COUNTY OF OTSEGO INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT AGENCY
CALL TO ORDER
Chair Sharon Oberriter called to order the meeting of the COIDA to
order at at the OCED
Special guests: Irene Weinberg, Kathy Ridgway, Barbara Ann Heegan, Michael Mac Inerney, Leon Brown, Michael Long, Dick Miller, R. Keith Wilber, Dorothy Carrington, Patrick A. Burdick, Kathy Greenblatt, Michael Spagnola, Judy Carrington and Jeffrey Smetana.
Ms. Oberriter welcomed everyone and thanked them for
coming. She acknowledged special guests
in attendance regarding the proposed
Letters to the board received and on file from: Roberta & Norman Anderson, Rachel Larsen, Michael Hanbridge, Victoria Andritz, Irene Weinberg, Rick Weinberg, Robert Rightmire and Michael Schinn.
Mr. Jeff Smetana of Newman Development, a SUCO ’78 graduate,
gave a presentation of the proposed Hillside Commons Oneonta Blodgett Drive
Housing Project. Mr. Mark Newman and Mr.
David Newman run a development company. The Newman’s are partners involved in
the local community of
Ms. Oberriter then addressed the guests and stated that everyone who wanted to speak would be given the opportunity. She asked that all comments be kept to the topic of an application for a payment in lieu of taxes, as that is the only portion of the project that the COIDA board will be addressing.
Mayor Miller stated the PILOT negotiations will take place
between the City of
Mr. Keith Wilber stated he is concerned the math does not work. The school has not acknowledged a need for more housing. Mr. Wilber’s company works with thirty colleges across the state and believes this demand is a fallacy. Mr. Wilber asked what other community are we competing against. He stated that their own company will lose jobs. Mr. Wilber stated the school can control whether students live on campus. Mr. Wilber estimates the company, Rental Company One, will lose half of the 22 employees due to this project. He also added that this development will generate $160k per month in rents and is money that will leave Oneonta.
Ms. Irene Weinberg stated this project should not be given a tax abatement as it will set a precedent, and referenced the Silver Creek project. Ms. Weinberg said the Bresee’s Building redevelopment project brings fifty people to living downtown. The Newman project will take people away from downtown and will also have its own coffee shop and tanning salon. The PILOT would allow the Newman project to compete with other landlords unfairly.
Ms. Kathy Greenblatt stated she served on the county housing task force and hopes the COIDA will reference the survey. The completed survey does not state student housing is a need. Ms. Greenblatt stated the St. James Manor housing project met a woeful housing need. She also stated concern for the increased traffic, and estimated 160 cars every day through the one and only exit. Ms. Greenblatt asked the board to be reasonable in their decision.
Ms. Kathy Ridgway read a letter written by a neighbor Lee Sperling unable to attend the COIDA meeting and a petition signed by neighbors. Ms. Ridgeway stated the draft environmental assessment review stated the number of jobs to be created is unknown and the final draft stated there would be ten jobs upon completion. Ms. Ridgway stated the project will create an increase in City services.
Mr. Patrick Burdick stated a concern for sewage containment at the project site.
Ms. Oberriter thanked everyone for their comments. The letters received from the public are
documented and will be part of the public hearing file. The application from Hillside Commons
Oneonta, LLC requesting financial assistance has been received. Mr. Marsh made a motion for staff to send a
letter to the City of
Mr. Mike Spagnolli of Comp
ANNUAL MEETING MINUTES
Mr. Bernier made a motion to approve the annual meeting minutes as amended. Mr. Lord seconded. Vote all ayes. Motion carries.
Mr. Lord gave the Treasurer’s Report. He stated we still need to make the adjustments on the reserves. The PILOT payments were made. The CD that is maturing secures the line of credit. Mr. Marsh made a motion to approve the Treasurer’s Report. Mr. Bernier seconded. Vote all ayes. Motion carries.
Mr. Hanft stated a conflict of interest when making the next suggestion, as he is on the board of the Bank of Cooperstown. Mr. Hanft suggested supporting locally owned banks with deposits. Mr. Marsh stated inquiries are put out to bid. Ms. Oberriter suggesting making a resolution to include the economic development factor. Mr. Lord agreed the each CD should be put out to bid. Mr. Bernier stated we should look to diversify investment within the county. Members decided to send the suggestion to the Finance Committee for review and recommendation.
BILLS TO BE PAID
Mr. Marsh asked for clarification of the negative amounts listed. These represent the checks that were voided and rewritten. Mr. Marsh made a motion to pay the December and January bills. Mr. Bernier seconded. Vote: 7 ayes; 0 no; 2 absent. Motion carries.
Mr. Marsh made a motion to pay the February to April bills. Ms. Schwerd seconded. Vote: 7 ayes; 0 no; 2 absent. Motion carries.
EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE REPORT
The Executive Committee met on March 14th to
interview the firms Barton & Loguidice, P.C. and
Ms. Hart reported the rail side project is moving forward. Area businesses are exploring use of the rail to reduce transportation costs. Once businesses have completed due diligence, conversations with CP Rail will continue regarding the construction of a new eastbound rail side. The construction is anticipated to be complete by year end.
ADMINISTRATIVE DIRECTOR’S REPORT
Ms. Lewis briefed the members on the grant application process for the CDBG $8M funding for the Mohawk Valley Region. Companies that have submitted pre-applications are Brooks Bottling, Ioxus and Custom Electronics. The process should be completed by June.
The Fox Hollow Nursery contract to maintain brush in Pony
Farm is up for renewal. Mr. Marsh made a
motion to approve the Fox Hollow Nursery contract to brush hog COIDA owned
The Otsego County Chamber of Commerce is hosting a job fair and is requesting sponsorships. Mr. Marsh made a motion to approve up to $150. sponsorship for the OCCC job fair as is consistent with the COIDA’s mission of job creation. Mr. Hanft seconded. Vote: 7 ayes; 0 no; 2 absent. Motion carries.
The NYSEDC annual meeting will be held in
Mr. Scott reviewed the Governor’s budget as it relates to
Mr. Marsh made a motion to adjourn the meeting at Mr. Bernier seconded.