ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT/PLANNING/PUBLICITY COMMITTEE

Tuesday, January 16, 2024 - 10:00 AM

 

 

Ike Tyler, Chairperson

Clayton Barber, Vice-Chairperson

 

Supervisor Tyler called this Economic Development/Planning/Publicity Meeting to order at 10:00 am with the following Supervisors in attendance: Clayton Barber, Matt Brassard, Chris Clark, Robin DeLoria, Derek Doty, Shaun Gillilland, Charlie Harrington, Ken Hughes, Jim Monty, Cathleen Reusser, Favor Smith, Matthew Stanley, Ike Tyler, Joe Pete Wilson, Davina Winemiller, Margaret Wood and Mark Wright. Steve McNally was absent.

 

Department Heads present: Anna Reynolds and Jim Dougan.

 

Deputies present: Dina Garvey

 

News Media: Alania Penny

 

Also Present: Jody Olcott - IDA, Laurie Davis - Cornell Cooperative Extension, Mary Jane Lawrence and Michelle Clement - ROOST, Megan Murphy and Caitlyn Wargo - Adirondack Roots. Nicole Justice-Green - Essex County Land Bank and Aurora McCaffrey, Essex County Historian, had been previously excused.

 

TYLER: Good morning, everybody, Economic Development, we will start with Carol.

 

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††††††††††† The next item on the agenda was the Industrial Development Committee with Jody Olcott reporting as follows:

 

OLCOTT: We submitted our monthly report, unless you have questions, Iím good.

 

TYLER: Any questions? I donít see any madam, have a good day.

 

 

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††††††††††† The next item on the agenda was Community Resources with Anna Reynolds reporting as follows:

 

REYNOLDS: Good morning, everyone. Today I have four referrals. The first is for the Town of Minerva. It is for a use variance to covert a single family home with a garage into a car repair shop in the garage. The road is County Route 24, which is Irishtown Road. My recommendation was for the landowner to contact DPW in case of the change of the driveway from residential to commercial use, if thatís approved, just in case thereís an increase of traffic and things like that. So, thatís my comment.

 

TYLER: Do we have a resolution? Mr. Hughes and Mr. Doty.

 

ACTION OF THE ESSEX COUNTY PLANNING BOARD

ON REFERRALS RECEIVED FROM THE TOWN OF MINERVA

 

The following motion was made by Supervisor Hughes.

 

Whereas, the Essex County Planning board has considered the following GML 239 referrals at its regular meeting on January 16, 2024;

 

REFERRAL††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† PROPOSED ACTION

Town of Minerva - County Rte. 24, 21 Irishtown Rd.††††††† Use Variance - conversion of existing garage from residentialto commercial usage

 

And Whereas, none of the referred, proposed actions directly impacts a county road or county property.

 

Be It Adopted by the Essex County Planning Board recommendations the landowner contact Essex County Department of Public Works to ensure a permit is undertaken due to the residential versus commercial usage, and the respective referring bodies may take such final action as they deem appropriate.

 

This motion was seconded by Supervisor Doty and passed on a vote of9 in favor, and none opposed.

 

TYLER: Any discussion? All in favor? Opposed?

 

REYNOLDS: The next is the Town of Newcomb, the Planning Board and Code Enforcement Office submitted an updated site plan review to incorporate the campsite relocations, parking lot design and porches and deck to be added to the restaurant and lodge. Thereís no impact to the County and property and therefore a letter of no impact may be issued.

 

TYLER: Ms. Winemiller, and Mr. Harrington.

 

 

ACTION OF THE ESSEX COUNTY PLANNING BOARD

ON REFERRALS RECEIVED FROM THE TOWN OF NEWCOMB

 

The following motion was made by Supervisor Winemiller.

 

Whereas, the Essex County Planning board has considered the following GML 239 referrals at its regular meeting on January 16, 2024;

 

REFERRAL††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† PROPOSED ACTION

Town of Newcomb - 5410 State Rte. 28N†††††††††††††††††††††††††† updated site plan review - additions, updated parking lot design, cabins & tent platforms

 

And Whereas, none of the referred, proposed actions directly impacts a county road or county property.

 

Be It Adopted by the Essex County Planning Board that no recommendation or comment on the said referrals shall be or hereby is made, and the respective referring bodies may take such final action as they deem appropriate.

 

This motion was seconded by Supervisor Doty and passed on a vote of9 in favor, and none opposed.

 

TYLER: Any more discussion? All in favor? Opposed?

 

REYNOLDS: The Town of Ticonderoga, a special use permit is requested from the EP Land Services for the construction of a multi-unit housing complex, located behind the Walmart. I think many folks have learned about the 60-unit development proposed by Reagan, so itís pretty exciting for the Town of Ticonderoga. The contractors are all working on the appropriate documentation. Theyíve got APA and SHPO and their proper documentation submitted as they work toward the final design. Traffic studies with the DOT have also been completed. Right now thereís no impact to Essex County, itís off State Route 74, so a no comment letter maybe issued.

 

TYLER: Ms. Winemiller and second by Mr. Harrington.

 

ACTION OF THE ESSEX COUNTY PLANNING BOARD

ON REFERRALS RECEIVED FROM THE TOWN OF TICONDEROGA

 

The following motion was made by Supervisor Winemiller.

 

Whereas, the Essex County Planning board has considered the following GML 239 referrals at its regular meeting on January 16, 2024;

 

REFERRAL††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† PROPOSED ACTION

Town of Ticonderoga - State Rte. 74, ID150.2-26.120†††††† special use permit, construction of 60-unit housing complex

 

And Whereas, none of the referred, proposed actions directly impacts a county road or county property.

 

Be It Adopted by the Essex County Planning Board that no recommendation or comment on the said referrals shall be or hereby is made, and the respective referring bodies may take such final action as they deem appropriate.

 

This motion was seconded by Supervisor Harrington and passed on a vote of9 in favor, and none opposed.

 

TYLER: Any more discussion? All in favor? Opposed? Carried

 

REYNOLDS: And the Town of North Elba, the Village of Lake Placid are updating their land use code to incorporate cannabis dispensaries and use zones. Thereís no impact to County property and therefore a letter of no impact may be issued.

 

TYLER: Mr. Doty, seconded by Mr. Barber

 

ACTION OF THE ESSEX COUNTY PLANNING BOARD

ON REFERRALS RECEIVED FROM THE

TOWN OF NORTH ELBA/VILLAGE OF LAKE PLACID

 

The following motion was made by Supervisor Doty.

 

Whereas, the Essex County Planning board has considered the following GML 239 referrals at its regular meeting on January 16, 2024;

 

REFERRAL††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† PROPOSED ACTION

Town of North Elba/Village of Lake Placid†††††††††††††††† update to land use code to incorporate

†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† cannabis dispensaries and use zones

 

And Whereas, none of the referred, proposed actions directly impacts a county road or county property.

 

Be It Adopted by the Essex County Planning Board that no recommendation or comment on the said referrals shall be or hereby is made, and the respective referring bodies may take such final action as they deem appropriate.

 

This motion was seconded by Supervisor Barber and passed on a vote of9 in favor, and none opposed.

 

TYLER: Any questions or concerns? All in favor? Opposed?

 

REYNOLDS: Thatís all I have today.

 

MASCARENAS: Anna, could you quickly explain for new board members, the 239M process?

 

REYNOLDS: Yes, Iím sorry.

 

HUGHES: Maybe for current Board Members, too (laughter).

 

REYNOLDS: So, if you have a local land use law or zoning, itís a state requirement, actually, that you refer special use permits, use area variances and site plan review to the County if itís within 500 feet of a state or county road or property. So, if your planning board receives an application, if itís 500 feet of state and county, any road or property, it has to come before this Board for approval.

 

MASCARENAS: Right, so what you see, the letter of no comment that just got issued on all these projects, thatís where it ends. The Economic Development Committee acts on behalf of the County as the Planning Board, youíll never see a resolution at Full Board in regards to this, because it wouldnít meet the timeframe of the response time that we have to respond to these as they come in during the month. So, thatís what you see. So, if you have anything that comes across your desk, many towns are very good about it, where itís within 500 feet of the county property. Typically, we deal in roads, a lot of times youíll see that these end up in getting a highway permit, because they could impact our roads, etc. Make sure they get to Anna, so that she can get you the proper documentation that youíre in compliance.

 

HUGHES: Just a quick question, is it physically located within 500 feet or does it have to be visible?

 

REYNOLDS: Physical

 

HUGHES: Even if itís not visible?

 

REYNOLDS: Correct

 

MASCARENAS: Yeah, many times planning documents, theyíre subject to 239M, but until the physical plan in implemented, it doesnít have an impact on us. So, itís 6 one, Ĺ dozen the other. If you see those, get your referrals to Anna.

 

REYNOLDS: Yeah and itís not like a County requirement. Itís a state requirement to have the proper process on the towns we have. So, if you donít go through these channels, it could come back on the town, eventually. You missed a step, and you could be held accountable for that. So, if you donít know, just submit it, thatís always the rule of thumb, like if youíre not really sure if it qualifies or not to come to us, just send it anyway.

 

TYLER: Good questions, Mr. Hughes.

 

HUGHES: Thank you.

 

TYLER: Any other questions? Thank you, Anna, have a fun day.

 

MASCARENAS: Thanks Anna.

 

 

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††††††††††† The next item on the agenda was the Essex County Historian, Aurora McCaffrey having been previously excused.

 

 

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††††††††††† The next item on the agenda was Cornell Cooperative Extension, with Laurie Davis reporting as follows:

 

DAVIS: Good morning, you have our report and I just wanted to mention a couple of highlights. In our Ag program section, I just wanted to note that weíre officially launching our new offering of a one on one marketing support for all our Adirondack Harvest members and Farmer Market Managers and this is through a grant that we just received. So, we can do three hours of free consulting with these market managers or Adirondack Harvest members, itís completely free to them. I did give you a handout on a ski ride program that we have coming up for 4H kids. If you know of a kid thatís not a 4H kid and wants to participate in this, itís absolutely fine. they just need to call the office and weíll get them registered. But, this has been a really popular offering that weíve had during the winters. We have a staff member whoís really into this and the kids have a lot of fun.

I did want to note, too, that we have our babysitting course coming up in February. This is also very popular. We do this in collaboration with Clinton County Cornell Cooperative Extension and that is open to all youth. You do not have to be registered with 4H.

And finally, I just wanted to note that some of you have probably seen that we are looking for a new youth and family senior team leader for our office. The position actually closed on Sunday, but I just heard has been extended for one more week, so we would love to have some more applicants for that. We actually, it looks very promising. We do have four very good applicants for that positions. I am really optimistic about it, but it will be open for another week. If you know of anyone. You have to have a masterís degree and thatís the catch on it, but otherwise we would love to have those applications. So, any questions?

 

WINEMILLER: Since the skiing is open to kids who are not in 4HÖ

 

DAVIS: They just have to get registered. So, the babysitting they donít have to register for 4H, weíll just do the training, but in order to participate in this, we need to get them as fully registered 4H members, which you call the office and we fill out the paperwork to do that. So, it shouldnít something that restricts any youth from enrolling.

 

WINEMILLER: Okay, do you have another flyer that maybe explains that. Iím fear is if I put this out on ours, we donít have 4H in our area, so we might have kids that want to go.

 

DAVIS: Gotcha, thereís a registration on the bottom, which I think if they go to that link it will explain it, but youíre right, it doesnít fully get that.

 

WINEMILLER: It looks limited, thatís all.

 

DAVIS: Right, right, because it is easier to just get the 4H kids in there, but 4H enrollment is always open, year around to anyone. So, I can actually, Iíll have the person whoís sort of running 4H, now, maybe she can just forward that registration information to each of your emails so you just have it.

 

HUGHES: Good morning, you and Elizabeth and your team continue to do a great job, so kudos and success to 2024. My question is related to, obviously youíre always recruiting kids, youíre trying to recruit kids into your programs, what does 4H or Cornell look like in schools when it comes to trying to recruit kids, because thatís where kids are, theyíre in schools. Is it just in guidance counseling offices, is it in other certain subject areas or levels?

 

DAVIS: Good question, I know that weíve had, we are actually present in several schools for after school programming. So, we do try to reach out to the guidance office to all of the schools. I know that and offer to either start a 4H club there or just offer programming. Weíve also had sort of ďget to know usĒ times when schools are, you know, back to schools nights were the schools are introducing the programs. Weíve been there, but weíre hoping, what weíre really hoping is this new person that we will be hiring, hopefully very soon, in the next few weeks will be well skilled in communication, because we feel like we havenít gotten the word out well enough and we want to reach far and wide to let people know what 4H is, where the kids can find it, because you know, weíve heard from people in towns that say, well, thereís no 4H in our town. Well, there could be, but they donít know how and we havenít communicated that. So, thatís a huge goal for us this year and itís not just, we would love to have kids showing animals at the fair, but itís not just that. So, itís STEAM, itís all sorts of different things that we can offer and itís been a big communication problem, but we are, itís our top goal for the new person. So, we want to get more into schools, let the kids know, I think we actually sent stuff, it might have been to Boquet Valley Central School, we have flyers go home with all the kids, at one point. But, who knows where the flyers end up before they go home. Continue to reach out, but great question and something that weíre committed to work on this year.

 

HUGHES: Great, good luck.

 

MONTY: I believe, Laurie, you guys did a program at our summer youth, last summer. You guys went in and put on a thing and that was very well received by both staff and the kids.

 

DAVIS: Yeah, our staff have a ton of fun, especially with the summer program and weíve taken the kids to the farmers markets, weíve done programming right on site, so thatís another big component to keeping the 4H going all summer.

 

MONTY: Thank you

 

DAVIS: Thanks for noticing.

 

REUSSER: Do you work with the Social Center here in Elizabethtown or another youth groups in the County?

 

DAVIS: We have not, our 4H Educator, I donít think has reached out there, but we do have a new part-time 4H person, who just asked me on Friday, she said, what if I went down to the Social Center in Etown and tried to do a program down there? I said, absolutely, hereís the contact information. So, great question, hopefully, soon.

 

REUSSER: Very good

 

TYLER: Anything else? Thank you, Laurie.

 

DAVIS: Alright, thank you.

 

 

 

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††††††††††† The next item was the Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism (ROOST), with Mary Jane Lawrence and Michelle Clement reporting as follows:

 

LAWRENCE: Good morning, happy winter. So, happy to see some snow, canít even tell you. So, I am just going to give you a couple of updates on the eclipse and some of our regional promotions. Michelle is going to queue up our end of the year video and then sheís just going to talk a little bit about that and this video is short and then weíll move on.

So, just a couple of things, as many of you know, weíve been doing what we call the ROOST Roadshow for the Eclipse. Weíve done 10 public meetings, and of course the goal is to communicate with all of the towns within our area of responsibility on designated viewing areas and the goal is to have people go where we want them to go and not where we donít want them to go and once we have these designated viewing areas, thereís opportunity to build out with bathrooms, porta-potties, garbage removal and then talking to the businesses about, one; if youíre traditionally open, think about if your restaurant, reducing your menu items and thinking about more of less and of course, if youíre not open, consider being open, because we know that there will be an influx of people in an non-traditional time of the year, which is April. So, we have more meetings coming up. We have Wilmington. North Elba, Essex, Etown, Ticonderoga, St. Armand and weíll also have Emergency Services meeting and then weíre going to go from there, so you know what the next steps are. But, we are building out our Eclipse 2024 website. It will have all the designated areas for the traveler to know where to go and of course lodging and any events that are going to be taking place within those towns and communities, weíre promoting that, as well. weíre asking any private businesses that are having events to consider staggering to help with the influx and out-flux of traffic. Weíre also promoting the longer stay. So, right now weíre seeing an overnight stay is Sunday-Monday, weíre reaching out to lodging properties to include Tuesday, maybe stay Tuesday and get something to keep people from all leaving at the same time, because, historically we know thatís been a problem for other regions that have had the eclipse. We have the glasses, we actually have 20,000 of them and we have posters that we have distributed and again, we do have towns that are like stop promoting. We are not promoting, weíre definitely not promoting. Weíre trying to manage the situation. So, weíre not out there saying, come on everybody, come to the Adirondacks in April. Weíre just saying, if youíre coming, this is where you should go. Thatís the update on the eclipse.

And then Iím just touch on a couple of regional promotions that weíre working on. Weíre currently at the American Bus Association in Nashville promoting the region. The goal is to get bus tours to come in at different parts of the State, travel around Essex County and stay here for overnight stay and weíre collaborating with Ticonderoga and also the Wild Center, as well as some lodging properties. So, we went last year and found it very successful, so weíre back again this year. Weíre going to the New York City Travel and Adventure Show, thatís also a market where thereís a lot of people. We get a tremendous amount of interest in the Adirondacks and we get a lot of leads from that.

Last but not least, we are just finishing up that Adirondack Travel Map and that is a road map that we will, again, be distributing around the region.

We are also collaborating with the Adirondack Mountain Club, a press release for the eclipse and again, thatís leave no trace, not to be in the backcountry, where to go during the eclipse. Any questions on that? What will we talk about when thereís not an eclipse? Something else, right? We said that after the World University Games, and here we are.

Okay, Michelleís going to take over and welcome to the new supervisors, itís nice to meet everybody and weíll be reaching out individually to introduce ourselves. That was supposed to be in the beginning, sorry.

 

CLEMENT: Thank you very much, MJ and so today I am here and I want to talk to you a little bit about the end of the year report. This is a really fun project that we work on as an entire team, that throughout the year we keep a working document that on day to day weíre working through our, what we call our normal program of work, our marketing, our social media, our website updates, our content updates, thereís a lot of work that happens on a day to day basis, but along with that thereís a lot of really fun projects that were working on, whether itís a new map or a new guide for a community, something really cool, like welcoming travel writers to the region and getting some really high accolades with national publication, thereís a lot of different projects that do throughout the year.

In 2023, we talk about the eclipse a lot now, but this time last year we were talking about the eclipse and gearing up to launch a website and a brand, so that we were in a good position rolling into it in 2024.

So, throughout the year thereís those types of projects that we work on and we create every year and we consider our end of the year report, which is a printed document, that we will be bringing to the Board, very shortly, itís at the printer as we speak and weíll be rolling it out this week, along with that comes a video, which is going to be rolled out, via email or social media later this week. We wanted to give you a sneak preview of what that looks like. So, Iíll play it and talk a little bit more. (VIDEO PLAYED)

Thank you and thatís just a high level overview, it was really hard to for the team to come together and kind of pick and choose. We realized that even 3 minutes is a little bit long to be able to summarize a year, we wanted to keep it where itís still digestible, weíre not watching a Ĺ hour TV program, so we had to pick and choose some of the different projects that are highlighted in the video and again this is just to kind of tease and highlight that longer format, print report which goes through some of the different members, of our accomplishments in more detail and the timeline of how the year planned out.

 

TYLER: Any questions? Thank you

 

CLEMENT: Thank you

 

MASCARENAS: Your video was really good.

 

CLEMENT: Thank you very much.

 

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††††††††††† The next item was the Essex County Land Bank with Nicole Justice-Green absent.

 

TYLER: Land bank, Nicoleís not here.

 

MASCARENAS: You got something, Jim?

 

TYLER: Iím sorry, Jim for the land bank.

 

MONTY: Yeah, Nicoleís away and Covidís running rampant in the Pride Office, so thatís why thereís no one here from Pride. The report is in the packet and the Land Bank Board has a request of the Board of Supervisors. Iím not on this committee, so, Iím hoping someone on the committee could offer a resolution appointing Stephanie DeZalia to the Land Bank Board of Directors.

 

TYLER: Mr. Doty, Ms. Winemiller.

 

RESOLUTION APPOINTING STEPHANIE DEZALIA TO THE ESSEX COUNTY LAND BANK BOARD OF DIRECTORS.

Doty, Winemiller

 

TYLER: Any questions?

 

HUGHES: Quick question about the numbers of people on that Board? What is it now?

 

MONTY: We had one leave, so we have a vacancy. I think itís 7.

 

HUGHES: Okay, thank you. I knew that was a thing we had to pay attention to.

 

MONTY: Yup, yup. Thank you also on the onÖ

 

TYLER: Hold on, all in favor? Opposed?

 

MONTY: On the 24th of this month, Shaun has asked me to attend a conference in Albany that is being put on by the Office of Attorney General an enterprise of community partners pertaining to a lot of the funding thatís being directed to affordable housing in the State. So, Iíll be heading down on the 24th. If anybody has any questions that they would like me to bring up to this panel, by all means, please do. It looks like thereís going to be land banks, as well as economic development directors and attendants there, so I would take any and all questions to move on when I get down there.

 

HUGHES: Who is it youíre speaking to?

 

MONTY: It is the Office of the Attorney General and enterprise community partners.

 

HUGHES: Okay

 

TYLER: Is that it, Jim?

 

MONTY: Thatís it, what I will do is, Iíll send you a list of the topics, Iíll send that to everybody that weíll be discussing, itís a full day conference.

 

TYLER: Thank you, sir.

 

MONTY: Thank you

 

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††††††††††† The next item was Adirondack Roots with Megan Murphy reporting as follows:

 

MURPHY: Good morning everybody, happy 2024. You have my report and I wanted to know if anyone had any questions. So, I think that thatís it. Iím not going to add anything. I will let everybody go and I thought the video was fantastic.

 

TYLER: Are there any questions? Thank you, Megan.

Anything else to come before the committee? We are adjourned.

 

 

AS THERE WAS NO FURTHER BUSINESS TO COME BEFORE THIS ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT/PLANNING/PUBLICITY COMMITTEE, IT WAS ADJOURNED AT 10:30 AM.

 

 

Respectfully submitted,

 

 

Dina Garvey, Deputy

Clerk of the Board