Supervisor Selmser advised that he attended a meeting that was held last month. He further advised that there was a presenter from ADK Action that explained the problems with the Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILOT) process the Governor is proposing to assess state forest preserve lands. For example, in Essex County, they would lose 8.5 percent or $185,000.00.
Roll Call – Quorum Present Supervisors: Argotsinger, Blackmon, Born, Bradt, Breh, Callery, Fagan, Greene, Handy, Howard, Kinowski, Lauria, Perry, Potter, Rice, Selmser, Wilson, Young TOTAL: Present: 19 Absent: 2 (Supervisors Groff and Waldron)
Vice-Chairman Wilson called the meeting to order at 1:00 p.m. Following the Pledge of Allegiance, Vice-Chairman Wilson asked if there was anyone from the public who wished to address the Board. No one from the public came forward.
Vice-Chairman Wilson then called for a Moment of Silence in memory of Supervisor Kinowski’s father, Edward Kinowski, who recently passed away
UPDATES FROM STANDING COMMITTEES
REPORTS OF SPECIAL COMMITTEES
Supervisor Potter advised that he attended a “Herkimer County Legislative Breakfast” three weeks ago. Those in attendance included, Senator Tedisco, Assemblyman Marc Butler and Congresswoman Claudia Tenney. He further advised that the presentation gave a broad view of New York State and the federal government. He further advised that the event hosted about 150 people. He said attendees mentioned that they were looking forward to coming to Fulton County in June when we host the Inter-County Legislative Meeting.
Supervisor Greene advised that the District Board met on February 20. He further advised that there has not been a lot of field work done, but that tile bids were mailed and are due back in April. Mr. Greene also commented that the District Board has decided not to be members of the New York State Association of Conservation Districts because its dues are $1,500.00. District staff members don’t think they are getting anything for the money and the association is not representing the smaller districts well. He reported that Mr. Persch, Soil and Water Conservation District Director and Field Manager, was interviewed by a magazine regarding the hydroseeder and inter-municipal cooperation. 2 Supervisor Greene further reported that New York State Department of Environmental Conservation will be supplying their own boat washing station at New York State owned campgrounds, but that the traveling boat washing station will still be available for municipalities to utilize.
A Memorial Resolution was adopted by “unanimous silent standing second” for former Supervisor Michael Mongin from the City of Johnstown, who passed away last week.
No. 100 (Resolution Modifying the Operating Hours at the Stratford Transfer Station): Supervisor Rice advised that the Stratford Town Board met and voted to modify the operating hours for the Stratford Transfer Station different from what is being proposed today.
Supervisor Rice made a motion to amend Resolution 100 to change Stratford Transfer Station Hours to be open on Tuesday 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. rather than those same hours on Monday, seconded by Supervisor Selmser and unanimously carried.
No. 116 (Resolution Opposing Governor Cuomo’s Proposal Contained in the 2018 Budget Review Bill to Amend Laws Regarding the Current 480 and 480-A Forest Exemption and to Add a New 480-B Taxation of Forest Land Under a Forest Practice Program or Forest Certification Program Known as the Empire Forests for the Future Initiative): Supervisor Young advised that he did some research into this proposed bill. He further advised that conservation groups are behind this bill as well as small business owners. He will support them and not oppose this bill.
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.
March 12th, 2018
WHEREAS, 26 million Americans are the victims of crime each year and crime affects many more, including family members, friends, neighbors, and co-workers; and
WHEREAS, crimes can leave a lasting physical, emotional, or financial impact on people of all ages and abilities, and of all economics, racial and social backgrounds; and
WHEREAS, in 1984, the Crime Victims Fund was established by the Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) to provide a permanent source of support for crime victim services and compensation through fines and penalties paid by convicted federal offenders; and 3
WHEREAS, incorporating communities’ existing experts and trusted sources of support into efforts to serve survivors will develop a criminal justice system response that is truly accessible and appropriate for all victims of crime; and
WHEREAS, Fulton County officials are joining forces with victim service programs, criminal justice agencies, and concerned citizens throughout Fulton County and America to raise awareness of victims’ rights; now, therefore be it
RESOLVED, That the Fulton County Board of Supervisors hereby proclaims April 8-14, 2018, as “CRIME VICTIMS’ RIGHTS WEEK IN FULTON COUNTY”.2018 Third Regular Session
Supervisor Callery advised that he had received a letter from the Johnstown Historical Society asking for a letter of support from the Fulton County Board of Supervisors for a Historic Structures Report grant application for the James Burk Inn.
Supervisor Callery made a motion to support the Chairman of the Board writing a letter of support for a grant to perform a Historic Structures Report regarding the James Burk Inn, seconded by Supervisor Greene and unanimously carried.
Upon a motion by Supervisor Callery, seconded by Supervisor Fagan and unanimously carried, the Committee entered into Executive Session at 1:38 p.m. to discuss pending litigation.
Upon a motion by Supervisor Callery, seconded by Supervisor Fagan and unanimously carried, the Committee re-entered into Regular Session at 1:43 p.m.
Upon a motion by Supervisor Callery, seconded by Supervisor Greene and unanimously carried, the Board adjourned at 1:44 p.m.
Certified by: Jon R. Stead, Administrative Officer/ DATE Clerk of the Board