Friday, October 8, 2021

County looks for opioid settlement money.

 Supervisors October 7 2021



County looks for opioid settlement money.

By PETE KLEIN

LAKE PLEASANT—The Hamilton County Board of Supervisors met on October 7 and laid the groundwork to obtain opioid settlement money with the following two resolutions.

OPIOID SETTLEMENTS

WHEREAS there are numerous pending matters on behalf of Hamilton County, whether via litigation and/or bankruptcy, in which Hamilton County is a named Plaintiff in the litigation or a creditor in the bankruptcy, such litigation/bankruptcy matters involving the ongoing opioid addiction crisis, and

WHEREAS opioid litigation counsel on behalf of Hamilton County is subject to judicial deadlines and bankruptcy plan voting time periods which may fail to permit timely consideration by the Hamilton County Board of Supervisors except by emergency meetings, now, therefore, be it

RESOLVED, that the Hamilton County Board of Supervisors hereby authorizes the Chairman of the Board of Supervisors, together with the confirmation of the County Attorney, to authorize and approve opioid litigation settlement agreements and/or bankruptcy plans, as recommended by the Hamilton County opioid litigation counsel, with the understanding that the foregoing authorization being hereby granted contain the requirement that the Board of Supervisors be advised in writing of any such settlement agreement/bankruptcy plan approval by the Chairman and County Attorney no later than the next regularly scheduled meeting of the Board of Supervisors.

MALLINCKRODT BANKRUPTCY PLAN: OPIOID LITIGATION

WHEREAS, Mallinckrodt, a company operating a business known as Specialty Generics, is one of the largest controlled substance pharmaceutical businesses in the US offering generic products for pain management which are powerful and addictive opioid pain killers, and

WHEREAS Mallinckrodt filed for bankruptcy in October 2020 after being named as a defendant in thousands of civil lawsuits seeking damages for asserted opioid related injuries to governments, and

WHEREAS, Mallinckrodt has filed a bankruptcy plan whereby an opioid plaintiff recovery trust will establish an abatement fund to offset the costs of combatting opioid addiction and provide support to communities impacted by opioid use, and

WHEREAS, upon advice of opioid litigation counsel, and upon the recommendation of the County Attorney, Hamilton County is requested to authorize and approve the Mallinckrodt Bankruptcy Plan which incorporates an abatement fund and release, and

WHEREAS it is in the best interest of Hamilton County upon the opinion of counsel as aforesaid to resolve the bankruptcy proceeding with respect to Mallinckrodt without further negotiations/bankruptcy litigation and approve the bankruptcy plan incorporating the abatement fund and release, now, therefore, be it

RESOLVED, that the County of Hamilton hereby authorizes and approves the bankruptcy plan of Mallinckrodt, d/b/a Specialty Generics, which plan provides for the aforesaid abatement fund and release, and the Chairman of the Board of Supervisors and/or the County Attorney, or designee, are authorized and directed to execute such documents as may be required to effectuate the foregoing.

The board continued its work with the following resolutions, starting with setting up dates to work on and pass the county budget for 2022.

SETTING ANNUAL SESSION DATES DATED: OCTOBER 7, 2021

RESOLVED, the following dates have been designated as the annual session for 2021: November 4 10:30 A.M.

November 8 10:30 A.M.

November 10 10:30 A.M.

November 16 10:30 A.M.

November 19 10:30 A.M. PUBLIC HEARING 11:00 A.M.

December 2 AUDIT 10:30 A.M.

December 17 AUDIT 10:30 A.M.

and be it further 

RESOLVED, that any necessary changes will be subsequently arranged.

AUTHORIZING ASHLEY GADWAY TO COMPLETE RN CLINICAL

WHEREAS, Hamilton County Public Health Nursing Service has been asked by SUNY Plattsburg to be a public health clinical site for registered nurses who are working towards their master’s degree in nursing, and

WHEREAS Ashley Anderson Gadway has requested to complete her public health clinical in our department consisting of 50 hours of clinical care, including COVID testing and vaccination clinics, be it

RESOLVED, that the Chairman of the Board of Supervisors is authorized to sign the clinical training affiliation agreement with SUNY Plattsburg to allow Ashley Anderson Gadway to do her public health clinical at the Hamilton County Public Health Nursing Service.

PEER COUNSELOR FOR WOMEN, INFANTS, AND CHILDREN (WIC) 

WHEREAS, according to the NYS Department of Health, the local health department provides administration of WIC program initiatives, and

WHEREAS, according to WIC program requirement, the Hamilton County Nursing Service (HCPHNS) must provide a Peer Counselor to assist mothers in the successful breast feeding of their children, and

WHEREAS, Elizabeth Speece, 1774 NYS Route 8, Lake Pleasant, has agreed to provide Peer Counselor services to mothers living in Hamilton County, and

WHEREAS Elizabeth Speece has agreed to maintain any ongoing training required of her to maintain her Peer Counselor designation, and

WHEREAS Elizabeth Speece will be reimbursed at a rate of $15.00 per hour plus travel reimbursement at the prevailing county mileage rate, be it

RESOLVED, that the Chairman of the Board of Supervisors is authorized to enter a contract with Elizabeth Speece to provide Peer Counselor services to mothers in Hamilton County, as described above, to begin October 1, 2021 to September 30, 2022 upon approval of the County Attorney and the County Treasurer be so notified.

CONTRACTS WITH BERKSHIRE FARM FOR SERVICES

WHEREAS children placed in the care and custody of the Commissioner of Social Services because of abuse, neglect, maltreatment, or voluntary surrender require out-of-home placement in Qualified Residential Treatment Programs (QRTP), and

WHEREAS, these QRTP’s are certified by the New York State Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS), and

WHEREAS, pursuant to the Family First Prevention Services Act (FFPSA) [P.L. 115-123], an independent assessment of a child in foster care placed in a QRTP is required to make determinations, including, but not limited to, whether the QRTP is appropriate, and

WHEREAS the assessment must be completed within 30 days of placement of the child in the QRTP, and

WHEREAS, Berkshire Farm Center and Services for Youth has been approved as a Qualified Individual (QI) program to provide assessments through OCFS, be it

RESOLVED, the Chairman of the Board of Supervisors, upon review and approval of the County Attorney, is hereby authorized and directed to enter into agreements with Berkshire Farm to complete comprehensive assessments of youth placed in QRTP’s within 30 days as required by the FFPSA.

RESOURCE ALLOCATION PLAN

WHEREAS the County of Hamilton is in receipt of the Resource Allocation Plan for the County’s Youth Board funding provided by the Office of Children and Family Services for 2021, and

WHEREAS the plan identifies the program and project applications as part of the required components of the County’s Comprehensive Youth Service Plan as approved by the Office of Children and Family Services, and

WHEREAS this plan will qualify the County for State reimbursement in the amount of $25,677 for the program year, be it

RESOLVED, that the Hamilton County Board of Supervisors hereby approves the 2021 Resource Allocation Plan and authorizes the Chairman to sign, and be it further

RESOLVED, that Special Delinquency Revenue Account A3820.0000 be increased from $2,000 by $23,677 to $25,677.00 and Account No. A7310.0401 Youth Programs Spec. Delinquency be increased from $2,500 by $23,177.00 to $25,677 and the County Treasurer be so advised.

CONTRACT WITH CITIZENS ADVOCATES

WHEREAS, the County of Hamilton has approved the 2021 contract with Citizens Advocates to provide Substance Use Disorder treatment to the residents of Hamilton County, and

WHEREAS the current contact does not reflect the restored funding in the County’s 2021 budget effective in April of 2021 in the amount of $352.00 (Res. No. 121-21), be it

RESOLVED, that the Hamilton County Board of Supervisors hereby approves amending the County’s 2021 contract with Citizens Advocates from $3,158.00 to $3,510.00 and the Treasurer be so advised.

CONTRACT WITH THE HAMILTON, FULTON, MONTGOMERY PREVENTION COUNCIL

WHEREAS, the County of Hamilton has approved the 2021 contract with the Hamilton, Fulton, Montgomery Prevention Council to provide Prevention Services to the residents of Hamilton County, and

WHEREAS NYS OASAS funding was increased in the most recent State Aid Letter by $712, and

WHEREAS the current contact does not reflect this increase nor the restored funding in the County’s 2021 budget effective in April of 2021 in the amount of $7,352.00 (Res. No. 121- 21), be it

RESOLVED, that Revenue Account No. A3484.100 OASAS Prevention and Expenditure Account No. A.4310.0425 HFM Prevention both be increased by $712.00, and be it further

RESOLVED, that the Hamilton County Board of Supervisors hereby approves amending the County’s 2021 contract with Hamilton, Fulton, Montgomery Prevention Council from $66,181.00 to $74,245.

00 and the Treasurer be so advised.

PAVING PARKING LOT AND PURCHASING COMPUTERS FOR COMMUNITY SERVICES

WHEREAS, it has been recommended by the DPW Superintendent that the parking lot at the Community Services Building needs to be repaved, and

WHEREAS, it has been recommended by Hamilton County’s IT provider that the computers used by Community Services staff to perform their duties need to be upgraded, and

WHEREAS, the DPW Superintendent has provided the Community Services Department with an estimate to repave the parking lot at a cost of $51,866.26, and

WHEREAS, upgraded computers can be purchased under state contract at the cost of $12,263.52, be it

RESOLVED, the Board of Supervisors hereby authorize a transfer of $64,129.78 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. A4310.403 Supplies and Services to cover the said cost and the County Treasurer be so authorized and the Community Service Director, Clerk of the Board and the DPW Superintendent be so advised.

BRIDGE REPAIRS

WHEREAS Hamilton County DPW solicited bids for the superstructure and related items for Cramer Bridge, Spec 11-2021 and Burnham Mill Bridge, Spec 13-2021, and

WHEREAS one (1) bid was received for both specifications as follows – 1. Jeffords Steel & Engineering Co., Spec 11-2021 Cramer Bridge -$50,875, Spec 13-2021 Burnham Mill Bridge -$58,591.

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 Jeffords Steel and Engineering Co., 4398 Route 22, Plattsburgh, NY, be it

RESOLVED, the Hamilton County Board of Supervisors hereby award the bids received for Specification 11-2021 Cramer Bridge and Specification No. 13-2021 Burnham Mill Bridge to Jeffords Steel and Engineering Co., 4398 Route 22, Plattsburgh, NY 12901 in the amounts shown hereon, and be it further

RESOLVED, the Board of Supervisors hereby authorize the Chairman of the Board to enter into an agreement with Jeffords Steel and Engineering Co. for the purchase of the said bids with the approval of the County Attorney, and the County Treasurer, Highway Superintendent and Clerk of the Board be so notified.

WHEREAS Hamilton County DPW solicited bids for the decking and related items for Cramer Bridge, Spec 12-2021 and Burnham Mill Bridge, Spec 14-2021, and WHEREAS, one (1) bid was received for both specifications as follows –1. Laminated Concepts, Inc., Spec 12-2021 Cramer Bridge - $28,630, Spec 14-2021 Burnham Mill Bridge - $59,773.

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 Laminated Concepts, Big Flats, NY, be it

RESOLVED, the Hamilton County Board of Supervisors hereby award the bids received for Specification 12-2021 Cramer Bridge and Specification No. 14-2021 Burnham Mill Bridge to Laminated Concepts, PO Box 369, Big Flats, NY 14814 in the amounts shown hereon, and be it further

RESOLVED, the Board of Supervisors hereby authorize the Chairman of the Board to enter into an agreement with Laminated Concepts for the purchase of the said bids with the approval of the County Attorney, and the County Treasurer, Highway Superintendent and Clerk of the Board be so notified.

LAKE SHORE DRIVE IN INDIAN LAKE

WHEREAS, Resolution No. 117-21 authorizes the paving of County Route 9, Lake Shore Drive, and

WHEREAS payment is due to Peckham Materials Corp. for Superpave 12.5 MM Hot Mix Asphalt (HMA) that was placed on September 29, 2021, be it

RESOLVED, that the County Treasurer is hereby authorized to make payment as follows:

$65,200.46 from Account No. D5112.2527 Lake Shore Dr. made payable to: Peckham Materials Corp, Albany, NY.

and the Highway Superintendent and Clerk of the Board be so notified.

CEDAR RIVER ROAD IN INDIAN LAKE

WHEREAS, Resolution No. 117-21 authorizes the paving of County Route 12, Cedar River Road, and

WHEREAS payment is due to Peckham Materials Corp. for Superpave 19.0 MM Hot Mix Asphalt (HMA) that was placed on September 27 and September 28, 2021, be it

RESOLVED, that the County Treasurer is hereby authorized to make payment as follows:

$107,389.85 from Account No. D5112.2529 Cedar River Road, made payable to: Peckham Materials Corp.

and the Highway Superintendent and Clerk of the Board be so notified.

CATERPILLAR 906M WHEEL LOADER WITH ATTACHMENTS

WHEREAS Resolution No. 89-21 authorizes the order of a new 2021 Caterpillar 906M Wheel Loader with Attachments from Milton Cat under New York State Contract PC66988 with extended warranty delivered for $100,383.08, and

WHEREAS the aforesaid has been delivered and approved by the Highway Superintendent, and

WHEREAS, payment is now due to Milton Cat, be it

RESOLVED, that the County Treasurer is hereby authorized to make payment as follows: $100,383.08 from Account No. D5112.0202 Permanent Improvements, made payable to: Southworth-Milton, Inc., Boston, MA.

and the Highway Superintendent and Clerk of the Board be so notified.

REPAIRS TO EJECTOR TRAILER

WHEREAS Resolution No. 221-21 authorizes the repair of solid waste trailer #959 at an estimated cost of $4,800, and

WHEREAS the repairs were completed to trailer #959 and because the suspension springs needed to be replaced the final cost of the repairs were $5,820.89 and the said trailer is back in service, be it

RESOLVED, that hereby the County Treasurer is hereby authorized to send payment to Dunham’s Spring Shop, Inc. in the amount of $5,820.89 for trailer #959 and the funds be taken out of Account No. DM5310.401 Repairs and Clerk of the Board and Highway Superintendent be so notified.

SNOW AND ICE CONTRACTS WITH TOWNS FOR THE 2021-2022 SEASON

WHEREAS, Article 6, Section 135a of the Highway Law provides that the County Highway Superintendent may contract with any town in the County for the removal of snow and ice from the County roads and for sanding or otherwise treating said roads, be it

RESOLVED, that the County Highway Superintendent be authorized to contract with the various towns of the County, upon the approval of the County Attorney, for said purposes for the said period of November 1, 2021 – October 31, 2022 and the County Treasurer be so advised.

PURCHASE ROAD GRADER

WHEREAS the Highway Department needs replacing the departments road grader, and

WHEREAS 2022 Road Graders are available for purchase on State Contract with associated options, and

WHEREAS the vendor of the road grader has offered $30,000.00 for the currently county owned 2008 John Deere 772D in as is condition (VIN DW772DX619604) as trade in value toward the purchase of the 2022 John Deere 772G, and

WHEREAS the County Highway Superintendent is recommending approval to purchase the said road grader under State Contract pricing, be it

RESOLVED, that hereby the County Highway Superintendent is authorized to order said Road Grader under New York State Contract 03119-JDC, Award #PGB-22792 pricing from United Construction and Forestry, be it further

RESOLVED, the County Highway Superintendent is hereby authorized to trade in the 2008 John Deere 772D VIN No. DW772DX619604 road grader currently owned by Hamilton County and that the trade in value is $30,000 and the final cost for the purchase of the 2022 John Deere 772G is $300,660.45 with 60 month extended warranty delivered, be it further

RESOLVED, that $300,660.45 be transferred from the Unappropriated Machinery Fund Balance in accordance with Section 366 Subdivision 1 of the County Law to Account No. DM5130.401 Equipment and hereby the County Treasurer is authorized to make the said transfer and the Clerk of the Board and DPW Superintendent be so notified.

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANT APPLICATION

WHEREAS, Hamilton County has identified housing and assisting low/moderate income homeowners, as its most severe community development need, and

WHEREAS the proposed program area is hereby defined as having many substandard structures occupied by low/moderate income families, substandard is defined as: A structure or dwelling unit which has one or more major structural defect, but can still be repaired for a reasonable amount, and

WHEREAS the only affordable means of financing a program designed to meet these needs is to secure funding from the NYS Office of Community Renewal Community Development Block Grant Program, and

WHEREAS, due to the sparsely populated character of the proposed program area with homes scattered over a large geographical area, a non-target methodology is to be employed to assist only low- and moderate-income persons, therefore, be it

RESOLVED, that the Hamilton County Board of Supervisors authorizes its Chairman to execute and apply to the NYS Office of Community Renewal for a community development program for housing rehabilitation and to act in connection with the submission of the application and to provide such additional information as may be required, and be it further

RESOLVED, that the Housing Assistance Program of Essex County, Inc. will perform administrative services as a sub recipient for Hamilton County, and be it further

RESOLVED, that Hamilton County is committed to affirmatively furthering fair housing within the county’s jurisdiction, will substantially comply with all Federal, State, and local laws, rules, and regulations applicable in the effort of furthering fair housing, and names Christy Wilt, Fair Housing Officer, to be the primary point of contact for all fair housing related issues, and be it further

RESOLVED, that Hamilton County has adopted the following: Citizen Participation Plan, Residential Anti-Displacement and Relocation Assistance Plan, Excessive Force Policy, Lead Based Paint Plan, Drug-Free Workplace Program, and the Housing Rehabilitation Program Policy and Procedures, and that they are on file at Hamilton County.

INVESTMENT POLICY AMENDMENT

WHEREAS, the County Treasurer has been investigating new banks for County deposits, and

WHEREAS several banks have been identified as good investment opportunities with the help of three+one, and

WHEREAS the County Treasurer recommends the County Investment policy be amended to add the following banks where monies are deposited and the maximum amounts as follows: Bank of the Finger Lakes-Wayne Bank $2,000,000 (Two Million) Bank on Buffalo-Division of CNB Bank: $2,000,000 (Two Million) be it RESOLVED that the above listed amendments be adopted, and the County Treasurer be so advised.

AUTHORIZING 2021-2022 HRI AIDS INSTITUTE SCHOOL ELC GRANT 

WHEREAS Res. No. 216-21 needs to be rescinded as it was adopted prior to the finalized budget for the 2021-2022 HRI AIDS Institute School ELC Grant 6896-01, and

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 $638,615, with $420,272 being restricted funds, and

WHEREAS Hamilton County Public Health Nursing Service can request additional funds from the restricted funds to fund the budget lines through a budget modification, and

WHEREAS the Maximum Reimbursable Amount for this contract is $191,585, be it RESOLVED, that Res. No. 216-21 is hereby rescinded, and be it further

RESOLVED, that the Chairman of the Board of Supervisors be authorized to sign the Health Research, Inc. (HRI) Contract No. 6896-01, pending approval by the County Attorney, and be it further

RESOLVED, that the County Treasurer be hereby authorized to following accounts: create and fund the A4189.1104 - Personal Service – HRI COVID ELC EP/SCHOOL $ 31,039 A4189.4105- Supplies& Miscellaneous - HRI COVID ELC EP/SCHOOL $143,440 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 $191,585.00.

NBT CARDMEMBER SERVICES PAYMENT – SOCIAL SERVICES

WHEREAS the Hamilton County Department of Social Services pays NBT Cardmember Services $5.00 monthly for the department’s SAGE Software and it was not submitted in time for the regular audit, be it

RESOLVED, that the County Treasurer is hereby authorized to pay NBT Cardmember Services $5.00 from Department of Social Services Account A6010.405, All Other Direct, for the SAGE Accounting Software.

CONTRACT WITH LASALLE SCHOOL FOR RESIDENTIAL TREATMENT

WHEREAS children placed in the care and custody of the Commissioner of Social Services because of abuse, neglect, maltreatment, or voluntary surrender require out-of-home placement in residential treatment centers, and

WHEREAS, these residential treatment centers are certified by the New York State Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS), and

WHEREAS, maximum state reimbursable rates are established by OCFS, be it RESOLVED, the Chairman of the Board of Supervisors, upon review and approval of the County Attorney, is hereby authorized and directed to enter into agreements with said Residential Treatment Center.

AID TO PROSECUTION GRANT

WHEREAS Res. No. 75-21 needs to be rescinded as it was adopted with the incorrect term and grant project number, and

WHEREAS, Hamilton County has an annual State Aid agreement with NYS Division of Criminal Justice Services, and

WHEREAS, said agreement needs to be renewed, and

WHEREAS the agreement is proposed for $45,300 and the contract period will be for 18 months, be it

RESOLVED, that Res. No. 75-21 is hereby rescinded, and be it further

RESOLVED, the Chairman of the Board of Supervisors is hereby authorized to sign Aid to Prosecution Grant Project No. AP19-1020-R03 for the period of October 1, 2019 – March 31, 2021 in the amount of $45,300 on behalf of the County of Hamilton and the County Treasurer be so advised.

AGREEMENT WITH FULTON COUNTY TO PROVIDE HAMILTON COUNTY BOARD OF ELECTIONS SERVER AND SUPPORT SERVICES

WHEREAS Res. No. 206-21 which authorizes an intermunicipal agreement with Fulton County to provide Hamilton County Board of Elections server and support services was adopted prior to the amount being authorized by the Fulton County Board of Supervisors, and

WHEREAS the Fulton County Board of Supervisors proposes an agreement with a term of 11/1/21-12/31/21 at an annual price of $12,000 with on-site charges of $60.00 per hour, be it

RESOLVED, that Res. No. 206-21 is hereby amended to authorize said agreement with a term of 11/1/21-12/31/21 at an annual price of $12,000 with on-site charges of $60 per hour.

CONTRACT WITH CONSTELLATION ENERGY SERVICES OF NEW YORK

WHEREAS the County agreement with Constellation Energy Services for purchase of electricity for all County facilities expires on November 5, 2021, and

WHEREAS, Constellation Energy Services has given a proposal to the County to enter into a fixed price agreement for a period of twelve (12) months beginning November 6, 2021, be it

RESOLVED, that the Chairman of the Hamilton County Board of Supervisors is hereby authorized to enter a contract with Constellation Energy Services of New York, Inc. for a fixed price of kWh for a period of twelve (12) months.

FAILED - Contract with Constellation had one no vote so it carries over to November to be voted on again.


Knife attack thwarted in Long Lake

 

Police Report October 8 2021

 


Knife attack thwarted

LONG LAKE--On October 7, 2021 at approximately 11:40 a.m. State Police responded to Clarks Way in the town of Long Lake, for a report of a dispute. 20-year-old Alexander V. Damasevitz of Newcomb displayed a knife and threatened to harm the victim with it. This occurred in the presence of a 15-year-old child.

Damasevitz was arrested and charged with Intimidating a Victim or Witness 3rd degree, Criminal Possession of a Weapon 4th degree, Menacing 2nd degree, and Endangering the Welfare of a Child. Damasevitz was arraigned in the Long Lake Town Court where he was released on his own recognizance. An order of protection was issued.

Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Ranger Report September 22 2021

 Ranger Report September 22 2021

  


Town of Wells--On Sept. 17, Forest Ranger Scott joined New York State Fire and New York Task Force-2 at Auger Falls in the Sacandaga River Siamese Ponds Wilderness Area for a practice rescue scenario. Ranger Scott placed a mannequin at the falls and the team rigged a highline over the gorge to recover the mannequin. The training scenario focused on rigging, packaging, and extricating the patient. Photos, courtesy of the New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services (DSHES),

 


Town of Indian Lake--On Sept 18 at 10:15 a.m. Hamilton County 911 contacted DEC's Ray Brook Dispatch reporting a 34-year-old hiker from Baldwinsville with a knee injury on the Castle Rock Trail in Blue Mountain Lake Wild Forest. Forest Rangers Lomnitzer and Milano reached the subject at 11:12 a.m., and assisted him back to the trailhead. At 11:30 a.m., he advised he would seek medical attention on his own.

Monday, September 20, 2021

Hot motorcycle pursuit

 

Police Report September 17 2021

Hot motorcycle pursuit



On September 17, 2021 at approximately 3:06 p.m., State Police arrested two men on motorcycles on State Route 30 in the town of Indian Lake. The two motorcycles were speeding and then failed to pull over when a trooper attempted a traffic stop. They sped up and continued west toward the hamlet of Blue Mountain Lake. One of the motorcyclists, 30-year-old William T. Featherly of Cicero, lost control and was ejected from his bike.

Featherly was transported to the Glens Falls Hospital with abrasions and a torn ligament in his right shoulder. He was later released. The second motorcyclist, 30-year-old Dalton M. Stafford of Remsen, was taken into custody at the scene. Both men were charged with Unlawfully Fleeing a Police Officer in a Motor Vehicle 3rd degree and released with appearance tickets to appear in the Indian Lake Town Court.

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.