Salamanca Latest to Receive County Grant for Kayak Launch | New
LITTLE VALLEY – Cattaraugus County lawmakers had just two resolutions on their agenda on Wednesday, when a normal meeting would have between 15 and 20.
There were, however, 14 resolutions that needed immediate consideration and that were not considered by legislative committees.
All resolutions were passed unanimously with no questions or comments on the voice votes.
One of the immediate measures was a grant of $ 19,202 to the city of Salamanca for a kayak launch on or near Front Avenue at the intersection of Iroquois and Front and Main streets which is accessible to the Allegheny river. The city provides $ 3,200 in in-kind services.
Earlier this month, county lawmakers approved a grant to the Town of Olean for a dock and kayak launch on East River Road in the town of Olean. It will be built by the city’s DPW teams, but may not be until 2022. It will also be ADA (Americans With Disabilities Act) compliant.
County lawmakers are asking city officials for local waterways, including the Allegany River and Cattaraugus Creek, if they are interested in a similar grant. The funds come from a portion of the proceeds from the county’s lumber sales set aside for recreational purposes.
Lawmakers held a public hearing on amendments to the 2021 local law setting the salaries of county department heads. The director of personal services and the executive director of the Youth Office are no longer employed and are removed from the salary list. New salaries are expected to be negotiated for both positions. A public hearing will be held on the amendments to local law at the June 9 meeting.
Lawmakers agreed to reallocate $ 500,000 in nursing home accounts to accommodate the need for temporary contract nursing services. Like other healthcare facilities, the county is struggling to fill all of its nursing home positions.
The resolution transfers $ 200,000 from full-time licensed practical nurse salaries and $ 300,000 from full-time nursing aide salaries to $ 250,000 from nursing contractors and $ 250,000 from certified nursing assistants.
Another immediate resolution approves a contract with All America Healthcare Services Inc., for licensed practical nurses, registered nurses and certified practical nurses for positions the county is unable to fill.
Licensed practical nurses receive $ 26 per hour on weekdays and $ 28 on weekends, licensed practical nurses receive $ 46 and $ 48 per hour, registered nurses $ 56 and $ 58, and supervisors $ 65 per hour.