The Erie County Legislature Wednesday passed an amended version of spending from last year's surplus. Money was allocated for programs combating lead poisoning and the opiate abuse epidemic and for staff buyouts at Erie Community College.
According to Legislature Chair John Mills, another $5 million will be used for much-needed repair of roads and bridges.
"If we have dumpy roads, it shows a lack of discipline on the part of elected officials," said Mills.
One project in his district will be the repaving of 10 miles of Route 219. From Mills' perspective, the makeover is long overdue. He related an experience from his food business.
"That's so bad one of my truck drivers came to me the other day and said, 'John, we've got to fix that road. I'm driving on the wrong side of the road going down the road on a regular basis,'" he said.
Besides money issues, legislators are also looking toward November when proposals from the Charter Revision Commission are slated to be on the ballot. Before that can happen, the legislators have to decide what they want to do with each of the proposals and then the county executive gets to weigh in, all to decide what voters see on their ballot.