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Town Board Minutes 01/18/2000
AT A REGULAR MEETING OF THE TOWN BOARD OF THE TOWN OF NISKAYUNA, DULY CALLED AND HELD ON THE 18TH DAY OF JANUARY, 2000, AT THE NISKAYUNA TOWN OFFICE BUILDING, ONE NISKAYUNA CIRCLE, NISKAYUNA, NEW YORK, THE FOLLOWING MEMBERS WERE ATTENDANCE:

        HONORABLE       SCOTT M. HORTON         COUNCILMAN
                                PATRICIA A. DONNELLY            COUNCILWOMAN
                                LIZ ORZEL KASPER                COUNCILWOMAN
                                WILLIAM R. CHAPMAN              COUNCILMAN
                                LUKE J. SMITH                   SUPERVISOR

        Others present:  Helen Kopke, Town Clerk; Eric Dickson, Town Attorney; Frank E. Gavin III, Superintendent of Highways; Charlie Goldstock; Deputy Zoning Enforcement Officer; and Darryl Ostrander, Deputy Police Chief.

PRIVILEGE OF THE FLOOR

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

GENERAL RESOLUTIONS

        The following resolutions were approved by a vote of four ayes, with Councilwoman Donnnelly absent.

        Resolution 2000-30, clarifies the appointment of Barbara Nottke, as a permanent part time Senior Clerk in the Town Clerk’s office to serve concurrently with a temporary part time Records Management Clerk position which terminates June 30, 2000, at a grade 7, effective January 1, 2000, at a rate of $20,682 yearly.

        Resolution 2000-31, amends the Town Board meeting schedule and changes the Town Board meeting to November 14, 2000.

Resolution 2000-32, authorizes the Supervisor to retain Bauer Appraisal Group to provide an appraisal for First Teachers Federal Credit Union at a cost of $500 for a preliminary report, and $2,300 for court ready report, and authorizes an appraisal of 23 lots owned by Schwerin & Shiller, at a cost of $700 for a preliminary report, and $3,500 for a court ready report.

        
SPECIAL DISTRICTS
        The following resolutions were approved with a vote of five ayes.

Resolution 2000-33, appoints Daniel M. Smith, 970 Inman Road, Niskayuna to the position of Water & Sewer Maintenance Worker, effective immediately.

Resolution 2000-34, accepts bids for the purchase of Liquid Chlorine, Potassium Permanganate, and Polymer for the year 2000, to the lowest bidder, and declines to accept the bid received for liquid caustic soda.

        Resolution 2000-35, calls for a public hearing on February 1, 7:05 p.m. in connection with the filing of a petition for Extension No. 98 to Sewer District No. 6 for four homes on Pearse Road.

GENERAL RESOLUTIONS (Continued)
        The following resolutions were approved with a vote of five ayes unless noted.

        Resolution 2000-36, calls for a public hearing on February 1, 2000, 7 p.m. to consider amendment of Chapter 197, Taxation, Disabled Homeowner Tax Exemption, to increase the amount of the exemption to the maximum allowable under State law.

        Resolution 2000-37, amends the Employee Handbook to modify the working hours and personal hours of the Police Dispatchers, effective January 1, 2000.

        Resolution 2000-38, amends the rate of compensation  paid to Barbara Howarth and Kathleen Brown to $8.87/hour, and Diane Percy to $8.389/hour in the Tax Receiver’s Office, effective January 3, 2000.
Councilwoman Donnelly inquired if it would not have been normal to speak to a Department Head about a change or addition to staff.  Supervisor Smith responded that Ms. Percy was added to the Receiver of Tax list, at his request, but the decision as to whether or not to hire her is entirely up to the Receiver of Taxes.  He confirmed that Ms. Percy is the daughter of former Supervisor Ed Reilly.   Councilman Donnelly approved the resolution because Barbara Howarth and Kathleen Brown deserve a raise because from her understanding they were the lowest paid hourly employees in the Town and has been for quite a while.  She made exception to someone being placed on the list of not only a Department Head but an elected official.  

Resolution 2000-39 accepts bids for the purchase of various materials in its publics works operations during 20000.

Resolution 2000-40 authorizes the Supervisor to enter into a contract with Mohawk & Hudson River Humane Society for the impounding and care of dogs for a one-year period through December 31, 2000, at a cost of $6,000.

        Resolution 2000-41, employs Alicia Lackey, 1070 Cornelius Avenue, to the position of recreation attendant in the Recreation Program at a rate of $5.40/hour effective immediately.

        At this time the Supervisor made a motion, which was unanimously approved, to go into Executive Session to discuss the employment history and disciplinary matter regarding a certain employee.  

        There being no further business to come before the Board, the meeting was adjourned.

                                        Helen F. Kopke, Town Clerk
          



 
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