WAYS & MEANS COMMITTEE
April 20, 2016
Committee Members Present: C. Jessup, P. Curran, D. Fanton, K. Graves, D. Healy, K. LaForge, T. O’Grady, D. Pullen, D. Root, C. Crandall
Others Present: H. Budinger, J. Budinger, S. Burt, D. Decker, L. Gridley, R. Hollis, J. Hopkins, G. James, R. Lynch, J. Margeson, T. Miner, B. Riehle, T. Ross, D. Scholes
Call to Order: The meeting was called to order at 3:00 p.m. by Ways & Means Committee Chairman Charles Jessup.
Approval of Minutes
A motion was made by Legislator Graves, seconded by Legislator Root, and carried to approve the April 11, 2016, Ways & Means Committee minutes.
A motion was made by Legislator Graves, seconded by Legislator Fanton, and carried to enter attorney/client session at 3:08 p.m. Immediately following discussion at 3:33 p.m., a motion was made by Legislator Graves, seconded by Legislator Fanton, and carried to end the attorney/client session and return to the regular meeting.
Municipal Tax Sale Bid
Committee members reviewed a request from the Village of Belmont to purchase a .05 acre lot at 7 Schuyler Street in Belmont (Tax Map ID #172.13-2-75) for $1 plus current year’s tax and recording costs. The Village plans to use the lot for additional parking. The request was approved on a motion by Legislator Healy, seconded by Legislator Graves, and carried. Prepare Resolution
Demolition of Structures on Tax Sale Properties
Committee members reviewed documents from the State Department of State relative to the condemnation of County-owned tax sale properties located at 135 Howard Street (Tax Map ID #238.11-1-54), 213 East State Street (Tax Map ID #239-9-1-32), and 249 East State Street (Tax Map ID #239.9-1-31), all in the Village of Wellsville. The Code Compliance Specialist indicated that all violations noted in the Inspection Report should be remedied by April 30. Interim County Administrator John Margeson responded to the order and requested a 180-day extension on the “order to remedy” to allow the County sufficient time to address the issues. A motion was made by Legislator Graves, seconded by Legislator Root, and carried to pull the noted properties from the tax sale auction. A motion was then made by Legislator Fanton, seconded by Legislator Graves, and carried to issue requests for bids for demolition which would include tearing the structures down, filling the basement, seeding the lawn, removing any debris, etc. County Treasurer Terri Ross noted that the last time something like this was done, the expense was financed from proceeds of the tax sale/tax sale redemption fees. Committee members agreed that an asbestos survey should be done prior to issuing an RFP for demolition so that the contractors will be able to better estimate cleanup costs. Legislator Mike Healy asked County Administrator Margeson and County Attorney Miner to confirm that they are in favor of moving forward in this manner, and they indicated that they were. Refer to County Administrator and County Attorney
Request for State to Reimburse Increase in District Attorney Salary
Committee members reviewed a draft resolution calling on New York State to fully reimburse counties for the increases in the District Attorney’s salary that the State recently imposed. A request was made by Legislator Healy, seconded by Legislator Root, and carried to sponsor the resolution, and to include a statement that all future State-imposed increases will also be financed by the State. Prepare Resolution (to come off the floor at April 25 Board meeting)
Dedication of State Route 275 in Richburg
Ways & Means Committee Chairman Jessup acknowledged receipt of a request to dedicate a portion of State Route 275 in the Village of Richburg in honor of Duane C. Scott. Mr. Scott was serving with Bravo Co., 2nd BN, 35th Infantry Regiment, operating in Pleiku Province when he gave his life for a fellow soldier. Board Clerk Riehle will electronically forward copies of the request to all Legislators, and the matter will be considered at a future committee meeting.
There being no further business to come before the Committee, the meeting was adjourned at 3:42 p.m. following a motion by Legislator Fanton, seconded by Legislator Graves, and carried.
Brenda Rigby Riehle, Clerk of the Board
Allegany County Board of Legislators