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Wyoming Hospital upgrades OK'd $540,000 project won't raise taxes

Wyoming County supervisors Tuesday approved $540,000 in upgrades for the Wyoming County Community Health Care System.

They said the equipment will be used for the system's intensive care, emergency room, third-floor nursing unit, cardiac rehabilitation, and nursery and delivery departments.

The system is based in Wyoming County Community Hospital on Route 19.

Doug Berwanger, chairman of the Board of Supervisors, said funding is in hand to cover the bonds, and the project will not increase county taxes. The bonds will be issued over a five-year period. Supervisors approved the measure without debate. Supervisor Joseph Kushner of Eagle, the board's representative on the health system's board of managers, said the equipment is needed. "This is the state-of-the-art," Kushner said. "This will benefit the hospital greatly."

An estimated $340,000 will be spent on new hospital equipment, including monitors and bedside units. Another $164,000 will be spent on a computer system and data storage. Also proposed is an electrical network upgrade, costing $20,000 for wiring.

In other matters:

* Sabrina Pribek was appointed director of aging and youth for the county, at an annual salary of $38,000.

She formerly was children's service coordinator for the county Youth Bureau. She has a bachelor's degree from the University at Buffalo and a master's degree from Plattsburgh State College.

"I am looking forward to working with such diverse populations," Pribek said. "The opportunity of working together with the staff to implement programs which will benefit both the youth and the elderly of this county is an exciting opportunity."

* Supervisors also approved a contract with John Edwards, former county treasurer, at $30 per hour, to a maximum of $2,450, through Dec. 31. Edwards will assist newly elected county treasurer Cheryl Mayer.

"The Board of Supervisors continues to support the efforts of newly elected Treasurer Cheryl Mayer to become more familiar with her position," said Jerry Davis, Covington supervisor and chairman of the finance committee.

Mayer, elected to the post last November, had served as administrative assistant to Kevin DeFebbo, former county administrator.

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