Saturday, November 26, 2022

Record cold at South Pole

 


From ICECAP web page

Nov 21, 2022

South Pole Hits Record Cold November Temperatures



By Chris Morrison

Extreme cold records continue to tumble at the South Pole. Three recent days - November 16th, 17th and 18th - have recorded a daily record, with the 18th plunging to -45.2C, compared with -44.7C on the same day in 1987. The records follow the six-month winter of 2020-21, which was the coldest since records began in 1957. Inexplicably, all these facts and trends have escaped reporting in the mainstream media. The excuse might be that it is just weather, and temperatures have always moved up and down. But the excuse doesn’t seem to apply to the July 19th U.K. high of 40.3C at RAF Coningsby, recorded at the side of the runway used by after-burning Typhoon jets. This record high has barely been out of the Net Zero headlines ever since.

Supervisors approve Hamilton County Budget

 Supervisors November 18 2022



Supervisors approve Hamilton County Budget

By PETE KLEIN

LAKE PLEASANT—When the Hamilton County Board of Supervisors met on November 18, it approved the county budget for 2023.

The amount to be raised by taxes makes for a total 2023 Budget of $9,651,620.

Details of the adopted Budget for the year 2023 will soon be made available. It is up by about $314,093 or up about 3.3%.

The board also passed the following resolutions.

PAY INVOICE FOR GOVERNMENT WEBSITE 

WHEREAS, Invoice No. 1 has been received from Catalog and Commerce Solutions, LLC for the new government website, and 

WHEREAS, per Resolution No. 318-22 dated October 6, 2022 the Board created and funded the ARP Act accounts to cover the expenses of this project, be it 

RESOLVED, that the County Treasurer is hereby authorized to pay Catalog and Commerce Solutions, LLC for Invoice No. 2346 in the amount of $5,980, from Account No. A1040.0411 ARP Act, Website. 

FLEXIBLE SPENDING ACCOUNT WITH CARRYOVER 

WHEREAS, the County of Hamilton has adopted and has in existence a “Flexible Spending Account”, and a “Health Reimbursement Arrangement”, and  

WHEREAS, the “Hamilton County Flexible Spending Account and Hamilton County Health Reimbursement Arrangement” has been administered by PrimePay, of 5 Commerce Drive, Cromwell, CT, and 

WHEREAS there have been some issues with processing of claims for the County’s employees due to the compliance requirements that are required, and 

WHEREAS, due to regulations surrounding how Hamilton County will be providing a buyout to employees, a Health Reimbursement Arrangement is prohibited and only a Flexible Spending Account can be offered to those employees, and 

WHEREAS, Lifetime Benefit Solutions, located at 333 Butternut Drive, Syracuse, NY, has made a proposal to the Board to act as Administrator of the “Hamilton County Flexible Spending Account with Carryover”, for all employees, now, therefore, be it 

RESOLVED, that the Hamilton County Board of Supervisors does hereby determine that it is in the best interest of the County to terminate the relationship with PrimePay, of 5 Commerce Drive, Cromwell, CT, effective as of December 31, 2022, and be it further 

RESOLVED, that the County of Hamilton will contract with Lifetime Benefit Solutions, at 333 Butternut Drive, Syracuse, NY, to administer the “Hamilton County Flexible Spending Account with Carryover”, effective January 1, 2023, and be it further  

RESOLVED, that the County of Hamilton will pay an initial one-time setup fee of Four Hundred Fifty Dollars ($450.00) and the sum of Three Dollars and Fifty Cents ($3.50) per participant, per month or a minimum monthly administration fee per plan of Seventy-five Dollars ($75.00) and an annual discrimination testing fee of Three Hundred Twenty-five dollars ($325.00) to Lifetime Benefits Solution for the services rendered by the Administrator to the County of Hamilton, and be it further  

RESOLVED, that the Hamilton County 2023 Flexible Spending Account will have an annual carryover allowance which is up to the IRS limit, and be it further  

RESOLVED, that the carryover allowance limit for 2023 will be $610.00, and be it further

RESOLVED, that the Chairman of the Hamilton County Board of Supervisors is hereby authorized to enter into contract with Lifetime Benefit Solutions to administer “Hamilton County’s Flexible Spending Account with Carryover”, which contract shall be subject to the approval of the Hamilton County Attorney, and be it further 

RESOLVED, that the initial one-time setup fee of Four Hundred Fifty Dollars ($450.00), the annual discrimination testing fee of Three Hundred Twenty-five Dollars ($325.00) and the administration charge of Three Dollars and Fifty Cents ($3.50) per participant per month or a minimum monthly administration fee per plan of Seventy-five Dollars ($75.00) shall be paid from Account No. A1430.410 Cafeteria Plan Admin. and the County Treasurer be so authorized, and Personnel Officer be notified. 

AUTHORIZING COMMUNITY SERVICES TO CONTRACT WITH LONG LAKE CENTRAL SCHOOL FOR THE SCHOOL AND COMMUNITY PREVENTION INITIATIVE SERVICES – CLINICAL SOCIAL WORKER SERVICES 

WHEREAS, Community Services has developed a Hamilton County School and Community Prevention Initiative that offers Hamilton County Schools Clinical Social Worker and/or a Resource Officer services at a cost of $10,000.00 per year for one day of each service per week, and 

WHEREAS, Long Lake Central School has agreed to contract for one (1) half day per week of Clinical Social Worker services at a cost of $5,000.00 per year for the July 1, 2022 through June 30, 2023 school year, be it 

RESOLVED, that upon approval of the County Attorney, Hamilton County Community Services is hereby authorized to contract with Long Lake Central School for the Clinical Social Worker services for a prorated amount of $3,500.00 to be billed in monthly installments of $500.00 beginning December 1, 2022 and end June 30, 2023.


Tuesday, November 8, 2022

County begins work on budget

 Supervisors November 7 2022



County begins work on budget

By PETE KLEIN

LAKE PLEASANT—The Hamilton County Board of Supervisor met on November 7 to start discussions on the 2023 budget. But before working on the budget, the board passed the following resolutions.

DEPOSITION OF EXCESS VEHICLE 

WHEREAS certain vehicles/equipment have become excess and no longer needed by certain County Agencies, and 

WHEREAS, the County Fleet Coordinator has recommended that the following vehicle be disposed from the County inventory: 

Year Make/Model VIN Plate# Dept FN 2010 Dodge Caravan 2D4RN4DE8AR208787 AB9090 C.S. 972 be it 

RESOLVED, the above vehicle be sold by auction online by Auctions International and funds from the mentioned auction shall be a revenue credit to Account No. A2665 Sale of Equipment, be it further 

RESOLVED, that the Fleet Coordinator see that proper inventory notes be recorded when the transactions are accomplished, and the Fleet Coordinator, Director of Fixed Assets, and the County Treasurer be so notified. 

AMENDMENT B FOR TIME & MATERIALS FOR STATE SNOW & ICE AGREEMENT 2021/2022 

WHEREAS, because of the severity of the winter during 2021/2022 the Hamilton County requests that the Municipal Snow & Ice Agreement estimated expenditure be revised to reflect the additional lane miles of state roads that were plowed/treated during the winter season, and 

WHEREAS all the terms and conditions of the original contract extension remain in effect except as follows: 

ADDITIONAL S&I OPERATIONS 

Original 21/22 Estimated Expenditure Final Snow & Ice Voucher Adjustment $959,506.59 $623,851.82 $322,603.76 

TOTAL CONTRACT ADJUSTMENTS 

Final Snow & Ice Voucher Amount Paid for 21/22 Season Contract Adjustment $623,851.82 $924,867.68 $322,603.76 and 

WHEREAS, this agreement has been executed by the State, acting by and through the duly authorized representative of the Commissioner of Transportation and the Municipality, which has caused this Agreement to be executed by its duly authorized officer on the date and year first written in the original contract extension, be it 

RESOLVED, the Chairman of the Board be so authorized to sign Amendment B of the State Snow & Ice Agreement as stated above and the County Treasurer, the Clerk of the Board and Highway Superintendent be so notified. 


Saturday, November 5, 2022

County makes plans to override tax cap

 Supervisors November 3 2022



County makes plans to override tax cap

By PETE KLEIN

LAKE PLEASANT—The Hamilton County Board of Supervisors met on November 3 and passed a resolution authorizing a public hearing to consider proposed local law no. 13 of 2022 a local law overriding the tax levy limit for Hamilton County for 2023 and authorizing the adoption by Hamilton County of a budget for 2023 that will require a tax levy that is greater than the tax levy limit for the 2023 fiscal year.

The Board of Supervisors will hold a public hearing at the Supervisors’ Rooms in the Hamilton County Municipal Building on the 18th day of November, 2022, at 11:15 a.m., on the matter of the adoption of said proposed Local Law, “A LOCAL LAW OVERRIDING THE TAX LEVY LIMIT FOR HAMILTON COUNTY FOR 2023 AND AUTHORIZING THE ADOPTION BY HAMILTON

COUNTY OF A BUDGET FOR 2023 THAT MAY REQUIRE A TAX LEVY THAT IS GREATER THAN THE TAX LEVY LIMIT FOR THE 2023 FISCAL YEAR”, and it be further RESOLVED, that the Clerk of the Board of Supervisors be, and she hereby is authorized and directed to give notice of such public hearing in the manner provided by law.

The intention of this local law is to comply with the requirements of General Municipal Law Section 3-c (5) prior to adopting the 2023 Hamilton County Budget. The dramatic economic changes precipitated by COVID, inflation, and workforce shortages have necessitated this increase.

Notwithstanding these circumstances the County will need to provide services in

2023, in addition to those mandated by the State, which are important to our citizens. After serious and sustained efforts to minimize the amount of the tax levy,

and to project the tax levy limit for Hamilton County for 2023, it is clear that a

responsible budget for 2023 will require a tax levy that will be greater than the tax

levy limit calculated pursuant to applicable State Law.

MORTGAGE TAX DISTRIBUTION

WHEREAS it appears from the reports of the County Clerk and the County Treasurer for the period April 1, 2022 through September 30, 2022, that there remains for distribution of moneys received by taxation on Mortgages pursuant to the provision of Article Eleven, Section 261 of the Tax Law, the sum of $131,159.98, for the distribution among the Towns and Village of the County

of Hamilton, now, therefore, be it RESOLVED, by the Board of Supervisors of the County of Hamilton that the sum of $131,159.98 be and the same hereby is apportioned as follows: Arietta - $4,014.50; Benson - 2,066.00; Hope -$2,333.50; Indian Lake - $30,707.98; Inlet - $35,863; Lake Pleasant - $15,327.26; Long Lake $24,753.50; Morehouse - $1,124; Wells $11,941.50; Village of Speculator $3,028.74. and be it further

RESOLVED, that the County Treasurer be authorized to pay the respective sums so appropriated to the Supervisors of said Towns.

INVESTMENT POLICY UPDATE FOR THE COUNTY OF HAMILTON

WHEREAS, the Investment Policy for the County of Hamilton is to be renewed on an annual basis, along with a list of banks where monies are deposited, and

WHEREAS, the annual update was completed on January 6, 2022, and

WHEREAS, the County Treasurer is recommending an additional bank be added to the list prior to the annual update, be it

RESOLVED, that the following bank list be updated to include The Bank of New York Mellon (BNY Mellon) with the maximum amounts as follows:

NBT: $15,000,000.00 (Fifteen Million), Community Bank: $2,000,000.00 (Two Million), Key Bank: $5,000,000.00 (Five Million), JP Morgan: $10,000,000.00 (Ten Million), Bank of America: $5,000,000.00 (Five Million), Chemung Canal Trust Company: $3,000,000.00 (Three Million), T.D. Bank: $12,000,000.00 (Twelve Million), Bank of the Finger Lakes-Wayne Bank $2,000,000.00 (Two Million), Bank on Buffalo-Division of CNB Bank $2,000,000.00 (Two Million)

The Bank of New York Mellon, $3,000,000.00 (Three Million), be it further

RESOLVED, that the above listed amendment be adopted, and the County Treasurer be so advised.

AMERICAN RESCUE PLAN (ARP) ACT FUNDS

WHEREAS three invoices have been received from Tyler Technologies for the new financial/personnel software being implemented, and

WHEREAS, per Resolution No. 288-21 dated November 10, 2021 the Board created the ARP Act accounts to cover the expenses of this implementation, be it

RESOLVED, the County Treasurer is hereby authorized to fund Account No. A1325.0412 – ARP Act Financial Software in the amount of $38,657.00 to be offset by funding Revenue Account No. A4089.0200 – American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) in the amount of $38,657.00, and be it further

RESOLVED, that the County Treasurer is hereby authorized to pay Tyler Technologies for Invoice No. 025-395849 in the amount of $2,860.00, Invoice No. 025-393217 in the amount of $32,222.00 and Invoice No. 025-397244 in the amount of $3,575.00 from Account No. A1325.0412 ARP Act, Financial Software.

ARP ACT FUNDS FOR

VIRTUAL MEETING EQUIPMENT

WHEREAS, the invoice has been received from My Techs, Inc. for the new virtual meeting equipment in the Lake Pleasant Conference Room, and

WHEREAS, per Resolution No. 269-22 dated September 1, 2022 the Board created and funded the ARP Act accounts to cover the expenses of this project, be it RESOLVED, that the County Treasurer is hereby authorized to pay My Techs, Inc. for Invoice No. 2161 in the amount of $3,196.60, from Account No. A1040.0409 ARP Act, Virtual Meeting Equipment.

SHERIFF CAR EXPENSE

WHEREAS there is a shortage of funds in the Sheriff Car Expense Account No. A3110.0401, due to vehicle repairs, maintenance along with the increase in gasoline prices, therefore, be it

RESOLVED, that the County Treasurer is hereby authorized to transfer $25,000.00 from the Unappropriated County General Fund Balance in accordance with Section 366 Subdivision 1 of the County Law to Account No. A3110.0401-Car Expense.

DHSES GRANT PROJECT

WHEREAS, the Hamilton County Emergency Management Department has been awarded the NYS Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services (DHSES) Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP) Grant Project PS21-1044-E00 in the amount of $170,317.00, be it

RESOLVED, that the Chairman of the Board of Supervisors is hereby authorized to sign said DHSES Grant, project PS21-1044-E00, and the Director of Emergency Management and Sheriff be so notified.

DHSES GRANT PROJECT

WHEREAS, the Hamilton County Emergency Management Department has been awarded the NYS Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services (DHSES) Grant Project SI21-1050-E00 in the amount of $1,126,497.00, be it

RESOLVED, that the County Treasurer be authorized to create Account No. A3645.0427 DHSES SI21-1050-E00 and fund it at $1,126,497.00 to be totally offset by creating and funding Revenue Account No. A3389.0131 SI21-1050-E00 in the amount of $1,126,497.00 and be it further

RESOLVED, that the Chairman of the Board of Supervisors is hereby authorized to sign said DHSES Grant, Project SI21-1050-E00 and the Director of Emergency Management and Sheriff be so notified.

CONTRACT WITH SPEECH THERAPIST – HONORA BICHE

WHEREAS the Hamilton County Public Health Nursing Service contracts with individual providers of speech and language pathologies for several programs, and

WHEREAS, Honora Biche of 170 Chartier Road, Northville, NY 12134, is a duly licensed Speech and Language Pathologist by the NYS Department of Education, Office of Professions and wishes to contract with the Nursing Service, and

WHEREAS the term of this contract shall be from November 1, 2022 through September 30, 2023 and compensated at a rate of $75.00 per visit, be it

RESOLVED, that the Chairman of the Board of Supervisors is authorized to enter into a contract with Honora Biche, SLP to provide speech therapy to the residents of Hamilton County, for the period November 1, 2022 through September 30, 2023 at a rate of $75.00 per visit, upon approval of the County Attorney and the County 

PUBLIC HEALTH EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS

WHEREAS, funding was budgeted in the PHEP fringe budget account, and

WHEREAS the PHEP Personal Service account was under budgeted, be it

RESOLVED, that the County Treasurer be authorized to make the following transfer within the 2022 County budget: FROM: A4189.8510 PHEP Fringe $8,000.00 TO: A4189.1510 PHEP Personal Service $8,000.00

INCREASE EARLY INTERVENTION BUDGET

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

WHEREAS, the NYSDOH has allotted $25,751.00 annually, for the period October 1, 2021 – September 30, 2026, and

WHEREAS only $2,000.00 was budgeted for Personal Service and $1,000.00 was

budgeted for Fringe in the 2022 County budget, and

WHEREAS, a new employee was hired and is training in the Early Intervention program, be it

RESOLVED, that the following appropriation accounts be increased: Account No. A4059.0101 Early Intervention Personal Services $ 5,000.00 Account No. A4059.0801 Early Intervention Fringe $ 2,500.00 to be totally offset by increasing Revenue Account No. A4451.0000 by $7,500.00, and the County Treasurer be so authorized.

WHEREAS, the New York State Department of Health, Agency # 12000, renewed Contract No. DOH01-C35458GG-3450000 with Hamilton County Public Health Nursing Service to provide Women, Infant and Children Program (WIC) Services, for the period of October 1, 2022–September 30, 2023, and

WHEREAS, the total grant contract is for Fifty-two Thousand Four Hundred Seventy-five Dollars ($52,475), and

WHEREAS, only a portion of the grant was included in the 2022 County budget, and WHEREAS, a new employee was hired, and a current staff member has been training to replace Avis Warner as the Coordinator, be it

RESOLVED, that the following appropriation accounts be increased:

Account No. A4082.0101 WIC CPA $ 6,000.00; Account No. A4082.0102 WIC Program Support $ 2,200.00; Account No. A4082.0801 WIC Fringe $ 6,300.00

to be totally offset by increasing Revenue Account No. A4482.0000 by $14,500.00, and the County Treasurer be so advised.

AMEND CONTRACT WITH COMPREHENSIVE MEDICINE,

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 2022 contract with Comprehensive Medicine, PLLC from a $46,500.00 cap to a $63,150.00 cap and the Treasurer be so advised.

WELLS CENTRAL SCHOOL PREVENTION INITIATIVE SERVICES

WHEREAS, Community Services has developed a Hamilton County School and

Community Prevention Initiative that offers Hamilton County Schools Clinical Social Worker and/or a Resource Officer services at a cost of $10,000.00 per year for one day of each service per week, and

WHEREAS, Wells Central School has agreed to contract for one (1) day per week of Clinical Social Worker services at a cost of $10,000.00 per year for the July 1, 2022 through June 30, 2023 school year, be it

RESOLVED, that upon approval of the County Attorney, Hamilton County Community Services is hereby authorized to contract with Wells Central School for Clinical Social Worker services for a prorated amount of $7,500.00 to be billed $500.00 for November 14, 2022 through November 30, 2022 and monthly installments of $1,000.00 beginning December 1, 2022 and ending June 30, 2023.

TOURIST PROMOTION

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

WHEREAS, the President of the Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism has

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

RESOLVED, that, Michelle Clement of the Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism be, and hereby is, authorized and directed to submit an application to Kelly Rabideau-Baquerizo, Tourism Matching Funds Director, Empire State Development Division of Tourism, Albany, New

York 12245, for matching funds in an amount up to One Hundred Seventy-two Thousand Five Hundred Dollars ($172,500.00) to be used for the promotion of tourism in Hamilton County, and be it further

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

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

RESOLVED, that in order to comply with Commerce Law, Article 5-A (New York State Tourism Promotion Act) that the Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism be the duly designated tourist promotion agency for the County of Hamilton for the fiscal year of 2022/2023, and the County Treasurer be so advised.

DIRECTORS OF THE HAMILTON COUNTY SOIL AND WATER CONSERVATION DISTRICT

WHEREAS the Supervisors’ Representatives to the Board of Directors of the Hamilton County Soil and Water Conservation District terminate December 31, 2022, and

WHEREAS it is necessary to appoint two (2) Supervisors as representatives to the Board of Directors of the Hamilton County Soil and Water Conservation District, and

WHEREAS the Hamilton County Board of Supervisors wishes to appoint Betsy Bain and Nick Mauro as Supervisors’ Representatives for a term of one-year commencing January 1, 2023 terminating December 31, 2023, be it

RESOLVED, that Betsy Bain and Nick Mauro be appointed as Supervisors’

Representatives for a term of one-year commencing January 1, 2023 and terminating December 31, 2023.

TRANSFER OF FUNDS - REAL PROPERTY TAX SERVICES

WHEREAS, with approval of the Chairman of the Board of Supervisors, the Director of Real Property Tax Services attended the 2022 conference of the NYS Association of County Directors of Real Property Tax Services, and the increased travel costs exceeded the 2022 budgeted amount and therefore resulted in a shortage of funds in Account No. A1355.0402 Tax Travel, therefore, be it

RESOLVED, that the County Treasurer is hereby authorized to make the following transfer to cover said 2022 coverage: FROM: Account No. A1355.0403 Tax Supplies Materials $683.78 TO: Account No. A1355.0402 Tax Travel $683.78

LEASE AGREEMENT WITH LISA BURGESS

WHEREAS the Hamilton County Board of Supervisors wishes to renew its lease with Lisa Burgess, and WHEREAS, this Board has determined it to be in the best interest of the County to extend this relationship, now, therefore, be it

RESOLVED, that the Chairman of the Hamilton County Board of Supervisors is hereby authorized to enter into a one-year lease with Lisa Burgess for January 1, 2023 through December 31, 2023, with the approval of the County Attorney, and be it also

RESOLVED, that the monthly rent is hereby set at $450.00 per month for 2023.

PROVIDER AGREEMENT FOR 2023 HEALTH INSURANCE

WHEREAS, the Hamilton County Board of Supervisors has been notified that Nathan Littauer’s Primary/Specialty Care Network of Practices will no longer accept Excellus BlueCross BlueShield effective January 1, 2023, and

WHEREAS, the Internal Management Committee has reviewed other insurance carrier proposals for 2023 due to the issue with Nathan Littauer, and

WHEREAS Burnham Benefit Advisors is requesting that they be authorized to submit a group application to MVP for 2023 health insurance enrollment by November 7th, therefore, be it

RESOLVED, this change is contingent upon no agreement being met between Excellus and Nathan Littauer’s Primary/Specialty Care Network of Practices with continued acceptance of Excellus BlueCross Blue Shield insurance effective January 1, 2023, and be it further

RESOLVED, Hamilton County Board of Supervisors authorize Burnham Benefit Advisors to submit a group application to MVP for 2023 health insurance enrollment and the County Treasurer be so authorized and Personnel Officer be notified.

FLEXIBLE FUND FOR FAMILY SERVICES PAYMENT

WHEREAS the Hamilton County Department of Social Services needs to pay NYS Commissioner of Taxation & Finance for the amount of $171,418.00, and

WHEREAS these funds are a repayment due to an overpayment made to Hamilton County for Flexible Fund for Family Services 2021-2022, therefore, be it

RESOLVED, that the Hamilton County Department of Social Services Account No. A4615, Federal Aid, Flex Spend Fund- Family, be debited in the amount of One Hundred Seventy-One Thousand Four Hundred Eighteen Dollars ($171,418.00) to be paid to NYS Commissioner of Taxation & Finance and sent to: NYS Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance Bureau of Financial Services

Attn: Mr. Michael Cody, Chief Accountant 40 North Pearl Street, Floor 14C

Albany, NY 12243-0001, and the County Treasurer be so authorized.

CONTRACT FOR WELFARE FRAUD INVESTIGATIONS

WHEREAS the Commissioner of Social Services of the County of Hamilton (hereinafter the “Commissioner”) is charged with the responsibility for the administration of all health and welfare services provided in Hamilton County, at public expense pursuant to the Statewide Managed Care Program, Chapter 165 of the Laws of 1991, directly or through an authorized agent, and

WHEREAS it is economically and organizationally feasible for the HCDSS to contract with the Provider for the provision of Supportive Investigative Services for the Social Services Programs, and

WHEREAS the HCDSS and Provider are desirous of further specifying their mutual obligations and responsibilities owed under this Agreement, and

WHEREAS the provider has secured liability insurance as part of the contract and the HCDSS is desirous of the provider to be reimbursed said expense to retain contract, be it

RESOLVED, that the Commissioner of the Department of Social Services and the

Chairman of the Hamilton County Board of Supervisors, be and hereby are, authorized to enter into a contract between the Hamilton County Department of Social Services and the Welfare Fraud investigator to provide supportive investigative services for the Social Services Department.

PURCHASE AND INSTALL OF KEYLESS SECURITY SYSTEM

WHEREAS, the DPW Superintendent has met with the Public Works committee to discuss installing a keyless security system for the Sheriff’s Office entryways and entryway to the courthouse complexes, and

WHEREAS the DPW Superintendent received a written quote for the full purchase and installation from LINSTAR, Inc. under New York State Contract No. PT68825 in the amount of $18,513.00 which includes a one year maintenance agreement, and

WHEREAS, the Superintendent recommends the security system be purchased and installed, be it

RESOLVED, the DPW Superintendent is authorized to move forward with the purchase and installation of the keyless door security system as described hereon at a cost of $18,513.00 from LINSTAR, Inc., 430 Lawrence Bell Drive, Buffalo, NY 14221 to be charged to Account No. A1620.413 IL & LP Building Projects and the County Treasurer, DPW Superintendent and Clerk of the Board be so advised.

ANCILLARY EQUIPMENT FOR SHERIFF VEHICLE - 2023

WHEREAS, Resolution No. 289-22 authorizes the purchase of a 2023 Dodge Durango for the Sheriff’s Office, and

WHEREAS the said vehicle needs to have ancillary equipment installed such as but not limited to two way radios, emergency lights, sirens, etc., and

WHEREAS, the County has received a written quote for the installation of the ancillary equipment from JPJ Electronics, 1 W. Whitesboro St., Yorkville, NY in the amount of $15,755.73, and

WHEREAS, because of the supply chain issues the Vendor needs to order parts and radios now so the ancillary parts are ready in 2023 when the vehicle is delivered, and

WHEREAS, because of the electronics that new vehicles have from the factory such as air bag components and computer controlled factory equipment the Superintendent recommends waiving the County’s procurement for three written quotes, and recommends that JPJ Electronics complete the installation of the ancillary equipment, therefore, be it

RESOLVED, the Fleet Coordinator is authorized to sign a Purchase Order for the Ancillary Equipment from JPJ Electronics installed at a cost of $15,428.73 for the budget year 2023 and the Clerk of the Board, County Sheriff and Fleet Coordinator be so notified.

AUTHORIZING PAYMENT FOR LIVE FLOOR TRAILER - DPW

WHEREAS Resolution No. 317-22 authorizes the purchase of one (1) 2023 New Trout River Live Bottom Trailer for use by DPW, and

WHEREAS the said trailer has been picked up and inspected by the Superintendent who now recommends payment of the trailer, and

WHEREAS the Superintendent picked the trailer up at the dealership to confirm it met specification and all functions of the trailer worked coupled to the County owned road tractor and the delivery fee of $600.00 was credited to the invoice, be it

RESOLVED, the County Treasurer is hereby authorized to make payment to Tracey Road equipment, 6803 Manlius Center Road, East Syracuse, NY 13057 in the amount of $114,963.00 and the funds to be taken out of Account No. A8189.0401 Solid Waste Reserve for the DPW and the County Highway Superintendent and the Clerk of the Board be so notified.

PURCHASE OF 500 GALLON FUEL TANK – LONG LAKE DPW

WHEREAS the 2,000 gallon underground heating oil tank for the Long Lake DPW facility needed to be replaced because of age, and

WHEREAS the Superintendent will be replacing the said underground heating oil tank with an above ground 500 gallon heating oil tank, and

WHEREAS, the Superintendent has received two (2) written quotes for a new 500-gallon aboveground Highland heating oil tank as follows – RM Dalrymple Co. Inc, - $13,272.99 Yocum Full Service Inc. - $10,085.00 and

WHEREAS, because of almost daily price fluctuations in the purchase price the Superintendent ordered the lower priced tank from Yocum’s Full Service, and

WHEREAS, during the removal of the said underground tank it is required to test the soil for past leaks by a licensed vendor and Yocum’s Full Service provides this service, be it

RESOLVED, that the Board of Supervisors does hereby approve the payment of the new aboveground heating tank from Yocum’s Full Service in the amount of $10,085.00 and approve Yocum’s Full Service to perform the required soil testing of the site, and be it further

RESOLVED, that hereby the County Treasurer is authorized to issue a payment of

$10,085.00 to Yocum’s Full Service, 5925 Morris Road, Marcy, NY 13403 to be taken out of Account No. A1620.0413 IL & LP Building Repairs and the DPW Superintendent and Clerk of the Board be so advised.

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, 2022, 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, 2022, be it

RESOLVED, that the Chairman of the Hamilton County Board of Supervisors is hereby authorized to enter into a contract with Constellation Energy Services of New York, Inc. for a fixed price not to exceed 0.15999 kWh for a period of twelve (12) months.

PAYMENT FOR PAVING – IL PARKING LOT

WHEREAS the DPW was authorized to rehabilitate and pave the County Offices parking lot in Indian Lake, and

WHEREAS, the parking lot paving is now completed, and

WHEREAS, the Superintendent recommends payment to Gorman Brothers, Inc. for the stated paving, be it

RESOLVED, that the County Treasurer be so authorized to make payment to Gorman Brothers, Inc. as follows – Gorman Brothers, Inc., 200 Church Street, Albany, NY 12202 in the amount of $31,265.44 for paver and related equipment and payment be made from Account No. A1620.0413 Buildings Projects and the Clerk of the Board and DPW Superintendent be so notified.

SNOW AND ICE CONTRACTS WITH TOWNS FOR THE 2022-2023 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, 2022 – October 31, 2023 

and the County Treasurer be so advised.

A PROCLAMATION ON THE RETIREMENT OF ROBERT KLEPPANG.

WHEREAS we would like to express special recognition to Robert Kleppang and to honor him for his distinguished twenty-three years of service with Hamilton County Community Services; and

WHEREAS Robert began his career on August 23, 1999 as the Director of Community Services; and

WHEREAS the Hamilton County Board of Supervisors wishes to express its sincere appreciation to Robert for his dedication to the outstanding performance of his duties during his tenure; and

WHEREAS it is the desire and honor of this Board to honor Robert Kleppang

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that we, the Hamilton County Board of Supervisors, do hereby commend and honor Robert Kleppang for his many years of service and dedication as a Hamilton County employee and extend our heartfelt thanks for a job well done and offer our good wishes for an enjoyable retirement.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, WE, the Hamilton County Board of Supervisors, have

hereunto set our hand to this Proclamation this 3rd day of November, 2022.

A PROCLAMATION ON THE RETIREMENT OF AVIS WARNER

WHEREAS we would like to express special recognition to Avis Warner and to honor her for her distinguished thirty plus years of service with Hamilton County Public Health; and

WHEREAS Avis began her career on June 11, 1990 as a Registered Professional

Nurse for Hamilton County Public Health; and

WHEREAS the Hamilton County Board of Supervisors wishes to express its sincere appreciation to Avis for her dedication to the outstanding performance of her duties during her tenure; and

WHEREAS it is the desire and honor of this Board to honor Avis Warner

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that we, the Hamilton County Board of

Supervisors do hereby commend and honor Avis Warner for her many years of service and dedication as a Hamilton County employee and extend our heartfelt thanks for a job well done and offer our good wishes for an enjoyable retirement.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, WE, the Hamilton County Board of Supervisors, have

hereunto set our hand to this Proclamation this 3rd day of November, 2022.


Wednesday, November 2, 2022

County experiences inflationary costs

 Supervisors October 31 2022



County experiences inflationary costs

By PETE KLEIN

LAKE PLEASANT—Everyone is being hit by inflation and so is Hamilton County government, resulting in the transfer of funds to cover the rising costs. When the County Board of Supervisors met on October 31, it passed the following resolutions.

TRANSFER OF FUNDS FROM GENERAL FUND BALANCE TO 

COUNTY ROAD FUND

WHEREAS, due to delayed revenue returns from FEMA and NYSDOT while the County Road Fund continues to complete maintenance and reconstruction projects the County Road Fund is over expended until expected revenues come in, and

WHEREAS, the Superintendent has met with the County Treasurer and County Public Works Committee to discuss how much will be needed in the near term, and

WHEREAS DPW Superintendent recommends the transfer of $1,000,000.00 from the Unappropriated General Fund balance to fund the County Road Fund obligations in the near term, be it

RESOLVED, that $1,000,000 be transferred from Unappropriated General Fund Balance in accordance with Section 366 Subdivision 1 of the County Law to the County Road Fund Balance and that hereby the County Treasurer is authorized to make the said transfer and the Clerk of the Board and County DPW Superintendent be so notified.

TRANSFER OF FUNDS FROM GENERAL FUND BALANCE TO 

COUNTY MACHINERY FUND

WHEREAS, due to large cost increases to parts, supplies and fuel the County Machinery Fund needs funding for the remainder of the fiscal year 2022, and

WHEREAS, the Superintendent has met with the County Treasurer and County Public Works Committee to discuss how much will be needed for the rest of the fiscal year 2022, and

WHEREAS DPW Superintendent recommends the transfer of $300,000.00 from the Unappropriated General Fund balance to fund the County Machinery Fund obligations for the remainder of 2022, be it

RESOLVED, that $300,000 be transferred from Unappropriated General Fund Balance in accordance with Section 366 Subdivision 1 of the County Law to the County Machinery Fund Balance and that hereby the County Treasurer is authorized to make the said transfer and the Clerk of the Board and County DPW Superintendent be so notified.

AUTHORIZING CLOSING OF OXBOW LAKE OUTLET CULVERT PROJECT

WHEREAS, the Oxbow Outlet Culvert Project is completed, and

WHEREAS the County received a $248,500 Bridge NY award for this project and the project cost was much higher than this award, and

WHEREAS, the County has $77,315.38 of CHIP’s funding that can be utilized to help offset some of the local costs, be it

RESOLVED, that hereby the Superintendent is authorized to utilize the $77,315.38 CHIP’s funding available out of Account No. D5112.0202 Capital Projects, be it further

RESOLVED, that hereby the Oxbow Outlet Culvert Project Account No. D5112.2022 Oxbow Lake Culvert Project be closed and the remaining balance of $10,835.30 be returned to the County Road Fund Balance and the County Treasurer be authorized to close this account and the Clerk of the Board and the County DPW Superintendent be so notified. 

AUTHORIZING PAYMENT TO VENDORS FOR COUNTY ROAD PROJECT 

WHEREAS Resolution No. 157-22 authorizes the reconstruction of a portion of County Route 4, Big Brook Road, and

WHEREAS payment is due to three vendors for work and materials for this project as follows –

• Gorman Brothers, Inc., 200 Church St., Albany, NY 12202 for paving -

$69,057.84; • Empire Paving, 1900 Duanesburg Road, Duanesburg, NY 12056 for 19mm binder HMA - $162,350.07; • Peckham Materials Corp., PO Box 1055, Albany, NY 12201-1055 for 12.5mm HMA Top Course - $114,559.41 be it 

RESOLVED, that the County Treasurer is hereby authorized to make payments as stated herein out of Account No. D5112.2531 CR4, Big Road and the Highway Superintendent and Clerk of the Board be so notified. 

AUTHORIZING TRANSFERS FOR COMPLETED 2022 PERMANENT PROJECT ACCOUNTS AND TO CLOSE ACCOUNTS

WHEREAS three (3) County Road Permanent Improvement projects are completed for 2022, and

WHEREAS, all of the project funds have been appropriated and estimated through the CHIPS program, and

WHEREAS the following two (2) projects are complete and over-expended;

D5112.2532 CR15 – Old Northville Road 2022- $ (279.17)

D5112.2533 CR12 – Cedar River Road 2022 – $ (49,790.95) be it

RESOLVED, that the County Treasurer be so authorized to complete the transfers stated hereon: $ 279.17 From Account D5112.0202 to Account D5112.2532 CR15

$ 49,790.95 From Account D5112.0202 to Account D5112.2533 CR12

be it further

RESOLVED, the following 2022 Capital Road Projects are complete:

D5112.2531 CR4 - Big Brook Road 2022; D5112.2532 CR15 – Old Northville Road 2022; D5112.2533 CR12 – Cedar River Road 2022

and the County Treasurer be authorized to close these accounts and the Clerk of the Board and the County DPW Superintendent be so notified. 

AUTHORIZING PAYMENT TO VENDORS FOR COUNTY ROAD PROJECT ON COUNTY ROUTE 12, CEDAR RIVER ROAD IN INDIAN LAKE

WHEREAS Resolution No. 157-22 authorizes the reconstruction of a portion of County Route 12, Cedar River Road, and

WHEREAS payment is due to three vendors for work and materials for this project as follows –

• Gorman Brothers, Inc., 200 Church St., Albany, NY 12202 for paving -

$69,254.84; • Empire Paving, 1900 Duanesburg Road, Duanesburg, NY 12056 for 19mm binder HMA - $109,879.19; • Peckham Materials Corp., PO Box 1055, Albany, NY 12201-1055 for 12.5mm HMA Top Course - $92,813.28 be it 

RESOLVED, that the County Treasurer is hereby authorized to make payments as stated herein out of Account No. D5112.2533 CR12, Cedar River Road and the Highway Superintendent and Clerk of the Board be so notified. 

AUTHORIZING PAYMENT FOR HAMM ROLLER - DPW

WHEREAS Resolution No. 313-22 authorizes the purchase a one (1) 2020 New Leftover Hamm Roller for use by DPW, and

WHEREAS, the said roller was delivered and inspected by the Superintendent, who now recommends payment of the roller, be it

RESOLVED, the County Treasurer is hereby authorized to make payment to Finke 

Equipment, PO Box 127, Selkirk, NY 12158 in the amount of $128,861 and the funds to be taken out of Account No. D5112.0202 Capital Projects for the DPW and the County Highway Superintendent and the Clerk of the Board be so notified.


Friday, October 7, 2022

County Honors Robert Kleppang

 Supervisors October 6 2022



County Honors Robert Kleppang

By PETE KLEIN

LAKE PLEASANT—Longtime Director of Hamilton Community Services; Robert Kleppang, was honored by the Hamilton County Board of Supervisors when it met on October 6.

The resolution honoring Kleppang in the form of a proclamation - On the Occasion of his Retirement Robert Kleppang – reads as follows:

WHEREAS we would like to express special recognition to Robert Kleppang and to honor him for his distinguished twenty-three years of service with Hamilton County Community Services; and

WHEREAS Robert began his career on August 23, 1999 as the Director of Community Services; and

WHEREAS the Hamilton County Board of Supervisors wishes to express its sincere appreciation to Robert for his dedication to the outstanding performance of his duties during his tenure; and

WHEREAS it is the desire and honor of this Board to honor Robert Kleppang

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that we, the Hamilton County Board of Supervisors, do hereby commend and honor Robert Kleppang for his many years of service and dedication as a Hamilton County employee and extend our heartfelt thanks for a job well done and offer our good wishes for an enjoyable retirement.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I Brian E. Wells, Chairman of the Hamilton County Board of Supervisors, have hereunto set my hand to this Proclamation this 6th day of October, 2022.

Numerous resolution were approved at the meeting, including the following. 

SETTING ANNUAL SESSION DATES

RESOLVED, the following dates have been designated as the annual session for 2022: November 3 - 10:30 A.M.; November 7 - 10:30 A.M.; November 9 - 10:30 A.M.; November 15 - 10:30 A.M.; November 18 - 10:30 A.M. PUBLIC HEARING 11:00 A.M.; December 1 - AUDIT 10:30 A.M.; December 16 AUDIT 10:30 A.M. and be it further

RESOLVED, that any necessary changes will be subsequently arranged.

APPROVAL TO FUND AND PAY INVOICES RECEIVED

WHEREAS one invoice has been received from Tyler Technologies for the new financial/personnel software being implemented, and

WHEREAS, per Resolution No. 288-21 dated November 10, 2021 the Board created the ARP Act accounts to cover the expenses of this implementation, be it

RESOLVED, the County Treasurer is hereby authorized to fund Account No. A1325.0412 – ARP Act Financial Software in the amount of $97.50 to be offset by funding Revenue Account No. A4089.0200 – American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) in the amount of $97.50, and be it further

RESOLVED, that the County Treasurer is hereby authorized to pay Tyler Technologies $97.50 for Invoice No. 025-394634 from Account No. A1325.0412 ARP Act, Financial Software.

STANDARD WORKDAY AND REPORTING

WHEREAS, New York State Retirement Regulation 315.4 requires time logs, and the Board of Supervisors to set the Standard Workday for Elected and Appointed Officials, and

WHEREAS, time logs have been kept and submitted, now, therefore, be it

RESOLVED, that the County of Hamilton here establishes the following as standard workdays for elected and appointed officials and will report the following days worked to the New York State and Local Employees’ Retirement System based on the record of activities maintained and submitted by these officials to the Clerk of the Board

SUPPORTING OPERATION GREEN LIGHT

WHEREAS the residents of Hamilton County have great respect, admiration, and the utmost gratitude for all of the men and women who have selflessly served their country and this community in the Armed Forces, and

WHEREAS the contributions and sacrifices of the men and women that served in the Armed Forces have been vital in maintaining the freedoms and way of life enjoyed by our citizens, and

WHEREAS Hamilton County seeks to honor these individuals who have paid the high price for freedom by placing themselves in harm’s way for the good of all, and

WHEREAS New York States veteran population has decreased by 44% over the last 20 years, and

WHEREAS Veterans continue to serve their community in the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, church groups, civil service, and

WHEREAS Approximately 200,000 service members transition to civilian communities annually, and

WHEREAS an estimated 20% increase of service members will transition to civilian life in the near future, and

WHEREAS studies indicate that 44% to 72% of service members experience high levels of stress during transition from military to civilian life, and

WHEREAS active military service members transitioning from military service are at a high risk for mental health crises and suicide during their first year after military service, and

WHEREAS Hamilton County appreciates the sacrifices our United State military personnel made while defending freedom and believes specific recognition be accorded them in appreciation of their service and to demonstrate the honor and support, they have earned, now, therefore, be it

RESOLVED, with designation as a Green Light for Military Service County, Hamilton County hereby declares from November 6th through Veterans Day, November 11th, 2022 a time to salute and honor the service and sacrifice of our men and women in uniform transitioning from Active Service, and be it further

RESOLVED, that in observance of Operation Green Light, Hamilton County encourages its citizens in patriotic tradition to recognize the importance of honoring all those whose immeasurable sacrifices helped to preserve freedom by displaying a green light in a window of their place of business or residence.

FUNDING NYS DIVISION OF HOMELAND SECURITY

WHEREAS, the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office has been awarded a NYS 2022 Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Services (DHSES) Grant through the Domestic Terrorism Prevention Grant program in the amount of $172,413.00, Grant DT22-1014-E00, and

WHEREAS the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office will be working in conjunction with the Fulton County Sheriff’s Office to prevent domestic terrorism within both counties, therefore, be it

RESOLVED, that the Chairman of the Board of Supervisors is hereby authorized to sign said 2022 Domestic Terrorism Prevention grant, and be it further

RESOLVED, that the County Treasurer be authorized to create and fund Account No. A3645.0405 DT22-1014-E00 at $172,413.00 to be totally offset by creating and funding Revenue Account No. A3389.0113 DT22-1014-E00 at $172,413.00 and Sheriff be so notified.

CONSULTANT FOR NYS DIVISION OF HOMELAND SECURITY

WHEREAS, Hamilton County has been awarded NYS Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services Grant – Domestic Terrorism Prevention Grant – DT22-1014-E00 in the amount of $172,413.00, and

WHEREAS the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office will be working in conjunction with the Fulton County Sheriff’s Office to prevent domestic terrorism within both of the counties, and

WHEREAS the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office funding will be used to hire a consultant to develop a Domestic Terrorism Plan by December 31, 2022, plan activities related to establishing a Threat Assessment and Management (TAM) team in accordance with the NYS DHSES guidelines in the Domestic Terrorism Prevention Plan Guidance, and

WHEREAS, the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office would like to hire Lucretia L. Ferry, a consultant to meet the needs of the Domestic Terrorism Prevention Grant, therefore, be it

RESOLVED, that with the approval of the Hamilton County Attorney, the Chairman of the Hamilton County Board of Supervisors is hereby authorized to sign a contract with Lucretia L. Ferry of Mayfield, New York to provide consulting for the Domestic Terrorism Prevention Grant, and be it further

RESOLVED, that Lucretia L. Ferry will be paid a fee of $75.00 per hour plus any travel and/or required training expenses from Account A3645.0405 – DT22-1014-E00, and the Treasurer and Sheriff be so notified.

FUNDING NYS DIVISION OF HOMELAND SECURITY

WHEREAS, the Hamilton County Emergency Management Department has been awarded the NYS Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services (DHSES) Grant Project SH21- 1044-D00 in the amount of $42,678.00, and

WHEREAS, the funds have not been spent, be it

RESOLVED, that the County Treasurer be authorized to fund Account No. A3645.0424 SHSP Grant SH21-1044-D00 at $42,678.00 to be totally offset by funding Revenue Account No. A3389.128 SHSP Grant SH21-1044-D00 at $42,678.00 and the Director of Emergency Management and Sheriff be so notified.

PURCHASE OF LICENSE PLATE READER FOR PATROL CAR

WHEREAS Hamilton County Emergency Management was awarded SHSP grant from New York State Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Services (DHSES) grant SH21-1044-D00 in the amount of $42,678.00, contract T839710, and

WHEREAS, $16,798.74 of DHSES Grant SH21-1044-D00 was allocated for a license plate reader, and

WHEREAS, the Elsag Plate Hunter M7 license plate reader will be purchased from Selex ES, Inc. under NYS Contract No. PC69032, which expires May 31, 2025, therefore, be it

RESOLVED, that the Director of the Hamilton County Emergency Management Department is hereby authorized to purchase a Elsag Plate Hunter M7 license plate reader from Selex ES, Inc for $16,798.74 from Account No. A3645.0424 – DHSES FY21-1044-D00 grant.

TRANSFER OF FUNDS FOR RECYCLING EQUIPMENT

WHEREAS, the DPW Superintendent has met with the Public Works Committee on several occasions during 2022 to discuss transitioning our recycling program to a dual stream system, and

WHEREAS the Superintendent recommends the purchase of a live floor trailer and ejector trailer to make the transition to dual stream recycling for logistics, and

WHEREAS the Public Works Committee approves of transitioning to a dual stream recycling program to save money and ease of recycling for constituents of the county, be it

RESOLVED, that hereby the Board of Supervisors approve moving the county’s recycling program to a dual stream system, be it further

RESOLVED, that $223,800.00 be transferred from the Solid Waste Equipment Reserve to Account No. A8189.0401 Solid Waste Capital Reserve Expenditure for the said purchase of two trailers as recommended by the DPW Superintendent and the County Treasurer be so authorized to make the transfer and Clerk of the Board and DPW Superintendent be so advised.

PURCHASE A DIRT ROLLER FOR DPW

WHEREAS the DPW regularly rents a dirt roller for 6 months per year, and

WHEREAS currently the DPW has on rental a new leftover 2020 Hamm cabbed vibratory dirt roller, and

WHEREAS, the DPW has CHIP’s funding available, and the Superintendent recommends purchasing the said rented Hamm roller under Sourcewell Contract, and

WHEREAS, the Finke Equipment has given the Superintendent a written quote for the purchase of the Hamm roller with deducting the rental the county has paid on the said roller for a cost of $125,121.00 and with an extended warranty for $3,740.00, be it

RESOLVED, that hereby the County Highway Superintendent is authorized to order said Hamm H12i Cabbed vibratory roller with extended warranty for a total cost $128,861.00 from Finke equipment under Sourcewell Contract and it will be a charge to Account No. D5112.202 Capital Projects and the Highway Superintendent, County Treasurer and Clerk of the Board be so notified.

PURCHASE WHEEL LOADER

WHEREAS the Highway Department is in need of replacing a front end wheel loader, and

WHEREAS 2023 Wheel Loaders are available for purchase on State Contract with associated options, and

WHEREAS the vendor of the road loader has offered $37,000.00 for the currently county owned 2001 John Deere 624H in as is condition (VIN DW624HX578659) as trade in value toward the purchase of the 2023 John Deere 624P, and

WHEREAS the County Highway Superintendent is recommending approval to purchase the said road loader under State Contract pricing and also to issue a Purchase Order immediately to be able to receive the loader in 2023 because of manufacturer supply shortages, be it

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

RESOLVED, the County Highway Superintendent is hereby authorized to trade in the 2001 John Deere 624H VIN No. DW624HX578659 wheel loader currently owned by Hamilton County and that the trade in value is $37,000.00 and the final cost for the purchase of the 2023 John Deere 772P is $197,686.12 with 60 month extended warranty delivered, and be it further

RESOLVED, that hereby this purchase is for the 2023 fiscal year budget and will be received in 2023 and the County Treasurer, Clerk of the Board and DPW Superintendent be so notified.

BID FOR LIGHT PICKUPS

WHEREAS the Public Works Committee authorized the County Highway Superintendent to advertise for bids for the purchase of New 2023 Model Year Light Duty Pickups, and

WHEREAS one (1) bid was received for 2023 Model Year Light Pickups in accordance with Specification No. 9-2022 as advertised by the Highway Superintendent and Public Works Committee, and

WHEREAS the following bid was received: 1.- Carbone Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram, Yorkville, NY.

Item 1 – 2023 Ram 1500 Tradesman Pickup Bid Price - $45,593.00 and

WHEREAS, the Fleet Coordinator recommends the award be made to Carbone Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram, and

WHEREAS, because of vehicle manufacturer supply shortages the vehicles need to be ordered immediately to get them for the year 2023, and

WHEREAS the Fleet Coordinator recommends ordering two (2) of the said pickups for the 2023 fiscal budget, be it

RESOLVED, the Board of Supervisors does award the bid to the Carbone Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram for Spec 9-2022, and be it further

RESOLVED, that the Chairman of the Board is authorized to enter into a purchase agreement for two pickups with Carbone Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram of Yorkville, NY per the County Attorney’s approval and further the Fleet Coordinator is hereby authorized to issue a purchase order for two (2) 2023 light pickups to be a charge to the 2023 equipment budget and the County Attorney, Fleet Coordinator, County Treasurer and Clerk of the Board be so advised.

BID OPEN TOP EJECTOR TRAILER

WHEREAS the Public Works Committee authorized the County Highway Superintendent to advertise for bids for the purchase of a New 2023 Model Year Open Top Ejector Trailer, and

WHEREAS one (1) bid was received for one New and Unused 2023 Open Top Ejector Trailer in accordance with Specification No. 8-2022 as advertised by the Highway Superintendent and Highway Committee, and

WHEREAS the following bid was received: Spector Manufacturing, Inc., Claire, PA. 2023 Spec Tec Model – SEO059696 as specified - Bid price $108,237 and

WHEREAS, the County Highway Superintendent recommends awarding the bid to Spector Manufacturing Equipment, be it

RESOLVED, that the award be made to Spector manufacturing, Inc.

RESOLVED, that the Chairman of the Board of Supervisors is hereby authorized to enter into a contract for the purchase of one new 2023 Spec Tec Open Top Ejector Trailer with Spector Manufacturing, Inc. of St. Claire, PA in the amount of $108,237.00 with the approval of the County Attorney, and be it further

RESOLVED, that payment be made to Spector Manufacturing, Inc. within 30 days of delivery of fully equipped and operational unit and acceptance by the County Highway Superintendent and that payment be made from Account No. A8189.0401 Solid Waste Reserve in the amount of $108,237.00 and the County Attorney, County Treasurer and Clerk of the Board be so advised.

BID LIVE BOTTOM TRAILER

WHEREAS the Public Works Committee authorized the County Highway Superintendent to advertise for bids for the purchase of a New 2023 Model Year Live Bottom Trailer, and

WHEREAS one (1) bid was received for one New and Unused 2023 Live Bottom Trailer in accordance with Specification No. 7-2022 as advertised by the Highway Superintendent and Highway Committee, and

WHEREAS the following bid was received: Tracey Road Equipment, East Syracuse, NY. 2023 Trout River Model – SC39-S2 as specified - Bid price $115,563. and

WHEREAS, the County Highway Superintendent recommends awarding the bid to Tracey Road Equipment, be it

RESOLVED, that the award be made to Tracey Road Equipment 6803 Manlius Center Road, East Syracuse, NY, and be it further

RESOLVED, that the Chairman of the Board of Supervisors is hereby authorized to enter into a contract for the purchase of one new 2023 Trout River Live Bottom Trailer with Tracey Road Equipment of East Syracuse, NY in the amount of $115,563.00 with the approval of the County Attorney, and be it further

RESOLVED, that payment be made to Tracey Road Equipment within 30 days of delivery of fully equipped and operational unit and acceptance by the County Highway Superintendent and that payment be made from Account No. A8189.0401 Solid Waste Reserve in the amount of $115,563.00 and the County Attorney, County Treasurer and Clerk of the Board be so advised.

AUTHORIZING NEW GOVERNMENT WEBSITE

WHEREAS, it has been determined that the Hamilton County government website needs to be updated and to be mobile-friendly, and

WHEREAS, the Clerk of the Board presented a proposal from Catalog & Commerce Solutions, LLC d/b/a Discover eGov to the Finance Committee on September 27, 2022 for Website Design and Development Services and Website Management Services and recommends said proposals, be it

RESOLVED, that upon approval of the County Attorney, the Chairman of the Board is hereby authorized to sign an agreement with Catalog & Commerce Solutions, LLC d/b/a Discover eGov for Website Design and Development Services for a total cost not to exceed $14,950.00, and be it further

RESOLVED, that upon approval of the County Attorney, the Chairman of the Board is hereby authorized to sign an agreement with Catalog & Commerce Solutions, LLC d/b/a Discover eGov for Website Management Services for 2023 $4,800, 2024 $4,950 and 2025 $5,100, and be it further

RESOLVED, that the County Treasurer be hereby authorized to create and fund Account No. A1040.0411 – ARP Act, Website in the amount of $19,750.00 to be totally offset by funding Revenue Account No. A4089.0200 – American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) in the amount of $19,750.00. 

APPROVING 2023 HOLIDAY SCHEDULE

WHEREAS, the Hamilton County Board of Supervisors has received a recommendation from the Internal Management Committee to approve the 2023 Holiday Schedule, and

WHEREAS, the Internal Management Committee has reviewed the 2023 Holiday 

Schedule proposed by the County Personnel Office, and

RESOLVED, that this Board of Supervisors authorizes the Hamilton County Holiday Schedule for 2023 as attached and recommended by the Personnel Officer, and be it further

RESOLVED, that the Personnel Officer is hereby authorized to disseminate the 2023  

Hamilton County Holiday Schedule as appropriate and that a certified copy of this resolution be provided to the Hamilton County Personnel Officer. 

COUNTY HOLIDAYS 2023

New Year’s Day Monday, January 2, 2023; Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Monday, January 16; President’s Day Monday, February 20; Good Friday, April 7; Memorial Day Monday, May 29; Juneteenth Day Monday, June 19; Independence Day Tuesday, July 4; Labor Day Monday, September 4; Columbus Day Monday, October 9; Veterans Day Friday, November 10; Thanksgiving Thursday, November 23 and Friday, November 24; Christmas Monday, December 25.

FUNDING NYS DIVISION OF HOMELAND SECURITY

WHEREAS, the Hamilton County Emergency Management Department has been awarded a NYS 2022 Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Services (DHSES) Grant through the DHSES SHSP program in the amount of $42,678.00, Grant SH22-1035-D00, therefore, be it

RESOLVED, that the Chairman of the Board of Supervisors is hereby authorized to sign said NYS 2022 SHSP grant, and the Director of Emergency Management, Sheriff, and County Treasurer be so notified, and be it further

RESOLVED, that Account No. A3645.0426 SH22-1035-D00 be hereby created and funded at $42,678.00 to be totally offset by creating and funding Revenue Account No.3389.0130 SH22-1035-D00 at $42,678.00 and the County Treasurer be so authorized.

PURCHASE TWO AC CONDENSER UNITS

WHEREAS Resolution No. 245-22 authorized the transfer of funds for 2022 buildings projects which includes the replacement of two (2) AC condensers in the Public Health building, and

WHEREAS the Superintendent contacted three (3) vendors for written quotes to replace the AC condensers with the following responses, Thermal Associates - $14,950.00 for EACH condenser unit; Technical Building Services, Inc. - $18,514.00 for BOTH condenser units; Murphy Mechanical – no response or quote provided and

WHEREAS the DPW Superintendent moved forward with the ordering and installation of AC condenser units from Technical Building Services, Inc. which have now been installed in the County Public Health Building in Indian Lake, be it

RESOLVED, that the Board of Supervisors hereby authorizes the Superintendent for the purchase of AC condenser units from Technical Building Services, and be it further

RESOLVED, that payment is hereby authorized, and the County Treasurer be so authorized to send a payment of $18,514.00 to Technical Building Services, Inc., 12E Commerce Drive, Ballston Spa, NY 12020-3631 out of Account No. A1620.0413 IL & LP Projects and the Clerk of the Board and DPW Superintendent be so notified.

PAYMENT TO BLUE LINE ELECTRICAL SERVICES FOR 

ELECTRICAL MAINTENANCE IN SLIC STORAGE AREA

WHEREAS Resolution No. 318-21 authorized an agreement between the County and SLIC in which SLIC would provide a fiber redundancy connection between the 911 Dispatch Center and the Wells Fire House in exchange for space in the basement of the Court House for SLIC equipment, and

WHEREAS it was necessary to provide electrical maintenance services for that storage area, and

WHEREAS Blue Line Electrical Services performed that maintenance and payment is due, be it 

RESOLVED, that the County Treasurer is hereby authorized to make payment from Account No. A1610.0413 Buildings Projects in the amount of $385.00 to: Blue Line Electrical Services, Newcomb, NY 12852 and the DPW Superintendent and the Clerk of the Board be so notified.

PROPOSED LOCAL LAW NO. 11 OF 2022

LOCAL LAW AUTHORIZING LEASE AGREEMENT FOR INSTALLATION OF COMMUNICATION TOWER IN TOWN OF ARIETTA

WHEREAS, in the Town of Arietta certain lands owned by Almina Rogers Baker have been determined to be appropriate for installation of a communications tower, and WHEREAS, Hamilton County wishes to install such communications tower to enhance existing emergency management communications, and

WHEREAS, said property owner is willing to enter into a 99-year lease agreement 

allowing Hamilton County to enhance said communications, now, therefore, 

BE IT ENACTED BY THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS OF THE COUNTY OF 

HAMILTON, AS FOLLOWS:

Section 1. Almina Rogers Baker is the owner of premises in the Town of Arietta, said real property more particularly described as set forth in a certain deed dated October 1, 1947 and recorded in the Hamilton County Clerk’s Office October 2, 1947 at Liber 86, Page 6.

Section 2. Said property owner has agreed to lease to the County of Hamilton the said property as more particularly set forth in the said lease agreement. 

Section 3. The term of the proposed lease is ninety-nine (99) years. 

Section 4. An analysis of the potential environmental impacts of the said aforesaid lease, if any, has been done under the State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA) with Hamilton County acting as lead agency; this legislative body determines that the proposed action constitutes a Type II action, and accordingly adopts a Negative Declaration, with a determination of no significant effect on the environment. 

Section 5. This Local Law is enacted to amend and supersede County Law Section 215(3) so as to authorize the County of Hamilton to enter into a lease of private property identified and as set forth hereinbefore, the purpose of superseding County Law Section 215 is to authorize the County to enter into a lease for a term exceeding five (5) years.

Section 6. The Chairman of the Board of Supervisors is authorized to enter into any and all agreements and execute all documents deemed necessary by the County Attorney for the lease of the above-described property from said landowner for a period of ninety-nine (99) years. 

Section 7. This Local Law shall take effect upon filing in accordance with the provisions of the Municipal Home Rule Law of the State of New York

PROPOSED LOCAL LAW NO. 12 OF 2022

LOCAL LAW AUTHORIZING LEASE AGREEMENT FOR INSTALLATION OF COMMUNICATION TOWER IN TOWN OF MOREHOUSE

WHEREAS, in the Town of Morehouse certain lands owned by Daniel and Rebecca Virgil have been determined to be appropriate for installation of a communications tower, and

WHEREAS Hamilton County wishes to install such communications tower to enhance existing emergency management communications, and

WHEREAS, said property owner is willing to enter into a 99-year lease agreement 

allowing Hamilton County to enhance said communications, now, therefore, 

BE IT ENACTED BY THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS OF THE COUNTY OF 

HAMILTON, AS FOLLOWS:

Section 1. Daniel and Rebecca Virgil are the owners of premises in the Town of 

Morehouse, said real property more particularly described as set forth in a certain deed dated December 12, 2004 and recorded in the Hamilton County Clerk’s Office December 14, 2004 at Book 232, Page 829.

Section 2. Said property owner has agreed to lease to the County of Hamilton the said property as more particularly set forth in the said lease agreement. 

Section 3. The term of the proposed lease is ninety-nine (99) years. 

Section 4. An analysis of the potential environmental impacts of the said aforesaid lease, if any, has been done under the State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA) with Hamilton County acting as lead agency; this legislative body determines that the proposed action constitutes a Type II action, and accordingly adopts a Negative Declaration, with a determination of no significant effect on the environment. 

Section 5. This Local Law is enacted to amend and supersede County Law Section 215(3) so as to authorize the County of Hamilton to enter into a lease of private property identified and as set forth hereinbefore, the purpose of superseding County Law Section 215 is to authorize the County to enter into a lease for a term exceeding five (5) years.

Section 6. The Chairman of the Board of Supervisors is authorized to enter into any and all agreements and execute all documents deemed necessary by the County Attorney for the lease of the above-described property from said landowner for a period of ninety-nine (99) years. 

Section 7. This Local Law shall take effect upon filing in accordance with the provisions of the Municipal Home Rule Law of the State of New York

AUTHORIZING AGREEMENT FOR INSTALLATION OF COMMUNICATION TOWER IN TOWN OF ARIETTA

WHEREAS, it has been determined that there was a procedural issue with Resolution No. 300-22 adopted September 1, 2022 and the resolution needs to be re-adopted, and WHEREAS, Hamilton County wishes to install a communications tower in the Town of Arietta to enhance existing emergency management communications, and

WHEREAS, a landowner, Almina Rogers Baker, is willing to enter into a 99-year lease agreement allowing Hamilton County to utilize property of said landowner to install a tower so as to enhance emergency management communications, now, therefore, be it

RESOLVED, that Resolution No. 300-22 be hereby rescinded, and be it further

RESOLVED, that the Board of Supervisors of the County of Hamilton authorizes the Chairman, with the approval of the County Attorney, to enter into a 99-year lease agreement with said property owner in the Town of Arietta for the purpose of installing a tower so as to enhance emergency management communications within Hamilton County.

AUTHORIZING AGREEMENT FOR INSTALLATION OF COMMUNICATION TOWER IN TOWN OF MOREHOUSE

WHEREAS, it has been determined that there was a procedural issue with Resolution No. 301-22 adopted September 1, 2022 and the resolution needs to be re-adopted, and

WHEREAS Hamilton County wishes to install a communications tower in the Town of Morehouse to enhance existing emergency management communications, and

WHEREAS, landowners, Daniel and Rebecca Virgil, are willing to enter into a 99-year lease agreement allowing Hamilton County to utilize property of said landowners to install a tower so as to enhance emergency management communications, now, therefore, be it

RESOLVED, that Resolution No. 301-22 be hereby rescinded, and be it further

RESOLVED, that the Board of Supervisors of the County of Hamilton authorizes the Chairman, with the approval of the County Attorney, to enter into a 99-year lease agreement with said property owners in the Town of Morehouse for the purpose of installing a tower so as to enhance emergency management communications within Hamilton County.


Sunday, September 4, 2022

Hamilton County attacks Governor Hochul

 Supervisors September 1 2022



Hamilton County attacks Governor Hochul

By PETE KLEIN

LAKE PLEASANT--When the Hamilton County Board met on Thursday, September 1, the board passed numerous resolutions including the following resolutions which charges the governor with an unconstitutional infringement upon law abiding citizen’s right to bear arms.

OPPOSING ASSEMBLY BILL A41001 AND SENATE BILL S51001

WHEREAS, on July 1, 2022 the Assembly and the Senate of New York voted on new legislation proposed under a Message of Necessity, a 3-day message, which allows for passage of Law without public comment or public hearings, and

WHEREAS, on July 1, 2022 Governor Hochul signed the Bill into Law circumventing the Constitutionally required 3 days, even though the law would not take effect until September 1,2022, and

WHEREAS the Hamilton County Board of Supervisors does hereby reject the politicization and weaponization of a Message of Necessity for political gain and this Board calls upon the Legislature to review and limit the power assumed by the Governor siting Article IV Section 3 of the Constitution to call the Legislature of the State of New York into Extraordinary Session with the express purpose of avoiding usual legal process of adopting legislation in the State of New York, and

WHEREAS this Board considers this law to be an unconstitutional infringement upon law abiding citizen’s right to bear arms and an overt infringement upon freedom and liberty in New York State, which does nothing to deal with the problems of crime and illegal firearms, and

WHEREAS, the State of New York has advertised both its public lands, Conservation Easement Lands and Private Lands as a destination Park, and

WHEREAS, among the most onerous of its provisions, making it a felony for any individual to enter any Park or any sensitive areas as designated by Senate Bill s51001 including the Adirondack Park with a valid New York State carry conceal permit and to designate Houses of Worship as sensitive areas with no legislative authority and direct violation of the “Establishment Clause” of the 14th Amendment which separates Church from State, be it

RESOLVED, that the Hamilton County Board of Supervisors does hereby reject and condemn this Bill as a direct violation of the Second Amendment of the Constitution of the United States of America.

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 the original Constitutional offices guaranteed to the People 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, therefore, 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 18 to 24, 2022 to be Sheriffs’ Week in Hamilton County.

AMENDING CALENDAR SCHEDULE

WHEREAS Resolution No. 301-21 set the schedule for the Board of Supervisors Regular Sessions with Committee meetings being held on the Monday, eleven days prior to the regular meeting, and

WHEREAS, the Board has determined that it would be beneficial to change the Committee meetings from Monday to Tuesday, be it

RESOLVED, that Resolution No. 301-21 be hereby amended to set the monthly Committee meeting day to Tuesday, ten days prior to the regular meeting.

SUPPORT SERVICES FOR THE TREASURER’S OFFICE TAX COLLECTION

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

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

WHEREAS an increase of $169.00 over last year’s agreement has been proposed for a total contract price of $12,188.00 to cover the period of January 1, 2023 through December 31, 2023, and

WHEREAS a portion of this contract price will be charged back to the towns and schools at the same level as last year ($200.00 each), be it

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

ARP ACT FUNDS FOR THE NEW FINANCIAL SOFTWARE

WHEREAS three invoices have been received from Tyler Technologies for the new financial/personnel software being implemented, and

WHEREAS, per Resolution No. 288-21 dated November 10, 2021 the Board created the ARP Act accounts to cover the expenses of this implementation, be it

RESOLVED, the County Treasurer is hereby authorized to fund Account No. A1325.0412 – ARP Act Financial Software in the amount of $910 to be offset by funding Revenue Account No. A4089.0200 – American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) in the amount of $910, and be it further

RESOLVED, that the County Treasurer is hereby authorized to pay Tyler Technologies $910 for Invoice No. 025-386896 ($32.50), Invoice No. 025-388412 ($97.50) and Invoice No. 025-391666 ($780.00) from Account No. A1325.0412 ARP Act, Financial Software.

ARP ACT ACCOUNTS FOR VIRTUAL MEETING EQUIPMENT

WHEREAS, Hamilton County was awarded ARP Act monies, and

WHEREAS, it has been determined that there is a need to upgrade the technology in the Lake Pleasant Conference Room to be able to accommodate virtual meetings, and

WHEREAS, a quote has been obtained from My Techs, Inc., be it

RESOLVED, that the County Treasurer be hereby authorized to create and fund Account No. A1040.0409 – ARP Act, Virtual Meeting Equipment in the amount of $3,196.60 to be totally offset by funding Revenue Account No. A4089.0200 – American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) in the amount of $3,196.60.

NEW POSITION IN PERSONNEL OFFICE

WHEREAS, the Personnel Officer has evaluated the clerk job description and determined that a new position is needed, and

WHEREAS the Personnel Officer discussed creating the Personnel Assistant position with the Internal Management Committee and the proposal was supported, and

WHEREAS, the Personnel Officer is requesting that her current clerk position, Grade 3, be replaced with a Personnel Assistant position, set at Grade 8, and

WHEREAS the Personnel Officer requests to advertise the newly created position, now, therefore, be it

RESOLVED, that a full-time Personnel Assistant position be created, and be it further RESOLVED, that the Personnel Officer is authorized to advertise for said position, and the County Treasurer be so notified.

STATE SEPTIC SYSTEM REPLACEMENT PROGRAM

WHEREAS NYS Environmental Facilities Corporation is administering the New York State Septic System Replacement Program, and

WHEREAS Hamilton County is eligible to participate through entering into a Letter of Participation, and

WHEREAS the funding available to Hamilton County is $150,000.00, now, therefore, be it

RESOLVED, that the Chairman of the Hamilton County Board of Supervisors is hereby authorized to sign the Participation Letter, and be it also

RESOLVED, that the Hamilton County Board of Supervisors hereby authorize Hamilton County Soil & Water as the implementing entity to implement this grant program in Hamilton County.

PAYMENT TO RS TELECOM, INC. FOR MICROWAVE MAINTENANCE

WHEREAS Resolution No. 263-22 authorized the extension of the Hamilton County contract with RS Telecom, Inc. for microwave maintenance for a term of August 1, 2022 - July 31, 2023, and

WHEREAS NYS Homeland Security and Emergency Services has approved the County’s request to use $33,000.00 of FY19 SICG Formula grant funds (Contract #C197915) to enter into a non-competitive procurement contract with RS Telecom, Inc. for microwave maintenance, be it

RESOLVED, that upon receipt of a fully executed agreement between Hamilton County and RS Telecom, Inc. for microwave maintenance for the period August 1, 2022 - July 31, 2023, in the amount of $33,000.00, the County Treasurer is hereby authorized to pay RS Telecom, Inc.

$33,000.00 for Invoice #2022-53 from Account No. A3645.0422 Statewide Communications Grant SI19-1010-E00.

MICHELLE KELLY TO INSTRUCT YOGA CLASSES 2022-2023

WHEREAS the Hamilton County Public Health Nursing Service maintains an agreement between Warren/Hamilton Office for the Aging to provide services for Hamilton County residents under a Community Services Contract code A.6780 10 470, and

WHEREAS this contract has been submitted for renewal for the period April 1, 2022 – March 31, 2023 in the full amount of $3,313.00, and

WHEREAS Michelle Kelly of 219 Lake Snow Road, Indian Lake, NY is a certified Yoga Instructor and wishes to contract with Hamilton County to instruct Yoga Classes, and

WHEREAS the term of this contract shall be from August 1, 2022 through July 31, 2023 and compensated at a rate of $40.00 per class plus mileage at the current county rate, be it

RESOLVED, that the Chairman of the Board of Supervisors is authorized to enter into a contract with Michelle Kelly to instruct Yoga classes to the residents of Hamilton County, for the period August 1, 2022 through July 31, 2023 at a rate of $40.00 per class plus mileage upon approval of the County Attorney and the County Treasurer be so notified.

HOME HEALTH AIDE TRAINING PROGRAM

WHEREAS, Hamilton County Public Health Nursing Service provides home health aide level services for the resident of Hamilton County, and

WHEREAS the Public Health Director proposes to contract with Home Health Care Partners to provide home health aide certification training, be it

RESOLVED, that the Chairman of the Hamilton County Board of Supervisors be and is hereby authorized to sign a contract on behalf of the County of Hamilton with Home Health Care Partners, Corp., 1830 River Front Center, Amsterdam, NY 12010 to provide training of Certified Home Health Aides of the Hamilton County Public Health Nursing Service for the period of August 1, 2022 to July 31, 2023.

PURCHASE OF PCR TESTING SUPPLIES

WHEREAS the Public Health Department was awarded the 2021-2024 HRI AIDS institute ELC Grant No. 6896-01 which included funding for PCR machines and testing supplies for schools, and

WHEREAS Abbott Rapid Diagnostics is the only vendor with PCR testing supplies in stock that are compatible with our Abbott ID Now PCR machines, and

WHEREAS the Public Health Director is requesting to purchase 35 boxes of PCR test kits for the 2022-2023 school year in the amount of approximately $32,000, be it RESOLVED, that the County Treasurer is hereby authorized to charge Account No. A4189.4105 for this purchase.

GRANT AGREEMENT BETWEEN WARREN/HAMILTON COUNTY OFA AND PUBLIC HEALTH NURSING SERVICE FOR TITLE III-E FUNDING

WHEREAS Warren/Hamilton Counties Office for the Aging has grant monies available to provide respite Home Health Aide Services under Title III-E for seniors who are patients of the Certified Home Health Agency and require these services to provide respite for caregivers, and

WHEREAS this agreement is for the period commencing January 1, 2022– December 31, 2022 for a total of $10,000.00, and

WHEREAS this anticipated funding was appropriated in the 2022 Municipal budget as a part of the budget development process, be it

RESOLVED, that the Chairman of the Board of Supervisors is hereby authorized to sign the grant agreement between the Office for the Aging and the Hamilton County Public Health Nursing Service upon approval of the County Attorney, and the County Treasurer be so notified.

EISEP AGREEMENT BETWEEN WARREN/HAMILTON COUNTY OFA FOR PCI AND PCII LEVEL SERVICES – PUBLIC HEALTH

WHEREAS, the Hamilton County Public Health Nursing Service has the capacity to provide personal care worker services for Hamilton County residents, and

WHEREAS Warren/Hamilton Office for the Aging wants to contract for PCI and PCII levels of service under the EISEP program with Hamilton County Public Health Nursing Service, and

WHEREAS this agreement is for the period commencing April 1, 2022 – March 31, 2023 for a total of $35,100, be it

RESOLVED, that upon the County Attorney’s approval, the Chairman of the Board of Supervisors is hereby authorized to sign an agreement with Warren/Hamilton Office for the Aging for PCI and PCII level services under the EISEP program for a term of April 1, 2022 to March 31, 2023 for a total of $35,100.00.

COMMUNITY SERVICES FOR THE ELDERLY CONTRACT AGREEMENT BETWEEN WARREN/HAMILTON OFFICE FOR THE AGING AND HAMILTON COUNTY PUBLIC HEALTH NURSING SERVICE

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, 2022 – March 31, 2023 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.

DISEASE PREVENTION AND HEALTH PROMOTION CONTRACT AGREEMENT BETWEEN WARREN/HAMILTON COUNTY OFFICE FOR THE AGING AND HAMILTON COUNTY PUBLIC HEALTH NURSING 

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 Title III-D contract, and

WHEREAS this contract has been submitted for the period January 1, 2022 – December 31, 2022 in the full amount of $3,460.00, 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.

HAMILTON, FULTON, MONTGOMERY PREVENTION COUNCIL

WHEREAS, the County of Hamilton has approved the 2022 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 $3,199.00, and

WHEREAS the current contact does not reflect this increase in the County’s 2022 budget, be it

RESOLVED, that Revenue Account No. A.3484.100 and Expenditure Account No. A.4310.0425 both be increased by $3,199.00, and be it further

RESOLVED, that the Hamilton County Board of Supervisors hereby approves amending the County’s 2022 contract with Hamilton, Fulton, Montgomery Prevention Council from $74,245.00 to $77,444.00, and the Treasurer be so advised Seconded by

SOCIAL SERVICES FOR CASE MANAGEMENT SERVICES

WHEREAS it is necessary for the Hamilton County Department of Social Services to enter into an agreement with Warren Office for the Aging for case management services, and

WHEREAS the contract will be for the following program: Title III-E January 1, 2022 – December 31, 2022 - $1,000.00 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 County Office of the Aging, upon approval of the County Attorney, on behalf of the Hamilton County Department of Social Services.

COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL SERVICES

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

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

WHEREAS this contract will be for the period of April 1, 2022 – March 31, 2023 in an amount not to exceed $30,500.00, 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.

FURNACE REPLACEMENT

WHEREAS the furnaces in the Social Service and Legal Wings of the Indian Lake County Facility need to be replaced, and

WHEREAS there are two (2) furnaces in each wing, and

WHEREAS the Superintendent received three (3) written quotes for the purchase of the four (4) furnaces which includes the coil plenums for the central air conditioning, and

WHEREAS the written quotes were from the following vendors:

F.W. Webb - $12,409.96; J.E. Sawyer - $11,909.16 (did not meet specs); Security Supply - $10,435.00 (could not provide all parts needed) and

WHEREAS the DPW Superintendent moved forward with the ordering of the said furnaces from F. W. Webb and the said furnaces have been delivered, be it

RESOLVED, that hereby the Board of Supervisors authorizes the Superintendent for the purchase of the said furnaces, and

RESOLVED, that payment for the said furnaces is hereby authorized and the County Treasurer be so authorized to send a payment of $12,409.96 to F.W. Webb Company, 3 Highland Ave, Queensbury, NY 12804 out of Account No. A1620.0413 IL & LP Projects and the Clerk of the Board and DPW Superintendent be so notified.

REPAIR COUNTY GRADALL

WHEREAS Resolution No. 154-22 authorizes repairs to be made to the County owned Gradall 3100 #301 for an estimate of $10,511.23 at Alta Construction Equipment Co., and

WHEREAS the repairs were completed to the Gradall at a cost of $8,414.39 and the Gradall is back in service, be it

RESOLVED, that hereby the County Treasurer is hereby authorized to send payment to Alta Construction Equipment New York, LLC, PO Box 22154, New York, New York 10087-2154 in the amount of $8,414.39 for Gradall #301 and the funds be taken out of Account No. DM5310.401 Repairs and Clerk of the Board and Highway Superintendent be so notified.

AWARD OF BID FOR SPECIFICATION NO. 6-2022 VEHICLES

WHEREAS the Public Works Committee authorized the County Highway Superintendent to advertise for bids for the purchase of New 2023 Model Year Vehicles, and

WHEREAS two (2) bids were received for 2023 Model Year Vehicles in accordance with Specification No. 6-2022 as advertised by the Highway Superintendent and Public Works Committee, and

WHEREAS the following bids were received:

Don’s Ford, Utica, Item 1 – 2023 Ford F150 Lightning Pickup Bid Price - $64,259.00 Item 2 – 2023 Dodge Durango PPV – No Bid

Carbone Chrysler, Jeep Dodge, Jeep Ram, Yorkville, Item 1 – 2023 Ford F150 Lightning Pickup Bid Price - No Bid Item 2 – 2023 Dodge Durango PPV - $42,729.

WHEREAS the low bids for each item are as follows:

Item 1 – 2023 Ford F150 Lightning Pickup Bid Price - $64,259.00 Item 2 – 2023 Dodge Durango PPV Bid Price - $42,729.00 and

WHEREAS the Fleet Coordinator recommends the award be made to lowest bidder for each item, be it

RESOLVED, the Board of Supervisors does award the bid to the lowest bidder for each Item as herein mentioned and the Fleet Coordinator, County Treasurer and Clerk of the Board be so advised.

AMENDING AMOUNT OF 2022 APPROPRIATION AND REVENUES FOR GAS AND DIESEL AND AUTHORIZING TRANSFER OF FUNDS

WHEREAS Resolution No. 246-22 duly adopted by the Board of Supervisors on August 4, 2022 amended the gas and diesel appropriations and revenues for 2022, and

WHEREAS Resolution No. 246-22 authorized the transfer of $200,000.00 from the Unappropriated Machinery Fund Balance, and

WHEREAS, the Unappropriated Machinery Fund Balance does not have funding available to make the said transfer, and

WHEREAS, after meeting with the Public Works committee the DPW Superintendent recommends transferring $200,000.00 from the Solid Waste Reserve Fund, be it

RESOLVED, that Resolution No. 246-22 be hereby amended to transfer $200,000.00 from the Solid Waste Reserve instead of the Unappropriated Machinery Fund Balance to Account No. DM5130.0405 Gas and Diesel, be it further

RESOLVED, that the other amendments authorized in Resolution 246-22 stand as adopted and the County Treasurer be so authorized and the Clerk of the Board and DPW Superintendent be so notified.

PURCHASE VEHICLE FOR SHERIFF

WHEREAS the Sheriff’s Office will need to replace one patrol vehicle in 2023, and WHEREAS, the Fleet Coordinator has advertised for bids for 2023 vehicles, and WHEREAS, the Board of Supervisors have awarded Dodge Durango PPV to Carbone Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge, Ram at a cost of $42,729.00, be it

RESOLVED, that the Fleet Coordinator is hereby authorized to issue a purchase order for one (1) 2023 Dodge Durango from Carbone Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge, Ram for the Sheriff Department for 2023 for a total of $42,729.00 delivered, and the Clerk of the Board, County Treasurer, County Sheriff, and Fleet Coordinator be so notified.

INFO QUICK SOLUTIONS FOR 2022 MICROFILM PROJECT

WHEREAS, the Hamilton County Clerk's Office has contracted for many years with INFO QUICK SOLUTIONS, a records management vendor, and

WHEREAS the 2022 project has been completed and all the documents have been uploaded into the system making all deed records since Book 1 in the year 1794 available, and

WHEREAS money has been budgeted yearly to fund this type of project and there are currently enough funds available to pay this latest invoice, be it

RESOLVED, that the County Treasurer be hereby authorized to pay Info Quick Solutions, Inc Invoice# 30244 in the amount of $8,978.70 with the charge being made to County Clerk Account A1410.0406 Micro-film and the County Clerk be so notified.

APPOINTMENT OF FIRE COORDINATOR

WHEREAS Jay Griffin has resigned the Fire Coordinator Position and the Board wishes to fill said position, and

WHEREAS Deputy Fire Coordinator Sean O’Brien has agreed to accept appointment as Fire Coordinator, now, therefore, be it

RESOLVED, that Sean O’Brien is hereby appointed Fire Coordinator effective immediately and for a term ending December 31, 2022 at an hourly base rate of $24.634 from Account No. A3640.0103, not to exceed the Appropriation, and the County Treasurer and Personnel Officer be so advised.

EQUIPMENT MODIFICATION TO LAKE PLEASANT TOWER

WHEREAS, Verizon Wireless has proposed an equipment upgrade to the Lake Pleasant County tower so as to add CBAND spectrum service, and

WHEREAS, Verizon Wireless has provided construction drawings and a structural analysis with respect to such equipment upgrade per the existing lease agreement, and

WHEREAS, said equipment upgrade/tower modification requires Adirondack Park Agency review and approval including landowner consent, now, therefore, be it

RESOLVED, that the Board of Supervisors of the County of Hamilton authorizes the Chairman, with the approval of the County Attorney, to execute the landowner consent (on behalf of the County of Hamilton as property owner of the Lake Pleasant tower) per Verizon Wireless application to the Adirondack Park Agency with respect to the aforesaid equipment upgrade, together with such other documents necessary to effectuate such modifications.

TOWER USAGE AGREEMENT WITH HERKIMER COUNTY AND THE TOWN OF WEBB

WHEREAS placement of a Hamilton County microwave dish on the McCauley Mountain Tower, located in Herkimer County, will benefit Hamilton County by providing connections to a new tower in the Inlet-Eagle Bay area and by providing redundant microwave connections as well as connecting Hamilton County into the Adirondack Communication Consortium Counties, and

WHEREAS funding for tower work and radio communications equipment will be 100 percent covered by State Interoperable Communications Grants, and

WHEREAS the Town of Webb is the landowner of the premises upon which the McCauley Mountain Tower is located on known as Tax Parcel No. 41-1-59.1 and 41-1-59.2 commonly known as the McCauley Mountain Ski Resort, and

WHEREAS, the Town of Webb has granted Herkimer County the right and easement to said parcels for the purposes of constructing, operating, and maintaining a Herkimer County Radio EMS/011 Tower, together with necessary equipment, and

WHEREAS, Herkimer County and the Town of Webb have agreed to grant a license to Hamilton County to install, operate, maintain, and repair a six-foot diameter Microwave Dish on the existing tower with associated cabling, be it

RESOLVED, that the Chairman of Hamilton County Board of Supervisors is hereby authorized to sign a Intermunicipal Communications Tower License and Lease Agreement with the County of Herkimer and the Town of Webb, providing Hamilton County with an easement to place the six-foot microwave dish and equipment and an easement for ingress and egress, upon approval of the Hamilton County Attorney, and be it further

RESOLVED, that Hamilton County shall be responsible for installation of its own equipment, associated cabling, meters, cabling, communications lines and for its share of the cost of electrical power used by Hamilton County’s equipment, and be it further

RESOLVED, that certified copies of this Resolution shall be sent to Herkimer County Emergency Services, Director of Emergency Services of Hamilton County, and the Supervisor of the Town of Webb.

PAVING PARKING LOT – 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 the project was partially completed in 2021 and was to be completed in 2022, and

WHEREAS the project has now been completed as at a final cost of $78,506.39, and WHEREAS, it was determined in 2021 by Resolution No. 260-21 that Federal Salary Sharing funds were to cover the costs, be it

RESOLVED, the Board of Supervisors hereby authorize a transfer of $78,506.39 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. A4310.0403 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.

PAVING AND ASPHALT - COMMUNITY SERVICES’ PARKING LOT

WHEREAS, the DPW was authorized to rehabilitate and pave the Community Services parking lot, and

WHEREAS, the parking lot paving is now completed, and

WHEREAS the Superintendent recommends the payment to Gorman Brothers, Inc. and Peckham Materials for the stated paving and hot mix asphalt, be it

RESOLVED, that the County Treasurer be so authorized to make payment to the following vendors as follows:

Peckham Material Corp, PO Box 1055, Albany, NY 12201-1055 in the amount of $51,568.14 for Hot Mix Asphalt (HMA)

Gorman Brothers, Inc., 200 Church Street, Albany, NY 12202 in the amount of $26,938.25 for paver and related equipment with both payments to be made from Account No. A4310.0403 Supplies and Services and the Clerk of the Board, Community Services Director and DPW Superintendent be so notified.

PAYMENT FOR HOT MIX ASPHALT - BURNHAM MILL BRIDGE

WHEREAS the DPW was authorized to rehabilitate the Burnham Mill bridge per Resolution No. 138-21, and

WHEREAS, paving of the bridge is now completed, and

WHEREAS the Superintendent recommends the payment to Peckham Materials for the hot mix asphalt, be it

RESOLVED, that the County Treasurer be so authorized to make payment to Peckham Material Corp, PO Box 1055, Albany, NY 12201-1055 in the amount of $5,564.04 for Hot Mix Asphalt (HMA) and the payment is to be made from Account No. D5120.2008 Burnham Mill bridge and the Clerk of the Board and DPW Superintendent be so notified.

CONTRACT WITH TOWN OF INLET FOR OPERATION OF RECYCLING CENTER

WHEREAS Resolution No. 281-13 authorized the Chairman of the Board to enter into an agreement with the Town of Inlet for the operation of the Northern Recycling Center, and

WHEREAS the Solid Waste Coordinator recommends that Hamilton County extend the said contract for a period of one (1) year beginning on January 1, 2022 to December 31, 2022 for the same terms, be it

RESOLVED, that effective January 1, 2022 the County will contract with the Town of Inlet for the operation of the Northern Recycling Center, and be it further

RESOLVED, the Chairman of the Board is hereby authorized to enter into a contract with the Town of Inlet for: a period to run from January 1, 2022 to December 31, 2022; For $40,000.00 per year. The county will continue to own and maintain the skid steer and bailer, including replacement if necessary. All other responsibilities and functions will be borne by the Town of Inlet and be it further

RESOLVED, the Solid Waste Coordinator and County Treasurer be so notified. 

INSTALLATION OF COMMUNICATION TOWER IN TOWN OF ARIETTA

DATED: SEPTEMBER 1, 2022 BY

WHEREAS Hamilton County wishes to install a communications tower in the Town of Arietta to enhance existing emergency management communications, and

WHEREAS, a landowner, Almina Rogers Baker, is willing to enter into a 99-year lease agreement allowing Hamilton County to utilize property of said landowner to install a tower so as to enhance emergency management communications, now, therefore, be it

RESOLVED, that the Board of Supervisors of the County of Hamilton authorizes the Chairman, with the approval of the County Attorney, to enter into a 99-year lease agreement with said property owner in the Town of Arietta for the purpose of installing a tower so as to enhance emergency management communications within Hamilton County.

INSTALLATION OF COMMUNICATION TOWER IN TOWN OF MOREHOUSE

WHEREAS Hamilton County wishes to install a communications tower in the Town of Morehouse to enhance existing emergency management communications, and

WHEREAS, landowners, Daniel and Rebecca Virgil, are willing to enter into a 99-year lease agreement allowing Hamilton County to utilize property of said landowners to install a tower so as to enhance emergency management communications, now, therefore, be it

RESOLVED, that the Board of Supervisors of the County of Hamilton authorizes the Chairman, with the approval of the County Attorney, to enter into a 99-year lease agreement with said property owners in the Town of Morehouse for the purpose of installing a tower so as to enhance emergency management communications within Hamilton County.

AUTHORIZATION TO ATTEND THE 2022 NYSAC FALL SEMINAR

WHEREAS, the New York State Association of Counties (NYSAC) will conduct the Fall Seminar in Buffalo, N.Y. September 19 – September 21, 2022, therefore, be it

RESOLVED, that all Supervisors and County Officials be granted permission to participate in the above mentioned Conference and that the actual and reasonable expenses of the officers attending such meeting shall be a County charge and be audited by this Board in the same manner as other County charges.