Town of Niskayuna, NY
Town Board Minutes 1/12/2012

AT THE ORGANIZATIONAL MEETING OF THE TOWN BOARD OF THE TOWN OF NISKAYUNA DULY CALLED AND HELD ON THE 12TH DAY OF JANUARY 2012  AT 7:00 PM AT THE NISKAYUNA TOWN BOARD ROOM, ONE NISKAYUNA CIRCLE, NISKAYUNA, NEW YORK, THE FOLLOWING MEMBERS WERE PRESENT:

Joe Landry, Supervisor
Julie McDonnell, Councilwoman
Denise Murphy McGraw, Councilman
Liz Orzel, Kasper, Councilwoman
Jonathan McKinney, Councilman

Others present:  Michele M. Martinelli, Town Clerk; Peter Scagnelli, Town Attorney; Matthew Miller, Deputy Town Attorney; Paul Briggs, Deputy Town Attorney; Frank Gavin, Highway Superintendent; Stanley Fiminski, Deputy Police Chief; Matthew Yetto, Senior Engineer; Lori Peretti, Coordinator of Community Programs
PUBLIC HEARINGS

Public Hearing No. 1:  to consider an amendment to the Town Code regarding a real property tax exemption for senior citizens.  
When no members of the public wished to be heard, Supervisor Landry closed the public hearing.

Public Hearing No. 2:   to consider the proposed establishment of Drainage Districts #33
submitted for Campo Court.  
When no members of the public wished to be heard, Supervisor Landry closed the public hearing.

Public Hearing No. 3:  to consider the proposed establishment of a water district extension for Campo Court.
When no members of the public wished to be heard, Supervisor Landry closed the public hearing.

Public Hearing No. 4:  to consider the proposed establishment of a sewer district extension for Campo Court.
Lorene Zabin, 2455 Brookshire Drive, would like to know where Campo Court is located and what this has to do with Sewer District #6? She thought there was a moratorium and would object to this if there is more going in to the sewage treatment plant.
Paul Briggs said he negotiated the consent order for this with DEC and it is not subject to the moratorium. This is a seven house subdivision off Berkley Avenue.
When no other members of the public wished to be heard, Supervisor Landry closed the public hearing.



Public Hearing No. 5: to consider an amendment to the Town Code regarding brush, grass and weeds.  
Paul Briggs, Town Attorney, presented an explanation of the new fee for the Brush, Grass and Weeds pick-up by the Highway Department. The State of New York has placed a limit on the Town’s ability to tax residents; this could affect service, and the collection of yard waste. There will be a $30 fee for this services paid by the homeowners yearly. The pick up will be bags or containers.
An opt-out option will be available for those who do not want the service; renewal will be required yearly. This must be done by March 15th of each year. If the fee for service is not paid by September 15th it will be added to the resident’s tax bill.     
Leslie Gold, 1919 Pawtucket Avenue, is concerned with the general wording. The fee is reasonable, but some neighbors may add their yard waste to the next door neighbor’s bags. Frank Gavin said he and his crew will be monitoring this and review the process.
Keith Barney, 2495 Nott Street, wanted to know how the fee will be assessed with the issue of the condos associations in the town.  How will the assessments be placed on the homeowners?    
Lorene Zabin, 2455 Brookshire Drive, has concerns regarding the raising fees on the services in the town.  We already pay this fee in our highway taxes. How was this fee established?
Linda Rizzo, 2229 Fairlawn Parkway, agrees with the fee and thinks that we may need to do this with other services. This may be the wave of the future because of the tax cap.  
Leslie Gold, 1919 Pawtucket Avenue, Some people don’t think they can use the Yard Waste Fee services. Frank Gavin explained that weekly yard waste pick-up is on all town roads. She thinks that the form should be put on the web site.
Jonetta Darcy, 772 Whitney Dr, said she will pay the fee and consider it charity.  She does not want to make a separate trip to Town Hall to pay the fee but would rather pay it with town or school taxes.
When no other members of the public wished to be heard, Supervisor Landry closed the public hearing.


PRIVILEGE OF THE FLOOR

Lorene Zabin, 2455 Brookshire Drive, has concerns with why there is only one regular meeting each month. There were always two town board meetings a month.

Mae Burgess, 848 Maxwell Dr, has concerns with the senior center. She believes that the privilege of the floor gives her the right to speak to all her concerns regarding all town issues.   She heard that they are fixing the roof at the Senior Center and hopes that the bridge games will be moved back there.

Leslie Gold, 1919 Pawtucket Avenue, spoke to the issues of the new Open Government Law which goes into effect on February 2, 2012, and is unsure what this will involve. Will it involve extra expenditures to the town? What will have to be posted on the web?
Linda Rizzo, 2229 Fairlawn Parkway, commented that she believes that if a board member is absent or late to a meeting they should not have the right to ask questions or criticize and they should return their money to the town.

RESOLUTIONS

The following resolutions were approved with a vote of five ayes unless otherwise noted.


Resolution 2012-1,establishes the dates for the regular meetings of the Town Board.
Resolution 2012-2, authorizes clerical support for the Receiver of Taxes.

Resolution 2012-3, appoints persons to the positions of Town Attorney and Deputy Town Attorney.
Peter Scagnelli, Town Attorney, speaking for Paul Briggs and Matthew Miller, feels that it is an honor to work for the Town of Niskayuna and that the town is run in a competent and caring manner.  We have a very good legal team and he compliments Paul Briggs and Matt Miller. Councilwoman McGraw along with Councilwoman McDonnell thanked Paul Briggs, Peter Scagnelli and Matt Miller for all their contributions to the town.

Resolution 2012-4, appoints a person to the position of Town Comptroller.
Councilman Kasper said that Paul Sebesta has proven his ability, dedication and hard work through the years and Supervisor Landry thanks Paul for all he does for the town.

Resolution 2012-5, appoints a person to the position of Town Superintendent of Highways.
Councilwoman Kasper thanked Frank Gavin for doing a great job along with Councilwoman McGraw.  Frank is the heart and sole of the town he knows and care of every inch of this town. Councilwoman McDonnell thanked him for the work done for the Parks Committee and for always being available. Supervisor Landry thanks Frank for all he does.
Resolution 2012-6, appoints persons to the Planning Board and Zoning Commission. Councilwoman McDonnell thanks Ursula Hall for her service. Supervisor Landry is
looking forward to working with Miss Hall and thinks she is a very competent attorney. He knows she will do a good job and thanks her.

Resolution 2012-7 appoints Kevin Walsh as the Chairman of the Planning Board and
Zoning Commission.
Councilwoman McDonnell thanks Kevin for his continued service and his hard work.
Supervisor Landry thanks Kevin for being so dedicated and informed on all the issues

Resolution 2012-8 appoints ad hoc members to the Planning Board and Zoning Commission.
Councilwoman McGraw would like to thank Bob Sweeny for his continued service and is pleased with the new addition of Eric Amberger.  Councilwoman Kasper thanks Bob Sweeney for his dedication to the town.  Councilwoman McDonnell thanks Bob and Eric for their service. Supervisor Landry thanks Bob for continuing to work with the town and looks forward to working with Eric and thinks he will do a great job.

Resolution 2012-9, appoints persons to the Zoning Board of Appeals.
Councilwoman McDonnell and Supervisor Landry thank the members for being on the board.

Resolution 2012-10, appoints Don Hirshorn as the chair of the Zoning Board of Appeals. Councilwoman Kasper thanks Don for past services, saying he has been an asset to the
town. Councilwoman McDonnell would like to thank Mr. Hirshorn for his services. Supervisor Landry, thanks for past service and looks forward to working with him again.

Resolution 2012-11, appoints persons to the conservation advisory council. Councilwoman McDonnell thanks all of the members for their service and for looking
out for us and what is being done with our land. Councilwoman Kasper thanks all the members for their years of service. Supervisor Landry thanks all the members, especially thank you to John Brown.

Resolution 2012-12, authorizes town firefighters to act as town fire inspectors.

Resolution 2012-13 approves a bond for the town officials and employees.

Resolution 2012-14 designates the official newspaper.

Resolution 2012-15 designates banks to be a depository of funds.

Resolution 2012-16 authorizes the supervisor and deputy supervisor to transact certain business.

Resolution 2012-17 establishes mileage reimbursement for employees.

Resolution 2012-18 establishes the rate of compensation for the person providing cleaning services at Town Hall.
Supervisor Landry said Joe does a fantastic job around Town Hall.

Supervisor Landry introduced proposed Local Law No. 1 (2012) regarding varied amendments to the zoning laws.   

Resolution 2012-19 calls for a public hearing to amend Chapter 220 of the Code of the Town of Niskayuna entitled Zoning to be held January 24, 2012 at Town Hall.

Resolution 2012-20 employs additional persons in the Niskayuna recreation program. Councilwoman McDonnell said these are not new employees. We have to do this each
year for seasonal and recreation programs, to put them on the list in order to use them for any
upcoming events. As for returning employees, by adding them now we may involve them in any planning processes.

Resolution 2012-21 makes certain budgetary modifications.

Resolution 2012-22 adopts a salary schedule

There being no further business to come before the Town Board, Supervisor Landry adjourned the meeting.

Michele M. Martinelli, Town Clerk