The Lobster Tank

Essex County Board of Supervisors Meeting, Monday, Nov. 7

10:03 a.m. The meeting starts with a presentation by the Prevention Team and Doug Terbeek. The old courthouse is filled with residents from the Horace Nye Nursing Home, general public and various county offices.

10:08 a.m. The resolution to authorize, "the chairman and/or county manager to execute a real estate brokerage agreement with Marcus and Millichap for the sale and/or lease option of the Horace Nye Nursing Home on terms and conditions acceptable to the Board of Supervisors and the County Attorney," will be the hot topic of the day, and is the second to last resolution in the packet of resolutions on the table today.

10:17 a.m. Terbeek talked to the supervisors about the ways that the Prevention team can help towns with drug, alcohol and other addiction-related issues. Chairman Randall "Randy" Douglas thanked them for their work within the county.

10:25 a.m. Four supervisors voted against the Marcus and Millichap resolution at last week's Ways and Means Committee, including Moriah's Thomas "Tom" Scozzafava, Chesetrfield's Gerald "Gerry" Morrow, Essex Supervisor Sharon Boisen and Willsboro's Ed Hatch. Schroon Supervisor Cathy Moses was absent for the vote, but is here at the meeting today.

10:28 a.m. The supervisors are discussing the need to replace seven roll-off containers in the county. They will be purchased from an equipment bond and cost $7,500-8,000 each. County DPW head Anthony LaVigne said that they originally planned to replace 10 roll-offs, but reduced the number in order to stay within the budget because the individual price tag was more than originally expected.

10:32 a.m. The discussion over the roll-offs has been tabled pending further information.

10:38 a.m. The discussion has turned to the introduction of the tax-cap override local law.

10:40 a.m. Scozzafava said that he feels that the county can't come in under the two-percent cap event if the budget just comes down to only state-mandated costs.

10:43 a.m. Scozzafava recommends that the budget goes "on the road" to different places in order to reach more taxpayers and get feedback from more people.

10:45 a.m. As Morrow spoke about voting in favor of the tax cap, he said that he felt that the Horace Nye Home should stay owned by the county for the county residents, which resulted in a loud round of applause from those attending the meeting.

10:50 a.m. Morrow says that the state "is not our hero," because they are the ones that set the tax cap and then told the towns and counties that they were cutting the funding to counties and towns and yet those municipalities still had to stay within the cap.

10:55 a.m. The introduction of the local law to override the tax cap passes unanimously.

10:58 a.m. The board has passed the introduction of a local law to add information to the real property tax bills to identify the portion of the property tax bill dedicated to the state medicaid mandate.

11:05 a.m. The supervisors set the schedule for Monday, Dec. 5 as follows: The public hearing on the tax cap override law will be held at 6 p.m. at the Elizabethtown Essex County Government Center (old courthouse), The public hearing on the budget at 6:30 p.m., with the regular monthly board meeting to be held following at 7 p.m.

11:10 a.m. The supervisors are discussing the resolution seeking an RFP on the privatization of stocking fish at the county hatchery in Crown Point.

11:12 a.m. The RFI request is passed with only Willsboro's Hatch voting against, the discussion moves quickly to the Horace Nye resolution.

11:17 a.m. North Hudson's Robert Dobie said that he will be changing his vote from the Ways and Means Meeting ( a total of 22 weighted votes).

11:26 a.m. Each supervisor is commenting on the issue, with cheering from the crowd when someone opposes and nothing on the other side.

11:31 a.m. Daniel Manning, County Attorney, said that this vote is the one that makes the decision as to whether or not they sell or lease the property.

11:34 a.m. There is some discussion as to what the resolution will mean if it is passed.

11:36 a.m. North Elba Supervisor Roby Politi said, "This is the retention of an agent. We will meet with them to discuss terms and conditions that are acceptable to all of us and then move forward."

11:38 a.m. Morrow asked if they can get a fair price if the county puts on restrictions and terms with the sale.

11:42 a.m. The county would only be liable for the brokerage fee if (1) they enter into a contracted agreement with Marcus and Millichap and (2) the firm finds a candidate that meets all of the terms and conditions of the sale or lease of the Horace Nye Nursing Home.

11:44 a.m. I will try to put the roll call vote here and the weighted total. That will most likely be the next post.

11:51 a.m. Supervisor (vote total) Morrow (194) n Kosmider (170) y Merrihew (106) y Boisen (58) n Douglas (186) y Ferebee (86) y Blades (97) y Montgomery-Corey (64) y Scozzafava (351) n Canon (39) y Politi (481) y Dobie (22) n Moses (142) y Morency (106) y Malaney (387) y Connell (110) y Hatch (153) n Preston (91) y Resolution passed by two-thirds majority vote. I will get the totals later.

11:52 a.m. A lot of people just filed out of the courthouse, causing a loud noised that made it hard for supervisors and those remaining to hear what was going on.

11:55 a.m. The final tally on the weighted vote was 2,065 in favor and 778 opposed.

11:56 a.m. The board is now on to resolution from the floor.

12:10 p.m. The meeting stands adjourned. Remember, the next monthly meeting of the board of supervisors will be on Monday, Dec. 5 at 7 p.m. (not 10 a.m.), following the 6 p.m. tax cap override public hearing and the 6:30 p.m. budget public hearing.


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