COUNTY OF SULLIVAN INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT AGENCY
One Cablevision Center
Ferndale, New York 12734
(845) 295-2603 – telephone
(845) 295-2604 – fax
REGULAR MEETING MINUTES
Tuesday, June 10, 2014
I. CALL TO ORDER
Chairman Steingart called to order the regular meeting of the County of Sullivan Industrial Development Agency at approximately 10:03 am, held in the Legislative Committee Room at the Sullivan County Government Center, Monticello, New York.
II. ROLL CALL
Members Present- Members Absent-
Ira Steingart Sandy Shaddock
Staff Present- Staff Absent-
Jennifer C.S. Brylinski, Exec. Director None
Jen Flad, VP Business Development
Allan C. Scott, ALSCO Management, Inc. /Consultant /IDA CEO
Walter F. Garigliano, Esq., Agency Legal Counsel
Tara Lewis, Garigliano Law Offices
Scott Samuelson, SC Legislature
Gene Benson, SC Legislature
Kitty Vetter, SC Legislature
Marc Baez, SC Partnership for Economic Development
Dan Hust, Sullivan County Democrat
Stephen Stuart, SC Office of Sustainable Energy
Not all attendees were present for the entire meeting.
III. APPROVAL OF MEETING MINUTES
Mr. Siegel made a motion to approve the minutes of the May 13, 2014 regular meeting. The motion was seconded by Mr. Sykes, the Board voted and the motion was unanimously carried.
IV. BILLS AND COMMUNICATIONS
Mr. White made a motion to approve the revised schedule of payments. Mr. Sykes seconded the motion, the Board voted and the motion was unanimously carried.
V. DIRECTORS REPORTS
Ms. Brylinski stated that she and Ms. Flad attended the annual meeting of the NYS Economic Development Council in Cooperstown in May. It was an educational opportunity and a chance to network with other IDAs. There was some discussion of the event, and it was decided that staff will provide brief summaries of events and conferences attended in the future.
Ms. Brylinski stated that the red meat facility construction bids will be opened this afternoon. Attorney Garigliano added that there will likely be a special meeting of the IDA in the coming weeks, to award the construction contract.
Mr. Scott stated that he and Ms. Flad gave a presentation at the Town of Fallsburg Town Board meeting in May. They plan to meet with the Town Boards in Fremont and Tusten in June. He and Ms. Flad coordinated to produce a support letter for Apple’s Small Engine Repair, LLC, a recent SCFC loan recipient, to support their effort to become a Polaris dealer. Marc Baez of the SC Partnership added that he has worked with Apple’s to prepare for their visit from Polaris, and in other efforts to move the business forward. Mr. Scott summarized that the various local economic development agencies worked together to quickly respond to the needs of this local business, to support them post-loan closing. Mr. Scott continued that he has met with Marc Baez and SUNY Sullivan regarding Start-Up NY. He has also worked with the County Planning Department on possible revolving loan opportunities.
Mr. Barbuti inquired whether Mr. Scott feels the IDA is doing everything it can to assist the college with Start-Up NY. Mr. Scott replied that the IDA’s role is limited, but that he is at the table to offer help when the opportunity arises. Attorney Garigliano added that the SCFC’s funding of $5,000 for preliminary engineering work has moved the college forward in their site planning process.
VI. NEW BUSINESS
Chairman Steingart asked for a motion to approve the resolution to authorize the quarterly payment to the Partnership for Economic Development. Mr. White seconded the motion. Ms. Loughlin recused herself from the discussion, because she serves on the Partnership Board. The Board voted and the resolution was passed with Ms. Loughlin abstaining for the reason described above.
Chairman Steingart stated the need for an Executive Session. He asked for public comment before the Board moves into Executive Session.
Star Hesse commented that she feels IDA projects are discussed among Board members only, without input from members of the public. She urged the IDA and other local groups to open their processes to allow a broader circle of advisors to assist in the development of projects.
Jody Tedaldi referred to the Center One Holdings, LLC project, noting that it is a seasonal business. She questioned the ongoing nature of the IDA’s agreement with Center One. She also noted that Board members had few questions and little discussion before voting on the Center One resolution at the May meeting. She noted that the period for public comment comes after the Board votes.
Chairman Steingart made a motion to enter Executive Session, to discuss pending litigation and to seek legal advice from counsel. Mr. White made motion to enter Executive Session. Mr. Rieber seconded the motion. The Board went into Executive Session at approximately 10:23 am.
On a motion by Mr. Barbuti and seconded by Mr. White, the Board came out of Executive Session at approximately 11:11 am.
On a motion made by Mr. Siegel and seconded by Mr. Rieber, at approximately 11:12 am the meeting was adjourned.
IDA VP, Business Development