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  • CCC, IDA leaders to speak at Monday's Steuben County Legislature meeting

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  • Dr. Kate Douglas, the president of Corning Community College, and Jamie Johnson, executive director of the Steuben County Industrial Development Agency, are both scheduled to speak at Monday's Steuben County Legislature meeting.
    The Legislature will hold its regular monthly meeting at 10 a.m. in the Steuben County Office Building, 3 E. Pulteney Square, Bath.
    Douglas plans to give a "state of the college" update to legislators, said Steuben County Deputy Manager Jack Wheeler.
    Johnson will give an overview of the county's economic development plan, which has recently been updated by the IDA, Wheeler said.
    "Every few years, they update the economic development plan, based on changes in dynamics, changes in projects, changes in funding streams," Wheeler said. "This is just an update to the plan, sort of a realignment based on those factors, and he'll be looking for an endorsement from the Legislature."
    Also on Monday's agenda, legislators will be asked to approve a new county position, to be called a coroner's physician. Dr. Robert Cole, one of Steuben County's four coroners, is expected to fill the role.
    For years, unattended deaths occurring in Steuben County have been sent to the Monroe County Medical Examiner's Office in Rochester for autopsies, Wheeler explained. Most rural counties send cases to medical examiner's offices in larger cities.
    But due to cuts in state funding, the medical examiner's offices are increasing contractual costs, which could mean an additional $200,000 to $300,000 annually for Steuben, which sends about 80 cases a year to Rochester, Wheeler said.
    If the new position is established, the coroner's physician will be able to make a determination in routine cases where the cause of death is clear and agreed upon with a coroner and/or the deceased's family doctor, Wheeler said.
    That means far less cases will go to Rochester for autopsies, cutting costs, he said. Any case involving a suspicious death or unknown cause of death will still go to Rochester, he added.
    Also Monday, the Legislature will make appointments to a wide array of county-affiliated boards and committees for 2014.
    The agenda and resolutions are posted online at www.steuben.co.ny.

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