FOR ORGANIZATION AND SELECTION OF CHAIRPERSON
Pursuant to Resolution 469 of 2017, adopted November 28, 2017
Johnstown, NY January 2, 2018
Roll Call – Quorum Present
Supervisors: Argotsinger, Blackmon, Born, Bradt, Breh, Callery, Fagan, Greene, Groff, Handy, Kinowski, Lauria, Perry, Potter, Rice, Selmser, Waldron, Wilson, Young TOTAL: Present: 19 Absent: 1 (Supervisor Howard)
The Organizational Meeting was called to order by Administrative Officer/Clerk of the Board Jon R. Stead, at 10:00 a.m. Following the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag, Mr. Stead welcomed everyone and wished everyone a very happy New Year. Mr. Stead stated that the occasion of the Organizational Meeting is a good time to thank our military personnel, public works employees and first responders working all across our country on our behalf. He then requested that everyone bow their heads in prayer or a moment of silence to honor and remember members of the military, police or other emergency responders that have died serving our country.
Mr. Stead, then acknowledged Sheriff Richard Giardino, who was in attendance.
Mr. Stead introduced County Clerk Linda Kollar who was present to administer the Oath of Office to Supervisors.
Supervisor Handy then moved for a Republican Caucus. The Board recessed for the Caucus at 10:05 a.m. and reconvened into Regular Session at 10:15 a.m.
Nominations were then made for Temporary Chairman, with Supervisor Callery nominating Supervisor Wilson. Supervisor Bradt seconded the nomination. The Clerk then called for other nominations. There being no other nominations, the polls were closed upon a motion by Supervisor Argotsinger, seconded by Supervisor Greene and members voted to support the nomination.
Temporary Chairman Wilson assumed the chair at the dais and asked for nominations for Chairman of the Board for 2018. Supervisor Fagan placed the name of James Groff, of Town of Northampton, in nomination for Chairman of the Board. He noted that he has worked with Mr. Groff in the past on union negotiations. He said that you may disagree with Mr. Groff and have a difference of opinion, but Jim will still respect your opinion and work cooperatively. He advised that Mr. Groff would do a great job as Chairman.
The motion was seconded by Supervisor Kinowski. The Temporary Chairman then asked if there were other nominations. The polls were closed upon a motion by Supervisor Potter, seconded by Supervisor Waldron. The motion for Chairman of the Board carried unanimously in the form of Resolution No. 1.
Supervisors Groff and Kinowski escorted Chairman Groff to the dais.
Chairman Groff thanked everyone for the nomination and stated that he did not have an ambitious personal agenda, but he hoped to see the County’s key infrastructure projects that are underway continue, such as the “SMART Waters Initiatives” and the Vail Mills Development area construction projects. He added that he would like to see the County’s Demolition Team “get back on track” and able to complete more projects in the next couple years.
Chairman Groff then called for nominations for Vice Chairman of the Board for 2018. Supervisor Callery nominated Supervisor Wilson. The motion was seconded by Supervisor Bradt. Chairman Groff then asked if there were other nominations. Supervisor Argotsinger moved that the polls be closed. The motion was seconded by Supervisor Greene and members voted to close the polls.
A vote was held and unanimously approved in the form of Resolution No. 2.
Action was then taken on Resolutions 3 through 13. At the conclusion of the meeting, Chairman Groff distributed the 2018 Standing Committee and Special Committee assignments.
There being no other business, Supervisor Perry moved that the Board adjourn until January 8, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. The motion was seconded by Supervisor Blackmon and unanimously carried.
The Board adjourned at 10:27 a.m.
Jon R. Stead, Administrative Officer/ DATE
Clerk of the Board