NINTH REGULAR SESSION
September 13, 2021
Roll Call – Quorum Present
Supervisors: Argotsinger, Blackmon, Born, Bowman, Bradt, Callery, Fagan, Goderie, Greene, Groff, Horton, Howard, Kinowski, Lauria, Perry, VanDenburgh, Wilson, Young
TOTAL: Present: 18 Absent: 2 (Supervisors Breh and Potter)
Chairman Callery called the meeting to order at 1:00 p.m. Following the Pledge of Allegiance, Chairman Callery asked for a moment of silence for the victims and first responders of the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, recognizing that the 20th anniversary of that event was this past Saturday.
Chairman Callery asked if there was anyone from the public who wished to address the Board.
Allicia Rice - 750 Piseco Road, Stratford, NY: Ms. Rice expressed that the ambulance plan that is being presented today is very important, particularly to the western part of the county. She stated that it will help improve response times and improve the use of resources. She expressed that resources are sometimes wasted due to confusion between the different ambulance agencies. She also expressed that she would like the Board of Supervisors to endorse the idea of a “fly-car”. She stated that the areas on the western part of the county “do not ask for much”.
Chairman Callery invited Michael Anich to the front of the Chambers to receive a Proclamation. Mr. Stead stated that Mr. Anich was one of the first reporters that he met when he started with the County almost 30 years ago and he reported on County government ever since. He presented the below proclamation to Michael Anich on behalf of the Board of Supervisors.
PUBLIC HEARINGS/SCHEDULED SPEAKERS
2:00 P.M. DIRECTOR OF EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT STEVEN SANTA MARIA
WILL PRESENT A MS POWERPOINT PRESENTATION REGARDING THE POTENTIAL IMPLEMENTATION OF AN AMBULANCE SERVICE INCENTIVE PLAN FOR FULTON COUNTY
Resolution from Greene County
Subj: A Resolution Urging New York State to Complete and Settle Prior Year’s Enhanced Federal Medicaid Assistance Program (eFMAP) Reconciliation, and Compensate Greene County According to Federal Requirements
Resolution from Seneca County
Subj: A Resolution Calling Upon the Governor to Complete Overdue Reconciliations for the Affordable Care Act Enhanced Federal Medicaid Assistance Percentage (eFMAP) and Immediately Release Federal Funds Owed to Counties and New York City
Letter from NYS Department of Public Service dated August 6, 2021
Subj: Thanking the Fulton County Board of Supervisors for its June 14, 2021 Resolution regarding opposition to efforts to decouple support for Broadband and Cell Expansion for communities of the Adirondack Park
Mr. Callery stated that he had the honor of attending the 9/11 Ceremony that was held at the Fulton-Montgomery Community College this past weekend. He noted that Assemblyman Robert Smullen and Sheriff Richard Giardino gave great speeches. He also noted that Supervisors John Blackmon and Marie Born were in attendance as well as Administrative Officer Jon Stead. He expressed that it was a very well put together ceremony.
No. 264 (Resolution Awarding a Tourism Destination Grant to the Parkhurst Field Foundation for “Legends Park at Parkhurst Field” (Destination: Fulton County)): Mr. Stead stated that he is hoping that Mr. Dave Karpinski can attend the October Board of Supervisors meeting on behalf of the Parkhurst Field Foundation and provide an update on the project.
No. 275 (Resolution Appointing Tracy Gutowski to the Fulton County Planning Board): Supervisor Lauria stated the Fulton County Planning Board still has one vacancy. He stated that if anyone knows someone who may be interested, please contact the Planning Department.
A motion was offered by Supervisor Fagan, seconded by Supervisor Bradt and unanimously carried to waive the Rules of Order to take action on Late Resolution 1.
Upon a motion by Supervisor Bradt, seconded by Supervisor Howard and unanimously carried, the Board re-entered into Regular Session at 1:45 p.m.
PROCLAMATION DECLARING OCTOBER 2021 “DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AWARENESS MONTH IN FULTON COUNTY”
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 2021 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.
PROCLAMATION RECOGNIZING MICHAEL ANICH FOR 37 YEARS IN JOURNALISM
WHEREAS, News Reporter Michael Anich started his journalism career 37 years ago; and
WHEREAS, Mike dedicated his entire career to the Gloversville-Johnstown Leader Herald and was committed to reporting local news; and
WHEREAS, Mike’s span of reporting on Fulton County government and the Board of Supervisors’ meetings and accomplishments is unparalleled and will likely remain so into perpetuity; and
WHEREAS, Mike also did special stints covering music, collaborations on series stories and other special topics, but his core beat was county and local government happenings; and
WHEREAS, dedicating over 37 years to one craft is a major accomplishment; now, therefore be it
RESOLVED, That the Board of Supervisors herby recognizes Michael Anich for his record of dedication to journalism within the Fulton County community; and, be it further
RESOLVED, That the Board hereby offers its best wishes on the occasion of his retirement.
Mr. Anich stated that originally he was reluctant to attend the meeting to receive this Proclamation because he always had the mindset that a reporter should “report the news”, not “make the news”. He stated that this is quite an honor and expressed that he is really appreciative of everything. He stated that he has enjoyed the last 37 years following the County government news.
He reminisced about sitting in the corner of the Chambers while smoking a cigarette many years ago. He stated that he will always remember many current and former Supervisors. He stated that he may have disagreed with some of what Fulton County has done in the past, but recognized that Board members were doing what they believed was right. He said that he felt compelled to report on it to the best of his ability. He thanked the Board of Supervisors.
Chairman Callery called for a five-minute recess at 1:49 p.m.
Chairman Callery called the meeting back to order at 1:54 p.m.
Civil Defense Director/Fire Coordinator Steven Santa Maria presented an MS PowerPoint presentation regarding a proposed County-Wide Ambulance Service Incentive Plan for Fulton County. The slides and explanations covered the history of ambulance agencies and service levels in the Fulton County region and the current weaknesses and gaps in coverage that exist. The demise of Johnstown Area Volunteer Ambulance Corps (JAVAC) and the Ambulance Service of Fulton County was discussed because they were key providers until their closure and decertification.
Mr. Santa Maria explained that the Emergency Management Office has been working on a model plan to stabilize existing ambulance service agencies by creating a contract subsidy payment or “incentive system” to improve their financial footing.
Mr. Santa Maria stated that the next step would be obtaining a Municipal Certificate of Need (CON) to operate ambulance services if the Board decides to endorse this plan.
Mr. Santa Maria explained that the last section of the presentation involved individual contract terms and conditions that would be subject to negotiation with potential contracting ambulance agencies.
Upon a motion by Supervisor Lauria, seconded by Supervisor Kinowski and unanimously carried, the Board entered Executive Session at 2:20 p.m. to discuss potential contracts/employment history of the corporations.
Upon a motion by Supervisor Horton, seconded by Supervisor Greene and unanimously carried, the Board re-entered into Regular Session at 2:51 p.m.
Upon a motion by Supervisor Fagan, seconded by Supervisor Bowman and unanimously carried, the Board adjourned at 2:52 p.m.
Jon R. Stead, Administrative Officer/ DATE
Clerk of the Board