SEVENTH REGULAR SESSION
Johnstown, NY July 13, 2020
CONDUCTED VIA VIDEO TELECONFERENCE
Roll Call – Quorum Present
Supervisors: Argotsinger, Blackmon, Born, Bowman, Bradt, Breh, Callery, Fagan, Greene, Groff, Horton, Howard, Kinowski, Lauria, Perry, Potter, Vandenburgh, Wilson, Young
TOTAL: Present: 19 Vacant: 1 (City of Johnstown - Ward 1)
Chairman Greene called the meeting to order at 1:07 p.m. and asked everyone to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance.
Chairmen Greene introduced Congresswoman Elise Stefanik who joined the teleconference.
Ms. Stefanik advised that she wanted to provide an update on federal efforts regarding COVID-19 with state and local relief. Congresswoman Stefanik was in support of the SMART Act (State Municipal Assistance for Response and Transition). She said it is important for rural districts and for our community. In addition, she said that she was working on funding for hospitals and health centers, such as Nathan Littauer Hospital. She anticipates that there will be additional federal COVID relief funds for hospitals. Last week she had a “Zoom round table” with tourist advocates and small businesses, such as the Fulton Montgomery Chamber of Commerce. She is also working with families and individuals to help locate their stimulus checks. She is in close contact with state and local officials throughout the crisis working to promote USDA programs. She will be working with rural libraries and school superintendents later this week through zoom meetings. She then asked if there were any questions from Board members.
Supervisor Blackmon asked about Governor Cuomo shuffling money and withholding FMAP funds due to local counties. Congresswoman Stefanik stated that direct funding would be better in the future so that the Governor can’t intercept such funds intended for local governments. She added that higher education funding was provided to colleges; however, the funds did not go through to SUNY schools because the state “sat on the funds”.
Chairman of the Board Warren Greene thanked Congresswoman Stefanik for her recent efforts in getting the State to release the FMAP monies for Fulton County.
Supervisor Young asked Ms. Stefanik why she did not support the “HEROES Act” (Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions) Act because the passage of the Act would have resulted in a 3 trillion-dollar package with Fulton County receiving $20 million and the City of Gloversville receiving $5 million.
Congresswoman Stefanik stated that she did not support it because it was not negotiated with the Senate and it was not bi-partisan. It also included some extreme proposals that she could not vote for. The HEROES Act would have included stimulus checks to illegal immigrants, for example, and she did not support this. She added that she was very disappointed with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the fact that the bill was drafted behind closed doors. Ms. Stefanik said that she expected that a new bill would be passed in July that will be bi-partisan and that she will continue to work closely with local counties.
- Resolutions from the Adirondack Park Local Government Review Board
Subj: Resolution recommending actions to strengthen the Clean Drained and Dry Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) Spread Prevention Law and a Resolution requesting review and change of APA Policy on Agency Review of Proposals for New Telecommunications Towers and other Tall Structures in the Adirondack Park. (Supervisors Howard, Lauria, Perry Wilson Vandenburgh and Young requested copies)
UPDATES FROM STANDING COMMITTEES
REPORTS OF SPECIAL COMMITTEES
Adirondack Government Committee: Supervisor Horton encouraged all Supervisors to support the two (2) initiatives listed in the above communications.
Mr. Stead, Administrative Officer, advised that there was a proposed Resolution that would be voted on today requesting the APA to change its policy for siting of Telecommunication Towers in the Adirondack area.
Soil and Water Conservation District Board: Supervisor Horton advised that the Board did not meet last month, but would be having a meeting next week to be held outside.
Supervisor Lauria advised that the Board did meet on June 16. He further advised that Soil and Water received funds in the amount of $54,000.00 in 2019. So far in 2020, they have received $67,000.00.
This past month saw some movement in a positive direction. Our Mohawk Valley Region including Fulton County transitioned from Phase 2 to Phase 3 to Phase 4 a couple of weeks ago. Most of the county’s employees came back to work as of July 6 after their temporary layoffs. With the exception of the County building offices, all other Departments/buildings are open for business. The County Building itself is in the middle of a “soft opening” where people are required to make an appointment to have access to the building. This was requested by DMV and is scheduled to end in early August at which time we will be open.
With that being said….we are in a good holding pattern. Our COVID-19 statistics have flattened out much like the rest of the state. However…as Fulton Centers and Keymark has shown us, it doesn’t take much to ignite the virus from further spreading. Mr. Stead and I continue to engage with the Mohawk Valley Control Group every day at 3:00 p.m. to ask questions and hear present guidance from State officials. In addition, the Fulton County Task Group continues to meet on a bit more limited, but ongoing basis.
This next cycle of committee meetings will be held here in the Supervisors’ Chambers with Supervisors in attendance. We will have to abide by social-distancing requirements, need to change seating arrangements in order to be in state and CDC requirements and to ensure everyone’s safety.
The Board Office will be sending out guidance in advance of these committee meetings.
One thing I would like to emphasize is that the one predictable thing throughout the past 5 months ordeal is how unpredictable things have become…and the need to be flexible. As the summer moves forward we will begin ramping up our budget meetings including Capital Projects. As a small, pay as you go county, we have taken pride in avoiding falling into debt by only taking on projects that appear worthy and sustainable. We are in the midst of a medical crisis that has spilled over on to the economy. As such there is no time for a county such as ours to be taking risks. As a former Department Head for over 22 years, I always hoped I would hear from the county that this was a great fiscal year. If ever there was a time to expand your department with new programs or buy new furnishings…this is the year. That year never came!!! I can assure you….THIS IS NOT THAT YEAR. With the State in a financially bad position before the virus and now in deeper financial debt it does not bode well for counties and we need to keep that in the front of our minds while planning this year’s budget.
In closing, I want to personally wish Richard Handy’s family well. I enjoyed my time serving with Supervisor Handy and getting to know him well. I will miss him. I’m sure that the city officials in Johnstown will be looking towards filling the Ward 1 seat which is important in order that Johnstown is appropriately represented in our weighted voting system of county government. I wish them well in choosing a successor to Supervisor Handy.
Resolutions on the Agenda were then deliberated upon.
WHEREAS, police forces and other first responder agencies across the nation play a vital role in safeguarding the health and welfare of its citizens; and
WHEREAS, local communities rely on the dedicated work of police officers who often put themselves in harm’s way to protect the lives of others; and
WHEREAS, the men and women of the Fulton County Sheriff’s Department, Gloversville Police Department, Johnstown Police Department, New York State Police and other local agencies have a longstanding tradition of providing selfless service and countless acts of heroism when called upon; now, therefore be it
RESOLVED, That the Board of Supervisors hereby expresses its strong support for the important role of police across the United States upholding law and order and protecting their fellow citizens in times of need; and, be it further
RESOLVED, That the Board expresses its gratitude to those law enforcement officers serving within the boundaries of Fulton County for their dedication and ongoing service.
Mr. Stead explained that he had recently been notified by the Chamber of Commerce, the County’s Tourism Promotion Agent, that the State-reimbursement process to access “I Love NY” Matching Funds has been suspended, effective with 2020 Quarter 2 claims. He further explained that something similar like this happened approximately 10 years ago.
Mr. Stead explained that not too much tourism advertising has been done during the first quarter regarding tourism due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Mr. Stead added that Fulton County is now in the middle of tourism season and now is the time to get advertising out there because it is tourist season. He asked the Board if it would like to entertain using the 2020 tourism funds that the County previsously budgeted, knowing that the state will perhaps not provide the matching funds.
Supervisor Fagan made a motion to approve that the Fulton County Tourism Program, under the direction of the Chamber off Commerce, be authorized to spend the $61,807.00 County match allocated in the 2020 Budget, seconded by Supervisor Wilson.
Supervisor Horton asked the Chairman of the Finance Committee Richard Argotsinger his opinion about spending the funds. Mr. Argotsinger said it is already in the budget for 2020, so he would be in favor of spending the funds; however, he is disappointed with the State of New York in witholding its match at this point.
Mr. Stead advised that the local match for the tourism budget is revenue from the Occupancy Tax. He also advised that the Occupancy Tax revenue will probably not be high this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Supervisor Fagan added that “if the State keeps playing games, maybe the County should withhold Medicaid payments to the state”.
Supervisor Groff said tourism in Northville was great for the 4th of July and it was very busy there all weekend.
Supervisor Lauria asked if the Occupancy Tax revenue is short, where would the rest of the money come from? Mr. Stead eplained that it would be an impact on the County’s fund balance.
Supervisor Young advised that Mr. Stead and Supervisor Groff brought up good points, but out of caution, the County should reduce the funding this year and perhaps spend the money in 2021.
Supervisor Callery advised that the funding is in the budget for 2020 and the County should “keep the money in the budget” and should move forward with the program.
Supervisor Fagan made motion to approve that the Fulton County Tourism Program, under the directon of the Chamber off Commerce, be authorized to spend the $61,807.00 allocated in the 2020 Budget on I Love NY tourism promotion advertising regardless of whether the State provides the match it is currently withholding, seconded by Supervisor Wilson and carried. (Supervisor Young opposed)
Upon a motion by Supervisor Groff, seconded by Supervisor Fagan and unanimously carried, the Committee adjourned at 2:12 p.m.
Jon R. Stead, Administrative Officer/ DATE
Clerk of the Board
RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING CERTAIN TRANSFERS AND BUDGET AMENDMENTS
RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING AN AGREEMENT ALLOWING THE U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY TO OBTAIN A PORTION OF AUCTION PROCEEDS FOR CERTAIN COUNTY-FORECLOSED PROPERTIES (DUDKA)
RESOLUTION AMENDING THE 2020 CAPITAL PLAN TO SUBSTITUTE FOUR HEALTH AND SAFETY PROJECTS IN PLACE OF THE FMCC CLASSROOMS LABS AND CLASSROOMS PHASE III AND FINANCIAL TECHNOLOGY LAB RENOVATIONS PROJECTS
RESOLUTION RESCINDING THE AWARD OF CONTRACTS RELATED TO THE CANCELED FMCC CAMPUS LABS AND CLASSROOMS PHASE III AND FINANCIAL TECHNOLOGY LAB RENOVATIONS PROJECTS
RESOLUTION REQUIRING A PILOT AGREEMENT FOR THE BANTAM SOLAR, LLC ARRAY FARM (PARCELS 125.-1-22, 125.-1-23.12, 125.-1-19.22) IN THE TOWN OF OPPENHEIM
RESOLUTION AMENDING THE 2020 CAPITAL PLAN TO MODIFY SCHEDULED EQUIPMENT PURCHASES IN THE INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY DEPARTMENT
RESOLUTION WAIVING THE START RATE FOR SECRETARY TO THE SHERIFF POSITION
RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING A CONTRACT WITH LORI BURNS FOR SECRETARY CONSULTING SERVICES IN THE SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT
RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING A CONTRACT WITH MOTOROLA SOLUTIONS, INC. FOR THE V-CALL/V-TAC INTEROPERABLE COMMUNICATIONS PROJECT (2020 CAPITAL PLAN)
RESOLUTION AMENDING THE 2020 CAPITAL PLAN TO INCLUDE A V-CALL/V-TAC INTEROPERABLE COMMUNICATIONS PROJECT
RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING A MEMORANDUM OF AGREEMENT WITH THE FULTON COUNTY DEPUTY SHERIFF’S POLICE BENEVOLENT ASSOCIATION ESTABLISHING A PILOT PROGRAM FOR 10 HOUR WORK DAYS FOR CERTAIN EMPLOYEES
RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING A WAIVER OF VACATION ACCRUAL MAXIMUMS FOR ALL COUNTY EMPLOYEES DURING THE NOVEL CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) STATE OF EMERGENCY
RESOLUTION SETTING DATE OF PUBLIC HEARING REGARDING 2020-2021 FMCC BUDGET AND BUDGET PRESENTATION
RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING DISPOSAL OF CERTAIN SURPLUS EQUIPMENT
RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING RENEWAL OF SPECIFIC EXCESS EMPLOYERS LIABILITY INSURANCE POLICY FOR 2020-2021 (WORKERS COMPENSATION PLAN)
RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING A MAINTENANCE CONTRACT WITH TYLER TECHNOLOGIES
RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING A CONTRACT WITH AUCTIONS INTERNATIONAL CORPORATION TO SELL CERTAIN SURPLUS COMPUTER EQUIPMENT (INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY)
RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING A CONTRACT WITH THE MECO VOLUNTEER FIRE COMPANY INC. FOR USE OF THE FULTON COUNTY HIGHWAY COMPLEX I FUEL DEPOT
RESOLUTION AMENDING A CONTRACT WITH BELL ENGINEERING TO PROVIDE ADDITIONAL ENGINEERING SERVICES ON NORTH BUSH ROAD BRIDGE (2020 CAPITAL PLAN)
RESOLUTION ACCEPTING 2020-21 EXTREME WINTER RECOVERY FUNDS AND APPROVING CERTAIN HIGHWAY PROJECTS
RESOLUTION AMENDING THE 2020 ADOPTED BUDGET TO REFLECT ACTUAL CHIPS AND PAVE NY REVENUE
RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING RECIPROCAL AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE DEPARTMENT OF HIGHWAYS AND FACILITIES AND THE CITY OF JOHNSTOWN FOR SNOW AND ICE CONTROL ON COUNTY ROAD 148 AND MAPLE AVENUE
RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING CONTRACT WITH THE TOWN OF BLEECKER FOR 2020-2021 WINTER MAINTENANCE OF THE COMMUNICATIONS TOWER ROAD
RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING 2020-2021 AGREEMENTS FOR SNOW AND ICE CONTROL ON CERTAIN DESIGNATED ROADS
RESOLUTION DESIGNATING COUNTY ROADS FOR SNOW AND ICE CONTROL DURING WINTER OF 2020-2021
RESOLUTION RECLASSIFYING A SENIOR MAINTENANCE MECHANIC/WATER SYSTEM OPERATOR TO SENIOR MAINTANENCE MECHANIC (HIGHWAY AND FACILITIES
RESOLUTION ACCEPTING FEDERAL TRANSIT ADMINISTRATION (FTA) 2020 CORONAVIRUS AID, RELIEF AND ECONOMIC SECURITY (CARES) ACT GRANT FUNDS FOR I. PERSCH TRANSIT, INC.
RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING A CONTRACT BETWEEN THE SHERIFF’S OFFICE AND THE U.S. DRUG ENFORCEMENT ADMINISTRATION TO PARTICIPATE IN THE DEA ALBANY TACTICAL DIVERSION SQUAD TASK FORCE
RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING A CONTRACT WITH AUCTIONS INTERNATIONAL CORPORATION FOR SALE OF A SURPLUS VEHICLE (SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT)
RESOLUTION REQUESTING APA TO CHANGE POLICY FOR SITING OF TELECOMMUNICATIONS TOWERS
RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING EXTENSION OF TWO CASEWORKER POSITIONS FOR THE SCHOOL INTERVENTION PARTNERSHIP PROGRAM (GLOVERSVILLE ENLARGED SCHOOL DISTRICT)
RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING ADVERTISEMENT FOR BIDS FOR THE LEASE OF TWO MINIVANS FOR USE IN THE PUBLIC HEALTH DEPARTMENT
RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING PURCHASE OF CERTAIN SUPPLIES AND EQUIPMENT FOR USE IN THE PUBLIC HEALTH DEPARTMENT
RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING ACCEPTANCE OF COVID-19 FUNDING FOR USE IN THE OFFICE FOR THE AGING
RESOLUTION APPROVING VISITOR CENTER USAGE FOR “OUTDOOR-PALOOZA”
RESOLUTION IN MEMORY OF SUPERVISOR RICHARD HANDY