County Board Chairman shares updates

Lyons, N.Y. —The 2013 Board of Supervisor’s Organizational Meeting was held on Wednesday, Jan. 2. I am very pleased that I was unanimously re-elected as Chairman of the Board. Other appointments to the Board included Clerk of the Board, Mrs. Sandy Sloane, and Deputy Clerk of the Board, Mrs. Debbie Liseno. Sodus Supervisor Steve Leroy was re-appointed as the Vice Chairman of the Board.

The Standing Committees and Committee Chairs for 2013 are as follows: Finance – Macedon Supervisor Bill Hammond, Public Safety – Walworth Supervisor Bob Plant, Public Works – Sodus Town Supervisor Steve Leroy, Economic Development and Planning – Butler Supervisor Dave Spickerman, Government Operations – Ontario Supervisor Bob Kelsch, Health and Medical Services – Wolcott Supervisor Kim Park, and Human Services – Huron Supervisor Laurie Crane.

Congratulations are in order for Wayne County Soil and Water Conservation District Manager Lindsey Gerstenslager. As the Wayne County representative, she placed first at the New York Farm Bureau’s Young Farmer & Rancher Discussion Meet in Albany on Dec. 4. The Discussion Meet is a contest involving five pre-determined controversial issues affecting agriculture. Participants in this very competitive event are evaluated for their effectiveness in a problem solving exercise. She will be representing Wayne County and New York State at a national competition of the American Farm Bureau Federation’s Annual Convention on Jan. 13 in Nashville, Tenn.

The Soil & Water Conservation District is a separate public entity created by New York State law to provide for the conservation of soil and water resources within the state. The WCSWCD has its own Board of Directors; Macedon Supervisor Bill Hammond and Sodus Supervisor Steve Leroy are two of the five members.

If you wish to recycle a Christmas tree you can drop it off at the Wayne County Highway Department located at 7227 Route 31 in Lyons or the Wayne County Soil & Conservation District Shop, 8838 Old Ridge Road in Alton, until Friday, Jan. 18. Look for signage at these locations with instructions on how to receive a free tree next spring for transplanting.

Even though the colder weather has arrived the Montezuma Audubon Center has programs throughout the winter. Please check the current schedule of activities at

I will be attending the New York State Association of Counties Legislative Conference in Albany Feb. 4 through 6.

The February Board of Supervisors meeting will be on Thursday, Feb. 21 as opposed to Tuesday that week to allow Supervisors to attend the Association of Towns annual meeting in New York City.

According to New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli, from 2006 through 2011, expenditures for the nearly 4,000 local governments in the state grew by 17.4 percent, while revenues increased 15 percent. Expenses for the 57 counties outside New York City will outpace revenue by $4 billion over the next decade, according to a State Association of Counties report. Most local governments are struggling to keep up with increasing costs and declining revenues. The Wayne County Board of Supervisors will continue to do its best to navigate these trends in 2013.

By Jim Hoffman, Chairman of Wayne County Board of Supervisors
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Posted Jan 11, 2013 @ 04:02 PM