June 25, 2021
BATH — The Steuben County Legislature is expected to accept $18.5 million in federal COVID-19 rescue funding when it meets at 10 am, Monday in the county Annex on West Morris Street. The funds from the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 provide financial assistance for state and local governments for eligible expenses and will be distributed in equal parts, half in 2021 and the remainder in 2022. Under the act, recently passed by Congress, the funds having to be set aside for specific uses by the end of 2024 and spent by the end of 2026. County legislators also will endorse individuals already approved in committee to the county Hall of Fame.
Since 1976, more than 500 people have been nominated with 148 individuals inducted into Steuben’s Hall of Fame. Past inductees include people from all walks of life, including former U.S. Congressman Amo Houghton, Jr., R, Corning, aviation pioneer Glenn H. Curtiss and active paramedic Winnie Romeril, a national American Red Cross honoree. Country/rock music Duane Eddy, Steuben ARC founder Arthur Hansen and Donald Merring, the first Steuben County Emergency Services/ Fire Coordination director were recognized in 2020.
Other agenda items include: • Presenting local laws waiving residency requirements for county deputies and peace officers. If passed by the county board in July, deputies and peace officer will be required to live in Steuben or neighboring counties. Hiring preference will be given to applicants living in Steuben. Designating the Steuben County Conference and Visitors Bureau as the county’s official tourism agency.