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City of Glens Falls GREATER GLENS FALLS LOCAL DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION September 13, 2006 MEETING MINUTES A regular meeting of the Greater Glens Falls Local Development Corporation was held at 9:00 AM on Thursday, September 13, 2006 in Mayor’s Conference Room, City Hall, 42 Ridge Street, Glens Falls, NY 12801. Present: Chairman Leroy Akins, Commissioners Robert Regan, Daniel Hazewski, Paul McPhillips and Lois Robinson Absent: None. Also Present: Attorney Mark Noordsy; Jacqueline Squadere, Community Development; Todd Feigenbaum, Economic Development; and Peter Wohl, ATAC. Mayor Akins brought the meeting to order. He stated the first item is the approval of minutes from the August meeting. RESOLUTION NO. 67 On the motion of Commissioner Robinson, seconded by Commissioner McPhillips, all voting affirmatively, it was RESOLVED THAT, the Greater Glens Falls Local Development Corporation hereby accepts the minutes from the August, 2006 meeting. Mayor Akins introduced Robert Rosoff, Glens Falls Symphony Executive Director. Mr. Rosoff stated in an effort to improve the endowment condition of the Symphony they plan to have a major fundraising concert on 5/18/07– Amy Grant, who is a Christian Country singer. They believe the concert and possibly another the following night with her husband, Vince Gill would be a major economic development impact to the City of over $1M in rooms, meals, shopping and tax dollars. They are asking the LDC for a $35,000 no interest loan to provide up front money for the agent and artist. Mayor Akins stated he thinks it’s a great idea. He asked when they can expect the loan to be repaid? Mr. Rosoff replied in March or April, 2007. He stated further that they also want to raise awareness of the City’s nationally recognized symphony orchestra. After discussion, the following resolution was passed. RESOLUTION NO. 68 On the motion of Commissioner Regan, seconded by Commissioner McPhillips, all voting affirmatively, it was Pg. 2 LDC 09/13/06 RESOLVED THAT, the Greater Glens Falls Local Development Corporation hereby approves an interest-free loan to the Glens Falls Symphony, in the amount of $35,000 Mayor Akins stated the next item is bills to be paid: Avalon Assoc., $360.00 and $900.00; Barton & Loguidice, PC, $4,579.81; City Scape, $5,800; Clough Harbour, $5,150.74 and $7,997.43; Fitzgerald, Morris, $688, $1,768.50, and $3,091.50; Glens Falls Technology, $1,937.50 and $5,602.50; Judge & Duffy, $63.75; and Loftus and Ross, $2,460.00. Commissioner McPhillips asked about the Glens Falls Technology bills. Mr. Feigenbaum replied they are for the wireless grant. He went through all the bills as did Commissioner Robinson. Ms. Squadere stated there are two more bills from Glens Falls Technology both for $2,562.50. Mr. Feigenbaum noted that they’re paying for a number of hours for underwriting (Loftus & Ross) on these loans and it gets expensive. They may want to look at streamlining the process. Commissioner Hazewski stated historically the fees have been passed onto the applicant. Why are we paying them? We don’t need Shelter Planning and Loftus and Ross doing that. Mr. Feigenbaum stated there is an overlap = he suggested that Kevin McLaughlin could do prep work, then have Tom Ross look it over. Commissioner Hazewski stated that the fees should be passed on. His issue with the NDC is it’s the same SBA loan as going to a bank. He noted the Alpine Environmental Services from Clough Harbour has no breakdown where they were working. Ms. Squadere stated she would check with Tom Donohue on those. RESOLUTION NO. 69 On the motion of Commissioner McPhillips, seconded by Commissioner Robinson, all voting affirmatively, it was RESOLVED THAT, the Greater Glens Falls Local development Corporation hereby approves payment of the following bills to: Avalon Assoc., $360.00 and $900.00; Barton & Loguidice, PC, $4,579.81; City Scape, $5,800; Clough Harbour, $5,150.74 and $7,997.43; Fitzgerald, Morris, $688, $1,768.50, and $3,091.50; Glens Falls Technology, $1,937.50 and $5,602.50; Judge & Duffy, $63.75; and Loftus and Ross, $2,460.00. OLD BUSINESS Pg. 3 LDC 09/13/06 Mayor Akins asked if they have contracts with their consultants – Shelter Planning, Avalon Assoc., etc.? Ms. Squadere replied yes, with Avalon Assoc., for the Brownfields work. They contract with Tom Ross’s firm. Commissioner Robinson stated they should get those contracts in place. Mr. Feigenbaum noted they should also have an annual retainer letter from counsel. Mayor Akins stated the next item is the Updated Financial Statement. Ms. Squadere stated ATS, LLC is not in default, they are current. Big Uglies has paid $400. The next item on the agenda is the Adirondack Technology Accelerator Center. Peter Wohl addressed the Board. He stated the Brownfields work is ongoing. The schedule has been extended due to the fact. They’ve discovered tanks under the sidewalk – their removal will be reimbursed. They are developing preliminary designs with the architect. A Local firm is interested in a “clean room’” being incorporated into the design and there is a proposal for funding that room. They have made an application for a National Grid Grant, for $50,000. They have a commitment from the County for 2007 of $50,000 in marketing funds. With regards to the marketing they have finalized the logo and have set up a website. They are in the process of defining their programming. Mayor Akins asked if in the construction of the building soundproofing is being looked at, considering the location of the building? Mr. Wohl replied yes they are looking into insulation, as there are stringent requirements also for the clean room. Commissioner Hazewski asked about the lease between the LDC and the Incubator Board. Attorney Noordsy replied that he hadn’t done that yet, but would send it to the Board and Peter when he does. The next item on the agenda is Tech Meadows. Mr. Feigenbaum stated they’re moving along. The $5800 bill to City Scape was for the final architectural study, which came through fine. A letter has gone out to SHPPO. They’re in the process of generating a letter to ESD, which will then generate a letter from BUILD NOW, NY, which what they need to move forward with their National Grid, $100,000 infrastructure grant. He got some good maps from Shelter Planning about what is out there – he’ll bring them next month. The new sign is up. They’re getting cost estimates on bringing power and gas to the site. They’re doing a two phase grant proposal to National Grid so they can get $200,000. Pg. 4 LDC 09/13/06 The first $100,000 will be to get sites one and two shovel ready. The next $100,000 would be to carry power to the other sites. They’re working on a marketing brochure. A serious suggestion made a couple of times yesterday by certain members of the Common Council to move the Henry Hudson Townhouses to Tech Meadows. He assured them the LDC would have no part of that. He also talked with Bob Murray – they’re getting ready to put in the ESD grant, since it will cost about $1M to build the park out with utilities. Commissioner Hazewski asked what O’Connor construction did out there? They did work and we paid for it. Mr. Feigenbaum replied the storm sewers are in – they go up the western side of lot 2. They were supposed to go up Luzerne Road, but that got cut out of the project by the former City Engineer, but they turn north. So that storm sewer never got completed because of budgets. Commissioner Hazewski stated he knows the LDC paid for Phase I of those first two lots because we were only 90’ away from a sewer connection and water. Mr. Feigenbaum stated it was supposed to go up Veteran’s Road in that first Phase, and that didn’t get completed for some reason. Commissioner Hazewski stated they paid over $250,000 to O’Connor Construction. Commissioner Robinson asked if they’d approved the Civic Center study or have even seen it, that they paid for? Mr. Feigenbaum stated he just received a draft of that – the final report would be ready by next month’s meeting. Commissioner Hazewski stated further that they’ve paid O’Connor Construction in excess of $300,000 for infrastructure. He wants to know what they did. Mr. Feigenbaum stated he will bring the maps of everything that was put in there for the next meeting. He stated further that part of the problem of doing these projects is it’s really complicated, as you’ve seen from the Townhouses. The City doesn’t have the technical capacity to wrestle with a lot of the issues. We don’t have a planning department or a planner or staff for this organization. Our counterparts have invested more in technical resources. Kevin McLaughlin has been invaluable. Commissioner McPhillips asked if Ms. Squadere should have one ledger for Tech Meadows and could give us the numbers spent and charges incurred there. NEW BUSINESS RESOLUTION NO. 70 On the motion of Commissioner Regan, seconded by Commissioner Robinson, all voting affirmatively, it was Pg. 5 LDC 09/13/06 RESOLVED THAT, the Greater Glens Falls Local Development Corporation hereby approves funding an assistant for Todd Feigenbaum for the balance of 2006, at a rate of $22,000 per year, plus benefits. The next item on the agenda is renewal of lease for WEDC, for $12,487.50 from 9/06- 8/31/07. RESOLUTION NO. 71 On the motion of Commissioner McPhillips, seconded by Commissioner Robinson, all voting affirmatively, it was RESOLVED THAT, the Greater Glens Falls Local Development Corporation hereby approves renewal of lease for WEDC with Glens Falls National Bank, for $12,487.50 from 9/06-8/31/07. RESOLUTION NO. 72 On the motion of Commissioner McPhillips, seconded by Commissioner Robinson, all voting affirmatively, it was RESOLVED THAT, the Greater Glens Falls Local Development Corporation hereby adjourns to executive session to discuss loans. RESOLUTION NO. 73 On the motion of Commissioner Robinson, seconded by Commissioner Hazewski, all voting affirmatively, it was RESOLVED THAT, the Greater Glens Falls Local Development Corporation hereby returns to regular session. RESOLUTION NO. 74 On the motion of Commissioner Regan, seconded by Commissioner Hazewski, all voting affirmatively, it was RESOLVED THAT, the Greater Glens Falls Local Development Corporation hereby adjourns the September, 2006 meeting.
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