, 2014


Lancaster supervisors appropriate
remaining 2013-14 county funds

by Audrey Thomasson

LANCASTER—Supervisors last month appropriated the second half of the county’s operating budget for fiscal year 2013-14 in the amount of $13,082,374. The appropriation included a provision allowing Lancaster School Board to transfer $44,000 from the instruction category to administration in order to hire a third full-time nurse for the school district.

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LANCASTER—Supervisors last month appropriated the second half of the county’s operating budget for fiscal year 2013-14 in the amount of $13,082,374. The appropriation included a provision allowing Lancaster School Board to transfer $44,000 from the instruction category to administration in order to hire a third full-time nurse for the school district.

The approval of funding for the nursing position came just two hours after one school nurse retired and another resigned. When children return to classes on Monday, January 6, school officials hope to have substitute nurses in place, they said. The board is advertising to permanently fill all three positions.

In other business, supervisors unanimously amended the zoning ordinance regarding internet poles. Residents may now erect high-speed communication antennas less than 100 feet in total height with main structure setbacks on their property as a permitted use. The amendment applies to all districts except the waterfront overlay.

The measure did not receive an endorsement from the planning commission because members felt it was important that adjoining neighbors receive official notification.

Supervisors covered an $80,000 gap in capital improvement funding for a voice-over internet phone system for the school district. The gap occurred when school officials found out the $165,000 system was not eligible for e-rate reimbursement funds as originally thought.

“The failure to get the $80,000 (subsidy) leaves a big hole in the Capital Improvement budget,” said District 1 supervisor Butch Jenkins.

“Leftover funds in the school budget will fill the gap,” said District 2 supervisor Ernest Palin.

The VOIP system is expected to immediately start saving money for the school district since the system uses internet technology.

“I found it very disturbing that they had to go on E-Bay to get parts of the phone system,” said District 4 supervisor William Lee. “We need to get these people in a better position with the phone system.”

Supervisors also authorized the exemption of emergency medical services fees in whole or part based on income. In August, supervisors approved service fees of $450 for Basic Life Support, $550 for Advanced Life Support 1, and $650 for Advanced Life Support 2.

“We’ve had numerous meetings on this with adjoining counties,” said District 5 supervisor and director of emergency service Wally Beauchamp. “It gives relief to those people who can’t afford it. It’s something we need to do.”


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