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Town Board Minutes 5/29/12
AT THE REGULAR MEETING OF THE TOWN BOARD OF THE TOWN OF NISKAYUNA DULY CALLED AND HELD ON THE 29TH DAY OF MAY 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, Councilwoman
Liz Orzel Kasper, Councilwoman

Jonathan McKinney, Councilman, absent

Others present: Michele M. Martinelli, Town Clerk; Peter Scagnelli, Town Attorney; Matthew Miller, Deputy Attorney; Paul Sebesta, Comptroller; Richard Pollock, Superintendent of Water/Sewer.


TOWN CLERK’S BUSINESS

The minutes of the Town Board meeting of January 12, 2012 were approved as presented    
The minutes of the Town Board meeting of January 24, 2012 were approved as presented.
The minutes of the Town Board meeting of February 16, 2012 were approved as presented.
The minutes of the Town Board meeting of February 28, 2012 were approved as presented.

CEREMONIAL RESOLUTIONS

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

Resolution 2012-139     recognizes and honors the members of the Niskayuna Brush and Palette Art Group.
Resolution 2012-140     honors and congratulates the members of the Van Antwerp Middle School science bowl team.

Resolution 2012-141     honors and recognizes Noney M. Grier for her accomplishments and awards as a student at Schenectady County Community College

PUBLIC HEARING
        A public hearing on the enactment of a local law amending chapter 81 of the Town Code, entitled dogs and other animals, to change the Town’s dog impoundment fee structure.

        Leslie Gold, 1919 Pawtucket Avenue, would like to have this amendment made clearer.
Deputy Attorney, Matt Miller explained this would change the fee to cover the town’s cost for impounding of dogs.  The owner will be charged the fee that the town is charged by the shelter, which will be $60.00 per day.  Leslie asked if this applies to cats and the response to this was “no”. She has concerns with the cats that are loose in the town.  

        Dan Smith, 2212 Clifton Park Road, agrees with the $60.00 for the impoundment fees.

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



PRIVILEGE OF THE FLOOR


        Amy Howansky, 2833 Whitmyer Drive, spoke to the concerns she has for the snapping turtles that cross Rosendale Road and Old River Road to get to their nesting sites. Amy made a suggestion that signs be put up to make drivers aware of the turtles. Attached is a fact sheet that was given to the clerk for the board’s review.

        Fred Thompson, 1112 Fernwood Drive, expressed concerns that the minutes are not done in a timely manner.

        Lorene Zabin, 2455 Brookshire Drive, is glad to see that the board has postponed the bonding on a couple of projects, and is concerned as to the increase in the bonding of the transfer station. She would like to know why the town is replacing one employee with two.

        Leslie Gold, 1919 Pawtucket Avenue, shares concerns with Ms. Howansky in regards to the turtles crossing Rosendale and Old River Road.

        Elmer Bertsch 2097 Orchard Park Drive, expressed how outstanding the Schenectady County Community College’s Vocal Group is and informed us that they are currently conducting a fund drive. Mr. Bertsch has concerns with resolution 2012-126 and how it effects the Open Stage Media agreement.

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

COMMITTEE REPORTS

Public Works Committee - Councilwoman McGraw thanked everyone for all the time and hard work they put in for Niska-Day.  Look for the Recycling Center survey which will be available this week. The Highway Committee continues to work on the preparation of public facilities, especially the Town Pool for summer recreation.

Parks and Community Programs – Councilwoman McDonnell announced that the committee meeting is held on the first Thursday of each month. The summer programs are open for registration and the town has new offerings this year.


        Police and Safety Committee – Councilwoman Kasper said that the committee has been discussing the amendment of chapter 81 of the Town Code and will look into the turtle issue in Niskayuna.  The committee is also discussing the purchase of two new police cars.

Supervisor Landry thanked everyone for a successful Niska-Day.



RESOLUTIONS

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

Resolution 2012-123     appointed a person as a part-time clerk in the Town Justice Court.
Resolution 2012-124     appointed a person to the Subcommittee on Trail Development.

Resolution 2012-125     accepted a parcel of property from the Niskayuna Fire Company, Inc. District #2.

Resolution 2012-126     authorized the supervisor to negotiate and execute an agreement with Open Stage Media at Proctors.

Resolution 2012-127     appointed a person to the public access television advisory board.

Resolution 2012-128      makes a determination as to the public interest of the increase and improvements of facilities of consolidated Water District No. 1 in the Town of Niskayuna.

Resolution 2012-129     makes certain budget modifications

Resolution 2012-130     authorizes the renewal of a software database maintenance contract.

Resolution 2012-131     authorizes the supervisor to enter into an agreement with the CSEA employee benefit fund.

Resolution 2012-132     renews a package policy of insurance for the Town.

Resolution 2012-133     makes a determination as to the public interest of the increase and improvement of facilities of Sewer District No 1 in the Town of Niskayuna.

Resolution 2012-134     authorizes the advertising for bids for the purchase of public works equipment.

Resolution 2012-135     appointed a person to the position of water and sewer maintenance worker in the Water and Sewer Department.

Resolution 2012-136     authorizes the supervisor to execute a change order for the installation of fencing at the Wastewater Treatment Plant and Water Treatment Plant.

Resolution 2012-137     makes a determination as to the public interest of the increase and improvement of facilities of Sewer District No. 6 in the Town of Niskayuna.

Resolution 2012-138     authorizes the issuance of $164,000 bonds of the Town of Niskayuna, to pay the cost of the increase and improvement of the facilities of the Sewer District No. 6, in the Town of Niskayuna, Schenectady County, New York.

Resolution 2012-139 authorizes the issuance of $49,000 bonds of the Town of Niskayuna,  to
pay the cost of the increase and improvement of the facilities of the Consolidated Water District No. 1, in the Town of Niskayuna, Schenectady County, New York.

Resolution 2012-139 authorizes the issuance of $7,000 bonds for the Town of Niskayuna to pay
the cost of the increase and improvement of the facilities of the Sewer District No 1, in the Town of Niskayuna, Schenectady County, New York.

        
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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