Referred to: The Energy, Environment and Sustainability Committee (Chairwoman Greene and Legislators Hansut, Erner, Maloney, and Stewart), and The Ways and Means Committee (Chairman Gavaris and Legislators Cahill, Fabiano, Ronk, and Walter)
Chairwoman of the Energy, Environment and Sustainability Committee, Manna Jo Greene, and Deputy Chair Gina Hansut offer the following:
WHEREAS, this resolution has been submitted at the request of the Acting County Executive on behalf of the Ulster County Department of Environment; and
WHEREAS, the Acting County Executive on behalf of the Ulster County Department of the Environment has requested that the Chair of the Ulster County Legislature be authorized to enter into an agreement with the Hudson River Drinking Water Intermunicipal Council (the “Hudson 7”) to include Ulster County as a member and to provide financial assistance for the hiring of a full time “Protection Coordinator”; and
WHEREAS, a memorandum of agreement was entered into on 31st day of May 2018 by and between seven municipalities ― the Towns of Esopus, Hyde Park, Lloyd, Poughkeepsie, and Rhinebeck; the City of Poughkeepsie; and the Village of Rhinebeck ― to form the Hudson River Drinking Water intermunicipal Council (the “Hudson 7”); and
WHEREAS, the Hudson 7 member municipalities have agreed to amend and add certain terms and additional parties to the original Memorandum of Agreement that was executed on May 31, 2018; and
WHEREAS, the amendment to the Memorandum of Agreement includes the addition of the County of Dutchess and the County of Ulster as members and a commitment by each County to provide financial assistance to the Hudson 7 for purposes of hiring a full time “Protection Coordinator” of $25,000 annually, over a three-year period, with a total contribution of $75,000; and
WHEREAS, the amendment to the Memorandum of Agreement additionally includes language stating that parties agree that the financial contributions for hiring a coordinator be contingent upon and will commence upon the Hudson 7’s adoption and implementation of a mechanism by which it may accept such funds; and
WHEREAS, the County has an ongoing need and responsibility in drinking water protection and watershed management planning; and
WHEREAS, the County is committed to working towards increasing the resilience of our water systems and identifying and addressing significant changes due to climate change; and
WHEREAS, in furtherance of the goals of maintaining and enhancing water quality in the Hudson River and its tributaries; now, therefore be it
RESOLVED, that the Chair of the Ulster County Legislature is hereby authorized to sign an agreement, the “Hudson River Drinking Water Intermunicipal Council Memorandum of Agreement Amendment #1” with the Hudson River Drinking Water Intermunicipal Council,
and move its adoption.
ADOPTED BY THE FOLLOWING VOTE:
Passed Committee: Energy, Environment and Sustainability on ________________.
Passed Committee: Ways and Means on ________________.
$25,000.00 – 2022 BUDGTED APPROPRIATION DOLLARS
$25,000.00 – 2023 ANTICIPATED BUDGETED APPROPRIATION DOLLARS
$25,000.00 – 2024 ANTICIPATED APPROPRIATION DOLLARS
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Updated: January 9, 2023