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Town Board Minutes 5/1/12


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



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 2012-113 recognizes and honors the 2012 National Merit Scholarship finalists at               Niskayuna High School. Supervisor Landry and Councilwoman McGraw honored Gabriel Holodak who will attend the University of Buffalo, Maggie Jordan, who will attend Brown University and Olivia Marine, who will attend Stony Brook University, for being finalists for the National Merit Scholarship

Resolution 2012-104 recognizes and honors the participants in the 1st Annual Niskayuna Paint-Off. Supervisor Landry honored for: 1st Place: Janet Manuta, Amy deSoyza and Luke Rakoczy who painted for the Animal Protective Foundation; 2nd Place: Scott Walroth, Kim Wallace and Barb Colose who painted for the Animal Protective Foundation; 3rd Place: TJ Cannizzo and Chad Charland who painted for the Schenectady City Mission; and     
Burlin Loux and Tom Gallup who also painted for the Niskayuna Senior Center.

Resolution 2012-105 celebrates National Women’s Health Week in the town of Niskayuna.


Leslie Gold, 1919 Pawtucket Ave:  spoke to concerns of the RP zone in regards to the Metroplex

Lorene Zabin, 2455 Brookshire Dr.:  has concerns with a meeting that took place on a Saturday.  Lorene would like to put the project of the Open Air Pavilion in the hands of a private company, and asked if the bonding issues could be reconsidered.  

Margaret Blechinger, 2410 Parkville Place:  asked if the town has gone out to bid on the senior bus and the estimated cost and would there be any input from the seniors. Margaret also asked if there has been a decision made as to where the Water/Sewer building is going and was there an environmental impact study done and have traffic issues been addressed?

Linda Rizzo 2229 Fairlawn Parkway:  she believes that the bond issues should be voted on with 5 affirmative votes, she also expressed that there has been so much negativity regarding the soccer and lacrosse building.  She thanked Supervisor Landry and Councilwoman McDonnell for all their efforts on this issue and also thanked the people of the clubs that raised $250,000 and also thanked the children for coming out to speak on the issues which gave them a good lesson on the Democratic process, when we focus on our children that is a good thing.

Mike Parzych, 1051 Lamplighter Rd.:   thanked Supervisor Landry, Councilwoman McGraw and Councilwoman McDonnell for their time and effort put in working with the numerous organizations to try to bring this facility to reality.

Amy Hawansky, 2833 Whitmyer Dr:  voiced concerns on the FOIL process in the Town of Niskayuna and asked if there is a subject matter list for the Town of Niskayuna.  Amy also had concerns with regards to the Pavilion being set aside.

Bernie LaGoy, 972 Riverview Rd.:  has a concern with the Pavilion and her property values.

Jackie Citriniti, 6 Riverdale Rd.:  concerned about the legality of a Saturday meeting and wants to know where money will come from for Pavilion.

Fred Thompson 1112 Fernwood Dr.:  has a concern with the division of the board and he believes that people are frustrated with the process of how things are done.  

Linda Rizzo, 2229 Fairlawn Parkway:  spoke to the FOIL issues and says she has received information in a timely manner.

Michael Barns, 775 Pearse Rd:  has a concern that people are not informed on issues and how the information gets out. Concerns were also expressed as to a meeting that took place on a Saturday and was it legal to hold.  A discussion ensued regarding lack of prior knowledge on the issue of a Saturday meeting.

Elmer Bertsch, 2097 Orchard Park Dr.:  spoke to the issue of the Open Meetings Law and a discussion ensued regarding the lack of prior knowledge on a bonding issue with Supervisor Landry and Councilmembers.  

Amy Howansky, 2833 Whitmyer Dr.:   informed the room that she has copies of the Open Meetings Law that she could provide to anyone who would like one.

Jonetta Darcy, 772 Whitney Dr.: stated that she wanted to end privilege of the floor by reminding everyone of the scholars from our school system that were here tonight supported by their families.

        When no other members of the public wished to be heard, Supervisor Landry closed Privilege of the Floor.

Supervisor Landry read a statement in regards to the Open Air Pavilion.  (See attached)


        Transportation and Public Facilities - Councilwoman McGraw reports the Highway Department is working on the town buildings and roadways for the summer season and working on drainage issues.  Councilwoman McGraw would like to thank Ray Smith, who has taken over for Frank Gavin while he is out, and his wife for all their help on the Tree Garden behind the town pool. The next meeting is May 10th at 7:30 am.  
        Public Works – Councilwoman McGraw reports Public Works is working with DEC on town issues and the water bills will be going out May 2nd.

Parks and Community Programs – Councilwoman McDonnell announced that the next meeting with be held on the 1st Thursday in May at 7:30pm.  John Brown will be at the next meeting to update us on the trail system.  We will be talking about implementing disk golf and there are many new programs for summer.  The councilwoman thanked Frank Gavin for all his work getting the town ready for summer.  We have a Senior Advisory Committee and they have created five new sub committees, Transportation, Trip/Programs and Facilities, Communication and Outreach, Fundraising and Community Resources. We are working on preparing for Niska Day. We will have a booth there and will have a survey that will be available to the seniors to complete.

        Police & Safety Committee – Councilwoman Kasper commented that the tree planting last weekend was wonderful and the senior meeting was very positive. There’s a good group of people that are working very hard.  The next police committee meeting is on May 11th at 9:30 in the Paul Schaefer Room. The committee is working on two things: straightening out an issue we have with the animal shelter and a stop sign that needs to be installed.


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

Resolution 2012-93 employs additional persons in the Water and Sewer Department.

Introduction of Proposed Local Law No. C (2012).

Resolution 2012-94 schedules a public hearing on a local law to amend the Town Code regarding dogs and other animals.

Resolution 2012-95 designates an ADA Coordinator and approves an ADA notice and ADA grievance procedure.

Resolution 2012-96 appoints a person to the position of assistant to the comptroller.

Resolution 2012-97 makes certain budget modifications.

Resolution  2012-98 authorizes the supervisor to enter into a license agreement with the Schenectady Softball Cricket Association.

Resolution 2012-99 authorizes a memorandum of agreement with a Town bargaining unit.

Resolution 2012-100 authorizes the Superintendent of Highways to use certain lawn mowing and trimming services for the Dean Street and Baker Avenue parks.

Resolution 2012-101 enters into a contract for employee disability insurance.

Resolution 2012-102 enacts a local law to increase the boundaries of the Schenectady Metroplex district to include certain zoning districts in the town of Niskayuna.

Resolution 2012-103 enacts a local law to amend the Vehicle and Traffic code to provide for the installation of a stop sign on Oakmont Street and Holiday Drive.

Resolution 2012-104 authorizes the purchase and installation of playground equipment at the Town Community Center.

Resolution 2012-105 authorizes the purchase of audio-visual equipment for use in the Town boardroom.

Resolution 2012-106 calls for a public hearing on a proposed increase and improvement of the facilities for Consolidated Water District No. 1.

Resolution 2012-107 calls for a public hearing on a proposed increase and improvement of the facilities for Sewer District No. 1.

Resolution 2012-108 calls for a public hearing on a proposed increase and improvement of the facilities for Sewer District No. 6.

Resolution 2012-109 authorizes bonding for improvements to a town building.

Resolution 2012-110 authorizes bonding for the purchase of various vehicles and equipment.

Resolution 2012-111 authorizes bonding for roadway improvements.

Resolution 2012-112 authorizes bonding for improvements to a town facility.

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

Michele M. Martinelli, Town Clerk

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