County approves grant for Sheriff’s Office to do canal patrols at $40K

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 1 September 2022 at 8:47 am

Sheriff’s budget for gas, diesel also boosted $31K this year due to rising fuel costs

ALBION – The Orleans County Legislature has approved several resolutions and agreements for the Orleans County Sheriff’s Office.

• One resolution is with the NYS State Canal Corp. for $39,920 for marine patrols to enforce the NYS Marine Law and monitor activity along the canal and its pathway, effective from April 1, 2022 to March 31, 2023.

• The Legislature last week also voted to transfer $31,000 from contingency to the Sheriff’s Office so its budget has enough money to pay for diesel and gas, which are much higher than a year ago.

• The Legislature also authorized filling vacancies in the Sheriff’s Office including two vacant part-time dispatchers at $15.68 per hour, a vacant part time correction officer in the county jail at $15.68 per hour, and a vacant part time deputy sheriff in the Sheriff’s Road Patrol at $24.80 per hour.

• In another resolution, the Legislature authorized the sheriff to apply for $30,190 from the state in the STOP DWI Plan. This funding for this plan would allow the Sheriff’s Office, and other local law enforcement agencies, to participate in increased STOP DWI patrols throughout the year with combined total of $5,000. The money also would pay for $4,000 of equipment, with $5,000 also going to town courts, $5,000 to probation, $10,840 to the Orleans County Youth Bureau for outreach and education. Another $350 would cover administrative fees including NYMIR and Association dues. This STOP DWI Plan goes from Jan. 1, 2023 through Dec. 31, 2023.

• The Sheriff’s Office also was authorized to apply for a $15,000 High Visibility Engagement Grant from the state’s STOP DWI Foundation. The money would allow the Sheriff’s Office and other local law enforcement agencies to do increased DWI patrols during peak holiday periods throughout the year. Grant period dates are effective from Oct. 1, 2022 through Sept. 30, 2023.

• The Legislature approved purchasing jail uniforms for $16,050 from Galls LLC in Lexington, Ky.

• The county accepted a $50 donation to for the Sheriff’s K9.