Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Lost hiker found

 

Ranger Report September 15 2021

 Lost hiker found

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

 

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

Wednesday, September 8, 2021

Deadly accident in Long Lake

 

Police Report September 8 2021

 

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

Friday, September 3, 2021

Thank Our Sheriff

 Supervisors September 2 2021



Thank Our Sheriff

By PETE KLEIN

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

RECOGNITION OF SHERIFFS’ WEEK 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

AUTHORIZING PAYMENT INSURANCE REPAIR

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

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

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

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

AUTHORIZING CHAIRMAN TO SIGN EISEP CONTRACT AGREEMENT

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

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

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

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

CONTRACT FOR COMPREHENSIVE MEDICINE PLLC 

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

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

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

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

OFFICE OF INDIGENT LEGAL SERVICES GRANT CONTRACT 

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

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

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

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

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

COUNTY BOARD OF ELECTIONS SERVER AND SUPPORT SERVICES 

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

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

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

HOMELAND SECURITY AND EMERGENCY SERVICES GRANT

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

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

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

AMENDING LANGUAGE IN THE HOMELAND SECURITY GRANT ADMINISTRATION STANDARD OPERATING GUIDELINE 

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

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

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

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

CLOSE OF COUNTY ROAD PROJECT 2021

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

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

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

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

PETROLEUM BULK STORAGE REGISTRATION RENEWAL

FOR LAKE PLEASANT COUNTY DPW FACILITY 

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

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

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

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

PAYMENT FOR STEEL TRAILER SUB-FRAMES 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

NATIONAL COOPERATIVE PURCHASING ALLIANCE (NCPA) 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

APPOINTMENT OF GAIL OSGOOD AS REPUBLICAN COMMISSIONER OF ELECTIONS 

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

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

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

2021-2022 HRI AIDS INSTITUTE SCHOOL ELC GRANT 

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

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

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

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

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

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

AGREEMENT WITH RSTELECOM FOR MICROWAVE MAINTENANCE 

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

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

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

AUTHORIZING PURCHASE OF RADIO EQUIPMENT

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

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

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

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

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

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

PURCHASE GETAC V110 COMPUTERS

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

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

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

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

ADVERTISING FOR BIDS FOR COUNTY BRIDGE PROJECT

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

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

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

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

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

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

REPAIRS AND PAYMENT FOR REPAIRS TO EJECTOR TRAILERS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

APPROVAL OF EXPENDITURES FOR LINE STRIPING 2021 

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

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

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

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


Wednesday, August 18, 2021

Ranger Report August 18 2021

 Ranger Report August 18 2021

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


Friday, August 6, 2021

County prepares for new school year

 Supervisors August 5 2021



County prepares for new school year

By PETE KLEIN

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

PRESCHOOL SPECIAL EDUCATION PROGRAM – INDIAN LAKE 

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

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

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

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

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

PRESCHOOL SPECIAL EDUCATION PROGRAM - LAKE PLEASANT

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

PRESCHOOL SPECIAL EDUCATION PROGRAM – WELLS CENTRAL

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

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

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

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

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

CHILD & FAMILY SERVICES PLAN ANNUAL UPDATE

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

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

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

COLLECTING OFFICER FOR LAKE PLEASANT CENTRAL SCHOOL

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

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

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

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

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

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

Seconded by

ABSTRACTING SERVICES FOR THE TREASURER’S OFFICE

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

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

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

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

SUPPORT SERVICES FOR THE TREASURER’S OFFICE TAX COLLECTION

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

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

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

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

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

COURT CLEANING CONTRACT 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

QUALITY IMPROVEMENT COMMITTEE

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

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

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

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

PROFESSIONAL ADVISORY COMMITTEE

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

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

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

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

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

AGREEMENT WITH THE NEW YORK STATE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH 

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

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

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

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

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

PAYMENT TO CHEMUNG SUPPLY FOR HOPE FALLS ROAD

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

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

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

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

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

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

COUNTY ROAD PROJECT NO. 6 Town of Long Lake 

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

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

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

BROADBAND INFRASTRUCTURE PROGRAM GRANT APPLICATION 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

PROVIDER UTILIZING ELECTRONIC BILLING

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

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

Hamilton County Public Health Nursing Service (CHHA):  

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

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

INCREASE FUNDING IN PUBLIC HEALTH TEMPORARY STAFF

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

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

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

AWARD OF BID FOR FAYLE ROAD BRIDGE PROJECT 

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

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

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

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

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

PAYMENT FOR CULVERTS AND ASSOCIATED MATERIALS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Thursday, August 5, 2021

Motorcycle crash in Long Lake

 

Police Report August 4 2021

Motorcycle crash in Long Lake



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

Tuesday, July 27, 2021

Supervisor pass procurement law

 Supervisors July 26 2021

 


Supervisor pass procurement law

By PETE KLEIN

LAKE PLEASNT

The Hamilton County Board of Supervisors met on July 26 and passed a

Local Law Adopting the Hamilton County Best Value Procurement Law.

The resolution adopting the local law reads as follows: BE IT RESOLVED, that proposed Local Law No. 2 of the year 2021 entitled respectively, “A LOCAL LAW ADOPTING THE HAMILTON COUNTY BEST VALUE PROCUREMENT LAW” be and the same is hereby introduced to the Board of Supervisors, and be it further

RESOLVED, that the copies of the aforesaid proposed Local Law be laid upon the desks of each member of the Hamilton County Board of Supervisors, and be it further

RESOLVED, that the Hamilton County Board of Supervisors shall hold a public hearing on said proposed Local Law at the County Office Complex, Route 8, Lake Pleasant, New York, on the 5th day of August, 2021, at 11:00 a.m., and be it further

RESOLVED, that the Chairman of the County Board of Supervisors publish or cause to be published a public notice in the official newspaper of the County of said public hearing at least five (5) days prior thereto.

Seconded by

PROPOSED LOCAL LAW NO. 2 OF 2021 A LOCAL LAW ADOPTING THE HAMILTON COUNTY BEST VALUE PROCUREMENT LAW

BE IT ENACTED by the County of Hamilton as follows:

SECTION 1. Name of Local Law

This law shall be known as “Hamilton County Best Value Procurement Law”. SECTION 2. Findings and Intent

General Municipal Law § 103 provides local governments greater flexibility in awarding contracts by authorizing the award of purchase contracts, including contracts for service work on the basis of best value. The state requires a local law authorizing the use of the best value award process. 

Enactment of this legislation provides additional procurement options to Hamilton County in ways that may expedite the procurement process and result in cost savings. The “best value” standard for selecting goods and services vendors, including janitorial and security contracts, is critical to efforts to use strategic sourcing principles to modernize the supply chain and ensure that taxpayers obtain the highest quality goods and services at the lowest potential cost, while also ensuring fairness to all competitors. 

The federal government, approximately half of the states and many localities have added best value selection processes to their procurement options, in recognition of these advantages. With the increased complexity of the goods and services that municipalities must obtain in order to serve taxpayers, it is critical to consider selection and evaluation criteria that measure factors other than cost in the strictest sense. 

Taxpayers are not well served when a public procurement results in low unit costs at the outset, but ultimately engenders cost escalations due to factors such as inferior quality, poor reliability, and difficulty of maintenance. Best value procurement links the procurement process directly to the municipality’s performance requirements, incorporating selection factors such as useful lifespan, quality and options and incentives for more timely performance and/or additional services. 

Even if the initial expenditure is higher, considering the total value over the life of the procurement may result in a better value and long-term investment of public funds. Best value procurement also encourages competition and, in turn, often results in better pricing, quality and customer service.  Fostering healthy competition ensures that bidders will continue to strive for excellence in identifying and meeting municipalities’ needs, including such important goals as the participation of small, minority and women-owned businesses, and the development of environmentally

preferable goods and service delivery methods. Best value procurement will provide much needed flexibility in obtaining important goods and services at favorable process and will reduce the time to procure such goods and services.

SECTION 3. Definitions

“Best value” means the basis for awarding contracts for services to the offerer which optimizes quality, cost, and efficiency, among responsive and responsible offerers. Such basis shall reflect, wherever possible, objective, and quantifiable analysis. Such basis may also identify a quantitative factor for offerers that are small businesses or certified minority, or women-owned business enterprises as defined in the executive law to be used in evaluation of offers for awarding of contracts for services.

SECTION 4. The Best Value Award Methodology

When developing solicitation documents for competitive bids for the award of purchase contracts for goods and contracts for service work, a department head may and subject to the requirements herein below set forth and the applicable requirements set forth in the Hamilton County Procurement Policy, determine that an award of a purchase contract or applicable service contract shall be based upon best value methodology.

SECTION 5. Requirements

Where the basis for award of a purchase contract will be the best value offer, the department head shall in all instances:

A. Where the basis for award is the best value offer, the department head shall document, in the procurement record and in advance of the initial receipt of offers, the determination of the evaluation criteria, which whenever possible, shall be quantifiable, and the process to be used in the determination of best value and the manner in which the evaluation process and selection shall be conducted. 

B. The department head shall select a formal competitive procurement process in accordance with guidelines established by the state procurement council and the Hamilton County Procurement Policy and document its determination in the procurement record. The process shall include, but is not limited to, clear statement of need; a description of the required specifications governing performance and related factors; a reasonable process for ensuring a competitive field; a fair and equal opportunity for offerers to submit responsive offers; and a balanced and fair method of award. Where the basis for the award is best value, documentation in the procurement record shall, where practicable, include a quantification of the application of the criteria to the rating of proposals and the evaluation results, or, where not practicable, such other justification which demonstrates that best value will be achieved. 

C. The solicitation shall prescribe the minimum specifications or requirements that must be met in order to be considered responsive and shall describe and disclose the general manner in which the evaluation and selection shall be conducted. Where appropriate, the

solicitation shall identify the relative importance and/or weight of cost and the overall technical criterion to be considered by the County in its determination of best value. 

SECTION 6. Severability

If any clause, sentence, paragraph, subdivision, section or part of this law or the application thereof  to any person, individual, corporation, firm, partnership, entity or circumstance shall be adjudged  by an court of competent jurisdiction to be invalid or unconstitutional, such order or judgement  shall not affect, impair, effect or invalidate the remainder thereof, but shall be confined in its  operation to the clause, sentence, paragraph, subdivision, section or part of this law or in its  application to the person, individual, corporation, firm, partnership, entity or circumstance directly  involved in the controversy in which such order or judgement shall be rendered. 

SECTION 7. Effective Date

This local law shall take effect immediately upon filing with the New York State Secretary of State.

Wednesday, July 21, 2021

National anthem of the United States of America (lyrics)

Ranger Report July 21 2021

 Ranger Report July 21 2021



Town of Inlet--On July 15 at 1 p.m., DEC Environmental Conservation Police Officer Gates contacted DEC's Ray Brook Dispatch advising that he had overheard radio traffic regarding a 74-year-old subject from Hamburg with an ankle injury near the top of Black Bear Mountain. Four Forest Rangers and one AFR responded to assist, along with resources from Herkimer County. At 4:07 p.m., Forest Ranger Hanno advised that Rangers carried the injured hiker to the trailhead where they were met by EMS. The subject was transferred to a waiting ambulance for transport to a local hospital.


Town of Arietta--On July 16 at 8:30 a.m., Forest Ranger Kerr located the vehicle of a group reported overdue from a camping trip on the French Louis Loop in the West Canada Lake Wilderness Area. Two additional Rangers responded to the trailhead to assist with a search. At 12:30 p.m., Forest Ranger Scott advised he had located the group from Staten Island on the trail in good condition. The hikers took a wrong turn the previous evening, causing them to spend an additional night in the woods. Ranger Scott escorted the group out of the woods and everyone was back to their vehicles by 3:15 p.m.


Thursday, July 8, 2021

 Ranger Report July 8 2021



Town of Benson: On June 30 at 10:24 p.m., DEC's Ray Brook Dispatch received a call from the International Emergency Response Coordination Center (IERCC) reporting receipt of a Garmin inReach device activation at Woods Lake in the Silver Lake Wilderness Area.

IERCC received the message from a 30-year-old woman from Winooski, Vermont, who was experiencing chest pain, increased heart rate, dizziness, and nausea. Forest Rangers Thompson and Kerr responded along with the Northville Fire Department and the Greater Amsterdam Volunteer Ambulance Corps. Forest Rangers reached the subject at 11:51 p.m. She was able to walk back out to the trailhead with EMS assistance. Once at the trailhead, the hiker was loaded into an ambulance and transported to a nearby hospital for medical treatment


Friday, July 2, 2021

County authorizes repairs

 Supervisors July 1 2021



County authorizes repairs

By PETE KLEIN

LAKE PLEASANT—When the Hamilton County Board of Supervisors met on July 1, it passed numerous resolutions to include several related to repairing county property.

PAVING AT THE INDIAN LAKE MAIN BUILDING ENTRANCE

WHEREAS the DPW Superintendent needed to pave a section of the parking lot and entryway at the main building at the Indian Lake Building Facility, and 

WHEREAS, the DPW Superintendent had G.H. Wood Co. complete the paving per Hamilton County award for Bid Spec 8-2021 at a cost of $3,869.50, be it 

RESOLVED, the County Treasurer is hereby authorized to make payment of $3,869.50 to G.H. Wood Co., PO Box 650, Lake Pleasant NY 12108 out of Account No. A1620.0413 Projects and the Clerk of the Board and DPW Superintendent be so notified. 

PAYMENT FOR EMERGENCY SEPTIC TANK REPAIRS

WHEREAS the county septic system at the Lake Pleasant Courthouse facilities was in alarm status on April 28, 2021, and 

WHEREAS, the DPW Superintendent requested Adirondack Septic Tank, Corp. to come access and diagnose the issue, and 

WHEREAS it was found that one of the septic pumps had failed and needed to be replaced, and 

WHEREAS, the Superintendent authorized Adirondack Septic Tank, Corp. to move forward with the replacement of the failed pump and this work required but not limited to pump and flush septic tank and pump chamber, line testing and installation of a new septic pump at a cost of $9,271.80, be it. 

RESOLVED, hereby the County Board of Supervisors approve of the payment of $9,271.80 to Adirondack Septic Tank, Corp., 4720 State Hwy 30, Amsterdam, NY 12010, and the County Treasurer be so authorized to send a payment of $9,271.80 to Adirondack Septic Tank, Corp. out of Account No. A1620.0404 Repairs and the Clerk of the Board and DPW Superintendent be so notified. 

CAPITAL PROJECT FOR DAMAGE REPAIR FROM HALLOWEEN STORM 

WHEREAS, to date, $1,200,000 has been transferred from the County Road Fund Balance for repairs of damage from the Halloween Storm of 2019, and 

WHEREAS, the DPW has been continuing repairs from the damage and needs more funding to continue the damage repairs including two bridge replacements, and

WHEREAS DPW Superintendent recommends the transfer of $600,000 from the County Road Fund balance to fund these ongoing repairs, be it. 

RESOLVED, that $600,000 be transferred from the Unappropriated County Road Fund Balance in accordance with Section 366 Subdivision 1 of the County Law to Capital Project Account No. H7.8760.402 Halloween Storm 2019 for a total of $1,800,000.00 and that hereby the County Treasurer is authorized to make the said transfer and the Clerk of the Board and County DPW Superintendent be so notified. 

NEW POWER OPERATOR FOR ENTRYWAY DOORS - COURTHOUSE 

WHEREAS the entryway double doors for the Lake Pleasant Courthouse need new power operators, and 

WHEREAS the DPW requested Kelly Brothers of Syracuse to come and diagnose the issue with the doors and give a quote on repairing the doors and a price of replacing the doors, and  

WHEREAS the price to install new doors and power openers would be $26,353.87, and 

WHEREAS the repair of the doors with new power opener that are more wind resistance than the current power openers would be $7, 865.88, and 

WHEREAS the Superintendent believes the doors overall are in good condition and recommends installing new power openers and associated parts, be it.  

RESOLVED, the Superintendent is authorized to move forward with the install of new power openers for the entryway doors installed at a cost of $7,865.88 from Kelly Brothers of Syracuse and the Clerk of the Board, County Treasurer and DPW Superintendent be so notified.  

PURCHASE/INSTALL OF HVAC SYSTEM COUNTY CLERK BUILDING

WHEREAS the County is desirous to install a new HVAC System (Mini-Split) in the County Clerk Building in Lake Pleasant, and 

WHEREAS the DPW requested proposals from three different firms that do this kind of HVAC work, and  

WHEREAS all three firms did come and look at the building so a proposal could be estimated and only one firm returned a written quote, and 

WHEREAS the department reached out to the other two vendors on several occasions, and they do not return calls or provide a proposal, and 

WHEREAS, Technical Building Services, Inc. (TBS, Inc.) provided a written quote for the install of the said HVAC system at a cost of $17,485 and the Superintendent believes the department did its due diligence in effort to receive at least three written quotes per the County’s Procurement Policy and recommends approval to waive the County’s Procurement Policy and move forward with TBS, Inc., be it.  

RESOLVED, the Superintendent is authorized to move forward with the install of the HVAC system for the County Clerk building from TBS Inc., installed at a cost of $17,485, and be it further.  

RESOLVED, that $17,485 be transferred from the Unappropriated General Fund Balance in accordance with Section 366 Subdivision 1 of the County Law to Account No. A1620.413 Projects and that hereby the County Treasurer is authorized to make the said transfer and the Clerk of the Board and DPW Superintendent be so notified.  

AWARD OF BID FOR HASKELL ROAD BRIDGE PROJECT 

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

WHEREAS one (1) bid was received as follows – 1. Luck Brothers, Inc. - $548,000 and

WHEREAS Andrew S. Bell of A.S. Bell Engineering design engineer for Hamilton County has reviewed the said bid and recommends that the award be made to Luck Brothers, Inc. of Plattsburgh, NY, be it. 

RESOLVED, the Hamilton County Board of Supervisors hereby award the bid for the Haskell Road Bridge Project to Luck Brothers, Inc, 73 Trade Road, Plattsburgh, NY 12901 in the amount of $548,000, and be it further. 

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

HAMILTON COUNTY SOLID WASTE HAULING CONTRACT

WHEREAS Resolution No. 112-21 authorized a 2 year period extension for the Solid Waste Hauling Contract #DEC01-C00441GG-3350000 for $150,000 per year, and  

WHEREAS, Hamilton County has been notified that the agreement has been amended and this will not be a two year extension, but only a one year extension, be it  

RESOLVED, that the Chairman is hereby authorized to sign NYS DEC Contract #DEC01- C00441GG-3350000 Hamilton County Solid Waste Hauling for an amended period of 4/1/17- 3/31/21 and the County Treasurer and Highway Superintendent be so notified.

BUS FOR THE TRAILBLAZERS PROGRAM 

WHEREAS Hamilton County Community Service’s Trailblazers Program provides activities to Hamilton County Youth that can, at times, require transportation, and 

WHEREAS, Community Services has two vans to provide transportation but there are times that greater capacity would benefit the program, and 

WHEREAS Indian Lake Central School can provide a 60-passenger school bus to transport youth participating in Trailblazer activities when increased transportation capacity would benefit the program, therefore, be it. 

RESOLVED, that the Hamilton County Board of Supervisors hereby authorizes the Chairman, upon review of the County Attorney, to sign the contract provided by Indian Lake Central School to provide a bus when needed by the Trailblazers Program. 

BOAT PATROL POSITION WAGE SCALES 

WHEREAS John Rathbun has been an employee of the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office for over 28 years, Eric Dale has been an employee of the Sheriff’s Office for 9 years and Dominic Arena has been an employee of the Sheriff’s Office for 3 years, all serving in a seasonal position of Deputy Sheriff (Boat Patrol), and 

WHEREAS, both Eric and Dominic have extensive knowledge and experience with their numerous years of service within law enforcement, and 

WHEREAS, Sheriff Karl Abrams has recommended that the Deputy Sheriff (Boat Patrol) seasonal position be removed from the grade and step wage scales and an hourly rate be set, which will be based on the employees’ qualifications and experience, and 

WHEREAS other County departments (Public Health Nursing and County Highway) have removed positions from the grade and step wage scales, establishing an hourly rate for said positions, and 

WHEREAS Sheriff Abrams recommends that John Rathbun, Eric Dale, and Dominic Arena be paid at an hourly rate of $24, and 

WHEREAS, the County Internal Management Committee recommends the removal of the Deputy Sheriff (Boat Patrol) from the current grade and step wage scales, therefore, be it 

RESOLVED, that the Deputy Sheriff (Boat Patrol) seasonal position be removed from the County grade and step wage scales and be it further. 

RESOLVED, that any future Deputy Sheriff (Boat Patrol) seasonal positions being filled, will be evaluated for qualifications and experience, to determine an hourly rate for said employee being hired, and be it further. 

RESOLVED, that John Rathbun, Eric Dale, and Dominic Arena’s hourly rate be changed to $24 effective for 2021 and be it further. 

RESOLVED, that the Treasurer’s Office and Personnel Officer have approval to retroactively pay said employees for any hours they have been paid in 2021.

SETTING EQUALIZATION RATES 

RESOLVED, that the assessment rolls with proposed rates as set up by the Equalization Committee be adopted for the year 2021 as follows: Arietta – 100, Benson – 85, Hope – 85, Indian Lake – 100, Inlet – 100, Lake Pleasant – 100, Long Lake – 100, Morehouse – 100, Wells - 85.

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 $2.66 per covered life on an annual basis, and 

WHEREAS, the Personnel Officer has determined the average number of covered lives for  the Hamilton County 2020 plan year is 44, now, therefore, be it 

RESOLVED, that the Hamilton County Board of Supervisors do hereby authorize payment of $117.04 made payable to the United States Treasury, Department of Treasury, Internal Revenue Service, Ogden, UT 84201-0009, out of Account No. A9060.0801, for the required 2020 PCORI Fee and the County Treasurer be so authorized, and the Personnel Officer be so advised.

CREATING REVENUE ACCOUNT FOR FAMILY FIRST PROGRAM

WHEREAS Resolution No. 77-21 adopted April 1, 2021 authorized contracts with Lake Pleasant Central School, Wells Central School, Long Lake Central School, and Indian Lake School for the Family First Program, and 

WHEREAS, a Revenue Account needs to be created within the County Budget for the  payments made by the schools for the Family First Program, be it 

RESOLVED, that the County Treasurer is hereby authorized to create Revenue Account  No. A2260.0300 Family First. 

FUNDING COMMUNITY SERVICES ACCOUNTS

WHEREAS Resolution No. 110-21 adopted May 6, 2021 authorized the HFM Prevention Council’s withheld funding in 2020 in the amount of $7,354 be paid from 2020 expense line A4310.0425, and 

WHEREAS, said Resolution also authorized Citizens Advocates withheld 2020 funding in the amount of $351 be paid from 2020 expense line A4310.0424, and 

WHEREAS, the 2020 funding needs to be transferred from the Unappropriated Fund  Balance into the 2021 budget in order to make these payments, be it 

RESOLVED, that the County Treasurer is hereby authorized to transfer $7,705 from the Unappropriated General Fund Balance in accordance with Section 366 Subdivision 1 of the County Law to the following accounts: 

A4310.0425 HFM Prevention Council $7,354 A4310.0424 Alcoholism Clinic $351.

CONTINUATION OF TOURIST PROMOTION AGENCY

AND AUTHORIZING MATCHING FUNDS FOR PROMOTION OF TOURISM 

WHEREAS the New York State Department of Economic Development is empowered to approve application from local governments for matching funds to be used for promoting tourism therein, and 

WHEREAS, the President of the Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism has  recommended that an application for such funds be submitted to the Department of Economic  Development for matching funds up to the amount appropriated therefore within the New York  State budget, now, therefore, be it 

RESOLVED, that, Mary Jane Lawrence of the Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism be, and hereby is, authorized and directed to submit an application to Marisa Finn, Tourism Matching Funds Director, Empire State Development Division of Tourism, Albany, New York 12245, for matching funds in an amount up to Two Hundred Twenty Thousand Dollars ($220,000) to be used for the promotion of tourism in Hamilton County, and be it further. 

RESOLVED, that the Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism is hereby named Project  Director in relation thereto, and be it further 

RESOLVED, that the Hamilton County Board of Supervisors hereby certifies to the New  York State Department of Economic Development that both the County of Hamilton and the  Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism have been in existence for more than three (3) years, and  be it further 

RESOLVED, that in order to comply with Commerce Law, Article 5-A (New York State  Tourism Promotion Act) that the Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism be the duly designated  tourist promotion agency for the County of Hamilton for the fiscal year of 2020/2021, and the  County Treasurer be so advised. 

WATERFRONT REVITALIZATION PROGRAM GRANT

WHEREAS, the Hamilton County Soil and Water Conservation District is a member of the Upper Hudson River Watershed Coalition, and

WHEREAS the Upper Hudson River Watershed Coalition is applying for a Local Waterfront Revitalization Program grant for culvert replacement and implementation projects throughout the watershed, and

WHEREAS the grant designates eligible applicants as a village, town, city, or county, be it.

RESOLVED, that Hamilton County is designated as the applicant of the Upper Hudson River Watershed Coalition’s Local Waterfront Revitalization Program grant for culvert replacement and implementation projects.

EXTENSION OF MOU FOR MUTUALINK

WHEREAS, the State of New York has made a commitment for a safer and more secure Division of Homeland Securities and Emergency Services, and 

WHEREAS, the State of New York has deployed the Mutualink Emergency Incident  Collaboration Technology which provides a common platform of sharing of radio, video,  telephone and data to any invited user and making it available to all counties at no charge, and 

WHEREAS, on July 2, 2015, with Resolution No. 184-15 an MOU between Hamilton  County and New York State was established for the County’s use of said Mutualink system, and 

WHEREAS, on August 7, 2018, with Resolution No. 249-18, the MOU was extended to  January 31, 2021, and 

WHEREAS, a new contract and agreement to extend the contract to March 31, 2024 has  been extended by New York State, and  

WHEREAS, Emergency Services Director Don Purdy has submitted the proposed MOU  to County Attorney Charles Getty for approval and such approval was given by Attorney Getty by  email on June 22, 2021, therefore, be it 

RESOLVED, that the Board of Supervisors hereby approves the new MOU and the  Chairman of the Board of Supervisors to sign said MOU in quadruplicate and submit to the New  York State Division of Homeland Securities and Emergency Services for participation in said  program. 

AUTHORIZING PURCHASE OF LITHIUM BATTERIES

WHEREAS Resolution No. 208-20 authorized the purchase of a 48v DC generator for the East Mt. solar powered microwave site, and  

WHEREAS, funding is available through New York State Department of Homeland  Security and Emergency Services (DHSES) grant SI18-1047-D00, Account No. A3645.0402, for  new technology Lithium Batteries for longer lifespan, increased output and better resiliency to  support the 48v generator and microwave system, and 

WHEREAS, the Hamilton County Office of Emergency Services has tried to attain quotes from 3 vendors for 12 of said batteries beginning in March of 2021, and having only 2 vendors reply with quotes, the first being Expertpower Direct with a quote of $28,800, and the second being Signature Solar with a quote of $17,395, and no answer from the 3rd vendor, Electric Car Parts Company, and 

WHEREAS, it is imperative that the newly purchased generator be installed before the  winter of 21-22, and that install include the Lithium Batteries, therefore, be it 

RESOLVED, that the Hamilton County Board of Supervisors authorizes the purchase of 12 Lithium Batteries from Signature Solar in the amount of $17,395, with funding from DHSES grant SI18-1047-D00, Account No. A3645.0402, and the Treasurer and the Office of Emergency Services be so notified. 


Wednesday, June 30, 2021

Ranger Report June 30

Ranger Report June 30

Town of Lake Pleasant



Storm Damage Response: On June 21, Forest Rangers Nally, Thompson, and Kerr responded to a call for Forest Ranger assistance from the caretaker at Moffitt Beach State Campground. The caretaker reported several impassable roadways, downed trees and phone lines, and power outages in the area. Rangers helped clear storm damage in and around the campground and assisted local fire departments, the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office, and highway officials with localized storm impacts.

Rangers, working through Hamilton County Sheriff's Office Dispatch, also responded to 911 calls, supplementing local resources. Rangers checked on campers at undeveloped and isolated State Land campsites in areas without cell service. On Powley Road in the town of Stratford, Ranger Thompson discovered the road impassable. The Ranger began cutting his way down the road where he made contact and assisted stranded campers. 

Thursday, June 24, 2021

Accident and arrest on Big Brook Road

 State Police Report June 23



On June 23, 2021, at approximately 10:36 p.m., State Police responded to Big Brook Road in the town of Indian Lake for a report of a motor vehicle crash. An investigation at the scene revealed that a 2016 Ford F350 operated by 42-year-old Andrew B. Lewis of Indian Lake, struck a utility pole. He was found unconscious in his vehicle. Lewis was subsequently placed under arrest for DWI. He refused to submit to a test to determine his blood alcohol content. Lewis was charged with DWI and released with tickets for the Indian Lake Court


Tuesday, June 22, 2021

New fire tower for hikers in Hamilton County

 

Supervisors June 21 2021

 


 

New fire tower for hikers in Hamilton County

By PETE KLEIN

LAKE PLEASANT—When the Hamilton County Board of Supervisors met on June 21, they approved a group of resolutions that will provider hikers with a new fire tower to hike up to and climb up for the view.

HAMILTON COUNTY FIRE TOWER CHALLENGE

WHEREAS, in the Town of Long Lake, on lands owned by Cedar Heights Timber, LLC (CHT) exists the Buck Mt. Fire Tower owned by Cedar Heights Timber, LLC, and

WHEREAS, Hamilton County has a very successful Fire Tower Challenge, and WHEREAS, the Town of Long Lake wants to add this Fire Tower to the existing Fire Tower Challenge, and

WHEREAS, Cedar Heights Timber, LLC is willing to enter into a 10 year agreement to open the Fire Tower to the public, and

WHEREAS, Hamilton County possesses or has access to the resources and partners to implement this project, now, therefore, be it

RESOLVED, that the Chairman of the Hamilton County Board of Supervisors is hereby authorized to enter into a 10 year access agreement with Cedar Heights Timber, LLC with the approval of the County Attorney, and based on the following: Cedar Heights Timber, LLC/Finch Forest Management will have proposed South Sabattis Road Parking Area cleared and stumped (Tom Donnelly Logging of Long Lake to do the job).

Hamilton County will assist with trucking of gravel from CHT-Grampus Pit to cover Parking Area (Tom Donnelly to grade).

Hamilton County will assist with trucking of Cobb rock from Mitchell’s Tahawus Mine to Parking Area for top cover (Tom Donnelly to grade).

Hamilton County will coordinate/contract with Adirondack Mountain Club and Hamilton County Soil & Water Conservation Crew to brush, sign and construct 1.2 mile of hiking trail from Parking Area to Buck Mt. Fire Tower.

The Town of Long Lake will contract with Michael Vilegi to paint, replace steps, replace landings, replace Cab roof as well as install safety fencing on the stairs and landing areas on Buck Mt. Fire Tower.

Town of Long Lake will provide the seasonal porta-john, monitor Parking Area for litter/trash and do light trail maintenance. Any major trail repair necessary will be the responsibility of Hamilton County.

Town of Long Lake is to provide roadside signage at Parking Area for Buck Mt. Fire Tower Trail, No Camping signage and Trail Head Kiosk.

Hamilton County will provide enforcement of the No Overnight Parking and No Camping provisions of the agreement.

Cedar Heights Timber, LLC (CHT) will agree to a 10 year, no fee, and recreational access lease with Hamilton County for the Parking Area, Hiking Trail and Fire Tower. The Parking Area, Hiking Trail and Fire Tower will remain in the ownership of CHT.

Hamilton County and the Town of Long Lake will indemnify, defend, and hold harmless CHT free and harmless from any loss, injury, damage, claim, lien, cost or expense, including without limitation attorney’s fees and costs that result in exercise of lease, breach of Agreement, or lack or compliance with laws of the State of New York.

Hamilton County and the Town of Long Lake shall maintain General Liability Insurance which policy shall have minimum limits of $1,000,000 combined single limit and $2,000,000 general aggregate and shall name CHT as Certificate Holder and Additional Insured. The County will also provide coverage under their Umbrella Liability at $5,000,000 per occurrence and $10,000,000 Aggregate.

and be it also

RESOLVED, that the Town of Long Lake and Cedar Heights Timber, LLC be so notified.

MOUNTAIN CLUB AND HAMILTON COUNTY PARTNERSHIP

WHEREAS, Hamilton County and the Adirondack Mountain Club began to partner together around our two Fire Tower Challenges several years ago, and

WHEREAS, the parties expanded that partnership, looking at opportunities to collaborate on trail work, and

WHEREAS, that has prompted joint review of several trails, and the exploration of training opportunities for our Soil and Water team and volunteers, and

WHEREAS, these partnerships have involved the exchange of many hours of partnership on the Buck Mt. and other trails, working to combine our effort to enhance trail work capacity in Hamilton County, and

WHEREAS, this partnership has been dramatically enhanced through the County contract with Hamilton County Soil and Water, and

WHEREAS, specific to the Buck Mt. Fire Tower project, this partnership has already had the County, Soil and Water, and the Adirondack Mountain Club investing many hours of combined time, and

WHEREAS, we are now at the point where we have to define and complete the more intensive work of getting a trail built on a tight timeline, and

WHEREAS, Soil and Water has been on site several times with the Adirondack Mountain Club to define the specific areas of trail work for Soil and Water, as well as the Adirondack Mt. Club, now, therefore, be it

RESOLVED, that the Hamilton County Board of Supervisors hereby determines the following: Neither Hamilton County, nor Hamilton County Soil and Water have the technical expertise to build the steepest part of the Buck Mt. Fire Tower Trail

The Adirondack Mt. Club has the technical expertise to do this work, and has proposed a design/build model for same in an amount not to exceed $31,500.

Hamilton County wants to codify the existing partnership in a more formal agreement.

The Adirondack Mt. Club is the sole source for this work, on this particular trail project because of their expertise, but also because of the current and existing partnership on this trail, where they have provided significant volunteer work and where we also have integrated their training of Soil and Water, with both portions of the trail work and also be it

RESOLVED, that based on the determinations above, that the Chairman of the Hamilton County Board of Supervisor is hereby authorized to enter into an agreement with the Adirondack Mountain Club to both formalize our partnership and contract for the one specific portion of the Buck Mt. Trail in an amount not to exceed $31,500.00, with the approval of the County Attorney.

BUCK MT. RIGHT OF ENTRY AGREEMENT

WHEREAS, the Hamilton County Board of Supervisors has authorized a 10 year agreement which will open the Buck Mt. Fire Tower owned by Cedar Heights Timber, LLC and a trail across lands owned by Cedar Heights, LLC, and

WHEREAS, the project is proceeding ahead of schedule, and

WHEREAS, the teams representing Hamilton County (Soil and Water, as well as ADK) need immediate access to begin the trail work, and

WHEREAS, the Hamilton County Highway Department would benefit significantly from the flexibility to get the hauling of materials for the parking lot done at their convenience, without delay, now, therefore, be it

RESOLVED, that the Chairman of the Hamilton County Board of Supervisors is hereby authorized to execute the Buck Mt. Right of Entry agreement with Cedar Heights Timber, LLC on behalf of Hamilton County with the approval of the County Attorney.