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Tompkins County Legislature

Action Summary for Resolutions


Tuesday, July 17, 2018 5:30 PM
Legislature Chambers

Regular Agenda

Resolution No. 2018-148: Urging New York State Department of Environmental Conservation to
Strengthen the Proposed New Guidelines for Major Power Generators (ID #7963)

RESULT: ADOPTED [13 TO 1]


MOVER: Anna Kelles, Member
SECONDER: Amanda Champion, Member
AYES: Shawna Black, Amanda Champion, Deborah Dawson, Henry Granison, Rich
John, Anna Kelles, Daniel Klein, Anne Koreman, Michael Lane, Leslyn
McBean-Clairborne, David McKenna, Glenn Morey, Martha Robertson
NAYS: Michael Sigler

WHEREAS, as part of the State’s Clean Energy Plan, Governor Cuomo set a bold goal for New
York State (NYS) to reduce statewide greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions 40% by 2030, and

WHEREAS, at Governor Cuomo’s direction, the New York State Department of Environmental
Conservation (NYS DEC) has proposed revisions to the air quality section of the NYS Conservation
Code, Part 251, CO2 Performance Standards for Major Electric Generating Facilities that will require all
power plants in New York to meet new emissions limits for carbon dioxide (CO2), a potent greenhouse
gas that contributes to climate change, and comments on those revisions are due by July 28th, and

WHEREAS, in 2017, NYS published a Methane Reduction Plan, recognizing that methane “is
second to carbon dioxide in its contribution to climate change as a result of its high volume in the
atmosphere and strong radiative effects. Moreover, we may not fully understand the extent of methane
emissions, as estimates of methane leakage from oil and natural gas infrastructure, landfills, and farm
activities continue to increase with new research and improved reporting.” To reduce methane emissions,
Governor Cuomo directed State agencies to develop proposals and policies to inventory emissions and
identify strategies for methane capture and elimination, and

WHEREAS, since the first ever paper on methane emissions from shale gas was published in
2011 by Robert Howarth, Renee Santoro, and Anthony Ingraffea, a growing number of studies have
shown high methane emissions from developing shale gas. The latest of these papers, published in the
preeminent journal Science on June 20, 2018, by Alvarez et. al., shows upstream emissions at well sites
are at least 60% higher than estimated by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). In addition, most
additional studies show the downstream emissions through pipeline distribution systems to be at least 2.5-
fold higher than the EPA estimates. Taken cumulatively, these show the high risk of using shale gas as
fuel, since methane is more than 100-times more powerful as a greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide, as
reported by the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in 2013. When
considered over the next decade following emissions, shale gas has a greenhouse gas footprint that is at
least twice that of coal, as documented in 2015 by Robert W. Howarth, R.W. in “Perspectives on air
emissions of methane and climatic warming risk from hydraulic fracturing and shale-gas development:
Implications for policy,” Energy & Emission Control Technologies 3: pp.45-54, and

WHEREAS, the Tompkins County Comprehensive Plan, adopted by the Legislature on March 3,
2015, established the principle that “Tompkins County should be a place where the energy system meets

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community needs without contributing additional greenhouse gasses to the atmosphere,” and established
the policy to “Reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) to reach a minimum 80 percent reduction from
2008 levels by 2050 and reduce reliance on fossil fuels across all sectors,” and

WHEREAS, Tompkins County implemented multiple programs to reduce emissions and also
established a groundbreaking methodology to track and inventory all Greenhouse Gas Emissions and
Energy Use by both its own government operations and by the community, which programs and
methodology can be found at <http://www.tompkinscountyny.gov/planning/energy-greenhouse-gas>, and

WHEREAS, largely as a result of conversion from other fossil fuels to natural gas, the results of
Tompkins County’s GHG Emissions Inventory demonstrated a reduction in emissions for government
operations from 2008 to 2014 of 53% and a reduction for the Tompkins County Community of 21%
during that same time period, achieving the government and the community interim goals and positioning
both to achieve the County and Community GHG emission reduction goals of 80% by 2050, and

WHEREAS, HOWEVER, applying guidance by Cornell scientists to take into account full life-
cycle emissions of methane and its increased global warming potential, demonstrated that, rather than
decreasing greenhouse gas emissions, emissions actually increased 67% for the community and 10% for
the county government between 2008 and 2014, and

WHEREAS, Tompkins County and New York State cannot reach their own respective goals
without more stringent standards that address the new evidence cited above, now therefore be it

RESOLVED, That the Tompkins County Legislature recognizes that while natural gas may seem
to provide greenhouse gas emission reductions when looking only at combustion emissions, when full
life-cycle emissions of shale gas are taken into account, greenhouse gas emissions from shale gas are no
better than or possibly even worse than those of other fossil fuels,

RESOLVED, further, That the Tompkins County Legislature strongly urges the NYS DEC to
account for lifecycle emissions and global warming impact of methane as established by current scientific
research when revising the GHG emissions standards of major power generators,

RESOLVED, further, That a copy of this resolution be sent to Senator Pamela Helming, Senator
Thomas O’Mara, Senator James Seward, Assemblywoman Barbara Lifton, Governor Andrew Cuomo,
Assistant Secretary for Energy Peter Olmsted, NYSDEC Commissioner Basil Seggos, and Laura Stevens,
NYSDEC Division of Air Resources air.regs@dec.ny.gov <mailto:air.regs@dec.ny.gov> in response to its
call for comments by its receipt deadline of July 27.
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Resolution No. 2018-149: Resolution to Recognize Indigenous Peoples’ Day as a Holiday in


Tompkins County (ID #7941)

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RESULT: ADOPTED [UNANIMOUS]


MOVER: Michael Lane, Member
SECONDER: Leslyn McBean-Clairborne, Member
AYES: Shawna Black, Amanda Champion, Deborah Dawson, Henry Granison, Rich
John, Anna Kelles, Daniel Klein, Anne Koreman, Michael Lane, Leslyn
McBean-Clairborne, David McKenna, Glenn Morey, Martha Robertson,
Michael Sigler

WHEREAS, the members of the Tompkins County Legislature recognize that the Indigenous
Peoples of the land since time immemorial were caretakers of such known as the Americas, and

WHEREAS, the Tompkins County Legislature recognizes the fact that we currently stand on
lands where there are homes and villages of the Cayuga Nation and Onondaga Nation of the
Haudenosaunee Confederacy, and

WHEREAS, the County values the many contributions made to our community through
Indigenous Peoples’ knowledge, labor, technology, science, philosophy, arts, and the deep cultural
contribution that has helped shape the character of Tompkins County, and

WHEREAS, the County has committed through its diversity policy and other non-discrimination
policies to oppose the systematic racism towards all marginalized peoples including the Indigenous
People in our region, and

WHEREAS, the County has for years committed to protect, respect, and fulfill the full range of
inherent human rights for all as set forth in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and numerous
other international human rights treaties, and

WHEREAS, Indigenous Peoples’ Day was first proposed in 1977 by a delegation of Native
Nations to the United Nations-sponsored International Conference on Discrimination Against Indigenous
Populations in the Americas, and calls for revocation of the Doctrine of Discovery, and

WHEREAS, the County proposes to honor our Nations’ and more specifically, Tompkins
County’s Indigenous roots, history, and contributions, now therefore be it

RESOLVED, on recommendation of the Budget, Capital, and Personnel Committee, That the
Tompkins County Legislature recognizes the second Monday in October, as “Indigenous Peoples’ Day”
and shall encourage the celebration of this day in a manner that promotes respect, understanding, and
friendship; combats prejudice and bias; works to eliminate discrimination stemming from colonization;
and acknowledges our history,

RESOLVED, further, That all Tompkins County documents and references to “Holidays,” shall
include Indigenous Peoples’ Day.
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Consent Agenda

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RESULT: ADOPTED [UNANIMOUS]


MOVER: Rich John, Member
SECONDER: Anna Kelles, Member
AYES: Black, Champion, Dawson, Granison, John, Kelles, Klein, Koreman, Lane,
McBean-Clairborne, McKenna, Morey, Robertson, Sigler

Resolution No. 2018-150: Establishing Standard Work Days for Elected and Appointed Officials of
Tompkins County (ID #7921)

WHEREAS, effective August 12, 2009, New York State adopted a new regulation 315.4 for
additional reporting requirements for elected or appointed officials that more clearly defines the process
for reporting time worked for those officials who are members of the New York State Retirement System,
now therefore be it

RESOLVED, on recommendation of the Government Operations Committee, That the Tompkins


County Legislature hereby establishes the following as the standard work days for these titles and will
report the officials to the New York State and Local Retirement System based on time keeping system
records or their record of activities:

Title Standard Name Tier 1 Term Participates in Record of Not


Work Day Employer's Activities Submitted
(Hrs/Day) Time Keeping Result
System
Elected
Officials
Legislator 6 Shawna Black 1/1/18- N 28.55
12/31/21
Legislator 6 Amanda 1/1/18- N 28.61
Champion 12/31/21
Legislator 6 Deborah 1/1/18- N 33.82
Dawson 12/31/21
Legislator 6 Henry 1/1/18- N 7.68
Granison 12/31/21
Legislator 6 Rich John 1/1/18- N 16.08
12/31/21
Legislator 6 Anne Koreman 1/1/18- N 22.93
12/31/21
Legislator 6 Michael E. 1/1/18- N 22.39
Lane 12/31/21
Legislator 6 Leslyn 1/1/18- N 26.66
McBean- 12/31/21
Clairborne
Legislator 6 Martha 1/1/18- N 40.51
Robertson 12/31/21
Legislator 6 Michael Sigler 1/1/18- N 22.94
12/31/21

RESOLVED, further, That the resolution be posted on the Tompkins County website for a
minimum of 30 days and that a certified copy of the resolution and affidavit of posting be filed with the

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Office of the State Comptroller within 45 days of adoption.


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Resolution No. 2018-151: Budget Adjustment within the Community Services for the Elderly
Program and Budget Transfer for the Weatherization Referral and Packaging (WRAP) Program
(ID #7945)

WHEREAS, pursuant to Administrative Manual Policy 05-02, SECTION 4.01 A, Transfers from
personnel lines to other program accounts may require further explanation and are made at the discretion
of the Director of Finance and notification to the County Administrator, as well as optional approval or
disapproval by the appropriate program committee, and

WHEREAS, the Office for Aging hereafter known as COFA has received a Notification of Grant
Award that Tompkins has received a $5,940 increase in state funding for the program known as
Community Services for the Elderly, and

WHEREAS, due to nature of the State fiscal year running from April 1, 2018, to March 31, 2019,
funding in the amount of $4,455 will be utilized in the current year for salary and fringe expenses for one
Outreach Worker, and

WHEREAS, the Office for the Aging sees a continuing need for additional funding for its home
repair program hereafter known as Weatherization Referral and Packaging (WRAP), and

WHEREAS, the Office for the Aging wishes to transfer payroll funding to program expense in
order to cover this continuing need, now therefore be it

RESOLVED, on recommendation of the Health and Human Services Committee, That the
Director of Finance be directed to make the following adjustments to his books:

Office for the Aging Budget Adjustment


Revenue Account Title Amount Approp. Acct Title Amount
A6777-43803 State Revenue $4,455 A6777-51000517 Salary $3,066
A6777-58800 Fringes $1,389

Office for the Aging Budget Transfer


From: To:
Expenditure Account Amount Expenditure Account Amount
6796-51000517 Salary $3,066 A6796-54400 Program Exp. $4,455
6796-58800 Fringes $1,389
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Resolution No. 2018-152: Authorization to Accept Community Engagement Grant from the Health
Foundation for Western and Central New York - Office for the Aging (ID #7942)

WHEREAS, the Tompkins County Office for the Aging seeks to offer effective programming to

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meet the needs of older adults, and

WHEREAS, the Tompkins County Office for the Aging applied for an additional competitive
“Aging By Design” grant to address identified needs and reduce triggers of decline among older adults,
and

WHEREAS, the purpose of this particular grant is to create print media that would be centered
around the Tompkins County Office for the Aging’s “Engage About Age: Community Engagement
Campaign”, and

WHEREAS, the Health Foundation for Western and Central NY has awarded a $45,000 grant that
would cover the expense of the campaign and the printed materials related to it, and

WHEREAS, the grant is to begin on July 15, 2018, and end on December 31, 2019, now
therefore be it

RESOLVED, on recommendation of the Health and Human Services Committee, That the County
hereby accepts this grant of $45,000,

RESOLVED, further, That the Finance Director is authorized to make the following adjustments
to his 2018 books:

REVENUE A6773.42070 Contrib. from Priv. Agencies $17,503


APPROPRIATION A6773-51000215 Director. Office for the Aging $1,825
A6773-51000559 Aging Services Specialist $2,177
A6773-51000546 New York Connects Coordinator $2,401
A6773-54400 Program Expense $500
A6773-54303 Supplies $0
A6773-54330 Printing $0
A6773-54414 Local Mileage $0
A6773-54491 Subcontracts $7,700
A6773-58800 Fringe Benefits $2,900

RESOLVED, further, That the remainder, $27,497, will be included in the Office for the Aging’s
2019 budget.
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Resolution No. 2018-153: Budget Adjustment Related to Acceptance of 2018 New York State Office
of Children and Family Services Funding - Youth Services (ID #7939)

WHEREAS, pursuant to Administrative Manual Policy 05-02, budget adjustments exceeding


$5,000 require Legislative approval, and

WHEREAS, the New York State Office of Family and Children Services has notified the County
of its final 2018 State-aid amounts, and

WHEREAS, Youth Development Funding has not increased, however, there has been an increase

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in Runaway and Homeless Youth Part II Funding, and

WHEREAS, the County’s State-aid is re-allocated to municipalities, programs, and the Youth
Services Department, and

WHEREAS, the Department has amended existing contracts and accounts, now therefore be it

RESOLVED, on recommendation of the Health and Human Service Committee, That the Director
of Finance be directed to make the following 2018 budget adjustment as follows:

Revenue Acct Title Amount


7022.43820 Programs for Youth, State Aid $28,006
7022.43830 Programs for Youth, State Aid (RHY) $ 7,600

Appropriation Acct Title Amount


7026.54400 Program Expense $28,006
7022.5400 Program Expense (RHY State Aid) $ 7,600

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Resolution No. 2018-154: Stepping Up to Reduce the Number of People with Mental Illnesses in
Jails - Mental Health Department (ID #7948)

WHEREAS, counties routinely provide treatment services to the estimated two million people
with serious mental illnesses booked into jail each year, and

WHEREAS, prevalence rates of serious mental illnesses in jails are three to six times higher than
for the general public, and

WHEREAS, almost three-quarters of adults with serious mental illnesses in jails have co-
occurring substance use disorders, and

WHEREAS, adults with mental illnesses tend to stay longer in jail and, upon release, are at a
higher risk of recidivism than people without these disorders, and

WHEREAS, county jails spend two to three times more on adults with mental illnesses that
require interventions compared to those without these treatment needs, and

WHEREAS, without the appropriate treatment and services, people with mental illnesses
continue to cycle through the criminal justice system, often resulting in tragic outcomes for these
individuals and their families, and

WHEREAS, Tompkins County and all counties take pride in their responsibility to protect and
enhance the health, welfare, and safety of its residents in efficient and cost-effective ways, and

WHEREAS, Criminal Justice Alternative to Incarceration (CJATI) is a diverse team of leaders,

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which helps people stay out of jail by offering mental health and substance use disorder treatment, and

WHEREAS, through Stepping Up, the National Association of Counties, the Council of State
Governments Justice Center, and the American Psychiatric Association Foundation are encouraging
public, private, and nonprofit partners to reduce the number of people with mental illnesses in jails, now
therefore be it

RESOLVED, on recommendation of the Health and Human Services Committee, That Tompkins
County hereby signs on to the Call to Action to reduce the number of people with mental illnesses in our
County Jail, commit to sharing lessons learned with other counties in the State and across the country to
support a national initiative and encourage all County officials, employees, and residents to participate in
Stepping Up,

RESOLVED, further, That Tompkins County resolves to utilize the comprehensive resources
available through Stepping Up to:

· Utilize the Criminal Justice Alternative to Incarceration (CJATI) diverse team of leaders and
decision makers from multiple agencies committed to safely reducing the number of people
with mental illnesses in jails;

· Utilize Results Based Accountability (RBA) to collect and review prevalence numbers and
assess individuals’ needs to better identify adults entering jails with mental illnesses and their
recidivism risk, and use that baseline information to guide decision making at the system,
program, and case levels;

· County planning is used to examine treatment and service capacity to determine which
programs and services are available in the County for people with mental illnesses and co-
occurring substance use disorders, and identify state and local policy and funding barriers to
minimizing contact with the justice system and providing treatment and supports in the
community;

· Develop a plan with measurable outcomes that draws on the Jail assessment and prevalence
data and the examination of available treatment and service capacity, while considering
identified barriers;

·
Implement research-based approaches that advance the plan; and utilize Results Based
Accountability (RBA) to track progress using data and information systems, and to report on
successes.
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Regular Agenda

Resolution No. 2018-155: Suicide Prevention Coalition Zero Suicide Initiative (ID #7950)

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RESULT: ADOPTED [UNANIMOUS]


MOVER: Shawna Black, Member
SECONDER: Anna Kelles, Member
AYES: Shawna Black, Amanda Champion, Deborah Dawson, Henry Granison, Rich
John, Anna Kelles, Daniel Klein, Anne Koreman, Michael Lane, Leslyn
McBean-Clairborne, David McKenna, Glenn Morey, Martha Robertson,
Michael Sigler

WHEREAS, suicide is the 10th leading cause of death and is one of just three leading causes that
are on the rise (Center for Disease Control and Prevention, June, 2018), and

WHEREAS, although suicide prevention efforts largely focus on identifying and providing
treatment for people with mental health conditions, there are many additional opportunities for
prevention, and

WHEREAS, suicide claimed the lives of over 1,700 New Yorkers each year, and

WHEREAS, the stigma associated with mental health and suicide works against suicide
prevention by discouraging persons at risk from seeking life-saving help and further traumatizes survivors
of suicide, and

WHEREAS, local and state-side suicide prevention efforts should be encouraged and developed
through collaboration and integration to the maximum extent possible, and

WHEREAS, the Tompkins County Suicide Prevention Coalition endorses the Zero Suicide model
as a framework for organizational commitment to safer suicide care in health and behavioral health care
systems, and

WHEREAS, suicides are preventable, now therefore be it

RESOLVED, on recommendation of the Health and Human Services Committee, That Tompkins
County hereby commits to the Zero Suicide model to reduce the number of people committing suicides,
commit to sharing lessons learned with other counties to support a state-wide initiative and encourage all
health and behavioral healthcare partners to participate in the Zero Suicide model,

RESOLVED, further, That Tompkins County resolves to utilize the comprehensive resources
available through Zero Suicide to:

· Lead - Create a leadership-driven, safety-oriented culture committed to dramatically reducing


suicide among people under care. Include survivors of suicide attempts and suicide loss in
leadership and planning roles.

· Train - Develop a competent, confident, and caring workforce.

· Identify - Systematically identify and assess suicide risk among people receiving care.

· Engage - Ensure every individual has a pathway to care that is both timely and adequate to

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meet his or her needs. Include collaborative safety planning and restriction of lethal means.

· Treat - Use effective, evidence-based treatments that directly target suicidal thoughts and
behaviors.

· Transition - Provide continuous contact and support, especially after acute care.

· Improve - Apply a data-driven quality improvement approach to inform system changes that
will lead to improved patient outcomes and better care for those at risk.

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Resolution No. 2018-156: Authorization to Accept Grant and Contract for Substance Abuse Funds
- Mental Health Department (ID #7947)

RESULT: ADOPTED [UNANIMOUS]


MOVER: Shawna Black, Member
SECONDER: Leslyn McBean-Clairborne, Member
AYES: Shawna Black, Amanda Champion, Deborah Dawson, Henry Granison, Rich
John, Anna Kelles, Daniel Klein, Anne Koreman, Michael Lane, Leslyn
McBean-Clairborne, David McKenna, Glenn Morey, Martha Robertson,
Michael Sigler

WHEREAS, the State of New York has awarded one-time grant funding for the Mental Health
Department to fund a range of treatment and transition services for jail-based substance use disorder
services provided by service providers that could include social workers, case managers, recovery
coaches, psychiatric nurse practitioners, and psychiatrists. This would also increase the capacity to create
or expand: individual and group counseling, improved clinical assessments, relapse prevention, and
transition planning, now therefore be it

RESOLVED, on recommendation of the Health and Human Services Committee, That the Mental
Health Department is authorized to accept said funds,

RESOLVED, further, That the County Administrator or designee be and hereby is authorized to
execute any and all agreements necessary to complete the requirements of the grant,

RESOLVED, further, That the Finance Director be and hereby is authorized to make the
following budget adjustment for 2018:

REVENUE: 4310.43089 Other State Aid: $156,000

APPROPRIATION: 4310.54442 Professional Services: $156,000


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Resolution No. 2018-157: Authorization to Adjust the Budget to Transfer from the General Fund
Balance an Amount to Fund the Department of Emergency Response Communication Equipment
Renewal and Replacement Account, which has been Funded by the Statewide Interoperable
Communications Grant During Fiscal Year 2017 (ID #7933)

RESULT: ADOPTED [UNANIMOUS]


MOVER: Rich John, Member
SECONDER: David McKenna, Member
AYES: Shawna Black, Amanda Champion, Deborah Dawson, Henry Granison, Rich
John, Anna Kelles, Daniel Klein, Anne Koreman, Michael Lane, Leslyn
McBean-Clairborne, David McKenna, Glenn Morey, Martha Robertson,
Michael Sigler

WHEREAS, pursuant to Administrative Manual Policy 05-02, budget adjustments exceeding


$5,000 require Legislative approval, and

WHEREAS, Resolution 2018-5 anticipated and accepted receipt of a Statewide Interoperable


Communications Grant (SICG), reimbursing the County for maintenance of Land Mobile Radio (LMR)
components of the interoperable radio communications systems expended during Fiscal Year 2017, and

WHEREAS, the intent of SICG is to assist the County in the sustainment, maintenance, and
enhancement of interoperable communications, and the resulting fund balance shall be directed toward
those purposes, and

WHEREAS, the Fiscal Year 2018 Budget anticipated continued, annual reimbursement of similar
expenses, and the Finance Director was authorized to amend and adjust the capital accounts as necessary
to use such funding for ongoing capital improvements and replacements to the systems, now therefore be
it

RESOLVED, on recommendation of the Public Safety and the Budget, Capital, and Personnel
Committees, That the Director of Finance is authorized and directed to make the following budget
adjustment for 2018:

A FUND - General Fund


Increase Expense Account: A3411.54802 Contribution to Special Project $660,000

HI FUND - FIRE & EMS FUND


Communications System R&R Project:
Increase Revenue Account: HI3402 .45031.34.02 Transfer in from General Fund $660,000
Increase Expense Account: HI3402.52222.34.02 Communications Equipment $660,000

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Resolution No. 2018-158: Adoption of Local Law No. 2 of 2018 – A Local Law to Modify Local Law
No. 2 of 2015 – A Local Law to Establish a Sustainable Energy Loan Program in Tompkins County
(ID #7917)

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RESULT: ADOPTED [UNANIMOUS]


MOVER: Anna Kelles, Member
SECONDER: Leslyn McBean-Clairborne, Member
AYES: Shawna Black, Amanda Champion, Deborah Dawson, Henry Granison, Rich
John, Anna Kelles, Daniel Klein, Anne Koreman, Michael Lane, Leslyn
McBean-Clairborne, David McKenna, Glenn Morey, Martha Robertson,
Michael Sigler

WHEREAS, Tompkins County adopted Local Law No. 2 of 2015, to create the Energize NY
Benefit Financing Program (also known as the Sustainable Energy Loan Program) utilizing the Energy
Improvement Corporation (EIC), a local development corporation acting on behalf of the County, to
provide Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing to assist qualified property owners who
undertake energy-efficiency measures and install renewable energy systems, and

WHEREAS, a public hearing was held before the Tompkins County Legislature on July17, 2018,
to hear all persons interested in proposed Local Law No. 2 of 2018, and

WHEREAS, the Tompkins County Legislature has determined that the adoption of Local Law
No. 2 of 2018 is in the public interest, now therefore be it

RESOLVED, on recommendation of the Planning, Development, and Environmental Quality


Committee, That proposed Local Law No. 2 of 2018 - A Local Law to Modify Local Law No. 2 of 2015 -
A Local Law to Establish a Sustainable Energy Loan Program in Tompkins County is hereby adopted,

RESOLVED, further, That the Clerk of the Legislature shall publish in the official newspaper of
the County a notice of adoption containing a synopsis of said local law and shall within twenty days file
one certified copy of the Office of the County Clerk, and one copy with the Secretary of State.
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Resolution No. 2018-159: Authorizing an Amended Municipal Agreement Between Tompkins


County and the Energy Improvement Corporation to Implement and Administer a Sustainable
Energy Loan Program in Tompkins County (ID #7918)

RESULT: ADOPTED [UNANIMOUS]


MOVER: Anna Kelles, Member
SECONDER: Leslyn McBean-Clairborne, Member
AYES: Shawna Black, Amanda Champion, Deborah Dawson, Henry Granison, Rich
John, Anna Kelles, Daniel Klein, Anne Koreman, Michael Lane, Leslyn
McBean-Clairborne, David McKenna, Glenn Morey, Martha Robertson,
Michael Sigler

WHEREAS, by Local Law No. 2 of 2015, Tompkins County created the Energize NY Benefit
Financing Program (also known as the Sustainable Energy Loan Program) utilizing the Energy
Improvement Corporation (EIC), a local development corporation acting on behalf of the County, to

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provide Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing to assist qualified property owners who
undertake energy-efficiency measures and install renewable energy systems, and

WHEREAS, in 2015 the County entered into a Municipal Agreement with EIC to administer the
Energize NY Benefit Financing Program, and

WHEREAS, New York State recently amended its PACE Law to make PACE financing more
accessible to clean energy projects, and

WHEREAS, by Local Law No. 2 of 2018, Tompkins County amended the Energize NY Benefit
Financing Program to enable the changes made by New York State at the local level, and

WHEREAS, an amended Municipal Agreement is required to establish the roles, responsibilities,


and obligations of the EIC and the County in the administration of the amended Energize NY Benefit
Financing Program, now therefore be it

RESOLVED, on recommendation of the Planning, Development, and Environmental Quality


Committee, That the County Administrator is hereby authorized to enter into an amended Municipal
Agreement with the Energy Improvement Corporation that shall set forth the duties and obligations of
each party in connection with the County’s participation in the Energize NY Benefit Financing Program.
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Resolution No. 2018-160: Adoption of Youth Services Advisory Board Bylaws (ID #7940)

RESULT: ADOPTED [UNANIMOUS]


MOVER: Shawna Black, Member
SECONDER: Anna Kelles, Member
AYES: Shawna Black, Amanda Champion, Deborah Dawson, Henry Granison, Rich
John, Anna Kelles, Daniel Klein, Anne Koreman, Michael Lane, Leslyn
McBean-Clairborne, David McKenna, Glenn Morey, Martha Robertson,
Michael Sigler

WHEREAS, the Tompkins County Youth Services Board has updated and revised its bylaws to
reflect current procedures, now therefore be it

RESOLVED, on recommendation of the Health and Human Services Committee, That the bylaws
of the Tompkins County Youth Services Board be and hereby are approved,

RESOLVED, further, That a copy of the revised bylaws shall be kept on file with the Clerk of the
Legislature.
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Resolution No. 2018-161: Appropriation from Contingent Fund - County Administrator Moving
Expenses (ID #7932)

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RESULT: ADOPTED [UNANIMOUS]


MOVER: Daniel Klein, Member
SECONDER: Michael Lane, Member
AYES: Shawna Black, Amanda Champion, Deborah Dawson, Henry Granison, Rich
John, Anna Kelles, Daniel Klein, Anne Koreman, Michael Lane, Leslyn
McBean-Clairborne, David McKenna, Glenn Morey, Martha Robertson,
Michael Sigler

WHEREAS, pursuant to Administrative Manual Policy 05-02, budget transfers from the
contingent fund and between budgeting units require Legislative approval, and

WHEREAS, Administrative Manual Policy 03-07 allows for the reimbursement of new-hire, full-
time staff for the actual cost of allowable moving expenses, not to exceed $3,000, and

WHEREAS, in the process of bringing on the new County Administrator, the Department of
County Administration has incurred and will further incur costs from reimbursing the new
Administrator’s allowable moving expenses up to the maximum of $3,000, for which funds were not
previously appropriated, now therefore be it

RESOLVED, on recommendation of the Government Operations and the Budget, Capital, and
Personnel Committees, That the Director of Finance be and hereby is authorized and directed to make the
following appropriation within the 2018 Budget:

FROM: 1990.54400 Contingent Fund $3,000

TO: 1230.54412 Travel and Training $3,000

SEQR ACTION: TYPEII-20

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Resolution No. 2018-162: Appropriation from Contingent Fund and Creation of Position - County
Administration (ID #7949)

RESULT: ADOPTED [13 TO 1]


MOVER: Daniel Klein, Member
SECONDER: Michael Lane, Member
AYES: Shawna Black, Amanda Champion, Deborah Dawson, Henry Granison, Rich
John, Anna Kelles, Daniel Klein, Anne Koreman, Michael Lane, David
McKenna, Glenn Morey, Martha Robertson, Michael Sigler
NAYS: Leslyn McBean-Clairborne

WHEREAS, pursuant to Administrative Manual Policy 05-02, budget transfers from the
contingent fund and between budgeting units require Legislative approval, and

WHEREAS, the Expanded Budget Committee of the Tompkins County Legislature included a

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2018 Over Target Request, “Funding for Potential Organizational Changes in County Administration”
(OTR No. 7), in its Tentative Budget via Amendment No. 3, on October 10, 2017, and subsequently
adopted it as part of the 2018 Tompkins County Budget on November 9, 2017, thus setting aside
$142,777 to support a potential staffing addition in County Administration, including a second Deputy
County Administrator, and

WHEREAS, the County Administrator has carefully evaluated the staffing needs of County
Administration for leadership and coordination of cross-departmental initiatives and has concluded that a
second Deputy County Administrator is warranted, and

WHEREAS, the search for a new Deputy County Administrator has identified more than one
excellent, qualified, and well-suited candidate, and

WHEREAS, in bringing on a second Deputy County Administrator, the Department of County


Administration will incur additional costs, not previously appropriated, for computer equipment, office
furnishings, office supplies, membership dues, and travel/training, now therefore be it

RESOLVED, on recommendation of the Government Operations and the Budget, Capital, and
Personnel Committees, That the position of Deputy County Administrator, Job Code 4282, Management
Grade 89, Exempt Class, be and hereby is created at 40 hours per week, effective immediately,

RESOLVED, further, That the Director of Finance be and hereby is authorized and directed to
make the following appropriation within the 2018 Budget:

FROM: 1990.54400 Contingent Fund $154,119

TO: 1230.51000282 Deputy Co. Admin $97,886


1230.58800 Fringes $44,333
1230.52206 Computer Equipment $2,500
1230.52230 Computer Software $400
1230.54303 Office Supplies $800
1230.52214 Office Furnishings $2,200
1230.54416 Membership Dues $2,000
1230.54412 Travel/Training $4,000

RESOLVED, further, That the Fiscal Target for the Department of County Administration be
increased to cover the ongoing costs of those expenses represented above—salary, fringes, office supplies,
membership dues, travel/training, and scheduled replacement of computer hardware—in the amount of
$154,955.
SEQR ACTION: TYPEII-20

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Resolution No. 2018-163: Acceptance of Audited Financial Report for the Fiscal Year Ended
December 31, 2017 (ID #7935)

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RESULT: ADOPTED [UNANIMOUS]


MOVER: Michael Lane, Member
SECONDER: Glenn Morey, Member
AYES: Shawna Black, Amanda Champion, Deborah Dawson, Henry Granison, Rich
John, Anna Kelles, Daniel Klein, Anne Koreman, Michael Lane, Leslyn
McBean-Clairborne, David McKenna, Glenn Morey, Martha Robertson,
Michael Sigler

WHEREAS, Tompkins County entered into a contract for auditing services with Insero & Co.
CPAs, LLP, for the purpose of conducting an external audit of the County’s financial records for fiscal
year 2017, and

WHEREAS, the audit firm of Insero & Co. CPAs, LLP, has completed its audit of the financial
statements of Tompkins County for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2017, and has presented the
Financial Report to the Budget, Capital, and Personnel Committee, and

WHEREAS, the audit firm has opined that the 2017 financial statements contained in the
Financial Report present fairly, in all material respects, the financial position and the results of operations
of Tompkins County as of, and for, the year presented in the Financial Report, and

WHEREAS, the Budget, Capital, and Personnel Committee has reviewed the Financial Report,
discussed the Financial Report in depth with the audit firm, and is now recommending to the Legislature
the acceptance of the 2017 Financial Report, now therefore be it

RESOLVED, on recommendation of the Budget, Capital, and Personnel Committee, That the
audited Tompkins County Financial Report for the period ended December 31, 2017, is hereby accepted.
SEQR ACTION: TYPE II-20

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Resolution No. 2018-164: Resolution to support Immigrants and Refugees who Live within
Tompkins County, while Noting that the Separating of Children from Parents at the United
States/Mexico Border is Inhumane (ID #7962)

RESULT: ADOPTED [11 TO 3]


MOVER: Henry Granison, Member
SECONDER: Shawna Black, Member
AYES: Shawna Black, Amanda Champion, Deborah Dawson, Henry Granison, Rich
John, Anna Kelles, Daniel Klein, Anne Koreman, Michael Lane, Leslyn
McBean-Clairborne, Martha Robertson
NAYS: David McKenna, Glenn Morey, Michael Sigler

WHEREAS, Tompkins County commits to maintaining a safe, inclusive, and welcoming


community recognizing the inherent equality and human dignity of ALL people, and

WHEREAS, racism, xenophobia, Islamophobia, anti-Semitism, homophobia, and religious

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persecution of any kind threaten public safety and the peaceful foundations of a civilized society, and

WHEREAS, in 2017, the Tompkins County Legislature declared itself a Safe, Inclusive
Government for all Persons in Tompkins County, and

WHEREAS, the Department of Justice has adopted a “zero tolerance” policy toward individuals
apprehended at the border, which calls for the prosecution of all migrants entering the United States
outside of ports of entry and the resulting forced separation of many children from their families, and

WHEREAS, the mere fact of being present in the United States without authorization, by itself,
does not constitute a crime, and

WHEREAS, the inhumane application of immigration laws including criminal prosecution for
crossing the border as undocumented immigrants and adding charges of smuggling their own children
into the country resulting in the separation of loved ones from each other and their communities,
especially children from parents and caretakers, undermines the integrity of families and is contrary to the
best interest of children, and

WHEREAS, the new policy establishes that for parents and caregivers who are processed in the
criminal court system and held in federal jails, their children will be classified as unaccompanied minors
and housed in shelters awaiting placement with a US-based adult who can assume their care and if the
Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) cannot locate a US-based adult able to care for the child, the child
will stay in federal custody, separated from family, indefinitely, and

WHEREAS, ORR has agreed to share all data about individuals who come forward to care for
children with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents, and

WHEREAS, ICE can now use this data from ORR in order to identify, detain, and in many cases
deport immigrants, and

WHEREAS, this ICE practice is deterring family members and relatives from coming forward to
take both children who have come into the country unaccompanied or those who have been separated
from family members into their care and this significantly extends the duration of time children are held
in shelters separated from loved ones, and

WHEREAS, the increased scrutiny of background checks and addition of cumbersome


administrative tasks to the vetting process by ORR as well as the requirement of the head of ORR to sign
the release of any and every child from containment facilities and shelters is being used, significantly
increasing the length of time that children are being held before being released into the custody of
relatives or foster care, and

WHEREAS, the number of children in government custody has grown by nearly 2,000 over the
time period from April 19 through May 31, shelters for migrant children are reportedly at 95 percent
capacity, and the federal government is preparing to add potentially thousands of beds in the coming
weeks to accommodate the rising number of detained children, and

WHEREAS, Governor Andrew Cuomo has estimated that there are as many as 700 children in
New York State who were separated from their parents after they crossed into the United States and their
parents were jailed, and

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WHEREAS, many of these families are fleeing violence in their home countries, and it is
inhumane to punish them for seeking safety and invoking their right to seek asylum, and

WHEREAS, immigrants, refugees, and racial, ethnic, and religious minorities make ongoing
contributions to the economic, cultural, and spiritual prosperity of our community at the local, state, and
national level, including those who have sacrificed in defense of the United States as members of the
armed forces, and

WHEREAS, citizens and people of good-will alike have lifted their voices in righteous moral
opposition to separating families and detaining thousands of children in cages, tents, and “tender age”
shelters, and have condemned the use of these children as bargaining chips for Congressional action, and
are calling for the immediate reunification of families and release from detention, and

WHEREAS, we believe in the dignity and worth of all humans, and as elected representatives of
the people, have a special responsibility to speak out loudly in the face of dehumanizing anti-immigrant
rhetoric and to act against actions that tear families apart, and

WHEREAS, on Wednesday, June 20, 2018, the President issued an executive order reversing the
federal policy of separating children from their families at the southern international border, but many
families remain separated, now therefore be it

RESOLVED, on recommendation of the Health and Human Services Committee, That we as the
Tompkins County Legislature stand alongside our immigrant neighbors and residents and oppose the
practice of family separation and the detention of children as well as all inhumane practices established
by our federal government to further the duration of family separation,

RESOLVED, further, That we call on our leaders in Washington D.C., including Senator Chuck
Schumer, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, and Congressman Tom Reed to oppose this practice of family
separation and support legislation that honors the dignity of all.
SEQR ACTION: TYPE II-20

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Resolution No. 2018-165: Authorizing Acceptance of Raise the Age-related ‘Anchor County’ Role
(ID #7951)

RESULT: ADOPTED [UNANIMOUS]


MOVER: Shawna Black, Member
SECONDER: Deborah Dawson, Member
AYES: Shawna Black, Amanda Champion, Deborah Dawson, Henry Granison, Rich
John, Anna Kelles, Daniel Klein, Anne Koreman, Michael Lane, Leslyn
McBean-Clairborne, David McKenna, Glenn Morey, Martha Robertson,
Michael Sigler

WHEREAS, New York State’s initiative to “Raise the Age” of criminal responsibility will apply
to 16-year-olds on October 1st, with the second stage for 17-year-olds commencing October 1st of 2019,
and

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WHEREAS, the New York State Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS) wishes to
provide financial support to the voluntary agencies creating “Raise the Age” (RTA) care and treatment
slots, but lacks the capacity to contract with and process payments to them all, and is therefore seeking
“anchor counties” which already contract with those agencies for foster care to act as conduits for those
State funds, and

WHEREAS, the State has asked Tompkins County to act as the “anchor county” for the William
George Agency for Children and the Children’s Home of Wyoming Conference, and

WHEREAS, the State will advance $1,751,363 to cover one-time lump-sum payments for those
agencies’ start-up costs which it has already approved, and

WHEREAS, the State, in recognition that the supply of placement slots may for a time exceed
demand, has agreed to pay these agencies for their “empty bed dates”, an ‘Anchor County’ must a)
process one payment for that purpose to each agency each month, for a combined monthly total of up to
$714,037, and b) submit a voucher to the State for 100% reimbursement of those payments, and

WHEREAS, the State has committed to cover 100% of the cost of a 0.5 FTE position to perform
the above work, and committed likewise to a reimbursement schedule guaranteeing that the County never
has more than 3 months’ worth of the expenditures awaiting reimbursement, and

WHEREAS, the Tompkins County Departments of Administration, Finance, and Social Services,
having participated together in conference calls and correspondence with OCFS, agree both that it is in
the County’s interest to support the creation of placement options for our community’s youth covered by
RTA and that the latter department is best suited to administer this role, now therefore be it

RESOLVED, on recommendation of the Health and Human Services and the Budget, Capital, and
Personnel Committees, That the Department of Social Services is authorized to modify its foster care
agreements with the two agencies named above, using a model contract addendum provided by OCFS to
reflect the RTA ‘anchor county’ role,

RESOLVED, further, That the Director of Finance shall make the following adjustments to Social
Services' 2018 Budget, to cover through the end of the year:

Appropriation: 6010.54400 Program Expense $3,292,846


6010.51000529 Senior Account Clerk Typist $ 10,047
6010.58800 Fringes $ 4,550

Revenue: 6010.43610 State: Social Services Admin $3,307,443

RESOLVED, further, That future budgets will reflect our commitment to acting as an anchor
county and when possible reflect projected pass-through monies.
SEQR ACTION: TYPE II-20

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Resolution No. 2018-166: Budget Adjustment to Transfer from the Highway Fund Balance and
Amend the Capital Program - CR 119, Coddington Road Highway Safety Improvements at Burns
Road and East King Road Intersections, Town of Ithaca, PIN 3753.24 (ID #7913)

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RESULT: ADOPTED [UNANIMOUS]


MOVER: David McKenna, Member
SECONDER: Glenn Morey, Member
AYES: Shawna Black, Amanda Champion, Deborah Dawson, Henry Granison, Rich
John, Anna Kelles, Daniel Klein, Anne Koreman, Michael Lane, Leslyn
McBean-Clairborne, David McKenna, Glenn Morey, Martha Robertson,
Michael Sigler

WHEREAS, by Resolution No. 11 of 2005 and various subsequent resolutions, approving


reconstruction of County Road 119, Coddington Road, at its intersections with Burns Road (County Road
116) and East King Road (County Road 179), (the Project) and authorizing funding agreements with the
State of New York, the Tompkins County Legislature has demonstrated its commitment and interest in
advancing the Project, and

WHEREAS, the County has included the Project in its Capital Program since 2004, and

WHEREAS, during various stages of the Project, the County progressed the Project without the
ability for reimbursement; combined with Federal Highway De-obligation of Funds created a larger local
share in the amount of $211,195 (Amount A), and

WHEREAS, Resolution No. 67 adopted on March 20, 2018, made the sum of $1,371,000
available within the Coddington Road Capital Project Account to cover the cost of participation in the
construction phase of the Project, with the federal and state governments committing to reimburse 97.5%
of this amount, and

WHEREAS, the low bid for construction exceeded the amount available in the Coddington Road
Capital Project Account and Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) by $513,480
(Amount B), and

WHEREAS, the amount of $724,675 (Amount A and Amount B combined) is the total local
funding needed to progress the Project, and

WHEREAS, the Highway Division (D Fund) has an adequate unassigned fund balance to cover
the shortage, and

WHEREAS, financial implications will be such that the Highway Fund Balance will be reduced
by up to $724,675, depending on actual expenditures, and the total project cost shares would be Federal
$2,003,211 (65.9%), State $183,715 (6.0%), and County $854,514 (28.1%) (this includes the $129,839
local share previously allocated plus the additional funding amount of $724,675); total project cost is
$3,041,440 (100.0%), now therefore be it

RESOLVED, on recommendation of the Facilities and Infrastructure and Budget, Capital, and
Personnel Committees, That the 2018-22 Capital Program be amended to reflect a total project cost for
the Coddington Road Reconstruction Project of $3,041,440 and to reflect a funding contribution of
$724,675 from Tompkins County,

RESOLVED, further, That the Director of Finance be, and hereby is, authorized to allocate as

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follows $724,675 in fiscal year 2018 from the Road (Highway) Fund Balance, as needed, to Coddington
Road Capital Account (HZ5103.59239.53.08):

HZ FUND - HIGHWAY FACILITIES AND PROJECTS

Incr. Revenue Account: HZ5103.45035.53.08 - Interfund (D)....................................................$724,675


Incr. Expense Account: HZ5103.59239.53.08 - Coddington Rd. Reconstruction Project...........$724,675

D FUND - COUNTY ROAD

Incr. Expense Account: D5110.54802 - Contribution to Construction................................................$724,675

SEQR ACTION: Unlisted, Negative Declaration issued (No further action required)

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Resolution No. 2018-167: Award of Bid – CR 119, Coddington Road Highway Safety Improvements
at Burns Road and East King Road Intersections, Town of Ithaca, PIN 3753.24 (ID #7915)

RESULT: ADOPTED [UNANIMOUS]


MOVER: David McKenna, Member
SECONDER: Glenn Morey, Member
AYES: Shawna Black, Amanda Champion, Deborah Dawson, Henry Granison, Rich
John, Anna Kelles, Daniel Klein, Anne Koreman, Michael Lane, Leslyn
McBean-Clairborne, David McKenna, Glenn Morey, Martha Robertson,
Michael Sigler

WHEREAS, Resolution No. 11 of 2005 and various subsequent resolutions approved


reconstruction of County Road 119, Coddington Road, at its intersections with Burns Road (County Road
116) and East King Road (County Road 179), (the Project), in the Town of Ithaca, and

WHEREAS, Resolution No. 67 adopted on March 20, 2018, authorized an agreement with the
State of New York whereby Federal and State sources will furnish major funding participation in the
construction phase of the Project, and

WHEREAS, the Department of Finance - Division of Purchasing has duly advertised for bids to
construct the Project, and

WHEREAS, two (2) bids were received and publicly opened on May 31, 2018, now therefore be
it

RESOLVED, on recommendation of the Facilities and Infrastructure Committee, That the bid be
awarded to R. B. Robinson Contracting, Inc., of Candor, NY, lowest responsible bidder, in the amount of
$1,723,479.45, pending approval by the New York State Department of Transportation,

RESOLVED, further, That the Highway Department be authorized to implement this bid and
execute change orders with total values not to exceed 10% of the aforementioned bid amount on behalf of
the County, funds to be provided from the Coddington Road Capital Account (HZ5103.59239.53.08).

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SEQR ACTION: Unlisted, Negative Declaration issued (No further action required)

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