Meeting set to replace former chairman

Daily News File PhotoJerry Davis is shown in January after being sworn in as chairman of the Wyoming County Board of Supervisors. The board is set to select a new chair next week.

WARSAW — The Wyoming County Board of Supervisors will meet next week to select a replacement for former chairman Jerry Davis.

Davis stepped down from the role this past Friday, citing consultations with his family and physicians.

Supervisors on Tuesday set a mid-term reorganizational meeting for Sept. 17. It will take place 10 a.m. at the county Government Center on 143 North Main St.

Vice Chair Rebecca Ryan led Tuesday’s meeting and thanked Davis for his service to the county and Town of Covington.

“I know for a fact how many hours he put in, especially in March, April and May,” she said. “It was nonstop and I know all the conference calls he had on the weekends too.”

Davis is the longtime Town of Covington supervisor. He defeated former chairman Douglas Berwanger of Arcade in January to lead the board, with the COVID-19 crisis hitting locally a few days after the board’s March meeting.

Davis will continue to serve as Covington town supervisor and likewise continues on the Board of Supervisors.

The reorganizational meeting will be available online at www.wyomingco.net/149/Board-of-Supervisors. All social distancing requirements will be observed by supervisors and permitted guests.

In other action:

n Supervisors approved a bill opposing proposed state legislation which would ban the use of Glyphosate on state property.

The herbicide — possibly best-known for its use as the Roundup weed killer — is commonly used in agriculture.

Berwanger, of Arcade, leads the Board of Supervisors Agricultural Committee. He expressed concerns that prohibiting Glyphosate’s use on state property could lead to a statewide ban altogether.

Berwanger, along with supervisors Bryan Kehl of Attica, James Brick of Perry, and Daniel Leuer of Middlbury said such a ban would hurt agriculture, which remains the county’s biggest industry.

“We have a real concern about this,” Berwanger said.

Leuer said the state’s Carton Hill Municipal Use Area is located in Middlebury and noted farmers rent some of its land for agricultural purposes.

“I think it would be very detrimental if the state were to prohibit this use,” he said.

n Supervisors approved a resolution setting the salary for its senior meal delivery drivers at the minimum wage rate indefinitely.

The resolution was approved 1,397-202 in a weighted vote based on town populations. Leuer and Supervisor Ellen Grant of Bennington voted no.

The salary will now be $11.80 per hour through Dec. 30 and $12.50 per hour starting Dec. 31.

Berwanger said before voting that the drivers aren’t just integral to meal deliveries, but also serve as a valuable human connection for the area’s vulnerable residents.

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