MAYVILLE – The Chautauqua County Legislature met Wednesday night in Mayville for the November voting session.
Among the items on the agenda was a public hearing, followed by a vote, for a lease agreement with the Chautauqua Tobacco Asset Securitization Corporation at the County Airport in Jamestown. The corporation was formulated by county officials in 2000 for the securitization of the county’s share of revenues from the settlement agreement from New York State’s litigation with tobacco manufacturers.
CTASC is required to have an office location designated as its corporate headquarters. The corporation would lease 800 square-feet of space at the airport for $10,000 per year.
Also on Wednesday the legislature unanimously approved a resolution to set salaries for senior paramedic and paramedic positions, as part of the fly-car system. The positions will perform primary emergency medical care and advanced life support for individuals who are in need of immediate attention.
The fly-car system, which was included in the 2017 budget, will look to assist commercial and volunteer services respond to a rise in 9-1-1 calls throughout Chautauqua County. The system will see three cars and a staff consisting of a senior paramedic, three full-time paramedics and six part-time paramedics.
Under the proposed pay scale, paramedic position would be set at a Grade 11 salary level, $16.88-$21.64 an hour, or $35,110-$45,011 per year. The senior paramedic would be set at a Grade 14 salary level, $18.66-$23.98, or $38,813-$49,878 per year.
Before the program can begin, officials will need to advertise the positions, hire people, purchase and outfit vehicles and determine the areas in which the fly-cars would be stationed.
Officials hope to have the fly-car system in operation sometime during the first quarter of 2017.