Supervisor Waldron noted that it was very exciting that the gloves worn by Olympic athletes during the Opening Ceremony for the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang were made with leather that was produced right in Gloversville. Owner Matthew Smrtic and the team of Sunderland Leather Company were involved in the making of the gloves. Also, Peter Kiernan, who is from Gloversville was involved.
Roll Call – Quorum Present
Supervisors: Argotsinger, Blackmon, Born, Bradt, Breh, Callery, Greene, Groff, Handy, Howard, Kinowski, Lauria, Perry, Potter, Rice, Selmser, Waldron, Wilson, Young
TOTAL: Present: 19 Absent: 1 (Supervisor Fagan)
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.
- Letter from National Grid to the Chief Executive, dated 31 January 2018 Subj: Semi-Annual PCB Report covering 1 July 2017 through 31 December 2017
- Communication from New York State Association of Counties Subj: 2018 NYSAC Legislative Conference Resolutions |LS|Priority Reading Rack|RS|
- 2017 Annual Report, Fulton County Industrial Development Agency
- 2017 Annual Report, Fulton County Soil & Water Conserv. Dist. |LS|Priority Reading Rack|RS|
- 2017 Annual Report, Fulton County Board of Elections |LS|Priority Reading Rack|RS| D. 2016-2017 Annual Report, Fulton-Montgomery Comm. College |LS|Priority Reading Rack|RS|
UPDATES FROM STANDING COMMITTEES
REPORTS OF SPECIAL COMMITTEES
Chairman Groff advised that he attended the 2018 NYSAC Legislative Conference the last week of January. He further advised that he attended a workshop on the State Budget and there was not a lot of good news for counties or local government in the Governor’s plans. He also attended a workshop on Active Shooter Training and thinks that Fulton County should think about doing a workshop here.
Resolutions on the Agenda were then deliberated on. A motion was offered by Supervisor Callery, seconded by Supervisor Waldron and unanimously carried, to waive the Rules of Order to take Action on Late Resolution 87.
Mr. Stead, Administrative Officer, explained that in the past, the Board has agreed to waive the start rate for the Operations Manager position in the Solid Waste Department. He explained that there are two (2) people interested in the position and only one (1) was a county resident. There is a training certification course coming up in March that the Department of Environmental Conservation offers yearly and if this Resolution is approved, the new person could be hired in time to attend the required training course.
Supervisor Young advised that he would be Abstaining from voting on proposed Resolutions 28 through 39 due to his employment at Fulton-Montgomery Community College.
February 12th, 2018
WHEREAS, Chelsea Cirillo, a graduate of Johnstown High School was crowned Miss Fulton County at the Pageant competition on January 13, 2018; and
WHEREAS, as part of her platform for the Miss Fulton County Pageant, Chelsea spoke about “Easing the Burden of Poverty”, with a focus on assisting local families; and
WHEREAS, Chelsea impressed Pageant officials with her poise and musical talent; and
WHEREAS, Chelsea is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree from Union College toward a career in the medical field; and
WHEREAS, Ms. Cirillo is the daughter of Vivienne and Peter Cirillo of Johnstown; now, therefore be it
RESOLVED, That the Board of Supervisors hereby conveys its congratulations to
Chelsea Cirillo – Miss Fulton County 2018; and, be it further
RESOLVED, That the Board also extends its best wishes to Ms. Cirillo for an ambitious year as Fulton County’s ambassador.
Supervisor Wilson commented that Ms. Cirillo is a wonderful young lady that he knows from church and that she is beautiful inside and out and was deserving of the title of Miss Fulton County.First Regular Session
Public Health Director Dr. Irina Gelman and Information Services Director Perry Lovell were present to provide a demonstration on Telehealth Portals that will be soon be available at FMCC, Public Health and Office for Aging.
Supervisor Lauria wanted to express his thanks to the Fulton County Investigative Unit for their handling of the fraud cases in Gloversville with three (3) business owners. He advised that the State should have stricter rules on welfare fraud. Supervisor Handy thanked the Gloversville Fire Department for the handling of the fire at the JBF Tannery and former Tradition Leather on February 10, 2018.
Chairman Groff advised that he has received several phone calls regarding the fire and clean-up efforts of the debris from that fire that occurred on Saturday, February 10, 2018, at the site of the former Tradition Leather and JBF Tannery. The request was to have the tipping fees lowered for the debris removal for the clean-up to help the City of Gloversville with the cost.
Supervisor Greene advised that there is an elementary school right across the street from the fire site and this will create a dangerous situation and it should be cleaned up as soon as possible.
Supervisor Born commented that she received a call from City Fire Chief Thomas Groff, who asked for her support to lower the tipping fee for the clean-up of building debris. She indicated that she would support this request.
Supervisor Blackmon commented that he too received a call from Fire Chief Groff and he would also support the lowering of the tipping fees.
Supervisor Lauria advised that the City of Gloversville is looking to having the site be cleaned up at soon as possible and is only looking to have the Solid Waste Department reduce the tipping fees in regard to debris that are from the fire that will be brought to the Landfill.
Mr. Bouchard, Solid Waste Consultant, advised that he too spoke with Fire Chief Groff about reducing the tipping fee and explained to him that it will have to be considered an asbestos project under DEC regulations. He added that the property was “cleared” years ago by the Environmental Protection Agency as having no contaminates. A company would have to be hired to take down any structures left by the fire because the County’s Demolition Team can only take down municipal owned structures and this property was owned by a private citizen.
After more discussion by Board members, it was the consensus of the Board to reduce the normal $75.00 per ton for Municipal/County Rate to $25.00 per ton in this instance only for debris from the fire.
A motion was made by Supervisor Green to authorize a Resolution to Reduce the Tipping Fee Rate for Fire Debris from JBG Tannery and the Former Tradition Leather Fire Event, from $75.00 per ton to $25.00 per ton in this instance only, seconded by Supervisor Wilson and unanimously carried.
Upon a motion by Supervisor Callery, seconded by Supervisor Kinowski and unanimously carried, the Committee entered into Executive Session at 2:17 p.m. to discuss pending litigation.
(Supervisors Kinowski and Young left the meeting at 3:01 p.m.)
The Board continued in Executive Session for employment history at 3:01 p.m.
Upon a motion by Supervisor Callery, seconded by Supervisor Howard and unanimously carried, the Committee re-entered into Regular Session at 3:32 p.m.
Mr. Stead noted that the Executive Session also involved an interview of the candidate for Solid Waste Director. Supervisors Waldron and Argotsinger sponsored Resolution 88 of 2018 Appointing David B. Rhodes to the position of Director of Solid Waste Management, seconded by Supervisor Bradt and unanimously carried. (Supervisors Fagan, Kinowski and Young were absent)
Upon a motion by Supervisor Callery, seconded by Supervisor Waldron and unanimously carried, the Board adjourned at 3:34 p.m
Certified by: Jon R. Stead, Administrative Officer/ DATE Clerk of the Board