COUNTY OF SULLIVAN INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT AGENCY
One Cablevision Center
Ferndale, New York 12734
(845) 295-2603 – telephone
(845) 295-2604 – fax
REGULAR MEETING MINUTES
Monday, August 10, 2015
I. CALL TO ORDER
Chairman Steingart called to order the regular meeting of the County of Sullivan Industrial Development Agency at approximately 11:04 am, in the Legislative Committee Room at the Sullivan County Government Center, Monticello, New York.
II. ROLL CALL
Members Present- Members Absent-
Ira Steingart None
Staff Present- Staff Absent-
Jennifer C.S. Brylinski, Exec. Director None
Jen Flad, VP Business Development
Jeanne McKean, Project Manager
Steve White, Agency CEO
Andrew Beam, Times Herald Record
Gene Benson (Sullivan County Legislature)
Chairman Steingart introduced Jeanne McKean as a new staff member of the IDA effective 8/3/2015. Mr. Steingart stated that one of Jeanne’s first tasks will be to assist with sales tax exemptions. Ms. McKean was welcomed.
III. APPROVAL OF MEETING MINUTES
Mr. Guenther made a motion to approve the minutes of the July 13, 2015 regular meeting. Ms. Loughlin seconded the motion, the Board voted and the minutes of the meetings were unanimously approved.
IV. BILLS AND COMMUNICATIONS
Mr. Sykes made a motion to approve the revised schedule of payments. Mr. Siegel seconded the motion, the Board voted and the revised schedule of payments was unanimously approved. A short discussion regarding the Red Meat Facility project ensued.
V. DIRECTORS’ REPORTS
Jennifer C.S. Brylinski, Executive Director
Ms. Brylinski provided an update on the Food Hub project. She stated that the Agency is expecting news regarding the anticipated CFA modification approval soon. Mr. Rieber led a discussion about the possibility of having a collaborative workspace/incubator in an area of the building that will not be used by the Food Hub. A SCFC cost sharing spreadsheet was distributed for review and a discussion followed.
VI. OLD BUSINESS
Chairman Steingart asked for a motion to discuss the resolution authorizing the approval of Veria Lifestyle Sales Tax Exemption Extension. Ms. Brylinski advised that they were up to date with reporting and that the extension was only for the approved portion of the Phase I demolition and infrastructure. A new application for Phase II construction is anticipated. Ms. Loughlin made a motion to approve the resolution, which was seconded by Mr. Guenther. The Board voted and the resolution was unanimously approved.
VII. NEW BUSINESS
The second resolution before the Board regarded the approval of a Catskill Distilling mortgage in an amount not to exceed $3 million. Mr. Sykes recused himself as a current Board Member of the First National Bank of Jeffersonville. Mr. Siegel made a motion to approve the resolution, which was seconded by Mr. Guenther. The Board voted and approved the resolution with Mr. Sykes abstaining for the reason described above.
VIII. PUBLIC COMMENT AND ADJOURNMENT
Chairman Steingart asked the Board and others present for public comment. Mr. Walter advised that he had difficulty in printing documents off of the website. He also inquired about an ethics review that had been mentioned in the past, the bathroom at the red meat facility advising that the operator should be involved and money spent wisely, and in regards to the collaborative workspace/incubator idea that the Agency should look into previous projects and the project must be ADA compliant.
With respect to the operation of the red meat facility, Star Hesse was disappointed that there were a limited number of operator proposals anticipated, that it was sent out with too short of a timeframe, and she wanted to know if the proposal was posted for people to read.
There being no other public comment, on a motion by Mr. Siegel and seconded by Mr. Rieber, the meeting was adjourned at approximately 11:51 am.
Jeanne McKean, IDA Project Manager