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BOARD TABLES BID TO FILL 2 FULL-TIME SHERIFF'S POSTS

Plans to fill two full-time Wyoming County sheriff's deputy positions were tabled for a second time by a Board of Supervisors committee Thursday.

Supervisors did recommend filling two part-time deputy sheriff positions. One was previously filled by Samuel West, who resigned Oct. 14. The other was held by Michael Hamm, who resigned Oct. 19.

Those recommendations still need to go before the Finance Committee next week for approval, and need to be OK'd by the full board.

Some Public Safety Committee members said that difficult economic times and sharp rises in state-mandated Medicaid and retirement costs for county employees may make it tough to finance the new positions.

Sheriff Ferris Heimann said the positions need to be filled in order to keep the county safe and control overtime costs.

County officials estimated over the summer that 13 officers were on patrol, when about 15 were needed. Some officers on patrol are assigned to places such as the Wyoming County Jail.

In other business, a new building permit inspection fee was recommended by the panel. The proposal calls for homeowners to pay a new 15 cents-per-square foot charge for homes larger than 1,200-square-feet.

County officials said the fee was needed because large homes that need inspections often require at least two or more visits by a county code enforcement officer, which exhaust time and resources. The proposed fee will apply to new house structures and not additions.

Anne Herod, Probation Department director, also reported that Outsource, a private firm based in Arcade, will help collect fees from restitution cases.

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