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Adirondack Government

James Selmser
David Howard (alternate)

August 10, 2020
Supervisor Horton advised that a “hot issue” on the Agenda was communication towers and trying to get a 10-foot height variance from the Adirondack Park Agency. There has not been much movement on this topic.

July 13, 2020
Supervisor Horton encouraged all Supervisors to support the two (2) initiatives listed in communications found in the July 13, 2020 Board of Supervisor Minutes. Mr. Stead, Administrative Officer, advised that there was a proposed Resolution that would be voted on today requesting the APA to change its policy for siting of Telecommunication Towers in the Adirondack area.

June 8, 2020
Supervisor Horton advised that the first meeting of this Committee is at 2:00 p.m. today and he will have a report next month.

August 12, 2019
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.

June 10th, 2019
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.

March 11th, 2019
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.

December 27th, 2018
Supervisor Selmser advised that he attended a recent meeting of the Adirondack Government Local Review Board (AGLRB) and wanted to follow-up on the Communication received from the Essex County Board of Supervisors. He further advised that AGLRB also passed a Resolution urging AATV, Adirondack Inter-County, AOT, NYCOM, NYSAC and New York State to come together with a plan to provide cell service coverage for all New York State residents and visitors and they sent their Resolution to Governor Cuomo. At the meeting, there was a speaker for AT&T who did a presentation on First Net Communication Emergency System.

March 12th, 2018
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.

Fish and Wildlife Board

Cynthia Breh
William Waldron (alternate)

Inter-County Legislative Committee of the Adirondacks

Sheila Perry
Charles Potter (alternate)

November 25, 2019
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”.

November 12th, 2019
Supervisor Perry advised that the Inter-County Committee met on October 24 and it was a very successful meeting here in Fulton County. She thanked Alicia Cowan and Beth Lathers for having the breakfast items and coffee ready for the Committee as well as coordination of two (2) buses. The Committee had a tour of the Solid Waste Department. She also thanked Chairman Wilson for his welcome remarks.

October 15th, 2019
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.

June 10th, 2019
(No Update)

May 13, 2019
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.

April 8th, 2019
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.

February 11, 2019
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.

December 27th, 2018
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.

December 10th, 2018
Supervisor Greene advised that the District Board met on November 20. The next meeting will be on December 18. He further advised that not much field work has been done because of the weather. The group met and discussed current grants and future grants.

November 13th, 2018
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.

October 9th, 2018
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.

July 9th, 2018
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.

June 11th, 2018
Supervisor Potter advised that the last meeting that was scheduled to be held in Lowville, NY was cancelled due to poor attendance. He stated that Fulton County is hosting June's meeting and Mr. Dave Karpinski, Director of the Parkhurst Field Foundation will be presenting regarding the “Field of Dreams” project. He advised any Supervisors that are interested in attending the June 21 meeting should contact Mr. Stead so they can be added to the attendees list for lunch at Partners Pub.

March 12th, 2018
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.

Region 5 Land Acquisition Advisory Committee

Allicia Rice
David Howard (alternate)

Soil and Water Conservation District

Warren Greene
John H. Blackmon

August 10, 2020
Supervisor Horton advised that the Board did meet and had its annual luncheon. He further advised that things are going well with Soil and Water and they have decided to hold back on some expenses due to anticipated budget constraints.

July 13, 2020
Supervisor Horton advised that the Board did not meet last month, but would be having a meeting next week to be held outside. Supervisor Lauria advised that the Board did meet on June 16.  He further advised that Soil and Water received funds in the amount of $54,000.00 in 2019.  So far in 2020, they have received $67,000.00.

June 8, 2020
Supervisor Horton advised that the Board has not been meeting due to the COVID-19 virus. The Board is planning to have an in-person meeting with social-distancing and will have a report next month.

May 11, 2020
Supervisor Horton advised that the District recently had a meeting with three (3) voting members. He reported that the sales of tile are doing well and not quite up to last years level and that staff at Soil and Water are working apart from each other as much as possible. He also reported that District Field Manager John Persch is recovering from an illness and expects to be back in the office soon. Chairman of the Soil and Water Conservation District Board Richard Hart recently lost his home to a fire. Mr. Horton asked that prayers be sent his way. Soil and Water is also letting the Highway Department use some of its equipment.

March 9, 2020
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.

December 30, 2019
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.

November 25, 2019
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.

November 12, 2019
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.

October 15th, 2019
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.

September 19, 2019
Supervisor Greene advised that the Committee met on Aug 20, 2019 and stated that he was unable to attend due to 2020 County Budget Review meetings.

August 12, 2019
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.

July 8, 2019
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.

June 10th, 2019
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.

May 13, 2019
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.

March 11th, 2019
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.

April 8th, 2019
Supervisor Greene advised that the District Board met on March 19. He further advised that Soil and Water will be purchasing a combination hydro seeder/planter with a state grant. A new secretary has been hired and will start in late April. The tile and grass seeds have been picking up in the past few weeks. The next meeting is going to be held on April 16.

December 27th, 2018
Supervisor Blackmon advised that the District Board had a very good year. He added with the implementation of a credit card machine, there were a lot more sales. Also, Soil and Water sold their boat washing station to Saratoga County.

December 10th, 2018
Supervisor Greene advised that the District Board met on November 20. The next meeting will be on December 18. He further advised that not much field work has been done because of the weather. The group met and discussed current grants and future grants.

November 13th, 2018
Supervisor Blackmon advised that the District Board met on October 16. He provided copies of a picture of the Excavator that Soil and Water has been using for projects and also a list of projects that were completed or had to be completed. He also advised that Soil and Water had approved a new Sexual Harassment Policy based on the same requirements that Fulton County will be adopting.

October 9th, 2018
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.

September 10th, 2018
Supervisor Greene advised that the District Board met on August 28. Mr. Greene explained that the excavator has been used quite a bit with several projects being done in the Town of Mayfield, Town of Caroga, Town of Ephratah, Town of Perth and Town of Johnstown. Mr. Greene further advised that there would be work done on the N. Chase Street and S. Chase Street bridges in the City of Johnstown in the near future.

August 13th, 2018
Supervisor Greene advised that the District Board met on July 24 and it was a very productive meeting. He highlighted some topics such as shared services between Soil and Water and the Town of Caroga and the Town of Oppenheim. Soil and Water will be helping with stumping and hydroseeding at the Fulton County Airport after some trees are removed. He also spoke about some accomplishments of the Soil and Water Conservation District. Mr. Greene said that pipe sales have been going really well.

July 9th, 2018
Supervisor Greene advised that the District Board met on June 19. He further advised that fish sales went well. Some field work is being done as well as culvert work in Northville and a sewer line in Johnstown. There was work done at the airport. Mr. Greene said that the Soil and Water District is looking into selling the boat washing system that they have on advice from District Field Manager John Persch. The next meeting will be held on July 24.

June 11th, 2018
Supervisor Blackmon stated that there was a meeting on May 14 and they discussed four (4) high tower projects that will be completed this year. He stated that the SWCD excavator is being put to good use during the ongoing Fulton County Office Building Renovation Project.

May 14th, 2018
Supervisor Greene advised that the last Meeting was held on April 17, 2018. They accepted bids on the drainage tile and it will be coming from the same company as before since they were the lowest bidder. Fulton County Highway and Facilities asked for help with replacing certain culverts. The District also needs to complete repairs on multiple dry hydrants. Mr. Greene advised that the next meeting will be held on May 15, 2018.

April 9th, 2018
Supervisor Greene advised that the District Board met on March 20 and the next meeting will be held on April 17. He further advised that the Fulton County Highway Department has asked for help with three (3) projects this year. Also, that applications were received from three (3) farms for climate resilient farming. Mr. Greene also advised that Soil and Water officials are working with the Town of Johnstown to secure property for a new Soil and Water District Office.

March 12th, 2018
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.

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