COUNTY OF SULLIVAN INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT AGENCY
One Cablevision Center
Ferndale, New York 12734
(845) 295-2603 – telephone
(845) 295-2604 – fax
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
I. CALL TO ORDER
Chairman Wood called to order the regular meeting of the County of Sullivan Industrial Development Agency at approximately 9:58 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
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
Walter F. Garigliano, Esq., Agency Legal Counsel
Tara Lewis, Garigliano Law Offices
Leni Binder, Sullivan County Legislator
Luiz Aragon, Commissioner, SC Planning & Environmental Management
Dan Hust, Sullivan County Democrat
Leonard Sparks, Times Herald Record
James Culligan, Sullivan County Resident
Ann Culligan, Sullivan County Resident
Sonia Hedlund, Sullivan County Resident
Claudine Luchsinger, Sullivan County Resident
Jan London, Sullivan County Resident
(Please note: Not all attendees were present for the entire meeting)
III. APPROVAL OF MINUTES
Mr. Barbuti made a motion to approve the minutes of the August 9, 2011 regular meeting, the motion was seconded by Mr. Sykes, the Board voted and the motion was unanimously carried.
IV. BILLS AND COMMUNICATIONS
Mr. Sykes made a motion to approve the revised schedule of payments, the motion was seconded by Mr. Alport, the Board voted and the motion was unanimously carried.
V. EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR’S REPORT
Ms. Brylinski reflected on the events of 9/11/01 which was 10 years ago on the IDA’s regular September meeting.
Ms. Brylinski advised the Board that after the regular August meeting the Governance Committee (consisting of Chairman Wood and Mr. Barbuti) met for their annual meeting. They reviewed the necessary policies as required by law. Their only recommendation was that Mr. Scott, in his capacity as CEO of the IDA, give a monthly report of his activities to the Board.
Ms. Brylinski advised the Board that Mr. Barbuti had posed the question if the public could record at the IDA meetings. After some research Ms. Brylinski advised that, yes, the meeting could be recorded.
Ms. Brylinski advised regarding the new requirement as per the Public Authorities Budget Office that each Board member have a bio listed on the IDA web site, she has received several bios from the Board members. She advised the Board members that if they didn’t wish to do a bio, that she would simply list the date of their appointment, which is acceptable.
Finally she advised that there are two dates, October 9th and November 16th, for those Board members who haven’t already participated in the PAAA Training Session. Mr. Garigliano offered that those members who haven’t already taken part in the session, can utilize his office so they can all watch the webinar together.
Mr. Scott gave the Board the narrative of his activities for the past month as CEO of the IDA. They included, among other things, numerous meetings regarding the Red Meat Processing Facility, and meetings Todd Erling of the Hudson Valley AgriBuinesss Dev. Corp. as well as several local farms.
There was a discussion regarding the proposed Red Meat Processing Facility by those present which included, among other things, the discussion of new drawings that were submitted to the Village of Liberty Planning Board and the final review process.
Mr. Barbuti commented that he was personally glad to see that the IDA has been utilizing their loan funds.
Mr. Barbuti expressed his concerns regarding the recent flooding in Sullivan County and questioned if the IDA could possibly be of assistance. Mr. Garigliano reminded Mr. Barbuti and the Board that during the last major flooding that the IDA put into place a limited time assistance program for affected businesses, which helped by abating sales tax on purchases for construction supplies and equipment. He suggested that if the IDA was in fact contacted by numerous people seeking help, then maybe the Board should revisit this particular program. Ms. Brylinski advised that she has only received one phone call regarding flood damage and that in fact she was informed by that person that there are indeed other programs specifically targeted towards assisting people adversely effected by recent flood damage. Mr. White concurred with Ms. Brylinski by saying that there are specific programs in Sullivan County geared towards this unfortunate situation.
There was a brief discussion regarding the Monticello Motor Club regarding the purported noise, the level of authority the IDA has over its projects, and employment number issues.
VI. OLD BUSINESS
Mr. Garigliano presented to the Board a resolution authorizing the IDA to provide funding to the Partnership for Economic Development for the 3rd quarter 2011. On a motion by Mr. Barbuti, seconded by Mr. Sykes, the Board voted and the resolution was unanimously passed.
Mr. Garigliano advised the Board that the resolution listed on the Agenda regarding the Holiday Mountain/NYS Dormitory Authority project will be presented to them at the reconvened meeting that will be scheduled for 1pm on Friday, September 16, 2011.
Mr. Garigliano presented to the Board a resolution authorizing and approving the execution and delivery of a Fee and Leasehold Mortgage and other related documents by Ideal Snacks Corporation and the IDA to Sovereign Bank in an amount not to exceed $7,000,000. On a motion by Mr. Sykes, seconded by Mr. Barbuti, the Board voted and the resolution was unanimously passed. PLEASE NOTE THE FOLLOWING REGARDING THIS RESOLUTION: At the reconvened meeting held on September 16, 2011, the Board was advised that there was a typographical error on the this resolution. The amount “not to exceed” of $7 million listed in this resolution was incorrect. The correct amount “not to exceed” is $8 million. At the September 16, 2011 meeting the Board unanimously verbally agreed to the change.
VII. NEW BUSINESS
Mr. Garigliano presented to the Board a resolution regarding Holiday Mountain Fun Park, Inc. which authorizes and approves the execution and delivery of a Commercial Construction Mortgage in an amount not to exceed $1,600,000 and related documents in favor of Riverside Bank. On a motion by Mr. White, seconded by Mr. Gold, the Board voted and the resolution was unanimously passed.
Mr. Garigliano advised the Board that the resolution listed on the Agenda regarding the Concord project will be presented to them at the reconvened meeting that will be scheduled for 1pm on Friday, September 16, 2011. Mr. Garigliano then updated the Board on the corporate structure of the Concord entities as well discussing, among other things, information about the financing that will be associated with the project.
Ms. Brylinski then spoke to the Board about the proposed Millennium RLF recipient, Jennifer Grimes/Eureka Market & Café (“Eureka Market & Café”). She advised that the application and related information was already submitted to the Loan Committee as well as Mr. Walter. This loan will be in the amount of $75,000 at 3% interest. On a motion by Ms. Garlinghouse, seconded by Mr. Walter, the Board voted and the loan was unanimously approved.
Chairman Wood asked if there was any public comment.
Mr. Culligan commented on the Monticello Motor Club project and asked of the Board that they consider the input of the residents before any more abatements are approved.
Ms. Luchsinger asked for an update on the negotiations of the proposed East Broadway Development project. Mr. Garigliano advised Ms. Luchsinger that he is not at liberty to discuss the negotiation process but advised that there are ongoing discussions regarding the project. She then inquired who will be paying the legal fees. The reply was that the applicant will.
Ms. Hedlund made a comment regarding the number of employees at the Eureka Market and Café.
Ms. Hedlund inquired about the status of the proposed Red Meat Processing Facility. There was brief discussion regarding, among other things, Village of Liberty Planning Board approval, a “plan b”, and the progression of the project.
Ms. Luchsinger inquired about activity taking place across the street from the Dancing Cat Saloon. Mr. Garigliano replied that they are current structures.
VIII. ADJOURNMENT (RECESS)
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. Walter, the Board voted and the meeting was recessed at approximately 10:50 A.M. The reconvened meeting will be held on Friday, September 16, 2011 at 1:00 P.M. at the same location.
Elizabeth A. Hunt