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New law would allow 12-, 13-year-olds to hunt

JOHNSTOWN — The Fulton County Board of Supervisors on May 10 set a June 14 public hearing for creation of a local law authorizing 12- and 13-year-old licensed hunters to hunt deer with a firearm or crossbow under adult supervision.

A proposed county local law to that effect was introduced at the board’s meeting at the County Office Building. Authorizing the 12- and 13-year-olds to hunt deer would only be during hunting season with supervision by an adult licensed hunter.

The public hearing on the proposed local law will be 1:30 p.m. June 14 in the Supervisor’s Chambers on the second floor of the County Office Building.

The proposal says the intent of the law would be to permit Fulton County’s 12 and 13-year-olds to participate in “new and safe hunting opportunities” in accordance with state Environmental Conservation Law. The local law would take effect immediately after passed by the full board, possibly in June.

Officials said the enacted 2021-22 state budget includes a pilot program allowing the opportunity for such young hunters to hunt deer with firearms and crossbows through 2023, if the county they live in authorizes such action.

In other board action Monday:

∫ Supervisors authorized a reduced tipping fee rate of $25 per ton for city of Gloversville for demolition debris from a former leather factory at 7 Glenwood Ave. in that city. The city determined the building is an “imminent public safety hazard and could contain hazardous materials,” the resolution said. Gloversville intends to take temporary control in order to demolish it and perform environmental testing. A portion of the roof has collapsed.

“It’s really coming down [by itself],” said Gloversville 5th Ward Supervisor Gregory Young, whose ward the building is in.

∫ The board withdrew a proposed resolution authorizing a community solar subscription agreement with Community Solar Platform Holdings LLC to maintain solar credits from Fulton County government electricity bills.

“I expect it to be back on the agenda after today,” said county Administrative Officer Jon Stead.

Stead is working County Attorney Jason Brott on contract language to get the item on the board’s June agenda.

∫ The board approved a Fulton-Montgomery-Schoharie Workforce Development Board Infrastructure Memorandum of Understanding and MOU for local workforce development area service delivery.

∫ Accepted was $27,177 in federal Consolidated Appropriations Act funds for the purchase of equipment and supplies for the county Office for Aging. The items are designed to promote health and nutrition for senior citizens and include: One commercial steamer, support outreach and nutrition-related activities, offices supplies, and phones.

∫ Supervisors accepted a $31,050 2021-22 Immunization Grant from the state Department of Health, and $49,625 DOH Emergency Preparedness Grant – both for the county Public Health Department. A resolution was approved authorizing a contract between the county and Access Therapy Group PLLC for preschool itinerant-related services in the health department.

∫ Other resolutions passed to contract for electronic payment services through the county Probation Department; and apply for a $72,553 grant through the county Emergency Management Office.

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