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Legislature saves jobs of three deputies

BELMONT -- On the advice of the state Corrections Commission, the Allegany County Legislature rescued three sheriff's deputy jobs Tuesday.

The County Legislature was preparing to drop those jobs in a cost-saving measure along with other jobs in other departments.

But Legislator Curtis Crandall, R-Caneadea, moved to amend the resolution that abolished the positions, thus saving the deputy slots. Crandall quoted from a letter from the commission telling the Legislature that minimum staffing "requirements are set" by the commission.

Crandall said that voting to eliminate the three jobs would violate the oath each legislator took to follow the law.

Allegany County is preparing to open a new jail in the spring.

However, Legislator Robert K. Sobeck, R-Wellsville, a retired deputy, said the three jobs are not jail-related positions. Therefore, he said, the commission has no jurisdiction over them.

The amendment to save the deputy jobs passed, with Sobeck and Legislators Ronald Truax, R-Clarksville; Edmund Burdick, R-New Hudson; Susan Myers, R-Friendship; and Patrick Regan, R-Willing, dissenting.

The Legislature then adopted the job-cutting resolution minus the three deputy slots.

The jobs eliminated are those of a laborer in the Public Works Department, three part-time registered nurses in the Health Department and a typist, senior typist, two social welfare examiners and a senior social welfare examiner in the Social Services Department.

Bennett voted against the resolution.

Legislators also:

* Defeated a plan to lease the former State Police station on Bolivar Road in Wellsville. Plans had included using the building for several Health Department offices now scattered in the Wellsville area.

* Approved a water district to serve the crossroads area at the intersection of Route 19 and Interstate 86 and County Route 20 at Belvidere. Water from the Friendship municipal system could be piped to the site of a proposed water park at the intersection, officials said.

* Restricted use of some county-owned vehicles by some employees, limiting the number of people authorized to drive them home from work.

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