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July 18, 2013

Slow progress marks county records move

Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — Last October, Niagara County lawmakers agreed to move the county’s records management operations into a building on Transit Road in Newfane.

At the time, county lawmakers said they had to move quickly as the records were being stored in a “dilapidated” and “leaking” building.

About five months into the new agreement, nearly all of the documents earmarked for the move remain in storage at the county’s Davison Road complex, which includes one building supporters of the transfer described last year as substandard and a potential threat to the integrity of valuable county records.

Niagara County Clerk Wayne Jagow said this week that the records move is still in the works and the county is making progress. A “dry run” by public works employees testing the best ways to move shrink-wrapped pallets of boxes was done Wednesday, he said. About 25,000, one-cubic-foot boxes of records are to be moved.

Jagow characterized the moving process as “complex” and said it has been influenced by a number of factors, including the county’s need to first acquire new shelving for the Transit Road building.

“I certainly am impressed with what the new facility looks like and I feel like where we are going to move is going to take care of what we need not only right now but down the road,” Jagow said. “I’m very pleased with where we are at now. I think once we get the bugs worked out things are going to move more rapidly.”

Members of the legislature’s Republican-led majority who supported the records transfer agreement last year suggested prior to the October vote that the process needed to be done swiftly to ensure the integrity of county records, some of which were being stored inside an old nurses’ residence described in a county press release that followed the vote as “dilapidated” and “leaking.” Currently records are stored in two buildings on the county-owned Davison Road campus, the nurses’ residence and a pole barn put up about 10 years ago.

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