At the evening Board of Supervisor’s meeting on March 19th the Board passed a Resolution to outsource 74 service and support staff positions at the Wayne County Nursing Home. The first year savings for this change is projected to be $880,000, which is the equivalent of 19 cents per thousand in the county tax rate. Sixty-nine of the positions are Nursing Home staff and five positions are Buildings and Grounds personnel assigned to the Nursing Home.
The County subsidy for the Nursing Home to operate in 2012 was $753,000. The budgeted subsidy for the Nursing Home in the 2013 budget is $1,522,084.
Last month I mentioned the proposal by the International Joint Commission (IJC) –Bv7 – to change the regulation in the levels of Lake Ontario and the need to continue to pursue blocking adoption of the plan. The Lakeshore Supervisors met Congressman Maffei’s District Manager regarding Bv7 and requested to meet with the Congressman for support to oppose it.
Since that meeting the IJC has announced that a task team appointed by the IJC released another plan – an “Adaptive Management Plan” - to address future extreme water levels in the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River system. There have been several webinars and a draft of the plan released with a process for public input.
At this point, we are in the process of understanding just what the plan proposes. The two most recent plans proposed have significant negative impact to the shoreline with no compensation. You will hear more on this issue soon.
On March 20, Wolcott Supervisor Kim Park and I addressed the Wolcott Rotary Club regarding current county issues. Currently I am the President of the Williamson Rotary Club.
On Friday, April 19 at 10:30 a.m. there will be a grand opening of the new Emergency Department at Newark-Wayne Community Hospital. This will be an exciting open of what truly is the state of the art for emergency rooms.
In February the Wayne County Board of Supervisors passed a resolution authorizing Wayne County to be a member of a Regional Foreign Trade Zone (FTZ). A FTZ is a restricted access site in or adjacent to a Customs Port of Entry (in our case the Rochester International Airport where the U.S. Customs Service is located) where merchandise or products of a foreign or domestic nature pay no duties or ad valorem taxes.
Ontario County Economic Development Corporation is the lead applicant for this program which must be submitted to the U.S. Foreign Trade Zone Board for approval. Other counties in addition to Wayne County included in the application include Seneca, Yates, Livingston and Steuben. The creation of the FTZ also requires enabling legislation by the New York State legislature which has already been introduced by Senator Nozzolio and Assemblyman Kolb.
The purpose of FTZs is to reduce the costs of companies located in the U. S. that are involved in international trade activities, thereby making them more competitive so they can create and retain jobs and stimulate new investment.