From navigating ‘EMS Crisis’ to rural planning issues, Tug Hill Commission training aims to assist local leaders


VERONA — Local government officials across Jefferson, Lewis, Oneida, and Oswego counties and beyond can register for the Tug Hill Commission’s 31st annual Local Government Conference to held at the Turning Stone Event Center, 5218 Patrick Road.

Registration and session information for the Tuesday, April 19, event is available on the commission’s website at

Back after a two-year hiatus due to COVID-19 restrictions, the training session typically draws more than 700 attendees and dozens of exhibitors and provides training and networking opportunities for town supervisors, village mayors, town and village board members, clerks, planning and zoning board members, highway superintendents, assessors and other government officials.

There are options for online (credit card) and mail-in (check or voucher) registration. The regular registration rate is $75 if postmarked by March 18. Attendees will be required to follow whatever COVID protocols are required at the time by the state and the venue.

The day’s program will begin with registration, starting at 7:30 a.m. Sessions are scheduled to begin at 8:45 a.m. Lunch will be at 11:30 a.m. and will include a keynote speech, Leveraging Our Assets in a Global Economy, by Andrew Fish of CenterState CEO.

Each of the four sessions will include seven individual presentations for participants to choose from.

“Our goal is to include a variety of subjects in each concurrent session that would be useful for a variety of local officials including highway staff, clerks, town and village board members, planning board members, zoning board of appeal members and assessors,” the commission announcement said, adding that certificates of attendance will be provided to all attendees.

Session one topics include: Employee Handbook Basics, Challenges in Regulating Quality of Life Issues, Site Plan and Subdivision Review, Interpretation and Enforcement of Zoning Laws, Long- Range Planning and Budgeting for Highways, Your Role in a Disaster, and Clean Energy Communities.

Session two topics are: Reserve Funds and Long-Term Planning, Open Meetings Law, Rural Planning Issues, Motions, Criteria and Decision-Making Guidelines, Selecting Pavement Preservation Techniques, Vital Records: Local Registrar and Clerk Responsibilities, and Federal Funding Opportunities.

Session three topics include: The EMS Crisis and Its Impact on Municipal Budgets, Historic Preservation, Accessory Dwelling Units as Affordable Housing, Land Use and SEQR Case Law Update, Ice and Snow Best Practices, FOIL Overview, and the 94-C Renewable Energy Siting Process.

Session four topics are: How to Prepare for and/or Conduct and Audit, Great Board Members, Ethical Considerations for Planning Boards and Zoning Boards of Appeal, Q&A for Planning and Zoning Boards, Myths of Traffic Calming and Complete Streets, Email Essentials, and Cannabis.

Assessor’s Session: Assessors are invited to take part in six hours of certified training. This morning and afternoon session for assessors will cover the steps for using RPS for valuation. Topics include cleanup of your file, land tables, cost tables and comparable sales. Assessors will receive six hours of continuing education credits for attending this session.


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