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A proposed 16.2 percent pay raise for County Clerk Wayne F. Jagow was withdrawn from the County Legislature agenda Tuesday.

The raise has passed two committees unanimously. Administration Committee Chairman James W. Ward, R-Newfane, and Human Resources Chairman Gerald R. DeFlippo, R-Lockport, said no one objected to the size of the raise.

But Majority Leader Shirley G. Urtel, R-Cambria, said, "We're reviewing all the elected officials during the budget process."

She indicated there is some confusion over whether a public hearing is required for the raise. That's the procedure that has been used in the past, but Deputy County Clerk Wendy J. Roberson said most counties don't hold a hearing.

Mrs. Urtel said, "I think what we're concerned about is to do it properly."

County Attorney Edward P. Perlman said that, as far as he's concerned, the formal local law process with a hearing is unnecessary.

"Local laws are for changing what government does," he said.

But DeFlippo said he has a problem with the timing, especially while sheriff's deputies are picketing his restaurant, as they did Friday, and the Courthouse, as they did Tuesday.

"I think we should hold off on it until we settle (the deputies' contract)," DeFlippo said.

In other action, the lawmakers approved a $9 million tax-exempt bond issue for Newfane Inter-Community Memorial Hospital, including $2 million to finance an anticipated affiliation with Lockport Memorial Hospital.

The rest of the bond issue, which still is subject to action by the board of the Industrial Development Agency, would refinance Inter-Community's existing debt and pay for an expansion of its maternity ward.

On another topic, Legislators Samuel P. Granieri, R-Niagara Falls, and John W. Cole III, D-Lockport, announced that Nov. 8 is the deadline for artifacts that were dispersed from the Niagara Falls Historical Society collection to be returned without fear of prosecution for criminal possession of stolen property.

The items are to be taken to the district attorney's office, which will make pickup arrangements for bulky artifacts. The state is investigating the legality of the society's dispersal of its collection.

The Legislature also ratified the appointment of Dr. Louis B. Kramer of Niagara Falls, a retired internist, to a seat on the Board of Health. The seat has been vacant since Linda Flessel's term ran out at the end of 1998. Kramer's term runs until the end of 2004.

The Rev. Jacob Denny of Ransomville was appointed to a three-year term on the Board of Ethics. He replaces the Rev. Paul Golden, the former president of Niagara University.

The Legislature rejected as too high all the bids for reconstruction of the Park Avenue entrance to the Courthouse. Rebidding was authorized.

The Legislature approved:

A $52,000 out-of-court settlement for the survivors of Elizabeth E. Buckley, a 95-year-old woman who died in January 1998, a week after being accidentally dropped into a bathtub in the county-owned nursing home, Mount View Health Facility.

A $150,719 contract for construction of a second records storage building on Davison Road to D.R. Chamberlain Corp. of Lockport. Also, a $42,000 state grant was accepted to pay for heating and air conditioning at the existing records storage building.

A $141,400 contract with Jameson Roofing Co. of Dunkirk to replace the roof on the Shaw Building at Mount View Health Facility.

Waiving its purchasing guidelines to allow for renewal of a contract with NTS Data Services without competitive bidding. NTS has been computerizing the county's election returns for more than a decade.

Appropriations of $75,000 each for preliminary engineering costs leading to reconstruction of four bridges: on Haight Road in Somerset, Dale Road in Hartland, Daniels Road in Wilson and Simms Road in Royalton.

Hiring Lauer-Manguso, a Buffalo engineering consulting firm, for up to $100,000 to prepare bid documents and cost estimates for construction of a new emergency services training facility.

Buying 82 new personal computers from Dell Computer on sale for $96,739, saving $50,000 over waiting to buy them next year.

Leasing Global Positioning System monitoring units from Pro Tech Monitoring of Palm Harbor, Fla., for use in keeping tabs on convicts sentenced to home confinement instead of prison.

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