ACTION SUMMARY
Expanded Budget and Quality Planning Committee
October 4, 1999
5:00-9:00 p.m.
Board Chambers


Present: 11 Representatives. Representatives Koplinka-Loehr, Proto, Davis, and Mink arrived later in the meeting.
 
 

Mr. Joseph called the meeting to order at 2 p.m.

Approval of September 30, 1999 Action Summary

It was MOVED by Mr. Evans, seconded by Mr. Stein, and unanimously adopted by voice vote by members present, to approve the action summary dated September 30, 1999 as corrected. SUMMARY APPROVED.

HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES (CONT'D)

Representative Koplinka-Loehr arrived at 2:05 p.m. 12 Representatives present.

Representative Mink arrived at 2:18 p.m. 13 Representatives present.

Representative Proto arrived at 2:19 p.m. 14 Representatives present.

Human Services Coalition

Ms. Dill said the way the Agency makes recommendations on the money is to use the combination of County and City sales tax funds. They don't know about the City's sales tax information until March but they had to start their process of asking agencies to apply in advance of that. They used to take money from the previous year and give it one-time status, not knowing what the next year would be like. She said two years ago they didn't do this for two different reasons. This year when they received word that it would be $9,000 less, the agencies had already been allocated funds for 1999. They are requesting that of the $27,000 remaining from the first year of the Fair Wage proposal that was allocated and unspent, that a transfer be approved in the amount of $9,000 to pay the money that has been given to the agencies this year in excess of what the target was. Mr. Joseph noted that the balance of unspent Fair Wage monies would return to the General Fund.

Ms. Dill said the Agency did not know when they began their budget process that they would be receiving $9,000 less so the agencies thought that not asking for an increase would leave them even with their target. She said it didn't seem appropriate to go back and cut everyone's budget by two percent so they decided to bring the entire $9,000 forward and ask if this Board would consider increasing the target by the amount that was cut. She said in future years they will condense their process and have their review committee wait until they know the exact sum of sales tax money that has been allocated. She said the Committee approved this for one-time, but would like the Board to consider this as a target increase.

Tompkins Community Action (a.k.a. EOC)

Ms. Mink said it was her understanding that the loan and negotiations were based on the assumption that no costs would be incurred by the County and that fund-raising was to be a part of the capital program.

It was MOVED by Ms. Kiefer, seconded by Mr. Proto, to delete the $47,027 (line 81) over target request with the understanding that a representative will be asked to attend a future budget meeting to address concerns.

A vote by show of hands on the motion resulted as follows: Ayes - 12, Noes - 1 (Winch); Excused - 2 (Davis; Mrs. Schuler was temporarily out of the room). MOTION CARRIED.

A vote by show of hands on the Committee's recommendation as recommended resulted as follows: Ayes - 13, Noes - 0, Excused - 2 (Davis; Mrs. Schuler were temporarily out of the room). MOTION CARRIED.

Ms. Davis arrived at 2:35 p.m. 15 Representatives present.

PLANNING, INTERGOVERNMENTAL RELATIONS AND EDUCATION

It was MOVED by Mr. Lane, seconded by Mr. Mink, to approve the recommendations of the Planning, Intergovernmental Relations, and Education Committee of $636,256.

Cooperative Extension

It was MOVED by Ms. Blanchard, seconded by Mr. Joseph, to delete line 143a in the amount of $17,500 for the Community Links Program. A vote by show of hands resulted as follows: Ayes - 5 (Blanchard, Joseph, Koplinka-Loehr, Schuler, and Stein); Noes - 10 (Davis, Evans, Kiefer, Lane, Mink, Penniman, Proto, Totman, Todd, and Winch). MOTION FAILED.

Rural Libraries

It was MOVED by Mr. Joseph, seconded by Mrs. Schuler, to substitute the program committee's recommendation in the amount of $6,000 with $900 for each library as recommended by the County Administrator.

It was MOVED by Ms. Kiefer, to amend the amendment, changing the amount to a target increase of $2,500. MOTION FAILED DUE TO LACK OF A SECOND.

A vote by show of hands on the original amendment resulted as follows: Ayes - 2 (Joseph and Koplinka-Loehr); Noes - 13. MOTION FAILED.

It was MOVED by Mr. Stein, seconded by Mr. Koplinka-Loehr, to delete the $6,000 appropriation for the rural libraries. A vote by show of hands resulted as follows: Ayes - 4 (Joseph, Koplinka-Loehr, Schuler, and Stein); Noes - 11. MOTION FAILED.

Planning

Mr. Proto disclosed that he owns one of the properties included in the Downtown Commercial Revitalization Program and would abstain from voting if the Board wished.

It was MOVED by Ms. Davis, seconded by Mr. Joseph, to amend line 163 - Ithaca Downtown Partnership from $10,365 to zero. A vote by show of hands resulted as follows: Ayes - 1 (Davis); Noes - 14. MOTION FAILED.

It was MOVED by Mr. Stein, seconded by Mr. Todd, to delete $4,000 (line 168) that was earmarked for the Contingency Fund for Soil Survey Conversion. A vote by show of hands resulted as follows: Ayes - 5 (Davis, Mink, Proto, Stein, and Todd); Noes - 10. MOTION FAILED.

Ms. Blanchard said she would like to know more about what options the County has to purchase with scanning in the present system. Joan Jurkowich, Deputy Planning Commissioner, said she would look into this.

A vote on the Committee recommendation as amended resulted as follows: Ayes - 14, Noes - 1 (Davis). MOTION CARRIED.

Recess

Mr. Joseph declared recess from 4:08 p.m. to 4:25 p.m.

Mr. Winch was excused at 4:08 p.m. 14 Representatives present.

FACILITIES AND INFRASTRUCTURE COMMITTEE

It was MOVED by Ms. Blanchard, seconded by Mr. Todd, to approve the recommendations of the Facilities and Infrastructure Committee.

Engineering

It was MOVED by Mr. Stein, seconded by Mr. Proto, to delete $6,000 for Professional Services, line 183. A vote by show of hands resulted as follows: Ayes - 10, Noes - 4 (Davis, Koplinka-Loehr, Lane, and Schuler); Excused - 1 (Winch). MOTION CARRIED.

It was MOVED by Ms. Davis, seconded by Mr. Penniman, to delete line 184 $-6,000 - Anticipated 1999 Rollover. A vote by show of hands resulted as follows: Ayes - 9, Noes- 5 (Lane, Proto, Schuler, Stein, and Totman); Excused - 1 (Winch). MOTION CARRIED.

It was noted that if the Engineering Division were to need additional funds for Professional Services, that the Division is to request Contingent Funds from the Board.

Solid Waste

Mr. Proto asked Mr. Squires what the timetable of negotiations is with the local colleges and university. He also asked how much educational and other major institutions are now paying.

It was MOVED by Mr. Lane, seconded by Mr. Penniman, to adopt the Annual Fee at $51.50.

It was MOVED by Mr. Penniman, seconded by Ms. Kiefer, to amendment the amendment and adopt an Annual Fee at $52.

A vote by show of hands on the amendment to the amendment resulted as follows: Ayes - 2 (Kiefer and Penniman); Noes - 12; Excused - 1 (Winch). MOTION FAILED.

Mr. Koplinka-Loehr was excused at 5:30 p.m. 13 Representatives present.

It was MOVED by Mr. Proto, seconded by Mrs. Schuler, to amend the amendment and adopt an Annual Fee of $49.

A vote by show of hands on the amendment to the amendment resulted as follows: Ayes - 2 (Proto and Schuler); Noes - 11; Excused - 2 (Koplinka-Loehr and Winch). MOTION FAILED.

A vote by show of hands on the original amendment resulted as follows: Ayes - 5 (Kiefer, Joseph, Lane, Penniman, and Totman); Noes - 8 (Blanchard, Davis, Evans, Mink, Proto, Schuler, Stein, and Todd); Excused - 2 (Koplinka-Loehr and Winch). MOTION FAILED.

A vote on the Committee's recommendation as amended resulted as follows: Ayes - 13, Noes - 0; Excused - 2 (Koplinka-Loehr and Winch). MOTION CARRIED.

Adjournment

The meeting adjourned at 5:34 p.m.

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