FIRST DAY OF ANNUAL SESSION
Johnstown, NY November 12, 2019
Roll Call – Quorum Present
Supervisors: Argotsinger, Blackmon, Born, Bradt, Breh, Callery, Fagan, Greene, Groff, Handy, Kinowski, Lauria, Perry, Potter, Rice, Selmser, Waldron, Wilson, Young
TOTAL: Present: 19 Absent: 1 (Supervisor Howard)
Chairman Wilson called the meeting to order at 1:00 p.m. and read a statement regarding Veteran's Day as follows:
Yesterday was Veterans Day in the U.S. As we say the Pledge of Allegiance today, I ask that you all think about the service of our military men and women. They are the force that protects our great country, keeps each of us safe, and preserves our freedom. I would like to dedicate today’s Pledge to our military Veterans.
Following the Pledge of Allegiance, Chairman Wilson asked if there was anyone from the public who wished to address the Board.
Barbara Hemstreet, Town of Johnstown resident – Ms. Hemstreet explained that she was a public speaker at the last Town of Johnstown meeting on October 21 and that she was present today because she was asked to speak at the County Board Meeting by a Town of Johnstown Board Member. She was concerned about the eminent domain expenses incurred by Fulton County. The expenses should not be the taxpayers to pay, they should be paid by Board members who voted to go forward with eminent domain. It was a very bad idea. Board members are not voted into office to spend taxpayer’s money or to be land developers.
She further stated that the Hales Mills Road project was ill conceived. She contended that more information should have been put forth on that topic to the citizens in Fulton County, because not every one looks on line. She asked if this was a “payback” to the Town of Johnstown because town land was annexed into the City of Gloversville for Wal-Mart. She commented that Fulton County is constantly being compared to Saratoga as a model. Saratoga has a lot of traffic congestion and people come to this area for the small-town atmosphere and she would hate to see Fulton County become another Saratoga.
Chairman Wilson then asked for the reading of Communications that were on the Agenda.
UPDATES FROM STANDING COMMITTEES
Finance Committee: Supervisor Argotsinger thanked Alice Kuntzsch, Budget Director and Deputy Budget Director Alicia Cowan for their hard work on the 2020 Budget.
REPORTS FROM SPECIAL COMMITTEES
Inter-County Legislative Committee: Supervisor Perry advised that the Inter-County Committee met on October 24 and it was a very successful meeting here in Fulton County. She thanked Alicia Cowan and Beth Lathers for having the breakfast items and coffee ready for the Committee as well as coordination of two (2) buses. The Committee had a tour of the Solid Waste Department. She also thanked Chairman Wilson for his welcome remarks.
Soil and Water Conservation District Board: Supervisor Greene advised Soil and Water has been very busy with fixing washouts and other issues that happened because of the Halloween night storm. At the present time, they are helping in the Town of Wells as well as Bleecker and the Town of Johnstown with storm damage because several projects have had to be completed again. They are still waiting for National Grid at Tryon Technology Park. He further advised that he attended a meeting in Warrensburg to learn about invasive plants and insects. November 19 is the next meeting for the District.
This past month and also being finalized today, we have revised the constitution and bylaws of the Fulton County Emergency Medical Services Advisory Council. This is another step in the methodical process toward planning our future in the emergency medical services.
Our budget process for 2020 has been completed and we will be voting on the new budget today after Ms. Kuntzsch completes her review with us.
I am looking forward to presenting my talk next month with a compilation of my year service as your Chairman. Believe me it has been busy and a whirlwind of activity right from the beginning.
Jack Wilson, Board Chairman
No. 407 (Resolution Authorizing Sale of Certain County Owned Properties on the Demolition List to the City of Gloversville and Waiving of Municipal/County Demolition Tipping Fee): Mr. Stead, Administrative Officer, explained that Supervisor Potter suggested in the Public Works Committee that the County retain property at 68 and 68 ½ East Fulton Street in Gloversville that is near the former County Probation Building.
Supervisor Potter commented that it would be strategic for the County to own those parcels.
Mr. Stead advised that the property is not adjacent to the building the County is interested in selling – it is one small lot over.
Supervisor Born asked if the properties listed are only to be sold to the City of Gloversville, not to the people who previously wanted to purchase them. Mr. Stead explained that the 10 properties are county owned and the City desires to buy them and then re-sell them.
Supervisor Greene asked who owns the lot adjacent to the former Probation building. It was the consensus of the Board that the Gloversville Library owns it.
Supervisor Lauria asked if the City of Gloversville will tear down the buildings at their expense. Mr. Stead said, “yes”. Supervisor Lauria commented if the County does the tearing down, it will be a cost to the County.
Supervisor Blackmon advised that the buildings at 68 and 681/2 East Fulton Street are “eyesores” and if the bid for the City of Gloversville is to demolish all 10 buildings, the bid would have to be adjusted not to demolish 68 and 68 ½ East Fulton Street.
Supervisor Young advised that he agreed with Supervisor Blackmon.
Supervisor Groff stated it is best for the County to sell all 10 parcels to the City of Gloversville.
Supervisor Fagan advised that it is in the County’s best interest to leave all properties in the sale to the City of Gloversville because they will be coming down sooner than if the County has to take them down.
Chairman Wilson opened the Public Hearing to receive comments regarding the proposed 2020-2022 Capital Plan for Fulton County at 1:34 p.m. There being no one present who wished to speak, the Chairman stated that he would keep the public hearing open.
Resolutions continued to be deliberated on.
Chairman Wilson again asked if there were any members of the public who wished to make comments regarding the proposed 2020-2022 Capital Plan for Fulton County. There being no interested speakers, Chairman Wilson closed the Public Hearing at 1:45 p.m.
Alice Kuntzsch, Budget Director, provided a MS PowerPoint presentation regarding the 2020 Tentative Fulton County Budget.
No. 442 (Resolution Accepting 2020 Tentative Budget and Fixing Date of Public Hearing Therefore): Mr. Stead explained that the Finance Committee had suggested that the Board hold a Budget Workshop on Monday, November 18 at 10:00 a.m. It was agreed that members of the Board were available to meet that day.
It was also agreed that there would be a full Board meeting on Monday, November 25 at 1:00 p.m. with a Public Hearing at 1:30 p.m. that day on the 2020 Tentative Budget.
Chairman Wilson called for a five (5) minute recess at 2:18 p.m.
Chairman Wilson called the meeting back to order at 2:27 p.m.
Upon a motion by Supervisor Argotsinger, seconded by Supervisor Groff and unanimously carried, the Committee entered into Executive Session at 2:32 p.m. to discuss employment history.
Upon a motion by Supervisor Waldron, seconded by Supervisor Greene and unanimously carried, the Committee re-entered into Regular Session at 3:52 p.m
Supervisor Greene advised that the Kingsboro Elementary School had a Veterans Day Parade at the school and honored Veterans, parents and grandparents and it was a very nice event.
Mr. Stead advised, after getting approval from Chairman Wilson, that a Chairman’s letter would be sent to the school regarding this event.
Supervisor Lauria advised that there was an article in the paper that Fulton County is debt free, one of the few counties in New York State.
Mr. Stead asked the Board members if they know of sports teams that have won championships, let the Board office know, so Proclamations can be done in the future.
Upon a motion by Supervisor Groff, seconded by Supervisor Breh and unanimously carried, the Board adjourned at 3:57 p.m.
Jon R. Stead, Administrative Officer/DATE
Clerk of the Board