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FIFTH REGULAR SESSION
Johnstown, NY
May 11, 2020

CONDUCTED VIA TELECONFERENCE

 

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 1:05 p.m. and asked everyone to stand for the
Pledge of Allegiance. 

SCHEDULED SPEAKER

Chairmen Greene introduced Congresswoman Elise Stefanik who joined the teleconference.

Congresswoman Stefanik thanked Chairman of the Board Greene, Administrative Officer Jon Stead, members of the COVID-19 Task Force, all Supervisors, and the Public Health Department. She explained that she was instrumental in the passage of the third bi-partisan CARES Act. The Paycheck Protection Program was passed giving more funding to rural hospitals with direct federal relief going to Nathan Littauer Hospital. She worked with the Department of Health and Human Services also to help rural hospitals. Testing capability is number one priority with regards to gradual re-opening of our state. New York state has received more test kits than any other state. She explained that she was on a call last week with the COVID-19 Task Force regarding concerns at the Fulton Center for Rehabilitation and Health Care. This week the State has changed its policy on Nursing Home admissions. Moving forward, she is advocating for direct relief to state and local governments and to counties because they have borne the brunt of this public health and economic crisis. She does not support a population cutoff. She wants to make sure if rural, that they get access to federal support and does not want the state to cut in and take the funding back to the state level. Additionally, she is on the President’s Task Force to re-open the economy and also on the Northeast Regional Congressional Task Force. Her staff will answer any questions that comes to her office and will continue to provide important information to constituents. She thanked Fulton County officials for giving her this opportunity to address the Board. She then asked if anyone had questions.

Supervisor Fagan asked Ms. Stefanik about older people who do not file income taxes – will they
get a stimulus check? Congresswoman Stefanik said yes, in such a case, the information comes
from the Social Security Administration, not the IRS. If Supervisor Fagan provides her office with
the peoples’ information, her staff will respond with information. 

Supervisor Handy commented that he has called her office several times and has never received a call back. The Congresswoman promised to follow-up.  Supervisor Horton thanked Ms. Stefanik for joining the meeting. He advised that he has heard from several small businesses that were successful in receiving the second round of PPP stimulus money and thanked her for her efforts.

Supervisor Young thanked Ms. Stefanik for being on the forefront and fighting for aid for local
governments. 

Supervisor Fagan asked if there was any working capital included in the last package for businesses effected by the pandemic. Ms. Stefanik answered that the PPP guidance from the FDA and the U.S. Department of Treasury is that in order for a loan to be forgiven, 75 percent of the loan must be used for payroll and 25 percent used for mortgage, rent or other operational costs. In terms of advanced capital, that would be a traditional FDA loan at a low interest, but it would not be forgiven.
 

 

COMMUNICATIONS

  1.  Communication to Jon R. Stead, Administrative Officer from New York State Local    Retirement System, dated 4 March 2020
        Subj: Acknowledgement of Dissolution of Northampton-Northville Consolidated          Health District

     2. Communication to Chairman of the Board from Federal Energy Regulatory Commission,
         dated 5 February 2020
              Subj: Receipt of Revised Public Safety Plans for certain Renewable Energy Projects

 

REPORTS

A. 2019 Annual Report – Fulton County Planning Board

UPDATES FROM STANDING COMMITTEES

Human Services Committee: Supervisor Born commented by stating what a good job the department heads are doing reporting to Human Services Committee. She reported that, to date, our County has seen no cases of the “pediatric inflammation syndrome”. She has spoken with the Public Health Department, Office for Aging, Veterans and Community Services Departments and all are doing a super job.

Personnel Committee: Supervisor Callery advised that the retroactive checks are being printed for the Sheriff’s PBA employees at a cost of approximately $220,000.00.

Public Works Committee: Supervisor Fagan announced that Public Works Committee would have to pick a new date to have its May Committee Meeting because it falls on Memorial Day.

 

REPORTS OF SPECIAL COMMITTEES

Soil and Water Conservation District: Supervisor Horton advised that the District recently had a meeting with three (3) voting members. He reported that the sales of tile are doing well and not quite up to last years level and that staff at Soil and Water are working apart from each other as much as possible. He also reported that District Field Manager John Persch is recovering from an illness and expects to be back in the office soon. Chairman of the Soil and Water Conservation District Board Richard Hart recently lost his home to a fire. Mr. Horton asked that prayers be sent his way. Soil and Water is also letting the Highway Department use some of its equipment.

CHAIRMAN’S REPORT

Chairman Greene reported that during his update last month, the County appeared to be stable
regarding its COVID-19 positive test count. Due to Fulton Center Nursing Home suffering a “flare up” of COVID-19, our numbers have been skewed upwards. If not for that, the COVID-19
numbers would be well under control and in line with surrounding counties. He further reported
that Governor Cuomo has stated that upstate New York needs to be treated differently than
downstate in regard to opening the economy back up. Chairman Greene then read a Press Release to the Board that was released at noon time today:

FULTON COUNTY ADVANCING RE-OPENING PLAN
 

Fulton County government is in the midst of developing a county-level re-opening plan to transition itself back to full operations over the next several weeks, following implementation of limited operations due to the COVID-19 virus pandemic. The plan will be tailored to County departments in accordance with guidelines in New York State’s UnPause re-opening plan recently announced by Governor Andrew Cuomo, which is based upon a regional approach.
 

The New York State plan focuses on a geographic approach utilizing the state’s Economic Development Regions. On Saturday, 9 May, Chairman of the Board Warren Greene and Administrative Officer Jon Stead joined top leaders from the counties of Montgomery, Herkimer,

Schoharie, Otsego and Oneida for the first meeting of the Mohawk Valley Region “Control Room”. The teleconference was an introduction to the State’s formal re-opening plan and established the format for regional coordination going forward. The State plan lays out specific COVID-19 mitigation criteria that each region must achieve before its counties can move through a four-step staged reopening of government and businesses. Based upon current analysis, the Mohawk Valley Region has met five (5) of the seven (7) mitigation criteria and is expected to enter “phase 1” on 16 May, when construction businesses and curbside retail businesses can re-open. Prior to opening, businesses are expected to develop their own locationspecific plans to fit State social-distancing guidelines and other measures that will be prescribed through State online website portals. Additional business sectors may be allowed to re-open at two-week

interval periods, if the Region continues to meet safe re-opening criteria.

Fulton County government has been operating at a 50 percent workforce level since that reduction was mandated by Governor Cuomo in mid-March. In anticipation of re-opening, the Fulton County COVID-19 Task Force and County Department Heads have been
working on logistical changes to County government workspaces that will ensure safety for the public and employees. Physical renovations within customer service areas and altered work-flow will be core elements of new procedures in place to promote social-distancing and prevent spread of the virus. Mail, email and drop-box options for customers will also be encouraged.

 

A projected timeline for re-opening Fulton County government looks
like this:

 

30 April: Depts. of Highways & Facilities, Solid Waste, Wts &

Measures return to full staffing.

11 May: Workforce Reduction Plan: Phase implemented with 50 to 60
layoffs.

16 May: Paid furloughs of County employees end. Those employees
transition back to work.
1 June: County departments re-open for walk-in service to the public.

 

The worldwide Novel Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic has profoundly altered government, the business economy and life in general in our nation. Chairman of the Board Greene commented on  where the local community stands today, “The Governor has laid out a very gradual re-opening plan based upon health metrics and each region’s experience with the virus’s impacts. This seems logical, given how badly New York was hit. I think our county has prepared itself

and is on track to work within the regional structure and re-open.” Stead noted the after-affects to be dealt with, “Over the next couple months, the Board of Supervisors will work on a parallel path to assess financial impacts and prepare a 2021 Budget. Figuring out how to balance re-opening tasks with the need to conserve financial resources will be a challenge.”
 

In addition, Chairman Greene advised that Fulton County residents cannot let down their guard
and that a good job, with a few exceptions, has been going on. He did not want to take a step back and have to start all over again. He continued that social distancing and good hygiene are needed to prevent the spread. He finished that on a personal note, he hopes every day that there will be a breakthrough on therapy and a vaccine developed, so we all can get back to true normalcy.

 

Other Business

Mr. Stead advised that the Chairman of both Public Safety and Public Works Committee would
have to choose another date for their respective committee meetings due to the fact that Memorial Day falls on the same day as the committee meetings.

After some discussion, it was decided that the Public Works Committee meeting will be held on
Tuesday, May 26 at 1:00 p.m. and the Public Safety Committee meeting will be held at 3:00 p.m.
that same day. Meeting notices would be going out soon.

 

RESOLUTIONS

Resolutions were then deliberated upon.

No. 138 (Resolution Requiring a PILOT Agreement for TK NYS Solar Holdco, LLC, Located
on Parcels 135.-1-65.1/999 and 135.-1-65.1/9999 (Town of Johnstown) and Parcel 125.-1-
19.1/9999 (Town of Oppenheim):
Supervisor Born asked if above solar projects were already
constructed.

Mr. Brott answered that all of the above solar projects were originally owned by Borrego and that
they were all sold to TK NYS Solar Holdco, LLC. He further explained that all three (3) projects
were up and operating at this point in time. Mrs. Born advised that she will support this Resolution because they were already constructed, but she does not want anymore solar projects in the future.

Supervisor Young asked Mr. Brott if the new company TK NYS Solar Holdco, LLC sells the solar
farms, would the new company have to abide by the same terms. Mr. Brott said, “yes”, the same
terms would apply.

PROCLAMATION

RECOGNIZING THE EFFORTS OF FULTON COUNTY CORRECTIONAL
OFFICERS DURING “NATIONAL CORRECTIONAL OFFICERS WEEK 2020”

WHEREAS, in 1984, President Ronald Regan proclaimed the first full week of May as “National
Correctional Officers Week”; and

WHEREAS, Correctional Officers have the difficult and often dangerous assignment of ensuring
the custody, safety and well-being of the numerous inmates in our Nation’s prisons and jails; and

WHEREAS, the Fulton County Sheriff’s Department Corrections Officers have displayed
professionalism, dedication and courage in the performance of their demanding roles; and

WHEREAS, in 2020 our Corrections Officers continue to play a vital role during the stressful
environment of the COVID-19 pandemic; now, therefore be it

RESOLVED, That the Board of Supervisors hereby acknowledges the difficult job Corrections
Officers perform in their daily interaction with inmates at the Fulton County Correctional Facility;
and, be it further

RESOLVED, That the Board of Supervisors hereby expresses its appreciation to Fulton County
Corrections Officers during “National Correctional Officers Week”.

NEW BUSINESS

Supervisor Argotsinger asked other Town Supervisors if they had received a commitment letter
from the State regarding CHIPS funding. No other Town Supervisor commented that they had
received any letters. Supervisor Horton advised that he attended an Association of Towns meeting for highways a few weeks ago and the talk there was that they were confident that CHIPS would be funded.

Mr. Stead advised that Fulton County has not received anything official about CHIPS funding and
keeps updated on the notices that Governor Cuomo has been sending. Mr. Stead further advised
that he sends these updates to all Supervisors. He believed that the Governor has directed the State Budget Office to put everything in a “freeze” situation and that the state is looking at grants that may be “clawed back”. He also explained that FMCC monies are in a holding pattern and that SUNY will likely commit money for existing project’s already approved, but may not fund any
new projects.

Mr. Stead advised that he sent several emails to Supervisors just prior to today’s meeting, and he hoped they were receiving them because there is important information contained in them. He
also advised that he sent an email that had an updated NYSAC financial impact analysis report
projecting potential sales tax revenue and other impacts.

Mr. Stead informed the Board that just today, a Press Release was emailed to Supervisors, the
media as well as Department Heads and to the Fulton County IDA, Fulton County Center for
Regional Growth and the Fulton Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce. The County will
continue to work with them to make sure that businesses in our area have a basic understanding of the process of re-opening and state guidelines.

Supervisor Lauria expressed concern with citizens as well as retail workers not wearing face masks while dealing with the public. He said, “We all need to act together and work together. We are all in this together”.

Mr. Stead reminded Board members that they can call the office with any questions regarding any topics, including the emails he has been sending relating to the COVID-19 pandemic and the “restart” of our County. 

 

 

Upon a motion by Supervisor Handy, seconded by Supervisor Breh and unanimously carried, the
Board adjourned at 2:30 p.m.

 

 

 

 

Certified by:

 

 

 

                                                                        _________________________________________

                                                                        Jon R. Stead, Administrative Officer/         DATE

                                                                        Clerk of the Board

 

 

RESOLUTIONS

RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING CERTAIN TRANSFERS AND BUDGET AMENDMENTS
RESOLUTION REQUIRING A PILOT AGREEMENT FOR TK NYS SOLAR HOLDCO, LLC LOCATED ON PARCELS 135.-1-65.1/999 AND 135.-1-65.1/9999 (TOWN OF JOHNSTOWN) AND PARCEL 125.-1-19.1/9999 (TOWN OF OPPENHEIM)
RESOLUTION ADOPTING LOCAL LAW 1 OF 2020 “A LOCAL LAW 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 THE COUNTY DEMOLITION TEAM TO ASSIST THE CITY OF GLOVERSVILLE IN CLEAN-UP OF 70 DIVISION STREET AND REDUCING THE TIP FEE RATE
RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING EXTENSION OF GAS ASSIGNMENT CONTRACT AND PROPERTY LEASE BETWEEN THE SOLID WASTE DEPARTMENT AND ARIA ENERGY TO OPERATE A LANDFILL GAS UTILIZATION PLANT AT THE FULTON COUNTY LANDFILL
RESOLUTION CONFIRMING WORKFORCE REDUCTION-PHASE 4 THROUGH TEMPORARY LAYOFFS
RESOLUTION ACCEPTING THE REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON MORTGAGE TAX DISTRIBUTION
RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING DISTRIBUTION OF A REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS FOR CERTAIN TITLE SEARCH SERVICES (COUNTY TREASURER)
RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING CONTRACT BETWEEN THE COUNTY TREASURER AND CHAIN OF DEEDS ABSTRACTS, LLC FOR TITLE SEARCH SERVICES
RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING A CONTRACT WITH AUCTIONS INTERNATIONAL CORPORATION FOR SALE OF A SURPLUS VEHICLE (SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT)
RESOLUTION ABOLISHING A PART-TIME TRANSFER STATION ATTENDANT AND CREATING TWO ALTERNATING TRANSFER STATION ATTENDANTS (NORTHAMPTON TRANSFER STATION)
RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING AMENDMENT TO THE LEASE AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE FULTON COUNTY EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT OFFICE AND BROADALBINPERTH CENTRAL SCHOOL DISTRICT FOR RADIO TOWER SPACE TO INCLUDE ALL ELECTRICAL COSTS (2020-2025)
RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING APPLICATION AND ACCEPTANCE OF 2019 NYS OHSES EMERGENCY PERFORMANCE GRANT FUNDS FOR PURCHASE OF CERTAIN EQUIPMENT FOR USE IN THE EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT OFFICE
RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING PURCHASE OF LAPTOPS AND HEADSETS USING SUPPLEMENTAL NUTRITION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (SNAP) AWARD FUNDS FOR USE IN THE SOCIAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT
RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING ACCEPTANCE OF COVID-19 FUNDING FOR PURCHASE OF CERTAIN SUPPLIES AND EQUIPMENT FOR USE IN THE PUBLIC HEALTH DEPARTMENT
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