Shane Broadwell called the meeting to order at 10:00 a.m.

Minutes

Add Steve Gaffney as present at the August 26, 2016 meeting.

Motion to approve: Steve Gaffney

Second: Paul Stewart

Vote: Unanimous, motion carried

Presentation: Katelyn Wright, Land Bank Lessons Learned

Katelyn Wright from the Greater Syracuse Land Bank discussed some early decisions and lessons

learned when forming their land bank. They take anything the city of Syracuse can foreclose on. 30-

50% of the structures are turning out to be demolitions. They're selling at a lower price but are able to

sell properties to owner occupants even in distressed neighborhoods. Katelyn explained their process

and how they sell most properties as fixer uppers to private investors. They look at comp sales in the

neighborhood then look at what renovations are necessary and find a fair listing price. They list the

property for sale and potential buyers complete an application. Syracuse Land Bank is somewhat

modeled after Cuyahoga Land Bank in Ohio. John Sidd explained the Enforcement Mortgage Program

used by their land bank. They place a lien on the property and attach the buyers application in which

they promised to invest in the property (building specs) within 12 months. If the buyer fails to fulfill

their obligation, they owe the land bank the amount of money promised to invest. This gives them a lien

on the property for that value. Approximately 2/3 are being sold to landlords. They instituted the

Homeownership Choice Program. They ask for proof of funds, experience in renovations, management

plan. The first 60 days only owner occupant applications are accepted on properties in which owner

occupants could handle. Syracuse Land Bank has turned over 341 properties; they have acquired 1,019

in the last 3 years. They have renovated 68 houses with federal funds. If the land bank has construction

management staff, you could hold title during renovation. Katelyn will get Shane Broadwell the

language for the demolition RFQ used by the Syracuse Land Bank. Katelyn discussed ways to obtain

recurring revenue. In Ohio, counties can choose to provide funding through DTAC (Delinquent Tax an

Assessment Collection). They can divert a percentage of penalties and interest to the Land Bank each

year to give the Land Bank a predictable revenue source. John Sidd mentioned the Land Bank Act has a

provision to share future tax revenue (50% for a 5 year period). Paul Gaffney asked what she

recommends we look at as we go forward and what their successes or failures are. She explained the

value in getting your plans in writing such as obtaining written long-term agreements from all parties

(city, county). Also, it is very helpful in having a close relationship with local state delegates. Katelyn

will send the board their application forms and standard contracts and documents they have for this

board to use.

Old Business

  • a. Update of vendor selections

Dan Stevens reported that Kells Property Service has been added to the list of vendors. They are

currently doing property maintenance, etc for the city.

Dan Stevens emailed sample reports from inspection services vendors. If anyone has any vendors

to add to the list, he will update and get that to board members.

  • b. Update on properties

The Land Bank has acquired 6 properties. Rich Mitchell talked with Eastern Shore Associates

regarding insurance coverage. They are the only company who can write reciprocal coverage.

NYMIR (owned by Brown & Brown) is involved in insuring Land Banks and would be written

through Eastern Shore. County can add these properties at no cost. Rich Mitchell has sent out

letters to occupants informing them of the transfer of property and to remove personal items, etc.

Syracuse Land Bank sends a letter to former owner informing them they have 30 days to remove

belongings. After 30 days, they discard what is left. The City of Oswego cited the East 11th

Street property. Rich will let them know it’s going to land bank.

  • c. Logo contract - rescind award and new award to subcontractor

Dan Stevens contacted Mohawk GIS. They had intended to subcontract the logo development

portion. Dan contacted Michelle Truett from 484 Design. The price is still $600 to design the

logo. The Board has to rescind the award to Mohawk GIS and redirect to 484 Design. If

awarded, Michelle is willing to talk to board members. Jim Dowd and Marty Webster are

interested in participating in a conference call. Dave Turner will set it up.

Motion to rescind award to Mohawk GIS and award to 484 Design: Dave Turner

Second: Paul Stewart

Vote: Unanimous, motion carried

  • d. Update on web site RFP

Awarded to Step One Creative. Shane Stepien confirmed they are willing to do only the website

design for $5500 in roughly 30 days after seeing the Land Bank approved logo. Dave Turner

will include Shane Stepien in the conference call with 484 Design.

New Business

  • a. Formation of Property and Maintenance Committee

The intent is to identify conditions and make recommendations to the board. Need to make

decisions between monthly board meetings. Phil Church noted the Land Bank's bylaws

authorize officers to act as a Property Acquisition Disposition Committee.

Motion to authorize officers to act on behalf of Land Bank on properties owned by Land

Bank: Marty Webster

Second: Steve Gaffney

Vote: Unanimous, motion carried

  • b. Pathfinder Bank property discussion

Jim Dowd distributed information on a property Pathfinder Bank is willing to gift to the Land

Bank. Paul Stewart would like to see it rehabbed. This is near the most successful Renaissance

Association neighborhood.

Motion to accept the property from Pathfinder Bank: Dave Turner

Second: Paul Stewart

Vote: Unanimous, motion carried, Jim Dowd abstained

  • c. Designate member to NYLBA

Shane Broadwell nominated Dave Turner until the Land Bank has a director to fulfill that role.

Motion to designate Dave Turner to the NYLBA: Jim Dowd

Second: Paul Stewart

Vote: Unanimous, motion carried

  • d. Tug Hill Commission zombie property symposium

Dave Turner reported Katie Malinowski from the Tug Hill Commission is willing to come talk at

the next meeting about holding a symposium in Oswego County. Dave will arrange that for next

month. Shane Broadwell mentioned SHPO (State Historic Preservation Office) provides funding

in historic areas. While restrictions come with this funding, there is a lot you can get tax credits

for. Dave will suggest to Katie to fit Julian Adams from SHPO into the community-wide public

forum that she is proposing to hold to speak about historic tax credits.

  • e. Authorize RFPs/quotes for demolition and transportation, asbestos testing/remediation,

and tree trimming

Dave Turner suggested adding surveying on the list. Shane would like to add lead testing as well.

This is for general pricing to develop a list of providers.

  • f. Authorize request to County to waive disposal fees for condemned county or land bank-owned properties

Shane Broadwell explained how this is to ask the County Legislature for a 50% reduction on all

tipping fees on demolitions that are Land Bank and municipality-owned.

Motion to authorize request to Infrastructure, Facilities & Technology Committee for a

50% reduction on C&D and Asbestos-containing Materials on Land Bank and

Municipality-owned Properties: Dave Turner

Second: Paul Stewart

Vote: Unanimous, motion carried

Adjournment

Motion to adjourn: Dave Turner

Second: Steve Gaffney

Vote: Unanimous, motion carried

Meeting adjourned at 12:25 pm

Present
Leg. Shane Broadwell
President
Phil Church
Secretary
Rich Mitchell
Oswego County Attorney
David Domicolo
Paul Stewart
Steve Gaffney
Justin Rudgick
David Turner
Marty Webster
Jim Down

Excused
Leg. Dan Farfaglia
Joe Fiumara

Vice President

Staff/Guests
Katelyn Wright
Executive Director,
Syracuse Land Bank

John Sidd
Attorney, Syracuse Land Bank
Dan Stevens
Purchasing Director

Media
Seth Wallace
The Palladium Times

Notice

Agenda

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1.     Call to Order/Roll Call

2.     Minutes

3.     Presentation:  Kaitlyn Wright, Land Bank Lessons
        Learned

4.     Old Business

a.     Update of vendor selections

b.     Update on properties

c.     Logo contract – rescind award and new award to        
       subcontractor

d.     Update on web site RFP

5.     New Business

a.     Formation of Property and Maintenance Committee

b.     Pathfinder Bank property discussion

c.     Designate member to NYLBA

d.     Tug Hill Commission zombie property symposium

e.     Authorize RFPs/quotes for demolition and
       transportation, asbestos testing/remediation,
        and tree trimming

f.      Authorize request to County to waive disposal fees
        for condemned county or land bank-owned  
        properties.

6.     Adjournment

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