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SECOND REGULAR SESSION
Johnstown, NY
February 10th, 2020

Roll Call – Quorum Present

Supervisors:  Argotsinger, Blackmon, Born, Bowman, Bradt, Breh, Callery, Fagan, Greene, Groff, Handy, Horton, Howard, Kinowski, Lauria, Perry, Potter, Vandenburgh, Wilson, Young

            TOTAL:  Present: 20 Absent: 0

Chairman Greene called the meeting to order at 1:00 p.m. Following the Pledge of Allegiance, Chairman Greene asked if there was anyone from the public who wished to address the Board. 

Chairman of the Board Greene asked Robin Wentworth, Director of Admissions for the Wells Nursing Home, to come forward for the reading of a proclamation recognizing Wells Nursing Home on its 50th Anniversary. Ms. Wentworth came forward and introduced Neil VanSlyke, Facility Administrator and Renee Swartz, Director of Nursing, who were also in attendance for the receipt of the Proclamation.

Supervisor Born, Chairwoman of the Human Services Committee, read the following Proclamation:

PROCLAMATION

WHEREAS, 2020 marks the 50-year anniversary of the establishment of the Wells Nursing Home; and

WHEREAS, Wells Nursing Home has a commitment to the community to provide quality short and long term care nursing needs; and

WHEREAS, Wells Nursing Home provides a home-like atmosphere striving to meet the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual needs of residents; and

WHEREAS, the Wells campus has evolved into a modern multi-disciplined skilled nursing facility, including a 100-bed skilled nursing home, Adult Day Health program and Outpatient Rehab services; and

WHEREAS, Wells Nursing Home provides 150 community jobs in the heart of Fulton County; now, therefore be it

RESOLVED, That in recognition of Wells Nursing Home’s 50 years of service in support and care of community residents, the Board of Supervisors hereby congratulates Wells Nursing Home, its administration, staff and residents.

Chairman Greene recognized that Wells Nursing Home is a good community partner and does a great job. 

Mr. VanSlyke thanked the Fulton County Board of Supervisors for the Proclamation.  He further explained that the Wells Nursing Home appreciated all the support over the years and that they will continue to provide excellent services and take a lot of pride in their facility.

Chairman Greene asked Steve Santa Maria, Civil Defense Director/Fire Coordinator, Johnstown Fire Chief Bruce Heberer and Deputy Fire Coordinator Ralph Palcovic to come forward to receive Proclamations of Commendation for a recent hazmat incident.

Mr. Stead, Administrative Officer/Clerk of the Board, read the Proclamations of Recognition on behalf of the Board for the recent hazmat incident at a local business: 

 

WHEREAS, on January 11, 2020, the Johnstown Fire Department and other first responders were called to a reported anhydrous ammonia leak at a local business; and

WHEREAS, such an event was a dangerous situation requiring immediate attention; and

WHEREAS, the Johnstown Fire Department arrived promptly on scene, assessed the situation with company employees and determined the cause to be a mechanical failure; and

WHEREAS, the Johnstown Fire Chief, as incident commander, requested that the Fulton-Montgomery-Schoharie Counties Regional Hazardous Material Response Team be activated and deployed to the scene; and

WHEREAS, multiple contributing agencies cooperated to evacuate employees and cordon off the area to a safe perimeter; and

WHEREAS, the Hazardous Material Technicians from the Hazmat Team and Johnstown Fire personnel conducted a Level A entry to further isolate and secure the leak; and

WHEREAS, the complex event was handled professionally and expeditiously to prevent the incident from expanding to a more severe problem; now, therefore be it

RESOLVED, That the Board of Supervisors hereby commends the cooperation of the following agencies for a job well done:

Johnstown Fire Department                                                 Johnstown Fire EMS

F-M-S Hazardous Material Response Team                         Fulton County EMS

Fulton County Emergency Management Office                    City of Gloversville Fire Department

City of Amsterdam Fire Department                                    Berkshire Volunteer Fire Department

Montgomery County Emergency Management                     Montgomery County Sheriff

Greater Amsterdam Vol. Ambulance Corps (GAVAC)         New York State Police

Mr. Stead asked Mr. SantaMaria to provide a brief summary regarding the hazmat incident.  Mr. SantaMaria explained that it was a dangerous situation with an anhydrous ammonia leak.  He praised the strong leadership needed to quell the situation and thanked Chief Heberer for his actions on that day.  He also thanked Deputy Fire Coordinator Ralph Palcovic for his expertise with the situation.   He noted that Mr. Palcovic worked at Knolls Atomic Power Lab for 36 years in its fire department, resulting in a wealth of knowledge.   Mr. SantaMaria explained that many people from many agencies came together to combat this incident on that day.   He further advised that the City of Johnstown should be proud, and the County should be proud also of their teams.  Mr. SantaMaria explained that he had additional copies of the Proclamation for other agencies that helped with the clean up on that day and would distribute them.

 

 

Chairman Greene asked Mr. Stead for the reading of the Communications and Reports.

COMMUNICATIONS

  1. Communication from NYS Sheriff’s Association, Inc.

            Subj:  Explanation of NYS Sheriff’s Association involvement in Jail Inmate Phone System and Expedited Bail by Credit Card Program

UPDATES FROM STANDING COMMITTEES

Human Services: Supervisor Born advised that she attended the recent NYSAC Conference and the topic of Raise the Age was discussed with several unfavorable conversations.

REPORTS OF SPECIAL COMMITTEES

(No Updates)

CHAIRMAN’S REPORT

Chairman Greene noted that he couldn't attend all the Committee meetings that were held the last week of January because he was attending a meeting at NYSAC.   He advised that the “Medicaid Proposal” that the Governor is trying to pass is not making counties very happy.    He further advised that he and Supervisor Wilson will be attending a “Medicaid Lobby Day” this Wednesday, February 12, in Albany that NYSAC has organized.  Mr. Greene further advised that Bail Reform, ambulance issues and EMS were also discussed at the NYSAC Conference.

Chairman Greene also reported that he has been meeting with Department Heads and those meetings have been going well.  He also reported that he has signed many contracts and the Board staff does a “terrific job” getting the contracts prepared for his signature. 

He advised that he will report back next month about the “Medicaid Lobby Day” that he will be attending in Albany.

Mr. Stead advised that Governor Cuomo is going too far with a false message through op-eds in newspapers stating that counties are responsible for not controlling Medicaid costs.  He further advised that it will continue to be a battle and the County should be prepared for more costs and less revenue in the future

RESOLUTIONS

Resolutions on the Agenda were then deliberated upon.

Upon a motion by Supervisor Argotsinger, seconded by Supervisor Groff and unanimously carried, the Committee entered into Executive Session at 1:25 p.m. to discuss employment history.

Upon a motion by Supervisor Fagan, seconded by Supervisor Argotsinger and unanimously carried, the Committee re-entered Regular Session at 1:39 p.m.

No. 48 (Resolution Waiving Residency Rule for Hire of an Assistant Director of Information Technology):  Supervisor Fagan made a motion to amend Resolution No. 48 to Waive the Start Rate for Hire of an Assistant Director of Information Technology instead of Waving the Residency Rule for Hire of an Assistant Director of Information Technology, seconded by Supervisor Callery.   All were in favor. 

No. 59 (Resolution Authorizing Grant Application to the U.S. Department of Justice Cops-Fast Program to Fund a Deputy Sheriff-School Resource Officer in the Mayfield School District):  Supervisor Callery asked if this Resolution was only giving the Sheriff’s Department the permission to apply for the grant.  Mr. Stead advised that during the Finance Committee Meeting, the consensus of the Committee was that it would only give approval if the Resolution was written that the Mayfield Central School District shall be responsible for all local costs of said Deputy Sheriff-School Resource Officer during the fourth (4) year grant period.

Proposed No. 27 (Resolution Authorizing Advertisement for Bids for Purchase of a Decontamination Trailer for Use in the Solid Waste Department):  Mr. Stead advised that Mr. Rhodes, Solid Waste Director, asked if this could be withdrawn because New York standards are so stringent, there are no manufactures that offer a stock decontamination trailer to meet them.  The plan would be that the Department buy a cargo trailer and “retro fit” it in-house.   This would be less expensive and would meet New York standards. 

Chairman of Public Works Committee, Greg Fagan, withdrew proposed Resolution No. 27:  (Resolution Authorizing Advertisement for Bids for Purchase of a Decontamination Trailer for Use in the Solid Waste Department).

A motion was offered by Supervisor Fagan, seconded by Supervisor Callery and unanimously carried, to waive the Rules of Order to take Action on Late Resolutions 1 and 2.

NEW BUSINESS

Supervisor Callery advised that although the upcoming Walleye Fishing contest has been cancelled, please still attend the Walleye Challenge, because other fun activities will be happening such as raffles and food specials.

Mr. Stead advised that every Supervisor has a copy of the poster for the Walleye Awakening in their mailbox.  It is happening this Friday, February 14, the night before the Walleye Challenge. “Bring Your Valentine”. 

Upon a motion by Supervisor Potter, seconded by Supervisor Callery and unanimously carried, the Board adjourned at 2:09 p.m.

 

 

Certified by:

                                                                        _________________________________________

                                                                        Jon R. Stead, Administrative Officer/         DATE

                                                                        Clerk of the Board

 

 

 

RESOLUTIONS

 

 

RESOLUTION AWARDING BID FOR THE PURCHASE OF UNIFORMS AND ACCESSORIES FOR USE IN THE SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT AND CORRECTIONAL FACILITY
RESOLUTION AMENDING THE 2020 CAPITAL PLAN TO SUBSTITUTE THE PURCHASE OF AN ALL-WHEEL DRIVE SUV INSTEAD OF A SEDAN FOR USE IN THE SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT
RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING CERTAIN TRANSFERS AND BUDGET AMENDMENTS
RESOLUTION APPROPRIATING RESERVE FUNDS TO CERTAIN 2020 CAPITAL PROJECTS
RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE SALE OF TAX FORECLOSED PROPERTY (SBL# 93.1-1-80) IN THE TOWN OF OPPENHEIM TO THEODORE GALLT
RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING DISTRIBUTION OF A REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS FOR TITLE SEARCH SERVICES (COUNTY TREASURER)
RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING PURCHASE OF 50 IPAD COMPUTERS FOR USE AS E-POLL BOOKS IN THE BOARD OF ELECTIONS OFFICE (2020 CAPITAL PROJECT)
RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING A CONTRACT WITH EASTERN MANAGED PRINT NETWORK FOR PRINT MANAGEMENT SERVICES IN 2020 (INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY)
RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING AN AMENDMENT TO THE CONTRACT BETWEEN THE FULTON COUNTY CLERK’S OFFICE AND INFO-QUICK SOLUTIONS, INC. FOR AN ON-LINE LAND RECORDS MODULE (COUNTY CLERK’S OFFICE)
RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING A CONTRACT WITH BELL ENGINEERING FOR DESIGN SERVICES FOR THE NORTH BUSH ROAD BRIDGE OVER PECKS CREEK REPLACEMENT PROJECT (2020 CAPITAL PLAN)
RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING A CONTRACT WITH DM ROMEYN CIVIL ENGINEERING DESIGN, PLLC TO PREPARE DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION ANALYSIS SERVICES FOR THE ADDITION TO THE POLE BARN AT COUNTY COMPLEX I (2020 CAPITAL PLAN)
RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING ADVERTISEMENT FOR BIDS FOR VARIOUS HIGHWAY CONSTRUCTION MATERIALS FOR USE IN THE DEPARTMENT OF HIGHWAYS AND FACILITIES (2020)
RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING A CONTRACT WITH AUCTIONS INTERNATIONAL CORPORATION FOR SALE OF A SURPLUS 1972 ONAN GENERATOR IN THE HIGHWAYS AND FACILITIES DEPARTMENT
RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING ADVERTISEMENT FOR BIDS FOR PURCHASE OF A WOOD CHIPPER FOR USE IN THE HIGHWAYS AND FACILITIES DEPARTMENT (2020 CAPITAL PLAN)
RESOLUTION RE-APPROPRIATING CERTAIN 2019 FUNDS INTO THE 2020 ADOPTED BUDGET TO PURCHASE A 2020 WESTERN STAR TANDEM DUMP TRUCK WITH PLOW FOR USE IN THE HIGHWAYS AND FACILITIES DEPARTMENT (2019 CAPITAL PLAN)
RESOLUTION AMENDING THE 2020 CAPITAL PLAN TO ADD A PROJECT ON COUNTY ROAD 143 FOR THE HIGHWAYS AND FACILITIES DEPARTMENT
RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING CONTRACT BETWEEN THE SOLID WASTE DEPARTMENT AND THE LEADER HERALD FOR ANNUAL NEWSPAPER ADVERTISING (2020)
RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING ADVERTISEMENT FOR BIDS FOR PURCHASE OF A GRAPPLE BUCKET WITH THUMB ATTACHMENT FOR AN EXCAVATOR FOR USE IN THE SOLID WASTE DEPARTMENT (2020 CAPITAL PLAN)
RESOLUTION ACCEPTING 2019 NYS INTEROPERABLE COMMUNICATIONS GRANT (EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT OFFICE)
RESOLUTION ACCEPTING 2019 NYS HOMELAND SECURITY PROGRAM GRANT FUNDS AND AUTHORIZATION TO PURCHASE CERTAIN ITEMS WITH SAID FUNDS (EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT OFFICE)
RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING EXTENSION OF TEMPORARY PER DIEM FORENSIC EVIDENCE INSTRUCTOR POSITION IN THE SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT
RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING EXTENSION OF TEMPORARY PER DIEM INVESTIGATIVE INSTRUCTOR POSITION IN THE SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT
RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING GRANT APPLICATION TO THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE COPS-FAST PROGRAM TO FUND A DEPUTY SHERIFF-SCHOOL RESOURCE OFFICER IN THE MAYFIELD SCHOOL DISTRICT (SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT)
RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING A CONTRACT WITH AUCTIONS INTERNATIONAL CORPORATION FOR SALE OF SURPLUS VEHICLES IN THE SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT
RESOLUTION ACCEPTING DONATION OF A 2019 DODGE DURANGO SUV K-9 VEHICLE FROM THE FULTON COUNTY SHERIFF’S ASSOCIATION FOR USE IN THE SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT
RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING A CONTRACT WITH KATHERINE FLINT FOR CONSULTING SERVICES IN THE FULTON COUNTY PROBATION DEPARTMENT
RESOLUTION RECLASSIFYING A SENIOR ACCOUNT CLERK/LEGAL TYPIST POSITION TO A SENIOR ACCOUNT CLERK IN THE PROBATION DEPARTMENT
RESOLUTION RECLASSIFYING AN ACCOUNT CLERK/LEGAL TYPIST POSITION TO ACCOUNTY CLERK/TYPIST IN THE PROBATION DEPARTMENT
RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE DISTRICT ATTORNEY’S OFFICE AND DERBY OFFICE EQUIPMENT, INC. FOR LEASE OF A COPIER
RESOLUTION ACCEPTING 2019 NYS INTEROPERABLE COMMUNICATIONS GRANT (EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT OFFICE)
RESOLUTION ACCEPTING STOP-DWI PLAN FOR 2020
RESOLUTION SUPPORTING THE “EMERGENCY FIRST RESPONDERS PRIVACY AND PROTECTION ACT” (S.7280/A.09107)
RESOLUTION ADVANCING A CERTAIN DEPUTY SHERIFF’S PAY RATE
RESOLUTION WAIVING START RATE FOR HIRE OF ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
RESOLUTION WAIVING RESIDENCY RULE FOR HIRE OF CERTAIN POSITIONS WITHIN FULTON COUNTY
RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING A PAID LEAVE OF ABSENCE FOR PROBATION OFFICER RONALD BRIGGS TO ACCOMMODATE HIS SERVICE IN A CSEA REGIONAL OFFICER POSITION
RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING MEAL EXPENSES FOR CERTAIN SCHEDULED EVENTS IN THE OFFICE FOR AGING AND YOUTH BUREAU (2020)
RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING ACCEPTANCE OF NORTH COUNTRY DSRIP PROJECT FUNDS (PUBLIC HEALTH DEPARTMENT)
RESOLUTION ACCEPTING 2019-2020 CHILDREN WITH SPECIAL HEALTH CARE NEEDS PROGRAM GRANT FROM THE NYS DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH (PUBLIC HEALTH DEPARTMENT)
RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING ACCEPTANCE OF 2019-2020 EARLY INTERVENTION ADMINISTRATION GRANT FROM THE NYS DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH (PUBLIC HEALTH DEPARTMENT)
RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING A CONTRACT WITH ENVIRONMENTAL DESIGN PARTNERSHIP TO PREPARE AN ENGINEERING FEASIBILITY STUDY FOR THE EXTENSION OF SANITARY SEWER ALONG NYS ROUTE 30/30A IN THE TOWNS OF JOHNSTOWN, MAYFIELD AND NORTHAMPTON (2020 CAPITAL PLAN)
RESOLUTION RE-APPROPRIATING CERTAIN FUNDS INTO THE 2020 ADOPTED BUDGET TO EXTEND THE CONTRACT WITH ELAN PLANNING AND LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE AND ENGINEERING, D.P.C. FOR HOUSING CONSULTANT SERVICES (PLANNING DEPARTMENT)
RESOLUTION ACCEPTING STATE MATCHING FUNDS FOR 2020 “I LOVE NEW YORK” TOURISM PROGRAM
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