Resolution approving a certain project appointing Benjamin Moore & co.,
- Post by FCIDA
- October 13, 2020
Fulton County Industrial Development Agency
Adopted August 11, 2020
Introduced by Mike Fitzgerald who moved its adoption.
Seconded by Joe Gillis
WHEREAS, the Fulton County Industrial Development Agency (the “Agency”) is a body corporate and politic duly organized and existing under Section 895-c of the General Municipal Law (“GML”) of the State of New York (the “State”), with its principal place of business at 1 East Montgomery Street, Johnstown, New York; and
WHEREAS, NEXUS Renewables U.S. Inc., a business corporation established pursuant to the laws of the State of Delaware, having an address of 4789 Yonge Street, Suite 916, Toronto, Canada M2N 0G3(the “Company”) has requested that the Agency provide financial assistance in the form of a mortgage recording tax abatement and a sales tax abatement regarding a project (the “Project”) to consist of: (i) the acquisition of a leasehold interest in approximately 29 acres of certain vacant real property located at County Highway 107 N in the Town of Johnstown, County of Fulton , New York and being a portion of tax map parcel number 164.-2-16.5 (the “Land”); (ii) the planning, design, expansion, renovation, operation and maintenance by the Company of a 6.88 MW-AC (9.25MW-DC) Photovoltaic Array, which includes the installation of 980+/- freestanding, tracking solar tables to be distributed among four (4) subdivided parcels of the Land (collectively, the “Improvements”); (iii) the acquisition of and installation in and around the Land and Improvements by the Company of machinery, equipment, fixtures and other items of tangible personal property (the “Equipment” and, collectively with, the Land and the Improvements, the “Facility”); and (iv) entering into a lease transaction (within the meaning of subdivision (15) of Section 854 of the Act) for each of the subdivided parcels of the Land, pursuant to which the Agency will retain an ownership interest in the Facility and lease such interest in the Facility to the Company, all pursuant to Title 1 of Article 18-A of the General Municipal Law of the State of New York, Chapter 862 of the Laws of 1971 of the State of New York (collectively, the “Act”), as amended; and
WHEREAS, under Article 18-A of the General Municipal Law (the “Act”), the Legislature of the State of New York has granted the Agency the power and authority to undertake the Project, as the Act authorizes the Agency to promote, develop, encourage and assists projects such as this Project and to advance job opportunities, health general prosperity and economic welfare of the people of the State of New York; and
WHEREAS, the Project will require the Agency and the Company to enter into an agreement whereby the Company will acquire, by lease, and construct the Project Facility and the Agency will lease the Project Facility to the Company; and
WHEREAS, the Company has agreed to indemnify the Agency against certain losses, claims, expenses, damages and liabilities which may arise in connection with the transactions contemplated by the lease of the Facility; and
WHEREAS, a lease agreement (the “Lease Agreement”) with respect to the Project, along with certain financing documents, will be executed by and between the Company and the Agency; and
WHEREAS, the Agency is a state agency under Section 8-0105 of the Environmental Conservation Law of the State of New York and the Project is an action under Article 8 of said law (Article 8 hereinafter being referred to as the “State Environmental Quality Review Act” or “SEQRA”) and under 6 NYCRR Part 617, §§ 617.2(b) and 617.3(g); and
WHEREAS, the Company has submitted to the Agency and the Agency has reviewed information needed to determine whether or not the Project will have a significant impact on the environment; and
WHEREAS, the Project is a Type I Action under SEQRA for which the Agency has acted as lead agency and on August 11, 2020, the Agency reviewed the Project plans and specifications as submitted by the Company and issued its negative declaration by determining that the acquisition, construction and equipping of the Project Facility are consistent with social, economic and other essential consideration and will not result in any adverse impacts on the environment; and
WHEREAS, through the adoption of its Negative Declaration on August 11, 2020, the Agency satisfied the requirements of Part 617 of Title 6 of the NY Code of Rules and Regulations and no further SEQRA review is required for the Project; and
WHEREAS, the acquisition, construction and installation of the Project Facility has not been commenced, and the Agency has not yet authorized the Project; and
WHEREAS, the Agency conducted a public hearing on July 28, 2020 pursuant to Article 18-A of the New York State General Municipal Law (the “Law”) before taking official action relating to the Project.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED:
SECTION 1. Findings. The Agency has reviewed the application to determine compliance with the requirements of the Act and based on the representations of the Company to the Agency in said application and elsewhere, the Agency hereby makes the following findings and determinations with respect to the Project:
(A) The Agency has been vested with all powers necessary and convenient to carry out and effectuate the purposes of the Act and to exercise all powers granted to it under the Act;
(B) The Project constitutes a “project”, as that quoted term is defined in the Act;
(C) The acquisition, construction and installation of the Facility and the lease of the Facility to the Company (i) will promote and maintain the job opportunities, health, general prosperity and economic welfare of the citizens of the State of New York and the County of Fulton and improve their standard of living; and (ii) will not result in the removal of an industrial or manufacturing plant of the Company from one area of the State to another area of the State nor will the completion of the Project result in the abandonment of one or more plants or facilities of the Company or any other proposed occupant of the Facility located within the State of New York;
(D) It is in the public interest for the Agency to undertake the Project on behalf of the Company;
(E) The location of the site of the Project is acceptable to the Agency;
(F) The Facility is not known by the Agency to be in material violation of the local zoning laws and planning regulations of the Town of Johnstown and all regional and local land use plans for the area in which the Facility shall be located;
(G) The Facility and the operations of the Company are not known by the Agency to cause or result in the violation of the health, labor, environmental or other laws of the United States of America, the State of New York, the County of Fulton or the Town of Johnstown;
(H) The Agency further determines that the Project will consist of a private investment of $10,500,000.00 and the Agency hereby determines this to be a Material Term, as defined in the Agency’s Recapture of Benefits Policy, as amended from time to time, for the purposes of monitoring in accordance with the policies and procedures of the Agency; and
(I) The Agency further determines that the Project is in the best interests of the residents of the County of Fulton as the Project will generate real property tax revenues for the local taxing jurisdictions.
(J) The Agency further determines that the Project is in the best interests of the residents of the County of Fulton as the Project will generate additional revenues for the Agency to help sustain the day to day operations of the Agency.
(K) The Agency further determines that the Project is in the best interests of the residents of the County of Fulton as the Project will generate credits that will help local governments, the school district and local businesses reduce their monthly electric consumptions bills.
SECTION 2. Determinations. The Agency hereby determines to:
(A) enter into, execute and deliver the a lease agreement from the Company to the Agency and the Lease Agreement with the Company for the Project Facility subject to the review and approval of said documents by the Chairman and counsel to the Agency; and
(B) execute and deliver all other certificates and documents subject to the review and approval of said documents by the Chairman and counsel to the Agency.
The Company shall complete the Project by July 31, 2022 (the “Completion Date”). Unless an extension is granted by the Agency, the failure of the Company to complete the Project by the Completion Date shall be considered a “significant change in the use of the facility” as set forth in the Agency’s Recapture of Benefits Policy, as amended from time to time.
SECTION 3. Company Appointed Agent of Agency.
(A) The Company is hereby appointed the true and lawful agents of the Agency to:
(1) construct and install the Project Facility;
(2) make, execute, acknowledge, and deliver all contracts, orders, receipts, instructions, and writings needed to complete the Project; and
(3) do all other things requisite and proper for the completion of the Project.
(B) The Company is authorized to proceed with the acquisition, construction and installation of the Project Facility, subject to receiving appropriate municipal approvals needed prior to commencement of construction, and to advance such funds as may be necessary to accomplish these goals.
(C) The Company is also authorized to appoint third party agents to undertake the Project and thereby make available to such third party agents an exemption from New York State sales and use taxes in connection with undertaking the Project. This provision is subject to the Company entering into an Agent Agreement with the Agency.
(D) The Agency hereby authorizes exemptions from State and local sales and use taxes for purchases and rentals related to the undertaking of the Project in an amount not to exceed Eight Hundred Forty Thousand Dollars ($840,000.00), based on eligible Project costs of Ten Million Five Hundred Thousand Dollars ($10,500,000.00); which exemption shall expire on July 31, 2022.
(E) The Agency hereby authorizes an exemption from mortgage recording tax for qualifying mortgages in the estimated amount of Eighty Thousand Dollars ($80,000.00).
(F) The Agency hereby approves of the Agent Agreement, a copy of which is incorporated herein by reference, with the Company which shall be subject to the termination and recapture of benefits policy of the Agency and, in the event a new entity is created for purposes of this Project, The Agency further authorizes the execution and delivery of the Agent Agreement and any additional documents relative thereto.
SECTION 4. Payment in Lieu of Tax (PILOT) Agreement. It is anticipated that the Company will enter into a PILOT Agreement with the Broadalbin-Perth Central School District and the Town of Johnstown for the payment of real property taxes. It is anticipated that the Company will pay any and all County taxes assessed to the Project Facility.
SECTION 5. Administrative and Legal Fees. The Company will pay all costs incurred by the Agency, including but not limited to attorney’s fees, which arise out of Company’s Application for Financial Assistance, whether or not such assistance is ultimately issued. Agency’s attorney’s fees will be calculated at a time rate of $275.00 per hour for attorney’s time and $105.00 per hour for senior legal assistant’s time, plus disbursements. Upon closing of all of the Project documents, the Company will pay to the Agency an administrative fee (the “Administrative Fee”) of $78,750.00 based upon an estimated Project cost of $10,500,000.00 pursuant to the schedule set forth below and contained within the Company’s Application for Financial Assistance:
First $10 Million of Project Costs: ¾ of 1%
Next $10 Million of Project Costs: ½ of 1%
Next $10 Million of Project Costs: ¼ of 1 %
Above $30 Million of Project Costs: 1/8 of 1%.
Following the completion of the Project Facility, the Company shall confirm, in writing, the actual Project cost. In the event that the total Project cost exceeds the estimate provided herein, the Agency may require the payment of the difference that would otherwise be due pursuant to the above-schedule.
SECTION 6. Insurance. The Company shall deliver to the Agency a certificate of insurance, complying with the requirements as required by the Agency, and indicating that:
SECTION 7. Authorized Representatives. (A) The Chairman or the Vice Chairman is hereby authorized to execute and deliver any and all documents necessitated by this Resolution. If required, the signature of the Chairman or Vice Chairman shall be attested by the Secretary or Treasurer of the Agency (or Agency Counsel, in the absence of a Secretary/Treasurer) who, if required, shall affix a facsimile of the Agency’s seal to documents required to be under seal. (B) On the advice of Counsel to the Agency, the Chairman or Vice Chairman shall make such reasonable changes to the documents as shall be required to promote and protect the Agency’s interests with respect to the Project. All such changes shall be made prior to the closing.
SECTION 8. Public Inspection. A copy of this resolution and a copy of the Company’s Application for Assistance, together with all other application materials not protected under applicable Freedom of Information Laws, shall be placed on file in the office of the Agency. Such documents shall be available for public inspection during normal business hours.
SECTION 9. Document Preparation. Counsel to the Agency is hereby authorized and directed to cooperate with counsel to the Company, as well as all other necessary parties in order to prepare the documents need to undertake the Project and to effectuate the provisions of this Resolution.
SECTION 10. Distribution of Resolution. The Chairman of the Agency is hereby authorized to distribute copies of this resolution to the Company and all other persons requesting it.
SECTION 11. Public Hearing. A public hearing for this Project was duly authorized and held on July 28, 2020 in accordance with the provisions of Article 18-A of the General Municipal Law.
SECTION 12. Further Action. The Chairman of the Agency is authorized to take such further action as shall be necessary to give effect to and implement this resolution.
SECTION 13. Effective Date. This resolution shall take effect immediately.
The question of the adoption of the foregoing resolution was duly put to a vote by roll call and was thereupon declared duly adopted.
Aye Nay Abstain Absent
Dave D’Amore X ___ ___ ___
Joe Semione X ___ ___ ___
Todd Rulison X ___ ___ ___
Jane Kelley ___ ___ X
Mike Fitzgerald X ___ ___ ___
Joseph Gillis X ___ ___ ___
Tim Munn ___ ___ X
STATE OF NEW YORK )
COUNTY OF FULTON )
This is to certify that I, James Mraz, Executive Director for the Fulton County Industrial Development Agency, do hereby certify that the foregoing is a true and correct copy and the whole thereof of a Resolution duly adopted by the Fulton County Industrial Development Agency, Glens Falls, New York on the 11th day of August, 2020.
In witness whereof, I have hereto set my hand and affixed the official seal of the Fulton County Industrial Development Agency on this _____ day of August, 2020.
[SEAL] Industrial Development Agency
Acknowledged and Agreed to
Title: _________________ of NEXUS Renewables U.S. Inc.
I, James E. Mraz, Executive Director of the Fulton County Industrial Development Agency, hereby certify that I have compared the foregoing resolution with the original resolution, adopted by the Fulton County Industrial Development Agency, at a duly called and held meeting of said Agency on the 11th day of January, 2022, and the same is a true and correct transcript there from and the whole thereof.
Witness my hand and official seal
this 11th day of January, 2022 James E. Mraz, Executive Director