Chadwick Bay talks health care consortium updates

BROCTON — Members of the Chadwick Bay Regional Development Corp. met recently to review and discuss items on their agenda from the John W. Dill American Legion Post in Brocton.

First on the list for discussion were recent updates concerning the potential creation of a health care consortium.

At first, the group was led to believe that each municipality would need over 100 workers to qualify for the consortium to be developed. After consulting with attorneys from Brocton Central School District about qualifying as a consortium including their employees, the group was informed that they could sign on with school employees, however it may not be cost-effective due to the expenses and level of service of the school’s plan, according to Dan Schrantz, chairman.

From this point, reported Schrantz, the corporation will be reaching out to municipalities, and can reach as far as Cattaraugus County via surveys to gage who would be interested in forming a consortium with the intent to lower healthcare costs and expand on the services offered.

Representative Juan Pagan reiterated that the formation of a consortium should receive positive support as it falls in line with the current trend of consolidation across the state.  New York’s Tomkins County paved the way for this type of consolidation after successfully forming a consortium of its own for the betterment of education workers there.

The members also discussed parts of the water main installation portion of the North County Regional Water project.

Vice Chairman Richard Purol announced that a meeting Tuesday at Jamestown Community College’s North County Campus beginning at 7 p.m. is slated for members of the public to hear updates and get questions answered.

He pointed to a population of the public who would benefit from attending the meeting, those being anyone whose property involves a required easement for the water main installation.

“Anyone who has questions to ask, we would ask them to attend this meeting in particular. It may serve to put to rest any fears that property owners have about the easement issues,” stated Purol.

The group also outlined specific parts of their most recent local government efficiency grant, which will tackle parts such as water leak detection equipment; GIS survey and mapping systems; compatible billing software for various water meter types; staff training and long-term capital planning, among other areas.

The group closed their meeting with no action taken and once again encouraged residents who have property requiring easements for the project to attend the Tuesday meeting.

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