MONTICELLO – Sullivan
County officials will seek public comment on the county’s 2018 Shared
The three hearings will all be held on the same day, Tuesday, September
12 – at 10 a.m., 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. – in the Legislative
Committee Room in the Government Center in Monticello.
The full county legislature will vote on the plan at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday,
The plan, as required by the state, is expected to save $1.19 million.
The plan includes:
• Sullivan County would perform park-related administrative oversight
functions for the Town of Liberty through an intermunicipal agreement,
as the Town’s Parks & Recreation Director position is currently
vacant. The Town would reimburse the County $1,000/month ($12,000/year)
for this service, while the Town Board would retain control. Estimated
net savings: $80,314 per year.
• Municipalities which currently do not participate in the Municipal
Electric and Gas Alliance (MEGA) electricity procurement, and could therefore
capture savings, include the Towns of Callicoon, Delaware, Fallsburg,
Forestburgh, Fremont, Highland, Liberty, Lumberland, Neversink, Thompson
and Tusten; and the Villages of Jeffersonville, Liberty, Monticello and
Wurtsboro. This initiative would be most valuable to those municipalities
with greater annual usage of electricity, particularly those with a robust
network of infrastructure such as municipal water, sewer and large lighting
districts (in the case of Fallsburg, this would also include the irrigation
systems for two popular municipally owned golf courses). Estimated net
savings: $21,000 per year.
• Fallsburg is interested in increasing its police coverage; however,
it has not been able to fund this without raising taxes. Sullivan County
911 would take over the 3 shifts a day of police dispatching through its
911 Center. This would empower Fallsburg to add up to five additional
police officer positions. Estimated net savings: $487,000.
• The County is considering the effects of an aggregate agreement
with CODE RED, a state-bid vendor offering an emergency notification system.
If each municipality were to purchase such software on their own, it would
cost them $69,759 apiece. With an aggregate purchase managed by the County,
the same system would cost $15,924. Estimated net savings: $53,835.
• The Sullivan County Office of Sustainable Energy would provide
consulting services – for initiatives related to sustainability
and the Climate Smart Community programs – to the Town of Bethel
free of charge. Estimated net savings: $3,000.
• Sullivan County would contract with Laserfiche Enterprise Content
Management to securely manage and share County/Town/Village documents,
videos, photos and other content using state-of-the-art enterprise document
management and cutting-edge business process management tools. Estimated
net savings: $386,731. Separately, this initiative could save the Town
of Lumberland $28,000 by not having to build a Town records storage facility.
• Sharing various services between the Towns of Rockland, Neversink
and Fallsburg could result in an estimated net savings of $108,450.
• The Town of Rockland is willing to enter into five-year memoranda
of agreement with the County for continued use of Town Hall space for
Sheriff’s Office and Dept. of Motor Vehicles documents. The Town
is also offering to plow the Livingston Manor Fire Department’s
parking lot. Estimated net savings: $21,800.
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