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Supervisors approve legal services contract

JOHNSTOWN — The Fulton County Board of Supervisors recently approved a contract with a law firm for legal services related to emergency medical services planning.

The board authorized a $3,750 contract with Pinsky Law Group PLLC of Syracuse for legal services for the county Emergency Management Office. That office has been working on a plan to stabilize delivery of EMS in Fulton County. The office is requesting the contract to provide legal guidance on contract language and the Certificate of Need process as a component of its planning.

In other recent business, the board authorized a contract with Absolute Auctions and Realty of Pleasant Valley for 2020 for real property auction services through the county Treasurer’s Office. Compensation will be based upon a 10 percent buyer’s premium plus a 1.5 percent advertising fee to be paid to the county by each property buyer.

“I think we should be going out to bid with this,” said Gloversville 5th Ward Supervisor Gregory Young, who was opposed.

Supervisors approved three tax-related resolutions. The board set a public hearing for 1:30 p.m. April 13 in the Supervisor’s Chambers of the County Office Building regarding a local law to extend the occupancy tax in Fulton County. The board requested special home rule legislation authorizing extension of the additional rate of sales and compensation use taxes and authorizing the cities of Gloversville and Johnstown to preempt the additional rate. The board also requested special home rule legislation to extend the additional mortgage tax in the county.

Supervisors approved the issuance of certain obligations by the Montgomery County Capital Resource Corp. to finance a project for the Family Counseling Center of Gloversville.

A Memorandum of Understanding between the county Department of Social Services and the Gloversville Enlarged School District for the Every Student Succeeds Act was approved.

The board authorized amendments to the agreement with HFM BOCES for provision of a special patrol officer through the Fulton County Sheriff’s Department.

Supervisors approved advertisement for bids for a historic County Courthouse renovation project.

In other reports, Caroga Supervisor Scott Horton told the board the finances of the Fulton County Soil & Water Conservation District were in “excellent shape.” He also reported on a climate resilient farming program in its second year that helps stop erosion and flooding on farms and finds sources of water.

Board Chairman Warren Greene reported he has been working with county Administrative Officer Jon Stead on coronavirus issues.

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