Town of Niskayuna, NY
Town Board Minutes 3/27/2012


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


Liz Orzel Kasper, Councilwoman

Others present:  Michele M. Martinelli, Town Clerk; Peter Scagnelli, Town Attorney; Matthew Miller, Deputy Town Attorney;  Frank Gavin, Highway Superintendent; Kathy Matern, Planning Technician; Paul Sebesta, Comptroller; William Lawrence, Computer Network Coordinator;  Richard Pollock, Superintendent of Water/Sewer; Lori Peretti, Coordinator of Community Programs


Resolution 2012-89 honoring players from Niskayuna Baseball Ltd. for being selected to the Eastern New York All State Team.

Supervisor Landry brought to the attention of the room, the paintings that are hanging on the Board Room walls. These four painting are a result of three different programs in the town.  They were Paint off, Paint out and an Art out.  Four teams where involved and the events were conducted in a relay race fashion.  Each member of the team painted and after 15 minutes the next team member followed for a two hour period. Each artist collected money for various charities. The town is holding a contest to see which the best is.  You may participate on Facebook or fill out a ballot in the back of the room and let us know which one you like best. At our next regular meeting we will be honoring the winners with a resolution.


A Public Hearing regarding an increase in the boundaries of the Schenectady Metroplex service district to include certain zoning districts in the Town of Niskayuna.
Kathy Matern gave an explanation of the two new areas of the Metroplex.

Leslie Gold, 1919 Pawtucket Ave: Spoke to the concerns of these projects and would like to have the town consider eliminating the RP zones.

Bill Chapman, 1465 Clifton Park Rd:  a member of the board of directors of the Schenectady Metroplex Economic Development Authority was in favor of this resolution.

When no other members of the public wished to be heard, Supervisor Landry closed the public hearing.
A Public Hearing regarding an amendment to the vehicle and traffic code to provide for the installation of a stop sign on Oakmont Street and Holiday Drive.

When no members of the public wished to be heard, Supervisor Landry closed the public hearing.


Online water billing

Matt Yetto gave a presentation of the new online water billing and billing history.  This presentation can be found on the Niskayuna web site.

Proposed Bonding Projects

Bill Lawrence, Micro Computer Network, Coord., reported on the proposed replacement of a  new phone system for Town Hall.

Kathy Matern, Planning Technician, reported on the proposal of the replacement of: 2003 pick-up truck used by the Planning and Building Department with a cost of about $18,000.

Frank Gavin, Highway Superintendent, reported on 5 areas proposed for this bond.
  • The replacement of three new trucks, a new large plow truck, a small bump pick-up truck and a pick-up truck, at $240,000.  
  • Major road reconstruction in the town $500,000.
  • Improvements on the radio system for the communication used by highway, parks, police and school buses, at $40,000.
  • The replacement of the town’s senior bus, at $60,000.
  • The replacement of the Town Hall roof, at a cost of $75,000.
Stanley Fiminski, Deputy Chief of Police, reported on the proposal of the replacement of:
  • 2 police cars at the cost of $62,000
  • The voice recording system for the police department.
Richard Pollock, Superintendent of Water/Sewer, reported on the proposed areas of the bond:
  • Redesign and contraction of the maintenance  building,$2million
  • The design of varies I&I improvements
  • A purchase of a new emergency truck
  • The purchase of a new generator for the waste/water  treatment   plant
  • The replacement of 1 of the 2 backhoes
  • The cost of the transfer station, to be determined in the future.

        Jacqueline Skolnik, 1271 Lock 7 Rd:  has concerns regarding the yard waste fee that the town now has and how does the town think that they can afford to build and maintain a recreation facility.

        Tom Downing, had concerns with the recreational facilities and the expenses that are attached to the building.  

        Leslie Gold,  1919 Pawtucket Ave: was concerned with why the police vehicles are part of the bonding. Leslie does not want to see the recreational facilities in the bonding.

        Lorene Zabin, 2455 Brookshire Dr:  wanted to know the total of the bonding and if it could be pared down?  

        Elmer Bertsch,  2097 Orchard Park Drive spoke to concerns of the Metroplex report which recently came out.

        Don Marcello, 2104 Baker Ave  East, is not in favor of the bonding of the recreational facility center. What is the fee schedule for the facility?

        Ann Maria Heim, 941 Morgan Ave, is not in favor of the recreational facility and would like to understand how the voting works and when will it take place.

        Alice Rubenfeld, 2122 Orchard Park, would like the board to look at another town who may have built a recreational facility.

        Marina Franchild, 2200 Dean St, has concerns with the budget proposed for the recreational facility.


        Highways and Public Facilities - Councilwoman McGraw reported that weather permitting yard waste pickup will start this week.  The clean-up of the parks have started and the tennis courts are set up.

        Public Works:   Water meters are up and running.  Councilwoman McGraw did announce that the Transfer Station is not closing and we will be making many improvements and the next meeting will meet on April 12th. A visit to the Town of Clifton Park’s transfer station was done today to look at different ideas that the Town of Niskayuna could think about using.

        Parks and Community Programs- Councilwoman McDonnell announced the summer programs are being planned and are planning the fall Fun Run.  We are still reviewing the plans for the Indoor Recreational Facility.  If anyone would like information on this, Councilwoman McDonnell will be able to provide it to anyone who contacts her.

        Economic Development, Historic Preservation & Environmental Conservation – Supervisor Landry reported on the Metroplex, Niskayuna is adding to the Metroplex area for the benefit of the businesses.


The following resolutions were adopted with a vote of four ayes unless otherwise noted.

        Resolution 2012-72 authorizing the purchase of a valve for the water and sewer department.

        Resolution 2012-73 to authorize the acceptance of grant monies.

        Resolution 2012-74 to authorize the advertising for bids for sewage pumping services.

        Resolution 2012-75 to amend a resolution to accept bids for the purchase of various materials to be used by the town of Niskayuna in its public works operations during 2012.

        Resolution 2012-76 to authorize the supervisor to enter into a contract with the Animal Protective Foundation of Schenectady, Inc. for the impounding and care of dogs during 2012.

        Resolution 2012-77 to authorize the advertising for bids for the purchase of audio/visual equipment for town hall.

        Resolution 2012-78 to make certain budgetary modifications.

        Resolution 2012-79 to enact a local law to amend the vehicle and traffic code to provide for the installation of a stop sign on Leroy Street and Gasner Avenue.

        Resolution 2012-80 to retain professional engineering services on an as-needed basis for 2012.

        Resolution 2012-81      to appoint a person to the position of maintenance worker in the water and sewer department.

        Resolution 2012-82 to authorize the issuance of a request for proposals for engineering services for the design of inflow and infiltration structural facility improvements in the water and sewer department.

        Resolution 2012-83 to authorize the sale of certain surplus town equipment.

        Resolution 2012-84 authorizing the renewal of a software database maintenance contract.
to recognize and promote the celebration of Earth Hour on March 31, 2012.

        Resolution 2012-86 to employ additional persons in the Town of Niskayuna.

        Resolution 2012-87 authorizing the purchase of a copier for use in the Police Department.

        Resolution 2012-88 urging the New York State Legislature and the Governor to increase state funding for school districts in the Town of Niskayuna.

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

Michele M. Martinelli, Town Clerk