Supervisor Greene advised that the District Board met on February 12. He further advised that their 2018 Annual Report has been submitted and everyone should have received a copy in their mailbox. Also, that Soil and Water has met all their performance measures per the state and will be receiving funding in an amount over $88,000.00.
THIRD REGULAR SESSION
Johnstown, NY March 11th, 2019
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 Wilson called the meeting to order at 1:00 p.m. Following the Pledge of Allegiance, Chairman Wilson asked if there was anyone from the public who wished to address the Board. No one from the public came forward.
Chairman Wilson then asked Mr. Stead for the reading of the Reports on the Regular Agenda and the Late Communications and Reports on the Late Agenda.
- 2018 Annual Report, Fulton County Industrial Development Agency
- 2018 Annual Report, Fulton County Real Property Tax Service Agency
- L-1 Communication from Adirondack Park Local Government Review Board
Subj: Resolution In Support of Snowmobiling and Increasing Snowmobile Trail Miles in the Adirondacks (2019) (Supervisors Groff and Lauria requested a copy)
- L-2 Communication from Adirondack Park Local Government Review Board
Subj: Resolution No. 2 of 2019 – Urging Adirondack Intercounty, AOT, NYCOM, NYSAC, and NYS to Come Together with a Plan to Provide Cell Coverage for All Adirondack Residents and Visitors (Supervisors Blackmon, Greene, Groff, Lauria, Perry, Wilson and Young requested a copy)
- L-3 Communication from Town of Arietta
Subj: Resolution No. 2 of 2019 – Imploring AATV, Adirondack Intercounty, AOT, NYCOM, NYSAC, and NYS to Come Together with a Plan to Provide Cell Coverage for All Adirondack Residents and Visitors
- L-A 2018 Annual Report, Fulton County Planning Board
- L-B 2017-18 Audited Financial Statements, Fulmont Community Action Agency, Inc.
- L-C 2018 Annual Report, Fulton County Soil & Water Conservation District
UPDATES FROM STANDING COMMITTEES
REPORTS OF SPECIAL COMMITTEES
Supervisor Selmser advised that he attended a meeting on February 27 in Minerva, NY. The meeting centered around APA discussions. He explained that New York State is pushing for electric vehicle charging stations at all state campsites. Other topics discussed were cell towers and continued issues with snowmobile trails. There was also a discussion on invasive species and he found out that the state has millions of dollars budgeted to combat this. He further advised that the Town of Caroga has submitted a grant to the state for funding for this issue.
Chairman Wilson advised that he has been in constant contact with Emergency Management Director Steven Santa Maria regarding the ambulance issues in Fulton County, but there is no new information to report.
No. 86 (Resolution Supporting Passage of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA): Supervisor Young advised that there has been good progress on this subject; however, he would like to see more generic prescription drugs available from Canada so the big drug companies do not profit.
No. 95 (Resolution Opposing the Governors Proposed Elimination of Medicaid Cross-Over Coverage Payments for Part B Co-Insurance): Supervisor Young advised that this subject was discussed during the Human Services Committee Meeting that was held on February 27 before the announcement that JAVAC was going to close. He said this is important because ambulance companies are getting less and less reimbursement.
No. 101 (Resolution Amending the 2019 Capital Plan to Substitute the Purchase of an AllWheel Drive SUV Instead of a Sedan for Use in the Sheriff’s Department): Supervisor Callery questioned why this was not brought up during the discussion of the 2019 Capital Plan.
Mr. Stead, Administrative Officer, explained that once the Sheriff’s Department Investigators realized that the current SUV (Chevy Tahoe) was being moved for some other use and they would be without a SUV, the Sheriff requested the purchase of an SUV in place of a sedan. The Sheriff also advised that there was savings that could be utilized for this purchase of a SUV with no increase to the department budget.
Upon a motion by Supervisor Potter, seconded by Supervisor Callery and unanimously carried, the Committee entered into Executive Session at 1:19 p.m. to discuss employment history. Upon a motion by Supervisor Howard, seconded by Supervisor Breh and unanimously carried, the Committee re-entered into Regular Session at 1:33 p.m. Chairman Wilson opened the Public Hearing to receive comments regarding Local Law “A” of 2019, entitled, “A Local Law Amending Local Law No. 1 of 1987 to Delete Part-Time Designation from the Title of Public Defender” at 1:34 p.m. Chairman Wilson asked if there was anyone present who wished to comment regarding proposed Local Law “A”. There being no public speakers who wished to address the Board, Chairman Wilson announced that he would keep the public hearing open for a portion of the Board Meeting.
No. 110 (Resolution Opposing the Proposed and Amended 2020 Executive State Budget Impacting Aid and Incentives to Municipalities and State Cost Shifts to Counties): Supervisor Lauria advised that he was “upset” because the Governor imposes a 2 percent tax cap but wants to cripple counties by cutting the Aid and Incentives to Municipalities (AIM) funding. Supervisor Fagan commented that town and cities cannot keep under that State Tax Cap when the Governor keeps imposing new mandates on the County. Towns have to balance their budgets by cutting spending. Supervisor Greene asked where was the tax relief that was promised for unfunded mandates when the Governor keeps adding new ones. Supervisor Young commented that the Governor’s proposal reminds him of people who go into debt by saying they will use their tax refund to pay for something over and over again. Supervisor Born advised that all New York Counties should unite together against this issue and send a message to the Governor that “we are not happy with him”. Chairman Wilson again asked if there were any members of the public who wished to make comments regarding Local Law “A” of 2019, entitled, “A Local Law Amending Local Law No. 1 of 1987 to Delete Part-Time Designation from the Title of Public Defender”. There being no speakers, Chairman Wilson closed the Public Hearing at 1:45 p.m. and moved forward with the remainder of the Resolutions.
No. 122 (Resolution Approving Sale of (113 Washing Street and 12 Elk Street, Gloversville) to the City of Gloversville): Supervisor Young advised that there are “exciting plans” for these two properties. He attended a workshop over the weekend regarding the plans for updating the parks. Supervisor Born advised that these properties are in her ward and it has been a long time coming because so many of the buildings have been allowed to deteriorate and this will be a big improvement for the area.
March 11th, 2019
WHEREAS, the Fulton County region is blessed to have many dedicated first responders whose service safeguards the health and safety of its residents; and WHEREAS, the commitment of these first responders, as volunteers, paid staff, auxiliary, support professionals, emergency managers and others, is often overlooked until an emergency occurs; and
WHEREAS, several events during the winter of 2018-19, including weather emergencies, fires, accidents, and EMS coverage issues, have tested the community’s first responders; now, therefore be it
RESOLVED, That the Fulton County Board of Supervisors hereby recognizes all first responders for their excellent performance meeting the challenges of 2018-19 head-on; and, be it further
RESOLVED, That the Board offers its sincere appreciation to all those working to maintain public safety and public health in times of need.
Certified by: _________________________________________
Jon R. Stead, Administrative Officer/ DATE Clerk of the Board
Upon a motion by Supervisor Fagan, seconded by Supervisor Groff and unanimously carried, the Committee entered into Executive Session at 2:00 p.m. to discuss the proposed acquisition, sale or lease of real property.
Upon a motion by Supervisor Fagan, seconded by Supervisor Callery and unanimously carried, the Committee re-entered into Regular Session at 2:18 p.m.
Upon a motion by Supervisor Callery, seconded by Supervisor Howard and unanimously carried, the Committee adjourned at 2:19 p.m.