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The Times
  • Herkimer Co. Legislature debates if bids needed for contract

  • A resolution to contract bus services for non-emergency Medicaid transportation in the Herkimer County Department of Social Services was approved Wednesday afternoon if county Attorney Robert Malone determines the county does not have to go out to bid.

    Legislators Gary Hartman and Helen Rose, both D - Herkimer, questioned whether the legislature should be voting on the issue before that was determined.

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  • A resolution to contract bus services for non-emergency Medicaid transportation in the Herkimer County Department of Social Services was approved Wednesday afternoon if county Attorney Robert Malone determines the county does not have to go out to bid.
    Legislators Gary Hartman and Helen Rose, both D - Herkimer, questioned whether the legislature should be voting on the issue before that was determined.
    “Doesn’t it have to go to bid,” Hartman asked Malone.
    “I don’t have an answer yet,” Malone replied.
    If Malone determines the contract must be bid on, that then will happen.
    The cost for the bus service would be $59,045 per month.
    The resolution states the state Department of Health intends to take over the function, but has not committed to a date.
    County Administrator James Wallace noted the contract would be a month-to-month basis.
    Ways and Means Committee Chairman Patrick Russell, R - Old Forge, said state funding is difficult to obtain for the program that provides transportation to senior citizens for doctor’s appointments.
    “I think it’s certainly a program that we need,” he said. “We don’t get enough money from the state in time to make this work.”
    In other business Wednesday, Local Law No. 2, which imposes a mortgage recording tax within the county, was passed unanimously through the legislature after a public hearing took place prior to the full meeting. Nobody had any comments or questions during the hearing.
    •The resolution for the appropriation of $32,000 to fund shortages for the Meals on Wheels program also was passed unanimously.

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