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Town Board Minutes 02/01/2000

        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; Paul Briggs, Deputy Town Attorney; Charlie Goldstock, Deputy Zoning Enforcement Officer; Frank Gavin, Superintendent of Highways; Richard Harris, Town Planner; Richard Pollack, Superintendent of Water & Sewer; Darryl Ostrander, Deputy Police Chief; and Paul Sebesta, Comptroller.

        Public Hearing No. 1to amend the Code, Chapter 197, entitled Disabled Homeowner Tax Exemption to increase the amount of the exemption to the maximum allowable under State law.  
        Councilman Chapman spoke in favor of this amendment.  When no members of the public wished to be heard, the public hearing was declared closed by the Supervisor.  

        Public Hearing No. 2 – Establishes Extension 98 to Sewer District No. 6, for four homes on Pearse Road.
        Councilwoman Kasper spoke in favor of this extension.  Richard Pollack brought a concern from a resident about repairs to his new driveway after completion of the work.  It was suggested that the resident hire the contractor to repair his driveway.  
When no members of the public wished to be heard, the public hearing was declared closed by the Supervisor.

        Upon motion of Supervisor Smith, which was seconded by Councilwoman Kasper, the minutes of the regular meeting of January 18, 2000 were approved by the Board.

        Sally Lester, 2451 Troy Road, asked again if the Board would respond to her request to ask the State to correct signs for Union Street at St. David’s Lane, Primrose Lane, Morgan Avenue, and Vrooman Avenue (on both sides of the street). They now read Troy- Schenectady Road.  She would also like to see all signs for Niskayuna on Troy Road referred to as Troy Road rather than Troy-Schenectady Road.  
        Mrs. Lester inquired why the Town’s base pay for police offers is $3,000 or $4,000 higher than the City of Schenectady.  Councilman Horton believed that the police in Schenectady are not being paid what they should because of the city’s budgetary restraints.  Supervisor Smith noted that every locale has different structures and ranks.  Responsibilities need to be reviewed rather than titles.  
        Mrs. Lester inquired about timing for a future public hearing on the Comprehensive Plan.  Supervisor Smith replied that preliminary discussions have been held regarding the issues raised in the Fall and he would hope that public hearings would be held soon.       

        Peter Zeltins, 1828 Union Street, inquired about the proposed purchase of a video camera for Sewer District No. 1 and 6 and asked what the Town did before deciding to purchase this equipment. Two sewer inspection firms videotaped various sections of Town in the past, which helped us become aware of problem areas.  The value of pictures on a regular basis is to see the condition of the pipe and how it is progressing.  If we cannot work on the entire system we will want to keep tabs on certain parts.   
        Mr. Zeltins questioned the advisibility of buying $25,000 in equipment, which is not used every day. Supervisor Smith agreed with Mr. Pollack’s position that we have a system that we should be monitoring more closely so we can prioritize and determine the type of work needed.  
        Councilman Horton thought there might also be an opportunity to lease the equipment to other Towns who do not have this equipment.  It is an extremely useful tool.  Parts of Old Niskayuna have bad problems with infiltration in the sewer lines we want to be able to pinpoint these.  The cost justification is that we will save on capital expense by being able to fix the areas most needy first.  The cost of treating water is also important.  There are also times when there is so much infiltration that the water treatment plant overflows which is a violation.  
        Information of prior costs will be available at the public hearing.

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

Resolution 2000-42, authorizes the Supervisor to renew a software maintenance agreement for the Comptroller’s Office, from SCT Public Sector, Inc., at a cost of $4,093 for one year.

Resolution 2000-43, established a capital reserve fund for Consolidated Sewer District No. 1 of $150,000.  

Resolution 2000-44, authorizes the Supervisor to execute an agreement with the New York State Canal Corporation to extend the term of Contract No. C100237 to December 31, 2000 for completion of the improvements to the Aqueduct Towpath Park.  

Resolution 2000-45, authorizes the purchase of a sander for the Highway Department from T & T Body, at a cost of $6,175.

Resolution 2000-46, authorizes attendance at a Zone Five Regional Law Enforcement training course for Thomas Constantine and Lewis Moskowitz at a cost of $7.50 each.

Resolution 2000-47, authorizes the purchase of a 2000 Dodge 4x4 ¾ ton pickup truck for the Parks Department, from Robert Green Chev-Olds, at a cost of $20,591.20.

Resolution 2000-48, authorizes the purchase of a mower for the Parks Department from Grassland Equipment, at a cost of $3,100.

Resolution 2000-49, authorizes the Supervisor to enter into an agreement for cleaning services for the Recreation Center with New Life Maintenance, on a three month trial, at a cost of $150 per week.

Resolution 2000-50 appoints Janice L. Plummer, 2510 Englewood Avenue, to the position of recreation attendant at $9.00 per hour, effective immediately.

Resolution 2000-51, calls for a public hearing to authorize the transfer and expenditure of $25,000 from the Capital Reserve Fund for Sewer District No. 1 and $25,000 from the Capital Reserve Fund for Sewer District No. 6 to be used to finance the purchase of sewer video equipment.

Resolution 2000-52, accepts the bid for sodium fluoride for the year 2000 for the Public Works Department from Artco Distribution, at a cost of $.60/lb.

Resolution 2000-53, authorizes the purchase of a 2000 Chevrolet 4 x 4 1-ton pickup truck, with snow plow, from Robert Green Chev-Olds, at a cost of $23,477.60.

Resolution 2000-54, authorizes the attendance at a training session for Daniel Galli and James Greenough in Grade D Water Distribution System Operation and Maintenance, at a cost of $175 each.

At this time, Councilwoman Donnelly congratulated the Police Department for their success in helping the Town of Clay resolve a case.  Those who were helpful to the Town of Clay were Lewis Moskowitz, John Lubrant, Jeff Thomas, Robert Warner, and Michael Terwilliger.

At this time the Supervisor, with unanimous approval of the Board, requested an Executive Session to discuss the work history of a certain employee, and also a labor negotiation matter.

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

                                        Helen Kopke, Town Clerk


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