COUNTY OF SULLIVAN INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT AGENCY
One Cablevision Center
Ferndale, New York 12734
(845) 295-2603 – telephone
(845) 295-2604 – fax
Tuesday, January 8, 2013
I. CALL TO ORDER
Chairman Steingart 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.
II. ROLL CALL
Members Present- Members Absent-
Ira Steingart Edward Sykes
Charles Barbuti Sandy Shaddock
Harold Gold Steve White
Staff Present- Staff Absent-
Jennifer C.S. Brylinski, Exec. Dir. None
Elizabeth A. Hunt, Exec. Assistant
Allan C. Scott, ALSCO Management, Inc. /Consultant /IDA CEO
Tara Lewis, Garigliano Law Offices
Scott Samuelson, SC Legislator
Gene Benson, SC Legislator
Jennifer Mall, SC Planning Department Agriculture Planner
Elizabeth Higgins, Ag Leader. Cornell Cooperation Extension
Please be advised that not all attendees were present for the entire meeting.
III. APPROVAL OF MINUTES
Ms. Loughlin made a motion to jointly approve both the December 11, 2012 regular meeting minutes and the minutes of the December 27, 2012 special meeting. Mr. Alport seconded the motion, the Board voted and the motion was unanimously carried.
IV. BILLS AND COMMUNICATIONS
Mr. Barbuti made a motion to approve the revised schedule of payments, the motion was seconded by Mr. Gold, the Board voted and the motion was unanimously carried.
V. EXECUTIVE DIRECTORS’ REPORTS
Ms. Brylinski updated the Board on the status of the Red Meat Processing Facility. She advised that last month approval was granted for the storm water pollution prevention plan and that Mr. Garigliano’s office is finalizing the transfer of the deed from the Village of Liberty to the IDA. In the next few weeks the grant information submittal process will be completed.
She advised that Ms. Hunt has been busy with the 2013 PILOT season.
She then addressed the Board regarding Star Hesse’s requests for the construction of the Red Meat Processing facility building. There was a discussion regarding, among other things, the similarities between the plan Ms. Hesse had given Ms. Brylinski and the actual plans that PS&S have drawn up, Ms. Brylinski’s quandary of Ms. Hesse not articulating what the differences between the two plans, the fact that it is ultimately up to the operator of the facility as to how the inside of the facility is set up, the time and effort that has been put into the project to have it come to fruition and the Board’s sensitivity to have the facility be as humane as possible. Ms. Higgins commented to please feel free to contact the Cornell Co-op if need be.
Allan C. Scott
Mr. Scott previously handed out to the Board a report on the Partnership for Economic Development (“Partnership”), the Partnership’s 2012 Annual Report and the Winter 2012 edition of the Sullivan County Business Edge. He advised the Board that he wished to speak to them regarding the Partnership, its duties and functions and how it works in conjunction with the IDA. He highlighted several key points of the report, which included among other things, the Partnership’s programs and services, their changing goals, how it is funded, the review of several of its projects and the impact they have had on Sullivan County. He advised the Board that if they had any further questions after they reviewed the entire report, to please feel free to contact him.
VI. OLD BUSINESS
VII. NEW BUSINESS
Ms. Brylinski advised that as required by law, the Board must annually review several of the IDA policies and that committee lists would be discussed and reaffirmed.
She advised that currently Raymond Walter is still listed as being on the Audit Committee. Since he is no longer a Board member, she asked if Mr. Rieber would like to be on the Committee. He agreed.
She confirmed that Mr. Sykes is Secretary and that Ms. Loughlin is Assistant Secretary, again this matter being prompted by the vacancy left by Mr. Walter. The Board unanimously agreed.
Ms. Brylinski advised that the IDA’s Disposition of Real Property Guidelines, Investment Policy and Procurement Policy have not changed and if the Board so agreed that they would be re-adopted for another year. On a motion by Mr. Rieber, seconded by Ms. Loughlin, the Board voted and the aforementioned guideline and policies were unanimously re-adopted.
Ms. Brylinski also advised the Board that the IDA’s Mission Statement had to be reviewed and readopted and Performance Measures for Year Ending 2012 also needed to be discussed and approved. There was a brief discussion regarding the Mission Statement and the 2012 Performance Measures. On a motion by Mr. Rieber, seconded by Ms. Loughlin, the Board voted and the aforementioned were unanimously re-adopted.
Chairman Steingart wished to thank Staff and his fellow Board members for their hard work this past year. He advised that in his opinion in order to overcome the tax burden in Sullivan County, that growth is a key element and he feels that this past year the IDA has made very important steps in the right direction by helping numerous businesses throughout Sullivan County.
Mr. Walter handed out to the Board a 1998 article by Donald L. Barlett and James B. Steele regarding “Corporate Welfare”.
Ms. Loughlin left the meeting at approximately 11:15 A.M.
Mr. Barbuti wished to thank Chairman Steingart for his hard work and dedication his first year as Chairman of the IDA. The Board and Staff concurred.
Chairman Steingart questioned the Board and those present if there were any further questions or comments. There being none, on a motion by Mr. Barbuti, seconded by Mr. Alport, the Board voted and the meeting was adjourned at approximately 11:17 A.M.