Monday, September 24, 2012

Week ahead: Votes on indigent burial, cops in truancy program

Posted By on Mon, Sep 24, 2012 at 11:33 AM

When the County Legislature’s Agenda/Charter Committee meets this afternoon, it’ll take up a Democratic referral regarding indigent burials.

The Democratic proposal would require the county to provide a permanent marker for anyone buried through the county’s burial assistance program. The marker would contain the deceased’s name, date of birth, and date of death.

The legislation would also require cemeteries that get burial payments from the county to maintain all plots equally.

The legislation is intended to address long-standing complaints about the conditions of grave sites at cemeteries that receive county burial assistance payments; most of those burials happen at Oatka Cemetery. Advocates for the poor have complained that indigent burials are concentrated in one part of the cemetery, which has not been kept as well as the rest of the cemetery and periodically suffers from standing water.

The committee meets at 5 p.m. at the County Office Building, 39 West Main Street. — Jeremy Moule

At its meeting on Thursday, September 27, the Rochester school board will vote on a proposal to involve police officers in a truancy-reduction plan.

The resolution would authorize a nearly $1.1 million contract with the city to use police officers as School Resource Officers to help locate truant students and take them to school. But some board members are strongly opposed to having the officers do that work unless school district personnel are involved because of tense relations between police and city youth.

Even if the resolution is approved, the officers can’t be used in the district’s truancy reduction efforts until the board approves a plan for how they will be used. The meeting will be at 6:30 p.m. in the district’s central office, 131 West Broad Street. — Tim Louis Macaluso

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