Tuesday, May 10, 2011

    One Cablevision Center
    Ferndale, New York 12734
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    Tuesday, May 10, 2011

    Chairman Wood called to order the regular meeting of the County of Sullivan Industrial Development Agency at approximately 10:05 A.M., which was held in the Legislative Committee Room at the Sullivan County Government Center, Monticello, New York.

    Members Present
    Elwin Wood
    Harris Alport
    Charles Barbuti
    Cindy Garlinghouse
    Harold Gold
    Suzanne Loughlin
    Steve White

    Members Absent
    Edward Sykes
    Raymond Walter

    Staff Present
    Jennifer C.S. Brylinski, Exec. Dir.
    Elizabeth A. Hunt, Exec. Assistant

    Staff Absent

    Others Present
    Allan C. Scott, ALSCO Management, Inc. /Consultant /IDA CEO
    Walter F. Garigliano, Esq., Agency Legal Counsel
    Tara Lewis, Garigliano Law Offices
    Chris White, NYS District Representative
    Andrew Arias, Cooper, Niemann & Co., CPA, LLP
    Luiz Aragon, Commissioner, SC Planning & Environmental Management
    Dan Hust, Sullivan County Democrat
    Alice Deihl, Sullivan County Resident
    Sonia Hedlund, Sullivan County Resident
    Claudine Luchsinger, Sullivan County Resident
    Jane Luchsinger, Sullivan County Resident
    J. Pavese, Sullivan County Resident

    Mr. Barbuti made a motion to approve the minutes of the April 12, 2011 regular meeting, the motion was seconded by Mr. Gold, the Board voted and the motion was unanimously carried.

    Mr. Barbuti made a motion to approve the revised schedule of payments, Mr. Alport seconded the motion, the Board voted and the motion was unanimously carried.

    Ms. Brylinski advised the Board that a new outside source has been hired to revise and update the IDA’s current web site. She handed out to the Board an informational sheet that listed what items the IDA is required by law to have on its web site as well as listing what information, above and beyond, will be added to the web site.

    Mr. Arias handed out to the Board an overview of the IDA’s audit for year ending December 31, 2010. He spoke to the Board regarding several aspects of the audit including the financials (revenues, assets, activities), the compliance with laws and regulations and the assessment of internal controls. He concluded that again the audit went smoothly. Mr. Arias left after his presentation.

    Mr. Garigliano presented to the Board a resolution granting sales tax abatement for 457 Equities LLC from May 10, 2011 through and including December 31, 2011. He explained that they are doing additional work on their building and anticipate it to be completed by the end of the year. On a motion by Mr. Barbuti, seconded by Mr. Gold, the Board voted and the resolution was unanimously passed.

    Mr. Garigliano presented to the Board a resolution authorizing the execution and delivery of an easement and any other related documents necessary regarding a storm drainage water supply, sewer collections pipe lines and related equipment on land owned by the IDA and leased to Mountain Candy & Cigar, Inc. This resolution will facilitate a Small Cities Grant application being submitted by the Town of Fallsburg. On a motion by Mr. Gold, seconded by Mr. White, the Board voted and the resolution was unanimously passed.

    Mr. Garigliano advised the Board that as per the resolution that was passed in December 2010 regarding the change in control of Nonni’s/Mamma Says project, as anticipated he has received most of the necessary documents. He advised that an agency fee will need to be determined.

    Mr. Garigliano advised the Board that regarding the proposed Red Meat Processing Facility the topographical aerial survey has been completed and the next step would be for the engineers to digitize the photos. Mr. Garigliano further updated the Board on the project regarding, but not limited to, the contours of the parcel, costs associated with the project, water drainage issues and the timeline of the project. During Mr. Garigliano’s narrative, Ms. Brylinski handed out to the Board an updated Grant Application Chart. Chairman Wood voiced his concerns about the project moving forward regarding payment approvals that may be time sensitive. It was unanimously agreed by the Board that a committee consisting of Chairman Wood, Mr. Barbuti, Mr. Alport and Mr. Scott be formed to approve payments between regular meetings, the cap of which would be $20,000.00. The Board was advised that the Village of Liberty approved the IDA’s use of the water tank owned by the Village of Liberty. There was more general discussion by Mr. Barbuti and the Board regarding, among other things, the pre-approval of bills incurred by the project, the financing of the project and the construction of the building.

    Ms. Brylinski advised the Board that before the application and information regarding Jane Axamathy or The Bake Shop was sent to them, the Revolving Loan Fund Committee had previously reviewed Ms. Axamathy’s application and had any of their questions answered. On a motion by Mr. Barbuti, seconded by Mr. Alport, the Board voted and the Revolving Loan to Ms. Axamethy was unanimously approved for the amount of $20,000.00. Mr. Scott commented that there are several Revolving Loan applications that have been submitted to the IDA.

    Mr. Gold advised the Board that he has been disappointed regarding the progress of the Millennium Fund Committee in making a decision regarding the Millennium funds. He advised that if the Committee does not have a proposal to present to the Board at the next regular IDA meeting he would suggest turning the entire matter over to the full Board.

    Chairman Wood asked if there was any public comment.

    Ms. Hedlund asked if the IDA had to have another entity administer grant funds. Mr. Garigliano replied that, yes, the IDA had to have another entity administer grant funds but not their own loan funds.
    Ms. Hedlund asked if the Ag LDC was still in existence. Mr. Garigliano replied that to the best of his knowledge, yes, it was. There was a brief discussion regarding the cheese mobile.
    Ms. Hedlund asked if the IDA’s new web site will include certain information regarding each project. Ms. Brylinski replied that, yes, it will. Ms. Brylinski advised that she had all the information formatted and ready to be implemented into the new website, which should be completed by June.

    Claudine Luchsinger asked if the web site will categorize each project by abatement schedule. The reply was that, no, it will not, but simply list each project with additional information. She then asked the Board to furnish her with a list of each project and the tax abatement program that it is associated with.

    There being no further business or public comment, on a motion by Ms. Loughlin, seconded by Mr. Barbuti, the Board voted and the meeting was adjourned at approximately 10:50 A.M.

    Respectfully submitted:
    Elizabeth A. Hunt
    Executive Assistant

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