Supervisor Selmser advised that he attended a recent meeting of the Adirondack Government Local Review Board (AGLRB) and wanted to follow-up on the Communication received from the Essex County Board of Supervisors. He further advised that AGLRB also passed a Resolution urging AATV, Adirondack Inter-County, AOT, NYCOM, NYSAC and New York State to come together with a plan to provide cell service coverage for all New York State residents and visitors and they sent their Resolution to Governor Cuomo. At the meeting, there was a speaker for AT&T who did a presentation on First Net Communication Emergency System.
Fourth DAY OF ANNUAL SESSION
Johnstown, NY December 27, 2018
Roll Call – Quorum Present
Supervisors: Argotsinger, Blackmon, Born, Bradt, Breh, Callery, Fagan, Greene, Groff, Handy, Howard, Kinowski, Lauria, Perry, Potter, Rice, Selmser, Wilson, Young TOTAL: Present: 19 Absent: 1 (Supervisor 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 then asked Mr. Stead for the reading of the Communication on the Agenda.
1. Communication from Essex County Board of Supervisors
Subj: Resolution 376 of 2018 – Resolution Urging AATV, Adirondack Inter-County, AOT, NYCOM, NYSAC and New York State to Come Together with a Plan to Provide Cell Service Coverage for All New York State Residents and Visitors (Supervisors Greene, Howard, Lauria, Perry, Wilson and Young requested a copy)
Mr. Stead advised that a letter was received from Mayfield School District Interim Superintendent Kathy Dougherty. She wrote a letter to Personnel Director Terri Souza and carbon copied Mr. Stead on the letter complimenting the Personnel Department and in particular, Deputy Director Kari Town. She expressed her appreciation for Ms. Towne’s help on a couple of recent hiring’s and civil service issues.
UPDATES FROM STANDING COMMITTEES
REPORTS OF SPECIAL COMMITTEES
Supervisor Potter thanked Chairman Groff for appointing him as the liaison for Inter-County Legislative Committee of the Adirondacks for 2018. He reported that it was a modest year of achievements. He advised that he agreed with Supervisor Selmser about First Net and it is a very important and beneficial tool for Fulton County.
Supervisor Blackmon advised that the District Board had a very good year. He added with the implementation of a credit card machine, there were a lot more sales. Also, Soil and Water sold their boat washing station to Saratoga County.
Chairman Groff advised that this was the last meeting of the Board and that the Board had a very successful year. Chairman Groff then mentioned a number of highlights from the following document:
- Established Vail Mills Sewer District No. 2 (12 February 2018) - Another significant step in development of the County’s SMART Waters System.
- Negotiated a 40-year SMART Waters Inter-municipal Agreement with the Village of Broadalbin for Wastewater Treatment Plant use for Vail Mills Sewer District No. 2 (9 July 2018)
- Negotiated a 40-year SMART Waters Inter-municipal Agreement with the City of Johnstown and the Johnstown Water Board to Purchase Water for County Water District No. 1 (9 July 2018)
- Completed Demolition of obsolete buildings at Tryon Technology Park 100 Acre Site (Summer 2018) - Continues work on the goal of having a state-certified “Shovel-ready Site available to prospective businesses.
- Transferred Properties at 12 and 26 South Main Street in Gloversville to the City of Gloversville to assist neighborhood rehabilitation efforts (9 July 2018) • Expanded the boundaries of Fulton County Water District No. 1 to expand access to water and to lower rates for system users (13 August 2018)
- Waived Taxes on City-owned Property at 20, 22 and 24 South Main Street for the City of Gloversville to promote neighborhood rehabilitation efforts (10 September 2018)
- Launched the FMCC Classroom Bldg Renovation Project (12 February 2018)
- The FMCC Allen House was completed and opened (20 April 2018)
- Approved Collective Bargaining Agreement with the FMCC Faculty Unit (11 June 2018)
- Increased Recurring Sponsor Support to FMCC by $50,000.00 (9 July 2018)
- Launched the Fulton County Office Building Exterior Renovation Project (9 April 2018) - Ribbon-cutting on Phase 1 of the project was held in early November.
- Purchased numerous new equipment systems to fully institute Single Stream Recycling in Fulton County (Solid Waste Dept.) (14 May 2018)
- Approved a Concept Utilization Plan to Reoccupy the 57 East Fulton Street Building in Gloversville (13 November 2018)
- Negotiated a 5-year Inter-municipal Agreement with Hamilton County to accept that County’s solid waste (10 December 2018)
- Established the New Neighborhood Plan: Surveillance and Intelligence Gathering Tools Project (2018 Capital Plan) - Continues a multi-year commitment to upgrade crime deterrence technology for area law enforcement agencies.
- Overhauled/Upgraded the E911 Dispatch System at the Sheriff’s Department with ESRIE911 Software (14 May 2018)
- Began extensive restructuring of the Public Defender’s Office to meet new State mandates regarding caseload limits and counsel at first appearance (December 2018)
- Recognized Gerard McAuliffe for his long and dedicated service as Public Defender. (10 December 2018)
- Approved a new three-year Collective Bargaining Agreement with the CSEA General Unit for 2018-2021 (9 July 2018)
- Implemented a new Non-Union Salary Schedule for 2018-2021 (9 July 2018)
- Approved a four-year Collective Bargaining Agreement with Deputy Sheriffs’ Police Benevolent Association for 2013-2016 (9 July 2018)
- Approved a new three-year Collective Bargaining Agreement with the CSEA Nurses Unit for 2018-2021 (10 September 2018)
- Realigned the Board of Supervisors Standing Committee System for better oversight of Public Works services and Economic Development initiatives. (9 July 2018)
- Coordinated, prepared and submitted the 2018 Shared Services Tax Savings Plan on behalf of all municipalities in Fulton County
- Reinstituted cooperative arrangement for a School Intervention Partnership Caseworker Position in the Gloversville School District (10 September 2018)
- Adopted a 2019 County Budget with no increase in the average property tax rate (28 November 2018) • Increased support to our community’s Veterans by returning the Director’s position to full-time (10 December 2018)
Chairman Groff also thanked the Finance Committee, the Board and all Departments for doing a good job and emphasized that he appreciated everybody’s help.
Mr. Stead then presented Chairman Groff with the 2018 Ceremonial Gavel and a small token of appreciation from Board members in the form of a gift certificate. Mr. Stead commented that Chairman Groff was a pleasure to work with. He added that Mr. Groff had a “no-nonsense” approach to Board business and understood what needed to be done to advance County interests. His leadership has been great and he has done an excellent job.
Chairman Groff stated that “it has been an honor and privilege to serve”. He thanked Mr. Stead and the Board staff for all their help throughout the year
Resolutions on the Agenda were then deliberated upon.
Mr. Stead advised that proposed Resolution No. 9 (Resolution Authorizing Retainer Agreement with Bond, Schoeneck & King to pursue Litigation Against Fulton Centers to Recover Nursing Home Universal Settlement Funds) was being withdrawn. After a discussion at the Finance Committee Meeting earlier today, it was decided to withdraw this proposed resolution until further information could be obtained.
No. 572 (Resolution Authorizing Acceptance of 2018-2020 “Upstate Quality Improvement and Caseload Reduction Grant” from NYS Office of Indigent Legal Services (Public Defender): Mr. Stead explained that this funding was previously applied for and was not new funding for the Public Defender’s Office future restructuring.
There being no further business, the Board adjourned “sine die” at 1:32 p.m., upon a motion by Supervisor Callery, seconded by Supervisor Fagan and unanimously carried.
Certified by: _________________________________________
Jon R. Stead, Administrative Officer/ DATE Clerk of the Board