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LOWVILLE — Lewis County’s legislative chairman is taking a low-tech approach to keeping ongoing projects on track.

Chairman Jack T. Bush, R-Brantingham, at Tuesday’s board meeting announced his creation of “The List,” a handwritten listing of county projects that should remain part of the legislative agenda.

He encouraged his fellow legislators and other county officials to add items to the list — tacked onto a bulletin board in the chairman’s office just off the second-floor legislative chambers at the County Office Building — whenever they wish.

Mr. Bush said other lawmakers typically have brought up priority projects with him and checked on their progress whenever the thought crossed their minds.

However, without a constant reminder, some projects or ideas have been usurped by more pressing projects and “regretfully fallen through the cracks,” he said.

“The List” should help to “make sure they are followed through with all the way through to completion, hopefully,” Mr. Bush said.

The chairman’s initial listing included four items: legislative redistricting, emergency radio system upgrades, Lewis County General Hospital restructuring and creation of a dialysis center at the county-owned hospital.

Mr. Bush said he hopes to get the first one out of the way relatively quickly, noting that county tax map technicians have done a lot of work to determine how legislative district boundaries should change based on the 2010 census.

No major changes are expected, but lines between some of the 10 districts likely will have to be altered, he said.

The chairman plans to convene the county Reapportionment Committee within the next week or two to review the maps and make a recommendation for the full Legislature to consider.

Legislature Vice Chairman Michael A. Tabolt, R-Croghan, also chairman of the legislative Hospital Committee and a member of the hospital board of managers, on Friday added two other list items: a hospital financial review for members of the facility’s new local development corporation and increased use of the county’s human resources department, formed in late 2011, in all hiring processes.

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