WATERLOO – The Seneca County Board of Supervisors will vote Tuesday on whether to join a class action lawsuit against telephone service providers over their alleged failure to give the county telephone surcharge fees to fund the 911 system.
Under state law, counties are entitled to charge a surcharge on telephone service bills to help pay for 911 services. The telephone companies are supposed to give the counties that surcharge revenue each month.
The resolution before the board states that the county has reason to believe telephone service providers such as Verizon, AT&T, Time Warner Cable and Frontier Communications, have failed and continue to fail to bill for, collect and remit the 911 surcharge as required, costing the county thousands of dollars for its 911 program.
The New York State Association of Counties has contacted each county with the surcharge to see if they are interested in joining Fulton, Nassau, Otsego, Schoharie, Sullivan and Wyoming counties in a class action lawsuit recently filed against the telephone service providers.
The motion before the board would accept the proposed special legal counsel agreement with the law firm of Napoli, Shkolink PLLC. It does not state how much the county would have to pay to join the lawsuit.
In other action, the board will:
• Consider signing a one-year extension of a contract with Durham School Services of Syracuse to provide transportation services for the early intervention and age 3-5 programs. The company is required to install cameras on their buses, increasing the cost to the county by $1,810.
• Vote on a motion to authorize an application to and accept a $593,454 Federal Aviation Administration grant for engineering design services for the south apron reconstruction project at the county-owned Finger Lakes Regional Airport in Seneca Falls. The grant calls for a 5 percent local match of $46,723.
• Consider a motion to implement a pilot water quality improvement system for county Water District No. 1. The Medora Corporation has offered to install a residual HQ System on a pilot basis at the Hillside Childrens Center water storage tank in Varick. The system is said to imoprove water quality and operating efficiencies.