Monday, February 17, 2020

Speculator starts budget planning

Speculator VB Jan 27 2020


Speculator starts budget planning
By PETE KLEIN
SPECULATOR—When the Speculator Village Board of Trustees met on January 27, it began planning for next year’s budget.
Trustee Mark Crary recommended the Village establish a budget committee. After some discussion, it was agreed that a budget committee should be created with the Mayor as the budget officer. The committee will include Trustee Crary, Crystal O’Brien, Trustee Karen McComb and Trustee Donecker. Roger Blanchard and Edward Scharpou will be included in the budget planning and will attend meetings as they are needed. Committee meetings will be public and posted accordingly.
Trustee Crary presented a schedule of the Budget Process along with a sample budget worksheet. The first Budget Workshop will be held by Feb. 24 at 6 pm, one hour before the Board of Trustees meeting with the second workshop on March 9 at 6 pm. The budget is due on March 31, followed by the public hearing on April 13 and will formerly be adopted on April 27.
Trustee Donecker made a motion to have a budget committee established which shall include Mayor Barrett as Budget Officer, Trustee Crary. Trustee Donecker, Trustee McComb and Crystal O’Brien, Clerk Treasurer as members. Trustee Rudes seconded and the motion passed unanimously.
DEPARTMENT PUBLIC WORKS REPORT
Roger Blanchard Jr., DPW Superintendent, submitted a written report. He also commented that the schedule of DPW activities will be centered on snow maintenance for the next 60 days in addition to the preparation of next year’s budget.
Sidewalks on Route 8 have been reimbursed. Dean Carnevale from NYSDOT is working with the Village to coordinate the road shoulders with the second half of the sidewalk replacements.
Sidewalks are in the process of being cleared of snow for pedestrians. Sidewalks are attended to after road snow removal is completed.
Weather has had impact for snowmobiles, but DRAG has provided enough signage for the trails within the Village as well as an updated insert in the trail maps for the new changes in routes.
Signage for the ice-skating rink has been posted. Lights are now on until 9 p.m. for night skating.
CLERK - TREASURER’S REPORT
Crystal O’Brien’s presented the Clerk - Treasurer report and said she is looking to move forward with paperless billing for National Grid, Frontier, Verizon and other accounts as an efficient solution to managing bills.
Trustee McComb made a motion to proceed with the introduction of paperless billing for National Grid and all applicable accounts paid for by the Village of Speculator. Trustee Donecker seconded and the motion was passed unanimously
Monthly department meetings with DPW, WWTP and Village Clerk-Treasurer were implemented to advise on current issues, planning and updates to keep all departments on track with one another. The meeting included a review of the preliminary budget for 2020-2021 including assignment of liability insurance premiums across DPW, Water and Wastewater.
OLD BUSINESS
Mayor Barrett gave an update for the Halloween Storm Emergency including the information that follows: The Village met with NYS Department of Homeland Security to discuss our claim to FEMA. Mr. Blanchard (DPW) and Mr. Scharpou (WWTP) will be collecting information including, but not limited to engineering reports, debris, emergency services, use of machinery and administrative hours.
The Village’s FEMA application was filed, and approval is pending. NYSDHES has assigned two representatives to guide us through the process. Once accepted we should expect an exploratory call within 7 days to assign a “FEMA delivery manager”, followed by two on-site meetings 21-days and 60 days later, by which time all damages must be identified. Due to the possibility of snow at the beach at the 60-day point, there will be measures to push this assessment until the beach can be viewed in its entirety.
Verizon Small Cells - Mayor Barrett and Bill Farber, Chair of the Hamilton County Board of Supervisors met with representatives of Verizon to discuss a Master Licensing Agreement (MLA) and plans for small cell towers. The poles will be placed, at no cost to the village and there will be no charges for removal or repairs. The MLA is closely aligned with the FCC Declaration ruling, as required. The Verizon poles will not be exclusive to Verizon since this is a municipality. Once the agreement has been signed and fully executed, Verizon will proceed with their building within 1 year. The other measure to improve the cell service is to raise the tower on Oak Mountain, currently with the APA.
LED Street Lights Buyout - We have not heard from National Grid yet. Mayor Barrett will be contacting them for a follow-up
FIRE DEPARTMENT
LOSAP Transition for Fire Fighters. Attorney Terry Hannigan advised the resolutions and referendums will be ready by next board meeting. There will be a modest savings in the administrative costs due to no need for actuarial reports with the new plan.
FIRE TRUCK EXCHANGE
Mike Tracy from the SVFD came to express the need for a Heavy Rescue Fire Truck. The department has been moving towards wilderness and ice rescue requiring additional space for equipment. There is limited room for equipment on the current 1999 E-76 Pumper Truck. The SVFD has arranged for a 2003 Heavy Rescue truck to be swapped for their current truck. The new truck will have exhaust work done, as well as SVFD lettering, new upholstery and a 1-year warranty. No charges to the Village will be incurred as it is a straight trade. It will also save around $1,000 a year as it will not require pumper truck-related inspections or maintenance. The truck is currently located in Alabama at Brindlee Mountain Fire Apparatus. The SVFD asked for approval from the Board to proceed with the swap. Trustee Rudes enquired if additional training is needed for the added rescue procedures such as ice/water rescue, to which Mr. Tracy confirmed that SVFD personnel are being trained. Trustee McComb enquired about the possibility of creating a map of the backroads and camps located in Speculator Tree Farm in the event there is an emergency and the Ambulance or Rescue truck would be needed. Mr. Tracy will be looking into this with Sheriff’s department.
Trustee McComb made a motion to approve the straight trade of the 1999 KME Freightliner Commercial Pumper E-76 Rescue Truck for a 2003 American LaFrance Eagle Heavy Rescue truck from Brindlee Mountain Fire Apparatus that includes a 1-year warranty and SVFD lettering at no cost to the Village of Speculator; and authorize the Mayor to sign the requisite agreement with Brindlee Mountain Fire Apparatus. Trustee Rudes seconded and the motion passed unanimously
EMPLOYEE HANDBOOK REVIEW & UPDATE
A review of the current employee handbook is in progress to make necessary updates from its last review in December 2010. This process will take course over a series of board meetings. The initial review highlighted employee performance, probationary period, workplace behavior and other personnel categories. It was left off at section 5.12 for the next meeting.
BOARD ROUND TABLE:
The two DEC grants filed for the Point and the WWTP have been rejected. We will review the scoring and apply for two Northern Borders Grants.
A meeting with the Fire Tower Committee will be held to discuss options for procurement with the DEC Smart Growth Grant. Since the Hooker Hill Fire Tower was deemed irreparable; the Committee is looking for alternative towers to bring to the board. There is an opportunity to acquire one of the first fire towers erected in NYS and well as the first Fire Tower in the Adirondack Park; the tower stands 49 feet high.
Mayor Barrett will be working with the Census Bureau on the boundaries for the Village of Speculator.
A group of middle school students are looking to offer their assistance with a service project from February 15-17. Gary Rhinehardt from Dackland Radio suggested Lake Pleasant Central Library. He expressed their need for help at the Library in addition to offering a comfortable environment for students during the February month.
The Planning Board Meeting scheduled for February 28th has been cancelled.
PUBLIC COMMENT
Cheryl Paestella made a comment for the Village of Speculator to consider applying for a decentralization grant for the Arts. She expressed an interest to apply for the grant to help fund music on the Point and mentioned she knew of two sponsors from non-profit organizations that would be interested. The grant would be for the Summer 2021 season. Mayor Barrett conveyed much interest and requested she send the web address for further information.
Gary Rhinehardt from Dackland Radio asked if the Village would want to record Budget meetings since they will be made public? It was agreed the meeting should be recorded and will not exceed 1 hour.
Shorty Hoffman asked if the changeover to paperless billing will increase the chances of the Village of Speculator getting hacked? Trustee Rudes advised there is insurance for cyber security to handle this situation. Mayor Barrett assured him that there are multiple security steps in place to prevent computer related fraud.

This article is based upon minutes provided by Deputy Village Clerk – Treasurer Stacey Farina.

Wells gets organized

Wells TB Jan 13 2020


Wells gets organized
By PETE KLEIN
WELLS—The Wells Town Board held its Annual Organizational Meeting and Regular Meeting on January 13, 2020.
ORGANIZATION ITEMS
On a Motion of Councilperson Saltis, seconded by Councilperson Lauria, Resolutions 1-48, organizing the Town of Wells for 2020 were approved
RESOLVED, that the Town Supervisor shall submit to the Town Clerk within 60 days after the close of the fiscal year a copy of the Annual Update Document to the State Comptroller of all town moneys received and disbursed by him throughout the year. (Town Law section 29; subdivision 10A)
RESOLVED, that the Town Highway Superintendent may purchase equipment, tools, and implements for the Highway Department during the year 2020 without prior approval of the Town Board in an amount not to exceed $1,000. (Highway Law section 142; subdivision 1A)
RESOLVED, that the Highway Superintendent be paid every (2) weeks with the pay period ending on Wednesday. The Superintendent will deliver the payroll on Thursday and employees will receive their checks on Fridays.
RESOLVED, that all town employees are paid every two (2) weeks with the pay period ending on Wednesdays. The Superintendent will deliver the payroll on Thursdays and the employees will receive their checks on Fridays.
RESOLVED, that salaries of all elective and appointed officers be fixed as to the amounts respectively specified in the adopted Final Town Budget for 2020 and that said salaries be paid monthly, except the Register of Vital Statistics, Budget Office, Deputy Supervisor, Deputy Town Clerk, Deputy Highway Superintendent, Town Historian and the Board of Review who shall be paid annually.
RESOLVED, that any Town Officer should be compensated for the use of their automobile in the performance of their official duties at a rate of $0.58 per mile. (Town Law section 116)
RESOLVED, that the Town Board authorizes the Town Supervisor to designate a Bookkeeper and Confidential Secretary for the Town and Water District #1. (Town Law section 29; subdivision 15) The Supervisor designates Jen Woodward for 2020.
RESOLVED, that the Town Board Appoints Mary Ellen Stofelano as Registrar of Vital Statistics for 2020.
RESOLVED, that the Town of Wells designates a Building and Fire Code Enforcement Officer, who shall enforce the N.Y.S Building Code. The Town Board Appoints Kevin Helm Code Enforcement Officer for 2020. (Town Law section 138; subdivision 1)
RESOLVED, that the Highway Superintendent appoints a bookkeeper. The appointment shall be Jen Woodward for 2020.
RESOLVED, that the Town Board appoints a water rent collector for Water District #1. The Town Board appointment shall be Mary Ellen Stofelano for 2020 and the appointment for Billing Services for Water District #1 shall be Jen Woodward for 2020 with total amounts being reviewed by the Town Board.
RESOLVED, that the Town Board appoints a Town Attorney. The Town Board appointment shall be Walsh & Walsh, Saratoga Springs, NY for 2020. The attorney shall be Joseph Walsh. (Town Law section 20; subsection 2b)
RESOLVED, that the town pays the Association of Towns, The Hamilton County Association of Highway Superintendents, The New York State Magistrates Associations, Town Clerks, Assessors, County Legislators, Supervisors Associations of New York, The Adirondack Local Government Review Board and Adirondack Association of Towns and Villages dues for 2020.
RESOLVED, that Town Board members may attend the Association of Towns meeting in February 2020, and the payment of “actual and necessary” expenses in doing so, are specifically authorized by State Law as legitimate proper town charges.
RESOLVED, that all Elective and Appointed officials may attend seminars and educational schooling with prior board approval and that payment of “actual and necessary” expenses in doing so be proper town charges in 2020.
RESOLVED, that Town Board appoints Carrie O’Neill Court Clerk of the Wells Town Court in 2020. (Public Officers Law section 3 (8))
RESOLVED, that the Town Board designate an official newspaper of the Town of Wells. (Town Law section 64; subsection 11) The Town Board designates the Leader-Herald for 2020.
RESOLVED, that the Town Board approves the payment in advance of Audits of Claims for Public Utility Services, Postage Stamps, and Health Insurance. (Town Law section 118; subsection 2)
RESOLVED, that the Town Board authorizes a “Petty Cash Fund” for the Town Clerk of $50.
RESOLVED, that the Town Board approves a fixed charge of $0.25 per copy (more than 5 copies) for use of the town-owned copier at the Town Clerk’s Office.
RESOLVED, that ALL “Full-Time” town employees participate in the Wells Drug and Alcohol Policy, and that the policy is reviewed at the Annual Organization Meeting and accepted for 2020.
RESOLVED, that the Town will pay health benefits for eligible “Retired” employees with coverage under Mohawk Valley Partners “Gold”. Spouses have 60 days before termination upon the death of the retiree.
RESOLVED, that the Town will pay health insurance benefits for the elected Highway Superintendent under the same conditions & terms as other full-time employees.
RESOLVED, that the Town Board standardizes the 40-hour work week for 2020 as follows: January 1st through April 3rd: Monday – Friday 6:00am-2:30pm; April 6th through October 30th: Monday – Thursday 6:00am to 4:30pm; November 2nd through December 31st: Monday – Friday 6:00am to 2:30pm
RESOLVED, that a fee for the use of the community hall is set at $75.00 (non-refundable) and a fee for the use of the pavilion is set at $50.00 (deposit only). These fees are to be paid one full week in advance to keep the date for the facility open. The use of this building is for the residents/taxpayers of Wells ONLY! Persons renting the hall for any function MUST be a resident or taxpayer of the Town of Wells. All persons renting or using town properties will sign an indemnity/hold harmless agreement.  When the service and/or consumption of alcoholic beverages are involved the renter shall furnish the Town of Wells with a copy of their insurance or a rider on their Homeowners Insurance Policy, which names the persons and/or entity and the Town as co-insured for the rental period. The minimum amount of insurance will be ($1,000,000) One Million Dollars.
RESOLVED, that the Town Board designates NBT Bank and Bank of America as official banks for the deposits of all money for the Town of Wells in an amount not to exceed Two Million Dollars each. (Town Law section 11)
RESOLVED, that the Town of Wells Supervisor may invest surplus money in certificates of deposit. (Town Law section 11)
RESOLVED, that all travel and expense vouchers from elected and appointed officials shall be submitted for reimbursement no later than 10 days prior to a regularly scheduled town board meeting.
RESOLVED, that the regular monthly meetings of the Town Board, Town of Wells be held in the Senior Meal Site/Ambulance Corp building at 7:00pm.
 on the following dates: (Town Law section 62)
RESOLVED, that the public is encouraged to attend regular town board meetings but may only speak at the discretion of the Town Board. A public comment period shall be scheduled at the beginning of each meeting to take comment(s) on agenda items scheduled for board action only and at the end of each meeting for general concerns. During each public comment period, no member of the public shall be permitted to address the board unless recognized and shall address their remarks to the town board, not other members of the audience, in an orderly and constructive manner.
RESOLVED, that the Town of Wells has a Fixed Assets Policy outlining the general steps and rules for fixed assets and that this policy is reviewed at the Annual Organization meeting and accepted for 2020.
RESOLVED, that the Town of Wells has a written Internal Policy and Procedures governing all procurements of goods and services not required by law to be made pursuant to competitive bidding requirements. These policies and procedures are to be reviewed at the Annual Organization meeting and accepted for 2020.
RESOLVED, that the Town of Wells maintains an Investment Policy that is to be reviewed at the Annual Organization meeting and accepted for 2020.
RESOLVED, that the elected Highway Superintendent be appointed Safety Coordinator. The Town Board appoints Clay Earley Safety Coordinator for 2020.
RESOLVED, that the Town of Wells maintains a Safety and Transitional Duty Policy that is to be reviewed at the Annual Organization meeting and accepted for 2020.
RESOLVED, that the Town of Wells maintains a Personnel Policy that is to be reviewed at the Annual Organization meeting and accepted for 2020.
RESOLVED, that the Town of Wells Water District maintains an installation and maintenance of water lines policy that is to be reviewed at the Annual Organization meeting and accepted for 2020.
RESOLVED, that the Town of Wells maintains a Fleet Driver Procedure Manual and a Use of Emergency Apparatus Policy that is to be reviewed at the Annual Organization meeting and accepted for 2020.
RESOLVED, that all elected and appointed Officials may purchase Health Insurance through the town’s group policy at their own expense.
RESOLVED, that the Town of Wells is authorized to provide undertakings for town officers, clerks and employees through a blanket undertaking insurance policy. (NYS Public Officers Law 11)
RESOLVED, that the Town Justice Court must obtain approval of the Town Board prior to appointment or hire of a stenographer in 2020.
RESOLVED, that Town of Wells maintains a Local Privacy Notification Policy that is to be reviewed at the Annual Organization meeting and accepted for 2020.
RESOLVED, that the Town Board accepts the Annual Reports of the Town Clerk and Town Justice(s) as reviewed at the Close-out meeting of December 27, 2019.
RESOLVED, that Town of Wells maintains a Rules & Regulations of Operating Emergency Apparatus Policy that is to be reviewed at the Annual Organization meeting and accepted for 2020.
RESOLVED, that Town of Wells maintains a Water Main Extension Policy that is to be reviewed at the Annual Organization meeting and accepted for 2020.
RESOLVED, that pursuant to the provisions of Section 284 of State Highway Law, the Town Board does hereby agree that moneys received from the State of New York for Capital Highway Improvement under the CHIPS Program for the repair and improvement on 34.32 miles of Town Roads during the 2020 fiscal year shall be expended at the discretion of the Town Superintendent of Highway in accordance with CHIPS guidelines.
RESOLVED, that the Finance Committee will audit all supporting books, records, receipts, warrants, vouchers, and canceled checks for 2019 of the Tax Collector, Town Clerk, and Town Justices. (Town Law 123)
COMMUNITY WATER ASSISTANCE GRANT
On a motion of Councilperson Hunt, seconded by Councilperson Saltis, the following was APPROVED
WHEREAS, the Town of Wells is a Municipal Corporation of the State of New York, having its offices at 1438 State Route 30, with a mailing address of P.O. Box 205, Wells, NY 12190 (“Town”); and
WHEREAS, the Town & Hamilton County declared a State of Emergency on November 1, 2019 after storm damage and flooding which washed away a portion of the water main bridge crossing located at Algonquin Drive (C.R. 5) over the Sacandaga River; and
WHEREAS, the Town is seeking financial assistance for costs associated with the above referenced Project from the United States Department of Agriculture Rural Development (“USDA RD”) Emergency and Imminent Community Water Assistance Grant (“ECWAG”) program; and
RESOLVED, that the Town hereby authorizes the Town Supervisor to complete the required steps associated with the ECWAG application process, and
RESOLVED, that the Town will complete the Public Notice of Intent to File the Application and publish a “one-time” notice in the newspaper within 60 days of filing a full application for the grant per the funding agency requirements.
ENGINEERING SERVICES WITH CEDARWOOD ENGINEERING
On a motion of Councilperson Hunt, seconded by Councilperson Crewell, the following was APPROVED
WHEREAS, the Town of Wells is a Municipal Corporation of the State of New York, having its offices at 1438 State Route 30, with a mailing address of P.O. Box 205, Wells, NY 12190 (“Town”); and
WHEREAS, the Town & Hamilton County declared a State of Emergency on November 1, 2019 after storm damage and flooding which washed away a portion of the water main bridge crossing located at Algonquin Drive (C.R. 5) over the Sacandaga River; and
WHEREAS, the Town is seeking financial assistance for costs associated with the above referenced Project from the United States Department of Agriculture Rural Development (“USDA RD”) Emergency and Imminent Community Water Assistance Grant (“ECWAG”) program; and
RESOLVED, that the Town hereby authorizes the Town Supervisor to complete the required steps associated with the ECWAG application process, and
RESOLVED, that the Town will complete the Public Notice of Intent to File the Application and publish a “one-time” notice in the newspaper within 60 days of filing a full application for the grant per the funding agency requirements.
CURRENT STATUS OF HYDROELECTRIC PLANT
Supervisor Mauro reported the hydro plant has been online for over a week and running flawlessly. Last Saturday as it was running wind hit and he had to re-start it and did so with no issues. All good, now we can generate its revenue source.
He also mentioned he with assistance from Lenny, Hamilton County Soil & Water Conservation is preparing a letter requesting assistance from the Environmental Water Assistance Program which would cover 75% of expenses related to the flood damage. Parkers Park bank was a recommended location for this funding as the bank needs to be built back up.
Tomorrow, Supervisor Mauro, Highway Superintendent Earley, Councilperson Crewell and Bookkeeper Jen Woodward will attend a FEMA briefing at the Lake Pleasant Fire Hall where they will learn of any potential funding for infrastructure.
Councilperson Crewell added she had confirmed with Don Purdy, Disaster Emergency Manager for Hamilton County, that FEMA denied individual assistance on January 2. Governor Cuomo sent an appeal to FEMA on January 3, so still moving on that. The Public Assistance component regarding infrastructure has been approved. She will be bringing vouchers as to monies already spent for repairs and explain how severely impacted the Town was. This meeting will also consist of training on how to access the website to report damage related expense and reimbursement procedures.
OTHER BUSINESS
Councilperson Saltis reported that she is beginning the paperwork process for the Summer Rec program.
Councilperson Lauria reported that the Friends of Lake Algonquin are investigating an Invasive Species Grant through NYS DEC which could be submitted next year. Also, the organization would like to construct informational boxes at the fishing pier and boat launch educating the public about invasive species which would likely need Board approval prior to construction.
Councilperson Crewell has a meeting scheduled with Justin Gonya from Hudson Consulting regarding grants for municipalities.
Supervisor Mauro read an email sent to him from Mark Ellis who is spearheading the Green House Project. The project has been awarded a federal grant to build a greenhouse over the community garden. The 32 ft. by 64 ft. greenhouse has been ordered and will be looking for volunteers to help construct it. He hopes to have a working weekend/barbecue.
Supervisor Mauro read an email sent to him from Joan Marsh regarding this year’s Community Pride Day. She would like to plan it in May on a Saturday verses a weekday so more families could get involved. Supervisor Mauro mentioned to be watchful of certain dates as clean up week is typically the first week, then Mother’s Day and Memorial Day. The highway crew should be able to assist.
Holly Hite mentioned the “Flood Party” sponsored by the Seniors and Ambulance Corps which will be held Sunday, January 26 beginning at 5pm at Community Hall. The party will honor all Highway Department guys, Fire Department, the Ice Racers and all others who volunteered their time to help their neighbors in need during and after the flood. Volunteers are to bring nothing, cold cuts, drinks and covered dishes will be provided.
Avis Warner spoke of a County wide program Vulnerable Population Registry which all towns are asked to participate that identifies people who are in need when a flood or severe storm occurs.
Dee Parker asked the Town to recognize Helen Buyce’s 100 birthday on February 2. The Seniors are sending cards and Supervisor Mauro said he would purchase a card from him and on behalf of the Town. Councilperson Hunt suggested a resolution proclaiming February 2-Helen Buyce Day. It was suggested copying other resolutions from the past.
Vince Abbott-Forgione was glad to hear the good news about the Hydro Plant. He then asked what went on with the dam during the last rain event when the lake level rose and there was flooding. Supervisor Mauro said there was no flooding as he was monitoring the water level. Mr. Forgione said while his home didn’t flood, there was flooding on his property. Supervisor Mauro said the water never went over the retaining wall at the beach, Mr. Forgione said it crested over the wall and asked why the gates can’t be opened earlier. Supervisor Mauro said it is normal to have a foot of water over the spillway. Mr. Forgione, couldn’t we have lowered the lake by a foot by being proactive not re-active. Supervisor Mauro responded that he will not drain the lake every time we expect an inch and a half of water. Mr. Forgione isn’t asking or recommending that the lake be drained, only brought down accordingly. Supervisor Mauro responded, as the water level rose, he made adjustments and raised the gates. He also said if heavy rain is expected, 4 inches or more, then absolutely he would take down the lake.

This story is based upon the minutes of Maryellen Stofelano, Town Clerk.

Saturday, February 15, 2020

APA approves two new monopine telecommunications towers Raquette Lake

By PETE KLEIN
RAY BROOK—At the February 14 meeting of the Adirondack Park Agency, APA Commissioner Dan Wilt put forward for a vote to approve two new monopine telecommunications towers Raquette Lake. The project received unanimous approval from the APA Board of Commissioners.
PROJECT SITE
The project site is a 1.5±-acre parcel of land located on Antlers Road in the Town of Raquette Lake, Hamilton County, in an area classified Hamlet on the Adirondack Park Land Use and Development Plan Map. The site is identified as Tax Map Section 52.006, Block 1, Parcel 19.1, and is described in a deed from Dean Pohl to Dean Pohl and Donna H. Pohl, dated November 15, 1972, and recorded November 17, 1972 in the Hamilton County Clerk's Office at Book 158 of Deeds, at Page 130.
PROJECT DESCRIPTION
The project as conditionally approved herein involves a subdivision by lease, creating a 7,000 square foot irregularly shaped parcel for the construction of two new telecommunications towers with related ancillary equipment as follows:
Tower 1: The tower will be 90 feet in height and will be located 178± feet east of Antlers Road. The top of the tower will be concealed as a simulated pine tree, for a total height of 95 feet (including 5-foot tall crown branching and a 4-foot-tall lightning rod). Six, 8-foot-tall panel antennas will be installed on the tower at a centerline mounting height of 88 feet above ground level (AGL), along with 15 Remote Radio Heads (RRHs)/Remote Radio Units (RRUs) (15.0 – 18.1 inches tall) and four DC6 squid surge suppressors (27 inches tall).
Tower 2: The tower will be 85 feet in height and will be located 190± feet east of Antlers Road. The top of the tower will be concealed as a simulated pine tree, for a total height of 90 feet (including 5-foot tall crown branching and a 4-foot tall lightning rod). Three, 8-foot-tall and three 5-foot-tall panel antennas will be installed on the tower at a centerline mounting height of 83 feet above ground level (AGL), along with six Remote Radio Heads (RRHs)/Remote Radio Units (RRUs) (14.9 – 17.91 inches tall).
The towers will be located within a 4,800 square foot fenced-in equipment compound area which will accommodate a 12.5-foot by 20-foot equipment platform for Tower 1 and a 12-foot by 20-foot equipment shelter for Tower 2. Access to the facility, for construction and service vehicles, will follow an existing residential driveway (no changes proposed) that will be extended by constructing an additional 40±-foot-long gravel access drive to reach the tower site. Underground utilities will be located along the access road and within a 30-foot-wide access and utility easement.

ILCDC meets Feb 19

Indian Lake promotes community development


INDIAN LAKE--The Indian Lake Community Development Corporation (ILCDC) Board is holding a meeting at 7 PM on Wednesday, February 19, in the Town of Indian Lake Byron Park Meeting Room. Christy Wilt, Hamilton County Director of Tourism, Economic Development and Industrial Develop-ment, will be the guest speaker.
Christy's office is in partnership with the Adirondack North Country Associa-tion Center for Businesses in Transition (CBIT), an organization that addresses the loss of area businesses by providing matchmaking services with potential buyers, access to planning tools and connections with existing services. Alt-hough it is referred to as a Center, it is really a dynamic evolving partnership between regional organizations and individuals interested in the retention and future of our businesses and communities. The CBIT is a unique collaboration whose goal is to support existing business owners as well as aspiring entre-preneurs in developing informed business transition strategies. Wilt will pro-vide an overview of the CBIT and inform meeting participants of planned 2020 activities.
For several years, the ILCDC has served as an active resource for Town of In-dian Lake business owners. The organization has hosted several well attended and successful business informational workshops and sessions and they look forward to partnering with the CBIT to assist local business owners with their transition activities.
The Hamilton County Economic Development website currently includes a real estate list of 26 county businesses in the Business Opportunities Section. In-cluded in the list are 11 businesses that are in the Town of Indian Lake, which has prompted the ILCDC to partner with the CBIT.
Come on February 19 to explore how the ILCDC can be of service to our town businesses. If you would like additional information about the Center for Busi-nesses in Transition, please contact Brenda Valentine, President, Indian Lake Community Development Corporation, 518-648-5636 or ad-kcamp1@frontier.com.

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Friday, February 14, 2020

LLCS BOE Feb 13 2020

LLCS BOE Feb 13 2020



Long Lake Central to purchase buses
By PETE KLEIN
LONG LAKE—When the Long Lake Central School Board of Education met on February 13, it passed several resolutions including a proposition to purchase a bus as follows: Bus Purchase Proposition: “To authorize the Board of Education to expend monies from the Bus Purchase Reserve Fund, previously established and approved by the voters of the District and currently maintaining a balance of seventy-eight thousand, seven hundred and thirty-eight dollars to acquire one school bus at a cost not to exceed $60,000, Expend such sum for said purchase; and Expend from the Bus Purchase Reserve Fund an amount not to exceed $60,000 for such purpose.
The board approved the Letter of Intent to Purchase a School Bus.
The proposition to purchase will be presented to voters on May 19 when they vote on the budget.
OTHER BOARD APPROVALS
The board approved Kristin Delehanty as Mentor
The board approved the Retirement of Mary Phillips-LeBlanc Effective June 30, 2020
The board approved Policy #5681 School Safety Plans, #6550 Leaves of Absence, #7550 Dignity for all Students
The board approved Sawyer Cresap as Substitute
The board Recognized Amanda Flemington as Girls Varsity Softball Coach and Ray Hoag as Boys' Modified Baseball Coach.
The board approved March’s BOE meeting being moved to March 19, 6 p.m.
The board approved the retirement of Anthony Clark effective 3/23/20
The board Appointed Anthony Clark as Asbestos (LEA) Designee effective 3/24/20.
The board Appointed Anthony Clark as substitute bus driver and substitute cleaner effective 3/24/20.
The board approved 7/8th Grade Field Trip to Boston April 30-May 3.
The board approved CSE Recommendations.

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Ranger Report Feb 13 2020

Ranger Report Feb 13 2020


LONG LAKE--On Feb. 5 at 4:59 p.m., DEC's Ray Brook Dispatch received a call from Hamilton County 911 reporting that Long Lake EMS was responding to a snowmobile accident on state land. The snowmobiler struck a tree behind a home just outside of Long Lake.
Forest Ranger Jason Scott responded and found that the 48-year-old man from Ballston Spa was out of the woods and being treated by Long Lake EMS. Forest Ranger Scott remained at the location to assist State Police with the accident report.

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Thursday, February 13, 2020

ILCS BOE February 11, 2020

ILCS budget just over cap
By PETE KLEIN
INDIAN LAKE—The Indian Lake Central School Board of Education met on February 11 and was hopeful the 2020/2021 school budget would come in under the cap because the draft budget presented to them at the meeting was currently showing a Maximum Allowable Tax Levy of $5,208,458; a DRAFT Estimated levy of $5,227,319 to equal a Total OVER the Levy Max of just $18,861.
SUPERINTENDENT'S/PRINCIPAL'S REPORT
Superintendent Dave Snide reported the Building Project is on track. He said Mosaic is to send plans to State Ed. By the end of May. It will take approximately 12 weeks for State Ed. to review the plans. He said they are still planning to go to bid in the fall.
Upcoming Events include the February Break (2/17-2/21), March-PARP, March Reading Challenge, DEAR (Drop Everything and Read) March 24, Beginning of Grades 3-8 English Language Arts Computer Based Assessment
Snide reported the following on athletics: Modified and varsity basketball is coming to an end. Elementary basketball is going strong.
Snide said, “We have coaches for varsity softball and modified baseball. At the time of this report, we still do not have a coach for modified softball.”
RECOMMENDATIONS FOR APPROVAL
The board approved the resolution of co-op purchasing program.
The board approved the claims audit for Januaryl-31, 2020.
The board approved the Tax Cap of $5,208,458. Last year it was $5,085,177.
The board approved Joann Van Norstrand as substitute teacher pending fingerprints.
The board approved establishing the fund ERS reserve of $100,000 from fund balance.
The board approved Ray Hoag as Modified Boys Baseball coach.
The board approved Allison Conboy as Varsity Girls’ Softball co-coach.

Audio ILCS BOE Feb 11 2020

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Text ILTB Feb 10 2020


Indian Lake Zoning Ordinance updates approved.

By PETE KLEIN
INDIAN LAKE—After closing a public hearing that was held open from its January meeting, the Indian Lake Town Board approved updates to it Zoning Ordinance. It is hoped that now that the updates are done, it will be much easier in the future to change a specific part of the Zoning Ordinance.
This was followed by a group of appointments.
John Zahray was appointed to the Board of Assessment Review (B.A.R.)
Supervisor Brian Wells was appointed Safety Officer for now.
Meade Hutchins was appointed to the Planning Board, making it a 5-member board.
The board approved the Highway Department’s Section 284 which sets aside $358,516 for road repair work planned for this spring, summer and fall.
It was reported that snowmobile trail grooming has received many complements.
Supervisor Wells reported Cornell Cooperative Extension will be providing Free Tax Preparation help to families and individuals whose household income is below $57,000.
Trained community volunteers can help you with special credits, such as Earned Income Tax Credit and Child Tax Credit for which you may qualify. In addition to free tax return preparation assistance, free electronic filing (e-filing) will be offered. Individuals taking advantage of the e-file program will receive their refunds in half the time compared to returns filed on paper - even faster if you have your refund is deposited directly into your bank account.
Hamilton County residents are asked to schedule a tax appointment by calling 1-800-211-5128 and dial Warren Counties extension to make an appointment.
The next town board meeting will be held on Monday March 9, 2020 at 7 p.m.

Audio of ILTB Feb 10 2020 meeting

Friday, February 7, 2020

County receives numerous grants

Supervisors February 6 2020

County receives numerous grants
By PETE KLEIN
LAKE PLEASANT—When the Hamilton County Board of Supervisors met on February 6, it passed several resolutions to accommodate Homeland Security and Emergency Services Grant Projects, and Statewide Interoperable Communications Grant Projects as follows.
FUNDING NYS DIVISION OF HOMELAND SECURITY AND EMERGENCY SERVICES GRANT PROJECTS.
WHEREAS, the Hamilton County Emergency Management Department has been awarded the NYS Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services (DHSES) Grant Project SI19-1010-E00 in the amount of $540,451 be it
RESOLVED, that the Chairman of the Board of Supervisors is hereby authorized to sign said DHSES Grant, Project SI19-1010-E00, and be it further
RESOLVED, that the County Treasurer be authorized to create Account No. A3645.0422 DHSES SI19-1010-E00 and fund it at $540,451.00 to be totally offset by creating and funding Revenue Account No. A3389.0126 DHSES SI19-1010-E00 in the amount of $540,451.00 and the Director of Emergency Management and Sheriff be so notified.
SERVICES GRANT PROJECT PS19-1048-E00
WHEREAS, the Hamilton County Emergency Management Department has been awarded the NYS Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services (DHSES) Grant Project PS19- 1048-E00 through the NYS 2017 Statewide Interoperable Communications Formula Grant program (2017 SICG Formula) in the amount of $112,994, and
WHEREAS, DHSES Grant Project PS19-1048-E00 will be used for 911 Dispatcher salaries, and
WHEREAS, the full revenue was accounted for in the 2020 budget, and
WHEREAS, it has now been determined that the grant needs to be also used for Oak Mt. Tower electrical services, wireless air cards and data services, now, therefore, be it RESOLVED, that the County Treasurer be authorized to fund Account No. A3645.0421 DHSES Grant PS19-1048-E00 by transferring $4,801.00 from Account No. A3640.0401 Community and Radio Repair and the Director of Emergency Management and Sheriff be so notified.
The NYS Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services (DHSES) Grant Project SH17- 1003-D00 in the amount of $49,985, and
WHEREAS, the funds have not been spent, be it RESOLVED, that the County Treasurer be authorized to fund Account No. A3645.0416 SHSP Grant SH17-1003-D00 at $22,325.57 to be totally offset by funding Revenue Account No. A3389.0120 SHSP Grant SH17-1003-D00 at $22,325.57 and the Director of Emergency Management and Sheriff be so notified.
The NYS Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services (DHSES) Grant Project SH18- 1032-D00 in the amount of $49,985, and
WHEREAS, the funds have not been spent, be it RESOLVED, that the County Treasurer be authorized to fund Account No. A3645.0401 SHSP Grant SH18-1032-D00 at $20,465.24 to be totally offset by funding Revenue Account No. A3389.0122 SHSP Grant SH18-1032-D00 at $20,465.24 and the Director of Emergency Management and Sheriff be so notified.
The NYS Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services (DHSES) Grant Project SH19- 1020-D00 in the amount of $49,985, and
WHEREAS, the funds have not been spent, be it RESOLVED, that the County Treasurer be authorized to fund Account No. A3645.0403 SHSP Grant SH19-1020-D00 at $36,241.20 to be totally offset by funding Revenue Account No. A3389.0124 SHSP Grant SH19-1020-D00 at $36,241.20 and the Director of Emergency Management and Sheriff be so notified.
STATEWIDE INTEROPERABLE COMMUNICATIONS GRANT
WHEREAS, the Hamilton County Emergency Management Department has been awarded the NYS 2016 Statewide Interoperable Communications Formula Grant SI16-1005-D00 in the amount of $471,640, and
WHEREAS, the funds have not been spent, be it
RESOLVED, that the County Treasurer be authorized to fund Account No. A3645.0419 Statewide Communications Grant SI16-1005-D00 at $189,063.75 to be totally offset by funding Revenue Account No. A3389.700 - State Aid at $189,063.75 and the Director of Emergency Management and Sheriff be so notified.
FUNDING STATEWIDE INTEROPERABLE COMMUNICATIONS GRANT
WHEREAS, the Hamilton County Emergency Management Department has been awarded the NYS 2017 Statewide Interoperable Communications Formula Grant SI17-1003-D00 through the NYS 2017 Statewide Interoperable Communications Formula Grant program (2017 SICG Formula) in the amount of $540,339, and
WHEREAS, the funds have not been spent, be it RESOLVED, that the County Treasurer be authorized to fund Account No. A3645.0418 Statewide Communications Grant SI17-1003-D00 at $539,089.00 to be totally offset by funding Revenue Account No. A3389.0301 – Statewide Communications Grant at $539,089.00 and the Director of Emergency Management and Sheriff be so notified.
FUNDING STATEWIDE INTEROPERABLE COMMUNICATIONS GRANT
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 funds have not been spent, be it RESOLVED, that the County Treasurer be authorized to fund Account No. A3645.0402 Statewide Communications Grant SI18-1047-D00 at $544,803 to be totally offset by funding Revenue Account No. A3389.0302 – Statewide Communications Grant at $544,803 and the Director of Emergency Management and Sheriff be so notified.
AUTHORIZE FEE-CONVEYANCE NOTICE-COUNTY CLERK
WHEREAS, NYS legislation has passed a law amending Real Property Law §291 to require that the County Clerk mail a written notice to the owner of record of a conveyance recorded in the Clerk’s Office, and
WHEREAS, the law states that the clerk of the county is entitled to charge a reasonable fee to cover the cost of mailing, and
WHEREAS, in order to keep the fee charged consistent across the state, the New York State Association of County Clerks agree to recommend that the reasonable fee be charged at $10 for the notice for each recording of a conveyance, now, therefore, be it
RESOLVED, that the County Clerk is authorized to charge the party seeking to record such conveyance a fee of $10 to cover the cost mailing a notice of such conveyance.
FUNDING ADIRONDACK HAMLETS TO HUTS IMPLEMENTATION
WHEREAS, Hamilton County was awarded CFA #76741 Adirondack Hamlets to Huts Implementation in the amount of $219,375, and
WHEREAS, the funds have not been entirely spent, be it
RESOLVED, that the County Treasurer is hereby authorized to fund Account No. A6326.0411 Adk. Hamlets to Huts at $82,258.75 to be totally offset by funding Revenue Account No. A3902.0200 Adk. Hamlets to Huts in the amount of $82,258.75.
YOGA CLASSES
WHEREAS, the Hamilton County Public Health Nursing Service maintains an agreement between Warren/Hamilton Office for the Aging to provide services for Hamilton County residents under a Community Services Contract code A.6780 10 470, and
WHEREAS, this contract has been submitted for renewal for the period April 1, 2019 – March 31, 2020 in the full amount of $3,313, and
WHEREAS, Michelle Kelly of Indian Lake is a certified Yoga Instructor and wishes to contract with Hamilton County to instruct Yoga Classes, and
WHEREAS, the term of this contract shall be from February 1, 2020 through January 31, 2021 and compensated at a rate of $40 per class plus mileage at the current county rate, be it
RESOLVED, that the Chairman of the Board of Supervisors is authorized to enter into a contract with Michelle Kelly to instruct Yoga classes to the residents of Hamilton County, for the period February 1, 2020 through January 31, 2021 at a rate of $40 per class plus mileage upon approval of the County Attorney and the County Treasurer be so notified.
WELFARE FRAUD CRIMES
WHEREAS, the Commissioner of the Hamilton County DSS recognizes it is the statutory responsibility of the District Attorney to prosecute crimes committed in Hamilton County, and
WHEREAS, the District Attorney recognizes the Commissioner maintains the responsibility to investigate allegations of Welfare Fraud in all programs within the Department of Social Services and to recover overpayments of assistance that occur as the result of fraudulent activity, and
WHEREAS, the District Attorney recognizes the Commissioner is required by the NYS Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance to make referrals to the District Attorney to prosecute these cases, be it
RESOLVED, the Chairman of the Hamilton County Board of Supervisors, the Commissioner of the Department of Social Services and the District Attorney are hereby authorized to sign an agreement of behalf of the Hamilton County Department of Social Services and the Hamilton County District Attorney to investigate and prosecute cases of fraudulent activity against the Department of Social Services in Hamilton County.
PURCHASE USED TWO-WAY RADIOS
WHEREAS, Hamilton County needs to purchase two-way radios to install in several fleet vehicles for communication purposes, and
WHEREAS, new two-way radios are very expensive at an estimated cost of $2,100 each and the Fleet Coordinator recommends purchasing refurbished 60-Watt radios at much lower cost, and
WHEREAS, Northway Exchange can get good used radios and refurbish them and sell them to the County for $520 each, and
WHEREAS, the Fleet Coordinator recommends purchasing up to ten (10) of these two- way radios to be installed in fleet vehicles, and
WHEREAS, the Fleet Coordinator believes it would be very difficult to get quotes for this purchase and recommends the County Procurement Policy be waived in this instance for the purchase of the said radios, therefore, be it
RESOLVED, the County Board of Supervisors hereby authorizes the Fleet Coordinator to purchase the said used radios from Northway Exchange and also waives the County Procurement Policy in this instance for the purchase of the radios and the Clerk of the Board, County Treasurer and Fleet Coordinator be so advised.
FUNDING SOLID WASTE STUDY
WHEREAS, Resolution No. 348-18 created and funded Account No. A8161.406 Solid Waste Study in the amount of $25,000, and
WHEREAS, at the end of 2019 there was a balance of $3,500 unspent, and WHEREAS, the DPW has received the final invoice, be it
RESOLVED, the County Treasurer is hereby authorized to transfer $3,500 from the Unappropriated General Fund Balance in accordance with Section 366 Subdivision 1 of the County Law to Account No. A8161.406 Solid Waste Study and the County Highway Superintendent and the Clerk of the Board be so notified.
HAMILTON COUNTY SOIL AND WATER CONSERVATION DISTRICT
WHEREAS, Edward Winchell has resigned from the Hamilton County Soil and Water Conservation District’s Board of Directors and leaves a vacancy on the Board, and
WHEREAS, the Hamilton County Board of Supervisors has received from the Hamilton County Soil and Water Conservation District a recommendation that Bradlay Johnson be appointed as Member-at-Large to the Board of Directors of the Hamilton County Soil and Water Conservation District, be it
RESOLVED, that Bradlay Johnson be appointed as Member-at-Large for a term of three years commencing February 4, 2020 terminating December 31, 2022.
FUNDING FOR REMAINDER OF THE COURTHOUSE ENTRANCE REPAIR
WHEREAS, Resolution No. 337-19 authorizes the courthouse entrance repairs, and
WHEREAS, the west entrance repairs were completed in 2019 and the east entrance repairs will be completed in spring of 2020, and
WHEREAS, the ending 2019 balance of Account No. A1620.205 is $36,000 and these funds need to be moved into the current 2020 budget so the work can be completed, and the Office of Court Administration will fund 54% of this work, be it
RESOLVED, the County Treasurer is hereby authorized to transfer $16,560 from the Unappropriated General Fund Balance in accordance with Section 366 Subdivision 1 of the County to Account No. A1620.205 Court Improvements, and be it further
RESOLVED, the County Treasurer is hereby authorized to increase Account No. A1620.205 Court Improvements by $19,440 to be totally offset by increasing Revenue Account No. A3021.0000 Court Facilities by $19,440 and the DPW Superintendent and the Clerk of the Board be so notified.
GRANITE FOR COURTHOUSE EAST ENTRANCE
WHEREAS, R&B Construction has the contract for the Courthouse Entrance Repairs, and WHEREAS, Hamilton County has received the granite steps, be it
RESOLVED, that the County Treasurer is hereby authorized to make payment as follows: $19,900 out of Account No. A1620.205 Court Improvements made payable to: R&B Construction, L.L.C., 1094 Bulls Head Road Amsterdam, NY 12010 and the Highway Superintendent and Clerk of the Board be so notified.
OXBOW LAKE OUTLET CULVERT REPLACEMENT PROJECT
WHEREAS, Resolution No. 106-19 authorizes the Oxbow Lake Outlet Culvert Replacement through the Bridge NY program and appropriates $248,750, and
WHEREAS, the ending 2019 balance is $236,539.85 and this project is still underway and needs the funds moved to the fiscal year 2020, be it
RESOLVED, the County Treasurer is hereby authorized to transfer the 2019 ending balance of $236,539.85 to Account No. D5112.2022 Oxbow Lake Outlet Culvert Project and the DPW Superintendent and the Clerk of the Board be so notified.

Text of APA meets February 13

APA meets February 13


RAY BROOK--The Adirondack Park Agency will hold its monthly meeting at its headquarters in Ray Brook on Thursday, February 13 and Friday, February 14.
On Thursday at 1 a.m., the Full Agency will convene for Executive Director Terry Martino's monthly report.
At 1:30 p.m., the Regulatory Programs Committee will consider approval for a proposed variance to expand a pre-existing single-family dwelling. The project is located on Third Lake in the Town of Webb, Herkimer County. The Committee will also deliberate a proposed telecommunication project from Vertical Bridge Holdings, LLC. The applicant seeks approval for the installation of two self-supporting monopole towers. The project site is in the Town of Long Lake, Hamilton County.
At 3 p.m. Agency Enforcement will come to order to hear an enforcement proceeding regarding the alleged establishment of a tourist accommodation and the installation and construction of associated structures on Rural Use lands within the designated Hudson River Recreational River Area. The property is in the Town of Thurman, Warren County. 
On Friday morning at 10:30 a.m., Special Assistant for Economic Affairs Dan Kelleher will present an overview to the Economic Affairs Committee on the Agency’s activities related to economic development and community planning.
At 11:15 a.m., the Full Agency will convene to take any necessary actions and hear member and Local Government Review Board comment.
To review the meeting materials please download from the APA website at: https://www.apa.ny.gov/Mailing/2020/02/index.htm
The meeting facility is wheelchair accessible. Please contact Keith McKeever for any specific requests for accommodations. 
The March Agency Meeting is scheduled for March 19-20, 2020.

APA meets Feb 13

Saturday, February 1, 2020

Benson TB Jan 21 2020



By PETE KLEIN
BENSON--Tom Groff was present to take questions and give information on the fire district being considered between Village of Northville, Town of Northampton, and Town of Benson.
Town of Benson is planning on joining the Town of Northampton and the Village of Northville Fire District to form a fire district.
The board approved Fire district Resolution #43-20 to form a fire district and agreed to post for 30 days a “Notice of Adoption of Resolution subject to Permissive Referendum.”
RESOLUTIONS
In other resolutions, the board approved the Audit of Justice Books.
The board approved the Audit of Supervisor’s Books.
The board approved the Audit of Town Clerk’s Books.
OTHER BUSINESS
Supervisor John Stortecky reported Benson’s Justice Justine Case is now the Hamilton County Magistrates Association.
Justice Case will swear in councilmen when Councilman Douglas Gregor returns.
PUBLIC COMMENT
Frank Fernandez asked, “Why did property taxes go up?”
Supervisor John Stortecky replied, “To provide for the highway department to add a third employee if needed.

Note: This article is based upon minutes provided by Town Clerk Jeanne Cox.

Audio Benson TB Jan 21 2020

Long Lake gets organized

LLTB Jan 29 2020


Long Lake gets organized
By PETE KLEIN
LONG LAKE—The Long Lake Town Board met on January 29 and began the meeting with the Pledge to the Flag of the United States of America, an opening Prayer by Councilman Craig Seaman and the Roll Call by Dixie Lee LeBlanc, Town Clerk as follows: Councilman Richard B. Dechene, Councilman Dean H. Pohl, Supervisor Clay J. Arsenault, Councilman Thomas L. Donnelly, Councilman Craig J. Seaman – all present.
This was followed by approving the following ORGANIZATION RESOLUTIONS
A Resolution that the Glens Falls Post Star is designated as an Official Daily Newspaper for the Town of Long Lake, New York in which all legal notices may be published.
A Resolution to designate Official Posting areas (Town Clerk Bulletin Board) for Public Notices as: (1) in Long Lake, the outside window box at the Town Office Building, and (2) in Long Lake, the inside (unlocked) entryway at the Town Hall, and (3) in Raquette Lake, the outside window box of the Raquette Lake Supply wall, and (4)  on the Town Website at WWW.MYLONGLAKE.COM.
A Resolution to designate National Public Radio (NPR) as the official radio station for State of Emergency and Public Health notices.
A Resolution that the regular meetings of the Town Board of the Town of Long Lake be held the last Wednesday of each month at 7 PM. Additional Town Board meetings may be called by the Town Supervisor or Town Board as necessary.
All Town Board meetings will be held either at the Long Lake Town Hall, the Long Lake Meal Site (upstairs in the Town Hall), the Long Lake Geiger Arena, or the Raquette Lake Union Free School Gymnasium unless otherwise announced.
A Resolution that members of the public may speak only at the discretion of the Town Board during all open and public meetings.
A Resolution that department heads or designees may be requested to attend Board meetings where warrants are audited (end of the month) and may be requested to attend certain regular and/or special Town Board meetings.
A Resolution that the Town of Long Lake pay full-time and eligible part-time year around employees the following twelve holidays: New Year's Day, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, President's Day, Good Friday, Memorial Day observed, Independence Day, Labor Day, Columbus Day, Veteran's Day, Thanksgiving,
Christmas Day observed.
No additional days off with pay will be granted to Town employees, other than the above holiday dates, without prior approval of the members of the Town Board.
A Resolution designating the Town Supervisor as Chief Fiscal Officer and, as such, is authorized to invest surplus money at the best available rates as stated in the Town of Long Lake Investment Policy. (General Municipal Law 11.)
A Resolution to appoint the Town Supervisor as Budget Officer for 2020. (Town Law Section 103.)
A Resolution that the Supervisor shall submit to the Town Clerk within sixty days after the close of the fiscal year, a copy of the Adjusted Annual Update Document reported to the State Comptroller and acceptance of general, highway and water district Town monies received and disbursed throughout the year. (Town Law section 29; Subdivision l0A.) An additional 60 days is permitted with approval of the State Comptroller.
A Resolution that the Town Board establishes the Office of Deputy Supervisor.
{Town Law section 42) The Supervisor appoints D. Sean Curry as Deputy Supervisor.
A Resolution whereas the Town Board authorizes the Supervisor to designate a principal account clerk and bookkeeper; the designation is D. Sean Curry. {Town Law Section 29, Subdivision 15)
A Resolution appointing D. Sean Curry and Colleen King as bookkeepers for the Highway Superintendent and for Water Districts #1 and #2 Funds.
A Resolution that the Town Supervisor appoints Dixie Lee LeBlanc as Registrar of Vital Statistics; and Dixie Lee LeBlanc appoints Amber Wamback as Deputy Registrar of Vital Statistics.
A Resolution authorizing the Town Supervisor to appoint a Town Historian from Long Lake and a Town Historian from Raquette Lake who shall each promote the establishment and improvement of programs for the management and preservation of local government records with enduring value for historical or other research; encourage the coordinated collection and preservation of non-­ governmental historical records by libraries, historical societies, and other repositories; and carry out and actively encourage research in such records in order to add to the knowledge, understanding and appreciation of the Town of Long Lake's history. Those appointments are Jeanne F. Plumley, Long Lake and James Kammer, Raquette Lake. (Education Law Section 148.)
A Resolution that the Town Clerk appoints Amber Wamback and L. Brian Castler as Deputy Town Clerks.
A Resolution to designate the Town Clerk as FOIL Officer and the Town Supervisor as Appeals Officer. (Per recommendation of the NYS Committee on Open Government.)
A Resolution that the Town Board appoints Dixie Lee LeBlanc, Town Clerk, as Agent to Issue Parking Permits to People with Disabilities as required by the NYS Vehicle and Traffic Law.
A Resolution that the Town Board appoints Bruce M. Jennings, M. John Hosley and Captain Dean Pohl as Marriage Officers for the Town of Long Lake who shall have the authority to solemnize a marriage; which marriage shall be valid if performed in accordance with other provisions of law.
A Resolution to appoint Bruce Jennings as Long Lake Cemetery Custodian to map burials and maintain cemetery records.
A Resolution to appoint Bruce Jennings as the E-911 Coordinator with Essex County.
A Resolution whereas the Town  Board, as the Long Lake Board  of Health (Public Health Law, Section 302 (2)), appoints Russell E. Rider, MD to the position of Health Officer of the Town  of Long Lake and Chief Executive Officer of the Board of Health (Public Health Law, Section 320 (1) and 308 (a)).
A Resolution that the Town Board contracts with Russell E. Rider, MD to provide medical services to the community for $55,000 in 2020.
A Resolution that any Town officer/employee should be compensated for the use of their automobiles in the performance of their official duties at the current rate of .58 cents per mile as determined by the IRS; rate is subject to fluctuation.
A Resolution that the following bank is hereby designated as the official depository for the Town of Long Lake and that the Town Supervisor, Town Clerk, Deputy Clerks and Town Justices shall deposit all funds coming into their hands in their official capacities in said bank: Community Bank, Long Lake Branch, PO Box 215, Long Lake, NY 12847.
A Resolution whereas all elected and appointed  Town  officials  and  employees be authorized, with the approval of the Town Supervisor, or if necessary, the Town Board, to attend any authorized school or seminar with all actual and necessary expenses being a proper Town charge as stated in the Town of Long Lake Employee Handbook dated 12/09/08.
A Resolution authorizing the attendance at the 2020 Association of Towns (AOT) "Annual Meeting & Training School" in February and/or AOT with the Office of the State Comptroller (OSC) for "New Town Officials Schools" held in January for all elected Town officials and appointed officials and employees with all actual and necessary expenses being a proper Town charge.
A Resolution authorizing Long Lake Town Justices to appoint or hire court clerks and/or court stenographers as necessary. The Town Justices appoint Tina Burnett as Court Clerk.
A Resolution that the Town of Long Lake Board of Assessment Review Members be compensated one hundred dollars ($100) for each day assessment review services are performed or mandated.
A Resolution that the salaries of all elected officials be fixed as to the amounts respectively specified in the notice of public hearing upon preliminary budget of 2020 as follows: Town Supervisor (2-year term) - 42,432; Town Justices, each (2) (4-year term) - 12,448; Town Council Members, each (4) (4-year term) - 4,758; Town Clerk (4-year term) - 38,555; Town Highway Superintendent (2-year term) - 44,185; Town Sole Assessor (6-year term) - 33,058.
A Resolution that year 'round Town of Long Lake Employees (unless noted as seasonal or temporary) will be paid at an hourly rate according to the salary grade schedule.
A Resolution that the following General Fund, appointed employees will be paid an annual salary as follows: Historians (2) each - 2,148.36; Dog Control Officer - 3,499.11; Deputy Dog Control Officer - 726.86; Deputy Town Supervisor - 1,536.81; Cemetery Custodian (of records) - 2,576.19; Deputy Highway Superintendent - No compensation; Town Attorney - 3,327.20; Transfer Station Supervisor - 6,000; E-911 Coordinator - 2,545.92
A Resolution that all permanent, year-round, hourly employees will receive annual longevity payments after 10 years of service; these annual payments will increase after 15 years of service, 20 years of service, 25 years of service, etc. in accordance with the longevity policy as approved by the board on 12/10/97. (Amended 10/07, amended again 11/25/14, 1/31/2018, 10/30/2019)
A Resolution whereas the Town Board establishes the position of Dog Control Officer to the Town of Long Lake: Kathleen Buxton is appointed Dog Control Officer; Dixie Lee LeBlanc is appointed Deputy Dog Control Officer.
A Resolution establishing a petty cash fund, which is used by the Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department, at the maximum not-to-exceed amount of
$500.
A Resolution that the Town Supervisor shall have the authority to enter into all necessary agreements to purchase materials, supplies and equipment with a limit of $10,000 or less; and utilizing the procurement policy where applicable.
A Resolution that the Town Board appoints, Carl T. Ferrentino, Esq. as Town Attorney and to the Office of Town Attorney. Also, the Town Board by this Resolution designates Karen S. Martell, Esq. of the firm of Lemery Greisler, LLC of Saratoga Springs as bond counsel for the Town and further, designates Daniel G. Vincelette, Esq. of The Vincelette Law Firm as an attorney for the Town for real property tax assessment issues.
A Resolution that the Board appoints John Deming of Adirondack Professional Services, Elizabethtown, NY as Town Surveyor.
A Resolution that the Board appoints Thomas Suozzo of Cedarwood Engineering, Warrensburg, NY as Town Engineer.
A Resolution for the following contract for the Superintendent of Highways:
A. The Town of Long Lake Highway Department shall maintain a work force the equivalent of 5.8 full-time positions plus one non-benefitted position. The permanent work force shall consist of no more than two foremen/MEOs: one in Long Lake and one in Raquette Lake, and four MEOs/laborers.
Other part time employees may be assigned to assist the Highway Department. Any part time staffing will only be done in accordance with the Highway Budget as approved by the Town Board.
In the event the Highway Superintendent chooses not to have a foreman in Long Lake, that position can be held by an MEO/laborer.
B. The Town Highway Superintendent shall have the authority to enter into all necessary agreements to purchase parts, road materials for repairs and improvements, outside repair contracts, leases and equipment purchases up to a limit of $5,000 in value. With the agreement of the Town Supervisor, this authorization is extended to $10,000 on any of the above expenditures.
C. Pursuant to the provisions of Section 284 of the Town Highway Law, monies collected and levied for the repair and improvement of highways and received from the State for repair and improvement shall be expended as agreed upon by the Highway Superintendent, Town Supervisor, Town Board, and Hamilton County Highway Superintendent.
D. The Town Highway Superintendent shall maintain, improve and repair all Town roads, parking areas, equipment and properties as provided for in the annual budget, and furthermore, may be assigned additional duties by the Town Board, not inconsistent with Town Highway Law, which are within the general scope of his employment and which do not interfere with his ordinary duties.
A Resolution that the Town Board establishes the Office of Deputy Highway Superintendent; the Highway Superintendent appoints Michael M. Lamphear as Deputy Highway Superintendent.
A Resolution that all financial dealings and contracts between Officers of the Town of Long Lake and their relatives must be given express prior approval by vote of the Town Board. (Town of Long Lake Ethics Code.)
A Resolution that the Town Board appoints Dixie Lee LeBlanc, Records Management Officer and D. Sean Curry, Deputy Supervisor to the Supervisor as the designated persons who shall have the authority to enter the safe deposit box, which box fulfills the storage needs for small items and records required to be stored off premises in a regulated atmosphere at a safe and secure location at premises currently named Community Bank NA, Long Lake Branch, to remove all or part of its contents; and also authorizing the Town Supervisor to cancel or modify the agreement between the Town and the Bank and to surrender or exchange the box; and also states that each year the Town Board will reaffirm or renew those designated persons authorized to have access to the box.
A Resolution to officially designate all Long Lake Town roads as snowmobile roads for the 2019 - 2020 winter season as requested annually by the DEC. The Town Board reserves the right to post specific sections of Town roads for non-usage by snowmobiles.
A Resolution that the Town Board Members annually approve the contents of the Town Policy Manual.
A Resolution to allow the Town Supervisor to sign documents in support of regional efforts that directly benefit the Town of Long Lake, where timing is critical to the success of the effort.
A Resolution to authorize the County Superintendent of Highways to post weight restrictions on Town roads within the Town of Long Lake in conjunction with the County Roads when deemed necessary during spring break-up for the calendar year 2020.
A Resolution to establish the office of Confidential Secretary and that the Supervisor appoints Clark J. Seaman as Confidential Secretary to the Supervisor.
OTHER BUSINESS
Assessor’s Annual Report for 2019 was Accepted.
Code Enforcement Officer Annual Report for 2019 was Accepted.
Long Lake Archives Annual Report for 2019 was Accepted.
Annual Contract with Cedarwood Engineering Services, PLLC was Approved.
Dean Pohl was approved as the Voting Delegate for the Association of Towns Annual Meeting on February 19, 2020.
The Part 284 Agreement was approved. This is an agreement required by Highway Law which lists the projects the Highway Superintendent plans to undertake in the coming year. This year the project listed permanent improvements to Tarbell Hill Lane.
The Employee Handbook Reproductive Health Decision Making Policy was approved.
The purpose of this policy is to make the Town compliant with NYS Labor Law 203-e which basically says the Town as an employer will not discriminate or retaliate against employees based on their or their dependents reproductive health decision making.
The board approved surplusing the old telephone equipment.
The next Town Board Meeting will be Feb. 26 at 7 P.M. at the Long Lake Town Hall.

Friday, January 31, 2020

Speculator Halloween Storm update

Speculator Halloween Storm update

By PETE KLEIN
SPECULATOR—At the Speculator Village Board of Trustees meeting of January 13, Mayor Jeannette Barrett gave an update for the Halloween Storm Emergency as follows.
Bruce Jordan from the NY Office of Emergency Services reviewed the overall response during the Halloween storm, identifying what was done well and where improvements are needed. Overall, our first responders did an outstanding job. A need was identified for central emergency communication for residents which has been addressed by adding the ability to sign up for NY alert on the Village Website. NY Alert contains critical emergency-related information, including instructions and recommendations in real-time by emergency personnel and will allow the ability to post critical information on this notification system. Loss of communication was also highlighted with respect to land lines going down, and then cell service going down with the lack of backup. American Tower had submitted a permit application to place a generator on Oak Mountain well over a year ago without any results. Mayor Barrett followed up with American Tower and was told it was not cost effective with respect to maintaining it. However, after further discussion of the needs of our region, they have agreed to revisit the situation.
On December 20, 2019, FEMA approved Disaster Declaration for Hamilton, Herkimer, Fulton, and Saratoga Counties. The federal government has not approved assistance for individuals. NY Assemblyman Robert Smullen, NY Senator Jim Tedisco and Congresswoman Elyse Stefanik have all asked for reconsideration of this decision.
If we are approved for project funding, the volunteer hours logged will be used as a credit for the Village portion of any FEMA grant.
LENGTH OF SERVICE AWARDS PROGRAM
Trustee Mark Crary, Crystal O’Brien and Mayor Barrett had a teleconference with the Length of Service Awards Program (LOSAP) agents to go through actuarial tables for the plan which is currently fully funded. This information will be used for further discussions with the LOSAP lawyer. The changes will require a referendum to terminate the present program and to reinstate the new one.
Trustee Crary made a motion to approve a resolution to approve the change from a defined benefits plan to a defined contribution plan to take effect January 1, 2021. Trustee McComb seconded and the motion passed unanimously.
Mayor Barrett and Katie Smith, Village Attorney, reviewed the Verizon Master License Agreement (MLA), and raised a few issues. In general, the issues raised included; the MLA is very broad and open ended, the definition of ROW as it is used, term of agreement (15years with option to go up to 30 years) and exclusivity for Verizon on Municipal property. Last week Mayor Barrett met with representatives from the County and Town to identify the common areas of the Master License Agreement needing to be addressed. Mayor Barrett will be setting up a meeting to address these matters and to have an agreement drafted which is more specific and suited to our situation. This week representatives from Verizon will be in town to evaluate potential sites for small cell towers.
WATER-WASTEWATER REPORT
Edward Scharpou, WWTP Chief Operator, submitted a written report.
Scharpou explained the mandated disinfection, planned for in Phase two of the Wastewater Treatment Plant contract, needs to have plans completed by 2022 and in operation by 2024. He has started the process with Lamont to begin Phase two since it takes several months to really get the project going. A preconstruction meeting for contract one of phase one and a contract two of phase one meeting have been scheduled.
After a webinar on government contracted LED lighting options and pricing, Scharpou believes he can replace all lighting at the plant for between $400 and $500 dollars, reducing the cost of replacement by a couple hundred dollars.
CLERK TREASURER’S REPORT
Clerk Treasurer Crystal O’Brien’s presented the Clerk Treasurer report.
She said the transition to Gold Certification for NYS Employee Retirement System halfway completed and making good progress. Weekly update webinars help remind the transition group of the deadlines coming up and the resources available.
O’Brien has completed the reports for Job code, HR transactions and earning codes. All will allow her to give a more descriptive report in the Retirement system. This is especially helpful for record keeping purposes. A phone conference with one of the representatives helped adjust a few codes. With the low number of employees, the process has been simple and easy to complete. The next step is to update our portal, which includes adding all optional employees, validate all employee records and demonstrate the ability to properly record data.
O’Brien is in the process of completing and submitting many quarterly and annual reports due by the end of the month.
The residents of Woodward Drive have asked for the streetlight at the end of the road to be shutoff. They have provided a petition signed by all residence on the street. O’Brian said she has contacted National Grid and the removal of the light will be at no cost to the Village.
The General Election absentee ballot application has been provided to the web developer to add to our website and all pertinent election deadlines have been added to the calendar for ease of access and reference. A resolution designating March 18, 2020, as Election day due to St. Patrick’s Day falling on the second Tuesday of March, designating the polling place to be at the Village Hall from 12 pm to 9 pm and appointing Toni Morrison and Shirley Smith as Election Inspectors with Thomas Basnight as an alternate was presented.
A motion to accept the resolution for Village Election Designation of Election Date, Registration Day, and Appointment of Election Inspectors was made by Trustee Rudes. The motion was seconded by Trustee Crary and the motion was passed by all.
PAVILION SIGNAGE
After talking with Mrs. Benkovich at the Chamber and Mayor Barrett, many new people and visitors are not aware of the skating rink and summer public use of the Pavilion and new signage will help to increase awareness. A proposal for a “Speculator Pavilion” and a “Skating Rink/Public Park” sign was made, with the suggestion that the public park sign is reversable; one side for the skating rink with hours provided and one side with public park and hours provided. Both signs would be hung on the front of the pavilion above the doors and would be visible from the road. KC Morrison suggested the dimensions to be 24 inches x 96 inches to allow for visibility. In his experience, a sign of that size and made of materials that weather well range from $325 to $350, with more specific details he could give a better quote. The procurement policy would be followed in the purchase of any signage. After discussion about signage budget it has been advised to add this to the 2020-21 budget.
OLD BUSINESS
Anthony Alfieri came to the board to discuss business owners coming to him in the last month about the sidewalk being opened to snowmobilers. Mayor Barrett updated the Board with the information that an alternative trail was established soon after the December 9 meeting, alleviating the urgency of the original petition presented to reopen the sidewalk trail closed in light of an access trail through Lakeside Licks being closed with late notice.
Alfieri asked for a board vote on the matter; however, Katie Smith, Village Attorney, advised there is only a need for a vote if a trustee makes a motion, otherwise what is in place now stays. All trustees agreed at this point there is no need to open the sidewalk to snowmobiles, but the local snowmobile clubs should continue to explore alternatives to allow better access to all businesses in the Village.
NEW BUSINESS
On December 13, the Village received a Notice of Claim from Moose Creek Holdings, LLC. Attorney Jonathan Schopf has been recommended by Mrs. Smith and he has been retained by the Village in the past. Mayor Barrett spoke with his references which included the Supervisor of Hoosick where he is retained as the Town attorney and the Fulton County Regional SPCA where he is their general counsel. He is experienced in municipal matters. Mayor Barrett made a resolution to retain Schopf Law, PLLC as External Litigation Counsel. After much discussion on the amount of the retainer and the ability of it to be refunded if not fully used the Board decided to approve the resolution.
Trustee Donecker made a motion to approve the Resolution for the Retention of Schopf Law, PLLC as External Litigation Counsel. Trustee Crary seconded and the motion was passed by all.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) of the US Dept Of Transportation has amended their regulations to establish requirements for the CDL Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse. This took effect on January 6, 2020. The clearinghouse is a secure online national repository, the purpose of which is to identify in real-time CDL drivers who have violated federal drug and alcohol testing program requirements. It will be used by trucking employers, state and municipal agencies, and law enforcement officials. This also requires employers to query the system to determine if current or prospective CDL drivers have had a violation prohibiting them from performing safety-sensitive functions covered by the US DOT. This information follows the driver regardless of how many times they change employers or apply for a CDL in a different state. The Village is in compliance with the Clearinghouse regulation and all drivers have signed a release for the requisite testing and queries of the Clearinghouse database. The Clearinghouse rule is reflected in the updated Employee handbook.
An ice and water rescue Mutual Aid Agreement between the Speculator Volunteer Fire Department and Speculator Volunteer Ambulance Corp. was presented to the Board. The SVFD have previous and ongoing training in ice and water rescue and with the SVAC providing the equipment this will be a great partnership.
An SVFD new member application for Bill Ralph was submitted for approval. Mr. Ralph is coming onto the department as a driver and pump operator.
Trustee McComb made a motion to approve the SVFD new member application for Bill Ralph. Trustee Rudes seconded and the motion was passed unanimously.
A draft copy of the Employee handbook, not updated since Dec 13, 2010, has been provided to the Board and department supervisors. Updates are based on prior board-approved changes, review by Former Trustee Craven who has extensive experience in compensation and human resources, board resolutions, state mandates, and input from our insurance provider, Bryan Moldt. In addition, other handbooks from municipalities were used as reference. Review of updates will begin at the next scheduled Board meeting.
BOARD ROUND TABLE:
The ability to clean the sidewalks of snow down to the concrete was brought up by Trustee Donecker. Unfortunately, the machine used is slightly larger than the sidewalks. Rendering it impossible for the machine to clean all the snow. Talk of purchasing a slightly smaller machine with both a snowblower and sander will be discussed in the future.
PUBLIC COMMENT:
Bill Paestella asked if the Village is being sued for paving Elliot Lane. Smith explained that any ongoing litigation cannot be discussed at this time.
Neil McGovern is trying to re-establish SPARC and asked if meetings could again be held at the Village Hall. He brought up the ability of adding a LED sign in the Village like the one in Wells. The board was responsive to having a LED light in the Village and agreed to discuss the matter later.

Note: This article is based upon minutes provided by Crystal O’Brien, Clerk-Treasurer.

Speculator VB audio Jan 13 2020

Saturday, January 25, 2020

Text of Supervisor Jan 24 2020

Supervisor Jan 24 2020


County acts to improve the county fleet of vehicles
By PETE KLEIN
LAKE PLEASANT—The Hamilton County Board of Supervisors met on Friday, January 24 at the County Court House in Lake Pleasant and passed the following resolutions to improve the county fleet of vehicles.
AUTHORIZING STANDARDIZATION OF LIGHT VEHICLE FLEET
WHEREAS, Hamilton County owns and operates a sizable light vehicle fleet of over 50 vehicles consisting of 4 door sedans, light pickups and suburban’s
WHEREAS, the County has mostly purchased vehicle models manufactured by Chevrolet over the past several years through public bidding, state contract and piggy-back bids from other political subdivisions of New York State
WHEREAS, 76% of the county’s light vehicle fleet are currently late model Chevrolet models
WHEREAS, it is the County’s position that it would beneficial to standardize the light vehicle fleet to Chevrolet for the following reasons: Improved Maintenance Efficiency – The complexity of vehicle systems is increasing with the addition of electronic sensors and controls, new emissions technology and safety devices. The difficulty of learning of these systems for the maintenance technicians can be reduced by limiting the variety of different manufacturers systems.
Fewer Diagnostic and Specialty Tools – Specialized electronic diagnostic tools are required and require subscriptions and software updates. These are recurring costs and costs can be reduced limiting the variety of different manufacturers.
Reduced Parts Inventory – The more variety in a fleet requires more parts inventory and standardization relieves the need of a larger parts inventory stock because of more variety in the fleet.
Geographic Location – Hamilton County is a very large county geographically and has no vehicle dealers within the county and it is at least a one-hour drive to any vehicle dealers regardless of manufacturer. This requires more in-house repairs with diagnostic and mechanical repairs on the vehicle fleet.
Increased Operator Efficiency and Safety – Vehicle operators become familiar with a certain manufacturer such as where driver controls are within the vehicle. Employees of the County are in many instances operating different vehicles daily. Reducing the variety of the fleet reduces the operators fatigue factor when having to become familiar with different driver controls in a different vehicle
WHEREAS, it is not the intent of Hamilton County to limit the competition when purchasing light fleet vehicles but to increase efficiency in repairs, maintenance, parts inventory thus creating a cost savings to Hamilton County, therefore, be it
RESOLVED, that hereby the County Board of Supervisors does approve the Standardization of the light vehicle fleet to include the following vehicles – Chevrolet Malibu 4 Door Sedans; Chevrolet Pickup Trucks 1500 to 3500 series; Chevrolet Tahoe’s or Suburban’s SSV PPV’s,
and be it further RESOLVED, the purchase of the said vehicles will be done by public bid, state contract or eligible piggy-back bids from other political subdivisions of New York State and the County Treasurer, Fleet Coordinator and Clerk of the Board be so notified.
AMENDING RESOLUTION NO. 2-2020 VEHICLE AWARD
WHEREAS, Resolution No. 2-2020 duly adopted on January 7, 2020 awarded Items 1 and 5 to the lowest bidder and rejected Items 2 thru 4 for pickup trucks for Bid Specification 1-2020 Fleet Vehicles
WHEREAS, after consideration by the Board of Supervisors, the Board has decided to standardize the light vehicle fleet to Chevrolet
WHEREAS, the following bids for Item 2 thru 4 received from Carbone Auto Group, 5149 Commercial Drive, Yorkville, NY are as follows: Item 2 – 2020 Chevrolet 1500 Crew Cab Pickup Bid Price - $31,736, Item 3 – 2020 Chevrolet 2500 Crew Cab Pickup Bid Price - $35,178, Item 4 – 2018 Chevrolet 3500 Pickup -Configuration A – Crew Cab Bid Price - $35,669, Configuration B – Regular Cab Bid Price - $32,964
WHEREAS, the bids received from Carbone Auto Group for Items 2 thru 4 are now considered the lowest responsible bids, be it
RESOLVED, the Board of Supervisors does hereby amend Resolution No. 2-2020 and Items 2 thru 4 of Bid Specification 1-2020 Fleet Vehicles are awarded to Carbone Auto Group and the Fleet Coordinator, County Treasurer and Clerk of the Board ne so advised.
AUTHORIZING FLEET COORDINATOR TO PURCHASE PICKUP TRUCKS
WHEREAS, the County Board of Supervisors have duly adopted the 2020 Hamilton County Budget
WHEREAS, within the said adopted 2020 budget the Board appropriated $250,000 for equipment purchases for the Highway Department
WHEREAS, the Highway Superintendent recommends that the department purchase three pickup trucks for use in 2020 as follows: Two 2020 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 4X4 Crew Cab - $63,472; One 2020 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 4X4 Crew Cab - $35,178 and be it
RESOLVED, that the Fleet Coordinator is hereby authorized to order three 2020 Chevrolet pickups for the DPW as mentioned herein for a total of $98,650 for three pickups delivered and the County Treasurer, Fleet Coordinator and the Clerk of the Board be so notified.
VEHICLE FOR SOCIAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT
WHEREAS, the Social Services Department needs replacing one vehicle and the County Fleet Coordinator does recommend the replacement of the said vehicle,
WHEREAS, 2020 Chevrolet Malibu 4 Door Sedans are available under Hamilton County Bid Award at a cost of $17,270 each including delivery
WHEREAS, the vehicle that is to be replaced will be turned down to another department to be utilized and the Fleet Coordinator will determine where the most need is and place the used vehicle there, be it
RESOLVED, the 2020 vehicle will be purchased under Hamilton County Bid Spec 1-2020 for a total of $17,270 for one automobile delivered, and be it further
RESOLVED, that Revenue Account No. A4610 Federal Aid, Social Services Admin-S/S be hereby increased by $17,270 to be totally offset by increasing Account No. A6010.202, Automobile Social Service by $17,270, and be it further
RESOLVED, that the County Fleet Coordinator is hereby authorized to order said vehicle and that the funds be taken out of Account A6010.202 Automobile Social Services to cover the cost of the said vehicle and the County Treasurer, Fleet Coordinator, Clerk of the Board and Commissioner of Social Services be so notified.
VEHICLE FOR COMMUNITY SERVICES DEPARTMENT
WHEREAS, the Community Services Department needs replacing a vehicle and the County Fleet Coordinator does recommend the replacement of the said vehicle, and
WHEREAS, 2020 Chevrolet Malibu 4 Door Sedans are available under Hamilton County Bid Award at a cost of $17,270 each including delivery
WHEREAS, the vehicle that is to be replaced will be turned down to another department to be utilized and the Fleet Coordinator will determine where the most need is and place the used vehicle there, be it
RESOLVED, the 2020 vehicle will be purchased under Hamilton County Bid Spec 1-2020 for a total of $17,270 for one automobile delivered, and be it further
RESOLVED, that $17,270 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 Account No A4310.201 Automobile Community Services to purchase said vehicle, and be it further
RESOLVED, that the Fleet Coordinator is hereby authorized to order said 2020 Chevrolet Malibu through Carbone Auto Group and that the funds be taken out of Account A4310.201 Automobile Community Services in the amount of $17,270 to cover the cost of said vehicle and the County Treasurer, Fleet Coordinator, Clerk of the Board and Community Service Director be so notified.
CORONER POSITION
WHEREAS, by Resolution No. 153-19 dated May 2, 2019 the Hamilton County Board of Supervisors appointed Timothy Smith of Lake Pleasant, NY to the position of Coroner for a term of May 2, 2019 – December 31, 2019, to fill the vacancy created by Donald Braunius’ resignation
WHEREAS, the vacant Coroner position was not on the ballot in 2019
WHEREAS, the vacant Coroner position will be on the ballot in 2020, be it
RESOLVED, that Timothy Smith of Lake Pleasant, NY is hereby appointed Coroner for a term of January 1, 2020 – December 31, 2020.