SEVENTH REGULAR SESSION
Johnstown, NY July 9th, 2018
Roll Call – Quorum Present
Supervisors: Argotsinger, Blackmon, Born, Bradt, Breh, Fagan, Greene, Groff, Handy, Howard, Kinowski, Lauria, Perry, Potter, Rice, Selmser, Waldron, Wilson, Young TOTAL: Present: 19 Absent: 1 (Supervisor Callery)
Chairman Groff called the meeting to order at 1:00 p.m. Following the Pledge of Allegiance, Chairman Groff asked if there was anyone from the public who wished to address the Board.
Stephen Smith, Executive Director of Mohawk Valley Economic Development District – Mr. Smith explained that he was present to provide an update on activities that MVEDD does to support Mohawk Valley counties. Mr. Smith provided an overall background of MVEDD services, including infrastructure planning and development, business loans and assistance to local governments. There are 50 Board of Directors at MVEDD, four (4) are from Fulton County (Supervisors Waldron, Born, Potter and Wilson). Mr. Smith continued that his agency works very closely with Fulton County Center for Regional Growth and its President, Ron Peters. He also stated that MVEDD can provide funding for job development for any type of agriculture related business and can lend funds. He further explained that approximately six (6) or seven (7) years ago, Fulton County stopped providing funds to support MVEDD, but that MVEDD still provides services to the region. MVEDD is also involved in the Clean Energy Program, which provided grants to local municipalities thorough NYSERDA. MVEDD worked with Fulton County to help it get a grant in the amount of $150,000.00.
Chairman Groff next asked Joseph DeCristofaro, Capital District OTB Representative to join him for presentation of the 2018 OTB Student Scholarship awards.
Jon Stead, Administrative Officer/Clerk of the Board, advised that this is the time of year when the County Board of Supervisors and the Capital District OTB jointly sponsor a scholarship essay competition for high school seniors in Fulton County on the topic of County government. First place winner receives $500.00, second place winner receives $300.00 and the third place winner receives $200.00 toward first year college expenses.
Mr. DeCristofaro and Chairman Groff then presented certificate of awards to the following students:
1st place Winner – Maria Danise – Gloversville High School
2nd place Winner - Olivia Cromer - Broadalbin-Perth High School
3rd place Winner - Abigail Levin - Johnstown High School
All award winners also received a Fulton County “Posi+ive” water bottle, key chain and pen.
Chairman Groff then asked Mr. Stead for the reading of the Communications on the Late Agenda.
- Letter from NYS Division of Criminal Justice Services, dated 4 June 2018, to Jon R. Stead Subj: Approval of 2018 Alternative to Incarceration Service Plan (Supervisor Lauria requested a copy)
- Communication from Tioga County Legislature Subj: Resolution No. 135-18 Requesting New York State Legislature to Support Acts to Amend the Executive Law in Relation to the Cost of Maintenance and Operation of Veterans’ Service Agencies (Supervisor Born requested a copy)
UPDATES FROM STANDING COMMITTEES
Personnel Committee: Supervisor Lauria advised that on the Agenda today are two (2) Collective Bargaining Agreements slated for approval
REPORTS OF SPECIAL COMMITTEES
Inter-County Legislative Committee of the Adirondacks: Supervisor Potter stated that Fulton County was the host for Inter-County meeting on June 21 and the meeting was very wellattended. Chairman Groff gave the opening remarks and David Karpinski, Executive Director of the Parkhurst Field Foundation, gave a presentation on “Field of Dreams”. He continued that the group went to Partners Pub for lunch. He also thanked the Chairman of the Board, Jon R. Stead and the Board staff for hosting the event.
Soil and Water Conservation District: Supervisor Greene advised that the District Board met on June 19. He further advised that fish sales went well. Some field work is being done as well as culvert work in Northville and a sewer line in Johnstown. There was work done at the airport. Mr. Greene said that the Soil and Water District is looking into selling the boat washing system that they have on advice from District Field Manager John Persch. The next meeting will be held on July 24
Chairman Groff advised that the presentation that was done at the Inter-County Meeting on the “Field of Dreams” was very interesting and informative.
PUBLIC HEARING: PROPOSED 2018-2019 FMCC BUDGET
Chairman Groff opened the Public Hearing at 1:26 p.m. to receive comments on the Tentative Budget for Fulton-Montgomery Community College as related to the financial share and obligation of Fulton County for the fiscal year beginning September 1, 2018, pursuant to Chapter 631 of the Laws of 1965.
Chairman Groff recognized Dr. Dustin Swanger, President, FMCC, and invited him to provide a brief overview of the proposed 2018-2019 FMCC Operating Budget.
Dr. Swanger advised that the FMCC Budget for 2018-2019 totals $18,132,437.00, which is a 1.9 percent decrease from the current year's Budget. He further advised that enrollment has been going down at the College as well as all around the country. The College is asking for a $50,000.00 increase from each county sponsor. Dr. Swanger stated that the full-time equivalent (FTE) reimbursement rate is $2,847.00. He further stated that with fewer state dollars, FMCC will use approximately $250,000.00 in Fund Balance to balance the Budget. Tuition will be increasing by $150.00 per student. The 2018-2019 cost per year for a student to attend FMCC is $4,600.00. Dr. Swanger provided a chart of annual tuition rates in New York State to compare FMCC’s rate to other SUNY Community Colleges.
Dr. Swanger thanked Chairman Groff for attending the graduation ceremony that was held in Schenectady due to the gym at FMCC being renovated.
Supervisor Greene asked why the enrollment is going down at FMCC. Dr. Swanger responded that when the economy is up, fewer people go to college, and this was true throughout the country.
Chairman Groff asked if there was anyone present who wished to make comments regarding the 2018-2019 FMCC Budget. There being no one, Chairman Groff advised that he would keep the public hearing open.
RESOLUTIONS (TITLES ATTACHED)
No. 265 (Resolution Authorizing an Intermunicipal Agreement Between Fulton County and Village of Broadalbin for Use of its Wastewater Treatment Plant (SMART Waters Initiative): Mr. Stead advised that this initiative was launched more than three (3) years and it was a “historic event” for Fulton County and was quite an accomplishment.
Supervisor Young said it was great for BOCES and FMCC to lower the water costs.
No. 268 (Resolution Amending the Rules of Order to Realign Committee Oversight for the Department of Solid Waste and Rename the Standing Committee on Building and Grounds/Highway to Standing Committee on Public Works): Mr. Stead explained that due the change in the Standing Committee Structure, Ms. Kuntzsch, Budget Director, would be sending out a new Budget Schedule.
Chairman Groff asked again if there were any members of the public who wished to make comments regarding the Tentative Budget for Fulton-Montgomery Community College as related to the financial share and obligation of Fulton County for the fiscal year beginning September 1, 2018, pursuant to Chapter 631 of the Laws of 1965. There being no interested speakers, Chairman Groff closed the Public Hearing at 1:43 p.m.
No. 227 (Resolution Appointing David C. Rackmyre, Jr. to the Fulton County Planning
Board): Supervisor Lauria advised that the Fulton County Planning Board is in need of another member and would like to see the vacancy filled.
No. 231 (Resolution Accepting Empire State Development Grant to Assist in funding the
Hales Mills Wastewater Treatment System Project (SMART Waters – 2018 Capital Plan): Mr.
Stead advised that the Inter-Municipal Agreement with the Village of Broadalbin has been
signed and approved by the Village. He stated that this agreement is an instrumental piece in the SMART Waters project.
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 254 through 256.
No. 255 (Resolution Authorizing 2018 Community Development Block Grant Application to the NYS Office of Community Renewal to Operate a Fulton County Micro-Enterprise Grant Program and Setting Date of a Public Hearing regarding said Application): Mr. Stead stated that HUD Applications are due in late July and public hearings are required for all applications. Therefore, this Resolution had to be added to the Late Agenda for this month’s meeting in order to meet the necessary requirements. Supervisor Fagan stated that this is a very successful program; however, it is unfortunate that no residents in Fulton County received any funding last year.
Mr. Stead advised that there is a meeting for the Johnson Hall State Historic Site Master Plan this evening and he plans on speaking at the public hearing that is being held at Johnstown High School to encourage New York State Parks Recreation and Historic Preservation to add replicas of historic buildings that were used during the mid to late 1700’s to the site.
Chairman Groff opened the Public Hearing to receive comments regarding the request to Include Additional Property Within the Town of Johnstown in Agricultural District No. 1 in Fulton County at 1:30 p.m.
Dean MacVean, Norboro Road, Johnstown: Mr. MacVean asked the Board if the Zoning Board is planning to make said property on Norboro Road in the Town of Johnstown “non-residential”.
Mr. Stead stated that this process has nothing to do with zoning. Supervisor Fagan stated this
process is beneficial for farmers because they can get help from the State if their property is
added to Fulton County Agricultural District No. 1. Supervisor Fagan advised that said property owner would gain protection from the State by being added to Agricultural District No. 1. Mr. MacVean asked if it said property was developed into residential property, would that require zoning changes. Supervisor Fagan stated that any changes regarding zoning laws would have to go through the Town of Johnstown, not through the County. Mr. MacVean thanked the Board for its time.
Chairman Groff called for a Recess at 1:37 p.m.
Chairman Groff asked if there were any other members of the public who wished to make
comments regarding the requests to include additional property within the Town of Johnstown in Agricultural District No. 1 in Fulton County. There being no other interested speakers,
Chairman Groff closed the Public Hearing at 1:49 p.m. and moved forward with consideration of Resolutions.
Upon a motion by Supervisor Fagan, seconded by Supervisor Callery and unanimously carried, the Board entered into Executive Session at 1:50 p.m. to discuss collective bargaining and pending litigation.
Upon a motion by Supervisor Callery, seconded by Su
Upon a motion by Supervisor Callery, seconded by Supervisor Handy and unanimously carried,
the Board adjourned at 3:21 p.m.