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Supervisors vote to accept funding for three programs

Oct 01, 2019 12:45 pm
Jeanette Wolfberg is reporting for The Columbia Paper the Columbia County Board of Supervisors September 11 authorized three measures: for the county to obtain investigative software for the Probation Department; allowing the Sheriff’s Office to accept a state grant for child car seats, and for the Public Health Department to accept another state grant for its Migrant and Seasonal Workers Farm Program. The investigative software, called CLEAR, will "help locate people," County Director of Probation Vincent Doto explained at the board’s Public Safety Committee meeting in August. At present, approximately 10 percent of the adults sent to probation in Columbia County have absconded. The license for use of the CLEAR software will cost the county roughly $400 a month. The Child Passenger Safety Grant awarded totals $3,300 and covers the period from October 1, through September 30, 2020. The Sheriff’s Office provides car seats to financially qualifying families and installs them at no cost. Information about the program is available by calling 518-828-3344. The state grant awarded to the county Health Department Migrant and Seasonal Farm Workers program funds farm visits that include screening the workers and their families for various health conditions, vaccinations, and educating them on health issues, pesticide protection and available social services. The Health Department provides interpreters and distributes informational and educational material in both English and Spanish. It also arranges transportation to medical facilities for those needing treatment. Read the full story in The Columbia Paper.