May 8, 2012, Meeting Minutes

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    Ferndale, New York  12734
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    Tuesday, May 8, 2012

    I.         CALL TO ORDER

    Chairman Steingart called to order the regular meeting of the County of Sullivan Industrial Development Agency at approximately 10:06 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                                         Raymond Walter      

    Harris Alport                              

    Charles Barbuti                                               

    Cindy Garlinghouse                               

    Harold Gold

    Suzanne Loughlin                        

    Edward Sykes          

    Steve White  


              Staff Present-                                             Staff Absent-

    Jennifer C.S. Brylinski, Exec. Dir.               None

    Elizabeth A. Hunt, Exec. Assistant                     

    Others Present-

    Allan C. Scott, ALSCO Management, Inc. /Consultant /IDA CEO

    Tara Lewis, Garigliano Law Offices

    Cora Edwards, Sullivan County Legislator

    Cindy Kurpil Gieger, Sullivan County Legislator

    Alan J. Sorensen, Sullivan County Legislator

    Kitty Vetter, Sullivan County Legislator

    Andrew Arias, Cooper, Niemann & Co., LLP

    Jennifer Mall, SC Planning Department Agriculture Planner

    Dan Hust, Sullivan County Democrat

    Sonia Hedlund

    Dick Riseling

    Ken Walter

    Amy Erlwein

    (Please be advised that not all attendees were present for the entire     meeting)


    Mr. Alport made a motion to jointly approve the minutes of the April 10, 2012 regular meeting and the April 17, 2012 reconvened meeting.  The motion was seconded by Mr. Sykes, the Board voted and the motion was unanimously carried. 


    Mr. Sykes made a motion to approve the revised schedule of payments, the motion was seconded by Ms. Garlinghouse, the Board voted and the motion was unanimously carried. 


                Jennifer Brylinski

    Ms. Brylinski advised the Board that a special meeting of the Sullivan County Ag LDC will need to be called, possibly on May 15th.  The reason for the special meeting would be for the Board to act on an offer that was made regarding the purchase of the cheese mobile.  Jennifer Mall commented that the potential buyer is a local farmer.  Ms. Mall has previously given Ms. Brylinski information regarding the potential buyer so Ms. Brylinski will forward it on to the Board.  There was some discussion regarding the date of the special meeting and what number of members constituted a quorum.  Ms. Brylinski advised that she will be getting back to the Board members as to when and what time the meeting will be held. 

    Ms. Brylinski spoke to the Board regarding a report issued by the State Comptroller’s Office regarding IDA benefits versus employment numbers.  There was a brief discussion on the subject. 

    Ms. Brylinski advised the Board that the Millennium Loan Fund met yesterday and there were several suggestions from the Board as well as those present.  Some of the suggestions were to stream line the application and to speak to the County to see if the applicants that did not receive benefits from their Micro Enterprise Assistance Program could possibly be candidates for the Millennium Loan.  Ms. Brylinski advised that these items will be addressed at the next Millennium Loan Fund meeting.

    Allan C. Scott

    Mr. Scott advised that among other things, his activities for the past month included meetings with the Ulster County IDA and Chamber of Commerce, meeting with the Roscoe Chamber of Commerce, speaking with possible loan applicants, attending Town Board meetings and outreach regarding the Grandview Palace.  He finally advised that the Lodge in Rock Hill is anticipated to be operational sometime in June. 

    VI.       OLD BUSINESS

              Ms. Brylinski reminded the Board that in December 2011, the Rural Microentrepreneur Assistance Program (“RMAP”) grant/loan that was scheduled to close was cancelled due to the fact that there are no longer funds available from the USDA.   As advised at the last two meetings, the RMAP grant/loan is now again available and will close on Thursday, May 10, 2012.  Ms. Brylinski passed out to the Board two resolutions.  The first is regarding the IDA’s consent to closing with the USDA Rural Development State Office on the RMAP funds.  The second resolution authorizes Allan Scott to execute and delivery any and all documents necessary to facilitate receiving the RMAP funds from the USDA Rural Development State Office.  There was a brief discussion regarding the grant/loan.  Mr. Sykes made a motion to jointly approve both resolutions, the motion was seconded by Mr. Barbuti, the Board voted and the resolutions were unanimously passed. 

              Ms. Brylinski advised that the resolution regarding Poley Paving will not be presented because Mr. Garigliano’s office is still waiting for information from them. 


                Ms. Brylinski introduced Andrew Arias of Cooper, Niemann & Co.,         LLP, who are the accountants for the IDA as well as the SCFC.  She        passed out to the Board a PowerPoint printout of the high lights of           Mr. Arias’ presentation.  Mr. Arias reviewed for the Board, among        other things, revenue of the IDA, the income versus expenses, net       assets and operating revenues.  He also commented on Ms.           Brylinski’s input of information into the PARIS system and the    random check of several PILOTs during the audit.  He concluded      that there were no faults found during the audit.  He then went on        to review the SCFC audit.  He explained that since the entity was    recently formed that there wasn’t much to review.  He concluded      that there were no faults found during the audit.  Mr. Scott        thanked Ms. Brylinski and Ms. Hunt for their continuing efforts      regarding the IDA and SCFC. 

              Chairman Steingart asked if there were any public comments. 

               Mr. Walter commented on the Ideal Snacks project and their tax revenue and the importance of education in Sullivan County. 

              Ms. Erlwein advised the Board of the recent Fire House Forum on         Rural Economic Development presented by the Sullivan County Farm      Network that was also attended by Jennifer Mall.  She also spoke to           the Board regarding the importance of farmland in Sullivan County.

             Legislator Geiger recapped the Millennium Loan Fund Meeting asking     if the legal fees for the loan could be done pro bono. 

    Ms. Hedlund asked what the total employment numbers are for the IDA projects.  Ms. Brylinski will provide Ms. Hedlund and Legislator Geiger with those numbers. 

    Ms. Hedlund asked for an update on the Red Meat Processing Facility.  Ms. Brylinski advised that Glenn Smith has to first submit paperwork for approval from the Department of Commerce before bids could be accepted for the excavation of the site.  This is the first step in the process. 

    Legislator Geiger commented on Thomas DiNapoli’s report regarding employment numbers. 


    Chairman Steingart questioned the Board and those present if there were any further questions or comments.  There being none, on a motion by Mr. Sykes, seconded by Mr. Barbuti the Board voted and the meeting was adjourned at approximately 1:55 A.M.  

                                                             Respectfully  submitted:                                                        
    Elizabeth A. Hunt
    Executive Assistant

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