Board of Supervisors helps recognize law enforcement day

The 22nd Annual Law Enforcement Recognition Luncheon is planned for Feb. 24 and at the Board of Supervisors' Feb. 10 meeting, Chairman John Becker provided an official proclamation in recognition of the day.

The luncheon will recognize the top two or three officers with each department's best record of DWI arrests in 2009. The officer with the best overall in the county record will receive the Karl Taylor Award, given annually in memory of Sheriff's Deputy Karl Taylor who had exemplary record of pursuing DWI arrests while he was an active deputy.

"This Board of Supervisors remains concerned about the continual problem of drunk driving incidents in Madison County and about the dangers, injuries and deaths that result from impaired driving within Madison County," the proclamation stated.

Assistant DMV Commissioner Chuck Swarts will be the principal speaker at the event.

"We do owe quite a debt of gratitude to all of the law enforcement agencies who keep our county safe," STOP DWI Coordinator Steve Goodfriend said.

In other business, a resolution calling for a public hearing and introduction of a local law was pulled from the agenda.

The law would allow for the sale of a 1.5-acre piece of land in Oneida to David and Timothy Taylor.

Lenox Supervisor Rocco DiVeronica said that he would oppose the resolution, as the original investigation was not thorough enough. He said that a second investigation found black walnut trees to be on the property.

"One of those tree is would bring more (than the sale price)," DiVeronica said.

Oneida Supervisor Scott Henderson said that he was informed that there may be right-of-way issues if sold and that he supported DiVeronica in voting no.

Also, the board:

Authorized the chairman to enter into agreements with Liberty Resources, Madison County Sheriff's Office, Madison County Council on Alcoholism (BRiDGES), Community Action Program, Earlville Opera House, Project Caf (c) Inc., Church on the Rock and Jim Marshall Farms Foundation to provide youth services.

Approved two out-of-state conferences for Public Health Nurse Maryrose Riolo and Labor Relations Coordinator.

Authorized the chairman to enter into an agreement with Auction International to sell county surplus at no cost to the county.

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