A reconvened meeting of County of Sullivan Industrial Development Agency (“Agency”) was convened in session at the Sullivan County Government Center, Monticello, New York on March 27, 2012, at 10:00 a.m. local time.
The meeting was called to order by Ira Steingart, and, upon the roll being called, the following members of the Agency were:
Ira Steingart [ ] [ ]
Harold Gold [ ] [ ]
Raymond Walter [ ] [ ]
Edward T. Sykes [ ] [ ]
Charles Barbuti, Jr. [ ] [ ]
Harris Alport [ ] [ ]
Suzanne Loughlin [ ] [ ]
Cindy L. Garlinghouse [ ] [ ]
Steve White [ ] [ ]
The following persons were also present:
Allan C. Scott, Chief Executive Officer
Jennifer C.S. Brylinski, Agency Executive Director
Elizabeth A. Hunt, Agency Executive Assistant
Walter F. Garigliano, Esq., Agency Counsel
The following resolution was duly offered by ___________________________, and seconded by ________________________, to wit:
Resolution No. ____- 12
RESOLUTION OF THE AGENCY APPOINTING THEOWINS, LLC (“THEOWINS”), CATSKILL BREWERY, LLC (“CATSKILL”) AND GLOBAL NATURAL FOODS, INC. (“GLOBAL” AND TOGETHER WITH THEOWINS AND CATSKILL, COLLECTIVELY, THE “COMPANY”) AS AGENT OF THE AGENCY FOR THE PURPOSE OF ACQUIRING, CONSTRUCTING, INSTALLING AND EQUIPPING OF THE FACILITY; MAKING CERTAIN FINDINGS AND DETERMINATIONS WITH RESPECT TO THE FACILITY; AND AUTHORIZING THE EXECUTION AND DELIVERY OF AN AGENT AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE AGENCY AND THE COMPANY; AUTHORIZING THE AGENCY TO EXECUTE THE LEASE AGREEMENT, PAYMENT IN LIEU OF TAX AGREEMENT (“PILOT AGREEMENT”) AND RELATED DOCUMENTS WITH RESPECT TO THE ACQUISITION, CONSTRUCTION, INSTALLATION AND EQUIPPING OF THE FACILITY.
WHEREAS, by Title 1 of Article 18-A of the General Municipal Law of the State of New York (“State”), as amended, and Chapter 560 of the Laws of 1970 of the State, as amended and codified as Section 960 of the General Municipal Law (collectively, the “Act”), the Agency was created with the authority and power to own, lease and sell property as authorized by the Act; and
WHEREAS, the Company has presented an application (“Application”) to the Agency, a copy of which is on file at the office of the Agency, requesting that the Agency consider undertaking a project consisting of the (i) acquisition, construction, installation and equipping of a building to consist of approximately 5,250± square feet (which includes approximately 3,500± square feet of brewery space and approximately 1,750± square feet of office space) (“Building”) situate on a parcel of real estate consisting of .61 acres to be located at 672 Old Route 17 in the Town of Rockland (“Town”), County of Sullivan (“County”) and State of New York (“State”) and identified on the tax map as Rockland Section 39, Block 2, Lot 10 (“Land”) and related facilities to be owned by the Agency; (ii) acquisition and installation thereon and therein of certain furniture, fixtures, machinery, equipment and tools (“Equipment”); (iii) construction of improvements to the Building, the Land and the Equipment (collectively, the Building, the Land and the Equipment are referred to as the “Facility” or the “Project”); and (iv) lease of the Facility to the Company; and
WHEREAS, the total financial assistance being contemplated by the Agency is less than $100,000; and
WHEREAS, the relocation of Global from one location to another location within the state is necessary to preserve the competitive position of the Company in its industry as more particularly detailed in the Intermunicipal Move Affidavit of Randy Lewis, dated March 21, 2012; and
WHEREAS, it is contemplated that the Agency will (i) designate the Company as its agent for the purpose of acquiring, constructing, installing and equipping the Project; (ii) negotiate and enter into a Lease Agreement and PILOT Agreement with the Company; (iii) hold title to the Land, the improvements and personal property thereon which constitute the Project (once the Lease Agreement and PILOT Agreement have been negotiated); and (iv) provide financial assistance to the Company in the form of (a) sales tax exemption for purchases related to the acquisition, construction, installation and equipping of the Project; (b) a real property tax abatement on increased value resulting from improvements to the Land through the PILOT Agreement; and (c) a mortgage tax exemption for financing related to the Project; and
WHEREAS, pursuant to Article 8 of the Environmental Conservation Law and the regulations adopted pursuant thereto by the Department of Environmental Conservation of the State of New York (“SEQR”), the Agency constitutes a “State Agency”; and
WHEREAS, to aid the Agency in determining whether the Project may have significant adverse effects on the environment, the Company has presented a Short Environmental Assessment Form (“EAF”) to the Agency with respect to the Project for its review; and
WHEREAS, the Agency has reviewed the underlying Short EAF relating to the subject project as contemplated by the Town Planning Board (“Planning Board”) and the negative declaration of the Planning Board, dated September 7, 2011; and
WHEREAS, the Agency has determined that the Facility is an Unlisted Action under SEQR; and
WHEREAS, the Agency has given due consideration to the Application of the Company and to representations by the Company that the proposed financial assistance is an inducement to the Company to undertake the Project; and
WHEREAS, the Agency has considered the following matters as more fully set forth in its Uniform Tax Exemption Policies:
A. Permanent private sector job creation and retention;
B. Estimated value of the tax exemption;
C. Whether the affected taxing jurisdictions shall be reimbursed by the Company if the Facility does not fulfill the purposes for which the exemption was granted;
D. Impact of Project on existing and proposed business or economic development projects;
E. The amount of private sector investment generated or likely to be generated by the Project;
F. Demonstrated public support for the Project;
G. Likelihood of accomplishing the Project in a timely fashion;
H. Environmental impact;
I. Extent to which the Project will require additional services including, but not limited to educational, police, transportation, EMS and fire;
J. Extent to which the Project will provide additional revenues; and
K. Extent to which the Project will serve the public purposes of the Act by preserving permanent, private sector jobs or increasing the overall number of permanent, private sector jobs in the State;
WHEREAS, the Agency desires to encourage the Company to advance the job opportunities, health, general prosperity and economic welfare of the people of Sullivan County, New York by providing the contemplated financial assistance and undertaking the Project; and
WHEREAS, the chief executive officer has negotiated a Lease Agreement, PILOT Agreements and related documents with the Company; and
WHEREAS, the Lease Agreement, PILOT Agreement and related documents have been prepared by Agency counsel; and
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE MEMBERS OF THE AGENCY AS FOLLOWS:
Section 1. The Company has presented to the Agency, among other things:
(A) An Application in form acceptable to the Agency;
(B) A Cost/Benefit Analysis relating to the proposed financial assistance; and
(C) An EAF.
Section 2. Based upon (i) the representations made by the Company to the Agency, and (ii) a review of the EAF and related documents, the Agency hereby determines that:
(A) The Project consists of the acquisition, construction, installation and equipping of the Facility; and
(B) The Facility is an Unlisted Action under the SEQR. Based upon the review by the Agency of the EAF and representations made by the Company to the Agency in connection with the Project, the Agency hereby finds that (i) the Project will result in no major impacts and therefore, is one which may not cause significant damage to the environment; (ii) the Project will not have a “significant effect on the environment” as such quoted term is defined in Article 8 of the Environmental Conservation Law and Regulations adopted pursuant thereto by the Department of Environmental Conservation of the State; and (iii) no “environmental impact statement” as such quoted term is defined in SEQR need be prepared for this action. This determination constitutes a negative declaration for purposes of SEQR. The Agency’s findings are incorporated in the EAF.
A copy of this resolution shall together with the attachments thereto be placed on file in the office of the Agency where the same shall be available for public inspection during business hours, and notices of this negative declaration shall be filed in such offices, posted in such places, and published in such publications as shall be necessary to conform with the requirements of SEQR.
Section 3. The Agency has determined that the proposed financial assistance does not exceed the sum of $100,000.00 and therefore the proposed action is not subject to a public hearing.
Section 4. Based upon representations made by the Company to the Agency, the Agency hereby makes, finds and determines as follows:
(A) By virtue of the Act, the Agency has been vested with all powers necessary and convenient to carry out and effectuate the purposes and provisions of the Act and to exercise all powers granted to it under the Act;
(B) It is desirable and in the public interest for the Agency to (i) take title the Land and to take title to the improvements and personal property constituting the Project; (ii) appoint the Company as its agent for purposes of acquiring, constructing, installing and equipping the Project, and (iii) lease or installment sell the Land, improvements and personal property constituting the Project to the Company pursuant to the Lease Agreement and subject to the PILOT Agreement;
(C) The Agency has the authority to take the actions contemplated therein under the Act;
(D) The action to be taken by the Agency will induce the Company to develop the Project, thereby increasing employment opportunities in Sullivan County and otherwise furthering the purposes of the Agency as set forth in the Act;
(E) The relocation of the Company from one county to another county within the state is necessary to preserve the competitive position of the Company in its industry as more particularly detailed in the Intermunicipal Move Affidavit of Randy Lewis, dated March 21, 2012.
Section 5. Subject to the Company executing an Agent Agreement in form and substance approved by the Chief Executive Officer, the Agency hereby authorizes the Company to proceed with the acquisition, construction, installation and equipping of the Project and hereby appoints the Company as the true and lawful agent of the Agency to acquire, construct, reconstruct, renovate, rehabilitate, install and equip the Facility on behalf of the Agency; with the authority to delegate its status as agent of the Agency to the Company’s agents, subagents, contractors, subcontractors, suppliers, vendors and other such parties as the Company may choose. The appointment described above includes the following activities as they relate to the acquisition, construction, installation and equipping of the Facility, whether or not the materials, services or supplies described below are incorporated into or become an integral part of the Facility; (i) all purchases, leases, rentals and other uses of tools, machinery and equipment in connection with the acquisition, construction, installation and equipping of the Facility; (ii) all purchases, rentals, uses or consumption of supplies, materials and services of every kind and description in connection with the acquisition, construction, installation and equipping of the Facility; and (iii) all purchases, leases, rentals and uses of equipment, machinery, and other tangible personal property (including installation costs with respect thereto), installed or placed in, upon or under the Facility, including all repairs and replacements of such property. This agency appointment includes the power to make, execute, acknowledge and deliver any contracts, orders, receipts, writings and instructions, as the stated agents for the Agency, and in general to do all things which may be requisite or proper for completing the Facility, all with the same powers and with the same validity as the Agency could do if acting on its own behalf. The aforesaid appointment of the Company as agent of the Agency to construct and equip the Facility shall expire on May 31, 2012 if the Lease Agreement and PILOT Agreement have not been executed and delivered.
Section 6. The Lease Agreement, PILOT Agreement and related documents which were negotiated by the Chief Executive Officer, are hereby approved as to form and substance on condition that: (i) the payments under the Lease Agreement include payments of all costs incurred by the Agency arising out of or related to the Project and indemnification of the Agency by the Company for actions taken by the Company and/or claims arising out of or related to the Project; and (ii) the terms of the PILOT Agreements are consistent with the Agency’s Uniform Tax Exemption Policy.
Section 7. The Chairman, Vice Chairman or Chief Executive Officer of the Agency is hereby authorized, on behalf of the Agency, to execute and deliver the Lease Agreement, PILOT Agreement and related documents in the form presented at this meeting all with such changes, variations, omissions and insertions as the Chairman, Vice Chairman or Chief Executive Officer of the Agency shall approve, the execution thereof by the Chairman, Vice Chairman or Chief Executive Officer of the Agency to constitute conclusive evidence of such approval.
Section 8. The Chairman, Vice Chairman or Chief Executive Officer of the Agency is hereby authorized, on behalf of the Agency, to execute and deliver any mortgage, assignment of leases and rent, security agreement, UCC-1 Financing Statements and all documents reasonably contemplated by these resolutions or prepared on advice of counsel to the Agency (“Financing Documents”); and, where appropriate, the Secretary or Assistant Secretary of the Agency is hereby authorized to affix the seal of the Agency to the Financing Documents and to attest the same, provided that in all events recourse against the Agency is limited to the Agency’s interest in the Project.
Section 9. The officers, employees and agents of the Agency are hereby authorized and directed in the name and on behalf of the Agency to do all acts and things required and to execute and deliver all such certificates, instruments and documents, to pay all such fees, charges and expenses and to do all such further acts and things as may be necessary or, in the opinion of the officer, employee or agent acting, desirable and proper to effect the purposes of this resolution and to cause compliance by the Agency with all of the terms, covenants and provisions of the documents executed for and on behalf of the Agency.
Section 10. It is hereby found and determined that all formal actions of the Agency concerning and relating to the adoption of this resolution were adopted in an open meeting of the Agency; and that all deliberations of the Agency and of any of its committees that resulted in such formal action were in meetings open to the public, in compliance with all legal requirements.
Section 11. The Chief Executive Officer, Executive Director or Counsel to the Agency is hereby authorized and directed (i) to distribute copies of this resolution to the Company; and (ii) to do such further things or perform such acts as may be necessary or convenient to implement the provisions of this resolution.
Section 12. This resolution shall take effect immediately.
THE MEMBERS VOTED ON THE FOREGOING RESOLUTION AS FOLLOWS:
Ira Steingart [ ] Yes [ ] No [ ] Absent [ ] Abstain
Harold Gold [ ] Yes [ ] No [ ] Absent [ ] Abstain
Raymond Walter [ ] Yes [ ] No [ ] Absent [ ] Abstain
Edward T. Sykes [ ] Yes [ ] No [ ] Absent [ ] Abstain
Charles Barbuti, Jr. [ ] Yes [ ] No [ ] Absent [ ] Abstain
Harris Alport [ ] Yes [ ] No [ ] Absent [ ] Abstain
Suzanne Loughlin [ ] Yes [ ] No [ ] Absent [ ] Abstain
Cindy L. Garlinghouse [ ] Yes [ ] No [ ] Absent [ ] Abstain
Steve White [ ] Yes [ ] No [ ] Absent [ ] Abstain
and therefore, the resolution was declared duly adopted.