Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Lost hiker found

 

Ranger Report September 15 2021

 Lost hiker found

Speculator--On Sept. 8 at 4:37 p.m., DEC's Ray Brook Dispatch received a call reporting a 24-year-old despondent man from New Jersey heading to the Siamese Pond Wilderness Area. Rangers Kerr and Thompson responded along with New York State Police (NYSP) and Hamilton County Sheriff's Officers. The subject's vehicle was located, and Rangers searched areas he was likely to be found, without success. The next morning a command post was established at the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office and search efforts continued with a team of six Forest Rangers. At 12:21 p.m., Rangers located the man's camp, but he wasn't there. Two hours later, Rangers found the subject and carried him out of the woods. He was transported to a medical facility for evaluation. Resources were clear from the scene at 5:12 p.m.

 

Raquette Lake--On Sept. 9 at 2:50 p.m., Hamilton County 911 received a report of a wildland fire in a tree at the end of Northpoint Road in Raquette Lake. Forest Ranger Sabo responded and located a large, white pine snag (any dead or dying standing tree) with approximately 30 feet burned around the base. Ranger Milano responded to assist with fire suppression. Rangers extinguished the fire, likely caused by a lightning strike, by 5:50 p.m. Ranger Milano checked the fire the next day and found some warmth around the roots, but no active smoke or fire. Using hand tools, the Ranger dug out the roots and put more water on the hot spots.

Wednesday, September 8, 2021

Deadly accident in Long Lake

 

Police Report September 8 2021

 

On September 7, 2021, at approximately 12:43 p.m., State Police responded to a one-vehicle rollover on Lake Lila Road in the town of Long Lake. An investigation at the scene revealed a Suburban Propane delivery truck operated by 24-year-old Kurt J. Russel of St. Regis Falls, was traveling east on Lake Lila Road, when it ran off the edge of the seasonal road and rolled down an earth embankment, striking a tree. Russel was pronounced deceased at the scene. His body was transported to St. Mary’s Hospital in Amsterdam where an autopsy will be performed on September 8, 2021.

Friday, September 3, 2021

Thank Our Sheriff

 Supervisors September 2 2021



Thank Our Sheriff

By PETE KLEIN

LAKE PLEASANT—When the Hamilton County Board of Supervisors met on September 2, it passed numerous resolutions including one recognizing the importance of the Office of the Hamilton County Sheriff. It reads as follows.

RECOGNITION OF SHERIFFS’ WEEK 

WHEREAS, the Office of Sheriff has been an integral part of the criminal justice system in New York State and in Hamilton County throughout our history, having been established in the State’s first Constitution in 1777 and continued in every succeeding Constitution, and having been one of our original Constitutional offices upon the founding of our County, and 

WHEREAS, despite changes in its function, status and powers during its long history, the Office of Sheriff has maintained a continuous existence, preserved its distinguishing heritage, and continued to be an essential component of our criminal justice community, and 

WHEREAS, the Office of Sheriff has evolved into a modern, professional, full-service law enforcement agency, manned by fully trained police officers, using state-of-the-art technology, and applying the latest and most advanced theories and practices in the criminal justice field, and 

WHEREAS, the Office of Sheriff is unique in the community, and the duties of the Office go far beyond the traditional role of “Keeper of the Peace,” and extend into many facets of public service, including maintaining the county jail, providing security in our courts, dispatching emergency services, and serving and executing civil process for our courts, and 

WHEREAS, as a constitutionally empowered Office directly responsible to the People, the ancient Office of Sheriff remains, even today, responsive, and accountable to the public it serves, and 

WHEREAS it is fitting to celebrate the historical contributions of the Office of Sheriff and the significant role that the Sheriffs play in our modern criminal justice system, be it 

RESOLVED, we, the Hamilton County Board of Supervisors do recognize the important services provided to the citizens of this County by Sheriff Karl G. Abrams and the members of the Sheriff’s Office, and do hereby proclaim September 19 to 25, 2021 to be Sheriffs’ Week in Hamilton County.

AUTHORIZING PAYMENT INSURANCE REPAIR

WHEREAS Highway Plow Truck #135 was involved in an accident and the repairs for the damage were completed by Utica Mack, Inc., and 

WHEREAS the Fleet Coordinator recommends the payment of the said repairs of vehicle #135, be it 

RESOLVED, the County Treasurer is hereby authorized to increase Account No.  A1910.0402 Repairs to Vehicles-Insurance by $18,593.85 to be totally offset by increasing Revenue Account No. A2680.0000 Insurance Recoveries by $18,593.85, and be it further 

RESOLVED, that the County Treasurer is hereby authorized to make a check payable to: Utica Mack, Inc. Interstate Billing, Inc. Decatur, AL for Invoice #010410615 in the amount of $19,593.85 and the funds be taken out of Account No.  A1910.0402 Repairs to Vehicles-Insurance and the Fleet Coordinator and Clerk of the Board be so notified.  

AUTHORIZING CHAIRMAN TO SIGN EISEP CONTRACT AGREEMENT

WHEREAS the Hamilton County Department of Social Services maintains an agreement between Warren/Hamilton Office for the Aging, and  

WHEREAS Hamilton County Department of Social Services is to provide services for Hamilton County residents under an EISEP Contract, and  

WHEREAS this contract will be for the period of April 1, 2021 – March 31, 2022 in an amount not to exceed $30,500, be it  

RESOLVED, that the Chairman of the Board of Supervisors is hereby authorized to sign the agreement between the Department of Social Services and Warren/Hamilton Office for the Aging, upon approval of the County Attorney, on behalf of the Hamilton County Department of Social Services. 

CONTRACT FOR COMPREHENSIVE MEDICINE PLLC 

WHEREAS, the County of Hamilton has approved the contract with Comprehensive Medicine PLLC to provide tele-psychiatry to residents of Hamilton receiving mental health services from Hamilton County Community Services, and  

WHEREAS the utilization of services will exceed the cap of $46,500.00 specified in the current contract, and 

WHEREAS services projected to be provided by Comprehensive Medicine PLLC will require additional funding through the end of the current year, be it  

RESOLVED, that the Hamilton County Board of Supervisors hereby approves amending the County’s 2021 contract for Comprehensive Medicine PLLC from a $46,500 cap to a $70,350 and the Treasurer be so advised.  

OFFICE OF INDIGENT LEGAL SERVICES GRANT CONTRACT 

WHEREAS Resolution No. 86-19 authorized the NYS Office of Indigent Legal Services Five-year Statewide Expansion of Hurrell-Harring Grant Contract No. CSTWIDEHH20 in the amount of $769,574.34, and 

WHEREAS, Hamilton County has received the amended five-year Statewide Expansion of Hurrell-Harring contract which reflects the budget and work plan for Years Three and Four, and 

WHEREAS, Hamilton County has also received from the NYS Office of Indigent Legal Services contracts for Distribution 8 Contract No. T800001 in the amount of $25,896, Distribution 9 Contract No. T900001 in the amount of $12,948 and Distribution 10 Contract No. T100001 in the amount of $12,948.00, therefore, be it 

RESOLVED, that the Chairman of the Hamilton County Board of Supervisors is hereby authorized to sign the amended Statewide Expansion of Hurrell-Harring Grant Contract No.  CSTWIDEHH20 for Years Three and Four budget, and be it further 

RESOLVED, that the Chairman of the Hamilton County Board of Supervisors is hereby authorized to sign Distribution 8 Contract No. T800001, Distribution 9 Contract No. T900001 and Distribution 10 Contract No. T100001.  

COUNTY BOARD OF ELECTIONS SERVER AND SUPPORT SERVICES 

WHEREAS Cathleen E. Rogers, Democrat Election Commissioner and Marie C. Buanno, Republican Election Commissioner, by and on behalf of the Hamilton County Board of Elections have requested authorization for an intermunicipal agreement with Fulton County, and its Board of Elections, in accordance with Article 5-G of the General Municipal Law, and 

WHEREAS, Fulton County Board of Elections has proposed to provide Hamilton County Board of Elections server and support services including operation/maintenance of server(s), remote access in emergencies, regular backup of data, support for PCs to access software, and assistance with NYS Cybersecurity compliance, at a cost of $8,500 per year payable upon execution of the agreement together with an onsite service charge of $45/hr. plus mileage, now therefore, be it 

RESOLVED, that the Chairman of the Board of Supervisors is hereby authorized to execute an intermunicipal agreement with Fulton County for the purpose of said County’s Board of Elections providing server and support services to the Hamilton County Board of Elections for the consideration hereinbefore set forth. 

HOMELAND SECURITY AND EMERGENCY SERVICES GRANT

WHEREAS, the Hamilton County Emergency Management Department has been awarded a NYS 2021 Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Services (DHSES) Grant through the DHSES SHSP program in the amount of $42,678, Grant SH21-1044-D00, therefore, be it 

RESOLVED, that the Chairman of the Board of Supervisors is hereby authorized to sign said NYS 2021 SHSP grant, and be it further 

RESOLVED, that the County Treasurer be authorized to create and fund Account No.  A3645.0424 SH21-1044-D00 at $42,678 to be totally offset by creating and funding Revenue Account No. A3389.0128 SH21-1044-D00 at $42,678 and the Director of Emergency Management and Sheriff be so notified. 

AMENDING LANGUAGE IN THE HOMELAND SECURITY GRANT ADMINISTRATION STANDARD OPERATING GUIDELINE 

WHEREAS, Resolution No. 277-12 adopted the Hamilton County Homeland Security Grant Administration Standard Operating Guideline, and 

WHEREAS, the NYS Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services has requested an update to the language in said Guideline, be it 

RESOLVED, that Section B of the Hamilton County Homeland Security Grant Administration Standard Operating Guideline be replaced with the following language: 

B. Procurement 1. Once all application materials are in place and accounted for the process of procurement can begin. All procurements will be done in accordance with the most restrictive of Federal, State, General Municipal or Local/County Regulations. Written justification and documentation for all procurements must be maintained on file and made available upon request.  

CLOSE OF COUNTY ROAD PROJECT 2021

WHEREAS Resolution No. 117-21 authorizes County Road projects for 2021, and 

WHEREAS the following project is complete and has been over expended in the amount shown below: D5112.2525 CR6 – Benson Road – overage $2,873.61 be it 

RESOLVED, that the following transfer be made: From: Account D5112.202 Capital Projects $2,873.61 To: Account D5112.2525 CR6 – Benson Road $2,873.61 and be it further 

RESOLVED, that County Road Project No. 1 Account D5112.2525 CR6, Benson Road be closed, and the County Treasurer be so authorized to complete the transfers and close the account and the Clerk of the Board and the County DPW Superintendent be so notified.  

PETROLEUM BULK STORAGE REGISTRATION RENEWAL

FOR LAKE PLEASANT COUNTY DPW FACILITY 

WHEREAS, the Petroleum Bulk Storage (PBS) 5 year registration renewal fee is due for the Lake Pleasant Fuel Depot, and 

WHEREAS the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation will not accept vouchers for the renewal of the registration, be it 

RESOLVED, that the Hamilton County Board of Supervisors do hereby authorize payment for registration renewal fees of $500 for the County’s PBS #5-036129 located at the Lake Pleasant DPW Facility, and be it further 

RESOLVED, that the County Treasurer is hereby authorized to make a check payable to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation in the amount of $500 for the said PBS renewal and the funds be taken out of Account No. DM5130.405 Gas & Diesel and the County Highway Superintendent and Clerk of the Board be so notified.  

PAYMENT FOR STEEL TRAILER SUB-FRAMES 

WHEREAS the DPW advertised for bids per Specification 10-2021 for four (4) steel sub frames for solid waste trailers, and 

WHEREAS the County received one (1) bid for the said steel sub-frames for a cost of $30,000 ($7,500 ea.), and 

WHEREAS the DPW Superintendent reviewed the said bid and Spector Manufacturing met the specifications of Specification No. 10-2021, and 

WHEREAS the Superintendent was working with Spector Manufacturing to get the said trailer frames built and delivered to Hamilton County per the bid, and 

WHEREAS the County acknowledges that inadvertently this bid specification was not formally awarded by resolution but intended on making the award and purchase, and  

WHEREAS the said frames have been delivered to Hamilton County and it has been determined by the Superintendent the frames meet all specifications and recommends payment to Spector Manufacturing, be it 

RESOLVED, the Board of Supervisors approve of the payment and the County Treasurer is hereby authorized to make payment to Spector Manufacturing, Inc., PO Box 158, Industrial Park Road, St. Clair, PA 17970 in the amount of $30,000 and the funds to be taken out of Account No. DM5130.401 and the DPW Superintendent and the Clerk of the Board be so notified.  

NATIONAL COOPERATIVE PURCHASING ALLIANCE (NCPA) 

WHEREAS the National Cooperative Purchasing Alliance (NCPA) is an organization that offers contract purchasing benefits through a national bidding process for materials and equipment, and 

WHEREAS, by being a NCPA member the County can purchase materials and equipment that has previously been bid by NCPA, and 

WHEREAS there is no cost to be a NCPA member, be it 

RESOLVED, the Chairman of the Board is hereby authorized to enter into a membership agreement with the National Cooperative Purchasing Alliance and the County Treasurer, and Clerk of the Board be so advised. 

SOFTWARE FOR THE TREASURER’S OFFICE, CLERK OF THE BOARD’S OFFICE AND THE PERSONNEL OFFICE 

WHEREAS Resolution No. 180-21 authorized the County to enter into an agreement with Tyler Technologies to provide new Accounting and Personnel financial software at a cost of $79,590, and  

WHEREAS, it has been determined that the Project Management price of $5,000 and the Recurring Fee of $32,222 was not included in Resolution No. 180-21, therefore, be it  

RESOLVED, that Resolution No. 180-21 be hereby amended to authorize the County to enter into an agreement with Tyler Technologies to provide new Accounting and Personnel financial software at a onetime cost of $84,590 and annual fees of $32,222, and be it further 

RESOLVED, that the Chairman of the Board of Supervisors is hereby authorized to enter into an agreement with Tyler Technologies to provide financial and personnel software to the County of Hamilton, and the Clerk of the Board, Personnel Officer and Treasurer be so advised. 

APPOINTMENT OF GAIL OSGOOD AS REPUBLICAN COMMISSIONER OF ELECTIONS 

WHEREAS, this Board has received a recommendation from Mr. Clark Seaman, Chairman of the Hamilton County Republican Committee, in accordance with the provisions of Section 3- 204 sub 5 of the Election Law, to appoint Gail Osgood a resident and qualified voter of the Town of Arietta, Republican Commissioner of Elections, to fill a vacancy, therefore, be it 

RESOLVED, that the recommendation be accepted, and Gail Osgood is hereby appointed as Republican Commissioner of Elections to fill a vacancy for a term beginning October 4, 2021 and ending December 31, 2024, and be it further 

RESOLVED, that the annual salary of the Republican Commissioner of Elections is hereby set at $49,320 on an annual prorated basis for the remainder of 2021 and the annual salary be set by Local Law at budget time each year payable in bi-weekly installments and the County Treasurer and Personnel Officer be so advised. 

2021-2022 HRI AIDS INSTITUTE SCHOOL ELC GRANT 

WHEREAS, the New York State Department of Health through Health Research, Inc. (HRI) has been awarded a grant from the Center Disease Control Prevent and would like to contract with Hamilton County Public Health Nursing Service for Public Health Emergency Preparedness and School ELC COVID-19 Enhanced Detection Response for the period 7/1/21- 7/31/22, and  

WHEREAS the total grant contract is for $568,105 with $347,470 being restricted funds, be it  

RESOLVED, that the Chairman of the Board of Supervisors be authorized to sign the Contract with the New York State Department of Health through Health Research, Inc. (HRI), pending approval by the County Attorney, and be it further 

RESOLVED, that the County Treasurer be hereby authorized to create and fund the following accounts: 

A4189.1104 - Personal Service – HRI COVID ELC EP/SCHOOL $31,039 A4189.4105- Supplies& Miscellaneous - HRI COVID ELC EP/SCHOOL $172,490 A4189.8720 - Fringe - HRI COVID ELC EP/SCHOOL $17,106 

To be total offset by creating and funding Revenue Account Number: A4401.0300 HRI COVID ELC Emerg.Prep/School in the amount of $220,635

AGREEMENT WITH RSTELECOM FOR MICROWAVE MAINTENANCE 

WHEREAS, with Resolution No. 236-19, Hamilton County hired RSTelecom for microwave service and maintenance for the Lake Pleasant, Oak Mt, East Mt., and Blue Mt. sites for a two-year period, and 

WHEREAS, RSTelecom has issued a proposal for a 1-year extension to that contract under the same rate and terms for the period August 1, 2021 to July 31, 2022, therefore, be it 

RESOLVED, that upon approval of the County Attorney, the Chairman be authorized to sign the contract for the one-year extension for RSTelecom, and that the Emergency Services Director be so notified. 

AUTHORIZING PURCHASE OF RADIO EQUIPMENT

WHEREAS the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Dispatch is now utilizing a simulcast broadcasting system to dispatch Law, Fire, and EMS agencies to incidents, and 

WHEREAS broadcast signal to the agencies located in Wells and Hope is largely blocked by terrain from the broadcast point on Oak Mt., and 

WHEREAS, by placing communication system racks and antennas at both Wells and Hope, connected back to the Dispatch center in Lake Pleasant by fiber connection, the broadcast signal and area coverage can be substantially strengthened and increased, and 

WHEREAS, the Hamilton County Office of Emergency Services has received a quote from Capital Digitronics under NYS contract numbers PT68714, PT68716 and PT68724, for Harris Simulcast equipment, racking, and antennas, including all installation, in the amount of $243,969.04, and 

WHEREAS funding for said purchase is available through New York State Homeland Security and Emergency Services (DHSES) Interoperability Formula Grant SI18-1047-D02, C198204, Account No. A3645.0402, therefore, be it 

RESOLVED, that the Chairman be authorized to approve purchase of said radio equipment from Capital Digitronics by the Hamilton County Office of Emergency Services in the amount of $243,969.04 with funding from Account No. A3645.0402 DHSES Contract C198204, and the Treasurer and the Office of Emergency Services be so notified. 

PURCHASE GETAC V110 COMPUTERS

WHEREAS, the Hamilton County Emergency Management Department has been awarded the NYS Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services (DHSES) Grant Project SI18- 1047-D00 in the amount of $544,803, and 

WHEREAS, the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office patrol cars need to connect to the Hamilton County PSAP Center and the current laptop computers are outdated, and  

WHEREAS, the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office has received a quote for purchasing a seven GETAC V110 Laptop Computers from Brite Computer under National Cooperative Purchasing Alliance 01-97, for $26,250, be it 

RESOLVED, that the Hamilton County Board of Supervisors authorizes the purchase of seven GETAC V110 Laptop Computers from Brite Computers in the amount of $26,250 with the funds coming from Account No. A3645.402 SI18-1047-D00. 

ADVERTISING FOR BIDS FOR COUNTY BRIDGE PROJECT

WHEREAS Hamilton County owns all bridges with a span of more than 20 feet in length on county and town owned roads in Hamilton County, and 

WHEREAS Bridge BIN #2204520 located on Cramer Road in the Town of Benson is inspected bi-annually by the New State Department of Transportation, and 

WHEREAS the county received a Prompt Interim Action (PIA) Red Flag on Bridge BIN #2204520, and 

WHEREAS, it has been determined by a professional engineer that the bridge superstructure, decking, and guide railing needs to be replaced, and 

WHEREAS Andrew S. Bell of A.S. Bell Engineering has designed a new superstructure, decking and guide rail for the said bridge, be it 

RESOLVED, that the Board of Supervisors of the County of Hamilton does hereby authorize the DPW Superintendent to advertise for public bids for the said bridge materials and the County Treasurer and Clerk of the Board be so advised. 

REPAIRS AND PAYMENT FOR REPAIRS TO EJECTOR TRAILERS

WHEREAS, the DPW have several ejector trailers that have sub frames that are corroded to point they need to be replaced and can no longer pass NYS inspection, and 

WHEREAS the DPW advertised for bids for the new sub frames, and they have been delivered, and 

WHEREAS, the Superintendent had trailer #958 taken to Dunham’s Spring Shop to have one of the new sub frames installed, and  

WHEREAS the repairs were completed at a cost of $5,861.64 and the said trailer is back in service, and  

WHEREAS, the Superintendent has trailer #959 scheduled to be taken to Dunham’s Spring Shop for mid-September for the same sub frame installation, be it 

RESOLVED, that hereby the County Treasurer is hereby authorized to send payment to Dunham’s Spring Shop, Inc. in the amount of $5,861.64 for trailer #958 and the funds be taken out of Account No. DM5310.401 Repairs, and be it further 

RESOLVED, that the Superintendent is hereby authorized to take trailer #959 to Dunham’s Spring Shop for the same sub frame installation repair at an estimated cost of $4,800 and Clerk of the Board and Highway Superintendent be so notified. 

APPROVAL OF EXPENDITURES FOR LINE STRIPING 2021 

WHEREAS, Hamilton County has an awarded bid for road line striping with Seneca Pavement Markings, Inc., and 

WHEREAS the DPW annually stripes centerline and edge lines on County Routes 1, 2, 4, 6, 11, 18 & 19, and 

WHEREAS, the Superintendent recommends adding County Routes 3, 5 and 9 to the county routes to be striped, be it 

RESOLVED, the Board of Supervisors does authorize the DPW Superintendent to complete road striping on the county routes stated herein by Seneca Pavement Marking, Inc., 3526 Watkins Road, Horseheads, NY 14845 not to exceed $30,000.00 and the DPW Superintendent, County Treasurer and Clerk of the Board be so advised. 


Wednesday, August 18, 2021

Ranger Report August 18 2021

 Ranger Report August 18 2021

Arietta: On Aug.13 at 1:15 p.m., DEC's Ray Brook Dispatch received a request for assistance for a 56-year-old hiker from Poughkeepsie with a lower leg injury near the base of the Pillsbury Mountain Fire Tower. Forest Ranger Nally and members of the Speculator Fire Department, Hamilton County Sheriff's Office, and the Greater Amsterdam Volunteer Ambulance Corps made their way on foot to the woman's location. Due to the extreme heat and difficult terrain, NYSP Aviation was requested to assist with a hoist evacuation. The woman was extracted off the summit at approximately 5 p.m. and transported by family for further medical attention.


Friday, August 6, 2021

County prepares for new school year

 Supervisors August 5 2021



County prepares for new school year

By PETE KLEIN

LAKE PLEASANT—The Hamilton County Board of Supervisors meet on August 5 and passed several resolutions in preparation for the new school year, including the following, plus others needed to run the country government.

PRESCHOOL SPECIAL EDUCATION PROGRAM – INDIAN LAKE 

WHEREAS the Hamilton County Public Health Nursing Service is required to provide for Related Services (Speech, Occupational and Physical Therapy Services) for children aged 3-5, who reside within Hamilton County and have a developmental delay as defined through a comprehensive evaluation, through the Committee on Pre-School Special Education (CPSE) process, and 

WHEREAS, Indian Lake Central School District can provide these related services through the New York State Department of Education, and 

WHEREAS the frequency and duration of services for each child is based on the findings of the comprehensive evaluation and rules applying to section 4410 of the NYS Education Law, as determined by the CPSE committee in preparing an Individualized Education Plan (IEP), and 

WHEREAS the compensation for related services are set at rates in conjunction with the Rate Setting Unit of the NYS Department of Education, be it 

RESOLVED, that the Chairman of the Hamilton County Board of Supervisors is authorized to enter into a contract with said provider to provide the aforesaid services for the period of September 1, 2021 through August 31, 2022 pursuant to an aforesaid IEP for each eligible child, with compensation for services rendered at the current approved rates set forth for Hamilton County by the Rate Setting Unit of the NYS Education Department, upon approval of the County Attorney, and the County Treasurer be so notified. 

PRESCHOOL SPECIAL EDUCATION PROGRAM - LAKE PLEASANT

WHEREAS the Hamilton County Public Health Nursing Service is required to provide for special education and related services for children aged 3-5, who reside within Hamilton County and have a developmental delay as defined through a comprehensive evaluation, through the Committee on Pre-School Special Education (CPSE) process, and 

WHEREAS Lake Pleasant Central School District is an approved provider of special education and related services through the New York State Department of Education, and 

WHEREAS the frequency and duration of services for each child is based on the findings of the comprehensive evaluation and rules applying to section 4410 of the NYS Education Law, as determined by the CPSE committee in preparing an Individualized Education Plan (IEP), and 

WHEREAS the compensation for special education and related services are set at rates in conjunction with the Rate Setting Unit of the NYS Department of Education, be it 

RESOLVED, that the Chairman of the Hamilton County Board of Supervisors is authorized to enter into a contract with said provider to provide the aforesaid services for the period of September 1, 2021 through August 31, 2022 pursuant to an aforesaid IEP for each eligible child, with compensation for services rendered at the current approved rates set forth for Hamilton County by the Rate Setting Unit of the NYS Education Department, upon approval of the County Attorney and the County Treasurer be so notified. 

CENTER-BASED SERVICE PROVIDERS FOR CHILDREN AGED 3-5 YEARS 

WHEREAS Hamilton County is required to provide for Comprehensive evaluations for children aged 3-5, who reside within Hamilton County and have a suspected developmental delay through the Committee on Pre-School Special Education (CPSE) process, and 

WHEREAS Hamilton County is required to provide for any combination of Center Based itinerant or related professional services including: Special Education Itinerant (SEIT) Services; skilled Physical, Occupational, and Speech Therapy Related services; Counseling and/or one-on-one Aide services for children determined to have an eligible level of developmental delay and require center-based services to fully meet their needs; as defined through the CPSE Process, and 

WHEREAS, pursuant to Section 4410 of the New York State Education Law, the County is required to maintain contracts with several providers for the provision of comprehensive Evaluation and specialized center-based services as described above; in order to provide parents with a choice for service provision, and 

WHEREAS reimbursement for comprehensive evaluation and subsequent center-based services is determined by the extent of the evaluation and results, and based on rates set in conjunction with the Rate Setting Unit of the New York State Education Department, and 

WHEREAS Comprehensive Evaluations may be requested at any time and/or professional related service provision may be requested at any time through the regular school year and/or the 30 day summer session, and 

WHEREAS the Hamilton County Public Health Nursing Service represents Hamilton County as administrator of this program, be it 

RESOLVED, that the Chairman of the Hamilton County Board of Supervisors is hereby authorized to sign contracts, upon approval of the County Attorney, for Comprehensive Evaluation and Center-Based professional service provision for children residing within Hamilton County at rates set by the New York State Department of Education, for the period of September 1, 2021 through August 31, 2022 between the Hamilton County Public Health Nursing Service and, not limited to but including, the following center-based preschool service providers: 

The Adirondack ARC, Tupper Lake, Center for Disability Services, Queensbury, Upstate Cerebral Palsy, Inc, Utica, Children’s Development Group for Speech, Keesville, Kelberman Center, Utica.

PRESCHOOL SPECIAL EDUCATION PROGRAM – WELLS CENTRAL

WHEREAS the Hamilton County Public Health Nursing Service is required to provide for Speech, Occupational and Physical Therapy Services for children aged 3-5, who reside within Hamilton County and have a developmental delay as defined through a comprehensive evaluation, through the Committee on Pre-School Special Education (CPSE) process, and 

WHEREAS, Wells Central School District can provide these related services through the New York State Department of Education, and 

WHEREAS the frequency and duration of services for each child is based on the findings of the comprehensive evaluation and rules applying to section 4410 of the NYS Education Law, as determined by the CPSE committee in preparing an Individualized Education Plan (IEP), and 

WHEREAS the compensation for related services are set at rates in conjunction with the Rate Setting Unit of the NYS Department of Education, be it 

RESOLVED, that the Chairman of the Hamilton County Board of Supervisors is authorized to enter into a contract with said provider to provide the aforesaid services for the period of September 1, 2021 through August 31, 2022 pursuant to an aforesaid IEP for each eligible child, with compensation for services rendered at the current approved rates set forth for Hamilton County by the Rate Setting Unit of the NYS Education Department, upon approval of the County Attorney, and the County Treasurer be so notified. 

CHILD & FAMILY SERVICES PLAN ANNUAL UPDATE

WHEREAS Resolution No. 119-18 adopted April 5, 2018 authorized the April 1, 2018- March 31, 2023 Child & Family Services Plan, and 

WHEREAS Roberta A Bly has provided the Hamilton County Board of Supervisors with the April 1, 2021- March 31, 2022 Child & Family Services Plan Annual Update, be it 

RESOLVED, that Roberta A Bly, Commissioner of Social Services; Robert Kleppang, Executive Director of the County Youth Bureau; Amy Granger, Probation Director and the Chairman of the Hamilton County Board of Supervisors are authorized to sign. 

COLLECTING OFFICER FOR LAKE PLEASANT CENTRAL SCHOOL

WHEREAS, according to Real Property Tax Law Section 578, the County has the right to enter into a contract with a school district for the collection of school taxes, and 

WHEREAS, the Hamilton County Treasurer’s Office has had a contract with the Lake Pleasant Central School to collect the school taxes for the district since 2011, and 

WHEREAS the Lake Pleasant Central School Board agreed at its Annual Reorganizational meeting held on July 14, 2021 to enter into a school tax collection contract with Hamilton County for the collection year July 1, 2021 – June 30, 2022 for $10,500, and 

WHEREAS, the Hamilton County Treasurer has agreed to be the tax collecting officer for the 2021-2022 school year for the Lake Pleasant Central School during its normal school tax collection period of September 1 to October 31 with the collection office being the Hamilton County Treasurer’s Office, be it 

RESOLVED, that Beth Hunt, Hamilton County Treasurer, is authorized to collect the Lake Pleasant Central School District taxes for the School Tax year 2021-22 at the Hamilton County Treasurer’s Office for an agreed amount of $10,150 for school tax year to be paid by the Lake Pleasant Central School District, and be it further 

RESOLVED, that upon the approval of the County Attorney, the Chairman of the Board of Supervisors is authorized to enter into a contract with Lake Pleasant Central School to provide school tax collection services for the school year 2021-2022 for $10,150 and the County Treasurer be so notified.  

Seconded by

ABSTRACTING SERVICES FOR THE TREASURER’S OFFICE

WHEREAS, the Hamilton County Treasurer’s Office each year has stub searches performed on delinquent properties that are part of the foreclosure procedure, and 

WHEREAS, last year this was successfully performed by Mountain Abstract Company, Inc., and 

WHEREAS, Mountain Abstract Company, Inc. is able to provide the abstracting services needed at the same price as last year’s services; that being $125 per new search and $50 per two year update search, therefore, be it 

RESOLVED, that the Chairman is hereby authorized to enter into an abstracting agreement with Mountain Abstract Company, Inc., PO Box 140, Chestertown, NY 12817 under the same terms and conditions as last year. 

SUPPORT SERVICES FOR THE TREASURER’S OFFICE TAX COLLECTION

WHEREAS the proposal to provide application software and support services to the Hamilton County Treasurer’s Office, as well as the towns and school districts, for their tax collection has been submitted by Systems East, Inc., and 

WHEREAS the Treasurer’s Office is satisfied with the services and support received from Systems East in the past, and 

WHEREAS an increase of $166 over last year’s agreement has been proposed for a total contract price of $12,019 to cover the period of January 1, 2022 through December 31, 2022, and 

WHEREAS a portion of this contract price will be charged back to the towns and schools at the same level as last year ($200 each), be it 

RESOLVED, that the Chairman of the Board be authorized to sign the agreement as proposed and the County Treasurer be so notified. 

COURT CLEANING CONTRACT 

WHEREAS, Hamilton County has received the Annual Renewal Letter and Budget for the Court Cleaning Contract #C-300407 authorized by Resolution No. 301-18 adopted October 4, 2018, and 

WHEREAS, said Renewal Letter covers State Fiscal Year 2021-2022 with a budget of $123,255, now, therefore, be it 

RESOLVED, that the Letter of Renewal and Budget is hereby approved for State Fiscal Year 2021-2022, and the Chairman is authorized to sign the necessary documents and the County Treasurer be so notified. 

SOFTWARE FOR THE TREASURER’S OFFICE, CLERK OF THE BOARD’S OFFICE AND THE PERSONNEL OFFICE 

WHEREAS, the Treasurer’s Office has been researching new financial software for use in the Treasurer’s Office, the Clerk of the Board’s Office, and would bring in the Personnel Office, which is in need of Personnel software, and 

WHEREAS two presentations by vendors yielded a unanimous agreement by all three departments that one product, that being the “Incode” software from Tyler Technologies was the best fit for the County, be it  

RESOLVED, that the County enter into an agreement with Tyler Technologies to provide new Accounting and Personnel financial software at a cost of $79,590, and be it further 

RESOLVED, that the Chairman of the Board of Supervisors is hereby authorized to enter into an agreement with Tyler Technologies to provide financial and personnel software to the County of Hamilton, and the Clerk of the Board, Personnel Officer and Treasurer be so advised. 

QUALITY IMPROVEMENT COMMITTEE

WHEREAS the Public Health Nursing Service/Home Health Agency’s certification requires Hamilton County Board of Supervisors to appoint members from the Professional Advisory Committee to the Quality Improvement Committee, and  

WHEREAS, the Public Health Service/Home Health Agency’s Professional Advisory Committee has named the following members for appointment: 

Dr. David Welch, Ellen Kleppang, Elizabeth Gundel, Charles Taylor, Beth Waldron, Leila Lewis, be it 

RESOLVED, said members be appointed to the Continuing Quality Improvement Committee for the two-year period of 2021 and 2022.  

PROFESSIONAL ADVISORY COMMITTEE

WHEREAS the Public Health Nursing Service/Certified Home Health Agency’s certification requires Hamilton County Board of Supervisors to appoint members to the Professional Advisory Committee (PAC), and 

WHEREAS, the Public Health Nursing Service/Home Health Agency’s Professional Advisory Committee has named the following members for appointment: Robert Kleppang, Abigail Eichler, Beth Waldron, Dr. Russell Rider, Elizabeth Gundel, Kristen Sayers, Leila Lewis, Charles Taylor, Kathy Hutchins, Deanna Park, Samantha Peets, Betsy Bain 

RESOLVED, that said members be appointed to the Professional Advisory Committee for the two-year period of 2021 and 2022, and be it further

RESOLVED, that terms will include: (1) Chairman of the Health and Human Services Committee of the Hamilton County Board of Supervisors, and be it further 

RESOLVED, that the Medical Director, Director of Public Health, Director of Patient Services, and the Supervising Community Health Nurse will serve during tenure of their employment to Hamilton County Public Health Nursing Service. 

AGREEMENT WITH THE NEW YORK STATE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH 

WHEREAS, pursuant to Public Health Law 2550, the New York State Department of  Health is the lead agency responsible for the administration of the Early Intervention Program and  that each Municipality is responsible for the local administration of the program, which includes  accepting referrals of children potentially eligible for program services, assigning initial service  coordinators, participating in Individual Family Service Plan (IFPS) meetings, ensuring that  services contained in the IFSP are appropriately delivered and reimbursing providers for services  not covered by Medicaid or commercial insurance according to rates set by the NYSDOH, and 

WHEREAS, the NYSDOH has allotted $25,751 annually, for the period October 1, 2021 – September 30, 2026, and 

WHEREAS Hamilton County by and through the Hamilton County Public Health Nursing Service assumes the responsibilities delineated above, and 

WHEREAS, initial service coordinators may be assigned to employees of the Hamilton County Public Health Nursing Service, be it 

RESOLVED, that the Chairman of the Board of Supervisors be authorized to sign the Early Intervention Provider Agreement with the New York State Department of Health, pending approval by the County Attorney and the County Treasurer be so advised. 

PAYMENT TO CHEMUNG SUPPLY FOR HOPE FALLS ROAD

WHEREAS, Resolution No. 117-21 authorized and funded County Road Project No. 2, Hope Falls Road, to improve drainage, recycle base and apply HMA Base and Top, and 

WHEREAS the County Highway Superintendent ordered galvanized arch pipes and bands to improve drainage from Chemung Supply under NYS Contract PC69054 Group 37700 Award 23187, and 

WHEREAS the County Highway Superintendent confirms delivery and invoice of said materials, be it  

RESOLVED, that payment for the galvanized arch pipes and bands is hereby authorized and the County Treasurer be so authorized to send a payment of $15,414.78 to Chemung Supply, PO Box 527, Elmira, NY 14902 to be charged to Account No. D5112.2526 County Road Project No. 2, Co. Rd. No. 7-Hope Falls Road, and the Clerk of the Board and Highway Superintendent be so notified. 

EXPENDITURES FOR CONSTRUCTION OF COUNTY ROAD FUND WHEREAS, there has been appropriated in the 2021 highway budget the sum of $1,304,038.40 for the construction of County Road Fund Projects for 2021 and these funds are 100% reimbursed through the Consolidation Highway Improvement Program (CHIP’s), and 

WHEREAS, the County Highway Superintendent has recommended the expenditure of $30,000 for the construction of the following project: 

COUNTY ROAD PROJECT NO. 6 Town of Long Lake 

Co. Rd. No. 10 – Sabattis Rd., Improve Drainage and Recycle Base @ 20 ft. Approx. 1.0 miles $30,000, Account No. D5112.2530 and  

WHEREAS the above designated road is on a completed system of the Hamilton County Road map adopted by the Board of Supervisors of Hamilton County and approved by the Commissioner of Transportation, be it 

RESOLVED, hereby that the Board of Supervisors of the County of Hamilton does allot and appropriate from Account No. D5112.202 Capital Projects, the sum of $30,000.00, for the construction of the above designated project as recommended by the County Highway Superintendent and the County Treasurer and Clerk of the Board be so advised. 

BROADBAND INFRASTRUCTURE PROGRAM GRANT APPLICATION 

WHEREAS, the US Department of Commerce National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) has issued a Notice of Funding Opportunity for the Broadband Infrastructure Program (Program), and 

WHEREAS the Program is designed to provide grant funding for the deployment of qualifying broadband service (25/3 standard) in eligible service areas (a census block in which broadband service is not available at one or more households or businesses) with an emphasis on projects designed to provide broadband service to the greatest number of households, and 

WHEREAS the Program also emphasizes broadband deployment in rural areas, and  

WHEREAS, Hamilton County is working with Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Warren and Washington Counties, the Lake Champlain – Lake George Regional Planning Board, and several private broadband providers to develop a strategy to deploy broadband within these designated counties, and  

WHEREAS the aforementioned entities will create a “Covered Partnership” under the Program guidelines for the purpose of applying for funding under the Program, and 

WHEREAS, a subdivision of the state must act as the lead applicant, now, therefore, be it 

RESOLVED, that Hamilton County will act as the lead applicant for the Program grant application, and be it further 

RESOLVED, that the Chairman of the Board of Supervisors is authorized to execute any and all documents associated with the application and its submission, acceptance of award, execution of contracts and acceptance of funds.  

DHSES GRANT PROJECT PS20-1031-EOO DATED: AUGUST 5, 2021 

WHEREAS, the Hamilton County Emergency Management Department has been awarded the NYS Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services (DHSES) Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP) Grant Project PS20-1031-E00 in the amount of $137,357, and 

WHEREAS PSAP grant funds are used for electrical power for the Oak Mt. tower, PSAP broadcast point, VCAD monthly charges, dedicated internet connectivity to PSAP and the annual salaries of some of the County 911 dispatchers, and  

WHEREAS, said funds were budgeted for in the 2021 budget, be it 

RESOLVED, that the Chairman of the Board of Supervisors is hereby authorized to sign said DHSES Grant Project PS20-1031-E00, and the Director of Emergency Management and Sheriff be so notified. 

PROVIDER UTILIZING ELECTRONIC BILLING

WHEREAS, the Hamilton County Public Health Nursing Service submits electronic claims to the State’s Medicaid Fiscal Agent, and 

WHEREAS the agency maintains 3 programs for which one or more “Certification Statement for Provider Utilizing Electronic Billing” forms are required and a new ETIN was created by KanTime: 

Hamilton County Public Health Nursing Service (CHHA):  

ETIN: CLHF – Medicaid Provider Number 02997386 – Hamilton County Public Health Nursing Service therefore, be it 

RESOLVED, that the Chairman of the Board of Supervisors is authorized to sign each “Certification Statement for Provider Utilizing Electronic Billing” for the Hamilton County Public Health Nursing Service, as needed, for the period January 1, 2021 through December 31, 2021. 

INCREASE FUNDING IN PUBLIC HEALTH TEMPORARY STAFF

WHEREAS, Beth Waldron, RN, has been assisting in COVID relief efforts and vaccination clinics for the last year, and 

WHEREAS her personal service account will need to be increased to allow her to continue to assist in COVID relief efforts and vaccination clinics, be it  

RESOLVED, that the County Treasurer be authorized to make the following transfer: FROM: A4010.0118 PH Certified Home Health Aide $10,000 TO: A4050.0126 PH Temporary Staff $10,000 

AWARD OF BID FOR FAYLE ROAD BRIDGE PROJECT 

WHEREAS Hamilton County DPW solicited bids for the replacement of the Fayle Road Bridge located on Fayle Road in the Town of Morehouse, and 

WHEREAS four (4) bids were received as follows – 1. Tioga Construction - $1,160,000; 2. Winn Construction - $1,190,000, 3. Slate Hill Contractors - $1,818,000, 4. Luck Brothers, Inc. - $2,222,222.22 and 

WHEREAS Andrew S. Bell of A.S. Bell Engineering design engineer for Hamilton County has reviewed the said bids and recommends that the award be made to Tioga Construction of Herkimer, NY, be it 

RESOLVED, the Hamilton County Board of Supervisors hereby award the bid for the Fayle Road Bridge Project to Tioga Construction, 333 Gros Blvd., Herkimer, NY 13350 in the amount of $1,160,000, and be it further 

RESOLVED, the Board of Supervisors hereby authorize the Chairman of the Board to enter into an agreement with Tioga Construction for the said bridge project with the approval of the County Attorney, and the County Treasurer, Highway Superintendent and Clerk of the Board be so notified. 

PAYMENT FOR CULVERTS AND ASSOCIATED MATERIALS

WHEREAS Resolution No. 34-21 authorizes the County DPW Superintendent to purchase materials and supplies for County Road fund projects and maintenance for County Roads, and 

WHEREAS, the County Highway Superintendent ordered culvert pipes, bands, drop inlets, culvert tees, elbows and top grates from Advanced Drainage Systems, Inc. for a total cost of $45,266.17, and 

WHEREAS the culverts and bands totaling $37,877.69 are under NYS Contract PC69053, and 

WHEREAS, the associated necessary drop inlets, culvert tees, elbows, and top grates totaling $7,388.48 are not under NYS Contract pricing, and 

WHEREAS the Superintendent needed to purchase the said non-contract items as they are proprietary to connect with the culverts and underdrain system making them sole source to ADS for the said materials, and 

WHEREAS these facts make the expenditure of the $7,388.48 a sole source purchase, now, therefore, be it 

RESOLVED, that payment for the culvert pipes, bands and associated materials is hereby authorized and the County Treasurer be so authorized to send a payment of $45,266.17 to Advanced Drainage Systems, Inc, PO Box 414044, Boston, MA 02241-4044 out of Account No.  D5110.405 Other Supplies, and the Clerk of the Board and Highway Superintendent be so notified.


Thursday, August 5, 2021

Motorcycle crash in Long Lake

 

Police Report August 4 2021

Motorcycle crash in Long Lake



On August 4, 2021, at approximately 4:06 p.m., State Police responded to a report of a motorcycle crash on State Route 30, in the town of Long Lake, near South Pond. An investigation revealed that a motorcycle operated by 58-year-old Steven J. Lacrosse of Canandaigua, was traveling north on State Route 30, when his motorcycle ran off the east shoulder while negotiating a curve in the road. The motorcycle struck guidewires and Lacrosse was ejected. He was pronounced deceased at the scene by Hamilton County Coroner Carl Turner. His body was removed to St. Mary’s Hospital in Amsterdam, NY where an autopsy will be conducted on August 5, 2021.