FIFTH DAY OF ANNUAL SESSION
December 30, 2019
Roll Call – Quorum Present
Supervisors: Argotsinger, Blackmon, Born, Bradt, Breh, Callery, Fagan, Greene, Groff, Handy, Kinowski, Lauria, Perry, Potter, Rice, Selmser, Wilson, Young
TOTAL: Present: 18 Absent: 2 (Supervisors Howard and Waldron)
Chairman Wilson called the meeting to order at 1:00 p.m. Following the Pledge of Allegiance, Chairman Wilson asked if there was anyone from the public who wished to address the Board. No one from the public came forward.
Chairman Wilson then asked Mr. Stead for the reading of the Communications on the Agenda.
- Communication from Essex County Board of Supervisors
Subj: Resolution 343 of 2019 – Imploring the State of New York to Immediately Amend or Delay Implementation of Bail and Discovery Reform Laws that will Endanger the People of New York and Reverse Decades of Bipartisan Progress in Reducing Crime.
- Communication from Columbia County Board of Supervisors
Subj: Resolution 523 of 2019 – Imploring the State of New York to Immediately Amend or Delay Implementation of Bail and Discovery Reform Laws that will Endanger the People of New York and Reverse Decades of Bipartisan Progress in Reducing Crime
UPDATES OF STANDING COMMITTEES
REPORTS OF SPECIAL COMMITTEES
Soil and Water Conservation District Board: 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.
Chairman Wilson presented his 2019 Year-End Report to the Board as follows:
It was an immense honor to serve as Chairman of the Board this past year. It is truly amazing how fast the year has passed, but here we are with another year of accomplishments checked off during 2019.
County government is an interesting place to work because our responsibilities, and our resulting decisions, involve such a wide range of subjects. Our level of government is close enough to the citizens we represent to have a large impact on their everyday lives and livelihoods. As you know, I have always been an advocate for consolidation and intermunicipal cooperation. Looking on as Chairman makes me optimistic, because there is a lot of it going on and I realize that the Board of Supervisors is a leader in this regard. One of my goals was to organize local municipalities to pursue a joint grant to conduct a feasibility study on additional local consolidation ideas. That didn’t get done during 2019, but I will continue to work on that with local leaders as these grants require a multi-agency request.
In a related matter, I am pleased that I had a hand in starting the step-by-step process to establish a new County-led system that will stabilize and then maintain ambulance response from border to border. If you do any extended reading on this subject, you will see that this is an issue all across our country. We took several important steps to position the county Emergency Management Office for this undertaking and we are proceeding methodically toward establishing a county-wide ambulance provider incentive system in 2020. In rural areas like ours, nailing down an affordable solution will be challenging, but it is our job to get done never the less.
Fulton County is also a leader in speaking out to advocate for or against proposals that affect our citizens. We took strong positions on several matters in 2019 at the state and federal level. Sometimes the State is just going in a crazy direction and we have to identify the mistakes.
In July, I was invited to the White House to hear about the administration’s initiatives regarding economic development and other key topics. It was heartening that the federal government is finally seeking input from local government when making policy. It was a good opportunity for our county and I’m glad we participated.
The following summary of our actions in 2019 provides a snapshot of the broad array of issues we govern and how much gets done in just one short year.
- Sold Washington Street and Elk Street Properties to City of Gloversville for Park rehabilitation project
- Authorized the County Demolition Team to assist Gloversville on North Main Street demolitions with reduced tipping fees
- Struck a cooperative agreement to transfer 10 Operation Green Scene properties to the City of Gloversville to assist the County with residential demolition progress
- Contracted to provide a County Special Patrol Officer to H-F-M BOCES for its Meco School site
- Reauthorized user agreements to allow school districts to share Voting Machines from the Board of Elections
- Established new “Student Success” Caseworker assigned to Gloversville School District
- Extended the School Intervention Partnership Program (SIPP) Caseworker for Gloversville School District
- Authorized Agreement to provide back-up dispatch to Hamilton County for E911 calls
- Extended intermunicipal contract with Hamilton County to provide web-hosting for its Probation Department (IT)
- Extended intermunicipal agreement with Hamilton County to provide Veterans support services to that county
- Extended intermunicipal agreement with Montgomery County to obtain Transportation for Fulton County Veterans
Public Safety/Emergency Services
- Completed 2019 School Safety Project as a component of New Neighborhood Plan
- Purchased a Computer Assisted Dispatch System for the Sheriffs E911 Dispatch Center (New replacement system to full modernize emergency services dispatch for all agencies countywide) ($748,140.00)
- Created a new Account Clerk/Typist position in the Emergency Management Office to promote emergency medical response administration
- Established an On-call system for Counsel at First Appearance
- Created a full-time EMS Coordinator as a County staff position
- Restructured the EMS Council Bylaws
- Accepted a 2019 Microenterprise Grant (Start of a new round of grant distributions for small local businesses administered by FCCRG)
- Identified three (3) new Feature Tourism Events for development and promotion by Tourism Promotion Agent Chamber of Commerce in 2020 (Economic Development and Environment Committee Initiative)
- Acquired new parcels to extend the FJ&G Rail Trail
- Began evaluation surveys of new shovel-ready site for technology park development on Route 30A (Crosslands)
- Started executing User Agreements with residents and businesses in Fulton County Sewer District No. 2: Vail Mills
- Completed the FMCC Campus Labs and Classrooms Renovation Project (Phase II) ($1,000,000.00)
- Completed the FMCC Theatre Renovation Project ($1,000,000.00 FMCC Foundation funding)
- Started the Primary Electric Service Project at Tryon Technology Park ($600,000.00)
- Replaced the roof at 57 East Fulton Street Building, Gloversville ($65,000.00)
- Established Fulton County Sewer District No. 3: Meco
- Completed rehabilitation Runway 10-28 and connector taxiway at the County Airport ($1,150,000.00)
- Installed new entrance sign at the County Airport ($30,000.00)
- Restructured the Office of Public Defender, including full time titles and expanded office space.
- Implemented the new 8-day Early Voting process (Board of Elections)
- Created an Office of Assigned Counsel Administrator with department head and support staff
- Created a new Legal Secretary position in the District Attorney’s Office to help address new State Discovery Laws
- Resolution supporting passage of the newly-negotiated Untied States – Mexico – Canada Agreement (USMCA) (Replacement of the failed NAFTA from 1994)
- Resolution opposing Governor Cuomo’s proposed elimination of Medicaid Cross-over coverage payments for Part B con-insurance which would have harmed rural ambulance service providers
- Resolution opposing State budget proposal to cut Aid and Incentives to Municipalities (AIM) cost shifts to Counties
- Resolution supporting a permanent floor for Community College Base State Aid funding
- Resolution opposing Governor Cuomo’s proposed regulations to require new license plates and fees (First county in the state to do so.)
- Resolution endorsing a one-year moratorium on NYS Bail Discovery Reform Laws
Chairman Wilson gave a special thank you to the Supervisors leaving the Board: William Waldron, Alicia Rice, and James Selmser and thanked them for their contributions to the Board and told them they would be missed.
Mr. Stead then presented Chairman Wilson with the 2019 Ceremonial Gavel and a small token of appreciation from Board members in the form of a gift certificate. Mr. Stead commented that Chairman Wilson was a pleasure to work with. He added that Mr. Wilson has been very attentive to Board business right from the beginning of the year and was always available when he was called. He referred to Chairman Wilson as someone who had a “baton” in each hand, balancing his town duties with his county duties.
Resolutions on the Agenda were then deliberated upon.
Supervisor Young asked for a moment of silence for the victims of the recent Hanukkah attack on December 28. Mr. Stead asked also asked for a moment of silence for the victims of the recent Fort Worth Texas Church attack.
Supervisor Rice thanked everyone for the privilege for serving with them and she will miss everyone.
Supervisor Selmser stated that he will miss everyone and thanked them for the opportunity to serve with them and participate. A lot has been accomplished and it was an honor and privilege to work with everybody.
Chairman of the Board Wilson advised that he had only final thing to say. He wanted to thank Mr. Stead and his very professional staff that he has working with him to support the Board of Supervisors.
There being no further business, the Board adjourned “sine die” at 1:25 p.m., upon a motion by Supervisor Groff, seconded by Supervisor Callery and unanimously carried.
Jon R. Stead, Administrative Officer/ DATE
Clerk of the Board