Tuesday, July 7, 2020

County supports veterans

Supervisors July 2 2020

County supports veterans
By PETE KLEIN
LAKE PLEASANT—When the Hamilton County Board of Supervisors met on July 2, it passed two resolutions in support of veterans, in addition to other resolutions it approved.
VETERANS CLAIM TRANSPARENCY ACT
“WHEREAS, veterans throughout the United States often rely on veteran’s service agency representatives to assist them in pursuing assistance from government programs they may be eligible for, and
“WHEREAS, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has proposed to limit representative access to veterans’ electronic files in the Veterans Benefits Management System (VBMS), and
“WHEREAS, the Veterans Claim Transparency Act has been introduced in the U.S. Senate to ensure that veterans and their representatives have 48 hours to review and dispute disability claims before they are finalized, and
“WHEREAS, said legislation would amend Title 38, United States Code, requiring the VA to provide veteran representatives with an opportunity to review disability rating determinations before they are finalized, and
“WHEREAS, the Veterans Claims Transparency Act is supported by the Disabled American Veterans (DAV), Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), American Legion, AMVETS, and Paralyzed Veterans of America, now, therefore, be it
“RESOLVED, that the Board of Supervisors herby supports the U.S. Veterans Claim Transparency Act and urges its passage as a reasonable safeguard to ensure a fair claim filing procedure for all veterans, and be it further
“RESOLVED, that a certified copy of the Resolution be forwarded to the Veterans Service Agency Director.
VETERANS SUPPORT AND OUTREACH ACT
“WHEREAS, County Veterans Service Officers (CVSO) provide significant work for veteran applicants to the federal and state governments with no federal fiscal support, and
“WHEREAS, the National Association of County Veterans Service Officers (NACVSO) supports of the Commitment to Veteran Support and Outreach Act, “CVSO Act”, which recognizes the important role of local veteran advocates and the lack of vital federal funding to provide services, and
“WHEREAS, the CVSO Act proposes to provide $250 million dollars to local CVSO agencies over a five (5) year period, and
“WHEREAS, said funding will assist local CVSO agencies in promoting veteran health and wellness through coordination, implementation, and evaluation of comprehensive veteran suicide prevention and outreach programs, and
“WHEREAS, funding will support additional staffing needs, training and accreditation of personnel and technology updates, and
“WHEREAS, the County Veterans Service Officers Act is supported by the National Association of Counties (NACo) and the National Association of County Veteran Service Officers (NACVSO), now, therefore, be it
“RESOLVED, that the Board of Supervisors hereby supports the U.S. Commitment to Veterans Support and Outreach Act, and be it further
“RESOLVED, that a certified copy of this Resolution be forwarded to the Veterans Service Agency Director.”
TEMPORARY CLERK POSITION
“WHEREAS, the Assistant Deputy Clerk in the Clerk of the Board’s Office has been out on an extended medical leave, and
“WHEREAS, the Clerk of the Board met with the Finance Committee and requested permission to hire a temporary clerk, be it
“RESOLVED, that the Clerk of the Board is hereby authorized to hire a temporary clerk, and be it further
“RESOLVED, that the County Treasurer is hereby authorized to transfer $2,700 from Account No. A1990.0401 Contingent to Clerk of the Board Account No. A1040.0103 Temporary and the Personnel Officer be so notified.”
EMPLOYEE VACATION AND SICK BENEFIT ACCRUAL
“WHEREAS, on April 1, 2020, Hamilton County Chairman issued a memorandum to all the Department Heads stating that maximum benefit time caps would be suspended during the County State of Emergency closing’s due to COVID-19 for all employees, and
“WHEREAS, the Hamilton County Personnel Officer placed the maximum benefit cap suspension into effect for employee time sheet five (#5) forward, and
“WHEREAS, the County Board has opened offices and have reviewed the employee benefit time caps that were accrued during the closings, and
“WHEREAS, the County Board acknowledges the need to increase employee maximum benefit time caps to eliminate overages which have occurred for employees during the COVID-19 closing, be it
“RESOLVED, that the County Board authorizes the Personnel Officer to extend the vacation benefit time cap maximum to the following: 40 hour employees from 320 hours to 360 hours; 35 hour employees from 280 hours to 315 hours; 30 hour employees from 240 hours to 270 hours and be it further
“RESOLVED, that the County Board authorizes the Personnel Officer to extend the sick benefit time cap maximum to the following: 40 hour employees from 720 hours to 760 hours; 35 hour employees from 630 hours to 665 hours; 30 hour employees from 540 hours to 570 hours and be it further
“RESOLVED, that the new maximum accrual caps will be effective 6/29/20 for employee time sheet nine (#9) forward, and be it further
“RESOLVED, that the Personnel Officer will hereby increase the employee maximum benefit time caps authorized and will send a notice to all the department heads and employees.
AGREEMENT WITH NEW YORK STATE UNIFIED COURT SYSTEM
“WHEREAS, Hamilton County has a 5-year agreement with the Unified Court System for security services to the courts of Hamilton, and
“WHEREAS, the contract begins on April 1, 2019 and ends on March 31, 2024, and WHEREAS, the contract stated in pertinent part, “All subsequent periods of the contract, the maximum compensation and where necessary new staffing schedule for that period are to be established by mutual written agreement of the parties.”, and
“WHEREAS, the State Unified Court System has provided a proposal wherein the period of the contract begins on April 1, 2020 and ends on March 31, 2021, the maximum compensation for the period is Thirty Thousand Dollars ($30,000) and the Hamilton County Sheriff provides an attendant staffing schedule, and
“WHEREAS, the Hamilton County Sheriff has provided an Attendant Staffing Schedule to the State Court System,
“NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Chairman of the Hamilton County Board of Supervisors is authorized to execute an agreement with the New York State Unified Court System to provide Court Attendant Staffing by the Hamilton County Sheriff for the maximum compensation of Thirty Thousand Dollars ($30,000) for the period of time beginning on April 1, 2020 and ending on March 31, 2021.
CHILD & FAMILY SERVICES PLAN
“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, 2020- March 31, 2021 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.
WORK FOR COURTHOUSE ENTRANCE REPAIR PROJECT
“WHEREAS, Resolution No. 337-19 authorized the courthouse entrance repairs, and
“WHEREAS, during repairs on the east entrance it was determined that additional repairs requiring complete replacement of the porch sides and limestone caps were needed and that it was advantageous to complete at the same time, and
“WHEREAS, the additional repairs were completed at a cost of $15,978, and
“WHEREAS, the Office of Court Administration will fund 56% of the additional work, be it
“RESOLVED, that the County Treasurer is hereby authorized to increase Account No. A1620.205 Court Improvements by $8,947.68 to be totally offset by increasing Revenue Account No. A3021.0000 Court Facilities by $8,947.68, and be it further
“RESOLVED, that the County Treasurer is hereby authorized to transfer $7,030.32 from the Unappropriated General Fund Balance in accordance with Section 366 Subdivision 1 of the County Law to Account No. A1620.205 Court Improvements and the DPW Superintendent and the Clerk of the Board be so notified.
COUNTY ROAD FUND PROJECT FOR 2020
“WHEREAS, Resolution No. 137-20 authorizes County Road Fund Projects for 2020, and
“WHEREAS, the County Highway Superintendent recommends increasing the budget for one (1) of the approved projects to complete the top course of HMA as follows:
“COUNTY ROAD PROJECT NO. 2 Town of Morehouse
Co. Rd No. 17 – French Road, Account No. D5112.2523 was budgeted for $120,000 be it
“RESOLVED, that the Board of Supervisors of the County of Hamilton does approve the following transfer: $80,000 - From: Account No. D5112.202 Capital Projects To: Account No. D5112.2523 CR17 French Road and the County Treasurer be so authorized, and the County Highway Superintendent and Clerk of the Board be so advised.
VERIZON WIRELESS TOWER SITE
“WHEREAS, Verizon Wireless has requested The County of Hamilton to enter a lease for the extension and use of the tower situated at the County Courthouse complex, Lake Pleasant, New York, and
“WHEREAS, the aforesaid tower extension and use by Verizon Wireless will enhance the broadband capacity for users within the County of Hamilton, and
“WHEREAS, preliminary to any extension of the Hamilton County tower, review of such extension project must be undertaken, and approval granted by the Adirondack Park Agency, now, therefore, be it
“RESOLVED, that the Chairman of the Hamilton County Board of Supervisors is hereby authorized to sign the required Application for Adirondack Park Agency Project Verizon Wireless Lake Pleasant tower site, such application granting site access for the purpose of investigations, examinations, tests and site evaluations, as necessary.
PATIENT CENTERED OUTCOMES RESEARCH INSTITUTE (PCORI) FEE
“WHEREAS, the Affordable Care Act imposes a fee on HRA plan sponsors to help fund the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), and
“WHEREAS, the PCORI Fee, required to be reported only once a year on the second quarter FORM 720 and paid by July 31, is based on the average number of lives covered under the plan for the twelve months of the previous plan year, and
“WHEREAS, the Chairman of the Board of Supervisors has the authority to authorize said payments on an annual basis upon completion of Tax Form 720 by the County Treasurer, and
“WHEREAS, the applicable dollar amount is $2.54 per covered life on an annual basis, and WHEREAS, the Personnel Officer has determined the average number of covered lives for
the Hamilton County 2019 plan year is 37, now, therefore, be it
“RESOLVED, that the Hamilton County Board of Supervisors do hereby authorize payment of $93.98 made payable to the United States Treasury, Department of Treasury, Internal Revenue Service, Ogden, UT 84201-0009, out of Account No. A9060.801, for the required 2019 PCORI Fee and the County Treasurer be so authorized and the Personnel Officer be so advised.
FEDERAL SALARY SHARING FUNDS
“WHEREAS, the Hamilton County Community Services Department has received Federal Salary Sharing funds that can be used to support services provided by the Department, and
“WHEREAS, $4,387.18 in Federal Salary Sharing currently in the unappropriated general fund must be spent by December 31, 2020, and
“WHEREAS, there is a need to increase available funds in supplies and services due to the purchase of an encryption program and other necessary supplies and services for the remainder of the year, be it
“RESOLVED, that $4,387.18 from Federal Salary Sharing currently in the unappropriated general fund balance be transferred from the Unappropriated General Fund Balance in accordance with Section 366 Subdivision 1 of the County Law to A4310.403 Supplies and Services
EXPENDITURES FOR CONSTRUCTION OF COUNTY ROAD FUND
“WHEREAS, County Route 5, Algonquin Drive needs a Hot Mix Overlay (HMA) overlay on a 0.7 mile section to extend the life of the road, and
“WHEREAS, Hamilton County owned bridge on County Route 6, Rogers Bridge BIN 3307290 needs a deck replacement, and
“WHEREAS, the County Highway Superintendent has recommended the creation of the following projects and the expenditure of $140,000.00 for the construction of said projects: COUNTY ROAD PROJECT NO. 3 Town of Wells, Co. Rd. No. 5 – Algonquin Dr., HMA Top @ 20 ft., Approx. 0.7 miles - $60,000 Account No. D5112.2524
“COUNTY BRIDGE PROJECT NO. 1 Town of Benson, Co. Rd No. 6 – Benson Road (Rogers Bridge), BIN3307270 Deck Replacement. $80,000.00 Account No. D5120.2007 and
“WHEREAS, the above designated roads and bridge are 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, that the Board of Supervisors of the County of Hamilton does allot and appropriate from Account No. D5112.202 Capital Projects, the sum of $140,000, for the construction of the above designated projects as recommended by the County Highway Superintendent and the County Treasurer and Clerk of the Board be so advised.

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Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Lake Pleasant CHIPS money delayed

LPTB June 19 2020

Lake Pleasant CHIPS money delayed
By PETE KLEIN
LAKE PLEASANT--Superintendent Randy Lavarnway reported at the June 19 meeting of the Lake Pleasant Town Board that the CHIPS money the Town receives for roads has been delayed and Lavarnway feels CHIPS money could be less next year.
Paving of sections of Page St. and Old Page Hill Rd. has been delayed because the piece of equipment that the Gorman Group was going to use has broken down on South Shore Rd.
Lavarnway was asked if he was putting in an insurance claim for the siding that was damaged at the Library? Lavarnway feels it is so small, he will ask the contractor if he has a piece of vinyl to replace the damaged one.
The steps at the Library are completed. The highway crew has hauled about 80% of the stone needed to start paving jobs. The crew has started to help the County with paving in Long Lake.
Superintendent Lavarnway and Supervisor Betsy Bain had a virtual tour conference with FEMA on June 9, still problems with getting the work started on Hamilton Lake Rd. Still discussion on the Fish Mt. Rd. bridge at Park Stream.
OLD BUSINESS
The Board has agreed to have H2O test the contaminated wells 2X a year in the Spring and again in the Fall. Councilperson Nancy Seifts reported that the Hamilton County Treasurer’s office has completed the first payroll for the Town with her help. The Town offices are working on doing deposits, mailing checks out and getting time sheets to the County for payroll. Nancy has set up spread sheets to make the transition easier. Nancy said there is a learning curve on all sides.
Supervisor Bain and Councilperson Meixner meet to review the 2020 Emergency Operations Plan. They reviewed and updated the supply list and the emergency call list. Still trying to figure out a safe shelter for Trailer park citizens if there was ever a Tornado warning. Primary Care basement was considered but rejected. North Country Bible Church, which is the former elementary school, is being considered. Kevin Braunius has been asked to speak to the Deacon of the Church to see if that could be an option if ever there was a tornado warning.
ADOPT A VACATION DONATION SICK TIME POLICY
A resolution to adopt a vacation donation sick time policy was offered by, Neil McGovern 2nd by Cristine Meixner.
“RESOLVED, Vacation Donation Time is to be used by fellow employees who experience medical emergencies, long-term personal illness, illness on the part of an immediate family member living in his or her household, or who are affected by major disasters and have exhausted all paid leave available to them; and would otherwise be subject to a severe loss of income during a continuing absence from work.
“Employees will be eligible to receive leave only after they have submitted a written request for leave that describes the specific medical emergency or medical condition and all other available plaid leave has been exhausted. There is no maximum number of times a donor may make donations to an eligible recipient. Donations must be made in hours without regard to the dollar value of the donated leave.
“Recipient cannot receive compensation through the Town of Lake Pleasant’s Vacation Donation Time Policy and the Town of Lake Pleasant’s Paid Family Leave Policy at the same time. The employee using donated vacation leave credits will not earn biweekly leave accruals or observe holidays nor do they receive personal leave or vacation bonus days if their anniversary dates fall while they are using donated leave credits. While using donated vacation leave credits, an employee will continue to have health insurance premiums; retirement contributions and other payroll deductions withheld from their paycheck provided the paycheck is of an amount sufficient to cover these deductions. Anyone who wants to donate their vacation time should contact their department head. The policy is not intended to provide supplemental income which would result in compensation levels exceeding normal wages for employees who have other sources of substitute income such as that provided by disability insurance programs.”
“ADOPTED by the following vote. Ayes: Supervisor Bain, Councilperson: Neil McGovern, Nancy Seifts, Don Braunius, Cristine Meixner. Nays: None.
OTHER BUSINESS
Councilperson McGovern has not connected with Mike Camoin about the ring of fire that would be part of the July 4th celebration, further discussion.
The Town was asked to adopt 2 resolutions from the Adirondack Local Government Review Board.
A Resolution requesting review and change of APA policy on agency review of proposals for new telecommunications towers and other tall structures in the Adirondack Park was offered by Neil McGovern 2nd by Don Braunius and adopted by all.
A resolution recommending actions to strengthen the clean drained and dry aquatic invasive species (ais) spread prevention law was offered by Cristine Meixner 2nd by Neil McGovern and adopted by all.
RECREATION COMMITTEE
Nancy Seifts and Don Braunius met and after much discussion, recommended to the Board not to have summer recreation this year because of COVID-19. Maybe there could be trips organized later in the summer if the numbers for the Coronavirus go down. Someone from the committee will inform the Rec. Director Sammy Desrochers.
ROUNDTABLE
Councilperson Don Braunius said he is getting more requests for garden plots at the community garden. There is a volunteer who is willing to replace Don in the future. He asked about the benches that are put out all over the community if they are being put out this year? He was told they were not going to be put out in the Village at this time. Would it be possible to put the few around the Town? Lavarnway will investigate this because no-one knows where the 3 benches are stored and if they can get to them. The benches would go one at Airdville Cemetery, one at the Court House and one by the Library.
Councilperson McGovern would like to see the fireworks go on this year. It is still undecided. McGovern also reported that there was a great Community turnout for a drive by birthday celebration for Ed Winchell’s 80th.
Supervisor Bain said she has contacted BST Company (audit company) about when they would be starting the 2019 fiscal audit? The Town had to put off the audit because there was no-one in the Acct. Clerk’s Office to provide reports to the Company.
Superintendent Lavarnway said that the new mechanic Donald Pinkerton 111 that was hired to replace Malcolm Cooke will start this Wednesday.

This article is based upon minutes provided by Deborah O’Rourke, Town Clerk.

Saturday, June 27, 2020

Indian Lake Community Farmers Market Season Opens

Indian Lake Community Farmers Market Season Opens

Indian Lake--Beginning July 4, the Indian Lake Community Farmers Market (ILCFM) will be open every Saturday, from 10 AM to 2 PM, through September 26, on the Indian Central School lawn, Route 28.
The Market Steering Committee's goals are to provide fresh, healthy, and affordable food to residents and visitors, provide a venue for local farmers and vendors to sell their products and to assist the Town of Indian Lake in revitalizing the Main Street.
Featured weekly will be locally-grown vegetables and fruits, maple syrup products, baked goods, plants, cut flowers, meats, dairy, poultry, preserves, honey and much more.  "The market is a great opportunity to bring fresh, affordable and healthy food to our community,” said committee chairs, Brenda Valentine and Taff Fitterer.
2020 market vendors include:
Hope Valley Farm - Vegetables, herbs, garlic scapes, pesto, annual and perennial plants
Blackberry Hill Farm and Sanctuary - Organically grown vegetables and herbs, organically raised chickens and turkeys and eggs, non-gmo heritage breed pork
Dawn's Delights - Home Baked Goods - pies, cakes, cookies, brownies, crumb cakes, loaf breads, cheesecakes, fresh salsa, and authentic Italian pasta sauce
Homemade Quits and Crafts - Jams, jellies, candy, maple syrup products and quilts
Individuals interested in volunteering to serve on the Indian Lake Farmers Market Steering Committee, become a market vendor or for more information, contact the Committee at 518-648-5636 or adkcamp1@frontier.com

Friday, June 26, 2020

Wells school superintendent on school opening task force

WCS BOE June 17 2020

Wells school superintendent on school opening task force
By PETE KLEIN
WELLS—When the Wells Central School Board of Education met on June 17, Superintendent Thomas D. Sincavage reported he was selected to be a member of the NYSED Task Force which is discussing the reopening of schools with the new regulations and guidelines in place.
Sincavage went on to say work continues on the Capital Project and it is roughly 80% complete. The third phase of asbestos abatement was approved. Mr. Sincavage went over the contingency budget balance. The Board discussed different options for use of any potential remaining funds.
Sincavage reviewed the enrollment report which remains at 145. He did note that we have a class of 20 graduating seniors and are projecting to add seven students in the fall. Sincavage reviewed the Fund Balance Report. The district remains in a healthy financial position and with the current Capital reserve fund the district plans to pay off the current Capital project in full.
 The last item is the NYSED Regional Task Force. Sincavage was selected to be a member of the task force which is discussing the reopening of schools with the new regulations and guidelines in place.
Jeremy J. Siddon, Building Principal, gave the Athletic Director’s Report. The athletic awards were hosted virtually this year. Fall sports sign ups are currently being done online.
APPROVALS
The Wells Central School Board of Education accepted the results of voting on June 16, 2020 as follows: The 2020/2021 Budget Resolution: 197 yes votes and 68 no votes Board Member Election: Rachel Lauria received 255 votes.
The motion was made by William Stuart and seconded by Kenneth Hoffman and carried 5-0.
The Wells Central School Board of Education approved the District Wide School Safety Plan, as presented on a motion made by William Stuart, seconded by Rachel Lauria, and carried 5-0.
The Wells Central School Board of Education approved the contract between the Wells Central School District and Girvin & Ferlazzo P.C. as presented on a motion made by Rachel Lauria, seconded by William Stuart, and carried 5-0.
The Wells Central School Board of Education recessed to Executive Session at 6:36 p.m. for the purpose of discussing specific personnel matters and/or negotiations on a motion made by Dorman Reese, seconded by William Stuart, and carried 5-0.
The Wells Central School Board of Education returned to Open Session at 8:31 p.m. on a motion made by Kenneth Hoffman, seconded by Rachel Lauria and carried 5-0.
The Wells Central School Board of Education accepted the resignation of Kathryn Wilt as Teacher’s Assistant effective June 30, 2020 on a motion made by Dorman Reese, seconded by William Stuart, and carried 5-0.
The Wells Central School Board of Education approved the agreement for summer school services between Lake Pleasant School and Wells Central School District as presented on a motion made by Kenneth Hoffman, seconded by William Stuart, and carried 5-0.

This article is based upon minutes provided by Rachelle Dwyer, District Clerk.

Old Speculator ladder truck up for sale

Speculator VB June 8 2020

Old Speculator ladder truck up for sale.
By PETE KLEIN
SPECULATOR— At the June 8 meeting of the Speculator Village Board of Trustees, it was reported that to help offset the cost of the New Quint Ladder Truck for the Speculator Volunteer Fire Department, the SVFD is looking to designate the old ladder truck as surplus and sell the truck. The truck cannot be used for fire service and any sale must stipulate that fact. After discussion with Mr. Marshall, there are parts on the truck that can be salvaged for use on other trucks. The tires are in good condition and will be used for the rescue truck to eliminate the cost of having to purchase new tires. The SVFD is looking at a minimum bid of $3,500 and are targeting collectors with a possibility of two (2) with current interests. They plan to advertise in the Hamilton County Express, Facebook, and collector websites.
Trustee Donecker made a motion to designate the old ladder truck surplus, sell it for no less than $3,500 with the proceeds designated to go to the purchase of the Quint Ladder Truck. Trustee McComb seconded and the motion passed by the following vote: ayes – Barrett, Crary, Donecker, McComb, Rudes; nays – none.
WATER/WASTEWATER
Ed Scharpou, WWTP Chief Operator, submitted a written report. Additional commentary was made as follows: In the water department; the annual water quality report was sent out with the last billing cycle, all leaks and concerns with billing have been corrected or attended to, a leak at 105 Ruby Lane was found and is being repaired by an independent contractor at the expense of the homeowner, the radiator at the well building has been replaced, pump #2 was not shutting off when the tank was full so the pump was shut off for a few days and now seems to be functioning properly, lastly a new water service is being installed at the house next to the Lake Pleasant Lodge.
In the Sewer department; new SPDES reporting requirements are being met, Pumpstation #4 charcoal filter has been installed to reduce odors, operators continue operation outside the plant while waiting for the replacement of diffusers, Contract #1 has been extended into July, Contract #2 should be going out to bid in July or August, during the next month there will be discussion on Contracts 2 and 3 and the budget timeline, and after discussion with Mr. Scharpou, Trustee Donecker and Mayor Barrett, it was determined that the Village should have the funds in water and sewer to cover any shortfall we may see in the water and sewer departments resulting from COVID restrictions.
CLERK’S REPORT
Crystal O’Brien gave a verbal Clerk-Treasurer Report.
2020 Village taxes have been sent out, the collection software was installed at the end of May, and we have been receiving payments.
The month of May has been reconciled and closed and Financial Report #10 is ready to review. Mrs. O’Brien started working with Ted from Williamson Law Books Monday on closing the 2019-20 year and the closing should be completed by the end of week.
Sadly, Mrs. Farina has given her two-week notice. She was offered a full-time job. Mrs. Craven has offered to resume her part time duties as business manager while a replacement is found.
OLD BUSINESS
COVID-19 update included the Governor is now allowing outdoor graduation ceremonies up to 150 people, but this does not extend to other types of outdoor gatherings. Mayor Barrett has received a draft of guidance for the Fourth of July fireworks from the Hamilton County Public Health Department. The Village’s current plan conforms with these guidelines except there cannot be any “drive-in” style parking unless there can be a way to enforce social distancing and spacing of parked vehicles.
Chief O’Brien was asked to join the meeting to give his opinion on the fire department being able to park vehicles in the ball field. Chief O’Brien did not feel that he would be able to get the manpower to properly monitor the parking of vehicles and felt it would put the fire fighters in a difficult situation. The Board decided to adjourn making a final decision on the fireworks until next meeting which is two weeks before the planned fireworks.
Halloween Storm - FEMA site inspections are being done virtually and are ongoing, Mr. Croote from Hamilton County Soil and Water department, Mayor Barrett and Mr. Blanchard are evaluating the beach and point Tuesday June 9, 2020.
No new updates on the Verizon Small Cells or the Makomis Fire Tower currently.
Some of the information provided by NYPA for the LED Street lights needed to be corrected, so in the interim Mayor Barrett is looking into alternative funding sources and following up with other municipalities that have installed LED Street lights to provide all relative information to help with discussion in the next meeting.
BOARD ROUND TABLE
Trustee Crary thanked Mrs. Farina for all her work with the Village.
Mayor Barrett advised the Board that the inspection of the Quint Ladder Truck is scheduled for July 8. The completion of the truck is ahead of schedule. The grant request has been submitted and hopefully there will be no delays in receiving the funds, but if the grant monies are not received prior to the completion of the truck, the Village will not be receiving the truck until the funds clear the bank account. Chief O’Brien and Mr. Marshall will be going to Ohio for the inspection, all travel expenses are covered by the grant.
Mayor Barrett advised the Board that the 48th fly-in was a great success. There were ten participants traveling form as far as North Carolina. All ten participants enjoyed their experience and look forward to attending again next year on the first weekend in June 2021.
PUBLIC COMMENT
Rebecca Smith thanked the Board for having no increase in the taxes this year.

This article is based upon minutes provided by Crystal O’Brien, Village Clerk – Treasurer.

Monday, June 22, 2020

Long Lake Central Board of Education holds June 11 meeting

LLCS BOE June 11 2020

Long Lake Central Board of Education holds June 11 meeting
By PETE KLEIN
LONG LAKE--Noelle Short, Principal/Superintendent, reported to the Long Lake Central School Board of Education at its June 11 meeting that the last day of school was Monday, June 15, 2020. She said there will be a virtual end of the year celebration at 11 a.m. Teachers, students and staff have done an excellent job throughout this period, she said.
Grades are being entered and reports cards will be sent out next week.
On Friday, June 12, 2020 there was a virtual Pre-Kindergarten moving up ceremony and Kindergarten graduation. The recording for senior graduation will also happen this day. Student textbooks, supplies, and Chromebooks will be picked up next week.
Short is working on an online summer school program.
The budget vote, board of education election and proposition ballots will be counted on June 16 after 5 p.m. The last day to submit ballots in person was June 9 but mailed ballots were accepted until June 16 5 p.m.
The State is expected to issue guidance in June on reopening in September.
RECOMMENDATIONS FOR APPROVAL
Approved: On Motion by Michael Farrell, seconded by Trisha Hosley, with all in favor, to table the Results of the June 9, 2020 Vote.
Approved: On Motion by Alexandria Harris, seconded by Michael Farrell, with all in favor, the Non-Resident Student Tuition Rates for 2020-2021 school year.
Approved: On Motion by Michael Farrell, seconded by Alexandria Harris, with all in favor, the Medical Contract with Dr. Russell Rider for the 2020-2021 school year.
Approved: On Motion by Trisha Hosley, seconded by Joan Paula, with all in favor, Sean O’Shell as Class of 2023 (9th Grade) Class Advisor for March 2020 through June 2020.
Approved: On Motion by Alexandria Harris, seconded by Trisha Hosley, with all in favor, Policy #3221 Social Service Dogs.
Approved: On Motion by Alexandria Harris, seconded by Brian Penrose, with all in favor, Policy #5676 Privacy and Security for Student Data and Teacher and Principal Data.
Approved: On Motion by Joan Paula, seconded by Trisha Hosley, with all in favor, Policy #7512 Student Physicals and #7530 Child Abuse and Maltreatment.
Approved: On Motion by Trisha Hosley, seconded by Brian Penrose, with all in favor, the Resignation of Kelsie Adams as Secretary to the Superintendent effective August 21, 2020.
Approved: On Motion by Alexandria Harris, seconded by Trisha Hosley, with all in favor, to table the Stipend Rates of Pay/Appointments for the 2020-2021 school year.
Recognized: On Motion by Alexandria Harris, seconded by Trisha Hosley, with all in favor, Emily Stephan as Girls’ Varsity Soccer Coach, Benjamin Conboy as Boys’ Varsity Soccer Coach and Ray Hoag as Girls’ Modified Soccer Coach for the 2020-2021 school year.
Approved: On Motion by Trisha Hosley, seconded by Alexandria Harris, with all in favor, CSE/CPSE/504 Recommendations for Student #202772, 202204, 202762, 202301, 202201, 202755, 202801, 202799, 202732, 202720, 201907, 202307, 202749, 202776, 202753, 202402, and 202309.
Approved: On Motion by Alexandria Harris, seconded by Joan Paula, with all in favor, to Table the Transfer to Bus Purchase Reserve Fund and Employee Benefits and Accrued Liability Reserve Fund.
Approved: On Motion by Michael Farrell, seconded by Alexandria Harris, with all in favor, the Legal Retainer with Girvin & Ferlazzo, P.C. for the 2020-2021 school year.
Approved: On Motion by Alexandria Harris, seconded by Michael Farrell, with all in favor, the Shared Maintenance Agreement with Tupper Lake CSD for the 2020-2021 school year.
Approved: On Motion by Alexandria Harris, seconded by Joan Paula, with all in favor, Kristin Delehanty as Mentor for Hannah Klossner September 2020 through January 2021.
Approved: On Motion by Trisha Hosley, seconded by Joan Paula, with all in favor, Be It Resolved that the Board of Education of the Long Lake Central School District hereby accepts the recommendation of the Superintendent to appoint Patrick Curtin for a four (4) year probationary appointment as a teacher of 7-12 Mathematics in the mathematics tenure area, commencing September 1, 2020 and ending August 31, 2024 contingent upon achievement of effective or highly effective APPR ratings necessary to receive tenure throughout his probationary period, consistent with the requirements of Education Law Sections 30122, 3012-c, and/or 3012-d pending certification by September 1, 2020.
Approved: On Motion by Michael Farrell, seconded by Trisha Hosley, with all in favor, to Continue Employee Benefits for Patrick Curtin July 2020 through August 2020.
Approved: On Motion by Trisha Hosley, seconded by Alexandria Harris, with all in favor, Hannah Klossner (2/3) and Victoria Snide (1/3) as Co-Athletic Coordinators for 2020-2021 school year.
Approved: On Motion by Alexandria Harris, seconded by Michael Farrell, with all in favor, the Revised Conditions of Employment for Lisa Walker.
Approved: On Motion by Trisha Hosley, seconded by Brian Penrose, with all in favor, to Set Aside the April 8, 2019 Board Approved 2019-2020 School Calendar and Adopt the Revised 2019-2020 School Calendar.
GENERAL DISCUSSION
A discussion on what Tax Anticipation Notes were.
Policy 1st Readings: A first reading of Policy #7511 Immunization of Students.
Michael Farrell asked if there were any updates on the Clerk of the Works for the Capital Project, which there are not. He also asked if it was possible to have in- person meetings for the future. Noelle Short will check on the rules.
EXECUTIVE SESSION
On Motion by Alexandria Harris, seconded by Trisha Hosley, with all in favor, to enter Executive Session at 7:15 p.m. to discuss the employment history of three persons.
Approved: On Motion by Trisha Hosley, seconded by Alexandria Harris, with all in favor, to come out of Executive Session at 8:22 p.m.
Approved: On Motion by Alexandria Harris, seconded by Brian Penrose, with all in favor, the Revised Conditions of Employment for Victoria Snide.

This article is based upon the minutes of Clerk of the Board, Victoria J. Snide.