By GREG FOX
OBSERVER Staff Writer
SHERIDAN - The town of Sheridan will pay over $11,000 more for worker's compensation next year.
During a recent town board meeting, a notice was read that stated the town's 2014 worker's compensation charge will be $53,681.11. That money must be paid to Chautauqua County by March 1 of next year.
This year, Sheridan had to pay about $42,000 for the program.
No explanation was given to the town board within the notice explaining the jump in price. Supervisor Louis Delmonte said while it may be possible to obtain a breakdown of the cost from the county, it will not change the number given to the town.
"I know Councilwoman (Amy) Farnham had mentioned an itemized list or something to give us a breakdown regarding how or why the increase in the compensation, but, unfortunately, phone calls were made to the county comptroller's office regarding this," Delmonte said. "Basically, they're saying it's based on usage, it's averaged on usage throughout the county and evidently there was an influx of claims somewhere that drives this cost. They don't give anybody the exact spot where or anything, they just say usage drives the cost."
Delmonte also said the town has an option to take a buyout from the worker's compensation program, but the cost well exceeds $100,000.
Also during the meeting, it was announced that 87 children signed up for the youth recreation program this year.
Town Clerk Julie Szumigala said a total of 7,698 pounds of materials were collected during the electronics recycling collection in early June. The collection did not cost the town anything.
The board also approved a resolution to again sponsor a tire amnesty program with the town of Arkwright this year. The cost will be about the same as last year, which was $1,250. That cost will be split equally between the two towns. Sheridan will be limited to a maximum of 500 tires for the collection, which will take place during the second half of September.
The next regular meeting is scheduled for Sept. 19 at 7:30 p.m. in the community center. A public hearing regarding a local law to override the New York state property tax cap for next year's budget will be held 15 minutes before the meeting at 7:15 p.m. A workshop will also take place on Sept. 9 at 7 p.m. in the village offices. During the workshop, the board hopes to discuss the final drawings for renovations to the former St. John Bosco Church building, which will become the town courthouse.
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