FIRST DAY OF ANNUAL SESSION

                                                               Johnstown, NY                                    November 16, 2020

 

Roll Call – Quorum Present

Supervisors:  Argotsinger, Blackmon, Born, Bowman, Bradt, Breh, Callery, Fagan, Goderie, Greene, Groff, Horton, Howard, Kinowski, Lauria, Perry, Vandenburgh, Wilson, Young

            TOTAL:  Present: 19   Absent: 1 (Supervisor Potter)

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.  No one from the public came forward.

 

COMMUNICATIONS

  1. Communication from Gloversville-Johnstown Joint Wastewater Treatment Facility, dated 15 October 2020

     Subj:  Approval of Flow Allocation for Fulton County Sewer District No. 4

           (Supervisor Lauria requested a copy)

 

UPDATES FROM STANDING COMMITTEES

Human Services Committee:  Supervisor Born advised that Fulton County’s COVID-19 positive rates have increased over the recent week or so.

 

REPORTS OF SPECIAL COMMITTEES

(No reports)

 

CHAIRMAN’S REPORT

Chairman Greene praised the work of Department Heads and employees for all their hard work and that 2020 has been, and continues to be, a very frustrating year.  He also thanked all fellow Supervisors who serve on various committees for a job well done. 

He continued that the 2021 Budget will soon be finalized, and citizens will be happy with it because County taxes will be held below the property tax cap and services will continue.

Chairman Greene explained that he does not know who the next FMCC President will be.  The Board of Trustees are down to three (3) finalists. 

Mr. Greene informed the Board that the State mandate to complete the Police Reform Initiative is on track and is being led by Sheriff Giardino.   He also reported that Governor Cuomo’s plan to adequately protect workers in another emergency involving a communicable disease is also being worked on and will be completed by the April 1, 2021 deadline.

Chairman Greene asked that everyone remember, with Thanksgiving being a week away and the pandemic again on the rise, to please be responsible if getting together with family and friends.  Try to keep your gatherings smaller and use masks and safe distancing.  He ended his report by stating that a vaccine is likely to be forthcoming. 

 

RESOLUTIONS

No. 298: (Resolution Resuming Payments to Pre-School Education Providers in the Public Health Department):  Supervisor Callery explained that he would be voting against this because the County should not be paying bills for times when the pre-schools were closed, and no services were provided. 

No. 299: (Resolution Removing Certain Members from County Advisory Boards for Failure to File Financial Disclosure Statements:  Mr. Stead, Administrative Officer, explained at the 11th hour, Mr. Doran did file his Financial Disclosure Form late last week.  

County Attorney Brott advised that Mr. Doran did turn the form into his office and now everyone on Advisory Boards who have to fill out a Financial Disclosure Forms are in compliance.

Supervisor Born asked if there was a reason behind why he did not turn in his required form.  Attorney Brott explained that Mr. Doran claimed that he did have the form, but had not delivered it or mailed it to the County Attorney’s Office. 

Supervisor Callery asked what the deadline was for the completion of the form?  Mr. Stead explained that the dates were contained in the proposed Resolution.  The original deadline is in March each year.

Supervisor Lauria said Mr. Doran should have turned in the form from the beginning and not following through on the removal Resolution would set a precedent with those who turn them in on time.

Supervisor Young stated that Mr. Doran got his form in and the County Attorney is satisfied, so he should remain on the Alternatives to Incarceration Board.   

Chairman the Board Greene asked County Attorney Brott about the deadlines for submission of the forms.  Mr. Brott explained the steps involved and that extra steps were also taken such as contacting the Chairperson of each Advisory Board that certain members had not submitted their Financial Disclosure forms.    

Supervisor Blackmon asked what Mr. Doran’s attendance record was.  Mr. Stead said that he was not aware that his attendance has been a problem.

Supervisor Horton asked if there were problems filling seats on Advisory Boards.   Mr. Stead said yes, periodically.   He reminded the Board that these Advisory Boards are all voluntary boards.    

(Supervisor Potter arrived to the meeting at 1:27 p.m).

Chairman Greene opened the Public Hearing to receive comments regarding the proposed 2021-2023 Capital Plan for Fulton County at 1:31 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 Greene again asked if there were any members of the public who wished to make comments regarding the proposed 2021-2023 Capital Plan for Fulton County.   There being no interested speakers, Chairman Greene closed the Public Hearing at 1:41 p.m.

 

NEW BUSINESS

Supervisor Callery informed the Board that he received word last night that long time Johnstown City Court Judge Thomas Walsh passed away.  He requested that recognition be done in his honor, perhaps at the next meeting.

The Board next discussed cancelling the scheduled Board Christmas party.  After some discussion, it was the consensus of the Board to cancel the Christmas party for 2020.

Supervisor Lauria advised if the Governor closes down the State again, the “mom and pop” stores will not be able to survive.

Chairman Greene called for a recess at 1:45 p.m.

Chairman Greene called the meeting back to order at 2:10 p.m. for the purpose of conducting a Budget Workshop on the 2021 Tentative Budget.

Alice Kuntzsch, Budget Director, provided a brief presentation regarding the 2021 Tentative Fulton County Budget.  She explained that she emailed the 2021 Tentative Budget to all Supervisors in a PDF file, but that Ms. Cowan, Deputy Budget Director would be handing out printed 2021 Tentative Budget Booklets as well. 

She added that the 2021 Tentative Budget does not exceed the NYS Property Tax Cap.  She explained that it would be a 1.2 percent increase in the average County tax rate, or 13 cents more per thousand.  She gave an example that it would be a $15.60 increase in property taxes on a $120,000.00 home.

Ms. Kuntzsch asked if any Board members had any questions regarding the PDF file of the 2021 Budget that was emailed.  No questions were asked. 

Ms. Cowan also handed out a list of budget adjustments that have been recently submitted by department heads.

Chairman of Finance, Richard Argotsinger, thanked Ms. Kuntzsch, Ms. Cowan and all members of the Finance Committee for their work on the 2021 Tentative Budget.  It is under the Tax Cap with a slight increase.  Revenues are down approximately 9 percent and expenses are relatively stable.

Supervisor Fagan made a motion to approve the list of recommended adjustments as presented on the handout by Ms. Cowan, seconded by Supervisor Wilson and unanimously carried.

Supervisor Potter asked Ms. Kuntzsch what the Fund Balance level is currently.  Ms. Kuntzsch explained that the Fund Balance for the General Fund is approximately $16,199,000.00, as listed on page 9 in the 2021 Tentative Budget booklet.  Supervisor Potter continued by asking how much would be needed from the Fund Balance to reach no increase in the average tax rate.  Ms. Kuntzsch responded that $350,000.00 in revenue or cuts would need to be made. 

Chairman Greene advised that there is a 20 percent possible cut from Governor Cuomo looming, which could amount to a 1.6 to 2 million dollars in loss to the 2021 budget. 

Supervisor Blackmon had a question regarding sales tax collected from internet sales.  He asked if the sales tax is based on the address of the person because that would help Fulton County.  Mr. Stead said, “yes”, it is based on the address of the person doing the purchasing.    

Ms. Kuntzsch directed the Board to look at the Sales Tax and Use Tax on pages 15 and top of page 16. 

Mr. Young asked why the Occupancy Tax revenue was down for 2021.   Mr. Stead explained that it was because of the Great Sacandaga Lake Museum feasibility project for $50,000.00 was funded by the Occupancy Tax in 2020, but not in the 2021 proposed Budget.   

Supervisor Potter asked where revenue from the Compassionate Care Act goes.  Mr. Stead answered that it is applied as general revenue.  Supervisor Potter stated if the State ends up legalizing marijuana, Fulton County could get substantial additional revenue.   

Mr. Stead explained that he does not know where the Governor will share the proceeds from recreational marijuana with counties as it is for the Compassionate Care Act excise taxes. 

Ms. Kuntzsch pointed out that the Interest and Earnings revenue is also down from 2020, due to interest rates being lower. 

Supervisor Callery noted that there was a significant increase in the County’s contribution towards employee retirement.  He added with the stock market doing good, it doesn’t make sense.   

Supervisor Callery praised Department Heads for doing a tremendous job, but he is concerned with the tax levy.  He added that Fulton County’s Fund Balance is in “pretty darn good shape”.

Supervisor Kinowski cautioned the Board that the County is not done with 2020 yet and may take a “hit” in our Fund Balance. 

Supervisor Argotsinger then directed the Board to move to the expense side of the budget.  Supervisor Callery said again that the Department Heads did a good job with appropriations, especially with the Social Services Department and the Public Health Department.

Supervisor Fagan agreed with Supervisor Potter and suggested applying another $350,000.00 in Fund Balance. 

Chairman of the Board Warren Greene stated that he was still concerned with the 20 percent that the Governor may “grab”. 

Supervisor Potter made a motion to apply an additional $350,000.00 in Fund Balance to reach a zero percent increase in the average county tax rate for the 2021 Budget, seconded by Supervisor Fagan and carried. (Supervisors Kinowski and Vandenburgh were opposed)

Mr. Stead announced that there would be a Finance Meeting at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, November 23, 2020.

 

The Board recessed at 3:07 p.m. until Monday, November 23 at 1:00 p.m.

 

 

Certified by:

 

                                                                        _________________________________________

                                                                        Jon R. Stead, Administrative Officer/DATE

                                                                        Clerk of the Board

 

 

RESOLUTIONS

 

RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING CERTAIN TRANSFERS AND BUDGET AMENDMENTS
RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING DISPOSAL OF CERTAIN SURPLUS EQUIPMENT
RESOLUTION ESTABLISHING A VACANCY REVIEW PROCESS FOR 2021
RESOLUTION DESIGNATING OFFICIAL NEWSPAPER (2021)
RESOLUTION ACCEPTING INSURANCE RECOVERY FOR A 2004 CHEVROLET SUBURBAN AND AUTHORIZING SURRENDER OF THE VEHICLE TO NYMIR
RESOLUTION ACCEPTING THREE YEAR CAPITAL PLAN FOR FULTON COUNTY (2021-2023)
RESOLUTION ACCEPTING REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON MORTGAGE TAX DISTRIBUTION
RESOLUTION APPROPRIATING MONIES TO CAPITAL RESERVES
RESOLUTION ACCEPTING 2021 TENTATIVE BUDGET AND FIXING DATE OF PUBLIC HEARING THEREFORE
RESOLUTION SETTING DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION OF BILLS FOR 2020
RESOLUTION DELEGATING APPROVAL AUTHORITY TO THE COUNTY TREASURER FOR CORRECTIONS OF ERRORS AND/OR TAX REFUNDS LESS THAN $2,500.00 IN 2021
RESOLUTION CONFIRMING COUNTY INVESTMENT POLICY FOR 2021
RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING COUNTY TREASURER TO ADVANCE MONIES BETWEEN FUNDS WHEN NECESSARY (2021)
RESOLUTION DESIGNATING BANKS (2021)
RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE SALE OF TAX FORECLOSED PROPERTY AT 215 S. MAIN STREET (SBL# 149.10-10-4) IN THE CITY OF GLOVERSVILLE TO TIMOTHY SPRAKER
RESOLUTION REFERRING CERTAIN PARCELS TO THE FULTON COUNTY DEMOLITION TEAM (OPERATION GREEN SCENE)
RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING A CONTRACT WITH FRONTIER COMMUNICATIONS TO PROVIDE PURCHASE INSTALLATION AND MAINTENANCE SERVICES FOR THE E-911 PSAP UPGRADE PROJECT (2020 CAPITAL PLAN)
RESOLUTION AMENDING THE 2020 CAPITAL PLAN TO INCLUDE ANE-911 PSAP UPGRADE PROJECT
RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING LEASE AGREEMENTS BETWEEN THE COUNTY CLERK AND CERTAIN ABSTRACT COMPANIES (2021)
RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING CONTRACT WITH FUEL-N-FOOD, INC. FOR ATM MACHINE SERVICES IN THE FULTON COUNTY OFFICE BUILDING (2021) (COUNTY CLERK)
RESOLUTION APPROVING CHANGE IN ELECTRONICS RECYCLING ACCEPTANCE POLICY
RESOLUTION SETTING TIPPING FEE SCHEDULE FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF SOLID WASTE (2021)
RESOLUTION APPROPRIATING MONIES TO CERTAIN RESERVE ACCOUNTS (SOLID WASTE DEPARTMENT)
RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING CONTRACT BETWEEN THE SOLID WASTE DEPARTMENT AND BARTON & LOGUIDICE, P.C. FOR SITE SPECIFIC TIER TWO LANDFILL GAS TESTING
RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING CONTRACT BETWEEN THE SOLID WASTE DEPARTMENT AND BARTON & LOGUIDICE, P.C. FOR SERVICES RELATED TO TITLE V PERMIT REQUIREMENTS (2021)
RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING CONTRACT BETWEEN THE SOLID WASTE DEPARTMENT AND COUNTY WASTE & RECYCLING SERVICES, INC., FOR USE OF THE FULTON COUNTY LANDFILL FOR KEYMARK CORP., SLUDGE DISPOSAL (2021)
RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING A CONTRACT WITH ONONDAGA COUNTY RESOURCE RECOVERY AGENCY FOR ACCEPTANCE OF NON-HAZARDOUS HOUSEHOLD BATTERIES (2021)
RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING A CONTRACT BETWEEN THE SOLID WASTE DEPARTMENT AND THE TOWN OF DAY FOR USE OF THE FULTON COUNTY LANDFILL FOR SOLID WASTE DISPOSAL (2021)
RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING A CONTRACT BETWEEN THE SOLID WASTE DEPARTMENT AND THE TOWN OF EDINBURG FOR USE OF THE FULTON COUNTY LANDFILL FOR SOLID WASTE DISPOSAL (2021)
RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING A CONTRACT BETWEEN THE SOLID WASTE DEPARTMENT AND VILLAGE OF SCHUYLERVILLE FOR USE OF THE FULTON COUNTY LANDFILL FOR SLUDGE DISPOSAL (2021)
RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING A CONTRACT BETWEEN THE SOLID WASTE DEPARTMENT AND VILLAGE OF SCHOHARIE FOR USE OF THE FULTON COUNTY LANDFILL FOR SLUDGE DISPOSAL (2021)
RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING A CONTRACT BETWEEN THE SOLID WASTE DEPARTMENT AND VILLAGE OF CANAJOHARIE FOR USE OF THE FULTON COUNTY LANDFILL FOR SLUDGE DISPOSAL (2021)
RESOLUTION AWARDING BID FOR ELECTRONICS RECYCLING FOR THE SOLID WASTE DEPARTMENT (2021)
RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING RECIPROCAL AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE SOLID WASTE DEPARTMENT AND THE GLOVERSVILLE-JOHNSTOWN JOINT SEWER BOARD FOR LEACHATE DISPOSAL SERVICES (2021-2022)
RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING A CONTRACT BETWEEN THE SOLID WASTE DEPARTMENT AND ELEMENT MARKET EMISSIONS, LLC., FOR THE  SALE OF CARBON CREDITS
RESOLUTION AWARDING BID TO COUNTY WASTE & RECYCLING SERVICE, INC., FOR WASTE REMOVAL SERVICES AT THE CORRECTIONAL FACILITY (2021)
RESOLUTION AWARDING BID TO BUELL FUEL LLC FOR PURCHASE OF HEATING OIL AND SPECIAL BLEND FOR CERTAIN COUNTY BUILDINGS (2021)
RESOLUTION AWARDING BIDS FOR UNLEADED GASOLINE FOR THE CENTRAL FUEL DEPOTS LOCATED AT THE SERVICES COMPLEX AND  SOLID WASTE DEPARTMENT
RESOLUTION AWARDING BID FOR DIESEL FUEL IN THE CENTRAL FUEL DEPOTS AT THE COUNTY SERVICES COMPLEX AND SOLID WASTE DEPARTMENT (2021)
RESOLUTION AWARDING BID TO BREZZY CLEANING SERVICES FOR CLEANING SERVICES IN THE DSS COOPER BUILDING (2021)
RESOLUTION AWARDING BID TO BREZZY CLEANING SERVICES FOR CLEANING SERVICES IN COUNTY COMPLEX I AND II (2021)
RESOLUTION AWARDING BID TO CENTURY LINEN & UNIFORM FOR UNIFORM SERVICES FOR THE HIGHWAY & FACILITIES DEPARTMENT AND SOLID WASTE DEPARTMENT
RESOLUTION ABANDONING A SECTION OF COUNTY ROAD 158 RIGHT-OF-WAY TO ABUTTING PROPERTY OWNERS
RESOLUTION ABANDONING A SECTION OF COUNTY ROAD 108 RIGHT-OF-WAY TO THE TOWN OF OPPENHEIM
RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE PLANNING DIRECTOR SELL BACK 28 HOURS VACATION ACCRUAL
RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING APPLICATION TO NYS DOT EQUITABLE BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES PROGRAM TO ACCESS REIMBURSEMENT FOR NEW SOLAR POWERED SIGN AT THE FULTON COUNTY AIRPORT
RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING AN AGREEMENT WITH NYS DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY AND FEMA FOR SHARING OF NATIONAL FLOOD INSURANCE PLAN
RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING A CONTRACT WITH PITTSFIELD COMMUNICATION, INC. FOR RE-PROGRAMMING OF SUBSCRIBER UNITS FOR THE V-CALL/V-TAC INTEROPERABLE COMMUNICATIONS PROJECT (2020 CAPITAL PLAN)
RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE CIVIL DEFENSE DIRECTOR/FIRE COORDINATOR TO SELL BACK 26.25 HOURS VACATION ACCRUAL
RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING PURCHASE OF PORT REPLICATORS AND LAPTOP COMPUTERS FOR USE IN THE EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT OFFICE
RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING ACCEPTANCE OF 2020-2021 NYS STOP-DWI CRACKDOWN GRANT FROM THE NYS GOVERNOR’S TRAFFIC SAFETY COMMITTEE (DISTRICT ATTORNEY)
LOCAL LAW “B” – 2020 “ALLOWING RESIDENTS OF FULTON COUNTY AND CONTIGUOUS COUNTIES TO SERVE AS CORRECTIONS OFFICERS IN FULTON COUNTY”
RESOLUTION SETTING DATE OF PUBLIC HEARING REGARDING LOCAL LAW “B” OF 2020, “ALLOWING RESIDENTS OF FULTON COUNTY AND CONTIGUOUS COUNTIES TO SERVE AS CORRECTIONS OFFICERS IN FULTON COUNTY”
RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING PURCHASE OF A REPLACEMENT PATROL VEHICLE WITH INSURANCE CLAIM PROCEEDS (SHERIFF’S OFFICE)
RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING EXTENSION OF TEMPORARY PER DIEM FORENSIC EVIDENCE INSTRUCTOR POSITION (SHERIFF’S OFFICE)
RESOLUTION RECLASSIFYING A CIVIL CLERK POSITION TO PER DIEM (SHERIFF’S OFFICE)
RESOLUTION AWARDING BIDS FOR FOODSTUFFS AND OTHER SUPPLIES FOR USE IN THE FULTON COUNTY CORRECTIONAL FACILITY
RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING ADVERTISEMENT FOR BIDS FOR FOODSTUFFS FOR USE IN THE CORRECTIONAL FACILITY (2021)
RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING EXTENSION OF CERTAIN GRANTS FROM THE NYS OFFICE OF INDIGENT LEGAL SERVICES (PUBLIC DEFENDER)
RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE PERSONNEL DIRECTOR TO SELL BACK 40 HOURS VACATION ACCRUAL
RESOLUTION REMOVING CERTAIN MEMBERS FROM COUNTY ADVISORY BOARDS FOR FAILURE TO FILE FINANCIAL DISCLOSURE STATEMENTS
RESOLUTION RESUMING PAYMENTS TO PRE-SCHOOL EDUCATION PROVIDERS (PUBLIC HEALTH)
RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING A CONTRACT WITH HELPING HANDS PRE-SCHOOL-CENTER BASED ED 3-5 PROGRAM (PUBLIC HEALTH)
RESOLUTION ACCEPTING CHILDREN WITH SPECIAL HEALTH CARE NEEDS PROGRAM GRANT FUNDS FROM THE NYS DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH (2020-2021)
RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING A CONTRACT BETWEEN THE FULTON COUNTY COMMUNITY SERVICES BOARD WITH JENNA WILDER AND MARIA SALALES TO PROVIDE EMERGENCY ON-CALL SERVICES
RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING A CONTRACT WITH CGI COMMUNICATIONS FOR A CONTINUING “NO-COST” COUNTY SHOWCASE VIDEO PROGRAM FOR FULTON COUNTY
RESOLUTION RE-ALLOCATING FUNDS WITHIN THE 2020 BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT MARKETING PLAN
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