Planning, Development, and Environmental Quality Committee

Regular Meeting Notes – Draft 1-10-18

Thursday, January 4, 2018 3:00 PM

Legislature Chambers

 

Attendance

Attendee Name

Title

Status

Arrived

Departed

Martha Robertson

Chair

Present

 

 

Michael Sigler

Member

Late

3:07 PM

4:14 PM

David McKenna

Member

Present

 

 

Deborah Dawson

Member

Present

 

 

Henry Granison

Member

Present

 

 

Katrina McCloy

Deputy Clerk, Legislature

Present

 

 

Amanda Champion

Legislator

Present

 

 

Daniel Klein

Legislator

Present

 

 

Anne Koreman

Legislator

Present

 

 

Jonathan Wood

Tompkins County Attorney

Present

 

 

Julia Mattick

Director, Workforce Development

Present

 

 

Theresa Carlson

Director, Office of Employment and Training

Present

 

 

Katie Borgella

Planning & Sustainability Commissioner

Present

 

 

Megan McDonald

Senior Planner

Present

 

 

Joan Jurkowich

Planning Administrator

Present

 

 

Dwight Mengel

Chief Transportation Planner

Present

 

 

Fernando de Aragon

ITCTC Director

Present

 

 

 

Guests:              Heather McDaniel, Director of Economic Development Services, TCAD; Irene Weiser, Council               Person, Town of Caroline; Scot Vanderpool, General Manager, TCAT; and Matt Yarrow, Service               Development Manager, TCAT

Call to Order

              Ms. Robertson, Chair, called the meeting to order at 3:01 p.m.

Public Comment

              There were no members of the public who wished to speak.

Changes to Agenda

              The Committee agreed to add to the agenda the resolution entitled Authorization of New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) Federal Transit Assistance Agreement with Tompkins County (C005634), Job Access, Reverse Commute, and New Freedom Programs. 

Chair's Report

              Ms. Robertson had no report.

Tompkins County Area Development

Tompkins County Area Development January 2018 Report (ID #7541)

              Ms. Robertson was glad to see the award of the Regional Economic Development Council workforce training grant for the Franziska Racker Center.  Ms. McDaniel stated she and Julia Mattick worked with the Racker Center on their application for this grant. 

 

              Ms. McDaniel explained Tompkins County Area Development's (TCAD) Investment Campaign process and that they exceeded their goal five years ago due in part to the County pledging their support.  She explained TCAD is beginning preparations for the 2019-2023 Investment Campaign and have hired Convergent Nonprofit Solutions, the same consultant they used five-years ago, and they will begin with interviews of between 60 and 80 community stakeholders on January 16th

 

              Following a request by Ms. Robertson, Ms. McDaniel reported the search for the TCAD President position is moving forward.  Michael Stamm is retiring in August and a search committee has been established composed of TCAD Board members and one outside member.  The Committee has reviewed the succession plan that was adopted in 2012 and has invited the assistance of former Vice President, Human Resources at Cayuga Medical Center, to review the job description and move forward with this process.

 

              Mr. Sigler arrived at this time.

RESULT:              COMPLETED

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Transportation

Tompkins Consolidated Area Transit (TCAT) Report (ID #7540)

              Mr. Vanderpool reviewed the current situation for Tompkins Consolidated Area Transit (TCAT) and understands there is a demand for additional transportation in the community.  He provided a copy of the Conceptual TCAT Facility Masterplan Options - Supporting Narratives.  Mr. Vanderpool explained how currently there is a search for potential sites being conducted and the cost of a facility can range between $26 and $50 million.  Mr. Vanderpool provided a photograph of the current garage area depicting a very crowded facility of buses and how the current facility is not adequate enough.  Mr. Yarrow explained TCAT has been working with Cornell University to develop a one page summary to use when asking for funding from lawmakers.

 

              Mr. McKenna stated this was discussed at the last Transportation Committee meeting and the need to have all the players involved to discuss the need to address transportation issues. 

 

              Following an inquiry by Ms. Dawson, Mr. Vanderpool stated the majority of the funding will need to come from Federal grants and stated this is still in the early stages of planning. 

 

              Mr. Vanderpool and Mr. Yarrow provided copies of the TCAT New Facility - Site Search Map and discussed possible relocation sites. 

 

              Ms. Dawson stated the Airport area is a distance from the City but there may be economies of scale in terms of services that could be shared with the County.  She also spoke of gaining funds from NYSEG regarding the installation of alternative energy regarding the non-pipe alternatives.  She also spoke of expanded service to some of the outer areas in the future, which may make the location not so far from the “central area.”  Mr. Yarrow stated he will be looking into expanded service to Lansing as it has experienced expanded growth. 

 

              Mr. Granison asked if the Department of Public Works (DPW) leaves the current area would there be enough room for TCAT to expand its current location.  Mr. Yarrow explained that TCAT is at the beginning of this process but there is a significant amount of space needed.  Mr. Wood stated the current TCAT facility is approximately two of ten acres on a parcel within the City of Ithaca and the other eight acres is used for DPW.  The City is interested in moving TCAT and DPW to another area and explained that the location is a key area for development, housing, or private development.   

 

              Ms. Borgella suggested looking into the area near the County Maintenance Facility on Bostwick Road and possibly talking with the Ithaca City School District (ICSD) bus garage representative.  She stated there may be some services that could be shared.  She said ICSD was interested at some point in sharing services with the County Highway Department but is unsure where that stands.  Mr. Yarrow was not certain if that would fit TCAT's need but will look into it.

 

              Ms. Robertson is interested in seeing TCAT thrive and grow and understands the difficult position they are in at this time with identifying the cost without knowing the parcel.  She urged Mr. Vanderpool and Mr. Yarrow to establish a work group that includes people beyond staff and Board members and engage the three partners to work on this project. 

 

              Mr. Granison suggested contacting Congressman Tom Reed or other Federal-level Representatives.  Mr. Vanderpool stated he is working on a package of information to present to a Congressional Office such as Congressman Reed’s.  

 

              Mr. Vanderpool and Mr. Yarrow distributed TCAT Park and Rides that depicted current and potential Park and Rides county-wide.  Mr. Yarrow is concerned about the sites that are located further away and the potential for additional problems. 

 

              Mr. Yarrow stated the rural Park and Ride service is primarily used by commuters with office hours during commuter service hours.  He said most of the Park and Ride locations are small and informal but are looking at making those agreements more concrete.  

 

              Mr. Granison asked if the informal areas depicted on the map were going to be formalized in any manner.  Mr. Yarrow stated the informal locations seem to be functioning well but there could be some enhancements made that may capture the attention of new users. 

 

              Mr. Gransion inquired if there was any data regarding the use of specific Park and Rides.  Mr. Yarrow stated the TCAT system collects ridership data and said if the locations are improved there may be an increase in riders from those areas. 

 

              Ms. Robertson spoke of the traffic on Route 13 from Dryden and suggested improved locations coming from that area. 

 

              Mr. Yarrow spoke of the need for additional promotion of Park and Rides with the filling of vacant positions in the near future.   

 

`              Mr. Vanderpool believes 2018 will be a better year for TCAT and improve their service. 

RESULT:              COMPLETED

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Resolution No. - Authorizing the County Administrator to Enter into a Memorandum of Understanding with the City of Ithaca Regarding Tompkins Consolidated Area Transit (TCAT) Facility (ID #7458)

              Mr. Wood provided a brief history of the current Tompkins Consolidated Area Transit (TCAT) facility in the City of Ithaca.  The City was listed as the current owner and this resolution pertains to establishing an agreement with the City and to be on file in the County Clerk’s Office that would protect the County's financial interests if the parcel is sold.

 

              Ms. Dawson asked if this keeps the County out of the chain-of-title.  Mr. Wood stated it does.

 

              Mr. Mengel spoke of the County ensuring any Federal interests or claims are protected.  Mr. Wood stated this agreement should not have any effect on Federal interests and their interests would be involved once the property is sold and TCAT would be moving.  

RESULT:              RECOMMENDED [UNANIMOUS]

MOVER:              Martha Robertson, Deborah Dawson

SECONDER:              David McKenna, Member

AYES:              Robertson, Sigler, McKenna, Dawson, Granison

WHEREAS, on October 9, 1991, the County entered into a Regional Transit Facility Construction and Operation Agreement to establish terms for ownership, construction, and operation of the Tompkins Consolidated Area Transit (TCAT) facility, and

 

WHEREAS, in consideration of the County’s financial contribution to the project, the City agreed to convey one-half of its right, title, and interest in the facility and defined surrounding lands, and

 

WHEREAS, the transfer has not taken place but the parties agree to protect the County’s interest through a memorandum of understanding which provides that the County will receive half of the proceeds of any future sale or income derived from the property, now therefore be it 

 

RESOLVED, on recommendation of the Planning, Development, and Environmental Quality Committee, That the County Administrator is hereby authorized to enter into a memorandum of understanding with the City of Ithaca securing the County’s interest in future proceeds derived from the facility and accompanying lands.

SEQR ACTION:  TYPE II-20

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Books on the Bus Keep Kids Engaged During Commute (Ithaca Voice article by Kelsey O'Connor) (ID #7547)

RESULT:              COMPLETED

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Resolution No. - Authorization of New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) Federal Transit Assistance Agreement with Tompkins County (C005634), Job Access, Reverse Commute, and New Freedom Programs (ID #7560)

              Mr. Mengel stated the resolution allows for reimbursement of the County's expenditure through New York State Department of Transportation. 

RESULT:              RECOMMENDED [UNANIMOUS]

MOVER:              David McKenna, Member

SECONDER:              Henry Granison, Member

AYES:              Robertson, Sigler, McKenna, Dawson, Granison

              WHEREAS, the New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) authorized a Federal Transit Assistance Agreement (C005634) to Tompkins County, pursuant to the Job Access and Reverse Commute and New Freedom Program for 2016-2017, and

 

              WHEREAS, NYSDOT awarded a total of $153,000 in Federal Transit Assistance to Tompkins County for the Way2Go Mobility Management Project operated by Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County, under contract with the County, now therefore be it

 

              RESOLVED, on recommendation of the Planning, Development, and Environmental Quality Committee, That the Tompkins County Legislature authorizes the County Administrator or designee to execute the Federal Transit Assistance Agreement (C005634) awarded by NYSDOT,

 

              RESOLVED, further, That a certified copy of this resolution be filed with the New York State Commissioner of Transportation by attaching it to any necessary Agreement.

SEQR ACTION: TYPE II-20

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Workforce Development

              Ms. Mattick introduced Theresa Carlson, Tompkins County's Office of Employment and Training Director and Center Manager at the Tompkins Workforce New York Career Center.  Ms. Carlson stated she comes to Tompkins County from Ontario County with 20 plus years in the Workforce Development area and is excited to be here.  Ms. Robertson invited Ms. Mattick and Ms. Carlson to the next Legislature meeting. 

 

              Mr. Sigler thanked Ms. Mattick for the work she did to assist those who were recently laid-off at the Power Plant.  He explained that Ms. Mattick provided a mini job fair for those 8 or 9 individuals and did so on very short notice.  The Power Plant laid off some workers following their recent conversion to a solar power plant.  He said they were very appreciative. 

Resolution No. - Acceptance of Disability Employment Initiative Funding - Tompkins County Workforce Development Board (ID #7542)

              Ms. Mattick explained that the funding in the resolution is related to funding that will be received in 2018 and when the budget was developed for 2018 this information was not available.  She said there are two separate resolutions because the Workforce Development Board and the Office of Employment and Training are two separate entities.

 

              Ms. Mattick stated the United Stated Department of Labor has had the Disability Employment Initiative for over ten years and Tompkins County has been able to access some of those funds and has established Disability Resource Coordinators at the Tompkins County Workforce New York Career Center; there are currently one and one-half staff at the Center to assist people with disabilities.  She stated there is a lack of individuals in the community for the job opportunities available and this assists in connecting as many people as possible to the workforce including people with disabilities as they are a critical component of that.  This funding will allow for one additional staff person who will focus on moving 14 to 24 year olds into the workforce.  There will be work with collaborators including the school districts, Tompkins-Seneca-Tioga BOCES, Challenge Workforce Solutions, and other service providing entities.  She said this resolution is for the first year of a three-year grant for the Tompkins County Workforce Development Board. 

RESULT:              RECOMMENDED [UNANIMOUS]

MOVER:              Henry Granison, Member

SECONDER:              Michael Sigler, Member

AYES:              Robertson, Sigler, McKenna, Dawson, Granison

WHEREAS, the New York State Department of Labor has received a United States Department of Labor Round VIII Disability Employment Initiative Grant, and

 

WHEREAS, the Tompkins County Workforce Development Board collaborated with the New York State Department of Labor in the grant application and will be a grant subrecipient, and

 

WHEREAS, this funding is the first year of a three-year grant and will provide support to youth (ages 14-24) with visible/non-visible/significant disabilities (including those who have chronic health conditions) in order to improve employment outcomes by increasing their participation in existing career pathways/programs, and

 

WHEREAS, no local funding is requested for this initiative, now therefore be it

 

RESOLVED, on recommendation of the Planning, Development, and Environmental Quality Committee, That the Tompkins County Legislature hereby accepts the funding in the amount of $18,785,

 

              RESOLVED, further, That the Finance Director is authorized to make the following adjustment to the 2018 budget:

 

              REVENUE:              CD6290.44790                            Federal Aid Job Training              $ 18,785

 

APPROPRIATION:              CD6290.54412                            Travel/Training                            $  2,000

                                          CD6290.54414                            Local Mileage                            $  1,500

                                          CD6290-54400                            Program Expenses              $  9,335

                                          CD6290-52214                            Office Furnishings              $    500

                                          CD6290-52206                            Computer Equipment              $  1,000

                                          CD6290-54330                            Printing                                          $  3,000

                                          CD6290-54472                            Telephone                            $    400

                                          CD6290-54452                            Postage                                          $    500

                                          CD6290-54303                            Office Supplies                            $    550

 

SEQR ACTION: TYPE II-20

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Resolution No. - Acceptance of Disability Employment Initiative Funding - Tompkins County Office of Employment and Training (ID #7543)

              Ms. Mattick explained this is the same funding but for the Office of Employment and Training and is for the first year of a three-year grant.

RESULT:              RECOMMENDED [UNANIMOUS]

MOVER:              Deborah Dawson, Member

SECONDER:              Michael Sigler, Member

AYES:              Robertson, Sigler, McKenna, Dawson, Granison

WHEREAS, the New York State Department of Labor has received a United States Department of Labor Round VIII Disability Employment Initiative Grant, and

 

WHEREAS, the Tompkins County Workforce Development Board collaborated with the New York State Department of Labor in the grant application and will be a grant subrecipient and desires to pass a portion of the funding to the Office of Employment and Training, and

 

WHEREAS,  this funding is the first year of a three-year grant and will provide support to youth (ages 14-24) with visible/non-visible/significant disabilities (including those who have chronic health conditions) in order to improve employment outcomes by increasing their participation in existing career pathways/programs, and 

 

WHEREAS, no local funding is requested for this initiative, now therefore be it

 

RESOLVED, on recommendation of the Planning, Development, and Environmental Quality Committee, That the Tompkins County Legislature hereby accepts the funding in the amount of $179,815,

 

              RESOLVED, further, That the Finance Director be and hereby is authorized to make the following adjustment to the 2018 budget:

 

              REVENUE:              CD6292.44790                            Federal Aid Job Training              $ 179,815

 

APPROPRIATION:              CD6292.51000761              Workforce Development Specialist              $ 52,437

                                          CD6292.58800                            Fringe                                          $ 25,878

                                          CD6292.54412                            Travel/Training                            $  3,000

                                          CD6292.54414                            Local Mileage                            $  1,000

                                          CD6292-54400                            Program Expenses              $ 96,000

                                          CD6292-52206                            Computer Equipment              $  1,500

 

SEQR ACTION: TYPE II-20

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Non-Pipe Alternative RFP - Irene Weiser

              Ms. Weiser provided a PowerPoint presentation entitled Overview of NYSEG RFP for Non-Pipe Alternatives.

 

              Mr. Sigler was excused at this time.

 

              Following the presentation, it was noted that there is a still a large number of questions that have been asked of NYSEG that have not been answered. 

 

              Ms. Koreman inquired about requesting an extension from NYSEG since there are so many unanswered questions.  Ms. Weiser believes it is possible to do that but is concerned that the County is not in a position to do so.  She said it may be better received if it came from actual developers.  Ms. Robertson suggested the new Legislators meet with Ms. Weiser and have an in-depth conversation regarding this.

Planning and Sustainability Department

Resolution No. - Acceptance of Grant from Clean Energy Communities Program of the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) for Greening the County Fleet and for Developing a Business Energy Navigator Program (ID #7471)

              Ms. McDonald explained the history of the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) Grant and said there have been delays in receipt of the funding. Tompkins County was awarded a multi-year grant in the amount of $250,000 to be split equally between a Business Energy Navigator program and green fleet initiative for the County’s vehicle fleet. 

 

              Ms. McDonald said the Business Energy Navigator position was budgeted in the 2017 and 2018 County Budgets and there was an expectation to have the position filled prior to the end of 2017 to begin managing the program.  That position has not been filled and there is a need to adjust that funding in the budget as the Department does not anticipate filling the position until April 2018.  She said the Business Energy Navigator program will be working with businesses that are planning expansions or major renovations to provide expertise and assistance in making their project as energy efficient as possible.

 

              Ms. McDonald stated the green fleet initiative portion of the grant includes a project assistant or intern, along with some professional services, to conduct an evaluation of the County’s current fleet and determine where it would be appropriate to switch to electric vehicles.  In addition, some of the funding may be used to cover the gap between a conventional gas vehicle and electric vehicle and the associated charging station with that vehicle. 

 

              Ms. McDonald spoke of the revisions NYSERDA has made in how they administer their contracts and release funding. 

RESULT:              RECOMMENDED [UNANIMOUS]

MOVER:              Deborah Dawson, Member

SECONDER:              Henry Granison, Member

AYES:              Robertson, McKenna, Dawson, Granison

EXCUSED:              Sigler

WHEREAS, Tompkins County was the applicant to the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) Clean Energy Communities (CEC) grant program for the purpose of reducing greenhouse gas emissions and providing cost-effective energy solutions for County government operations, and

 

              WHEREAS, the County has been awarded grant funds from NYSERDA over a three-year implementation period for two purposes: (1) greening the County’s fleet and (2) developing a Business Energy Navigator program, and

 

              WHEREAS, greening of the County’s fleet will advance conversion to plug-in electric vehicles (PEV) by matching County and potentially New York State incentive funds to cover the approximately $10,000/PEV cost differential between a gasoline vehicle and a PEV, providing funds for materials required to install level one charging stations for each PEV, and supporting creation of a long-term schedule for conversion and rightsizing of the County fleet, and

 

WHEREAS, the Business Energy Navigator program will work with businesses in their earliest stages of design and conceptualization of new construction or major renovation projects to help set energy goals and understand energy options, and

 

WHEREAS, the County Legislature, in anticipation of the award of this grant, included in its 2018 adopted budget a portion of the grant funds and a portion of the matching funds, and

 

WHEREAS, Tompkins County Area Development (TCAD) has committed three years of funding contributions for 2018, 2019, and 2020 to support the Business Energy Navigator program, now therefore be it

 

              RESOLVED, on recommendation of the Planning, Development, and Environmental Quality and the Budget, Capital, and Personnel Committees, That the County hereby accepts Clean Energy Communities Grant funds in the amount of $250,000 to be received over a three-year period,

 

              RESOLVED, further, That the County Administrator or his designee be authorized to execute any contracts related to this project,

 

RESOLVED, further, That the Director of Finance be and hereby is authorized and directed to make the following adjustments to the 2018 Budget,

 

Revenues

8020.43959                            State Aid Planning                                                        $    -27,658

8027.43959                            State Aid Planning                                                        $     31,250

                                                                                                                                            =========

                                                        TOTAL REVENUES                                                        $      3,592

 

Expenditures

8020.51000049                            Project Assistant                                                        $      4,500

8020.58800                            Fringes                                                                                    $     -6,871    

8027.52125                            Mechanical Equipment                                                        $       3,600

8027.52231                            Vehicles                                                                      $     10,000

8027.54444                            Professional Services                                                        $       7,199

8020.510000609              Sr. Planner                                                                      $    -14,836

                                                                                                                                            =========

                                                        TOTAL EXPENDITURES                                          $      3,592

SEQR ACTION:  TYPE II - 7 (for greening fleet); TYPE II-21 (for Business Energy Navigator)

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Resolution No. - Amending Section 224 of New York State County Law to Permit Counties to Appropriate Funds Towards the Development, Maintenance, or Management of Affordable Housing (ID #7527)

Ms. McDonald explained that when looking into implementing the Housing Strategy it was discovered that New York State County Law Section 224 does not permit counties to appropriate County funds towards development, maintenance, or management of affordable housing and all the programs the County has been involved with have involved State or Federal funds.  The resolution introduces the piece necessary to amend County Law, Section 224, and allow for use of County funds for housing for all counties throughout the State. 

 

Ms. Robertson said she would like to bring this to the New York State Association of Counties (NYSAC) Conference at the end of January and if NYSAC’s support can be gained she would take the initiative to talk with other housing groups and anti-poverty groups in the State to bring this forward as a lobbying issue.  She said this is no cost to the State but will allow counties to do what they can afford and choose to do about the housing issues. 

 

Ms. McDonald spoke of the changes being made to Housing and Urban Development (HUD) that may reduce the amount of funding made available through them and ultimately reduce the funds made available to individual counties.  

RESULT:              RECOMMENDED [UNANIMOUS]

MOVER:              David McKenna, Member

SECONDER:              Deborah Dawson, Member

AYES:              Robertson, McKenna, Dawson, Granison

EXCUSED:              Sigler

              WHEREAS, Section 224 of the New York State County Law provides the option for a county board of supervisors to appropriate and contract for public benefit services, and specifically to contract with non-profit organizations and other corporations, associations, and agencies within the county for the purposes listed in Section 224, and

 

WHEREAS, the list of objects and purposes for these optional appropriations and contracts for public benefit services does not include the development, maintenance, or management of affordable housing, and

 

WHEREAS, an inadequate supply of affordable housing that is well maintained and managed is a long-standing challenge that significantly impacts the health, safety, and well-being of many individuals and families in Tompkins County and throughout the state of New York, and

 

WHEREAS, this inadequate supply of affordable housing, together with the older housing stock common throughout Tompkins County and the state of New York, compromises the health and safety of community members who may be forced to live in unsafe housing conditions and/or use precious resources that might pay for adequate food, medicine, and clothing in order to secure housing for themselves and their families, and

 

WHEREAS, counties in the state of New York are permitted to spend Federal and New York State funds provided to them for the purposes of developing, maintaining, or managing affordable housing and to contract with other organizations to carry out these purposes, and

 

WHEREAS, although counties cannot address affordable housing challenges alone, counties in the state of New York have no mechanism under the current County Law to use any local funds to assist in the development, maintenance, or management of affordable housing and are therefore largely powerless absent the award of Federal or New York State funds for these affordable housing efforts, and

 

WHEREAS, without the authority to spend local resources on affordable housing, counties in the state of New York are facing a crisis in affordable housing development, as Federal and State funding for this urgent and critical need may be significantly cut in the near future, now therefore be it

 

RESOLVED, on recommendation of the Planning, Development, and Environmental Quality Committee, That the Tompkins County Legislature urges the New York State Legislature to amend Section 224 of the New York State County Law as follows:

 

(29) Development, maintenance, or management of affordable housing.

 

SEQR ACTION: TYPE II-37

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Commissioner of Planning and Sustainability's Report (ID #7537)

              Ms. Borgella complimented the staff in her Department and the exceptional work completed by them during the period they have been short staffed. 

 

Ms. Borgella provided a brief report on the following:

 

·              Department Vacancies - Ms. Borgella stated the recruitment for the Deputy Commissioner               and Principal Planner Tourism Program Director positions began and the application deadline               is January 8th.  Interview teams have been established in order to move forward quickly and               hold interviews the week of January 16th.  She explained that once those positions are filled               she will move towards filling the Energy Navigator and Senior Planner positions.  

·              Office Renovations - Ms. Borgella explained that the Departmental furniture order has been               placed for the renovation project in the Department.  She stated part of the project is to               change the Department entrance to the Dewitt Park side of the building and align their               entrance with the Legislature.  She said in preparation for this project staff has been cleaning               things out of the basement and ensuring there is adequate space.

·              Heat Smart Three Program Proposal - On behalf of Solar Tompkins, Ms. Borgella just               submitted a Heat Smart Three program proposal to the Park Foundation.  She explained that               the County has been the fiscal sponsor in the past and have agreed to be the fiscal sponsor               again for the grant through the Park Foundation. 

 

              Ms. Robertson inquired about the need for the Department in having an office in the downtown complex area.  Ms. Borgella stated there is a need to be in the downtown area and there are a number of meetings attended downtown by staff on a daily basis and their work with others located in the downtown area.  She said once all vacancies are filled there will be 15 staff members and one or two interns. 

RESULT:              COMPLETED

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Minutes Approval

 

December 7, 2017

RESULT:              ACCEPTED [UNANIMOUS]

MOVER:              David McKenna, Member

SECONDER:              Deborah Dawson, Member

AYES:              Robertson, McKenna, Dawson, Granison

EXCUSED:              Sigler

 

Advisory Board Appointment (ID #7473)

Water Resources Council - terms expire December 31, 2020

Kristen Hychka - At-large representative

Linda P. Wagenet - At-large representative

Sharon Anderson - Cooperative Extension representative

Michelle Henry - Environmental Management Council representative

RESULT:              RECOMMENDED [UNANIMOUS]

MOVER:              David McKenna, Member

SECONDER:              Henry Granison, Member

AYES:              Robertson, McKenna, Dawson, Granison

EXCUSED:              Sigler

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Committee Members' Reports

              Ms. Dawson stated the Village of Lansing will be holding a meeting regarding the siting of the mini compressors.

 

              Mr. McKenna stated that with the assistance of Mr. Wood they will be organizing a meeting regarding the TCAT facility with all the necessary participants.

Adjournment

              The meeting adjourned at 4:53 p.m.

Budget Adjustments & Transfers (Info. Only)

Information Item - Budget Transfer - Year End Clean Up (ID #7544)

RESULT:              COMPLETED

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