|Highlights and Video of Lewis County
Board of Legislators' December 4th Meeting
monthly meeting last evening, with all members in attendance.
All proposed resolutions were unanimously passed with the following
Public hearings were held on the topics of rescinding the local law passed to
exceed the property tax cap for the 2019 budget (which wasn't needed) and the
addition of the Rodman Runnalls property (on the Fitch Road in the Town of
Leyden) to the Lewis County ATV trail system, with no participation from the
Terrance Harris, JCC Associate VP of Workforce Development and Business,
then presented a curriculum update for the Lewis County-JCC Education
Center (video here).
The floor was then opened to public comment. Jared Thisse, General Manager
at Lowville Sport & Farm Equipment, spoke on behalf of area dealers urging
legislators to table a resolution authorizing the purchase of an aluminum dump
trailer for the Building and Grounds department at the County (video here).
Mr. Thisse said he, along with Whites Farm Supply, Cazenovia Equipment and
Logan's Silo, would like to see the County purchase equipment from local
dealers when possible. Although none of the four carry aluminum dump trailers,
Mr. Thisse thought the steel trailers they all offer would "get the job done." He
added he wasn't concerned that his company didn't get the contract, but that
none of the Lewis County dealers did, pointing out that a similar situation
happened earlier this year when the Sheriff's Office purchased a pair of UTVs
from a dealer outside of the county.
Buildings and Grounds Supervisor Matt O'Connor said two of the four dealers
were contacted during the process of obtaining pricing for the dump trailer, with
none offering a quote for the desired aluminum model, which he stated would
have a longer lifespan and is a lighter weight than the steel version.
Legislators ultimately approved the $10,525 purchase of the aluminum dump
trailer, without further discussion, when the resolution came up for a vote.
A motion by Legislator John Lehman, authorizing the Office for the Aging and
the Community Services office to relocate to the Department of Social Services
building, passed by a 9-1 vote, with Legislator Richard Chartrand opposed.
The offices will be relocated to the space currently occupied by Cornell
Cooperative Extension (CCE), with CCE relocating to the new JCC Education
center on the East Road in January.
You can see our meeting preview discussion with Lewis County Manager Ryan
Piche here, highlighting some of the resolutions.
Full video of last evening's meeting is included below.