The County Legislature will vote Tuesday on a $52,000 out-of-court settlement with the survivors of a 95-year-old woman who died after being dropped into a bathtub at Mount View Health Facility in January 1998.
The money would be paid to the estate of Elizabeth E. Buckley, who died about a week after the accident in the county-owned nursing home.
"In view of the facts and circumstances of this case, it is a fair and just settlement, and in the best interests of the county," the resolution says.
Ronald D. Anton of Niagara Falls, the lawyer for the estate, described the woman as "blind and infirm."
Mrs. Buckley died Jan. 9, 1998, in Kenmore Mercy Hospital in the Town of Tonawanda. Anton said she suffered arm and leg fractures as well as facial injuries in the accident.
"She was being carried in a thing called a century tub chair," explained Rodger D. Smith, the county's coordinator of risk and insurance services.
One aide -- rather than two, as called for by Mount View procedures -- was carrying the woman, Anton said.
He said the money will go to Mrs. Buckley's two children, John Buckley of Sanborn and Marian Donnell of Bergen, themselves senior citizens.
Julie M. Bargnesi of the Buffalo firm of Damon & Morey represented the county.
In other items on Tuesday's Legislature agenda, a resolution sponsored by Minority Leader John S. Tylec, D-North Tonawanda, calls for a "redeployment policy" for county employees. He said he wants to make sure that workers whose jobs might be eliminated by departmental reorganizations are transferred to other county jobs.
Tylec noted that next year's budget includes plans for reorganizing the Social Services Department while the auto bureaus also might have to be reorganized because the state take-over of mail-in license and registration renewals has result in the loss of substantial revenue.
"I want the employees to buy into the improvements that we do. I want them to feel some sense of security," Tylec said.
Tylec's resolution also calls for Civil Service review of job descriptions and "cross-training" of workers to make them as transferable as possible.
Another resolution sponsored by Tylec opposes extending the LaSalle Expressway from Niagara Falls into North Tonawanda.
The extension is not in any agency's budget or on any design board, but is part of the 20-year plan of the Greater Buffalo-Niagara Regional Transportation Council. Although no action has been taken in two decades, the extension might be included in the updated plan for 2020, due next year, council officials say.
One proposed route, Tylec says, would slice through neighborhoods in northern North Tonawanda. He said he wants "to get it out of the long-range plan" because "it's not a practical route in North Tonawanda anymore."