October 3, 2011
10:06 a.m. A representative from the Adirondack Film Society is presenting to the Essex County Board of supervisors about what they have been doing and their hope for continued funding from the board. The board has given to the society since its beginning in 1999.
10:10 John Huttlinger, Chair of Adirondack Film Society, said, "Essex County has been our main benefactor every year that we have been in existence. We would not be in business today without the generosity of Essex County.
We understand about the budget constraints that everyone is under. We fully understand any adjustments that have to be made. We do appreciate everything that you have done."
10:21 a.m. The Film Society's presentation just ended with a video starring the board's own Thomas Scozzafava in what critics may call a "moving," performance.
10:22 a.m. The board has now moved into the passage of resolutions.
10:29 a.m. The board tables the resolution about transformer replacement at the Horace Nye Home because they have not heard from NYSEG concerning the matter and alternative solutions.
10:30 a.m. Supervisor Randy Douglas announces a meeting to discuss the long-term planning for the Ausable River on Nov. 1 at 6 p.m. at the Town of Jay Center in Au Sable Forks.
10:37 a.m. Supervisor Bill Ferebee on recent reports about the work done in area rivers: "I would like to see the negativity that has been printed recently about the actions taken by the towns to be pointed in positive ways."
10:39 a.m. Resolutions passed urging the state to look at the local rivers and to relieve counties of their local FEMA share of 12.5-percent.
10:41 a.m. Linda Beers of Schroon Lake has officially been appointed as the next director of the Essex County Public Health Department, at an annual salary of $78,000. A story that first appeared on the denpubs.com website last Monday afternoon.
10:55 a.m. The board has moved on to resolutions from the floor.
11:08 a.m. County manager Daniel Palmer said that they are in the process of setting up budget workshops for the upcoming work to be done on the 2012 county spending plan.
11:11 a.m. North Elba Supervisor Roby Politi expresses concerns about the need for coroners in the Tri-Lakes area of Essex County. "It's unfair that one coroner from Elizabethtown is responsible for all of the work up there."
11:18 a.m. Supervisor Randy Douglas talks about towns that are interested in the buyout program for homes that have been totaled by the recent flooding and if the program will be county-wide.
11:26 a.m. Supervisor Dobie asks about a draft local law to override the two-percent tax cap for county towns, if they choose to do so.
11:27 a.m. executive session for pending litigation and personnel matter.
11:28 a.m. Attorney Daniel Manning told Moriah Supervisor Thomas Scozzafava that the personnel matter does relate to the County Clerk's office.
11:31 a.m. The board retires to executive session on the pending litigation matter. Will consider the personnel matter separately, as Scozzafava said that the County Clerk is an elected position.
11:53 a.m. Still waiting for the first executive session to end.
12:03 p.m. The board has returned from executive session and is settling in.
12:05 p.m. There are two supervisors not present today, Cathy Moses of Schroon and Ed Hatch of Willsboro.
12:17 After discussion, the board does not go into executive session and the meeting is quickly adjourned.