Supervisor Fagan advised that the first meeting of the newly re-named Public Works Committee went well and the Committee is looking forward to working with the Solid Waste Department.
EIGHTH REGULAR SESSION
Johnstown, NY August 13th, 2018
Roll Call – Quorum Present
Supervisors: Argotsinger, Blackmon, Born, Bradt, Breh, Fagan, Greene, Groff, Handy, Howard, Kinowski, Lauria, Perry, Potter, Rice, Selmser, Wilson, Young
TOTAL: Present: 18 Absent: 2 (Supervisors Callery and Waldron)
Chairman Groff called the meeting to order at 1:00 p.m. Following the Pledge of Allegiance, Chairman Groff asked if there was anyone from the public who wished to address the Board. No one from the public came forward.
Chairman Groff asked Mr. Lee Hollenbeck to come to the front of the Chambers to receive a letter recognizing his service on the FMCC Board of Trustees. Chairman Groff then read the “Chairman’s Letter” to Mr. Hollenbeck and to the Board.
Mr. Hollenbeck advised that this letter is “backwards” because, in his opinion, he should be thanking the Board. He said that the College is important to the County and he thanked the Board for the opportunity for him to serve on the FMCC Board of Trustees. He also encouraged the Board to attend the FMCC tour later this afternoon to see how the College is progressing with its building projects. Mr. Hollenbeck then went around and thanked each Board member.
Chairman Groff then asked Mr. Stead for the reading of the Communications on the Agenda
- Letters from: Senator James Tedisco, Mayor Vernon Jackson, Mayor Dayton King, and Attorney Michael Albanese Subj: Supporting Fulton County Micro Enterprise Program (Supervisor Young requested a copy).
- Communication from Adirondack Association of Towns & Villages Subj: Resolution 4 of 2018 - Requesting Suspension of Demolition of the Gooley Club Camp on Third Lake of the Essex Chain Pending Further Review (Supervisor Young requested a copy).
- Letter from Miller, Mannix, Schachner & Hafner, LLC, Attorneys at Law Subj: Resolution 73 of 2018 from Town of Johnstown – Adopting Negative Declaration Pursuant to the NYS Environmental Quality Review Act Concerning Amendment of the Town Master Plan and Zoning Law and Potential Future Development (Supervisor Greene requested a copy).
- Communication from Schoharie County Board of Supervisors Subj: Resolution 74 of 2018 – Requesting State Action to Relieve Recycling Mandates in a Time of Crisis (Supervisors Born, Greene, Howard, Lauria and Young requested a copy).
UPDATES FROM STANDING COMMITTEES
REPORTS OF SPECIAL COMMITTEES
Supervisor Greene advised that the District Board met on July 24 and it was a very productive meeting. He highlighted some topics such as shared services between Soil and Water and the Town of Caroga and the Town of Oppenheim. Soil and Water will be helping with stumping and hydroseeding at the Fulton County Airport after some trees are removed. He also spoke about some accomplishments of the Soil and Water Conservation District. Mr. Greene said that pipe sales have been going really well.
Chairman Groff reminded the Board that they are invited to attend a FMCC tour of their campus after the Board meeting at approximately 3:00 p.m.
A Memorial Resolution was adopted by “unanimous silent standing second” for former Supervisor George Manchester from the Town of Bleecker, who recently passed away.
Supervisor Young advised that he would be Abstaining from proposed Resolutions 19-26 and 34 due to his employment with FMCC.
Nos. 329 and 330 (Resolution Authorizing Application to NYS Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services for an Interoperable Communications “Formulary” Grant and Resolution Authorizing Application to NYS Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services for an Interoperable Communications “Targeted” Grant): Mr. Stead explained that the Civil Defense Director/Fire Coordinator got late notice that applications were available for possible funding, so only the Finance Committee was able to approve the proposal for application for said grants.
(Resolutions continued to be deliberated on.)
A motion was offered by Supervisor Fagan, seconded by Supervisor Lauria and unanimously carried, to waive the Rules of Order to take action on Late Resolution 332.
Chairman Groff opened the Public Hearing for the purpose of receiving comments regarding Proposed Local Law “B” of 2018 Adjusting Salaries of Elected and Appointed Positions in the County of Fulton (2018-2021) at 1:33 p.m.
Chairman Groff asked if there were any members of the public who wished to make comments regarding Proposed Local Law “B” of 2018 Adjusting Salaries of Elected and Appointed Positions in the County of Fulton (2018-2021). There being no interested speakers, Chairman Groff advised that he would keep the Public Hearing open for a portion of the Board meeting.
Upon a motion by Supervisor Fagan, seconded by Supervisor Greene and unanimously carried, the Committee entered into Executive Session at 1:34 p.m. to discuss collective bargaining.
Upon a motion by Supervisor Fagan, seconded by Supervisor Bradt and unanimously carried, the Committee re-entered into Regular Session at 1:44 p.m.
Chairman Groff asked if there were any members of the public who wished to make comments regarding Proposed Local Law “B” of 2018 Adjusting Salaries of Elected and Appointed Positions in the County of Fulton (2018-2021). There being no interested speakers, Chairman Groff closed the public hearing at 1:45 p.m.
Mr. Stead advised that he had one more proposed Resolution that was missed by the Board Office for deliberation for today’s Agenda. The Agenda Item was only reviewed by the Public Works Committee and they did approve it. It was a Resolution Authorizing a Contract with Tim VanNostrand Logging for Logging Services at the Fulton County Airport.
Supervisor Fagan was the sponsor and Supervisor Perry made the second and it was unanimously carried.
PUBLIC HEARING: A PUBLIC HEARING TO RECEIVE COMMENTS REGARDING THE SHARED SERVICES PANEL 2018 DRAFT SHARED SERVICES TAX SAVINGS PLAN IN ACCORDANCE WITH CHAPTER 59 OF THE LAWS OF 2017.
Chairman Groff opened the Public Hearing at 1:50 p.m. to receive comments regarding the Shared Services Panel 2018 Draft Shared Services Tax Savings Plan in Accordance with Chapter 59 of the Laws of 2018 and asked if there was anyone present who wished to make comments. There being no interested speakers, Chairman Groff advised that he would keep the Public Hearing open for a portion of the Board meeting.
Chairman Groff called for a ten minute recess at 1:50 p.m.
Chairman Groff then called the meeting back to order at 2:03 p.m.
Chairman Groff asked if there was anyone was present who wished to make comments regarding the Shared Services Panel 2018 Draft Shared Services Tax Savings Plan in Accordance with Chapter 59 of the Laws of 2018.
Tim Rizzo, 272 County Highway 107, Johnstown and also a Town of Johnstown Councilman: Mr. Rizzo commented that he was present today to ask the Board when the Shared Services Plan had “substance” and when was the Report provided to the Supervisors, because the Johnstown.
Town Board has not seen the Report. If the Report involves assessing process changes in municipalities, why didn’t the municipalities have a say in the Report.
Mr. Stead advised that the there is nothing new regarding assessing in the 2018 Draft Services Plan that was not in the 2017 Shared Services Plan and Report and that the Plan has been available since September of 2017. By state statute, municipal Town Boards are not involved in the Shared Services Plan. The chief elected official from each jurisdiction has had input in the Plan. If any initiative were to more forward affecting a town, each Town Board would have to ultimately approve their municipality being involved in the Shared Services Plan.
Mr. Rizzo maintained that he still “wanted numbers and was denied answers” from the Town. He advised that the Plan would have negative impacts for the Town of Johnstown if it mandated contract assessing.
Chairman Groff then asked if there were any other public speakers who wished to make comments regarding the Shared Services Panel 2018 Draft Shared Services Tax Savings Plan in Accordance with Chapter 59 of the Laws of 2018. There being no interested speakers, Chairman Groff closed the public hearing at 2:10 p.m.
Mr. Stead reminded the Board that 2019 Budget Committee Meetings start next week.
Supervisor Lauria advised that the Planning Board is in need of a member from the western part of Fulton County and to let him know if anyone may know of someone who would be interested.