NOCCOG

NORTHERN ONEIDA COUNTY COUNCIL OF GOVERNMENTS

 
Officials:
Municipal Management Consultant - Gerry A Ritter (Town of Forestport)
Local Government Advisor (part-time) - Harlan Moonen - (Town of Verona)
Local Government Advisor (part-time) - Susan Martin ( Village of Barneveld)


Satellite view of Tug Hill region

Introduction

The Northern Oneida County Council of Governments is a coalition of nineteen towns and villages in the Northern half of Oneida County, New York. Situated at the southern side of the Tug Hill Plateau, NOCCOG provides an outreach of technical and planning assistance to these, for the most part, smaller and more rural communities of the county.

Member Towns: Member Villages:
Annsville(pop.2957*) Ava(714) Barneveld(336)
Boonville(4572) Camden(5028) Boonville(2158)
Forestport(1692) Lee(6875) Camden(2338)
Floyd(3885) Remsen(1939) Holland Patent(441)
Steuben(1191) Trenton(4698)Prospect(341)
Vienna(5819)Western(2040)Remsen(513)
Sylvan Beach(1088)
* 2000 Census
NOCCOG staff attend town and village meetings and gather requests for technical, planning, and development assistance. These requests may be made for assistance in understanding and enforcing their local land use laws, fee schedules, SEQR, flood management regulations, consolidation and inter-municipal cooperation, accessory apartments, annexations, performance bonds, sign ordinances, eminent domain, insurance, etc. In addition, NOCCOG provides, in cooperation with the New York StateTug Hill Commission, extended planning assistance to communities on request. This assistance could include surveys, community goal setting and examination of emerging land use needs and the controls currently in place. Planning assistance is coordinated with the Oneida County Planning Department. The Council networks with several organizations, including the Association of Towns of the State of New York, NYCOM (the New York State Conference of Mayors and Municipal Officials, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oneida County, and Oneida County Planning, to provide training programs and informational workshops for town and villages. Specific topics are scheduled to meet the needs of newly-elected officials. Workshops may deal with common problems facing area communities, or may provide a forum to clarify local responsibilities due to state or federal mandates. Recent topics have included: Americans with Disabilities Act, Federal CDL drug and alcohol testing regulations, enforcement of local regulations, beaver control, household septic systems, inter-municipal cooperation, digitized mapping, budget preparation, SEQR, among others. NOCCOG provides a forum for inter-municipal communication, coordination, and cooperation, and serves as an informational conduit with surrounding communities and agencies. Staff: Our staff 's activities and projects are overseen by a three-member Executive Board, selected annually by the NOCCOG membership at it's fall Annual Meeting.

News:
Northern Oneida County Council of Governments Municipal Management Consultant Job Narrative
April 07, 2014

The municipal management consultant is an advocate for the Northern Oneida County Council of Governments (NOCCOG) and its 19 member municipalities (12 towns and 7 villages).  He/she provides a link between the programs of the NYS Tug Hill Commission and NOCCOG.  The municipal management consultant is a NYS employee, but his/her work program is jointly supervised and managed through the NOCCOG executive board and the Tug Hill Commission.

 

The municipal management consultant must attend the night meetings of member town boards, planning and zoning boards, and other groups as necessary.  He/she must organize and attend meetings of the Northern Oneida County Council of Governments and executive committee of NOCCOG, and must keep abreast of the governmental activities of all member towns and villages through personal contact and through reporting from associate municipal consultants.  The municipal management consultant provides direct technical assistance and training to member towns, or elicits assistance though NOCCOG, the Tug Hill Commission or other governmental service providers such as the Local Government Education Committee as the need may arise.

 

The municipal management consultant assists NOCCOG to develop their annual programs and any other such activities as NOCCOG directs, including regular updates to the NOCCOG website.  The municipal management consultant keeps NOCCOG and the Tug Hill Commission informed on the activities of member towns and villages and their needs, which includes a monthly report to the NOCCOG executive committee on major activities, projects, and any potential issues that arise.  The municipal management consultant assists the executive committee with organizational development and managing the associate municipal consultants. 

 

The municipal management consultant works out of his/her home and maintains contact with Tug Hill Commission and associate municipal consultants through phone and emails, and must attend Commission monthly staff meetings, retreats, and other special meetings as necessary.  NOCCOG provides home office equipment and supplies.  The municipal management consultant must provide their own vehicle (including costs for insurance and repairs) for travel and is reimbursed for mileage (presently IRS rate of $.56/mile).

 

The municipal management consultant must develop and maintain a wide network of contacts useful to their work such as state, regional and county officials and agencies, nonprofit organizations, and other groups that provide services or conduct activities affecting member towns.  Training of the municipal management consultant and ongoing professional development will be carried out through the Tug Hill Commission.

 

Minimum Qualifications

 

         Bachelorís degree and 3-5 years work experience is preferred; an equivalent combination of education and experience with local government of 5-10 years will be considered

         NYS driverís license and suitable vehicle

         Computer literacy (email, word processing, spreadsheets, data base, website maintenance) and access to high speed internet

         Excellent oral, written and interpersonal skills

         ďSelf starterĒ  - with strong work ethic and ability to work independently

         Ability and willingness to attend night meetings three plus times per week and travel in inclement weather on very rural roads

         Familiarity and experience with local government a plus

         Familiarity with Tug Hill Region a plus

 

 

 

Municipal Management Consultant Ad

 

 

The Northern Oneida County Council of Governments (NOCCOG) in cooperation with the NYS Tug Hill Commission seeks applicants for the position of NOCCOG Municipal Management Consultant. NOCCOG is a cooperative of 19 member local governments in the Tug Hill region providing day-to-day technical assistance through this position to its member communities. Answering to an executive committee and working as a state employee of the Commission the person filling this post is expected, in addition to supervising assistants, to establish and maintain regular contact with member communities and to serve as the program manager. The ability to work independently and be self-motivated is critical to this position.   For further information on salary, job description and minimum qualifications, see http://noccog.org/content.  Submit letter of interest and resume to Katie Malinowski, Tug Hill Commission, 317 Washington Street, Watertown, NY  13601, katie@tughill.org by April 24, 2014. 

 

 

Salary

 

The position of a municipal management consultant is a Management Confidential (M/C) NYS Grade Equivalent 18.  Beginning salary is $48,911 with a job rate of $60,694.  The position also includes M/C benefits of health insurance and other benefit packages available.  For more information regarding M/C positions and benefits, see

 

http://goer.ny.gov/Labor_Relations/ManagementConfidential/index.cfm

 

 

 

 

 

Minutes for 2013 Annual Meeting (Draft)
April 07, 2014


 

The 30th Annual Meeting for NOCCOG was held on Thursday, October 24, 2013, at the Delta Lake Inn in Rome, NY, with approximately 105 people in attendance.  Following the social hour, dinner was served, preceded by welcoming remarks from NOCCOG Municipal Management Consultant / Circuit Rider, Geraldine Ritter.  Ritter recognized Tug Hill Commission Executive Director John Bartow, Director of Planning Phillip Street, Associate Director of Natural Resources Katie Malinowski, Tug Hill Commissioners Ken Vigus (Boonville), Tom Boxberger (Watertown), Jan Bogdanowicz ( Montague) and Arnie Talgo (Steuben). Assemblyman Mark Butler, Assemblyman Ken Blankenbush,  Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi and State Senator Joseph Griffo sent their regrets for not being able to attend do to prior commitments.

 

At 8:15 pm, Chairman John Doiron called the 2013 annual business meeting to order. Doiron expressed appreciation for the continued support for NOCCOG and the Tug Hill Commission. It was noted that NOCCOG received $5,000 in funding in the 2013 Oneida County budget by an amendment to the budget adopted by the Oneida County Board of Legislators.  This was done in November 2012, after the proposed 2013 NOCCOG budget was adopted .The NOCCOG Executive Board amended the NOCCOG budget in February 2013 to reflect this amount. Expenditures have remained even in 2013.             Doiron gave the chairmanís report that outlined various projects in which NOCCOG is currently involved as well as recent accomplishments.  This includes but not limited to producing official road maps for NOCCOG towns with assistance from the Tug Hill Commission, a monthly research topic on pertinent issues (Did You Know?),  Community Values Mapping for several towns, numerous training opportunities for appointed and elected officials,  several New York State Archives Grants,  NYS DEC Urban Tree Grants, Staying Connected- Wildlife Connectivity Project, Keep America Beautiful Oneida County Chapter,  Regional Economic Development Council meetings and outreach, NYSERDA Local Government programs  and the development or revision of comprehensive and/or land use plans for NOCCOG communities.  Doiron thanked the NOCCOG municipalities for their support.  

 

Minutes:  Municipal Management Consultant Ritter asked for the review and acceptance of the minutes of the 2012 Annual Meeting.  Motion made by Mary Centro, Clerk of the Town of Western, to accept the minutes.  Seconded by Mark Trnchik, Councilman Town of Annsville

All in favor.  Motion carried.

 

NOCCOG Bylaw Revision: Ritter explained the need for the revisions in the existing NOCCOG bylaws.  The NOCCOG Executive Board reviewed the NOCCOG bylaws earlier this year and noted that the language in Section 8: Officers; Terms of Office; Vacancies of the bylaws does not accurately or clearly state who is eligible to serve on the NOCCOG Executive Board. A copy of the proposed change was mailed to supervisor and mayors earlier in the month for review and comment.  The  change to the NOCCOG bylaws has been proposed as follows:

The officers shall consist of Chairman, Vice-chairman, Fiscal Officer, and two directors.  The officers  eligible  for election to serve on the NOCCOG Executive Board shall be currently serving as a local Public Officer as defined by the NYS Public Officers Law.  The officers shall be elected for the ensuing year at the Annual Meeting.  Their term shall commence on January 1 and they may be reelected.  Any vacancy occurring within a term of office shall be filled by an election at a special meeting or by mail ballot.

Ritter asked for comments or further discussion. No comments were made. Motion made by John Sherman, Trustee Village of Barneveld to adopt the revision to Section 8 of the NOCCOG Bylaws as presented. Seconded by William Hasenauer, Supervisor Town of Forestport.

All in favor. Motion carried

Financial Report:  The position of NOCCOG Fiscal Officer being vacant at this time, John Dorion gave the financial report.  It was noted that expenses for 2013 were staying within or under budget projections.  Staff continues to be conservative with expenditures. For the 22nd consecutive year, all 19 municipal members paid their membership dues in full. Oneida County was able to provide financial support for NOCCOG in 2013 after no funding was received in 2011 or 2012. Dorion referred to the September 2013 financial report. A payment was received earlier in the year in the amount of $5,000 for work done on the Wildlife Connectivity Grant and is listed under Special Municipal Contributions. A check from Oneida County for $5,000 has recently been received and does not show on the September 30, 2013 report which shows a balance of $13,519.36 with outstanding checks totaling $2,124.40. Motion made by John Sherman, Trustee Village of Barneveld to accept the financial report as presented. Seconded by Fran Stacy, Mayor Village of Remsen.

All in favor. Motion carried

Doiron reviewed individual expense and revenue lines in the amended 2013 and proposed 2014 NOCCOG budget.  Six expense lines have changed  ,all seeing a minor increase back to the  level they were in 2013.  Total amount of increases proposed in the 2014 budget is $850. Tug Hillís contribution for the full time circuit rider/municipal management consultantís salary and benefit has increased in accordance with the state bargaining agreement.

The Executive Board is proposing a 2014 Budget in the amount of $126,700 for all programs.   It was noted that Oneida County support in the amount of $5,000 has been proposed in the 2014 Oneida County budget by Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente. NOCCOG dues will remain the same at $1,000. It was noted the fund balance has stabilized due to the Oneida County contribution of $5,000 for 2013 and the $5,000 received for work done by NOCCOG in cooperation with the Tug Hill Commission, The Nature Conservancy Tug Hill Tomorrow Land Trust and the Wildlife Conservation Society. The staff and executive board continue to look for additional funding to support  programs

A motion was made by William Hasenauer, Supervisor, Town of Forestport to accept the 2013 proposed NOCCOG Budget for 2014.  Seconded by Frances Righi, Mayor, Village of Prospect  

All in favor.  Motion carried

 

Election of Officers:  Nominating Committee member, Francis Stacy, Mayor, Village of Remsen, presented the slate of officers for 2013: 

John Doiron, Ava Ė Chairman; 

Arnold Talgo,  Steuben Ė Vice Chairman; 

Betsy Mack,  Trenton Ė Fiscal Officer;

Robert Sauer, Camden Ė Director

Mark Trnchik, Annsville  - Director 

 

Rundle asked for further nominations from the floor. There being none, the nominating process was closed.  Francis Stacy, Mayor Village of Remsen and Nominating Committee member, requested that a single ballot be cast for the slate.  Motion was made by Fran Stacy to cast a single ballot for the slate and accept the nominations.  Seconded by David Rundle

All in favor.  Motion carried.

The new terms will commence January 1, 2014.

 

Program: The eveningís program was a video respective by Ritter of recent projects and accomplishments in the NOCCOG member communities in the past few years.

 

Other Announcements: Municipal Management Consultant Ritter shared information about upcoming training at SUNYIT on October 29 with DOS staff on municipal cooperation for joint planning projects and a training in early December for newly elected town officials at a location to be determined.

 

There being no further business, the meeting concluded and was adjourned at 9:15pm.

 

Respectfully submitted,

Geraldine Ritter

Tug Hill Commission 23rd Annual Local Government Conference
March 08, 2012
 

The "Early Bird" Registration Deadline for the Local Government Conference is March 7th. Please call the Commission  1-888-785-2380 for a registration form or visit our website at www.tughill.org to download a copy.

Prices are $50 by March 7 Āú $75 by March 14 Āú $100 after March 1
NOCCOG Annual Meeting Draftt Minutes
January 11, 2012
 

The 28th Annual Meeting of NOCCOG was held on Thursday, October 27, 2011, at the Delta Lake Inn in Rome, NY, with approximately 103 people in attendance.  Following the social hour, dinner was served, preceded by welcoming remarks from NOCCOG Municipal Management Consultant / Circuit Rider, Geraldine Ritter.  Ritter recognized Tug Hill Commission Executive Director John Bartow, Tug Hill Commission Associate Director of Natural Resources Katie Malinowski, GIS Specialist Mickey Dietrich, Tug Hill Commissioners Ken Vigus, (Boonville), Arnie Talgo (Steuben) and Thomas Boxberger (Watertown). Also recognized were Assemblywoman Claudia Tenney, and Oneida County Legislators, Norman Leach and Michael Waterman. Assemblywoman Tenney made a few brief remarks to the local officials present.

At 8:15 pm, Vice-Chairman Arnie Talgo, in the absence of Chairman Robert Sauer, called the annual business meeting to order. Talgo expressed appreciation for the support shown by the NOCCOG communities for the Tug Hill Commission when it faced a very serious threat of elimination in the Governor's Cuomo's 2011 Executive Budget when he proposed "dissolving the Tug Hill Commission". It was also noted that NOCCOG itself suffered a set back when it was not funded in the 2011 Oneida County budget. Talgo gave the chairman's report that outlined various projects in which NOCCOG is currently involved as well as recent accomplishments.  This includes but not limited to producing official road maps for NOCCOG towns with assistance from the Tug Hill Commission, bi-annual salary survey, numerous training opportunities for appointed and elected officials, several New York State Archives Grants, Local Government Efficiency Grant projects, Staying Connected- Wildlife Connectivity Project, strategic planning grants, Regional Economic Development Council meetings and planning process and the development or revision of comprehensive and land use plans for NOCCOG communities.  Talgo also thanked the NOCCOG municipalities for their support and thanked the circuit riders for their hard work and efforts.   

Minutes:  Municipal Management Consultant Ritter asked for the review and acceptance of the minutes of the 2010 Annual Meeting.  Motion made by William Hasenauer, Supervisor of the Town of Forestport, to accept the minutes.  Seconded by David Townsend, Trustee, Village of Sylvan Beach.

All in favor.  Motion carried.

Financial Report:   NOCCOG Fiscal Officer Mark Scheidelman gave the financial report.  It was noted that expenses for 2011 were staying within budget projections.  Staff has been very conservative with expenditures. For the 20th consecutive year, every one of our 19 municipal members paid their membership dues in full. Dues remained the same in 2011 at $550 and the continued support is appreciated. NOCCOG requested $10,000 from Oneida County in support of programs for 2011. This was the amount in the budget adopted in October 2010 at the Annual Meeting. Unfortunately, Oneida County has not been able to provide any funding for NOCCOG for 2011. NOCCOG was also not included in County Executive Picente's budget for 2012. We asked our municipal members to pass resolutions support for funding for NOCCOG by Oneida County for 2012.  Even with this support, the possibility of funding at this time does not look hopeful. It was noted during the month of September shown on the fund account balance sheet are a one time grant from the Tug Hill Commission for $5,000 and a small amount of interest. This is for the work NOCCOG has done on the Staying Connected - Wildlife Connectivity project.

A motion was made by John Buczek, Supervisor of the Town of Floyd to accept the 2011 financial report.  Seconded by William Hasenauer, Supervisor Town of Forestport 

All in favor.  Motion carried

Scheidelman stated that the NOCCOG Executive Board carefully reviewed the Proposed Budget for 2012. Six expense lines have changed - all seeing a decrease. Total decreases are $1,530. Within the individual revenue lines-the anticipated fund balance has decreased $80 to $6,600 and Tug Hill's contribution for the full time circuit rider/municipal management consultant's salary and benefit has decreased in accordance with the state bargaining agreement.

The Executive Board is proposing a 2012 Budget in the amount of $104,817 for all programs.  It is proposed that municipal dues will increase to $1,000 level. The mayor/supervisor or their representative will be voting on this tonight. County support is not anticipated at this time.

A motion was made by John Buczek, Supervisor, Town of Floyd to approve the dues increase to $1,000 and the 2012 NOCCOG Annual Budget as proposed. Seconded by Mike Bennison, Mayor of the Village of Holland Patent.

David Townsend Trustee, Village of Sylvan Beach called for a roll call vote for the proposed dues increase.  The roll call vote was conducted with fifteen towns and villages represented at the meeting. The vote was unanimous.

All in favor.  Motion carried.

Election of Officers:  Nominating Committee member, John Buczek, Supervisor, Town of Floyd, presented the slate of officers for 2012: 

John Doiron of Ava - Chairman; 

Arnold Talgo of Steuben - Vice Chairman; 

Mark Scheidelman of Trenton - Fiscal Officer;

Robert Sauer of Camden - Director

Mark Trnchik - Director 

Buczek asked for further nominations from the floor. There being none, the nominating process was closed.  Fran Stacy, Mayor, Village of Remsen and Nominating Committee member, requested that a single ballot be cast for the slate.  Motion was made by Fran Stacy to cast a single ballot for the slate and accept the nominations.  Seconded by Councilman Rick Leos, Vienna.

All in favor.  Motion carried.

The new terms will commence January 1, 2012.

Ritter recognized Robert Sauer for the seven years he served as NOCCOG Chairman.

 

Renewal and Approval of Inter Municipal Agreement: Ritter stated that the IMA between NOCCOG and the member Towns and Villages in NOCCOG needs to be renewed every five years in accordance with NYS law.  The original IMA had been approved in 2004. Ritter reviewed the purpose and primary objectives in the IMA.

Ritter asked the supervisors and mayors present to sign and date the IMA tonight. Towns and Villages not present will be contacted to sign the IMA before 12/31/2011.

 

Program: John Bartow, Executive Director of the Tug Hill Commission and Mickey Dietrich GIS Specialist, did a presentation on asset management and the NOCCOG official road map project.  Dietrich shared how important this information is and how it can be used in the future.  The official road maps can be the first step of a multiyear asset management project, similar to the Joint Infrastructure Management Initiative project being completed in Lewis, Jefferson and St Lawrence Counties with assistance from the THC.

Completed official laminated road maps were presented to the Town of Camden, Town of Floyd and Town of Steuben.

 

There being no further business, the meeting concluded and was adjourned at 9:25pm.

 

Respectfully submitted,

Geraldine Ritter

ďProperty Taxes on Tug HillĒ Report Released
November 07, 2011

The Commission has just released a report titled Property Taxes on Tug Hill. It is available on the web at http://www.tughill.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/Taxes-Report-Final.pdf. The focus of the report is the costs of local services and their impacts on the tax burden of Tug Hill residents. In particular, the study summarizes the issues surrounding increasing real property tax levies and pro-vides preliminary expenditure trend analysis among various units of government and taxing jurisdictions in the Tug Hill Region. Several case studies are used to demonstrate how rural communities differ from urban and suburban communi-ties, and from each other, in their funding and expenditure practices. Rising property tax levies are of particular concern to local governments given New York State's new real property tax levy cap regulations.

Property tax levies were studied for the years between 1998 and 2008 for all Tug Hill Counties, school districts, Towns and Villages. Levies increased for each of these taxing jurisdictions during this period, but did not necessarily increase each year and did not increase at a steady rate. Counties have, by far, the highest property tax levies followed by school districts, Towns and Villages. During this period, the average Tug Hill County tax levy increased 1.6% annually, the average Tug Hill school district tax levy increased 2.3% annually, the average Tug Hill Town tax levy increased 4.7%, and the average Tug Hill Village tax levy increased 3.6%.


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