Roll Call – Quorum Present
Supervisors: Argotsinger, Blackmon, Born, Bradt, Breh, Callery, Fagan, Greene, Groff, Handy, Howard, Kinowski, Lauria, Perry, Potter, Rice, Selmser, Waldron, Wilson, Young
TOTAL: Present: 20 Absent: 0
Chairman Groff called the meeting to order at 1:02 p.m. and followed with the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.
Chairman Groff then asked if there was anyone from the public who wished to address the Board. No one came forward.
1:10 P.M PRESENTATION BY CHELSEA CIRILLO, MISS FULTON COUNTY - 2018
Miss Cirillo introduced herself and expressed that her platform is “easing the burden of poverty among local families”. She explained that she was a participant in the Youth group at her church while she was a teenager. She expressed that after participating in the Youth group she wanted to find ways to stay involved in her community so she reached out to the Salvation Army who involved her in the “Toys for Tots” program. She advised that she also participates in the Big Brothers and Big Sisters program and she is a big sister to a girl who is from Schenectady. Her main platform goal is to help middle school and high school girls obtain feminine products and soaps to maintain good hygiene. She expressed that she has contacted multiple schools and will be delivering products to the school nurses for them to discretely distribute to the girls in need.
Mr. Lauria expressed that it is very helpful to provide these products through a school nurse. Mr. Young encouraged Miss Cirillo to contact stores within Fulton County to see if they would be willing to donate any items. Ms. Born advised that local churches typically have womens groups that would help supply needed items. She expressed that she would speak with her church to help support Miss Cirillo’s platform.
Chairman Groff then asked for the reading of the Communications that were on the Agenda.
- Letter from Marc W. Butler, New York State Assembly
Subj: Response to Board of Supervisors’ letter regarding Resolution No. 115 of 2018 opposing proposed PILOT initiative for State Forest Land as part of the 2018-19 State budget
- Letter from Terry Martino, Executive Director, Adirondack Park Agency
Subj: Response to Board of Supervisors’ letter regarding Resolutions No. 115 and 116 opposing proposed PILOT initiative for State Forest Land and the current 480 and 480-A Forest exemption
- Letter from Miller, Mannix, Schachner & Hafner, LLC
Subj: Regarding Town of Johnstown – SEQRA Notice to Potential
- Fulton County Industrial Development Agency “Basic Financial Statements” for 2017 |LS|Priority Reading|RS|
UPDATES FROM STANDING COMMITTEES
Buildings & Grounds/Highway: Supervisor Fagan advised that the Fulton County Office Building Renovation Project (Phase I) started today. He hopes that any confusion that the public is having when finding the correct entrance will become easier in the next few days.
REPORTS OF SPECIAL COMMITTEES
Soil and Water Conservation District: Supervisor Greene advised that the last Meeting was held on April 17, 2018. They accepted bids on the drainage tile and it will be coming from the same company as before since they were the lowest bidder. Fulton County Highway and Facilities asked for help with replacing certain culverts. The District also needs to complete repairs on multiple dry hydrants. Mr. Greene advised that the next meeting will be held on May 15, 2018.
Chairman Groff advised that he, Administrative Officer, Jon Stead, and other County Supervisors attended the New York Municipal Insurance Reciprocal (NYMIR) 25th Anniversary Conference and it was an informative gathering. He advised that Mr. Stead and all other members should be commended for all that it does for the Towns, Cities and Counties within New York State.
RESOLUTIONS (TITLES ATTACHED)
No. 179 (Resolution endorsing the concept of completing a County Office Building Asbestos Abatement Project) – Mr. Stead explained that there are currently no quotes or bids at this time which is why the title is “endorsing the concept”.
PUBLIC HEARING TO RECEIVE COMMENTS REGARDING PROPOSED LOCAL LAW “A” OF 2018 “A LOCAL LAW AMENDING LOCAL LAW 5 OF 2017 THAT ESTABLISHED A SUSTAINABLE ENERGY LOAN PROGRAM IN THE COUNTY OF FULTON TO ADOPT PACE FINANCING 2.0”
Chairman Groff opened the Public Hearing to receive comments regarding proposed Local Law “A” of 2018 “A Local Law Amending Local Law 5 of 2017 that Established a Sustainable Energy Loan Program in the County of Fulton to Adopt PACE Financing 2.0” at 1:30 p.m.
There being no one expressing a desire to speak, the Chairman stated that he would keep the hearing open for a while.
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 220 and 221.
Chairman Groff called for a ten (10) minute recess at 1:40 p.m.
Chairman Groff again asked if there were any members of the public who wished to make comments regarding proposed Local Law “A” of 2018 “A Local Law Amending Local Law 5 of 2017 that Established a Sustainable Energy Loan Program in the County of Fulton to Adopt PACE Financing 2.0”. There being no interested speakers, Chairman Groff closed the Public Hearing at 1:53 p.m.
PUBLIC HEARING TO RECEIVE COMMENTS REGARDING THE COUNTY’S COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT NEEDS, AND TO DISCUSS A PROPOSED COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANT TO DELI MASTER FOODS
Chairman Groff opened the Public Hearing to receive comments regarding the County’s Community Development needs, and to discuss a proposed Community Development Block Grant to Deli Master Foods at 1:53 p.m.
Steve Schiavo, Johnstown, NY – Mr. Schiavo stated that he opened a small retail store on Harrison Street back in 2009 and then moved to the Glove Cities Industrial Park. He expressed that he wants to move to Van Road for a larger site based upon additional growth. He also expressed that he can do a great job and could get more people to work for him. He stated that they have a community based company and are familiar with the area. He stated that any help he could get through the Community Development Block Grant program could help him move into the new building.
John Schiavo, Johnstown, NY – Mr. Schiavo thanked the Board of Supervisors for allowing him and his father Steve Schiavo the opportunity to speak today. They were working to improve their business in the community.
Ronald Peters, Gloversville, NY – Ronald Peters, President, Fulton County Center for Regional Growth, stated that the Community Development Block Grant application is great and will be an asset to this business. He expressed that if said grant application is approved then it would
enhance the County’s efforts for the Hales Mills Extension commercial area. Mr. Peter’s stated that the total project costs approximately $550,000.00. He expressed that he looks forward to working with Deli Master Foods on this project.
Chairman Groff again asked if there were any members of the public who wished to make comments regarding the County’s Community Development needs, and the proposed Community Development Block Grant to Deli Master Foods. There being no interested speakers, Chairman Groff closed the Public Hearing at 2:00 p.m.
Upon a motion by Supervisor Potter, seconded by Supervisor Young and unanimously carried, the Board entered into Executive Session at 2:01 p.m. to discuss the employment history of a contractor.
Upon a motion by Supervisor Waldron, seconded by Supervisor Argotsinger and unanimously carried, the Board returned to Regular Session at 2:14 p.m.
Mr. Lauria expressed that he read an article that was published in the Daily Gazette about consolidated services and thought that it was a good article. Ms. Born stated that Gloversville is all in favor, but Johnstown should think about it also.
Upon a motion by Supervisor Lauria, seconded by Supervisor Fagan and unanimously carried, the Board entered into Executive Session at 2:19 p.m. to discuss employment history.
Upon a motion by Supervisor Greene, seconded by Supervisor Waldron and unanimously carried, the Board returned to Regular Session at 2:53 p.m.
Upon a motion by Supervisor Callery, seconded by Supervisor Waldron and unanimously carried, the Board adjourned at 2:55 p.m.
Jon R. Stead, Administrative