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County Board Renames VanWormer Chair. Reshuffles Committees

Written By Editor on 1/6/17 | 1/6/17

VanGlad Appointed Vice Chair

The Schoharie County Board of Supervisors held their annual reorganizational meeting on January 5th.

There was a contested vote for Supervisor, with Harold Vroman challenging sitting chair Earl VanWormer. Most of the Supervisors voted for VanWormer, with the exceptions of Harold Vroman of Summit, John Bates of Seward, Pete Coppolo of Middleburgh, and Peggy Hait of Jefferson. The weighted vote was 2217 for VanWormer and 757 for Vroman.

For Vice Chair, John Bates initially abstained, then voted for VanGlad. Supervisors Vroman, Coppolo, Hait, and Vroman each voted for Harold Vroman for Vice Chair. The remainder chose Tony VanGlad of Gilboa. The weighted vote total was 2381 to 593.

Chairman VanWormer thanked the Board for their confidence. He thanked County Attorney Michael West for his service, as well as the Board Clerk Sheryl Largeteau and Deputy Clerks Judi Beeler and Charity Bender. “We have some really talented people in the office," he said.

VanWormer thanked County Administrator Steve Wilson, describing his “learning curve” and his work for the County. The Chair also thanked County Treasurer Bill Cherry for his service, including as flood recovery administrator. “We do have great employees in this county,” he said, adding that they should be thanked for their hard work. “Hear, hear,” responded Supervisor David Simkins of Broome.

“I’m just going to do the best that I can,” VanWormer said.

Chair VanWormer named the committee assignments for the year. Several Supervisors asked for minor changes. Supervisor Skowfoe requested that solid waste responsibility be removed from the Public Health Committee. Supervisor Tague requested that the Extension Agriculture Conservation Committee meet monthly. He said that talking to the Administrator and Planning Department there was much to discuss.

VanWormer said that he is changing the committees to five members each, with most of the Supervisors chairing at least one committee. He said he did this in consultation with the Supervisors and to spread the load. Each Supervisor is on at least four committees, with some on five or six.

Supervisor VanGlad also thanked the Board for its support and said that he would work with the Chair in that endeavor.

The County Board discussed Resolution Number 14 to keep the sales and use taxes steady for for a two year term beginning December 1, 2017. The Board also kept the mortgage tax the same rate.

Supervisor VanGlad asked the County to sign a contract for emergency mold removal from the County Annex. Supervisor Leo McAllister of Cobleskill asked if this would be covered under the 2017 budget. Supervisor VanGlad replied that it would be. The amount for the removal would be $2,500.


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