OSWEGO COUNTY – Yesterday, Monday, July 18, Oswego County Legislative Speaker James Weatherup released his monthly video update, discussing the Community Safety Initiative, funding allocations for the US rescue plan, county updates and the silo fire in Volney.
As there was no ASL interpreter in the video, a full script of the video can be read here.
Weatherup began the update with the Community Safety Initiative, saying it was created in 2018 “to improve public safety and increase training opportunities related to mass casualty events.” It was discontinued in 2020 due to the pandemic, but the committee met again for the first time since last Thursday.
He said that before the pandemic, this committee led to the expansion of a school resource officer program in area schools.
“The CSI committee brings together police, firefighters and other stakeholders to develop best practices, identify safety gaps and ultimately create community prevention measures, preparedness and response plans violent threats against our community,” Weatherup said.
He said county legislator Marc Greco, chairman of the public safety committee, will lead the CSI committee and plans to improve school safety, among other things.
Weatherup then discussed financing the US bailout. So far, the county has allocated $3.3 million in ARPA funding to 19 different projects. Recipients have included Oswego Health, NOCA Ambulance, Fulton Block Builders and the Oswego Renaissance Association.
He said applications are still being submitted and reviewed. The county also plans to use $10 million for internal project requests by county department heads.
“Distributing US bailout funding will likely be a long process, and we are still in the early stages. We will continue to provide updates as we move forward,” Weatherup said.
Weatherup then provided an update on the investigation into the Department of Human Services’ response to the Jordan Brooks case. He said the investigation is continuing and they will share the results with the public when the results are available. He asks the public for patience during this investigation.
“In the meantime, we have already taken steps to strengthen our Child Protection Unit, creating four new positions at the July meeting which were recommended by the Child Protection and direction of the DSS to improve case review and decision-making processes,” Weatherup said. .
Weatherup also outlined resolutions passed at this month’s legislative meeting, including the appointment of new directors to the county’s solid waste and highway departments, and the county’s property tax auction. 2022. The tax auction will be held online on August 18.
“As in previous years, several tax-delinquent properties were removed from the auction listing and transferred to Oswego County Land Bank,” Weatherup said. “The Land Bank has been successful in their mission to improve neighborhoods by renovating or demolishing problem properties throughout the county, and we are proud to support them in their efforts.”
Then he mentioned the fire that was smoldering in the grain silo of the biofuels factory in the town of Volney.
“State officials are monitoring air quality near the plant and have determined that the smoke and odor do not currently pose a threat to public health,” Weatherup said. “We recognize, however, that this is a nuisance to nearby residents and are working to resolve the situation. We will continue to closely monitor the situation in partnership with the state and take action as necessary.”
Finally, he recalled that the Oswego Motor Vehicle Department increased its hours on Wednesday to remain open until 6:45 p.m.
Weatherup’s next video update will be in August.
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