COUNTY OF SULLIVAN INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT AGENCY
One Cablevision Center
Ferndale, New York 12734
(845) 295-2603 – telephone
(845) 295-2604 – fax
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
I. CALL TO ORDER
Chairman Wood called to order the regular meeting of the County of Sullivan Industrial Development Agency at approximately 10:00 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-
Elwin Wood Suzanne Loughlin
Harris Alport Raymond Walter
Staff Present- Staff Absent-
Jennifer C.S. Brylinski, Exec. Dir. None
Elizabeth A. Hunt, Exec. Assistant
Allan C. Scott, ALSCO Management, Inc./Consultant /IDA CEO
Barbara A. Garigliano, Esq., Garigliano Law Offices
Tara Lewis, Garigliano Law Offices
Luiz Aragon, Commissioner, SC Planning & Environmental Management
Jennifer Mall, SC Planning Department Agriculture Planner
Dan Hust, Sullivan County Democrat
Barbara Burton, Sullivan County Resident
Alice Deihl, Sullivan County Resident
Sonia Hedlund, Sullivan County Resident
Dick Riseling, Sullivan County Resident
III. APPROVAL OF MINUTES
Mr. Barbuti made a motion to approve the minutes of the regular meeting held on October 11, 2011. The motion was seconded by Ms. Garlinghouse, the Board voted and the motion was unanimously carried.
IV. BILLS AND COMMUNICATIONS
Ms. Garlinghouse made a motion to approve the schedule of payments, the motion was seconded by Mr. Gold, the Board voted and the motion was unanimously carried.
V. EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR’S REPORT
For her Executive Director’s report, Ms. Brylinski advised the Board that she wished to discuss three items with them.
First item was regarding the Millennium Loan Fund which was briefly discussed at the October 2011 meeting. She advised the Board that Mr. Gold, who is on the Millennium Loan Fund Committee, suggested that there may be instances when the Board might consider approving applicants with credit scores under 550. This item was discussed by the Board and the discussion included the possibility of approving loan to applicants with credit scores under 550, but in a maximum amount of not more than 15% of the loan fund.
Second item was that Ms. Brylinski advised the Board that she will be attending, as well as speaking at, the Agricultural Summit that is being held at the Villa Roma on Monday, November 28, 2011 from 9 A.M. to 4 P.M.
Third and final item Ms. Brylinski wished to address was that although she feels that the SCIDA’s Cost/Benefit Analysis (“CBA”) is thorough, new NYS laws are now requiring IDAs to have a more “comprehensive” CBA. She informed the Board that the Economic Development Corporation (“EDC”) has now contracted for a program in which IDA’s can do their own CBAs. This program meets all the legal requirements that NYS is requesting. By drafting the CBAs Ms. Brylinski feels that she would have more control over the process. The initial cost to utilize the EDC’s program would be $2,200.00 and then the cost would be $500.00 to $1,000.00 per year after that. There was some discussion among regarding this matter. It was then unanimously agreed upon by the Board to approve the $2,200.00 payment to the EDC and have Ms. Brylinski do the CBAs.
Mr. Scott reported to the Board on his IDA activities for the months of October and November 2011, which included, among other things, meetings with the Village of Liberty Planning Board regarding the Red Meat Processing Facility, meetings with Todd Erling of the Hudson Valley AgriBusiness Development Corp., and meetings with Town Supervisors.
VI. OLD BUSINESS
Ms. Brylinski reminded the Board that with their meeting packet they were furnished with the proposed 2012 revised budget. There was one minor change in the Revenue section which she and Mr. Garigliano had previously discussed. The addition to the Revenue line takes into account the income that will be received by the IDA from the newly formed Sullivan County Funding Corp. Ms. Brylinski concluded by saying that all the proper legal requirements have been met regarding the proposed 2012 budget. On a motion by Mr. Sykes, seconded by Mr. Gold, the Board voted and the proposed 2012 budget was unanimously passed.
VII. NEW BUSINESS
Ms. Brylinski advised the Board that the organizational meeting of the newly formed Sullivan County Funding Corp. (“SCFC”) will be scheduled in the very near future. The SCFC will be able to administer bonds and handle certain types of projects which due to new legal restrictions, the IDA can no longer do. There was a brief discussion on the matter by Ms. Brylinski and the Board.
Ms. Garigliano updated the Board on the progress of the Red Meat Processing facility. She was happy to report that after two years site plan approval has finally been received by the Village of Liberty Planning Board, with two conditions. First is that he Village of Liberty not hear from the DEC prior to November 30, 2011 regarding sewer discharge issues and second, that the Engineer’s final comments dated October 6, 2011 be addressed. Ms. Garigliano felt that these issues were nominal. She does not expect to hear from the DEC and some of the Engineer’s comments have already been dealt with. Chairman Wood wished to thank Mr. Garigliano, Mrs. Garigliano and Mr. Scott for all their time and dedication to this project. Ms. Garigliano advised that the next step is to meet with prospective engineers, who will in turn work on obtaining all the necessary permits and approvals.
Mr. Alport address the Board by saying that he, Mr. Gold and Mr. White all participated in the webinar for Board Member Training. He commented that it appears that the SC IDA is “ahead of the curve” in their compliance with requirements imposed by NYS.
Chairman Wood asked if there was any public comment.
Ms. Burton made a general comment regarding ethics.
Ms. Hedlund questioned if the Red Meat Processing Facility would start construction this year. Ms. Garigliano replied that the necessary permits and approvals need to be obtained first and also a road will need to be put in first.
Ms. Hedlund commented on the contract between the IDA and Hudson Valley AgriBusiness Development Corporation, specifically referring to the formation of a web site of Sullivan County restaurants. The Board advised Ms. Hedlund that this was only one of the items listed in the contract and not all of Mr. Erling’s efforts will be towards this matter.
Mr. Aragon addressed the Board regarding the upcoming Agricultural Summit being held at the Villa Roma. He suggested that information regarding the Red Meat Processing Facility be included at the IDA booth.
Chairman Wood 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. Alport, the Board voted and the meeting was adjourned at approximately 10:40 A.M.
Elizabeth A. Hunt