Minutes – March 14, 2016

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    REGULAR MEETING MINUTES Monday, March 14, 2016


    Chairman Steingart called to order the regular meeting of the County of Sullivan Industrial Development Agency at approximately 11:03 am, in the Legislative Committee Room at the Sullivan County Government Center, Monticello, New York.


    Members Present-                                 Members Absent-

    Ira Steingart                                         Paul Guenther*
    Sean Rieber                                          Suzanne Loughlin*
    Charlie Barbuti
    Carol Roig
    Scott Smith
    Howard Siegel
    Edward Sykes

    *Mr. Guenther and Ms. Loughlin telephoned in for discussion only.

    Staff Present-                                        Staff Absent-

    Jennifer C.S. Brylinski, Exec. Dir.               None
    Jen Flad, VP Govt. Affairs & Bus. Devt.
    Julio Garaicoechea, Project Manager

    Others Present-

    Tara Lewis, Garigliano Law Offices
    Dan Hust, Sullivan County Democrat
    Gene Benson
    Chris Cunningham
    Star Hesse
    Ken Walter

    Chairman Steingart began by thanking Ms. Brylinski for her years of service to the Agency, as this is her last Board meeting before retiring.  Board members expressed their appreciation for her hard work and high standards in all Agency matters.


    Mr. Siegel made a motion to approve the minutes of the February 8, 2016 regular meeting.  Mr. Rieber seconded the motion, the Board voted and the minutes of the meeting were unanimously approved.


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

    Separately, Mr. Barbuti made a motion to approve the payment to Bruce Perlmutter for professional services related to a loan collection.  Mr. Siegel seconded the motion.  Mr. Steingart recused himself from the discussion because he has a family relationship to Mr. Perlmutter.  The Board voted and the payment was approved with Mr. Steingart abstaining for the above reason.


    Jennifer C.S. Brylinski, Executive Director

    Ms. Brylinski stated that all PILOT payments had been collected and distributed to the taxing jurisdictions.


    Chairman Steingart referred to a resolution authorizing the first quarter 2016 payment to the Partnership for Economic Development.  Mr. Sykes made a motion to approve the resolution.  Mr. Siegel seconded the motion, and the resolution was unanimously approved.

    Ms. Brylinski led the Board in its annual review of the Agency’s Mission Statement and Performance Measurements for 2015, in accordance with the Public Authorities Law.  The following performance measurement questions were asked and answered: Have the board members acknowledged that they have read and understood the mission of the public authority? Do the board members affirm its membership, board, committee, and management, structure? Has the agency complied with the Public Authorities Accountability Act of 2005 and the Public Authorities Reform Act of 2009? Does the agency conduct business in an environment that fosters transparency? Does the agency install and uphold high ethical conduct within the entire organization?  All questions were answered yes.  Following its review, the Board approved the mission statement and performance measurements.


    Ms. Brylinski informed the Board that the Agency had received three proposals for drainage work at the red meat facility site.  This work will prevent erosion and flooding damage to Village of Liberty owned property adjacent to the red meat facility. The low proposal came from Poley Paving and Construction Corp., at $11,950.  Mr. Smith made a motion to accept the proposal and authorize the work to be undertaken by Poley Paving.  Mr. Rieber seconded the motion.  Mr. Barbuti abstained from the discussion as he is the Town of Liberty Supervisor and the project site is within the Village of Liberty.

    Chairman Steingart referred to the revolving loan funds request from David Appel.  The Revolving Loan Fund Committee met on February 8 and approved the funding request, contingent upon the recipient bringing his current loan up to date.  Mr. Garaicoechea stated that the existing loan is now current. Mr. Barbuti made a motion to approve the loan request.  Mr. Steingart seconded the motion, and the motion was unanimously approved.

    Ms. Brylinski led a discussion of the Board’s self-evaluation for the year 2015.  Board members discussed the possibility of offering additional training to increase their knowledge of the Agency’s mission, programs, and decisions.


    Chairman Steingart asked the Board and others present for comment.  The Board recognized the comments of Star Hesse.  There being no other comments, on a motion made by Mr. Rieber and seconded by Mr. Smith, the Board voted and the meeting was adjourned at approximately 11:36 am.

    Respectfully submitted:

    Jen Flad, VP Govt. Affairs & Business Development


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