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Edwards looks to future of Home

January 25, 2013

MAYVILLE – The dust from Wednesday’s legislature meeting is settling as County Executive Greg Edwards looks to the future of the Chautauqua County Home....

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Jan-26-13 7:26 AM


How many agencies would be running a deficit without the state and federal grants they get?

In the report CGR it clearly states that we have been mislead regarding the actual numbers. With the IGT funds the HOME operates a SURPLUS. Yes, I realize this is also taxpayer money, but for Edwards to continue to say the HOME is costing us $9,000 a day or whatever, it simply untrue. Take away state aid from any of the schools and see how deep their deficit would be. More of my taxes go to fund the schools than goes to the HOME.

Some things are worth our tax dollars...the HOME to me, is one of them.

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Jan-25-13 9:05 PM

Here's an idea Mr. Edwards.. partner with NRG, sell them gas to run their plant from the gas well we all paid for already on the Nursing home property. Not only would we have maintained a great tax base, we'd all benefit from the sale of the gas, right? Just a thought for someone thinking outside the box of pure political BS.

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Jan-25-13 9:03 PM

Edwards is looking for nothing but future efforts to sell the home. It's all he's been interested in from day one.

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Jan-25-13 7:43 PM

myview is absolutely right about some services being necessary and some are simply elective started in better times. Now with cost so high pensions bloated eating up our tax dollars it is time to unload these elective services such sa CCH both airports and if it cant cover it's own costs the landfill. Better to deal with them now wait too long and the next debate will be closure!!!!

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Jan-25-13 3:57 PM

the only reason the landfill takes in more money fredoniafred is because it receives grants. without those grants it would run at a deficit. And how many of you have long-term care insurance? How many of you could afford private care if you needed it? standard health insurance, if you're luck enough to have it, will only cover you for a period of time depending on your health care needs in a nursing home. The county home is a safety net in an area that needs it. Health care workers in private nursing homes do the best that they can with what they have to work with but when you take peoples lives and turn that into a bottom line profit situation then how can the care for those patients come first when that cost of care is higher than the profit?! This is the problem with for profit long term care facilities and this is why the county home needs to stay the county home.

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Jan-25-13 1:22 PM

What happens when the contract is up with the marketing firm? Will the County Home do their part, and take concessions or the necessary steps to help lower the tax payer cost? From my understanding they now have their own contract with CSEA with terms that do not affect other union members.

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Jan-25-13 10:28 AM

Look to the future of the home then, and maybe read the CGR report,,,,, lots of thoughts/ideas there. Looking at the welfare rools to couldnt hurt.

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Jan-25-13 10:01 AM

Have no fears, people. Looking at the most recent and the majority of commentary to the Observer of late, if we allow prayer in the schools and/or read the Bible more, all issues will be resolved. I'm assuming the Nursing Home would be included. heck, Ray Lewis says the Ravens won the Division Championship because God singled out Ray for his last season.

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Jan-25-13 9:26 AM

Geesus H Kwryst,cant you find anything else to report about Liz?.How about doing an article on how 2 airports in this county are worthless.Better yet,find out if Mr.Edwards has some kind of mental issue,talk about obsessive/compulsive,Geesus!.

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Jan-25-13 9:19 AM

There is a difference here - if we dont fund the sheriff, DPW and other non-mandated but essential services who is going to provide them - this is one nonmandated service that can be provided by the private sector at no cost to the taxpayer so that we can continue to fund the other essential non mandated services that no one in the private sector will provide. (Jails are mandated) And then we need to dissolve villages, merge school and look at the future of the landfill and airport.

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Jan-25-13 9:18 AM

We don't need to operate airports, but if they are closed we will owe the FAA about $20M, more than 20 years of operating costs. We do not need to operate a landfill, but it takes in much more money than it costs to operate. We do not need to plow roads or repair them, but try that and see where it gets you. We could hire private contractors to do the work at a higher cost. We are not required to have a sheriff's patrol but who will yell the loudest when they need a cop and can't find one.

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Jan-25-13 8:50 AM

FF: you stated it perfectly! The key words are; "...if we ALLOW IT to go broke."

Yes, since the CCH is a non-mandated service, Edwards and his minions can ALLOW the county home to go broke since they are not legally bound to fund it. However, if our reps ALLOW this to happen, they must explain why they WON'T ALLOW other non-mandated services that are much more dependent on taxpayers' money to go broke.

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Jan-25-13 8:48 AM

There will never be a "right" buyer. The next step Edwards needs to take is see just what concessions the Home Union workers are willing to make now. Number two he should work on the two other businesses that the County should NOT be in...airports. Find buyers for them.

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Jan-25-13 8:23 AM

Agree with Captian - let's see the cost:benefit figures. And regardless of where anyone stands on sell/keep, it seems Edwards is using the sale of the CCH (and the money it'd bring in) to cover every poor decision the County has made over the past 5-10 years.

What does he propose to sell next time?

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Jan-25-13 8:19 AM

(cont) Isn't it interesting that Edwards stresses CCH will "soon" run out of money, but says & does nothing about these other services that are much more dependent on taxpayers' $$$?

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Jan-25-13 8:15 AM

I'm not against selling the CCH per se, but it MUST be to a buyer who has a proven record in providing quality care. Avi Rothner does not meet this standard, hence the failed vote. Many posters on here are clearly anti-union, while many others simply don't care who buys CCH (including Edwards & most reps) as long as the facility and its employees are no longer funded by taxpayers.

ALL services offered by the county costs $$$, yet CCH may have the best cost/revenue ratio of them all! What is the ratio to operate both airports?...the transfer stations?...the DOT & DPW? But the most liberal use of taxpayers' $$$, to the tune of $22.5M per/yr, is spent on law enforcement (ie; county jail, courthouse, probation, sheriff patrols, etc) What is the total cost (minus revenues) to run these collective services?

Isn't it interesting that Edwards stresses CCH will "soon" run out of money, but says & does nothing about these other services that are much more dependent on

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Jan-25-13 8:08 AM

The home is needed and will always be there unless we continue on the current path and allow it to go broke

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Jan-25-13 7:49 AM

We need the home for those who need it. It would seem like the proposed buyer was not what was needed. So the no vote, although close, was correct. NOW QUICK ACTION IS NEEDED TO GET THIS ISSUE RESOLVED.

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