By MORGAN FRISCH
Recorder News Staff
FONDA — Montgomery County Legislators approved three resolutions that will help make the Emergency Management Office more efficient.
Jeff Smith, Emergency Management Director, said he was thankful to have his time-sensitive resolutions on the agenda during the special meeting held Tuesday.
The first resolution was accepting to move a portion of an unused State Homeland Security Grant into the 2017 operating budget. Legislators approved to increase appropriations by $38,449.35. Smith said the money will be used for the purchase of subscriber units for the Emergency Services division. He said the portable and mobile radios will allow staff to communicate with first responders county wide.
“It’s all grant money being carried over,” Smith said.
The second resolution authorizes the county executive to sign an intergovernmental memorandum of agreement (MOA) between the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and Montgomery County Emergency Management Services. The county was awarded a crude oil spill trailer by the NYSDEC to benefit first responders. The MOA lists terms and responsibilities in regards to the equipment.
“This is a spill trailer that the governor worked out through the Department of Environmental Conservation,” Smith said. “We actually already have the trailer. They delivered them to different counties that have railroad tracks. This is specifically designated for crude oil incidents.”
The DEC handles the maintenance, and restocking of the equipment inside the trailer. The county is responsible for storage, communicating its use and reporting any issues.
Smith said the county has been given the opportunity to use the trailer for any hazmat spill and it’s deployable for any fire department that may need it.
“It’s a valuable tool,” Smith said. “ It has equipment that we do not have in a surplus of it and New York State pays to replenish.”
The third resolution authorized the county executive to sign a grant agreement with the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York (DASNY) to ensure the State and Municipal Facilities Program (SAM) grant funds will be used for their intended purposes. The $360,000 grant will allow the purchase and installation of an emergency power generator at the St. Johnsville High School. This can be used to assist emergency management during severe emergencies or disasters.
Smith said the school is one of approved Red Cross emergency shelters and is located within the furthest west village making it an important location.
“I have met with the superintendent of schools and the school board and we have their full support,” Smith said.
The county can now issue request for proposals for someone to install the generator. Smith said once the paperwork and RFP process is complete he can prepare a resolution awarding and budgeting the money.
“It really benefits the entire community and county,” Smith said.
District 6 Legislator John Duchessi congratulated Smith.
“You do some nice work,” he said.
“Right now they are installing generators at the Amsterdam school,” Smith said. “So at the completion of this project, every one of our American Red Cross approved shelters for large scale emergencies and disasters will have back up.”