Adirondack Government: Supervisor Selmser stated that he attended a meeting in Long Lake, NY on July 27, 2019. He advised that the main topics regarded snowmobile trails and tree cutting for them. He stated that prohibiting tree cutting can affect many other recreational areas on state lands. The Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and the Adirondack Park Agency (APA) are going back to a higher court to try to overrule the lower courts’ decision.
David Howard (alternate)
Supervisor Selmser advised that he attended a meeting on June 3 in Saranac Lake, NY. The group was updated regarding ATV use and the impression left by APA officials was they want to ban ATV use on private land as well as on state land. There was a discussion on cell phone and broad band efforts to address needs in the north country. He said there was a discussion on FirstNet and that if looks like 32 towers have been approved for construction throughout the Adirondacks. He advised that boat washing stations may become mandatory, but there is no talk of the state providing any funding for such mandate.
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.
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.
Charles Potter (alternate)
Supervisor Perry advised that the Inter-County Committee met on November 21 in Saratoga County and the group took a tour of the Public Safety Building being constructed. Chairman Wilson also attended the meeting. Supervisor Perry further advised that it was an “amazing tour”.
Supervisor Perry announced that Fulton County would be hosting the Inter-County Meeting on October 24 in the Board of Supervisors Chambers starting at 10:00 a.m.
Supervisor Perry advised that the Inter-County meeting was held on April 18 and hosted by Warren County. She passed out a report from that meeting to all Board members, highlighting the topics discussed. She further advised that Fulton County will be the host for Inter-County in October. She also explained that next month the Committee meets in Essex County, but that she would be unable to attend. Chairman Wilson asked her to provide him the date and he would try to attend the meeting.
Supervisor Perry advised that the Inter-County meeting was held on March 28 and hosted by Clinton County. The highlight of the meeting was a tour of the State Correction Facility in Dannemora, NY. She commented that it was an “amazing and memorable experience”. The group received an update from NYSAC regarding the status of items in the NYS Budget that were due to be released the next day.
Supervisor Perry advised that the Inter-County meeting was held on January 24 at Oak Mountain Ski Center, Speculator, NY. A presentation was given by Lynn Zimmerman and Greeley Ford of AT&T regarding the First Net Emergency Network
Supervisor Potter thanked Chairman Groff for appointing him as the liaison for Inter-County Legislative Committee of the Adirondacks for 2018. He reported that it was a modest year of achievements. He advised that he agreed with Supervisor Selmser about First Net and it is a very important and beneficial tool for Fulton County.
Supervisor Potter advised that the next Inter-County meeting will be held on Thursday, November 15 in Herkimer County. The group will be touring the new Tractor Supply Co. Distribution Center in Frankfort, NY.
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.
Supervisor Potter stated that Fulton County was the host for Inter-County meeting on June 21 and the meeting was very wellattended. Chairman Groff gave the opening remarks and David Karpinski, Executive Director of the Parkhurst Field Foundation, gave a presentation on “Field of Dreams”. He continued that the group went to Partners Pub for lunch. He also thanked the Chairman of the Board, Jon R. Stead and the Board staff for hosting the event.
John H. Blackmon
Supervisor Horton explained that he and Supervisor Lauria attended a meeting last month. He further explained that Soil and Water Conservation District finances were in “excellent shape”. The district is continuing a climate resilient farming program. They are also working on physical endeavors to stop erosion and find sources to end drought.
Supervisor Blackmon advised that the District Board had their holiday luncheon. He reported that the excavator has been cleaned up and stored for the winter and that the work at Tryon Technology Park would have to wait to the spring of 2020.
Supervisor Greene advised that National Grid has finally responded and they will be working on the overhead electrical lines at Tryon Technology Park the second week in December.
Supervisor Greene advised Soil and Water has been very busy with fixing washouts and other issues that happened because of the Halloween night storm. At the present time, they are helping in the Town of Wells as well as Bleecker and the Town of Johnstown with storm damage because several projects have had to be completed again. They are still waiting for National Grid at Tryon Technology Park. He further advised that he attended a meeting in Warrensburg to learn about invasive plants and insects. November 19 is the next meeting for the District.
Supervisor Greene advised that the District Board met on October 8. District employees are continuing with hydroseeding in various areas in the County. The District has also “interseeded” 125 acres. Interseeding helps eliminate erosion. He continued that the tree and shrub program has been going well. A grant has been extended for two (2) bridges on S. Chase Street and N. Chase Street in Johnstown. The District has been waiting for National Grid at the Tryon Technology Park and they are ready to help with trenching once National Grid gives the o.k. He finished his report by advising that the District Board has completed sexual harassment training, which has been mandated by the State.
Supervisor Greene stated that the District Board met on July 16, 2019. He advised that stumping and seeding at the airport has been put on hold until the end of the summer. He stated that the ditching to the water tower and the electrical service project at the Tryon Technology Park is also on hold while National Grid gets final plans together. He advised that stump removal at Fox Run Golf Course has been completed. Hydro-seeding for Johnstown and the Town of Johnstown has been completed. There are roadside projects on Barlow Road in the Town of Bleecker. There are issues clearing bed rock and they continue to hydro seed various roads. The City of Gloversville has drainage issues and has hired Dan's Excavation to create drainage solutions.
Supervisor Greene stated that fish deliveries were completed in addition to stump removal at Fox Run Golf Course. The City of Johnstown bridge replacements were completed as well as hydroseeding for the City and Town of Johnstown.
Supervisor Blackmon advised that the District Board met on May 21. There was a final audit of the books that has been completed. At Tryon they are continuing to assist with excavator work and with stump removal. Also, they are helping with the electrical entrance project. They have sold the boat washing station for $23,000.00 to Saratoga. The District participated in “Earth Day” at the Johnstown Park. The tree and shrub programs are going well, as well as the fish program.
Supervisor Greene advised that the District Board met on April 23. They are continuing to assist with excavator work at the airport and at Tryon. They are also working at Fox Run, with the City of Johnstown for a bridge replacement and with the Town of Broadalbin with their new inter-seeder. Mr. Greene further advised that the Board has hired a tax service to conduct an audit and that pipe sales are up.
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.