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EIGTH REGULAR SESSION
Johnstown, NY August 12th, 2019

Supervisors: Argotsinger, Blackmon, Born, Bradt, Breh, Callery, Fagan, Greene, Groff, Howard, Kinowski, Lauria, Perry, Potter, Rice, Selmser, Waldron, Wilson, Young

TOTAL: Present: 19 Absent: 1 (Supervisor Handy)

Chairman Wilson called the meeting to order at 1:00 p.m. Following the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag, Chairman Groff asked if there was anyone from the public who wished to address the Board. No one came forward.

Chairman Wilson called the meeting to order at 1:00 p.m.  Following the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag, Chairman Groff asked if there was anyone from the public who wished to address the Board.  No one came forward.

 

 

PUBLIC HEARINGS/SCHEDULED SPEAKERS

 

1:00 P.M.        PRESENTATION TO EMILY WHEELIS, 2019 OTB SCHOLARSHIP AWARD                        WINNER (FIRST PLACE)

 

 

 

COMMUNICATIONS

  1. Letter from the NYS Division of Criminal Justice Services (NYSDCJS)

Subj: 2019 Classification/Alternatives to Incarceration Service Plan Application Approval

 

 

REPORTS

  1. Fulton-Montgomery Community College “End-of-Year Memo” for the 2018-2019 Academic Year

 

 

REPORTS OF SPECIAL COMMITTEES

 

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.

Soil and Water Conservation District: 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. Hydroseeding 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.

 

CHAIRMAN’S REPORT

Chairman Wilson advised that the month of July has been very busy. Fulton County continues to work with its Civil Defense/Fire Coordinator and new EMS Coordinator as it pursues an ambulance service solution that will fit the county’s needs.

The Chairman explained that he attended a conference at the White House and the speakers discussed how the federal government deals with opioid addiction, clean water, opportunity zones, infrastructure repair and expansion. He stated that attendees were provided with a list of contact information for personnel in federal offices. He stated that he provided each Supervisor with a copy of an in-depth report from the conference in their mail boxes.

Chairman Wilson stated that he, Supervisor Groff, Civil Defense/Fire Coordinator Steven Santa Maria and others are working with Hamilton County, Saratoga County and other counties to find a solution for Emergency Management Services in the southern Adirondack Park.

 

 

RESOLUTIONS

No. 78 (Resolution Creating a “Student Success” Caseworker Position in the Social Services Department):  Supervisor Young stated that the creation of this position can lead to tremendous success.  He stated that local schools and the Social Services Department have been trying to get elementary school kids to attend school regularly for a long time.

Supervisor Lauria stated the Department will be working with the parents and figuring out why they aren't getting their kids to school.  Supervisor Born stated that this has been “a long time coming” because the truancy rate is terrible.  She advised that during the Human Services Committee, it was discussed that there are some children that have missed 80 days of school during a single school year.  She expressed that this will be a great asset to our County.

No. 302 (Resolution Authorizing the Sale of Certain County-owned Properties not Meeting the Set Minimum Auction Price at the June 2019 Auction) -  Administrative Officer Jon Stead explained that he and County Treasurer Terry Blodgett recently had a meeting with Mayor Vincent DeSantis, City of Gloversville.  The Mayor explained how the City Council determined that it didn’t want all five (5) properties due to their condition.  

No. 303 (Resolution Authorizing County Participation in the Legal Defense of Certain Assessment Reduction Actions within the Cities of Johnstown and Gloversville) - Supervisor Young stated that the County getting involved to fight assessment reductions is great.  He advised that based on his calculations, Walgreens pays approximately $63,000.00 a year in taxes and Walmart pays $780,000.00 a year. He stated that other local taxpayers would have to make that up if those businesses weren’t paying the large amounts they owe.

No. 308 (Resolution Requiring a PILOT Agreement for the Kearsage Solar, LLC Array Farm (Parcel 125.-1-19-1) in the Town of Oppenheim) – Supervisor Born stated that she has received multiple phone calls regarding solar projects within the county and her constituents expressed that the solar projects need to stop.  She stated that it may be a “money getter” in some instances, but she doesn’t see the long term benefit. 

Mr. Stead stated that he encourages folks interested in the Solar PILOT exemption process to address the Board next month during the Local Law Public Hearing that is being voted on later in today’s meeting.  

Supervisor Potter advised that he will be voting against these resolutions because it takes an incredible amount of panels to get the megawatts up and their appearance is a negative. He expressed that something else should be done to create different revenues in Fulton County.  

County Attorney Jason Brott stated that the projects listed in Resolutions No. 307 and No. 308 have already been authorized but they haven't been passed by resolution yet.  Mr. Brott stated that the projects have already been started and the solar companies were granted permits to build.  The county opted to do the PILOT program instead of opting out of Section 487 of NYS Real Property Tax Law Exemptions. He also stated that when he appeared before the Finance Committee it was discussed that Resolution No. 309 proposing a Local Law to opt out should be considered.  Mr. Callery advised that he will vote “yes” because said solar farm has already been constructed and the passing of this Resolution will allow the County to at least collect the PILOT revenue from them.

No. 309 (Resolution Setting Date of a Public Hearing Regarding Local Law “D” of 2019 “Opting out of Section 487 NYS Real Property Tax Law Exemptions for Solar Farm Project) -  Mr. Stead stated that passage of this proposed Local Law does not mean that there will be no more solar farms constructed in the county.  New York State created a law allowing any taxing jurisdictions to opt out of Section 487 Real Property Tax Law exemptions.  He stated that there are no provisions that allow a county government to stop solar companies from constructing. He stated that many developers expressed needing the exemption in order to make money on the project.  He stated that as long as the solar project complies with a town’s zoning and approval process, then it can still proceed.  Any taxing jurisdiction that is in favor of this Resolution to opt out should consider its own similar local law.  Mr. Lauria expressed that he can't believe the State would pass laws like this because it's hurting the counties.

 

 

NEW BUSINESS

 

 

Supervisor Potter stated there were over 450 senior citizens from the County that attended the Office for the Aging Senior Picnic. He stated that he has been donating his time since 2011 to help with this picnic. He stated that it's a great event to be a part of.

Mr. Stead reminded the Board that if anyone is interested in attending the NYSAC Fall Seminar to contact the Board Office as soon as possible. He advised the Board of Supervisors of the high costs of this particular casino venue and to please be sure they can attend before registering.

 

 

Upon a motion by Supervisor Waldron, seconded by Supervisor Groff and unanimously carried, the Board adjourned at 1:45 p.m.

Certified by:

                                                                        _________________________________________

                                                                        Jon R. Stead, Administrative Officer/         DATE

                                                                        Clerk of the Board

 

 

 

RESOLUTIONS

 

 

RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING CERTAIN TRANSFERS
RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING DISPOSAL OF CERTAIN SURPLUS EQUIPMENT
RESOLUTION APPORTIONING 2020 WORKERS’ COMPENSATION INSURANCE PROGRAM EXPENSES
RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING COUNTY TREASURER TO CLOSEOUT CERTAIN CAPITAL PROJECTS
RESOLUTION SETTING DATE OF A PUBLIC HEARING REGARDING LOCAL LAW “D” OF 2019 “OPTING OUT OF SECTION 487 NYS REAL PROPERTY TAX LAW EXEMPTIONS FOR SOLAR FARM PROJECTS”
RESOLUTION REQUIRING A PILOT AGREEMENT FOR THE BORREGO SOLAR, LLC ARRAY FARM (PARCEL 125.-1-19.1) IN THE TOWN OF OPPENHEIM
RESOLUTION REQUIRING A PILOT AGREEMENT FOR THE KEARSAGE SOLAR, LLC ARRAY FARM (PARCEL 134.-1-7.5) IN THE TOWN OF JOHNSTOWN
RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING CHANGE ORDER NO. 1 WITH FISHER SCIENTIFIC COMPANY FOR THE FMCC CAMPUS LABS AND CLASSROOMS PHASE II PROJECT (2019 CAPITAL PLAN)
RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING CHANGE ORDER NO. 1 WITH TRI-VALLEY PLUMBING & HEATING (HVAC) FOR THE FMCC CAMPUS LABS AND CLASSROOMS PHASE II PROJECT (2019 CAPITAL PLAN)
RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING CHANGE ORDER NO. 1 WITH TRI-VALLEY PLUMBING & HEATING (PLUMBING) FOR THE FMCC CAMPUS LABS AND CLASSROOMS PHASE II PROJECT (2019 CAPITAL PLAN)
RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING COUNTY PARTICIPATION IN THE LEGAL DEFENSE OF CERTAIN ASSESSMENT REDUCTION ACTIONS WITHIN THE CITIES OF JOHNSTOWN AND GLOVERSVILLE
RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE SALE OF CERTAIN COUNTY-OWNED PROPERTIES NOT MEETING THE SET MINIMUM AUCTION PRICE AT THE JUNE 2019 AUCTION
RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING A CONTRACT WITH EMERY DESIGNS TO PROVIDE COUNTY WEBSITE MAINTENANCE SERVICES (INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY)
RESOLUTION AWARDING CONTRACT TO TYLER TECHNOLOGIES FOR PURCHASE OF PUBLIC SAFETY/CAD/RMS AND MOBILE DATA SYSTEM SOFTWARE AND INSTALLATION (2019 CAPITAL PLAN)
RESOLUTION AMENDING THE 2019 CAPITAL PLAN TO INCLUDE A SHERIFF CAD/RMS UPGRADE PROJECT
RESOLUTION RENEWING PROPERTY AND LIABILITY INSURANCE FOR 2019-2020 FOR COUNTY DEPARTMENTS
RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING LEGAL SETTLEMENT WITH ENVIRONMENTAL REMEDIATION SERVICES INC. RELATED TO OVERDUE ACCOUNT (ERSI) (SOLID WASTE)
RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING A CONTRACT BETWEEN THE SOLID WASTE DEPARTMENT AND ENVIRONMENTAL ATTRIBUTE ADVISORS TO FACILITATE SALE OF CARBON CREDITS FOR 2017 THROUGH 2020
RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING A CONTRACT WITH LACEY THALER REILLY WILSON, ARCHITECTURE & PRESERVATION COMPANY FOR HISTORIC ARCHITECTURAL SERVICES FOR THE FULTON COUNTY COURTHOUSE EXTERIOR RENOVATION PROJECT
RESOLUTION ACCEPTING 2019-20 EXTREME WINTER RECOVERY FUNDS AND APPROVING CERTAIN HIGHWAY PROJECTS
RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING A CONTRACT WITH SEAN GERAGHTY FOR PLANNING CONSULTANT SERVICES IN THE PLANNING DEPARTMENT
RESOLUTION AND ORDER ESTABLISHING FULTON COUNTY SEWER DISTRICT NO. 3: MECO
RESOLUTION CREATING LEGAL ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT POSITION IN THE OFFICE OF ASSIGNED COUNSEL ADMINISTRATOR
RESOLUTION CREATING PART-TIME ASSIGNED COUNSEL ADMINISTRATOR POSITION
A LOCAL LAW TO CREATE THE OFFICE OF ASSIGNED COUNSEL ADMINISTRATOR
RESOLUTION SETTING DATE OF A PUBLIC HEARING REGARDING LOCAL LAW “C” OF 2019 “CREATING THE OFFICE OF ASSIGNED COUNSEL ADMINISTRATOR”
RESOLUTION CONFIRMING APPLICATION TO THE USDOJ OFFICE OF VICTIMS OF CRIME (OVC) GRANT (2019-2022) (DISTRICT ATTORNEY)
RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING APPLICATION FOR GOVERNOR’S TRAFFIC SAFETY COMMITTEE 2019-2020 CRACKDOWN GRANT (DISTRICT ATTORNEY)
RESOLUTION ACCEPTING DONATION FROM THE SACANDAGA TRIATHALON CLUB THROUGH THE FULTON COUNTY PUBLIC SAFETY FOUNDATION TO PURCHASE MARINE GPS EQUIPMENT
RESOLUTION WAIVING THE RESIDENCY RULE FOR HIRE OF A SPECIAL PATROL OFFICER AND DESIGNATING COLLECTIVE BARGAINING UNIT FOR SAID POSITION
RESOLUTION AWARDING BIDS FOR FOODSTUFFS FOR USE IN THE FULTON COUNTY CORRECTIONAL FACILITY
RESOLUTION APPROPRIATING 2016 STATE INTEROPERABLE COMMUNICATIONS GRANT FUNDS TO COMPLETE A RADIO TOWER STRUCTURAL ANALYSIS FOR THE VHF SIMULCAST UPGRADE PROJEC
RESOLUTION APPROPRIATING 2017 NYS HOMELAND SECURITY INTEROPERABLE COMMUNICATIONS GRANT FUNDS FOR THE VHF SIMULCAST SYSTEM PROJECT-PHASE II (EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT)
RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE PURCHASE OF CERTAIN EQUIPMENT FOR THE EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT COMMAND VEHICLE WITH 2018 NYS HOMELAND SECURITY PROGRAM GRANT FUNDS (EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT)
RESOLUTION DESIGNATING FIRSTNET AS THE COUNTY CONTRACT FOR COUNTY WIRELESS DEVICE SYSTEMS
RESOLUTION CHANGING THE TITLE OF ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT (PUBLIC DEFENDER) TO LEGAL ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT
RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING A CONTRACT BETWEEN THE COUNTY OF FULTON AND EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION CENTER TO PROVIDE PRESCHOOL ED (3-5) CENTER-BASED SERVICES (PUBLIC HEALTH)
RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING A CONTRACT BETWEEN THE COUNTY OF FULTON AND EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION CENTER TO PROVIDE PRESCHOOL ED (3-5) CENTER-BASED SERVICES (PUBLIC HEALTH)
RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING A CONTRACT BETWEEN THE COUNTY OF FULTON AND GAIL DECICCO TO PROVIDE PRESCHOOL ED (3-5) ITINERANT SPEECH THERAPY SERVICES (PUBLIC HEALTH)
RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING A CONTRACT WITH THEPUBLICHEALTHAPP.COM/OCV, LLC FOR A FULTON COUNTY COMMUNITY APP USING NORTH COUNTRY DSRIP FUNDS (PUBLIC HEALTH DEPARTMENT)
RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING A CONTRACT WITH ATTORNEY WILLIAM LORMAN FOR AN ASSISTED OUTPATIENT TREATMENT ORDER (COMMUNITY SERVICES)
RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING A CONTRACT WITH ATTORNEY JOHN CLO FOR ASSISTED OUTPATIENT TREATMENT ORDERS (COMMUNITY SERVICES)
RESOLUTION APPROVING 2019-2020 CHIEF LOCAL ELECTED OFFICIALS (CLEO) AGREEMENT BETWEEN FULTON, MONTGOMERY AND SCHOHARIE COUNTIES FOR SPONSORSHIP AND OPERATION OF THE F-M-S- WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT BOARD
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