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THIRD REGULAR SESSION
Johnstown, NY
March 9, 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.

Don Wicksell and Ashley Delaney-Olsen, Mayfield, NY:  Mr. Wicksell and Ms. Delaney-Olsen were present to inform the Board that there was going to be a “Veterans Salute to Service Dinner” on May 14 at the Paul Nigra Center in Mayfield.  The dinner is being served picnic style and will run from 4:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.  They would like to serve 500 veterans at this dinner.  Mr. Stead, Administrative Officer, advised that he will have the information placed on the County’s Facebook page.

SCHEDULED SPEAKER

Assemblyman Robert Smullen was present to address the Board regarding the significance of the Purple Heart.   Assemblyman Smullen advised that he was very grateful that the Board will be taking action today to Proclaim Fulton County a “Purple Heart County”.    He explained that the Purple Heart was the most respected military service medal to be handed out.  He further noted that it was first introduced in 1782 by President George Washington and provided some background on the Purple Heart evolution since that time.  Mr. Smullen explained that the Purple Heart designation fell out of favor until it was brought back in favor by General Douglas McArthur in 1932. 

Assemblyman Smullen introduced Gary Stoller from Meco, a Purple Heart recipient who was wounded twice in Vietnam.  He said that Mr. Stoller was very involved with his community and is in the Meco Fire Department. 

Mr. Smullen thanked the Board for having him here today.

Chairman Greene then asked for the reading of the Communication and Report on the Agenda.   

COMMUNICATIONS

  1. Communication from Montgomery County Capital Resource Corporation

            Subj:  Notice of Public Hearing on Proposed Family Counseling Center of Fulton County, Inc. Project, dated 31 January 2020.

REPORTS

a. 2019 Annual Report, Fulton County Soil and Water Conservation District

 

 

UPDATES FROM STANDING COMMITTEES

Personnel: Supervisor Callery advised that there would be an executive session later in the meeting to discuss a Resolution approving a Collective Bargaining Agreement with the with the Deputy Sheriffs’ Police Benevolent Association.

REPORTS OF SPECIAL COMMITTEES

Soil and Water Conservation District: Supervisor Horton explained that he and Supervisor Lauria attended a meeting last month. He further explained that Soil and Water Conservation District finances were in “excellent shape”. The district is continuing a climate resilient farming program. They are also working on physical endeavors to stop erosion and find sources to end drought.

CHAIRMAN’S REPORT

Chairman Greene advised that he had three (3) topics to discuss with the Board today.  He was in Albany a few weeks ago for a NYSAC-sponsored lobby day regarding Governor Cuomo’s budget proposals. He further advised that while in Albany for the lobby day, he and Supervisor Wilson met with Assemblyman Smullen and Senator Tedisco.  Topics discussed were Bail Reform, Medicaid and EMS issues.  Both legislators were very gracious with the discussions.

Secondly, Chairman Greene informed the Board that on February 25, he, Ronald Peters, President of the Fulton County Center for Regional Growth and other CRG Board members toured the SUNY Poly Technical Institute of Nano Science in Albany.  He said that he got a “real education” to see advancements in Nano Science so close to home.  It was an unbelievable tour and may lead to spin-off companies in years to come and CRG will be helping with future developments in that area. 

Third, Chairman Greene advised that he has been in on conference calls regarding COVID-19 (Coronavirus).  He explained that later in the meeting, Public Health Director Laurel Headwell will be present to update the Board on COVID-19. 

RESOLUTIONS

No. 84 (Resolution Calling on Governor Cuomo and the New York State Legislature to Preserve the Zero Percent Medicaid Growth Cap for All Counties and New York City):  Mr. Stead explained that he was asked by NYSAC to include a sentence in the above Resolution to add:  by rejecting Part R of the Health and Mental Hygiene Article VII.  It will be added to the first Resolved in the Resolution.  The Board unanimously agreed to this addition. 

No. 88 (Resolution Proclaiming Fulton County a Purple Heart County):  Supervisor Callery advised that in addition to Mr. Stoller in the audience today was former Supervisor and veteran Pasquale O’Lucci.  Supervisor Lauria recognized Mr. Krasko as a veteran.  All Veterans in the audience were then asked to stand and were recognized by the Board with a standing ovation.

No. 89 (Resolution Recognizing the Contributions of U.S. Armed Forces Members and Police Officers with a Special Lighted Façade):  Mr. Stead explained that there would be a green lighted sconce to honor the Military Armed Services members and a blue lighted sconce to honor Police Officers.  They will be located on the Annex building façade on the Main Street side.

No. 90 (Resolution Requesting that the New York State Legislature Repeal Certain Criminal Justice Reforms Implemented in the Fiscal Year 2019-2020 New York State Budget Related to Cash Bail and Discovery):  Supervisor Young advised that this law needs “tweaking”, but was necessary to cut our inmate population for people convicted of lesser crimes.  He stated that he will not support a full rescinding of the Cash Bail and Discovery Laws.  He said it was like “throwing out the baby with the bathwater”. 

Chairman Greene then called for a ten minute recess at 1:30 p.m. 

Chairman Greene called the meeting back to order at 1:40 p.m.

Upon a motion by Supervisor Callery, seconded by Supervisor Fagan and unanimously carried, the Committee entered into Executive Session at 1:41 p.m. to discuss collective bargaining negotiations. 

Upon a motion by Supervisor Callery, seconded by Supervisor Fagan and unanimously carried, the Committee re-entered Regular Session at 2:06 p.m.

The Board then took action on Resolution 100 of 2020 (Resolution Approving Collective Bargaining Agreement Between the County of Fulton, Fulton County Sheriff and the Fulton County Deputy Sheriffs’ Police Benevolent Association 2017-2020). 

Chairman Greene then asked Ms. Headwell, Public Health Director, to update the Board on COVID-19 (Corona Virus). 

Ms. Headwell had a handout that she provided regarding COVID-19 and “What you need to know about coronavirus disease” and “What to do if you are sick with coronavirus disease”.  Ms. Headwell explained that her office has been working with community agencies to provide education on COVID-19.  She has been working with and in constant communication with the Fulton County Emergency Management Office.  She continued that her office has also been working with schools and local businesses also.  She informed the Board that there are no known COVID-19 cases in Fulton County as of this time.   She did stress to the Board that things change daily with the virus and to keep yourself informed by going on the U.S. CDC website or the New York State Department of Health website for the most up-to-date information on COVID-19.

No. 102 (Resolution Authorizing Two-Year Agreements with Certain Snowmobile Clubs for Maintenance of County Operated State Snowmobile Trails (2020-2022):  Supervisor Horton advised that he would like to change the total miles approved for the Nick Stoner Trailers Snowmobile Club.  The Club is working on getting two (2) more miles added, but cannot get access to that portion yet.  Mr. Stead explained that the mileage could not be changed until the State certifies final routes and mileage.  When that occurs, the Resolution could be amended to change the total miles.

No. 103 (Resolution Awarding Bid for Sale of Office Building at 62-64 East Fulton Street):  Supervisor Callery advised that he had a discussion with County Attorney Brott about coming up with a contract for the sale of the office building.  County Attorney Brott said that he was waiting for the Resolution to be passed by the Board before taking action on developing a contract. 

Supervisor Groff advised that he was opposed because he thinks at some point in time, the County will wish it had kept ownership of the building.

No. 105 (Resolution Requiring a PILOT Agreement for Gloversville Community Solar, LLC (Parcels 135.-1-52.1 & 150.-1-9.2) in the Town of Johnstown):  Supervisor Young commented that the site of this solar project is on the former Gloversville Landfill and the project would  benefit the City of Gloversville and the Gloversville School District.  The Gloversville taxpayers would have to pay for any added costs.  He said that he will not be supporting this Resolution. 

Supervisor Born said that her constituents have voiced to her that they are not happy with all the solar projects in the area.  She stated that she would be voting “no” for that reason.

No. 117 (Resolution Authorizing a Contract with Absolute Auctions and Realty for 2020 Real Property Auction Services):  Supervisor Young commented that he suggests that the County bid this service.  The County has used this company for years, but should look into “cheaper” options to see what is out there.

PROCLAMATION

 

WHEREAS, Dante Bouchard passed the 2,000 point milestone for his High School basketball career during a Foothills Council basketball game on February 18, 2020; and

WHEREAS, Dante victoriously finished the game with a game-high 29 points pushing his career total to 2,014 at that point; and

WHEREAS, Dante was named to the “News Channel 13 Rensselaer Honda Boys High School Basketball All-star Team”; and

WHEREAS, his accomplishments cap-off a stellar career with Gloversville High School Dragons; now, therefore be it

RESOLVED, That the Board of Supervisors hereby recognizes the accomplishments of Dante as an exceptional basketball player and role model in the school community; and, be it further

RESOLVED, That the Board joins with the citizens of Gloversville, fans and well-wishers to congratulate Mr. Bouchard for a very fine and memorable season.

 

 

Upon a motion by Supervisor Callery, seconded by Supervisor Bowman and unanimously carried, the Board adjourned at 2:49 p.m.

 

 

Certified by:

 

                                                                        _________________________________________

                                                                        Jon R. Stead, Administrative Officer/         DATE

                                                                        Clerk of the Board

RESOLUTIONS

RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING A CONTRACT WITH PINSKY LAW GROUP FOR LEGAL COUNSEL SERVICES RELATED TO EMS PLANNING (EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT OFFICE)
RESOLUTION APPOINTING CORRIE CULVER TO A DEPUTY EMS COORDINATOR POSITION (EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT OFFICE)
RESOLUTION RE-APPROPRIATING CERTAIN 2018 NYS HOMELAND SECURITY PROGRAM GRANT FUNDS FOR THE EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT OFFICE
RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING A CONTRACT WITH AUCTIONS INTERNATIONAL CORPORATION FOR SALE OF CERTAIN SURPLUS EQUIPMENT (SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT)
RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING PURCHASE OF THREE ALCO-SENSORS FOR USE IN THE SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT
RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE SHERIFF TO APPLY FOR A 2020-2021 GOVERNOR’S TRAFFFIC SAFETY COUNCIL POLICE TRAFFIC SERVICES GRANT
RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE SHERIFF TO APPLY FOR A 2020-2021 NYS LEGISLATIVE GRANT THROUGH SENATOR TEDISCO
RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING APPLICATION FOR 2020-2021 PUBLIC SAFETY ANSWERING POINTS (PSAP) OPERATIONS GRANT FROM NYS OHSES
RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING CERTAIN AMENDMENTS TO THE AGREEMENT WITH HFM BOCES FOR PROVISION OF A SPECIAL PATROL OFFICER (SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT)
RESOLUTION REQUESTING THAT THE NEW YORK STATE LEGISLATURE REPEAL CERTAIN CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORMS IMPLEMENTED IN THE FISCAL YEAR 2019-2020 NEW YORK STATE BUDGET RELATED TO CASH BAIL AND DISCOVERY
RESOLUTION RECOGNIZING THE CONTRIBUTIONS OF U.S. ARMED FORCES MEMBERS AND POLICE OFFICERS WITH A SPECIAL LIGHTED FAÇADE
RESOLUTION PROCLAIMING FULTON COUNTY A PURPLE HEART COUNTY
RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING A MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING BETWEEN THE DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL SERVICES AND THE JOHNSTOWN SCHOOL DISTRICT FOR THE “EVERY STUDENT SUCCEEDS ACT” (ESSA)
RESOLUTION EXTENDING CONTRACT WITH LAURIE MUREY FOR SENIOR TYPIST CONSULTING SERVICES IN THE VETERANS AGENCY
RESOLUTION REVISING THE SLIDING FEE SCALE FOR LEAD TESTING CLINICS AND IMMUNIZATION CLINICS IN THE PUBLIC HEALTH DEPARTMENT
RESOLUTION CALLING ON GOVERNOR CUOMO AND THE NEW YORK STATE LEGISLATURE TO PRESERVE THE ZERO PERCENT MEDICAID GROWTH CAP FOR ALL COUNTIES AND NEW YORK CITY
RESOLUTION APPROVING THE ISSUANCE OF CERTAIN OBLIGATIONS BY THE MONTGOMERY COUNTY CAPITAL RESOURCE CORPORATION TO FINANCE A PROJECT FOR FAMILY COUNSELING CENTER OF GLOVERSVILLE, NY
RESOLUTION APPOINTING LANI PERTELL TO THE FULTON MONTGOMERY SCHOHARIE WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT BOARD
RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING CERTAIN TRANSFERS
RESOLUTION RESCINDING RESOLUTION 52 OF 2020 THAT AUTHORIZED A CONTRACT WITH “TIP411 PRO” FOR USE IN THE DISTRICT ATTORNEY’S OFFICE
RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING DISPOSAL OF CERTAIN SURPLUS EQUIPMENT
RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING A CONTRACT WITH PRESTIGE SERVICES, INC. FOR VENDING SERVICES AT CERTAIN COUNTY BUILDINGS (2020-2022)
RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING A CONTRACT WITH ABSOLUTE AUCTIONS AND REALTY FOR 2020 REAL PROPERTY AUCTION SERVICES (TREASURER’S OFFICE)
RESOLUTION REQUESTING SPECIAL HOME RULE LEGISLATION TO EXTEND THE “ADDITIONAL MORTGAGE TAX” IN FULTON COUNTY
RESOLUTION REQUESTING SPECIAL HOME RULE LEGISLATION AUTHORIZING EXTENSION OF ADDITIONAL RATE OF SALES AND COMPENSATING USE TAXES AND AUTHORIZING THE CITIES OF GLOVERSVILLE AND JOHNSTOWN TO PREEMPT SUCH ADDITIONAL RATE
RESOLUTION SETTING DATE OF PUBLIC HEARING REGARDING LOCAL LAW “A” OF 2020 TO EXTEND THE OCCUPANCY TAX IN FULTON COUNTY AS AUTHORIZED BY ACT OF THE NEW YORK STATE LEGISLATURE (CHAPTER 489 OF THE LAWS OF 2016)
RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING AMENDMENT NO. 1 TO THE CONTRACT WITH JMZ ARCHITECTS & PLANNERS, LLC FOR CONSTRUCTION ADMINISTRATION SERVICES FOR THE FMCC CLASSROOM BLDG.-FINANCIAL TECHNOLOGY LAB PROJECT (2020 CAPITAL PLAN)
RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING AMENDMENT NO. 4 TO THE CONTRACT WITH JMZ ARCHITECTS & PLANNERS, LLC FOR CONSTRUCTION ADMINISTRATION SERVICES FOR THE FMCC CAMPUS LABS AND CLASSROOMS PROJECT (2020 CAPITAL PLAN)
RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING CONTRACTS FOR VARIOUS SUPPORTING SERVICES RELATED TO THE FMCC CAMPUS LABS & CLASSROOM RENOVATIONS PROJECT AND FMCC CLASSROOM BLDG.-FINANCIAL TECHNOLOGY LAB PROJECT (2020 CAPITAL PLAN)
RESOLUTION AWARDING BIDS FOR PRIME CONTRACTS FOR THE FMCC CLASSROOM BLDG.-FINANCIAL TECHNOLOGY LAB PROJECT (2020 CAPITAL PLAN)
RESOLUTION AWARDING BIDS FOR PRIME CONTRACTS FOR THE FMCC CAMPUS LABS & CLASSROOM RENOVATIONS PROJECT (2020 CAPITAL PLAN)
RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE PURCHASE OF CERTAIN SOFTWARE AND EQUIPMENT FROM TENEX SOFTWARE SOLUTIONS FOR THE BOARD OF ELECTIONS (2020 CAPITAL PLAN)
RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING A CONTRACT BETWEEN BOARD OF ELECTIONS AND VERIZON WIRELESS FOR CELLULAR SERVICE FOR E-POLL BOOKS (2020 CAPITAL PLAN)
RESOLUTION AWARDING BID TO PHOENIX GRAPHICS FOR ELECTION SUPPLIES AND PRINTED MATERIALS FOR USE IN THE BOARD OF ELECTIONS (2020-2021)
RESOLUTION REQUIRING A PILOT AGREEMENT FOR GLOVERSVILLE COMMUNITY SOLAR, LLC (PARCELS 135.-1-52.1 & 150.-1-9.2) IN THE TOWN OF JOHNSTOWN
RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING ADVERTISEMENT FOR BIDS FOR HISTORIC COURT HOUSE RENOVATION PROJECT (2020 CAPITAL PLAN)
RESOLUTION AWARDING BID FOR SALE OF OFFICE BUILDING AT 62-64 EAST FULTON STREET
RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING TWO-YEAR AGREEMENTS WITH CERTAIN SNOWMOBILE CLUBS FOR MAINTENANCE OF COUNTY OPERATED STATE SNOWMOBILE TRAILS (2020-2022) WHEREAS, Resolution 31 of 2018 authorized agreements with eigh
RESOLUTION AMENDING THE 2020 CAPITAL PLAN TO SUBSTITUTE A 20-FOOT CARGO TRAILER AND CERTAIN SUPPLIES AND EQUIPMENT IN PLACE OF A DECONTAMINATION TRAILER FOR USE IN THE SOLID WASTE DEPARTMENT (2020 CAPITAL PLAN)
RESOLUTION APPROVING COLLECTIVE BARGAINING AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE COUNTY OF FULTON, FULTON COUNTY SHERIFF AND THE FULTON COUNTY DEPUTY SHERIFFS’ POLICE BENEVOLENT ASSOCIATION (2017-2020)
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