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Allegany County: Planning & Econmic Development Committee minutes - May 18
& ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE
May 18, 2016
Committee Members Present: D. Root, D. Pullen, J. Hopkins, K.
LaForge, C. Crandall
Committee Members Excused:C. Jessup, D. Healy
Others Present: C. Clark, D. Decker, S. Decker, K.
Dirlam, D. Fanton, B. Gamache, K. Graves, G. Hanchett, K. Hollis (Assemblyman
Giglio Rep.), J. Margeson, T. Miner, R. Sobeck-Lynch, N. Ungermann, J. Wood
Present: B. Quinn,
Wellsville Daily Reporter
Call to Order: The meeting was called to order at 2:00
p.m. by Planning & Economic Development Committee Chairman Deb Root.
A motion was made by Legislator Pullen,
seconded by Legislator LaForge, and carried to approve the Planning &
Economic Development Committee minutes of April 20, 2016.
Economic Developer Craig Clark
submitted his monthly report digitally and discussed highlights of the report.
Clark updated the committee on the change to the CFA meeting location.It is being moved from the Crossroads Center
to Alfred State College-Wellsville Campus by a request from Lori Cornell at the
Governor’s Office.The Governor’s Office
would like to see the construction on the Advanced Manufacturing Building in
progress.The meeting will be attended
by ESD and other state agencies to guide Allegany County participants in the
Clark briefly spoke on the Select USA Conference slated for June in Washington,
D.C.There is progress on the marketing
materials being created for the conference booth and he thanked Chairman Root
for all her assistance and doing a great job with the graphic designs.
Clark reported that the BDCC (Bio-refinery Development and Commercialization
Center) group is in the process of submitting a $4 million EDA grant that has
been reviewed by STW and will be reviewed by Senator Schumer and Congressmen
Reed’s economic development staff.Senator Schumer is in support of this grant.
Clark reported he will be meeting with Earl Gohl, ARC Federal Co-Chair, and
Kyle Wilbur, NYS Department of State, on May 19, 2016, to discuss Wellsville
and BDCC eligibility for POWER + ARC $50 million grant process and the $15
million for EDA.The POWER+ grants focus
on the loss of coal businesses including related companies that supply coal-fired
plants and industries.The BDCC is a
long term solution across the ARC region.He noted that Arvos (Air Preheater) could be affected by the coal
Clark attended the Clean Energy 76 West Program at Corning Museum with 24
finalists.Bio Science, who is part of
the BDCC Team, is a semifinalist.Mr.
Clark would like to see at least one of the 24 semifinalists locate to Allegany
County or the Southern Tier.
Economic Development Consultant Jack
Wood pre-filed his report and discussed highlights of the report.
Mr. Wood reported on the Business, Education,
and Government Economic Steering Committee discussed at the April meeting.Initially there
were six volunteers from government, two from business, and only one
from education that volunteered to participate. After consulting
with Skip Sullivan, John Mulryan, and Dwight Fanton, it was decided that
the sub-committee should be equally represented by having three volunteers
from each sector for the sole purpose of drafting the initial purpose/structure
document.Accordingly, and with
respect to the original Steering Committee members, it was decided to
proceed with the following sub-committee members:
Sullivan; Paul Mills; Charlie Edmondson (Mark Zupan –
Shayler; John Mulryan; Greg Muscato
Fanton; Dave Pullen; Mike Healy
Wood reported on the Park-N-Ride Project stating that weekly project meetings
have been initiated.The RFP phase is
scheduled for June with design to be completed and letting phase for
construction to be scheduled in July.The Construction award is anticipated for August/September and
construction expected to commence no later than October.
Wood reported on the I-86/Rte. 19 Interstate Development.A formal 7-step process has been established
to review and prioritize all development activities at the 30-acre site in
Belvidere as follows:
1.Developers with interest in the I-86
site are welcome.
2.HVS will provide development
consulting along with their official recommendation/position on all proposals.
3.Hodgson Russ will provide advice and
council along with legal recommendation(s) on all proposals.
4.HVS, Hodgson Russ, and the IDA
Chair/CEO will collaborate in advance on all proposals that are expected to be
brought before the IDA Board.
5.IDA Chair/CEO will first take the
collaborated proposal, including input/recommendations, to the full
legislature in attorney/client sessions to seek consensus PRIOR to
asking the IDA Board to vote.
6.IDA Board will vote after giving
consideration to both the Legislator’s input and the recommendations from
Hodgson Russ, HVS, and the IDA Chair/CEO.
7.Hodgson Russ, HVS, and the IDA
Chair/CEO will implement accordingly.
was held on Tuesday, May 17, between the Town of Friendship government,
attorneys, Municipal Solutions, Craig Clark, Kier Dirlam and Jack Wood
regarding the waterline between Friendship and Belvidere.Some new items were discovered regarding the
Friendship waterlines, but all are manageable.There is presently clean water at the site for a diesel and/or food
business.A grant funding plan was
discussed with the possibility of underwriting the entire project.There will be tele-conferencing meetings
every Tuesday at 3 p.m. between all parties until the water is turned on.Mr. Wood will be the contact for this.
reported on the Crossroads buildings stating the IDA will be looking to sell
the buildings upon the completion of the Park-N-Ride Project and building
thanked all who attended the R.S. Maher Open House stating how well attended it
was by county-wide guests.Senator
Catharine Young and Legislative Chairman Curt Crandall participated in the
ribbon cutting ceremony.R. S. Maher
& Son is a great new addition to Allegany County.
disbursed a Press Release to board members regarding the 30-acre site at
Belvidere which was released today nationwide to economic and hotel developers.The press release will also be sent to
Buffalo, Rochester, and area newspapers and magazines.All three presidents of the local colleges,
Alfred University, Alfred State and Houghton, have made written statements for
developers on the need of a hotel in our county.Mr. Wood stated that between the three
colleges, we house 7,000 students and the Kerr-Pegula Complex in Houghton
attracts visitors with their events.Statistics show that parents of college students and visitors to the
area have to search outside our bordering counties for lodging as well.Legislator Decker commented that he attended
a Tea Party meeting where they discussed the same issue regarding JCC and St.
Bonaventure campuses and the lack of lodging for their colleges as well.
Office of Planning
Director of Planning Kier Dirlam
pre-filed his monthly report and discussed highlights of the report.
Dirlam wanted to remind all that the ARC applications are due and if your town
or village has a project to call Kim at Southern Tier West.Applications will be reviewed at the June STW
board meeting and projects will be prioritized for funding.
The Planning and Tourism offices set
up a booth at the annual Local Government Conference held in Houghton on May
11.Over 300 people attended with about
25 vendors and many speakers.This event
presents the opportunity for our office to meet our local town and village
board members and disseminate tourism information to surrounding counties,
government officials, and community volunteers.
There will be Comp Plan School
meeting next week with the Towns and Villages of Alfred and Wellsville to
collate their materials gathered so far.Mr. Dirlam is working with the Town and Village of Almond on their Comp
Plan and there are infrastructure issues in the Almond area.
MOE – CFA (Consolidated Funding Applications)
Dirlam requested approval for the two priority project applications for EDA
funding.The first priority is the Friendship-Belvidere
Waterline Project and the second priority is the Bio-refinery Development and
Commercialization Center (BDCC) Project.Chairman Crandall questioned the timeline to meet the requirements for
the June meeting at STW.Mr. Dirlam said
it would not be an issue.
Root entertained a motion to approve the Consolidated Funding Applications.A motion was made by Legislator Hopkins,
seconded by Legislator Pullen, and carried 4-0 w/2 absent (Jessup and Healy).PREPARE
New Planning Board Member
Planning & Economic Development
Committee Chairman Root entertained a motion to appoint John Roederer of
Houghton, New York, as board member of the Allegany County Planning Board for a
three-year term commencing immediately and expiring December 31, 2018, subject
to confirmation by the Board of Legislators. A motion was made by Legislator Pullen,
seconded by Legislator Hopkins, and carried 4-0 w/2 absent (Jessup and
Mr. Dirlam announced that Planning
Board member Robert Ellis, District II, recently passed away.Bob served on the board for 10 years and the
Board will be looking for a new member soon.
Greater Allegany Chamber of Commerce
Greater Allegany Chamber of Commerce
Executive Director Gretchen Hanchett pre-filed her monthly report and discussed
The Tourism office continues to work
on the Amish Trail and map.The
TourBlend app is now available, which is a regional project with Cattaraugus
and Chautauqua counties.
Ms. Hanchett will attend the
8-county branding meeting on Monday, May 23.She and Steve Havey also attended the NYS Tourism Conference from May
1-4 where Gavin Landry, NYS Executive Director of Tourism, asked her to speak
on behalf of the Fire Ball Run marketing efforts. NYS will now promote our
region through this event, and Mr. Landry feels it is important to have
Governor Cuomo at the kick-off in September.Ms. Hanchett and Legislator Root gave a Fire Ball presentation to the
Belfast Lions group on April 28.
Ms. Hanchett will be meeting with
Steuben and Finger Lakes tourism on ways to work together.
Ms. Hanchett connected with a web
company “Wanderu” that connects visitors with transportation access all
throughout New York State.(Rails,
buses, etc.)Go to website and type in
an event or location and Wanderu shows you how to get there which is another
avenue to pull visitors into our area.
Ms. Hanchett met with the “Tough
Mudders” management team, Robyn Pigozzi and Courtney Ellis, who plan on using
more local businesses this year.The event
will be held the first weekend in August.
The Greater Allegany County Chamber
of Commerce is hosting Business after Hours on May 28 at 5pm at the Houghton
College Kerr-Pegula Sports Complex to kick off the NYCBL Season Opener between
the Genesee Rapids and Wellsville Nitros at 7 p.m.See Gretchen or call the Chamber office to
reserve tickets to the ballgame.
Employment & Training Director
Reita Sobeck-Lynch pre-filed her monthly report and disbursed an updated report
to include the DSS report.
MOE – Funding Appropriation
Sobeck-Lynch requested a resolution to increase budget appropriations for the
acceptance of an additional $2,892 in TANF Summer Youth Funding.Chairman Root entertained a motion to accept
the funding and appropriate as stated in the Memorandum of Explanation.A motion was made by Legislator LaForge, seconded
by Legislator Pullen, and carried 4-0, w/2 absent.Refer to Ways & Means.
Sobeck-Lynch reported that two individuals who were in the TEAP program now
have full-time jobs.
will be a Job/Career Fair at Good Times in Olean on June 17.This job fair will focus on businesses that
actually have jobs available.
have been 143 summer job applications for youth with income limit
qualifications.Businesses have been
contacted for placing youth in work experience and staff is currently working
on verifying incomes.There was an
increase in funding to offset the increase in minimum wage.
Sobeck-Lynch has been attending weekly Economic Development Team meetings and
compiling data on workforce development for the website and information to take
to the upcoming Select USA conference.Chairman Root questioned last month’s report which stated 29 new
businesses opened and what exactly did this reflect.Ms. Sobeck-Lynch reported that the statistic
reflects a new business as one that is local and not working with any other
reminder that Wellsville Chamber Business after Hours is tonight from 5-7 p.m.All were encouraged to attend and support
Jordan Aftuck who is a local photographer with a successful business.
reminder that the “Swinging to the Oldies” event is Saturday, May 21.Tickets are available at the door or see
– None to report.
– No further business
Good of the Order
– None to report.
being no further business to come before the Committee, the meeting was
adjourned at 2:45 p.m. following a motion by Legislator LaForge, seconded by
Legislator Hopkins, and carried.
Whitfield, Confidential Secretary to the Director of Planning