Saturday, April 3, 2021

Hamilton County puts families first

 Supervisors April 1 2020



Hamilton County puts families first

By PETE KLEIN

LAKE PLEASANT—When the Hamilton County Board of Supervisors met on April 1, it passed the following resolution to put families first.

HAMILTON COUNTY FAMILY FIRST PROGRAM

WHEREAS Hamilton County created the Family First Program to provide preventative services in the Lake Pleasant School, Wells Central School, Long Lake School, and Indian Lake School, and

WHEREAS, the Family First Program will replace the Home Run Program through County staff and resources, and

WHEREAS the Home Run program has proved successful and it continues to be supported financially in part by the four participating schools, and

WHEREAS, the CCSI Tier 2 Committee recommends the Family First Program, and WHEREAS, the Commissioner of Social Services has indicated that she has sufficient grant funds to cover the County share, and

WHEREAS the Hamilton County Board of Supervisors approved a full Family First Program cost not to exceed $163,352 running from January 1, 2021 through December 31, 2021, and to serve all four school districts in Hamilton County 24 hours a day, seven days a week with the schools continuing to provide $21,800.00 ($5,450.00 per school) of the funding, therefore, be it

RESOLVED, that the Chairman of the Board of Supervisors is hereby authorized to enter into contracts with Lake Pleasant School, Long Lake School, Indian Lake School and Wells School for provision of the Family First Program for the period of January 1, 2021 through December 31, 2021 under the terms and conditions set forth above and with approval of the County Attorney.

SERVICES FOR THE ELDERLY

WHEREAS the Hamilton County Public Health Nursing Service maintains an agreement with Warren/Hamilton Office for the Aging, and

WHEREAS Hamilton County Public Health Nursing Service provides services for Hamilton County residents under a Community Services for the Elderly contract, and

WHEREAS this contract has been submitted for renewal for the period April 1, 2021 – March 31, 2022 in the amount of $3,313.00, be it

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

FUNDING A COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT FUND

WHEREAS, the Hamilton County Board of Supervisors wishes to create a Community Development Fund, and

WHEREAS, for the purpose of establishing this fund, Hamilton County has $10,099.46 which was repayment of a Home Grant which is required to be used for this purpose, and

WHEREAS, Hamilton County also has two economic development line items, and the Board wishes to reallocate some of those funds, now, therefore, be it

RESOLVED, that Account No. A8020.0417 Community Development be hereby created and funded in the amount of $19,099.46 by transferring $10,099.46 from the Unappropriated General Fund Balance in accordance with Section 366 Subdivision 1 of the County Law and transferring $4,500.00 from Account No. A8020.0410 Economic Development and $4,500.00 from Account No. A8020.0411 Economic Development Assistance, and be it also

RESOLVED, that the Hamilton County Board of Supervisors authorizes an MOU with Hamilton County Soil & Water for up to $19,000.00, representing two summer interns at $9,000.00 each as well as $1,000.00 for the associated contractual expenses of engaging in Trail Development work and Administration throughout Hamilton County, and be it also

RESOLVED, that the Chairman of the Board of Supervisors is hereby authorized to sign said MOU with the approval of the County Attorney.

COUNTY COVID POLICY TO REMAIN UP TO DATE

WHEREAS, the Hamilton County Board of Supervisors had a request from a couple of Department Heads and staff for a written policy on COVID, and

WHEREAS, the Personnel Officer has developed said COVID Policy and it has been reviewed by the Board of Supervisors, and

WHEREAS the COVID Guidelines from both CDC and NYS are ever changing, and WHEREAS, it is critical that the Hamilton County Personnel Policies and Procedures for

COVID remain up to date, now, therefore, be it

RESOLVED, that the Hamilton County Personnel Officer is hereby authorized to update the Personnel Policies and Procedures to keep them up to date with the current CDC and NYS Guidelines, and be it further

RESOLVED, that the Personnel Officer is hereby directed and authorized to send out the updates to the Department Heads or Employees as she deems necessary, with all interpretations or decisions on these matters continuing to be determined by the Personnel Officer in consultation with the Public Health Director and County Attorney as necessary.

FIRE ADVISORY BOARD FOR INDIAN LAKE

WHEREAS, in Resolution No. 18-21, the Hamilton County Board of Supervisors appointed the members of the County Fire Advisory Board for January 1, 2021-December 31, 2021, and

WHEREAS the representative slot for the Indian Lake Fire Department was entered as “to be determined”, and

WHEREAS, the Town Board of Indian Lake has appointed Ass’t Chief Chris Mitchell to represent the Indian Lake Volunteer Fire Department at the County Fire Advisory Board, be it therefore

RESOLVED, that the following appointment be made for the term of April 1, 2021- December 31, 2021: Indian Lake Fire Department Ass’t Chief Chris Mitchell

EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS GRANT

WHEREAS, the New York State Department of Health through Health Research, Inc. (HRI) was awarded a grant from the Center Disease Control Prevent and contracted with Hamilton County Public Health Nursing Service for Public Health Emergency Preparedness and COVID-19 Response for the period March 5, 2020 through March 15, 2021, and

WHEREAS, the New York State Department of Health has offered to extend COVID-19 Response HRI Contract No. 6326-01 through December 31, 2021, be it

RESOLVED, that the Chairman of the Board of Supervisors be authorized to sign said COVID-19 Response HRI Contract No. 6326-01 Amendment #1, pending approval by the County Attorney and the County Treasurer be so advised.

HEALTH EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS AND HEALTH COORDINATOR

WHEREAS, Resolution No. 65-21 of March 4, 2021 created the Public Health Emergency Preparedness and Health Coordinator position, and

WHEREAS, said position has now been filled and must be funded, be it

RESOLVED, that Account No. A4050.0105 Public Health Emergency Preparedness and Health Coordinator be funded at $30,000.00 to cover said position for the remainder of 2021 at an annual salary of $38,433.00, to be totally offset by increasing Revenue Account No. A3401.0000 State Aid Public Health by $30,000.00 and the Director of Public Health and the County Treasurer be so authorized.

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: A4010.0413 PH Continuing Education $3,000.00

TO: A4050.0126 Temp. Staff $3,000.

RABIES VACCINATION CLINICS

WHEREAS, in NYS it is the responsibility of the local health department to have a system in place for the control and suppression of rabies, and

WHEREAS the Hamilton County Nursing Service (HCPHNS) holds periodic rabies vaccination clinics throughout the County which provides for free vaccination of taxpayers’ dogs, cats, and domestic ferrets, and

WHEREAS the services of a licensed veterinarian are required to provide this service, and WHEREAS, the Glove Cities Veterinary Hospital, 35 Harrison Street, Gloversville, NY has agreed to provide veterinarian services for HCPHNS, and

WHEREAS, the Glove Cities Veterinary Hospital has agreed to maintain membership in the American Veterinary Medical Association, making them eligible to maintain professional liability insurance at the required level, and

WHEREAS one licensed veterinarian from the Glove Cities Veterinary Hospital will be reimbursed at a rate of $100.00 per hour, to include travel time and clinic hours plus travel reimbursement at the prevailing county mileage rate, be it

RESOLVED, that the Chairman of the Board of Supervisors is authorized to enter into a contract with the Glove Cities Veterinary Hospital, to provide veterinary services at HCPHNS rabies clinics, at a rate of $100.00 per clinic hour, plus travel time and mileage reimbursement, as described above, to begin May 1, 2021 to April 30, 2022 upon approval of the County Attorney and the County Treasurer be so notified.

FIBER LINE UPGRADES

WHEREAS Community Services and Public Health began the transition into Telehealth, Telepsychiatry, and Telemedicine long before COVID, and

WHEREAS, the Directors of Community Services and Public Health requested these internet upgrades and have funding for same, and

WHEREAS, the Hamilton County Public Works Department and the Clerk of the Board worked diligently with Frontier, equipment vendors, and the IT team to meet the technology needs of the Departments without diminishing internet service to other departments and in a way that didn’t duplicate service, and

WHEREAS, the project is now reaching completion at a time when these health services are even more necessary, and

WHEREAS an equitable cost sharing formula has been developed which allows Community Services and Public Health to share in the cost of these upgrades and monthly charges, while continuing to allocate broadband costs to the other County Departments, and

WHEREAS, both Community Services and Public Health need budget adjustments for this purpose, now, therefore, be it

RESOLVED, that Account No. A4310.0402 Community Services Telephone be increased by $21,000.00 by transferring $21,000.00 of their DSRIP funding for Community Engagement from the Unappropriated General Fund Balance in accordance with Section 366 Subdivision 1 of the County Law, and be it also

RESOLVED, that Account No. A4050.0407 Public Health Telephone be increased by $21,000.00 to be totally offset by increasing Revenue Account No. A3401.0000 Public Health State Aid by $21,000.00, and be it also

RESOLVED, that the Director of Community Services, Director of Public Health and County Treasurer be so authorized.

FUNDING HAMILTON COUNTY TRAILS IN TO PROSPERITY

WHEREAS Resolution No. 26-20 adopted January 7, 2020 authorized and funded NYS DEC Smart Growth Grant C01054G Hamilton County Trails Into Prosperity in the amount of

$66,500, and

WHEREAS there are unspent funds remaining in said grant, be it

RESOLVED, that the County Treasurer is hereby authorized to fund Account No. A6326.0412 Trails in to Prosperity in the amount of $25,585.00 to be totally offset by funding Revenue Account No. A3789.0300 Trails in to Prosperity in the amount of $25,585.

CREDIT CARD USE EXPENDITURE LIMIT

WHEREAS, Resolution No. 226-13 established a County Credit Card, and

WHEREAS, the Chairman of the Board and the Finance Committee Chair have reviewed the practice of requiring Committee approval prior to the Departments use of said card, be it

RESOLVED, that the Departments are hereby allowed to expend up $500.00 without prior Committee approval.

ONLINE REAL PROPERTY TAX SERVICES AGENCY DATA

WHEREAS, based on the recommendation of the Real Property Tax Services Agency, and by agreement of the Hamilton County Board of Supervisors, dissemination of real property tax and assessment data in digital form through a securely hosted internet based platform is a valuable enhancement to services provided by Hamilton County and a tangible benefit to taxpayers, real estate professionals and others, and

WHEREAS, the Real Property Tax Services Agency engaged Systems Development Group, Inc. as authorized by the Hamilton County Board of Supervisors to develop, host, upload regular software and Hamilton County data updates, and provide maintenance as stated for a Hamilton County specific version of their Image Mate Online system for a term of four (4) consecutive years commencing 03/01/2014 and subsequently approved a three (3) year extension agreement through 02/28/2021 with an annual fee of $6,000, and

WHEREAS, the Real Property Tax Services Agency has received and has approved a proposal for an additional one (1) year extension agreement for the term 03/01/2021 through 02/28/2022 at an annual fee of $6,000 from Systems Development Group, Inc., therefore, be it

RESOLVED, the Hamilton County Board of Supervisors hereby authorizes the proposed one year annual plan agreement and payment of the annual fee of $6,000 (Six Thousand Dollars) with Systems Development Group, Inc of Utica, New York, for the Hamilton County Image Mate Online system.

AUTHORIZATION TO PURCHASE IAMRESPONDING.COM

WHEREAS the Hamilton County Emergency Management Department was awarded a NYS SHSP grant through the FY2020 State Homeland Security Program (SHSP) SH20-1037-D00 in the amount of $47,731.00, and

WHEREAS, IamResponding.com is an immediate, reliable, automated and 100% web- based software-as-a-service solution through which emergency responders inform the department and/or response team with whom they are affiliated, other members of that department/team, regional response coordinators, and dispatchers that they are responding to an emergency event. With IamResponding.com, emergency departments, agencies, teams, and dispatchers know within seconds whether a full crew is enroute, or whether a second dispatch needs to be issued for additional personnel. This results in a significant time savings when compared to current dispatch processes and protocols, and

WHEREAS the IamResponding.com program will be offered to any Hamilton County emergency agency that is dispatched by the Hamilton County PSAP Center, and

WHEREAS funding from SHSP Grant SH20-1037-D00 was allocated for the program of IamResponding.com, and

WHEREAS, Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office received a cost proposal of $9,785.00 from IamResponding.com for one year including set-up and associated telephone fees, and the option to extend the contract for a second year at the cost of $6,215.00, therefore, be it

RESOLVED, that Resolution No. 53-21 which authorized a two year agreement with IamResponding.com be hereby rescinded, and be it further

RESOLVED, that the Chairman of the Board of Supervisors is hereby authorized to sign the one year agreement with IamResponding.com with the approval of the County Attorney, and be it further

RESOLVED, that the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office is hereby authorized to purchase the one-year subscription to IamResponding.com.

PROSECUTION GRANT

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 $45,300.00, the contract period will be for 12 months, be it

RESOLVED, the Chairman of the Board of Supervisors is hereby authorized to sign Aid to Prosecution Grant Project No. AP19-1020-RE02 for the period of April 1, 2021 – March 31, 2022 in the amount of $45,300.00 on behalf of the County of Hamilton and the County Treasurer be so advised.

CONTRACT FOR FISCAL INTERMEDIARY SERVICES

WHEREAS, in accordance with Section 365-f and 367-p (C) of the Social Services Law and 18 NYCRR 505.28 the parties seek to enable Medicaid recipients to utilize the Consumer Directed Personal Assistance program and the Hamilton County Department of Social Services seeks to engage a fiscal intermediary to provide fiscal intermediary services in relation to Consumer Directed Personal Assistance program benefits for members of such plan, and

WHEREAS, Consumer Direct Choices is a fiscal intermediary designated to provide wage and benefit processing for consumer directed personal assistance on behalf of an employing consumer and other responsibilities in the Agreement, and

WHEREAS, the Hamilton County Department of Social Services and Consumer Directed Choices desire to enter into this agreement, be it

RESOLVED, that the Commissioner of the Hamilton County Department of Social Services, the Hamilton County Attorney and the Hamilton County Chairman of the Board of Supervisors are hereby authorized to execute a contract for the term of April 1, 2021 through March 31, 2022 between the Department of Social Services and Consumer Directed Choices after review of the Hamilton County Attorney.

OXBOW LAKE OUTLET CULVERT REPLACEMENT PROJECT

WHEREAS, Resolution No. 106-19 authorizes the Oxbow Lake Outlet Culvert Replacement through the Bridge NY program and appropriates $248,750.00, and

WHEREAS the ending 2020 balance is $199,619.62 and this project is still underway and needs the funds moved to the fiscal year 2021, be it

RESOLVED, the County Treasurer is hereby authorized to transfer the 2020 ending balance of $199,619.62 to Account No. D5112.2022 Oxbow Lake Outlet Culvert Project and the DPW Superintendent and the Clerk of the Board be so notified.

UTILITY TERRAIN VEHICLE FOR DPW BUILDINGS DIVISION

WHEREAS Hamilton County DPW Buildings Division needs a Utility Terrain Vehicle (UTV), and

WHEREAS, the County DPW Superintendent has received a written quote for a new 2021 John Deere 86M UTV from Deere & Company under New York State Contract PC68131 delivered for $17,794.11, be it

RESOLVED, that hereby the County DPW Superintendent is authorized to order said UTV from Deere & Company under NYS PC68131 Contract pricing at a cost of $17,794.11 and the funds to be taken out of Account No. A1620.202 Equipment and the County Treasurer and Clerk of the Board be so notified.

MINI WHEEL LOADER FOR DPW

WHEREAS, the DPW has a need for a mini loader, and

WHEREAS, the DPW has CHIPs funding available for the said wheel loader, and WHEREAS, the County DPW Superintendent has received a written quote for 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, be it

RESOLVED, that hereby the County DPW Superintendent is authorized to order said wheel loader from Milton Cat under NYS PC66988 Contract pricing at a cost of $100,383.08 and the funds to be taken out of Account No. D5112.202 Permanent Improvements and the County Treasurer and Clerk of the Board be so notified.


Tuesday, March 30, 2021

County adopts police reform and communicable disease plans

Supervisors March 29 2021



County adopts police reform and communicable disease plans

By PETE KLEIN

LAKE PLEASANT—The Hamilton County Board of Supervisors met on March 29 and adopted the Hamilton County Police Reform and Reinvention Collaboration Plan, and the Emergency Operations Plan for Communicable Diseases for Hamilton County, as follows:

ADOPTION OF THE HAMILTON COUNTY POLICE REFORM AND REINVENTION COLLABORATION PLAN

WHEREAS, on June 12, 2020 Governor Andrew Cuomo issued Executive Order #203 requiring each local government in NYS with a Police Agency to adopt a Policing Plan by April 1, 2021, and

WHEREAS, the Hamilton County Board of Supervisors developed a Panel within the guidance set forth for said effort, participated in Panel discussions, added to the Panel based on the recommendations from the Panel discussions, had public meetings, surveyed the public, developed a draft plan, took public comment, and now needs to adopt the edited final product, now, therefore, be it

RESOLVED, that the Hamilton County Board of Supervisors hereby adopts the Hamilton County Police Reform and Reinvention Collaboration Plan, on file with the Clerk of the Hamilton County Board of Supervisors and posted to the County website, and be it also

RESOLVED, that said Plan is directed to also be filed with the NYS Director of the Division of Budget.

APPROVING AND AUTHORIZING THE IMPLEMENTATION

OF AN EMERGENCY OPERATIONS PLAN FOR COMMUNICABLE DISEASES FOR HAMILTON COUNTY

WHEREAS, on September 7, 2020, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed legislation (S8617B/A10832) requiring public employers to create a plan to adequately protect workers in the event of another state disaster emergency involving a communicable disease, and

WHEREAS, the plan needs to be finalized and adopted by April 1, 2021, now, therefore,

be it

RESOLVED, to adequately protect Hamilton County employees in the event of a national and/or state crisis due to a communicable disease, Hamilton County has adopted an Emergency Operations Plan for Communicable Diseases, and be it further

RESOLVED, this plan has been developed in accordance with New York State (NYS) legislation S8617B/A10832, amended NYS Labor Law section 27-c, and NYS Education Law paragraphs K and I of Subdivision 2 of Section 2801-a, and be it further

RESOLVED, this plan is pertinent to a declared public health emergency in NYS, which may impact our operation, and it is in the interest of the safety of our employees, contractors, and members of the public, and be it further

RESOLVED, the plan was developed based on best practices and guidance available largely as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and is to provide guidance for future public health emergencies and/or any new challenges that arise as a result of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, and be it further

RESOLVED, as required by the amended NYS Labor Law, this plan has been presented and discussed with the Hamilton County Board of Supervisors, and be it further

RESOLVED, that the Hamilton County Board of Supervisors approve and authorize the implementation of the Emergency Operations Plan for Communicable Diseases.

Both documents in their entirety can be found at https://www.hamiltoncounty.com/


Friday, March 5, 2021

County pushes state for broadband coverage

 Supervisors March 4 2021



County pushes state for broadband coverage

By PETE KLEIN

LAKE PLEASANT—When the Hamilton County Board of Supervisors it passed a resolution calling upon the governor to provide broadband coverage for all New Yorkers.

BROADBAND AND RURAL CELLULAR COVERAGE TO ALL

WHEREAS, the Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has said broadband coverage is a priority for New York State; and

WHEREAS, in September, 2019, the Governor announced the Upstate Cellular Coverage Task Force, stating “every New Yorker should be able to access a stable cell connection, yet our upstate regions have struggled for too long to make the connections that are vital to everyday life and commerce… Today we're leading the way forward by establishing a task force of cellular service experts, elected representatives and environmental advocates who will develop concrete policies and help to ensure service is provided and infrastructure for it is built in a sustainable way;” and

WHEREAS maps developed by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) using Form 477 data are inaccurate and misrepresent the accessibility of broadband and cellular service and are referenced by the federal and state governments for funding purposes: and 

WHEREAS the FCC recently announced a $99 million federal investment through the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund (RDOF) to deploy broadband technology to over 46,000 previously unserved locations in rural portions of upstate New York in the coming years; and

WHEREAS, the House of Representatives passed the Broadband Deployment Accuracy and Technology Availability Act, legislation which improves the accuracy of the FCC’s broadband availability maps by strengthening the process by which broadband data is collected. The Broadband DATA Act was signed into law on March 23rd, 2020; and

WHEREAS, based on newer and more accurate data gathered directly from schools, municipalities, and other organization, there are large gaps in broadband and rural cellular service across rural and upstate New York, contradicting FCC maps; and 

WHEREAS the FCC staff also determined that the Mobility Fund Phase II coverage maps submitted by certain carriers overstated actual coverage and did not reflect on-the-ground performance in many instances: and

WHEREAS, the FCC ultimately terminated the planned Mobility Fund Phase II auction and replace it with a 5G Fund for Rural America, using multi-round reverse auctions to distribute up to $9 billion to bring voice and 5G broadband service to rural areas of our country that are unlikely to see unsubsidized deployment of 5G-capable networks; and

WHEREAS, New York State has also adopted legislation that enacted a right-of-way use and occupancy fee for any fiber optic cables located in or crossing a state-controlled right of way and authorized the New York State Department of Transportation (DOT) to enter fee-bearing permits with fiber optic installers; and

WHEREAS, understanding the financial constraints facing the State of New York, counties across the state endeavor to work with the State to incentivize the development of fiber connections in rural areas of the State; and

WHEREAS our residents need access to reliable and affordable broadband and cellular service for school, employment, telehealth, and social aspects of life; and 

WHEREAS, as we have seen in the face of this pandemic, broadband serves a vital need for breaking down the digital divide that creates groups of haves and have-nots within our state; and 

WHEREAS, broadband and cellular access provides a critical public infrastructure need for New York residents, towns, municipalities, counties, emergency services, and more. 

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, the Adirondack Inter-county Association calls upon Governor Cuomo, our Federal and State legislative delegations to work with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and local leaders and officials to deploy new broadband and cellular service maps in order to deploy the 5G Fund for Rural America as well as broadband infrastructure programs; and 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, the Adirondack Inter-county Association asks the Governor and State Legislature to amend Section 24-e of the Highway Law and Section 7 of the Transportation Corporation Law to incentivize the deployment of fiber connectivity in rural and hard to serve regions of the State; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, the Adirondack Inter-county Association asks the Governor and our Federal and State legislative delegations to work to ensure this vital economic development infrastructure need is available to all New Yorkers  to  prevent  the  further  isolation of those in need; and 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, copies of this resolution be sent to the counties of New York State encouraging member counties to enact similar resolutions; and 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Adirondack Inter-county Association shall forward copies of this resolution to Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, the New York State Legislature, the New York State Congressional Delegation, and all others deemed necessary and proper.  

The board also passed the following resolutions.

FUNDING HRI COVID-19 RESPONSE GRANT

WHEREAS there are unspent funds in the 2020 HRI COVID-19 Response Grant, and WHEREAS, the grant ends March 31, 2021, be it

RESOLVED, that the County Treasurer is hereby authorized to fund the following Accounts in the 2021 County Budget:

A4189.1102 HRI COVID19 PERSONAL SERVICE - $7,878.55 A4189.4102 HRI COVID19 SUPPLIES - $ 345.21 A4189.4103 HRI COVID19 MISCELLANEOUS - $9,188.69 A4189.8610 HRI COVID19 FRINGE - $3,908.92.

To be totally offset by increasing Revenue Account No. A4401.0100 HRI COVID 19 by - $21,321.37.

2020 TRANSFER OF FUNDS – COMMUNITY COLLEGE DATED: MARCH 4, 2021

WHEREAS there is a shortage of funds in the Community College Account, therefore, be it

RESOLVED, that the County Treasurer be hereby authorized to make the following transfers:

FROM: A1990.0401 Contingent $16,512.34 TO: A2490.0401 Community College

PUBLIC HEALTH EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS CONTRACT

WHEREAS Resolution No. 156-20 authorized a contract with Barbara Taylor for Public Health Emergency Preparedness Coordinator Services with funding from the New York State Department of Health through Health Research, Inc (HRI) for Public Health Emergency Preparedness and Response Grant activities, and

WHEREAS, due to the COVID Pandemic it is necessary to reallocate the grant funding to increase the contract for Public Health Emergency Preparedness Coordinator Services, be it

RESOLVED, that the contract with Barbara Taylor, 486 Kickerville Lane, Long Lake, NY, 12847 for Public Health Emergency Preparedness Coordinator Services for the term of July 1, 2020 through June 30, 2021 with the rate of $30.00 per hour be amended to increase the not to exceed amount from $33,000 to $43,000, plus mileage at the current IRS Rate, and be it further

RESOLVED, that upon the approval of the County Attorney the Chairman of the Hamilton County Board of Supervisors is hereby authorized to sign said amendment and the Director of Public Health and the County Treasurer be so notified.

HEALTH EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS AND HEALTH COORDINATOR

WHEREAS there is a need to fill the Public Health Emergency Preparedness Coordinator position, and

WHEREAS the Director of Public Health requests to transition the contract PHEP position to a full time Public Health Emergency Preparedness Coordinator, be it

RESOLVED, the position of Public Health Emergency Preparedness Coordinator is hereby created and will be funded by a future resolution and the County Treasurer, Personnel Officer and Public Health Director be so authorized.


Tuesday, February 9, 2021

Great fun but just one of those things and signing off

 Sorry to report that about the only reporting of news from Hamilton County I intended to continue with is the Hamilton County Board of Supervisors.

The reasons are varied but include the following: I don't get paid for this service. I rely almost entirely on minutes and many of the minutes take so long to get posted on town and school websites that they are ancient news and really not worth calling news. In some other cases, the minutes are terrible and hardly readable. 

Supervisors approve purchases by DPW

 Supervisors Feb 4 2021



Supervisors approve purchases by DPW

By PETE KLEIN

LAKE PLEASANT

When the Hamilton County Board of Supervisors met on February 4, it approved the Department of Public Works to make several purchases, including the following. It also approved numerous other resolutions.

WEIGH SCALE FOR LAKE PLEASANT TRANSFER STATION

WHEREAS, the County Highway Superintendent has discussed equipment needs with the Public Works Committee, and

WHEREAS the Superintendent is requesting to replace the weigh scale at the Lake Pleasant Transfer Station, and

WHEREAS the County Highway Superintendent recommends advertising for bids for said scale, be it

RESOLVED, that the County Highway Superintendent is hereby authorized to advertise for public bids to purchase the above-mentioned weigh scale and the County Treasurer and Clerk of the Board be so notified.

PURCHASE A SEMI-DUMP TRAILER DATED

WHEREAS, the County Highway Superintendent has discussed equipment needs with the Public Works Committee, and

WHEREAS, the Superintendent is requesting to purchase a new tri-axle aluminum semi- dump trailer, and

WHEREAS the County Highway Superintendent recommends advertising for bids for said trailer, be it

RESOLVED, that the County Highway Superintendent is hereby authorized to advertise for public bids to purchase the above-mentioned equipment and the County Treasurer and Clerk of the Board be so notified.

PURCHASE FIVE FULL SETS HEAD PLOW AND WINGS

WHEREAS DPW owns and operates eight tandem axle plow trucks for snow & ice operations on county and state roads, and

WHEREAS the department needed to purchase five full sets (head plow and wing) for five of the said trucks for the current winter operations, and

WHEREAS the Superintendent purchased these Built Blades from Chemung Supply Corporation under piggyback bid from Columbia County Contract, and

WHEREAS the cost of the said blades is $90.00 per foot or $990.00 per set along with the purchase of 5 - 24” wing wear plates at a cost of $180.00 each for a total cost of $10,800.00, and

WHEREAS, at said procurement level Board of Supervisor authorization is required, and WHEREAS, the said blades have been received, be it

RESOLVED, the superintendent is hereby authorized to purchase the said blades, be it further

RESOLVED, that payment for the carbide blade sets is hereby authorized and the County Treasurer be so authorized to send a payment of $10,800.00 to Chemung Supply, PO Box 527, Elmira, NY 14902 out of Account No. D5110.405 Other Supplies and the Clerk of the Board and DPW Superintendent be so notified.

HEALTH INSURANCE EMPLOYEE CONTRIBUTION FOR 2021

WHEREAS, the Board of Supervisors passed Resolution No. 207-20 on August 6, 2020, for 0% COLA increase in 2021 due to the uncertainty of sales tax revenue and NY State reimbursement considering the COVID-19 pandemic, and

WHEREAS, at that point in budget preparation, health insurance rates for 2021 were not available and unknown and have since come in with an increase for 2021 rates, and

WHEREAS the Board of Supervisors do not want employees to bear the cost of the health insurance increase with no COLA, be it

RESOLVED, the County will cover the increase in the health insurance premium and employee’s health insurance contribution will be adjusted back to the 2020 contribution rate of each employee retro to Payroll #1, and be it further

RESOLVED, that the Personnel Officer, Treasurer and Clerk of the Board be so notified and authorized.

ANNUAL GIS APPLICATION HOSTING OF THE HOMS WEB 

WHEREAS the Board of Supervisors initially authorized the original agreement with Fountains Spatial, Inc., for hosting and maintaining the server-based County GIS Mapping application known as HAMCOMAPS.NET, and

WHEREAS, Fountains Spatial, Inc., has continued to host, maintain, and modify the HOMS application through coordination with the Hamilton County Real Property Tax Services Agency since the inception in 2010, and

WHEREAS, on 2016 Fountains Spatial, Inc., merged operations with VHB, an engineering firm with offices in Albany, NY, and VHB will continue to provide the same service level agreements and application hosting to Hamilton County on a year-to-year basis going forward, and the Real Property Tax Services Agency recommends the Hamilton County Board of Supervisors renew the annual hosting agreement with VHB for 2021, therefore, be it

RESOLVED, the Hamilton County Board of Supervisors hereby authorizes the renewal of a 1-year annual plan agreement (commencing January 1, 2021 through December 31, 2021) with VHB, of 100 Great Oaks Boulevard, Albany, NY, and payment of the annual fee of $6,000 (Six Thousand Dollars) in quarterly payments of $1,500 (Fifteen Hundred Dollars) for hosting the Hamilton County Online Mapping System (HOMS) a.k.a HAMCOMAPS.NET.

HAMLETS TO HUTS IMPLEMENTATION

WHEREAS Hamilton County was awarded CFA #76741 Adirondack Hamlets to Huts Implementation in the amount of $219,375.00, and

WHEREAS, the funds have not been entirely spent, be it

RESOLVED, that the County Treasurer is hereby authorized to fund Account No. A6326.0411 Adk. Hamlets to Huts at $21,284.96 to be totally offset by funding Revenue Account No. A3902.0200 Adk. Hamlets to Huts in the amount of $21,284.96.

BUDGET CORRECTION – PUBLIC DEFENDER ADMINISTRATIVE STAFF 

WHEREAS, the Public Defender Administrative Staff’s hours were incorrectly figured for the 2020 budget, and

WHEREAS, due to this miscalculation there is a shortage of funds in Public Defender Account No. A1170.0102 Admin Staff, therefore, be it

RESOLVED, that the County Treasurer is hereby authorized to transfer $521.80 from Contingent Account No. A1990.0401 to Account No. A1170.0102 Admin Staff.

INTEROPERABLE COMMUNICATIONS GRANT

WHEREAS, the Hamilton County Emergency Management Department has been awarded the NYS 2017 Statewide Interoperable Communications Formula Grant SI17-1003-D00 through the NYS 2017 Statewide Interoperable Communications Formula Grant program (2017 SICG Formula) in the amount of $540,339.00, and

WHEREAS, the funds have not entirely been spent, be it

RESOLVED, that the County Treasurer be authorized to fund Account No. A3645.0418 Statewide Communications Grant SI17-1003-D00 at $84,837.38 to be totally offset by funding Revenue Account No. A3389.0301 – Statewide Communications Grant at $84,837.38 and the Director of Emergency Management and Sheriff be so notified.

FUNDING STATEWIDE INTEROPERABLE COMMUNICATIONS GRANT

WHEREAS, the Hamilton County Emergency Management Department has been awarded the NYS Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services (DHSES) Grant Project SI18- 1047-D00 in the amount of $544,803.00, and

WHEREAS, the funds have not entirely been spent, be it

RESOLVED, that the County Treasurer be authorized to fund Account No. A3645.0402 Statewide Communications Grant SI18-1047-D00 at $511,803.00 to be totally offset by funding Revenue Account No. A3389.0302 – Statewide Communications Grant at $511,803.00 and the Director of Emergency Management and Sheriff be so notified.

HOMELAND SECURITY AND EMERGENCY SERVICES GRANT

WHEREAS, the Hamilton County Emergency Management Department has been awarded the NYS Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services (DHSES) Grant Project SH19- 1020-D00 in the amount of $49,985.00, and

WHEREAS, the funds have not entirely been spent, be it

RESOLVED, that the County Treasurer be authorized to fund Account No. A3645.0403 SHSP Grant SH19-1020-D00 at $23,341.20 to be totally offset by funding Revenue Account No. A3389.0124 SHSP Grant SH19-1020-D00 at $23,341.20 and the Director of Emergency Management and Sheriff be so notified.

FUNDING HOMELAND SECURITY AND EMERGENCY SERVICES GRANT 

WHEREAS, the Hamilton County Emergency Management Department has been awarded a NYS 2020 SHSP grant through the FY2020 State Homeland Security Program (SHSP) in the amount of $47,731.00, and

WHEREAS, the funds have not entirely been spent, be it

RESOLVED, that the County Treasurer be authorized to fund Account No. A3645.0423 SH20-1037-D00 at $47,579.00 to be totally offset by funding Revenue Account No. A3389.0127 SH20-1037-D00 at $47,579.00 and the Director of Emergency Management and Sheriff be so notified.

SUPPLEMENTAL FLU FUNDING

WHEREAS, the New York State Department of Health through the Bureau of Immunization has amended our Immunization Action Plan (IAP) contract to award supplemental federal funding to expand and enhance influenza vaccine outreach, promotion, and mass vaccination activities for the 2020-2021 flu season, and

WHEREAS, instead of amending the IAP contract NYSDOH has issued a standalone contract #T3101GG for the period June 5, 2020 through June 30, 2021, and

WHEREAS, the total grant contract is for $13,565.95, be it

RESOLVED, that the County Treasurer is hereby authorized to create and fund Account No. A4052.0407 Flu Funding Grant – Operating Expenses at $13,565.95 to be totally offset by creating and funding Revenue Account No. AA4489.0401, and be it further

RESOLVED, that the Chairman of the Board of Supervisors be authorized to sign the Contract with the NYS Department of Health through Bureau of Immunization, pending approval by the County Attorney and the County Treasurer be so advised.

BERKSHIRE FARMS CERTIFIED FOSTER CARE HOMES

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 Certified Foster Family Boarding homes, and

WHEREAS, these foster homes are certified by the New York State Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS), and

WHEREAS, maximum state reimbursable rates are established by OCFS, and WHEREAS, the current contract needs to be renewed from January 1, 2021 through December 31, 2022, now, therefore, 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 an agreement with said Foster Family Boarding Home.

PURCHASE IAMRESPONDING.COM

WHEREAS the Hamilton County Emergency Management Department was awarded a NYS SHSP grant through the FY2020 State Homeland Security Program (SHSP) SH20-1037-D00 in the amount of $47,731.00, and

WHEREAS IamResponding.com is an immediate, reliable, automated and 100% web- based software-as-a-service solution through which emergency responders inform the department and/or response team with whom they are affiliated, other members of that department/team, regional response coordinators, and dispatchers that they are responding to an emergency event. With IamResponding.com, emergency departments, agencies, teams, and dispatchers know within seconds whether a full crew is enroute, or whether a second dispatch needs to be issued for additional personnel. This results in a significant time savings when compared to current dispatch processes and protocols, and

WHEREAS the IamResponding.com program will be offered to any Hamilton County emergency agency that is dispatched by the Hamilton County PSAP Center, and

WHEREAS, $16,000.00 of the SHSP Grant SH20-1037-D00 was allocated for the program of IamResponding.com, and

WHEREAS Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office received a cost proposal of $16,000 from IamResponding.com for two years, and

WHEREAS, IamReponding.com has provided the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office a sole source letter for the program, therefore, be it

RESOLVED, that the Chairman of the Board of Supervisors is hereby authorized to sign the agreement with IamResponding.com pending the approval of the County Attorney, and be it further

RESOLVED, that the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office is hereby authorized to purchase the two-year subscription to IamResponding.com.

SERVICES FOR YOUTH FOR NON-SECURE DETENTION SERVICES

WHEREAS Resolution No. 26-21 adopted January 7, 2021 authorized the agreement with Berkshire Farm Center and Services for Youth for Non-Secure Detention Services, and

WHEREAS, said Resolution mistakenly stated the per diem rate for an unreserved bed as $475.00 when it should have been $485.00, be it

RESOLVED, that Resolution No. 26-21 is hereby amended to correct the per diem rate for an unreserved bed to $485.00.

PROVIDER SERVICES WITH ADIRONDACK HEALTH INSTITUTE

WHEREAS, the Hamilton County Public Health Nursing Service is required to perform periodic full and updated Community Health Assessments (CHA), and

WHEREAS, the Hamilton County Public Health Nursing Service supported and participated in development and implementation of a regional community health assessment, through grant funding obtained by the Adirondack Health Institute, for completion of the Community Health Assessment, and

WHEREAS the cost share for the Hamilton County Public Health Nursing Service to remain a part of this valuable regional process is $5,000.00, which has been proposed in the 2021 Municipal Budget and is reimbursable through the State Aid process at 100%, be it

RESOLVED, that the Chairman of the Board of Supervisors is authorized to enter into an agreement on behalf of the Public Health Nursing Service with the Adirondack Health Institute, not to exceed $5,000.00, for the period January 1, 2021 through December 31, 2021 upon approval of the County Attorney and the County Treasurer be so notified.

SOLID WASTE TIPPING FEES

WHEREAS the budget appropriation amount for 2020 was set and duly adopted for $205,000.00 for Account No. A8161.401 Landfill, Tipping Fees, and

WHEREAS the budget revenue amount for 2020 was set and duly adopted for

$205,000.00 for Account No. A2376.000 (Refuse and Garbage, Other Govt’s Tipping Fees) to offset expenditures, and

WHEREAS the 2020 budgeted amounts mentioned herein were estimated by the DPW Highway Superintendent based on the previous years’ Solid Waste tonnage and expenditures, and

WHEREAS Account No. A8161.401 (Landfill, Tipping Fees) has been over expended in the amount of $ 30,285.21 due to an increase in the number of tons of solid waste hauled to Fulton County Landfill and the increase in tipping fees, and

WHEREAS Revenue Account No. A2376.000 is also over due to an increase in the number of tons of solid waste billed to the towns and village, be it

RESOLVED, that the 2020 budget appropriation for Account No. A8161.401 Landfill, Tipping Fees be increased by $30,285.21 and Revenue Account No. A2376.000 Refuse and Garbage, Other Govt’s Tipping Fees be increased by $30,285.21 and that the County Treasurer be so authorized and the Clerk of the Board and DPW Superintendent be so notified.


Friday, January 15, 2021

DEC Adirondack Outdoor Recreation Bulletin January 14, 2021

 DEC Adirondack Outdoor Recreation Bulletin January 14, 2021



Perkins Clearing/Speculator Tree Farm Easement:

Snowmobile trails on both tracts are now open.

Old Route 8 between Cave Hill Road and Robbs Creek Road in Perkins Clearing is currently a shared logging road and snowmobile trail. Snowmobilers must drive slowly, stay on the groomed trail, and use caution when driving near logging trucks and equipment.

Moose River Plains Complex: The entrance gates to the Moose River Plains on Limekiln Lake-Cedar River Road are now open to snowmobile traffic only. Conditions remain poor due to minimal snow accumulation. The roads remain closed to public motor vehicles for the winter season.

Snow Accumulation: The following provides current snowpack depths in inches as of 01/05/21 at a selection of Adirondack locations. Snow accumulation data is collected every other week. Additional data and interactive maps are available on the National Weather Service website.

Northwoods Club Road, Minerva, Essex County: 7.7 inches

Goodnow Flow Road, Newcomb, Essex County: 7.6 inches

Tahawus/Upper Works, Newcomb, Essex County: 7.8 inches

Blue Ridge Road, Newcomb, Essex County: 7.5 inches

Elk Lake Road, North Hudson, Essex County: 8.7 inches

Lake Colden, Essex County: 11.4 inches

Cedar River Road, Indian Lake, Hamilton County: 7.8 inches

Sagamore Road, Long Lake, Hamilton County: 7 inches

Haskell Road, Ohio, Herkimer County: 9.6 inches

North Lake Road, Ohio, Herkimer County: 9.7 inches

Ice Safety: A minimum of three to four inches of solid ice is the general rule for safety. Ice thickness, however, is not uniform on any body of water. Learn more about ice safety.

Snowmobiling: Some seasonal access roads will transition to snowmobile use once sufficient snowpack accumulates. Check local club, county, and state webpages and resources, including the NYSSA Snowmobile Webmap, for up-to-date snowmobile trail information.


Wednesday, January 13, 2021

FEMA pays Lake Pleasant 87,000

 LPTB Dec 21 2020



FEMA pays Lake Pleasant 87,000

By PETE KLEIN

LAKE PLEASANT—When the Lake Pleasant Town Board met on December 21, Highway Superintendent Randy Lavarnway reported the Town has received the first check for $87,000 from FEMA for work done because of last year’s Halloween Storm and are still waiting for two/three vouchers for projects done this summer.

Supervisor Betsy Bain wanted everyone to know how persistent Randy has been in getting the money owed to the Town. Nancy Seifts asked Lavarnway if there has been any CHIPS money at this point, he said they have not received any.

Lavarnway went on to say there were no major breakdowns during the recent big snowstorm.

He said cemeteries are closed. Trees have been cut down on the Pathway. This will help the cross-country ski trails. Sump-pumps in the Primary Care are all up and running. The cameras at the Health Care and the Library are all working. No word on funds for the Snowmobile Trail grooming; the NYS Snowmobile Association says do not expect vouchers until mid-January and the funds may be reduced. If we get any money by February, we will be halfway through the snowmobile season with no money for the Town or the clubs that groom the trails.

OLD BUSINESS

Supervisor Bain reported that the new flooring in the Primary Care Center has been completed and a great job done.

Neil McGovern who is serving on the Septic committee with the Village, reported that it seems the Village is moving ahead to get ready to adopt a Village Local Law, he feels that the Committee was going to use the County’s Local Law from the 70’s and work from that. He feels it does not make sense to pass a Village law on this, it should be a Town Law which would include the Village. Neil will get a fresh copy of the County Local Law as the one he was given is missing some parts. He thinks the Board should go slowly on this topic and get some feedback from the Town’s people. Supervisor Bain said the Septic Committee is made up of more Village people who do not have septic systems. Neil said he is representing the Town’s people. Bob Benkovich is the only one on the Committee who does not live in the Village. The question is also who is going to do the enforcing of this law? Code/Zoning Officer Bob Benkovich has a full plate already.

NEW BUSINESS

After much discussion on a former bill that the Town received from Parslow plumbing to do emergency repair to an R/O system months ago, the Board finally agreed to pay the $150 bill. Cristine Meixner is not in agreement to pay the bill as she feels it is not part of the responsibility of the Town. She offered to pay it herself. Supervisor Bain feels because she made the call the Town should pay just this time.

RESOLUTION #118 THE BOARD WILL PAY THE $150 BILL TO PARSLOW PLUMBING FOR AN EMERGENCY CALL ON A R/O SYSTEM THAT WAS DONE OVER COLUMBUS DAY WEEKEND.

RESOLVED, the Board agreed to pay the bill as Supervisor Bain felt she made the call to Parslow Plumbing due to the R/O homeowner not having any water on Columbus Weekend.

OFFERED BY, Nancy Seifts, 2nd by Don Braunius

ADOPTED by the following vote: Ayes: Supervisor Bain, Councilperson: Cristine Meixner, Nancy Seifts, Don Braunius, Neil McGovern. Nays: None

RESOLUTION #119 THE BOARD AGREED ON THE 2020 AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE TOWN AND THE LAKE PLEASANT SENIOR CITIZEN GROUP INC.

(Cristine Meixner feels it should read the Senior Citizen Meal Site Contract for 2021 to distinguish it from the Senior Citizen Meal Site Contract, the Board agreed)

OFFERED BY, Cristine Meixner 2nd by Neil McGovern

ADOPTED by the following vote: Ayes: Supervisor Bain, Councilperson: Nancy Seifts, Cristine Meixner, Don Braunius, Neil McGovern. Nays: None.

RESOLUTION #120 THE BOARD ADOPTED THE AGREEMENT FOR SERVICES WITH THE ADIRONDACK SPECULATOR REGION CHAMBER OF COMMERCE FOR 2021

OFFERED BY Neil McGovern 2nd by Cristine Meixner

ADOPTED by the following vote: Ayes: Supervisor Bain, Councilperson: Nancy Seifts, Cristine Meixner, Neil McGovern, Don Braunius.

RESOLUTION #121 THE BOARD AGREED ON AUGUST 5, 2013 TO CREATE A CAPITAL PROJECT H16 FOR THE LIBRARY EXPANSION AND THE TOWN BOARD AGREES TO THE CLOSING OF THE CAPITAL PROJECT FUND H16 AND TRANSFER FUNDS.

OFFERED BY, Nancy Seifts, 2nd by Neil McGovern

ADOPTED by the following vote: Ayes: Supervisor Bain, Councilperson: Nancy Seifts, Cristine Meixner, Don Braunius, Neil McGovern. Nays: None

RESOLUTION #122 THE BOARD HAS AUTHORIZED THE INCREASE FUNDING FOR CODE ENFORCEMENT OFFICER.

OFFERED BY, Nancy Seifts, 2nd by Neil McGovern (See attached)

ADOPTED by the following vote: Ayes: Supervisor Bain, Councilperson: Nancy Seifts, Cristine Meixner, Don Braunius, Neil McGovern. Nays: None.

Zoning/Code Enforcement Officer Bob Benkovich reported that the new system has been installed and he has been doing some training on it already. It can do permits, meetings zoning board, planning board and code enforcement work all by property number or address and or name. Once the mobile app is installed, he will be able to take photos on site then upload them at the office.

RESOLUTION # 123 THE BOARD AGREED WITH THE NEW RETENTION AND DISPOSITION SCHEDULE FOR NEW YORK LOCAL GOVERNMENT RECORDS.

OFFERED BY, Cristine Meixner, 2nd by Nancy Seifts

RESOLVED, the Town of Lake Pleasant has agreed with the Retention and Disposition Schedule for New York Local Government Records issued pursuant to Article 57-A of the Arts and Cultural Affairs Law and containing legal minimum retention periods for local government records, is hereby adopted for use by all officers in legally disposing of valueless records listen therein.

FURTHER RESOLVED, that in accordance with Article 57-A:

(a) - Only those records will be disposed of that are described in Retention and Disposition Schedule for New York Local Government Records (LGS-1), after they have met the minimum retention periods described therein.

(b) - Only those records will be disposed of that do not have sufficient administrative, fiscal, legal, or historical value to merit retention beyond established legal minimum periods.

ADOPTED by the following vote: Ayes: Supervisor Bain, Councilperson: Neil McGovern, Cristine Meixner, Nancy Seifts, Don Braunius Nays: None

COUNTY BOOKKEEPING SERVICES

WHEREAS A Budget Adjustment transfer should be made in the amount of $7,875.00 from the Account Clerk Line Number A.122.101 to the newly created budget line number A.1220.402.

BE IT RESOLVED, the Town Board hereby creates and funds the new budget line to pay for the new County Bookkeeping Services.

ADOPTED by the following vote. Ayes: Supervisor Bain, Councilperson: Nancy Seifts, Neil McGovern, Don Braunius. Nays-None

ROUNDTABLE

Question on when the kids ski lessons start? Ski lessons stated on Dec. 18th and each child will receive 8 lessons. Don Braunius said he was happy about the trees being removed from the Pathway. Don feels maybe something can be done about the picnic areas, suggestion moving the ones in the back closer to the front of the Pathway. Supervisor Bain suggested as we get closer to Spring maybe meet with Dave McComb who is the Coordinator for the Pathway and get some volunteers to help with improvements.

Discussion on moving the Town Board meetings from 7 p.m. to 5: p.m. After much discussion, the Board agreed to start the meetings at 5:30 p.m. starting with the meeting on January 4.

The Board will review this at the last meeting in March.

Supervisor Bain thanked the Lake Pleasant Volunteer Fire Dept. for opening for COVID testing.

Supervisor Bain will be submitting a voucher to the Office of the Aging once she gets the final bill from Brown Coach Bus Company to get reimbursement for the year.

This article is based upon the minutes of Deborah O’Rourke, Town Clerk.