INTERGOVERNMENTAL AFFAIRS COMMITTEE FELDSTEIN, RELIC, POWERS September 16, 2003 VETERANS - JOHN DONNELLY, NORMAN PAYNE, PAT LORD, STEVE DOMION, RED VAN STEENBURG Committee met with several Otsego County Veterans to discuss the veterans van and the veteran's county representative. Discussion was held on the following: 1) 2) 3) 4) A new van Veterans County representative A column in the OFA newsletter and Daily Star Putting the van in the Veterans Service Agency budget, not Social Services budget Representative Feldstein said last year the County Board deleted all of the equipment out of the 2003 budget. The current van is in need of replacement, but the County Board has to go with state contract and this takes time. The County Board is committed to providing services as in the past. Representative Relic said the Human Services Committee brought up moving the van to the Veteran's budget. Presently Social Services get 25% reimbursement. The county is looking to see if Birnie Bus can provide bus service for the veterans. Representative Feldstein thanked the veterans for coming to the meeting. VETERANS - STEVE RUDLOFF, DIANE CARLTON, DAVE STARUCK Committee reviewed the 2004 budget for Veterans Service Agency. Discussion was held on Birnie Bus submitting a proposal to take over the veterans run to Albany. Ms. Carlton said it would be a fixed route, and Karen Dunn should be submitting something within two weeks. Dave Staruck, the veterans van driver, said it might not be feasible having a fixed route for the veterans. If their appointments are done at one or two o'clock, they will have to wait until four o'clock or so. Mr. Staruck said when the van was being repaired, the veterans never missed an appointment. Other transportation was found to get them to Albany. Mr. Feldstein moved for an executive session to discuss personnel. Seconded, Relic. Total: 3; Ayes: 3. Motion carried. The committee reconvened. ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT - LYNN BASS Mrs. Bass requested permission to transfer the following funds: From Economic Development 6425.4500 Materials & Supplies $100.00 to Economic Development 6425.4800 Other Expense $100.00. Representative Powers moved. Seconded, Feldstein. Total: 3; Ayes: 2; Absent: 1 Relic. Motion carried. Intergovernmental Affairs Committee September 18, 2003 Page 2 Mrs. Bass said the Micro Enterprise Grant did not come through at the full amount of $400,000.00. She asked the committee how she should break the amount up. After discussion the committee asked Mrs. Bass to talk with Dora Moore and work out the amounts with her office. Committee reviewed the 2004 budget for Economic Development. TOURISM - LYNN BASS Mrs. Bass requested the following transfers: Transfer from Co-op Advertising Admin. Revenue 1912 $3,800.00 and Tourism Gen Income Revenue 1913 $2,010.00 to Tourism Administrative 6411.4800 Other Expense $5,810.00 Representative Powers moved. Seconded, Feldstein. Total: 3; Ayes: 3. Motion carried. Increase Matching Funds Account 3715 $585.05 (Over payment from State Matching Funds) Increase Tourism Matching Funds 6412.4900 Contracts & Advertising $585.05 Representative Relic moved. Seconded, Powers. Total: 3; Ayes: 3. Motion carried. Transfer from Tourism Matching Funds 6412.4500 Vacation Planners $10,000.00 to Tourism Matching Funds 6412.4900 Contract & Advertising $10,000.00 Representative Powers moved. Seconded, Relic. Total: 3; Ayes: 3. Motion carried. BED TAX - POLLY RENCKENS, PAT MEYERS, BERNADETTE GABRIEL, ED LANDERS, DORA MOORE, LINDA DAVIS Mrs. Renckens said a letter had been sent to the committee concerning information on vacation rental property in the county. It appears there are 113 property owners who are not paying bed, state and county taxes. Mrs. Renckens said they are trying to identify the owners but it is very hard, since they are not listed in the advertisements. A list was give to the committee members and Dora Moore. Ms. Meyers & Ms. Gabriel said they would continue to play detective if the county gave them permission to do so. The committee said they could not give them the authority. Representative Feldstein thanked everyone for coming and said the County Treasurer's Office and County Attorney would work on the problem. ELECTIONS - SHEILA ROSS, CINDY JARVIS, DOUG HAMILTON, HANK NICOLS Mrs. Ross said they were waiting to hear from Jim Konstanty about charging back election expenses to the town. Mrs. Ross also said they are still waiting for payment of a grant. Jim Konstanty had a question and the state put a hold on the $4,000.00. Intergovernmental Affairs Committee September 18, 2003 Page 3 Committee reviewed the proposed 2004 budget for Board of Elections. REDISTRICTING Representative Feldstein said they have discussed redistricting at every committee meeting. Does the committee have anything they want to propose? Representative Relic moved to present a local law and resolution for Weighted Voting at the next County Board meeting. Representative Powers agreed with this proposal. Representative Feldstein said they have been talking redistricting for over a year, so why now a resolution for Weighted Voting. Representative Relic said he has been a supporter of Weighted Voting and thinks there is support for it at the present time. Representative Powers said the backing of a Nine County Board is just a move to have a County Manager. He said he has wanted other counties to come in and discuss how they are run. Representative Powers said he feels Weighted Voting is the best option. Hank Nicols said the public does not want Weighted Voting, and this will result in another law suit. Mr. Nicols asked the committee to give the public a chance to vote on a Nine Member Board. Katherine Stuligross from the League of Women Voters said the League supports the Nine Member Board. After discussion Representative Relic asked for a vote on placing a local law and resolution for Weighted Voting before the County Board. Seconded, Powers. Total: 3; Ayes: 2 – Relic, Powers; Noes: 1 - Feldstein. Motion carried. COUNTY SEALER - BARRY PEMBERTON Committee reviewed the 2004 budget for County Sealer. TRANSPORTATION - DIANE CARLTON Ms. Carlton said she still has not had a reply from Herkimer County about the STOA funding. Chairman Higgins said he would contact them again. Ms. Carlton said she is looking at the cost of Birnie Bus taking over the Veterans van run. Ms. Carlton said the NYS Department of Transportation is asking the county to do more advertising. Ms. Carlton will talk with Karen Dunn. PLANNING - DIANE CARLTON Ms. Carlton said that requests for writing grants have increased for her department. She is down one employee, so who do they write grants for? The committee said Ms. Carlton will have to develop a procedure. When the grants are submitted, she will bring them to the committee. Ms. Carlton updated the committee on what the office is doing. Ms. Carlton said the feed mill is down, and everything has been covered up. Hopefully, the grant will be closed out by the end of the year. Intergovernmental Affairs Committee September 18, 2003 Page 4 PLANNING - DIANE CARLTON, MARYBETH VARGHA Ms. Carlton and Mrs. Vargha wanted to meet with the committee to discuss turning more GIS projects, which the Planning Department does, over to Mrs. Vargha. Mrs. Vargha can do data developing, updating, etc., with information obtained from Real Property Tax Services. GIS is able to make maps faster and would be able to support Planning with training. More information would be shared between departments. TOURISM - DEB TAYLOR Ms. Taylor requested permission to pay the Otsego County Fair $5,625.00. Representative Relic moved. Seconded, Feldstein. Total: 3; Ayes: 2; Abstained: 1 Powers. Motion carried. Ms. Taylor requested permission to attend the NYS Governors Conference in Syracuse on October 1 - 2, 2003. The cost of $527.00 is in the budget. Representative Relic moved. Seconded, Powers. Total: 3; Ayes: 3. Motion carried. Ms. Taylor requested permission to attend the American Bus Association in New York City on January 16 - 22, 2004. The cost of $2,969.00 is in the budget. Ms. Taylor also requested permission to go with the Post-convention Familiarization Tour in Corning on January 22 - 24, 2004. Representative Relic moved. Seconded, Feldstein. Total: 3; Ayes; 2; Noes: 1 - Powers. Motion carried. Ms. Taylor updated the committee on the Telecenter. The committee approved Ms. Taylor being involved in the Regional Visitor Information Center. Ms. Taylor updated the committee on present and future projects for the Tourism Office. Ms. Taylor said she did not have the 2004 Tourism budgets finished, but will get copies to the committee. There being no further business to discuss, the committee adjourned until Thursday, October 23, 2003 at 10:00 am.
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