The board meets Monday March 27 in Bath
The adoption of two local laws, the introduction of Youth in Government Interns and accepting opioid settlement funds are key agenda items among the long list of resolutions Steuben County legislators face when they meet at 10 am, Monday in the county Annex, 20 E. Morris St, Bath.
The two local laws, both subject to public hearings before the regular session, provide for a sustainable energy loan program for commercial properties, and provide 10 percent real property exemptions for enrolled volunteer firefighter or ambulance workers.
The sustainable energy program offers loans to commercial property owners for the installation of renewable energy systems and energy efficiency improvement, while the real property tax exemption amends a 2007 local law in order to update the 16-year-old cap and provide for unmarried partners of volunteer emergency responders who die in the line of duty.
The current long running Steuben County Youth In Government program includes 16 interns from six high schools under the guidance of the program’s new coordinator Wendy Allard. Allard recently retired after 28 years as U.S. History and Government teacher in the Addison Central School district.
The program, now in its fourth decade, introduces high school juniors and seniors to county operations through attending legislative meetings, meeting department heads and related organizations. The students also participate in a simulated legislative session during which they present non-binding resolutions on topics they feel concern Steuben residents.
The most recent opioid settlement funding will be awarded to the county Department of Community Services from the state Opioid Settlement in the amount of more than $585,000. It is restricted to the treatment and prevention of Opioid Use Disorder and does not require a match from Steuben to secure the funds.
County legislators also are expected to provide $25,000 to the Steuben Prevention Coalition from America Recovers Plan (ARPA) funds. The ARPA funds are unrelated to the state opioid settlement award.
For more agenda items, go to https://www.steubencountyny.gov/AgendaCenter/ViewFile/Agenda/_03272023-335