SIXTH REGULAR SESSION
June 8, 2020
CONDUCTED VIA TELECONFERENCE
Roll Call – Quorum Present
Supervisors: Argotsinger, Blackmon, Born, Bowman, Bradt, Breh, Callery, Fagan, Greene, Groff, Horton, Howard, Lauria, Perry, Potter, Vandenburgh, Wilson, Young
TOTAL: Present: 18 Absent: 2 (Supervisors Handy and Kinowski)
Chairman Greene called the meeting to order at 1:06 p.m. and asked everyone to stand for the
Pledge of Allegiance.
Chairman Greene asked for a moment of silence for thoughts and prayers for Supervisor Richard Handy who had taken ill recently.
Chairman Greene introduced Assemblyman Robert Smullen who joined the meeting via Zoom video conferencing. Mr. Smullen advised that he was in Albany for meetings and wanted to address the Board with an update on a couple subjects at the State Legislative level:
Legislation directly related to COVID-19 that may have a future impact for Fulton County.
The following are pending and have not been enacted yet:
- Local Governments can defer deadlines for property tax payments at local option
- State Disaster Emergency Loan Program administered by local IDA’s
- Local governments can extend building permit applications for up to 120 days
- Local governments can extend re-issue of bond notes that were issued from 2015 through 2021
- Adjustments to length of service awards program for fire firefighters and ambulance personnel
The following legislation has been signed by the Governor:
- Permitting electronic applications for ballots through December 31, 2020
- A bill passed to issue a moratorium on terminating utility services during the pandemic.
- Emergency Rent Relief Act 2020
- School Aid 180 day requirement has been waived
Assemblyman Smullen then asked the Board if anyone had questions for him.
Supervisor Horton asked about the status of a Bill in the Senate and Assembly allowing towns to use reserve funds for urgent needs during the COVID-19 pandemic period. The Assemblyman answered that he did not know the current status, but would check into it and get back to Mr. Horton.
Supervisor Horton also asked if there was any consideration regarding suspending the 2 percent tax cap. The Assemblyman stated that there has been no talk about that, however, the Budget was passed on April 2 and reports on sales tax and income tax receipts are not due until July 15. The projection is that the revenues could be down as much as 10 billion dollars. The Governor will decide where the mid-year cuts will be made, and the effects will be far reaching.
Mr. Smullen advised that the release of CHIPS money to localities had not been determined yet and he has sent a letter requesting that the funds be released.
Mr. Stead, Administrative Officer, asked Mr. Smullen to please bring to the Assembly floor today a request that the State release federal FMAP funding that the federal government has provided for county governments. The State is supposed to act as a pass-through and send the funding directly to the counties. The total that Fulton County should be receiving is close to $700,000.00. Mr. Stead explained that many counties have sent Resolutions to the Governor asking that this money be released. Mr. Stead further explained that Fulton County will be sending him a letter this week regarding this subject. Mr. Stead advised that Senator Schumer was the sponsor of this legislation. Assemblyman Smullen advised that he will present this request and will report back to the Board.
UPDATES FROM STANDING COMMITTEES
Human Services Committee: Supervisor Born commented that the Public Health Department is “doing a great job”.
Public Safety Committee: : Supervisor Breh advised that the Committee had a special Zoom Teleconference on June 2 to interview a candidate for Probation Director. The interview lasted 40 minutes with 15 minutes discussion after the interview. She said that during an executive session later in today’s meeting, there will be a Late Resolution presented for hire of a candidate.
REPORTS OF SPECIAL COMMITTEES
Adirondack Government Committee: Supervisor Horton advised that the first meeting of this Committee is at 2:00 p.m. today and he will have a report next month.
Soil and Water Conservation District Board: Supervisor Horton advised that the Board has not been meeting due to the COVID-19 virus. The Board is planning to have an in-person meeting with social-distancing and will have a report next month.
Chairman Greene reported that the COVID-19 virus has dominated this month. He added that Fulton County has now entered Phase II and the County is partially opened under Phase II. He explained that the COVID-19 Task Force is doing a terrific job keeping things moving forward and that precautions have been made in all County Buildings for the re-opening that happened today, June 8, except for this County Building, due to DMV restrictions. Mr. Greene said that the Courts opened up last week at the last minute. People coming for any type of court proceeding must enter through the South William Street entrance. All other entrances into the County Building are closed.
Mr. Greene advised that due to a failing on the State’s part with directives, contradictory messages have been provided and County officials feel like they are behind the decisions even though we shouldn’t be concerning graduation ceremonies and opening of worship services.
Chairman Greene reported that he and Mr. Stead meet daily and have constant phone conversations with the Mohawk Valley Control Group and other groups. The other day they were involved with Presidents of various colleges in the Mohawk Valley Region and acting FMCC President Gregory Truckenmiller, was also on the call. Mr. Greene advised that testing, tracing and distancing are the most obvious challenges we face.
Mr. Greene explained that the County still has 65 workers that are temporarily laid-off and this will be reassessed near the end of June. Sales Tax is lagging, and the County is about a third behind where it normally would be at this point in the year on those tax receipts.
On a positive note, “Phase II” has occurred, and restaurants are now open for outdoor serving only with proper precautions. The positive COVID-19 numbers are going down as we move to Phase III soon. Chairman Greene advised all business owners re-opening should self-certify by going to the website forward.ny.gov and filling out the form and to please adhere to the guidelines on that website as we all move forward.
Mr. Greene advised that he has a background in the criminal justice system and wanted to comment on the protests across the country and in Fulton County. Mr. Greene said that in regard to local protests in Fulton County, he was “proud” of the folks protesting because they are doing it in a just way, without looting and rioting. He thanked the Johnstown Police Department, Gloversville Police Department and also the Fulton County Sheriff’s Department as well as the protesters themselves that their voice is being heard to project positive to change in the future.
Resolutions on the Agenda were then deliberated upon.
No. 152 (Resolution Authorizing the Administrative Officer/Clerk of the Board Sell Back 40 Hours Vacation Accrual): Supervisor Groff stated that he is not opposed to this, but said that other Department Heads have also worked extra hours during the COVID-19 pandemic and he would like to see this offer made to other Department Heads. Chairman Greene answered, “so noted”.
(Supervisor Horton left the meeting at 1:44 p.m.)
Supervisor Lauria explained that he has concerns regarding the 96 Harrison Street “pink building” and he hopes that the County Attorney and the City of Gloversville Attorney can work together and get this building transferred to the City soon. He hopes that the City of Gloversville will then provide the funding to have this building demolished.
Supervisor Young then asked for a moment of silence in memory of George Floyd and for other victims of violence. Chairman Greene asked for a second. Supervisor Lauria made the second. All were in favor. A moment of silence was then held.
Upon a motion by Supervisor Fagan, seconded by Supervisor Groff and unanimously carried, the Committee entered into Executive Session at 2:00 p.m. to discuss employment history.
Upon a motion by Supervisor Callery, seconded by Supervisor Fagan and unanimously carried, the Committee re-entered into Regular Session at 2:16 p.m.
Mr. Stead asked permission to allow the Probation Director to fill the pending vacancy in the position of Probation Supervisor. Cheryl Galarneau will be leaving because she was just appointed Probation Director.
RECOMMENDATION: SUPERVISOR FAGAN MADE A MOTION TO APPROVE FILLING A PROBATION SUPERVISOR POSITION IN THE PROBATION DEPARTMENT, SECOND BY SUPERVISOR GROFF AND UNANIMOUSLY CARRIED.
Upon a motion by Supervisor Callery, seconded by Supervisor Groff and unanimously carried, the Committee adjourned at 2:17 p.m.
Jon R. Stead, Administrative Officer/ DATE
Clerk of the Board
RESOLUTION APPOINTING CHERYL GALARNEAU PROBATION DIRECTOR (GROUP A)
RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING CERTAIN TRANSFERS AND BUDGET AMENDMENTS
RESOLUTION EXTENDING TAXES ON SALES AND USES OF TANGIBLE PERSONAL PROPERTY AND CERTAIN SERVICES, ON OCCUPANCY OF HOTEL ROOMS AND ON AMUSEMENT CHARGES PURSUANT TO ARTICLE 29 OF THE TAX LAW OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK
RESOLUTION AWARDING BID FOR HISTORIC COURT HOUSE RENOVATION PROJECT (2020 CAPITAL PLAN)
RESOLUTION ADJUSTING THE NON-UNION SALARY STRUCTURE RELATED TO CERTAIN NON-UNION POSITIONS IN THE SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT
RESOLUTION SUPPORTING COMMITMENT TO VETERANS SUPPORT AND OUTREACH ACT (S.3020/H.R. 5516)
RESOLUTION SUPPORTING U.S. VETERANS CLAIM TRANSPARENCY ACT
RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER/CLERK OF THE BOARD SELL BACK 40 HOURS VACATION ACCRUAL
RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING DISPOSAL OF CERTAIN SURPLUS EQUIPMENT
RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE COUNTY TREASURER TO CLOSE OUT CERTAIN CAPITAL PROJECTS
RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING ADVERTISEMENT FOR BIDS FOR PAPER SUPPLIES FOR USE IN THE INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY DEPARTMENT
RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING APPLICATION AND ACCEPTANCE OF HELP AMERICA VOTE ACT GRANT FUNDS (CARES ACT)
RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING ACCEPTANCE OF PROPERTY FROM THE FULTON COUNTY INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT AGENCY FOR COUNTY ROAD 158 RIGHT OF WAY
RESOLUTION ACCEPTING 2019 NYS INTEROPERABLE COMMUNICATIONS GRANT AND PURCHASE OF CERTAIN EQUIPMENT WITH SAID FUNDS
RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING A CONTRACT WITH ALBANY LAW SCHOOL TO PLACE AN INTERN IN THE PUBLIC DEFENDER’S OFFICE
RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING EXTENSION OF 2018-2020 “UPSTATE QUALITY IMPROVEMENT AND CASELOAD REDUCTION GRANT” FROM NYS OFFICE OF INDIGENT LEGAL SERVICES (PUBLIC DEFENDER)
RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING PURCHASE OF CERTAIN SUPPLIES AND EQUIPMENT FOR USE IN THE PUBLIC HEALTH DEPARTMENT WITH COVID-19 GRANT FUNDS
RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING ACCEPTANCE OF NORTH COUNTRY DSRIP PROJECT FUNDS (PUBLIC HEALTH DEPARTMENT)
RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING ACCEPTANCE OF 2020-2021 IMMUNIZATION GRANT FUNDS FROM THE NYS DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH (PUBLIC HEALTH DEPARTMENT)
RESOLUTION APPOINTING, RE-APPOINTING OR CONFIRMING MEMBERS TO THE FULTON-MONTGOMERY-SCHOHARIE WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT BOARD