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 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.
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.
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.
John H. Blackmon
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.