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Meeting Minutes Return to Committee
Meeting Minutes
Office of the Onondaga County Legislature
Court House, Room 407 * 401 Montgomery Street * Syracuse, New York 13202
(315) 435-2070 Fax: (315) 435-8434

DEBORAH L. MATURO
Clerk
DAVID H. KNAPP
Chairman
KATHERINE FRENCH
Deputy Clerk

 

ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION COMMITTEE MINUTES – SEPTEMBER 9, 2019

CASEY E. JORDAN, CHAIRMAN

 

MEMBERS PRESENT:  Dr. Chase, Mrs. Tassone, *Mrs. Abbott-Kenan

MEMBERS ABSENT:   Mr. Bottrill

ALSO ATTENDING:  Mr. Holmquist, Mr. Bush; see attached list

 

Chairman Jordan called the meeting to order at 9:02 a.m.  A motion was made by Dr. Chase, seconded by Mrs. Tassone, to waive the reading of the proceedings from the previous committee.  MOTION CARRIED.  A motion was made by Dr. Chase, seconded by Mrs. Tassone, to approve the minutes of the previous committee meeting.  MOTION CARRIED. 

 

1.     WATER ENVIRONMENT PROTECTION:  Frank Mento, P.E., Commissioner; Shannon Harty, Deputy Commissioner; Dean Ellsworth, Head Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator

        a.     Tour – Metropolitan Wastewater Treatment Plant

 

Mr. Mento said that the tour will include a taste of both the above and below ground operations, starting from an overlook position and then breaking down.

 

Chairman Jordan adjourned the meeting for the tour at 9:06 a.m.

 

*Mrs. Abbott-Kenan arrived during the tour.

 

Respectfully submitted,

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KATHERINE M. FRENCH, Deputy Clerk

Onondaga County Legislature

 

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COUNTY FACILITIES COMMITTEE MINUTES – SEPTEMBER 9, 2019

JUDITH A. TASSONE, CHAIR

 

MEMBERS PRESENT:  Ms. Cody, Mr. Holmquist, Mr. McBride

MEMBERS ABSENT:  Mrs. Ervin

ALSO ATTENDING:  See attached list

 

Chair Tassone called the meeting to order at 10:30 a.m.  A motion was made by Mr. McBride, seconded by Mr. Holmquist to waive the reading of the minutes of the previous committee meeting.  Passed unanimously; MOTION CARRIEDA motion was made by Mr. Holmquist, seconded by Mr. McBride to approve the minutes of the previous committee meeting.  Passed unanimously; MOTION CARRIED.

 

1.     TRANSPORTATION:  Marty Voss, Commissioner

        a.     Regarding Snow Plow Services Provided by the County and Local Governments within the County:  Amending the 2019 County Budget to Accept Additional Revenue from New York State, Making Funds Available for Use, and Authorizing the Execution of Agreements ($1,705,172)

  • Introduced Odean Dyer, Deputy Commissioner of Engineering for Highways; Syracuse University graduate - degree in civil engineering; worked for City of Syracuse, WEP in construction; lots of municipal experience; appointed in January
  • Annual severity factor from state; resolution to accept funds – have plowing agreements with municipalities and will send checks out to them; calculations are based on number of miles municipalities do for County; small sliver of Spafford that County owns is handled by Cayuga County (time and money savings)
  • Tried to modernize routes to make as efficient as possible; County plows for state; towns and villages plow for County
  • Do not pick up interstates; handle Route 31, Route 11, Route 20 (toughest run because of geography and weather)
  • Covers winter operation costs; pass resolution to close out 2018/2019 contract; enter into new contract with State DOT after – contract annually with state; contract 5 years with municipalities

A motion was made by Ms. Cody, seconded by Mr. McBride, to approve this item.  Passed unanimously; MOTION CARRIED.

 

2.     PARKS:  William Lansley, Commissioner

        a.     Approving the Classification of an Unlisted Action Under the State Environmental Quality Review Act; Accepting the Environmental Assessment Form; and Accepting and Adopting the Negative Declaration for the Stabilization of the Onondaga Lake Park Shoreline

  • Capital infrastructure for shoreline stabilization - East Shore Trail; Legislature decided to approve multiple years in 1 funding package; work done in different phases – 2 phases left combining into 1 project, which is out for bid
  • SEQR for original phase not accepted for 2nd phase; engineering done differently - shoreline has 6’ drop off
  • Catching up SEQR per DEC request; project out to bid, and will be awarded and constructed this year before winter

A motion was made by Mr. Holmquist, seconded by Ms. Cody, to approve this item.  Passed unanimously; MOTION CARRIED.

 

The meeting was adjourned at 10:38 a.m.                                                     

 

Respectfully submitted,

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JAMIE McNAMARA, Assistant Clerk

Onondaga County Legislature

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WAYS & MEANS COMMITTEE MINUTES

September 11, 2019

DEB CODY, CHAIR

 

MEMBERS PRESENT:  Mr. Jordan, Mrs. Ervin, Mr. Ryan, Ms. Williams, *Mr. May

MEMBERS ABSENT:  Mr. Rowley

ALSO PRESENT:  Chairman Knapp, see also attached list

 

A motion was made by Mrs. Ervin, seconded by Mr. Jordan, to waive the reading and approve the minutes of proceedings of the previous committee meeting.  Passed unanimously; MOTION CARRIED.

 

1.     TRANSPORTATIONMartin Voss, Commissioner

        a.     Regarding Snow Plow Services Provided by the County and Local Governments within the County:  Amending the 2019 County Budget to Accept Additional Revenue from New York State, Making Funds Available for Use, and Authorizing the Execution of Agreements ($1,705,172)

  • Severe winter last year – state declares a severity factor
  • Severity factor, determined by formula, that additional revenue is available to the county because of plowing state roads for them
  • As a component of the 5-year snow plowing agreements with the towns and villages, the county agrees to give that money to the towns and villages for the work that they do for the county
  • State declares severity factor – determines additional aid to county

 A motion was made by Mr. Jordan, seconded by Mrs. Ervin, to approve this item. 

 

Mr. Ryan asked about the work that towns and villages do for the County.  Mr. Voss said that the 5-year agreement goes through 2022 .  The county has an annual contract with NYS that is entered into every fall.  The big one is that the county plowss Rt. 20 for the state – runs from Spafford all the way to Pompey.  Also, the county does Rt. 11 and Rt. 31 for the state.  In turn, the county has contracts with towns and villages to plow some of our smaller roads.  They have smaller trucks and equipment; they have pickup trucks with plows, and the county doesn’t.  The county has dump trucks with plows.  It is an efficiency and sort of a shared service with compensation.  Cayuga County plows a strip of road in Spafford that would use more gas and time for the county to get around to it, than it does to pay Cayuga to do it.

 

*Mr. May arrived at the meeting.

 

Mr. Jordan referenced the Taft Road project and said that he is appreciative of it, but has had constituents wondering when it will be done.  Mr. Voss said that West Taft Road will be done this year; will start East Taft next year.  The end project will be great, but is taking some time – basically lost May and June due to near daily raining.  He thanked everyone for their patience.

 

A vote was taken on the motion.  Passed unanimously; MOTION CARRIED.

 

2.     COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENTMartin Skahen, Director

        a.     Authorizing the Execution of an Inter-Municipal Agreement with the City of Syracuse for the Lead Hazard Reduction Program

  • Partnered with the city; city received lead grant; ready to start the work
  • City is doing all intake – all application processing, gets people qualified; then sends it over to the county
  • The county will do all production – lead testing and any work that needs to happen
  • The city pays the bills and reimburses the county for its time
  • IMA needs to get in place before it begins

Mr. Jordan referred to the IMA, and noted that it looks like the county is doing the  bulk of the work and receiving a small percentage of the grant.  He asked how the breakdown was determined--is the county getting reimbursed for all of its expenses.  Mr. Skahen said that county gets reimbursed for the time it spends.  It may look like the county is doing the bulk of the work, but getting someone qualified, going through all of the application process and income verification process, is a lot more time consuming.  The county rehab inspectors show up, do their testing, send it off, get the results back, write the work spec, bid it out, and then go to where the work is being done to make sure rules are being followed.  It is far more cumbersome on the city’s part.  Whatever time the county spends is reimbursable.  In answer to Mr. Jordan, Mr. Skahen said that the actual cost of remediation is paid out of the city’s grant.

 

Mr. Jordan asked if there is a breakdown on how the numbers were determined.  Mr. Skahen said that it is all based on the application and how much of county people’s time was used.  When applying for a lead grant with HUD, every single dollar of the grant has to be broken out as to how it will be spent.  There is an administration cost reimbursed through the grant; the county gave them the amount of time that it will take to do the production part of it.  It is strictly 100% reimbursable.  Mr. Jordan asked what happens if the county exceeds the $753,000 allocated in the resolution.  Mr. Skahen said there has been a lead grant for over 20 years, and the city with the exception of 3 years, had it for another 20 years before that. The numbers that are put in are pretty solid projections. 

 

A motion was made by Mrs. Ervin, seconded by Ms. Williams, to approve this item. 

 

Mr. Ryan asked who will actually be doing the work.  Mr. Skahen said that it is put out to bid; they have to be lead certified contractors; the lowest bidder gets the job.

 

A vote was taken on the motion; passed unanimously.  MOTION CARRIED.

 

Mr. Ryan, Ms. Williams, and Mrs. Ervin asked to be listed as co-sponsors.

 

3.     COUNTY LEGISLATUREDeborah Maturo, Clerk

        a.     Standard Work Day and Reporting Resolution

  • This is the next round for Standard Work Day and Reporting as required by New York State

A motion was made by Ms. Williams, seconded by Mr. Ryan, to approve this item.  Passed unanimously; MOTION CARRIED.

 

4.     MISC.Chairman Knapp

a.     Onondaga County Endorsing Resolution for New York State Funded Aviation Capital Grant Program, and Repealing Resolution No. 90-2019 (Sponsored by Mrs. Abbott-Kenan, Mr. Knapp)

  • A resolution was passed a couple of months ago for the Skaneateles Airport
  • It went to the Skaneateles Planning Board and a neighbor had concerns about the way it was going to be done
  • The scope was modified to help make the neighbor happy; the wording had to be tweaked to accurately describe what they are doing with the grant

Mrs. Ervin said that we change things for neighbors…but not any place else.  Chairman Knapp said that this was done in Skaneateles – it was their local issue and we are just being supportive.

 

Ms. Williams asked if it has to go back to the state with the tweaked language.  Chairman Knapp said that is part of the package being sent back; the state is still on board.  One of the state’s conditions on supporting it was that these changes be made to the resolution. 

 

Mr. Jordan made a motion, seconded by Mr. May, to approve this item.  Passed unanimously; MOTION CARRIED.

5.     FINANCESteven Morgan, CFO

        a.     Monthly Report - Double Encumbered Positions (Res. 86-2018)

  • One position added in the Sheriff’s office – a transition for a retirement; will be coming off in a month or two
  • With the exception of the District Attorney’s position--a split position, all other positions listed will be alleviated in the 2020 budget
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The meeting was adjourned at 9:23 a.m.

 

Respectfully submitted,

 

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DEBORAH L. MATURO, Clerk

Onondaga County Legislature

 

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