TENTH REGULAR SESSION
Johnstown, NY October 13, 2020
Roll Call – Quorum Present
Supervisors: Argotsinger, Blackmon, Born, Bowman, Bradt, Breh, Callery, Fagan, Goderie, Greene, Groff, Horton, Howard, Kinowski, Lauria, Perry, Potter, Wilson, Young
TOTAL: Present: 19 Absent: 1 (Supervisor Vandenburgh)
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.
Chairman Greene then asked Mr. Stead for the reading of the Communications and Reports on the Regular Agenda and the Late Communications and Report on the Late Agenda.
- Communication from City of Johnstown
Subj: Resolution 58 of 2020 – Resolution Acknowledging the City’s Commitment to provide an Allocation of Wastewater Capacity at the Gloversville-Johnstown Joint Wastewater Treatment Plant for a Proposed County Sewer District No. 4: Hales Mills
(Supervisor Lauria requested a copy)
- Communication from City of Gloversville
Subj: Resolution 127 of 2020 – Resolution Acknowledging the City’s Commitment to provide an Allocation of Wastewater Capacity at the Gloversville-Johnstown Joint Wastewater Treatment Plant for a Proposed County Sewer District No. 4: Hales Mills
L-1 Communication from Lewis County Board of Legislators
Subj: Resolution Urging APA to Change Policy for Siting of Telecommunications Towers in the Adirondack Park (Supervisors Howard
and Lauria requested a copy)
L-2 Communication from NYS Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation
Subj: Johnson Hall State Historic Site Final Master Plan and Final Environmental Impact Statement Availability
L-3 Communication from Steuben County Board of Legislators
Subj: Resolution Urging the NYS Legislature to Terminate the Emergency Declaration Established to Address the COVID-19 Pandemic
(Supervisors Argotsinger, Howard, and Young requested a copy)
L-A 2019-2020 Fulton, Montgomery and Schoharie Counties Workforce Development Board, Inc. Program Year Report
UPDATES FROM STANDING COMMITTEES
Public Works Committee: Supervisor Fagan advised that there is a Late Resolution on the Late Agenda for consideration today. It is for emergency boiler repairs at the Fort Johnstown Building. He noted that insurance may cover most of the estimated $22,250.00 expense.
REPORTS OF SPECIAL COMMITTEES
Adirondack Government: Supervisor Horton advised that the Board met last week, and that Ronald Moore has resigned from the Board. The Board chose Dave Wells to replace him starting in 2021.
Soil and Water Conservation District Board: Supervisor Lauria advised that the District Board met this morning. He stated that Soil and Water has been doing some FEMA projects in the Towns of Stratford, Mayfield and Caroga. They have also been working on several ongoing city and town culvert replacement projects. He noted that Soil and Water did some work in the Town of Bleecker, saving the Town approximately $8,600.00.
In the middle of the Pandemic- Budget – the budget is progressing well in these uncertain times. There is still some work to be done, but a good framework has been established thanks to the hard work of Department Heads and Supervisors. Many Supervisors have commented at various Committee Meetings how appreciative they are of the commendable job the Department Heads did to submit responsible budgets. Supervisors have reviewed these individual budgets and cut where possible and moved some things around where prudent in order to eventually have a responsible County Budget.
The “elephant in the room” continues to be the potential cuts in state revenue of up to 20 percent. Counties are already feeling the potential of these cuts as a result of delayed payments by the state to the counties in this fiscal year. As I’ve related in some recent Chairman Reports, the county currently is in good fiscal shape overall, and therefore, in position to weather the storm of this difficult year.
As many know, FMCC is in the process of a search for a new college president following the retirement last year of long time and well-respected President Dr. Swanger. As the representative of this Board of Supervisors on the search committee, I can say that the committee continues to act responsibly and professionally in its search. The committee is comprised of representatives of both Fulton and Montgomery Counties. The proceedings are held to the strictest of confidentiality rules as this is a personnel matter and therefore this is all I am permitted to relay at this time.
Governor Cuomo has ordered local governments to submit two separate plans to the state by April 1, 2021:
- The first of these plans is the Police Reform Advisory Committee. Subject to Resolution No. 14 begins this process by establishing a Police Reform Advisory Committee. Many of the Committee members are mandated by the State and the rest are filled in by the local government. Our committee will be meeting in regards to the Sheriff’s Department and its relationship mostly to the Towns. Gloversville and Johnstown have their own committees to work with their respective police agencies to formulate plans on their own.
- The second plan ordered by the Governor is for future state Disaster Emergency’s as it pertains to Communicable Diseases. Some of the items for review cited in the original statement by the Governor include: Establishing who are Essential Workers, Protection for these essential workers, protocols for securing PPE, submission of the plan to Public Unions for review and any other requirements determined by NYS Dept of Health. Get through this one first!!!
We have not yet received specific guidelines from the state going forward on this Plan, but on this and Police Reform, I will be working on both with the assistance of other Supervisors and Mr. Stead in order to have a smooth transition for the next Chairman.
Mr. Stead and I continue to be involved and part of the Mohawk Valley Control Room. We listen and react to phone calls from the state regarding COVID-19 guidance. It was fairly smooth until about a week ago when in reaction to a flare up in some boroughs in NYC the Governor threatened larger daily fines to counties who have flare ups which the state deems preventable. There was a strong negative reaction by all the counties in our control room in addition to our own reaction. We will continue to monitor this situation going forward.
To more somber news, our first resolution is in recognition of the passing of County Court and Surrogate Judge Louise Sira. On a personal note, when I was the Director Probation, I worked with Judge Sira at the time when she first came to Fulton County as an Assistant DA, through her time as the DA and also as a member of the Traffic Safety Board. It was an honor to serve with someone who was such a conscienous person, who constantly gave her all for the people in Fulton County. I want to express my condolences to her family. She will be missed by all of us.
Finally, this is the last time we will meet as a full board before the general election. It is important that people vote for their elected officials as that is the most valuable way to make your desires known not only for the direction of the country but your more local officials as well. There should be no excuse not to vote as there is election day, absentee ballots, and early voting days beginning on October 24 at the County Board of Elections.
No. 285 (Resolution Transferring Ownership of 54 Forest Street, Gloversville to Gloversville Neighborhood Improvement Corporation for a Model Home PILOT Project (Operation Green Scene): Supervisor Potter commented that the City of Gloversville has approached the County on numerous occasions to ask that parcels of land that the County owns be given to the City. He further commented that “communication is a two-way street”. He said that he obtained a copy of a letter that the County Treasurer has sent to the City of Gloversville dated October 7, 2020, regarding unpaid tax bills. He said there is 1.2 million dollars in unpaid taxes that are owed to the County. Included in this total are $407,849.95 in additional charges such as accounts receivable, court orders, and unpaid water bills. Supervisor Potter advised that this letter should “ignite” talks with the City regarding any extra charges being forwarded to the County to make the City whole. Going forward, he would like there to be discussions about the City waiving some of the above fees. Also, Mr. Potter advised that in 2016, the County gave the GHI property on Burr Street that was supposed to be for a redevelopment project and to date, no redevelopment progress has been made.
Supervisor Lauria explained that the model home project is a good project. The City of Gloversville has been tearing down buildings and houses need to be replacing them. He hoped this is the start of many more projects because it is important to improve conditions in the City.
Supervisor Born advised that this proposed Model Home PILOT Project is in her ward and she cannot say “thank you” enough to Mayor DeSantis. There are many dilapidated homes in Ward 1 and she said this is a good incentive to improve her ward. She said this company has a good track record and this project needs to go forward.
Supervisor Young advised that he would abstain from the vote on this Resolution because he is the Executive Director of the Gloversville Neighborhood Improvement Corporation.
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 291 and 292.
No. 291 (Resolution Awarding Bids for the Lease of Two (2) Minivans for Use in the Public Health Department): Supervisor Callery commented that the cost for the lease of the minivans seemed expensive. Mr. Stead explained that the Public Health Director believes mini-vans are needed for transporting large supplies for Public Health Department clinics, disaster response situations, as well as people.
No. 292 (Resolution Authorizing Emergency Boiler Repairs (Fort Johnstown Building): Mr. Stead explained that within the language of this Resolution was a sentence that if insurance pays any portion of said repair, the insurance recovery proceeds would be deposited back to replenish the Contingent Fund.
DECLARING OCTOBER 2020
“DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AWARENESS MONTH IN FULTON COUNTY”
WHEREAS, domestic violence affects all New Yorkers, and far too many people suffer abuse at the hands of a spouse or partner; and
WHEREAS, domestic violence victims can be of any age, race, religion, or economic status and the resulting damage is inflicted not only on victims, but their children, families and communities; and
WHEREAS, Fulton County’s commitment to ending domestic violence is exemplified by the work of county agencies and their employees that are assisting victims and their families; and
WHEREAS, the Board of Supervisors recognizes the outstanding work of the region’s dedicated not-for-profit organizations that serve victims and their communities; now, therefore be it
RESOLVED, That the Board of Supervisors hereby proclaims October 2020 to be “Domestic Violence Awareness Month” in Fulton County and encourages all county residents to participate in community awareness events during “Domestic Violence Awareness Month” and, be it further
RESOLVED, That the Board of Supervisors joins with all citizens to support victims of domestic violence and to support the work of victim advocates, public and private entities and many others who have worked tirelessly to bring hope to the millions of individuals, families and communities harmed by crime.
Supervisor Lauria added to his update for Soil and Water Conservation District that any city or town looking for ways to improve their community with repair work could contact the Soil and Water Conservation District for potential assistance.
Supervisor Lauria commented that he has a concern with political lawn signs that contain profanity and asked the County Attorney if there was anything in the “County Law Books” that would prohibit this.
Supervisor Callery stated that each respective City should be handling this, not the County.
Supervisor Lauria retorted that this was an issue in different areas, not just the cities.
County Attorney Brott advised that it would have to be contained in the City Ordinances that such signage is not allowed.
Upon a motion by Supervisor Callery , seconded by Supervisor Fagan and unanimously carried, the Committee adjourned at 1:40 p.m.
Jon R. Stead, Administrative Officer/ DATE
Clerk of the Board
RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING EMERGENCY BOILER REPAIRS (FORT JOHNSTOWN BUILDING)
RESOLUTION AWARDING BID FOR THE LEASE OF TWO (2) MINIVANS FOR USE IN THE PUBLIC HEALTH DEPARTMENT
RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING CERTAIN TRANSFERS AND BUDGET AMENDMENTS
RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING DISPOSAL OF CERTAIN SURPLUS EQUIPMENT
RESOLUTION ADJUSTING CERTAIN ACCOUNTS FOR BUDGET SHORTFALLS
RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING A CONTRACT WITH RICOH FOR LEASE OF A COPIER FOR USE IN THE TREASURER’S OFFICE (2021-2026)
RESOLUTION REFERRING 6 CHERRY STREET GLOVERSVILLE TO THE FULTON COUNTY DEMOLITION TEAM (OPERATION GREEN SCENE)
RESOLUTION TRANSFERRING OWNERSHIP OF 54 FOREST STREET, GLOVERSVILLE TO GLOVERSVILLE NEIGHBORHOOD IMPROVEMENT CORPORATION FOR A MODEL HOME PILOT PROJECT (OPERATION GREEN SCENE)
RESOLUTION ENDORSING THE CONCEPT OF A PROPOSED FMCC FINANCIAL TECHNOLOGY LAB PROJECT (100% MATCH FUNDING BY FMCC FOUNDATION)
RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING CONTRACTS WITH VARIOUS COMPANIES FOR HEALTH AND SAFETY PROJECTS AT FMCC (2020 CAPITAL PLAN)
RESOLUTION AWARDING BIDS FOR PAPER AND PRINTING SUPPLIES FOR USE IN THE INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY DEPARTMENT
RESOLUTION WAIVING FEES FOR ATM MACHINE SPACE IN THE FULTON COUNTY OFFICE BUILDING (FUEL-N-FOOD, INC. CONTRACT)
RESOLUTION APPROVING NEW REVISED RETENTION AND DISPOSITION SCHEDULE PER NEW YORK LOCAL GOVERNMENT RECORDS (LGS-1) (COUNTY CLERK)
RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING REPAIRS TO THE RADIO COMMUNICATIONS SHELTER AT THE BLEECKER MOUNTAIN TOWER SITE DUE TO ICE STORM DAMAGE (EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT OFFICE)
RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING TRANSFER OF SEWER SYSTEM INFRASTRUCTURE FOR FULTON COUNTY SEWER DISTRICT NO. 2: VAIL MILLS TO THE VILLAGE OF BROADALBIN
RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING CONTRACT BETWEEN THE SOLID WASTE DEPARTMENT AND BARTON & LOGUIDICE, PC FOR ENVIRONMENTAL MONITORING SERVICES (2021-2023)
RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING AN AMENDMENT TO THE CONTRACT WITH NEW CINGULAR WIRELESS FOR CONSTRUCTION OF A CELL TOWER AT THE SOLID WASTE DEPARTMENT
RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING A RENEWAL AGREEMENT WITH THE UNIFIED COURT SYSTEM FOR CLEANING AND APPROVING CERTAIN CHAPTER 686 PROJECTS FOR COURT AREAS IN THE COUNTY OFFICE BUILDING (2020-2021)
RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING A CONTRACT WITH GUARDIAN RFID FOR A ROUNDS DATA LOGGING SYSTEM FOR USE IN THE CORRECTIONAL FACILITY
RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING PURCHASE OF PRINTERS AND SCANNERS FOR USE IN THE SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT
RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING A CONTRACT WITH AUCTIONS INTERNATIONAL CORPORATION FOR SALE OF A SURPLUS EQUIPMENT (SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT)
RESOLUTION ESTABLISHING FULTON COUNTY POLICE REFORM ADVISORY COMMITTEE
RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING PURCHASE OF EQUIPMENT AND SUPPLIES FOR USE IN THE DISTRICT ATTORNEY’S OFFICE (NEW NEIGHBORHOOD PLAN)
RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING USE OF NYS INDIGENT LEGAL SERVICES GRANT FUNDS TO PURCHASE A WATER COOLER AND ACCESSORIES FOR USE IN THE PUBLIC DEFENDER’S OFFICE
RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING USE OF NYS INDIGENT LEGAL SERVICES GRANT FUNDS TO PURCHASE CERTAIN EQUIPMENT FOR USE IN THE PUBLIC DEFENDER’S OFFICE
RESOLUTION WAIVING RESIDENCY RULE FOR HIRE OF A SENIOR PLANNER IN THE PLANNING DEPARTMENT
RESOLUTION OPTING OUT OF A SHORT-TERM DEFERRAL OF THE WITHHOLDING, DEPOSIT AND PAYMENT OF SOCIAL SECURITY TAXES FOR COUNTY GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES
RESOLUTION WAIVING RESIDENCY RULE FOR HIRE OF COOKS AT THE FULTON COUNTY CORRECTIONAL FACILITY
RESOLUTION WAIVING RESIDENCY RULE FOR HIRE OF ACCOUNT CLERK/TYPISTS IN FULTON COUNTY AND CONTIGUOUS COUNTIES
RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE USE OF NORTH COUNTRY DSRIP FUNDS TO PURCHASE CERTAIN EQUIPMENT AND SUPPLIES FOR USE IN THE PUBLIC HEALTH DEPARTMENT
RESOLUTION ACCEPTING NYS DOH PERFORMANCE INCENTIVE AWARD FUNDS FOR PURCHASE OF CERTAIN EQIPMENT FOR USE IN THE PUBLIC HEALTH DEPARTMENT
RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING ACCEPTANCE OF ADDITIONAL 2020-2021 IMMUNIZATION GRANT FUNDS FROM THE NYS DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND PURCHASE OF CERTAIN SERVICES WITH SAID FUNDS (PUBLIC HEALTH DEPARTMENT)
RESOLUTION CONFIRMING CONTRACT WITH UPSTATE TRANSIT, LLC, FOR CHILDREN WITH HANDICAPPING CONDITIONS TRANSPORTATION PROGRAM FOR 2020-2021 (ROUTE 7A-WHISPERING PINES)
RESOLUTION PLACING A “ONE DOLLAR HOLD” ON AN ACCOUNT CLERK POSITION AND AN AGING SERVICES SPECIALIST POSITION IN THE OFFICE FOR AGING
RESOLUTION IN MEMORY OF FULTON COUNTY JUDGE AND SURROGATE HONORABLE LOUISE SIRA