WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE MEETING
Monday, April 26, 2021 - 10:00 AM
James Monty, Chairperson
Thomas Scozzafava, Vice-Chairperson
Chairman Monty called this Ways and Means Committee to order at 10:00 am with the following Supervisors in attendance: Clayton Barber, Robin DeLoria, Archie Depo, Stephanie DeZalia, Shaun Gillilland, Joseph Giordano, Roy Holzer, Kenneth Hughes, Steve McNally, Jim Monty, Noel Merrihew, Tom Scozzafava, Jeffrey Subra, Ike Tyler, Joe Pete Wilson and Davina Winemiller.† Charlie Harrington and Jay Rand were excused.
Department Heads present: James Dougan, Judy Garrison, Dan Palmer, Dave Reynolds and Dan Manning.
Also present:† Matt Watts
Media present:† Sun News, Tim Rowland
MONTY:† Good morning.† I will call the ways and means committee to order.† Please stand for the pledge.† Thank you.† Roll call please.†
Monday, April 12, 2021
Chairman Ė J. Giordano†† Vice-Chairman - C. Harrington
1. RESOLUTION DECLARING THE MONTH OF APRIL 2021 AS CHILD ABUSE PREVENTION MONTH.† Tyler, unanimous
2. RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE APPOINTMENT OF BOB WOUGHTER AS A MEMBER OF THE MENTAL HEALTH SUBCOMMITTEE, FOR A TERM EFFECTIVE JANUARY 1, 2021 TO DECEMBER 31, 2024.† Hughes, Wilson
3. RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING A BUDGET AMENDMENT IN THE PUBLIC HEALTH DEPARTMENT INCREASING REVENUES AND APPROPRIATIONS IN THE AMOUNT OF $9,507.04, 2020 CARRY OVER COVID RESPONSE.† Winemiller, Depo
4. RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING A BUDGET AMENDMENT IN THE PUBLIC HEALTH DEPARTMENT INCREASING REVENUES AND APPROPRIATIONS IN THE AMOUNT OF $42,855.29, 2020 CARRY OVER ATKINSON AWARD.† Scozzafava, Giordano
5. RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING A BUDGET AMENDMENT IN THE PUBLIC HEALTH DEPARTMENT INCREASING REVENUES AND APPROPRIATIONS IN THE AMOUNT OF $2,853.03, 2020 CARRY OVER MEDICAL RESERVE CORP.† Subra, Holzer
6. RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING A BUDGET AMENDMENT IN THE PUBLIC HEALTH DEPARTMENT INCREASING REVENUES AND APPROPRIATIONS IN THE AMOUNT OF $1,109,515.85, 2020 CARRY OVER DSRIP.† Tyler, Giordano
7. RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING A BUDGET AMENDMENT IN THE PUBLIC HEALTH DEPARTMENT INCREASING REVENUES AND APPROPRIATIONS IN THE AMOUNT OF $13,566.00, 2020 CARRY OVER NYSDOH IMMUNIZATION ACTION PLAN.† Subra, Depo
8. RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING A BUDGET AMENDMENT IN THE PUBLIC HEALTH DEPARTMENT INCREASING REVENUES AND APPROPRIATIONS IN THE AMOUNT OF $67,446.03, 2020 CARRY OVER COVID 19 GRANT.† Tyler, Winemiller
9. RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE PURCHASING AGENT TO PURCHASE TWO (2) VEHICLES IN THE PUBLIC HEALTH DEPARTMENT IN AN AMOUNT NOT TO EXCEED $55,000.00, WITH DSRIP FUNDS.† Tyler, Barber
HUGHES:† These are non-electric vehicles correct?
PALMER: Right, they would be just regular yes.
MONTY:† Any further discussion?† All in favor signify by saying aye, opposed Ė carried.
10. RESOLUTION PROCLAIMING THE MONTH OF MAY 2021 AS OLDER AMERICANS MONTH.† ††Scozzafava, unanimous
11. RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING A BUDGET AMENDMENT IN THE OFFICE FOR THE AGING DEPARTMENT INCREASING REVENUES AND APPROPRIATIONS IN THE AMOUNT OF $20,346.00, COVID-19 STIMULUS FUNDING.† Giordano, Tyler
Monday, April 12, 2021
Chairman Ė S. McNally†††† Vice-Chairman Ė I. Tyler
12. RESOLUTION OF APPRECIATION TO THE ESSEX COUNTY 9-1-1 COMMUNICATIONS CENTERS CALL TAKER/DISPATCHERS DURING NATIONAL TELECOMMUNICATIONS WEEK APRIL 11-17, 2021.† Hughes, unanimous
13. RESOLUTION OF APPRECIATION TO EMS PROVIDERS IN ESSEX COUNTY DURING EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES WEEK, MAY 16-22, 2021.† Subra, unanimous
MONTY:† We are going to withdraw resolution #14, because weíre going to introduce it at regular meeting next Monday on the Local Law authorizing 12 and 13-year-old licensed hunters to hunt deer with a firearm or crossbow during regular season with the supervision of a licensed adult.† We can introduce it only at a regular meeting so we will do it but it will be done Monday.† I need a motion to withdraw.
14. WITHDRAWN:† RESOLUTION TO BEGIN INTRODUCTION TO A LOCAL LAW ENTITLED, ďA LOCAL LAW AUTHORIZING 12 AND 13 YEAR OLD LICENSED HUNTERS TO HUNT DEER WITH A FIREARM OR CROSSBOW DURING HUNTING SEASON WITH THE SUPERVISION OF A LICENSED ADULTĒ† Tyler, Hughes
MONTY:† Discussion?† No discussion, all in favor signify by saying aye, opposed Ė carried.
15. RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING ESSEX COUNTY ON BEHALF OF THE PUBLIC DEFENDERíS OFFICE TO ACCEPT A THREE-YEAR NYS INDIGENT LEGAL SERVICE GRANT IN THE AMOUNT OF $191,496.00 AND DISTRIBUTION GRANT #11 IN THE AMOUNT OF $63,832.00 FOR YEAR 1 AND AUTHORIZING THE CHAIRMAN OR COUNTY MANAGER TO EXECUTE THE SAME.† Tyler, Scozzafava
Monday, April 12, 2021
Chairman Ė I. Tyler††† Vice-Chairman Ė R. Holzer†††
16. RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING A BUDGET AMENDMENT IN THE COMMUNITY RESOURCES DEPARTMENT INCREASING REVENUES AND APPROPRIATIONS IN THE AMOUNT OF $74,891.57 - GOVERNORíS OFFICE OF STORM RECOVERY, JAY EMERGENCY CENTER.† Holzer, Depo
17. RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING A BUDGET AMENDMENT IN THE COMMUNITY RESOURCES DEPARTMENT, INCREASING REVENUES AND APPROPRIATIONS IN THE AMOUNT OF $150,263.00 - GOVERNORíS OFFICE OF STORM RECOVERY, GULF BROOK - PHASE 2.† Wilson, Winemiller
18. RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING A BUDGET AMENDMENT IN THE COMMUNITY RESOURCES DEPARTMENT, INCREASING REVENUES AND APPROPRIATIONS IN THE AMOUNT OF $748,996.15 - GOVERNORíS OFFICE OF STORM RECOVERY, EAST BRANCH OF THE AUSABLE RIVER PROJECT.† Wilson, Depo
19. RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING A BUDGET AMENDMENT IN THE COMMUNITY RESOURCES DEPARTMENT, INCREASING REVENUES AND APPROPRIATIONS IN THE AMOUNT OF $1,454,133.79 - GOVERNORíS OFFICE OF STORM RECOVERY, GULF BROOK 3/BEEDE BROOK.† Wilson, Depo
20. RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING A BUDGET AMENDMENT IN THE COMMUNITY RESOURCES DEPARTMENT, INCREASING REVENUES AND APPROPRIATIONS IN THE AMOUNT OF $60,465.96 - CLEANER, GREENER.† Giordano, DeZalia
21. RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE SUBMISSION OF A COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANT APPLICATION. Giordano, Merrihew
DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS
Monday, April 19, 2021
Chairman Ė R. DeLoria†††† ViceĖChairman Ė A. Depo
22. RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE COUNTY CHAIRMAN OR COUNTY MANAGER TO EXECUTE A DEDUCTION TO A CHANGE ORDER WITH REALE CONSTRUCTION IN THE AMOUNT OF ($31,567.80) FOR THE PHASE 2 GULF BROOK RESTORATION PROJECT LOCATED IN THE TOWN OF KEENE.† Wilson, DeLoria
23. RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE COUNTY CHAIRMAN OR COUNTY MANAGER TO EXECUTE A CONTRACT AMENDMENT WITH REALE CONSTRUCTION IN AN AMOUNT NOT TO EXCEED $22,800.00, FOR LABOR AND EQUIPMENT NECESSARY FOR ROAD RECONSTRUCTION OF A SECTION OF THE TRACY ROAD, LOCATED IN THE TOWN OF NORTH HUDSON WITH FUNDS TO COME FROM BUDGETED FUNDS.† Depo, Scozzafava
24. RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE COUNTY CHAIRMAN OR COUNTY MANAGER TO EXECUTE A CONTRACT AMENDMENT WITH REALE CONSTRUCTION IN AN AMOUNT NOT TO EXCEED $15,300.00, FOR LABOR AND EQUIPMENT NECESSARY FOR ROAD RECONSTRUCTION OF TWO SECTIONS OF THE PILFERSHIRE ROAD, LOCATED IN THE TOWN OF MORIAH WITH FUNDS TO COME FROM BUDGETED FUNDS.† Scozzafava, Giordano
25. RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE COUNTY CHAIRMAN OR COUNTY MANAGER TO EXECUTE A CONTRACT AMENDMENT WITH SCHODER RIVERS ASSOCIATES IN AN AMOUNT NOT TO EXCEED $48,800.00, PROFESSIONAL ENGINEERING SERVICES FOR THE SIMONDS HILL ROAD OVER THE BOQUET RIVER BRIDGE REPLACEMENT PROJECT LOCATED IN THE TOWN OF ELIZABETHTOWN WITH FUNDS TO COME FROM BUDGETED FUNDS. †Merrihew, Depo
Monday, April 19, 2021
Chairman Ė S. DeZalia†††† Vice-Chairman Ė J. Giordano
26. RESOLUTION ACCEPTING THE SEMI-ANNUAL MORTGAGE TAX REPORT 10/01/2020 Ė 3/31/2021.† Scozzafava, DeZalia
27. RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE COUNTY CHAIRMAN OR COUNTY MANAGER TO EXECUTE A LEASE EXTENSION WITH FORT TICONDEROGA ASSOCIATION FOR A FIVE-YEAR TERM AND OPTIONS, IN THE AMOUNT OF $17,222.92, WHICH INCLUDES 3% INCREASE EACH YEAR FOR COLA, SUBJECT TO REVIEW AND AMENDMENT BY THE COUNTY ATTORNEY.† Giordano, Wilson
FINANCE/TAX REDUCTION/MANDATE RELIEF
Monday, April 19, 2021
Chairman Ė T. Scozzafava†††† Vice-Chairman Ė N. Merrihew
28. RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE ESSEX COUNTY CLERKíS OFFICE AND DEPARTMENT OF MOTOR VEHICLES OBSERVE SUMMER HOURS FROM 8:00 A.M. TO 4:00 P.M. FOR THE MONTHS OF MAY, JUNE, JULY AND AUGUST 2021.† DeZalia, Scozzafava
HUGHES:† Is this for in person appointments that are not scheduled a head of time?† Anybody can just walk in?
PALMER: No, the State still has not allowed DMV to open, everything is by appointment only right now.† Joe was going to check on that.† I guess a couple of counties have moved forward without the Governorís permission but I think it was something he was going to look at but right now DMV is still appointment only.
HUGHES:† Okay, thank you.
MONTY:† Any further questions?† All in favor signify by saying aye, opposed Ė carried.
29. RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING TO INCREASE THE PETTY CASH DRAWER IN THE ESSEX COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF MOTOR VEHICLES ELIZABETHTOWN OFFICE IN THE AMOUNT OF $100.00; AND FURTHER AUTHORIZE SETTING UP TWO $50.00 PETTY CASH DRAWERS AND A $150.00 CASH DRAWER IN THE ESSEX COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF MOTOR VEHICLES LAKE PLACID OFFICE FROM BUDGETED FUNDS.† Depo, Subra
30. RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING HANNAH CARSON TO SIGN VOUCHERS IN THE ABSENCE OF THE REAL PROPERTY TAX DIRECTOR.† Barber, Giordano
HUGHES:† What is Ms. Carsonís position?
PALMER:† Sheís a Real Property Tax Aide right now.† I think she is being promoted to another level title a little higher up.
MONTY:† Any other questions?† All in favor signify by saying aye, opposed Ė carried.
31. RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE ESSEX COUNTY TREASURERíS OFFICE OBSERVE SUMMER HOURS FROM 8:00 A.M. TO 4:00 P.M. FOR THE MONTHS OF MAY, JUNE, JULY, AUGUST AND SEPTEMBER 2021.† Scozzafava, Hughes
GIORDANO: We talked about trying to correlate the same months with the Department of Motor Vehicles and County Clerkís office, wasnít there some discussion on that?
GARRISON:† He included May.
GIORDANO:† You donít have September in there.
MONTY:† You donít have September for the Clerkís and Motor Vehicles but have August.
GARRISON:† No, not for the County Clerkís office I believe for September but Mike included May.
GIORDANO:† Yes, so May, June, July and August for all those departments so just take off September.
GARRISON:† No, I think Mike asked to include September.
SCOZZAFAVA:† Dan, how many I mean most people that come to Elizabethtown itís not just the one stop shop you might be visiting two or three different departments and I always thought that maybe we need to take these departments that the public usually come to see and put them all on summer hours?† So if you get here at four or three and find one is closed Ė
PALMER:† The majority of our departments are eight to four.
SCOZZAFAVA: Are we all?
PALMER:† Yes, a majority of the departments are eight to four.
SCOZZAFAVA:† So itís only these two here?
PALMER: Yes, these ones are and actually Clerk of the Boardís too are defined in county law as to having to be open from nine to five and the only way you can change those hours is by resolution of this board thatís why you see this resolution for these particular departments come up at this time every year but typically every department around here is open eight to four.† I mean some of us start earlier.† I start at seven and my department goes to five to be honest Linda doesnít leave until five but weíre are not controlled by law those other departments are thatís why you see those changes.
SCOZZAFAVA: Thank you.
GIORDANO:† The only question I had is resolution #28 and this resolution, werenít we trying to correlate them all for the same months?
PALMER:† Well we were but I donít know that Mike doesnít want to go beyond August.† I think he could if you approved it so Iíll have that discussion with him before the regular.† He may have originally, I think he did say June to September and then when we moved it back to May start we probably should have moved it back to August but Iíll ask him.
MONTY: Any other questions?† All in favor signify by saying aye, opposed Ė carried.
32. RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING A TRANSFER OF UNEXPENDED FUNDS IN THE AMOUNT OF $211,102.78, IN THE INFORMATION SYSTEMS DEPARTMENT 2020 BUDGET TO CAPITAL PROJECT 13-2.† Depo, Hughes
33. RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING A BUDGET AMENDMENT IN THE INFORMATION SYSTEMS DEPARTMENT INCREASING REVENUES AND APPROPRIATIONS IN THE AMOUNT OF $8,492.89, CYBER SECURITY GRANT PROGRAM.† Hughes, Barber
34. RESOLUTION URGING THE GOVERNOR AND FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO EXPAND BROADBAND AND RURAL CELLULAR COVERAGE TO ALL NEW YORKERS.† Depo, DeZalia
SCOZZAFAVA:† On my way here this morning I see, maybe Noel can help me, I see them running cable on Lincoln Pond Road way out by Lincoln Pond.
SCOZZAFAVA:† Whoís doing that?
MONTY:† SLIC is putting it in.
SCOZZAFAVA:† SLIC?† So they are headed south.
MONTY: I donít necessarily know they are headed South.† I know they are doing Lincoln Pond.
SCOZZAFAVA:† They have enough people out there to do that?
MONTY:† SLIC has hired as many independents as they possibly can to run fiber for them.
SCOZZAFAVA:† I mean enough customers, subscribers?
MONTY: Lincoln Pond?† Oh yeah, Lincoln Pond has several probably 30 both ends of the pond.
SCOZZAFAVA: I have areas of thirty and Spectrum wonít go near them because they are two miles down the road.
MONTY: I canít speak on that.† I understand your pain.
MONTY:† Also so youíre aware, letís vote on this. All in favor signify by saying aye, opposed Ė carried.† The North Country Broadband Alliance which we formed, Mr. Hughes is on that with us, weíre putting together a Zoom meeting with Dan Stecís office, Matt Simpsonís office, Billy Jonesí office and as many small providers as possible because there is pending legislation going in Albany looking for support for these smaller providers these Charters and Spectrums multi-million dollar corporations where the pole tax and the build out taxes are really destroying the small time providers and really something definitely needs to be done so thatís coming up probably the middle of May where we sit down and have that meeting and weíll let you know how that goes.
SCOZZAFAVA:† Thank you.
PALMER: Jim, can I just go back.† Now I do remember what Mike Diskin said on resolution #31, he wanted to wait until after Labor Day because he figured he would have people off so heíll come back full, right after Labor Day but I think there really is a few daysí difference between what they are saying.† Joe is saying end of August; Mike is saying after Labor Day in September.
MONTY: Thank you.
35. RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE EXECUTION OF A CONTRACT BETWEEN ENERGY IMPROVEMENT CORPORATION AND ESSEX COUNTY RELATIVE TO THE ESTABLISHMENT OF AN ENERGIZE NY OPEN C-PACE FINANCING PROGRAM WITHIN ESSEX COUNTY AS AUTHORIZED BY LOCAL LAW NO. 3 OF 2021 ENTITLED ďENERGIZE NY OPEN C-PACE FINANCING PROGRAM LOCAL LAWĒ† Merrihew, Giordano
36. RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE COUNTY CHAIRMAN OR COUNTY MANAGER TO EXECUTE A SITE LEASE AGREEMENT WITH NORTH COUNTRY PUBLIC RADIO FOR THE INSTALLATION OF A COMMUNICATION ANTENNA AND RELATED EQUIPMENT AT TERRY MOUNTAIN. Merrihew, Depo
HUGHES:† Two questions, what is the length of the agreement and does the county collect revenue on that agreement?
MONTY:† Max can you come up?
THWAITS:† It is a five-year lease with the County collecting $2,334.03, with a 3% increase each year.
MONTY:† Any other questions for Max?† Thank you.† Any further questions on the resolution?† All in favor signify by saying aye, opposed Ė carried.
37. RESOLUTION AMENDING RESOLUTION #207 OF SEPTEMBER 8, 2020, FROM THE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE; #5. MENTAL HEALTH DEPARTMENT Ė AMEND TO READ, CONTRACT FOR PSYCHIATRIC MEDICAL CONSULTANT, 4 HOURS PER WEEK AT $220.00 PER HOUR WITH A CONTRACT TERM BEGINNING MAY 1, 2021, FOR 3 YEARS NOT TO EXCEED $46,000 A YEAR.† Giordano, DeZalia
38. RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE ESSEX COUNTY BOARD OF ELECTIONS OBSERVE SUMMER HOURS FROM 8:00 A.M. TO 4:00 P.M. FOR THE MONTHS OF MAY, JUNE, JULY, AUGUST AND SEPTEMBER 2021.† Tyler, Giordano
MONTY:† And I believe discussion was there after Labor Day coming back.
PALMER: Yeah, thatís true. Weíll probably move Joeís to that same date just so they are all consistent.
MONTY: Any questions?† No questions, signify by saying aye, opposed Ė carried.
39. RESOLUTION OF APPRECIATION AND RECOGNITION TO THE ESSEX COUNTY SHERIFFíS DEPARTMENT CORRECTION STAFF IN HONOR OF NATIONAL CORRECTIONAL OFFICERS WEEK, MAY 2-10, 2021.† Holzer, unanimous
40. RESOLUTION RECOGNIZING MAY 15, 2021, AS NATIONAL PEACE/POLICE OFFICERS MEMORIAL DAY AND THE WEEK OF MAY 9-15, 2021, AS NATIONAL POLICE WEEK.† Tyler, unanimous
41. RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE COUNTY CHAIRMAN OR COUNTY MANAGER TO EXECUTE A CONTRACT AMENDMENT WITH VHB ENGINEERING IN THE AMOUNT OF $10,200.00 FOR GIS MAP CONVERSION BEYOND THE ORIGINAL SCOPE OF WORK AND FURTHER AUTHORIZING PAYMENT OF $3,000.00 FOR TECHNICAL SUPPORT OF THE COUNTY GIS PARCEL VIEWER WITH FUNDS TO COME FROM BUDGETED FUNDS.† Scozzafava, Depo
WINEMILLER: This is for Real Property?
PALMER: Yeah, this is for Real Property they actually had a grant fund that most of the GIS work was done on but once they got into the project they realized these things had to be addressed as well so these are the additional items and weíre taking them out of their consulting budget, that is already budgeted.
WINEMILLER: I know in the past couple weeks they had trouble at Real Property with the GIS?
PALMER:† Thatís when they noticed they needed to do these different thing yes.
WINEMILLER: Okay thank you.
MONTY: Any other questions?
HUGHES:† I just want to say that the parcel viewer is an awesome tool.† I have used it almost every day for something and Iím glad itís available for the public and it is very user friendly so thank you for making it available.
MONTY:† Thank you. Any further questions?† No further questions, all in favor signify by saying aye, opposed Ė carried.† Mr. Palmer do you have anything?†
PALMER: I donít.
MONTY: Mr. Manning?
MONTY:† Chairman Gillilland would you like to update us on Covid or anything of that nature Sir?
GILLILLAND:† Well we are, people are not getting vaccinated.† It has definitely slowed way, way down nationally.† Linda I concurred and they are just going to keep going and if they pick up a POD that has 20 people then they have a POD of 20 people. The State has reversed its stance on seven days to use or lose the vaccine but they have rescinded that so please do not pull the pressure off in having people get vaccinated because you know, this thing can come back like gang busters and it seems to be mutating all the time.† Thatís kind of where we are nationally and if we donít use our vaccine they are going to ship it to India so letís put it in our arms first.
MONTY:† Any questions for Mr. Gillilland?
HUGHES:† Itís not a question itís more of a just a statement FYI, yesterday was two weeks after my second dose of Pfizer and Iíve learned that and you are probably all aware of this too that you can sign up for the Excelsior pass on the Internet so Iím a tech guy and I like that kind of stuff so I actually did and Iím not sure when I will have the opportunity to use it but it was very easy to do and I couldnít do it until two weeks had passed but itís an app for both Android and Apple if you download it will grant permission to certain venues Iím assuming in the future once the infrastructure is there.† I was pleased to see New York State working with I think IBM to allow that to happen so itís an opportunity to take for your towns and yourself if you are interested.
MONTY:† Glad to know itís up and working. When they first put it out there it was hard to get in and get on.
HUGHES:† It took me thirty seconds to get a pass.† It was very quick.
MONTY: Thank you.
McNALLY:† Is there any guidelines on the Federal stimulus money to the counties?
PALMER:† National Association of Counties put out what out their legislative analysis for the American Rescue Plan Act and it gives a good breakdown. What Iíll do is Iíll PDF that to you guys just so you can have it. It talks about what is supposed to be funded and whatís anticipated to be funded.† We are also told that we needed to and Iím sure youíre all aware as well that we need to get our DUNS numbers and those things in place in the event of the transfer of any funds that would come.† My understanding is some of this funding would come and then youíre required to spend it according to the guidelines if and fact you donít spend it according to the guidelines they are going to ask you to pay it back.† It is intended to be I think a two-year payment.† Itís over both the í21 and í22 so whatever the amount that was allocated to us and to each of you as individual towns you would get half of it to start, you spend the money, you document how you spend the money, if itís accepted then you get to keep it if and fact you donít spend it properly they are going to ask you to return it. Thatís my understanding of the process now but I can get you out that American Rescue Plan Act which does kind of break down at least according to the National Association of Counties is what the rule is.† I have not seen anything specifically from the Federal Government that says, hereís the guidelines and hereís what you can spend it on but like I said the National Association of Counties did a nice breakdown of whatever it is.
SCOZZAFAVA: Yes, I was talking to the Comptrollerís Office probably a week ago and they told me that they are going to put something together and send it out to the individual towns and villages too.
PALMER:† Yes but these funds will my understanding will come directly to counties and towns. They are not passing Ė
GILLILLAND: Any town or municipality under 50,000 goes through the State.
McNALLY:† But thereís a time limit for money to be forwarded I believe itís 30 or 60 days.
PALMER:† Is that true of the counties too?
GILLILLAND:† No, counties are coming directly from the Federal Government.
McNALLY:† As summer approaches our town swells in population.† Is there any guidelines on 4th of July celebrations or any mass gatherings?
GILLILLAND: I continue to ask and continue to ask and the only thing that comes back is the 200 and 500 rule.† You can have 200, if you want 500 you basically have to contact Public Health but other than that 6 foot with a mask outdoors thatís the guidance for it.
SCOZZAFAVA: I thought it was 3 foot?
PALMER: No thatís schools.
GILLILLAND: That is in schools.
SCOZZAFAVA:† So it depends on where you are if itís six foot or three foot?
GILLILLAND: I did ask also when we could remover our mask with this particular venue they checked on that and they have not removed that yet they think sometime around July the CDC will amend it.
SCOZZAFAVA: I just read yesterday where if everybody in a room has been vaccinated and theyíve been through that period of time, two weeks you donít need a mask.† So, obviously we do?
PALMER:† The CDC hasnít changed that.
GILLILLAND:† The CDC guidance hasnít changed.
DELORIA:† To answer your question, the fourth of July has always been the Lions Club chicken BBQ and the way I understand this is first the towns have to decide the event to occur and if so we would authorize such to be done but then the Lions Club would then basically have to come up with their safety plan which is developed around the regulations but it has to be approved by the Essex County Department of Public Health.† Shaun is absolutely correct in the 500 rule thatís the maximum unfortunately Newcomb has around 1,000/1,200 a day two-hundred would be great but then youíre six foot with masks and then you go 500 that triggers this regulation that requires the responsible party which in this case would be the Lions Club to check them at the door and itís like taking somebodyís hat well, you know weíre going around on that but it doesnít appear that the Lions Club is going to buy into that.† They would have to take in and enforce the mandatory regulations as a private entity so I believe they are going to cancel this year but itís one more year, they are not going to change it.† We have been on the phone with Steve down in Albany, very helpful but the regulations still stand with no changes.
MONTY:† Anything else to come before the board?† Nothing else we stand adjourned.
††††††††††† As there was no further discussion to come before this ways and means committee it was adjourned at 10:35 a.m.
Judith Garrison, Clerk
Board of Supervisors