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Restructuring of payroll considered

There were no comments from the public Wednesday as the Cattaraugus County Legislature held two public hearings -- one on agricultural districts, the other on moving the payroll process to the Treasurer's Office.

The first hearing was to consider recommendations from the county Agricultural and Farmland Protection Board to include parcels requesting inclusion into agricultural districts in the towns of Franklinville, Allegany and Randolph.

The second hearing was followed by a vote to approve the relocation of the payroll process from the Human Services Department to the Treasurer's Office effective April 18.

Also, the position of county payroll specialist was transferred with a salary of $60,322. During the restructuring, an assistant county payroll specialist position was abolished, and positions were created for an accountant and senior accountant, all at a reported saving of $3,900.

During a presentation by Veterans Director John Sampson, he described local efforts to establish a Veterans Court in Olean, similar to one in Erie County.

Legislators acted on numerous resolutions, many of them involving contracts, including one with the state Division of Criminal Justice Services Office of Probation and Correctional Alternatives. The county Probation Department has received $29,467 for an ignition interlock monitoring program.

The program already has been enacted, and the state will reimburse the county $114 for each device used.

In another measure, approval was given for the Sheriff's Office to spend $15,000 to purchase 10 stun guns for its Patrol Division. The office is the only large police agency in the county without such weapons.

Tourism grants were approved for distribution to promote the county in the amounts of $80,000 for the Ellicottville Chamber of Commerce, $40,000 for Greater Olean Chamber of Commerce and $20,000 to the Salamanca Area Chamber of Commerce.

The money will be used to promote events in areas of the county near each Chamber and to finance advertising, brochures and travel guides.