie Cunningham


Delaware County Board of Supervisors Clerk Christa Schafer (left), assisted Delaware County Clerk Debra Goodrich (right), as Goodrich read the oath during the swearing-in ceremony for reelected county chairwoman Tina Molé at last Wednesday’s meeting. 
Rosie Cunningham/The Reporter Delaware County Board of Supervisors Clerk Christa Schafer (left), assisted Delaware County Clerk Debra Goodrich (right), as Goodrich read the oath during the swearing-in ceremony for reelected county chairwoman Tina Molé at last Wednesday’s meeting. Rosie Cunningham/The Reporter DELHI - The Delaware County Board of Supervisors held the 2018 organizational meeting Wednesday, Jan. 3.

Bovina Supervisor Tina Molé was re-elected for a second term as board chairwoman.

“I would like to thank my colleagues on the board for supporting me,” she said. “I would also like to thank employees and departments of the county as well. We are a well-oiled machine, we are the figureheads, but it is truly the employees that do the work.”

Molé added that she enjoys her position as chairwoman.

“We have had a lot of challenges,” she said. “Last January, I had a brief honeymoon period before the issues regarding the Office of the Aging and the Department of Public Works (DPW) came up.”

Molé said some of the accomplishments on behalf of the supervisors in 2017 include the completion of the emergency services tower, keeping taxes under the tax cap and relocating the OFA to the current address on Main Street.

“That is one of the best things we have done this year,” she said of the OFA relocation.

On tap for challenges this year, Molé said, are the new facilities for the Department of Public Works and the Department of Mental Health.

Others reinstalled include: Delhi Supervisor Mark Tuthill as vice chairman and Colchester Supervisor Art Merrill as budget officer, Christa Schafer as board clerk and Amy Merklen as county attorney.

Glenn Nealis was reinstated as the Director of Economic Development for a term of two years. Maria Kelso was reappointed elections commissioner (Republican) for a term of two years. Cynthia Heaney has been reappointed as Director of Community Mental Health Services for a term of four years, Dean Frazier as the Commissioner of Watershed Affairs for a two-year term and Dana Scuderi-Hunter is the Youth Bureau Director for another term of one year.

Molé recognized both Shafer’s and Merklen’s diligence, work ethic and contributions to the county.

The Democratic Party designated The Catskill Mountain News as the official paper for the purpose of publishing notices pursuant to county law. On the Republican side, The Reporter and The Mountain Eagle were designated as official papers.

In other business:

During the meeting, Molé told the board: “Armed security guards have been contracted to cover the county building from

3 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. each work day, and security cameras will be installed on the grounds.”

Because arms are not allowed on the grounds, the board passed a resolution exempting the guards.

Social Services Commissioner Dana Scuderi-Hunter said, “At a cost of about $50,000 this year, the added armed security will provide a stronger presence. We felt it’s necessary.”

Also on Wednesday:

• Regarding a July public meeting which was held at Delaware Academy regarding the study for the new DPW facility, Hancock Supervisor Sam Rowe, who chairs the board’s public works committee, said answers to questions which were asked at that particular meeting are now posted to the county website. Visit www.co.delaware.ny.us/index.htm, click Delaware County DPW Siting Study and then click DPW Presentation of Questions and Answers from 7/12/2017.

• The board passed a resolution to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and adapt to a changing climate by adopting the New York State Climate Smart Communities Pledge.

A few elements to be incorporated into the county are to decrease community energy use and increase use of renewable energy, while continuing to realize benefits of recycling.

“Delaware County is already climate conscious, and this resolution meets our eligibility for future grant-funded projects such as a solar installation by Cornell Cooperative Extension,” said County Planning Director Shelly Johnson-Bennett.

The next BOS meeting will be Jan. 24 at 1 p.m.

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