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INTERGOVERNMENTAL AFFAIRS COMMITTEE FELDSTEIN, RELIC, DUBBEN May 14, 2002 VETERANS SERVICE AGENCY Mr. Rudloff requested permission to close the Veterans office June 24-27, July 1-4 and July 15-18, 2002. He said Simon Jackson would be available, if there are any problems. Representative Relic moved to approve. Seconded, Dubben. Total: 3; Ayes: 3. Motion carried. Committee reviewed the van's ridership for April 2002. ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT – LYNN BASS Mrs. Bass requested committee approval to go to the Budget, Ways and Means Committee for a resolution sponsoring the Hartwick College Civic Facility Revenue Bonds. Representative Relic moved to approve. Seconded, Dubben. Total: 3; Ayes: 3. Motion carried. Mrs. Bass and Carolyn Lewis requested committee approval to go to New York City the week of June 10th for two days. They will be meeting with Senators Schumer and Clinton. COIDA will be picking up all the cost except mileage. Representative Relic moved to approve. Seconded, Dubben. Total: 3; Ayes: 3. Motion carried. Mrs. Bass said she is still working on the telecommunications issue. Mrs. Bass said Otsego County is one of the four empire zones in the proposed NYS Budget. This will be a positive note for the county. LYNN BASS, DIANE CARLTON Mrs. Bass and Ms. Carlton updated the committee on the proposed Main Street Revitalization Program for Otsego County. The program would allow the villages and towns in Otsego County to apply for low interest loans to improve and bring back the businesses. Senator James Seward is trying to obtain a $100,000.00 grant for Otsego County. Mrs. Bass and Ms. Carlton have come up with a proposed budget for administering the funds. Mrs. Bass is going to contact Senator Seward’s office to set up a meeting with him to discuss what the county has in mind for the funds. PLANNING – DIANE CARLTON Three members of the League of Women Voters attended the meeting to hear about redistricting in Otsego County. Discussion was held on whether to divide towns. All three committee members felt this should not happen. If the number of districts/representatives is reduced/enlarged, then there has to be a referendum at the 2002 election. A local law and public hearing would be required. If the County Board stays at 14 members, then they would not have to have a local law and public hearing. Ms. Carlton will configure some more numbers, and redistricting will be discussed at the June Intergovernmental Affairs Committee meeting. The committee will make a recommendation for the whole County Board to review. Ms. Carlton said she received a call from Carl Hortsman. His office has been getting static from Southern Tier East Regional Planning Development Board (STERPDB) INTERGOVERNMENTAL AFFAIRS COMMITTEE Page 2 May 14, 2002 about reviewing grants from Otsego County. The state said STERPDB has to review the grants whether Otsego County belongs or not. Mr. Hortsman feels if Otsego County provides STERPB with some type of in-kind reports, this would suffice. The committee asked Ms. Carlton to provide STERPDB with the reports. Ms. Carlton said the Otsego County Fair wanted to know if the county was going to have a table at the fair this year. Planning has been getting the displays together and setting the tables up for three or four years. After discussion the committee felt it was a good idea to keep a display at the Otsego County Fair this year. Ms. Carlton said she has been contacted by a firm called MEGA about going over our electric payments for the past 10 years. If MEGA finds that the county has been overcharged, then they take a percentage of the refund. Committee approved Ms. Carlton taking the request to the Budget, Ways and Means Committee. Ms. Carlton requested the letter of appreciation from the Town of Maryland be put in her employment file. Representative Relic moved to approve. Seconded, Dubben. Total: 3; Ayes: 3. Motion carried. TRANSPORTATION – DIANE CARLTON Ms. Carlton said she received a bid from Coach USA on the RFP for the transportation and Medicaid part of the bus system. The price is approximately $124,000.00 more than last year. Ms. Carlton received a letter from Bernie Bus Services stating they would have liked to bid on the bus system, but could not get the data they requested from PTS. Ms. Carlton wrote a letter to PTS asking for the data, but to date her request has not been answered. Ms. Carlton will contact PTS again. After discussion the committee asked Ms. Carlton to get an extension on the Medicaid route from PTS. The committee did not accept the bid from PTS. Ms. Carlton said the four new buses are in Elmira getting the stripes and lettering put on. Ms. Carlton said there is a floater bus that the county could use. The only cost to the county is to register and insure the vehicle. Representative Relic moved to approve. Seconded, Dubben. Total: 3; Ayes: 3. Motion carried. OCCA – TERESA WINCHESTER Ms. Winchester requested 1,333 trail maps for OCCA. Last year Ms. Winchester came to the Intergovernmental Affairs Committee to request 2,000 maps for OCCA and 2,000 maps for the Adirondack Mountain Club. After discussion Representative Relic moved to give Ms. Winchester the 1,333 maps. Seconded, Dubben. Total: 3; Ayes: 3. Motion carried. TOURISM – DEB TAYLOR, ERIC PAIGE Mr. Paige requested committee approval to increase the tourist booth attendants' salary to $6.00 per hour. Representative Dubben moved to approve. Seconded, Relic. Total: 3; Ayes: 3. Motion carried. Mr. Paige said County Attorney Jim Konstanty feels the Tourism Advisory Board should not be making recommendations on how the bed tax money is awarded. Mr. Konstanty feels the board members have a conflict of interest. Ms. Taylor has looked at INTERGOVERNMENTAL AFFAIRS COMMITTEE Page 3 May 14, 2002 how Essex County disburses their bed tax money and feels this would be a good way for Otsego County to go. Ms. Taylor and Mr. Paige will look at the numbers and have a report for the committee at the June committee meeting. Ms. Taylor said she is looking at 3,000 square feet of space in the Telecenter at 250 Main Street in Oneonta. The space can be obtained at a good price. The front space can be used for retail, putting brochure racks, etc, the middle room for conference space and the back rooms for Tourism offices. There is $25,000.00 set aside for the “Welcome Center”, part of which could be used for rent. There is furniture, etc that comes with the office, and they will be able to use the interns at the Telecenter. Maintenance is also included. After discussion the committee asked Ms. Taylor to get a written proposal on the rent and contact the committee for its approval. Ms. Taylor will then have to go to the Buildings Committee for its approval. Ms. Taylor requested permission to contract and have a resolution prepared with Dodge Graphics for printing the travel guide. The cost is $24,400, plus 10% to cover the overage, for a total of $26,840.00. Representative Relic moved to approve. Seconded, Dubben. Total: 3; Ayes: 3. Motion carried. Ms. Taylor updated the committee on what else they are working on. Ms. Taylor requested permission for the following meetings. There is money in the budget to cover the cost. - Spring Tourism Promotion Agency Meeting in Hudson Valley – June 10 – 11, 2002. Lodging - $79.00, Meals - $50.00, Mileage - $115.00 for a total of $244.00. - Finger Lake Wine Trails in Corning – June 13, 2002. The only cost is for mileage - $115.00. - Education Seminar for Tourism Organizations in Portland, Oregon – August 24 – 28, 2002. Registration - $350.00, Lodging - $600.00, Meals - $150.00, Mileage - $60.00, Parking $40.00, Airfare $440.00 for a total of $1,670.00. Representative Dubben moved to approve. Seconded, Relic. Total: 3; Ayes: 3. Motion carried. There being no further business to discuss, the committee adjourned until Tuesday, June 18, 2002 at 9:30 a.m.
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