MAYVILLE – The Chautauqua County legislature will be meeting this Wednesday night in Mayville, and lawmakers plan to address several issues, including a resolution to authorize the county Department of Social Services to develop an action plan to increase welfare workers, which currently trails the state average by nearly 25 percent.
The resolution is being sponsored by six republicans, including Legislature Chairman Jay Gould of Ashville, P.J. Wendel of Lakewood and Bob Stewart of Ellington.
According to a report over the weekend in the Jamestown Post-Journal, as of January 2012, only 10 percent of welfare recipients in Chautauqua County were involved in the welfare-to-work program. Those rates are far below that state average of 34.2 percent. If the resolution were to pass, the county department of social services would be required to provide monthly progress reports to the legislature’s Human Services Committee on the action plan’s progress.