Supervisor Born advised that the Board will be conducting interviews for Public Health Director later in the meeting.
TENTH REGULAR SESSION
Johnstown, NY October 9th, 2018
Roll Call – Quorum Present
Supervisors: Argotsinger, Blackmon, Born, Bradt, Breh, Callery, Fagan, Greene, Groff, Handy, Howard, Lauria, Perry, Potter, Rice, Selmser, Wilson, Young TOTAL: Present: 18 Absent: 2 (Supervisors Kinowski & Waldron)
Chairman Groff called the meeting to order at 1:00 p.m. Following the Pledge of Allegiance, Chairman Groff called for a Moment of Silence and Prayer for the Victims, families and friends affected by the tragic limousine accident that occurred in Schoharie County on Saturday, October 6, 2018.
Chairman Groff then called representatives from Mountain Valley Hospice, (including President and CEO Kara Ulasewicz Travis and Director of Business & Community Development Terry Swierzowski), to join Supervisor Marie Born and him at the dais to receive a Proclamation Declaring November 2018 “National Hospice and Palliative Palliative Care Month in Fulton County”. Supervisor Born read the Proclamation on behalf of the Board.
DECLARING NOVEMBER 2018
“NATIONAL HOSPICE AND PALLIATIVE CARE MONTH IN FULTON COUNTY”
WHEREAS, as Medicare’s first proven coordinated care model, hospice offers person-centered, compassionate care, that ensures people dignity, choice, and quality of life; and
WHEREAS, the hospice model involves an interdisciplinary, team-oriented approach to treatment, including expert medical care, quality symptom control, and comprehensive pain management as a foundation of care; and
WHEREAS, beyond providing physical treatment, hospice attends to the patient’s emotional, spiritual and family needs, and provides family services like respite care and bereavement counseling; and
WHEREAS, a growing body of peer-reviewed research indicates that timely access to hospice and palliative care can decrease hospitalizations and Emergency Room visits and increase quality of life for patients and family caregivers; and
WHEREAS, every year more than 1.5 million Americans living with life-limiting illness, and their families, received care from the nation’s hospice programs in communities throughout the United States; and
WHEREAS, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services have pledged to put patients first in all of its programs – including hospice – ensuring a coordinated and patient-led approach to care, protecting patient choice and access to individualized services based on a patient’s unique care needs and wishes; now, therefore be it
RESOLVED, That the Board of Supervisors hereby proclaims November 2018 as “National Hospice and Palliative Care Month” and encourages all citizens to increase their understanding and awareness of care at the end of life.
Chairman Groff asked if there was anyone from the public who wished to address the Board. Seeing none, Chairman Groff then called for the reading of the Communications on the Agenda and Late Agenda.
1. Communication from Town of Northampton
Subj: Resolution 13 of 2018 – Requesting that the Board of Supervisors Create a Property Valuation Unit within the Fulton County RPTSA to Perform Contracted Assessing at the Option of Local Assessing Units. (Each Supervisor received a copy in their mailbox located in the Board Office)
L-1 Communication from Denis Wilson, Chairman, Town of Johnstown Zoning Board
Subj: Notice of Public Hearing on October 4, 2018 for Review of an Area Variance for Universal 137 Realty Proposed Solar Project.
L-2 Communication from Mayor Dayton King of the City of Gloversville, dated 18 September 2018
Subj: Thanking the County for forgiving taxes on 20, 22 and 24 S. Main Street in Gloversville, NY. (Supervisor Young requested a copy)
L-3 Communication from New York State Empire State Development, dated 4 October 2018
Subj: Mohawk Valley Region Council Grant for Nathan Littauer Hospital & Nursing Home (Primary Care Facility – Fonda and Renal Dialysis Center – Gloversville). A Public Hearing will be held for said Project on October 15. (Supervisors Born, Lauria and Young requested a copy)
UPDATES FROM STANDING COMMITTEES
REPORTS OF SPECIAL COMMITTEES
Supervisor Greene advised that the District Board met on September 18th. He further advised that stump removal has been completed at the Tryon Technology Park. There are several tile draining and culvert projects being done throughout the county. The Fulton County “Day on the Farm” was a huge success at Rogers Orchards in late September.
Supervisor Potter advised that he attended the fall New York State Association of Counties Fall Seminar that was recently held in Rochester. He stated that it was nice to meet some Western Inter-County representatives and that the conference was well-attended. He also mentioned that he met the new President of NYSAC Charles Nesbitt and he will be a “proactive guy” for NYSAC. He also attended seminars at NYSAC that were very informative.
Chairman Groff commented that he wanted to thank everyone for their well wishes during his recent illness. He advised that he, Mr. Stead, along with Supervisors Wilson, Potter and Young attended the NYSAC Fall Seminar in Rochester on September 24-26. He further advised that Fulton County was awarded a “NYMIR 25 Year Foundation Award” at the conference. He also attended several workshops while at the conference.
No. 405 (Resolution Directing the County Treasurer to Issue a Certificate of Restoration for SBL# 143.-2-25 to Reinstate Parcel to a Taxable Status): Mr. Stead advised that during the Finance Committee Meeting, the Committee voted to have the parcels merged with the property owner’s existing parcel. The Town line is the property line, so the parcel being purchased must remain a single parcel because they are in different assessing units. Also, the property owner is willing pay more for the parcel than what was discussed during the Finance Meeting. (Resolutions continued to be deliberated on.)
Supervisor Greene thanked the Board staff for preparing the Proclamation for MichaelKirkpatrick. Mr. Greene stated that he worked with Mr. Kirkpatrick for 30 years at the ProbationDepartment and knew him before that time. Supervisor Greene then read the Proclamation.
October 9th, 2018
WHEREAS, Former Fulton County Probation Department Director Michael Kirkpatrick passed away on Friday, September 28, 2018; and
WHEREAS, Mike contributed much to the shaping of the Probation Department over three decades as a friendly and dedicated public servant; and
WHEREAS, Mike started County service as a Manpower Counselor in 1979 and transitioned through many positions of increased responsibility, reaching the post of Probation Director in 2010; and
WHEREAS, Mike provided stable guidance for the Probation Department as its Director until his retirement on December 29, 2012; and
WHEREAS, Mike also spent much of his time volunteering in the community, including local town government, Caroga Lake Fire Department, Boy Scouts of America, and the Family Counseling Center Board of Directors; now, therefore be it
RESOLVED, That the Board of Supervisors hereby conveys its expression of deepest sympathy to Michael Kirkpatrick’s entire family, including his wife Joyce, and his two sons, Casey and Corey Kirkpatrick.First Regular Session
October 9th, 2018
WHEREAS, domestic violence affects all New Yorkers, and far too many people suffer abuse at the hands of a spouse or partner; and
WHEREAS, domestic violence victims can be of any age, race, religion, or economic status and the resulting damage is inflicted not only on victims, but their children, families and communities; and
WHEREAS, Fulton County’s commitment to ending domestic violence is exemplified by the work of county agencies and their employees that are assisting victims and their families; and
WHEREAS, the Board of Supervisors recognizes the outstanding work of the region’s dedicated not-for-profit organizations that serve victims and their communities; now, therefore be it
RESOLVED, That the Board of Supervisors hereby proclaims October 2018 to be “Domestic Violence Awareness Month” in Fulton County and encourages all county residents to participate in community awareness events during “Domestic Violence Awareness Month” and, be it further
RESOLVED, That the Board of Supervisors joins with all citizens to support victims of domestic violence and to support the work of victim advocates, public and private entities and many others who have worked tirelessly to bring hope to the millions of individuals, families and communities harmed by crime.Tenth Regular Session
Upon a motion by Supervisor Callery, seconded by Supervisor Howard 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 Selmser and unanimously carried, the Committee re-entered into Regular Session at 1:49 p.m.
Chairman Groff called for a ten minutes recess at 1:50 p.m.
Chairman Groff called the meeting back to order at 2:00 p.m.
Mr. Stead then provided a MS Power Point presentation on the 2018 Fulton County Shared Services Plan.
Upon a motion by Supervisor Wilson, seconded by Supervisor Rice and unanimously carried, the Committee entered into Executive Session at 2:25 p.m. to discuss employment history.
Upon a motion by Supervisor Callery, seconded by Supervisor Handy and unanimously carried, the Committee re-entered into Regular Session at 4:31 p.m.
Upon a motion by Supervisor Callery, seconded by Supervisor Handy and unanimously carried, the Board adjourned at 4:33 p.m.
Certified by: _________________________________________
Jon R. Stead, Administrative Officer/ DATE Clerk of the Board