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Town Board Minutes 03/21/2000

        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; Charlie Goldstock, Deputy Zoning Enforcement Officer; Frank E. Gavin III, Superintendent of Highways; Darryl Ostrander, Deputy Police Chief; and Richard Harris, Planner.

        A public hearing was held to consider the application of Ronald Usenza, 2239 Central Avenue, for a special use permit to allow the reuse of a building located at 3800 State Street for a motorcycle sales and service establishment.
        Mr. Usenza made a presentation describing the project. He expects only four or five parked cars at a time.  All parking will be in the rear as there is no room to park in the front of the building. No parking signs will be erected in the front of the building and there will be no left turns allowed to exit from the driveway.  
Fast growing evergreen trees will be planted in the back of the building where a fence is currently in place.  Lighting will not spill over onto the neighbors.  Noise should not be a problem since the BMW motorcycles are quiet and the service center is on State Street.  He will paint the building white with a gray trim.  The BMW sign will not be illuminated.  The hours of operation will be 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.  In the future, they anticipate opening Monday, along with one late night closing at 8 p.m. in the summer.  Repairs will end at 5 or 6 p.m.
        They have two Saturday open houses per year and will have people directing traffic since they could get busy at that time.  In the past they have drawn about 110 people.  He felt they had plenty of parking for these two events.  Most of the activity takes place inside the store.
        Deliveries will be via UPS at 10 a.m. daily of about five or six boxes of parts.  They receive one or two cycles at a time, once a week, receiving about 130 cycles per year.    
        Councilman Horton felt this would be a boom to the community.  This is an upscale product with the average customer being 45 years of age.  

        Chuck Lester, 3454 Albany Street, was told that the dumpster would be housed in the back of the store surrounded by a stockade fence.  Tires will be kept inside the building.  They will generate very little garbage, mostly cardboard and wooden crates.

        Joan Morrow, 25 S. Amherst Avenue, stated her yard and deck overlooks the property and she is concerned about privacy, shrubs, lighting, and noise.  Richard Harris, Planner, stated that a lighting plan has been submitted to maintain adequate levels of light at entrances.  Spillover onto neighbor’s property is prohibited and is part of the review process.  There will be light onto the parking lot, but there should be no spillover onto her property.  Evergreen trees have been shown on the site plan.  The police wanted good visibility of the property and they suggested that they not grow shrubs on the side of the property so they could see the building.  Mr. Usenza stated that two large trees on the property would not be taken down.  
        Mrs. Morrow stated that she does not see the building through the vines on the existing fence during the summer.  Mr. Usenza agreed to leave the fence in place until the trees mature in a few years.   

        Peter Zeltins, 1828 Union Street, stated he had spent three hours with a firm in Syracuse discussing the proposed camera for the sewer system.  He learned that to do the work we need done, will cost about $150,000 because we would need a sewer flusher which costs $86,000.  The Town already owns a router, which is also needed.  A van and generator is also needed.
Mr. Zeltins viewed a video demonstrating the difference between a sewer that used the cleaning equipment and one that had not.  He felt some roots and cracks were difficult to distinguish.  If the line was not clean and the roots cut, the Town could get misinformation.  He was convinced that sewers need to be cleaned of roots then flushed out before videos can be taken.  He also claimed that the City of Schenectady has three cameras that are not used.  They felt their crew does not do a sufficient job.  He stated that there is no Town that could clean a sewer properly and televise it under  $1 per foot.  For lengths over 5,000 feet, contractors charge $.60.  For 100-200 feet, the charge is $.70.  
        Mr. Zeltins detailed how Town employees spend their workday and breaks and that contractors can do this work more efficiently.  He claimed that employees (excluding Highway) work five hours per day and due to this that the Town could not do the work for $1.00 per foot.  He disagreed with sharing this equipment with other municipalities.  He was informed that cameras were not kept more than seven years before trade in.  
Supervisor Smith stated that the Town employees, Water & Sewer included, has been very responsive in doing their job.  He will inquire as to whether or not breaks are being extended.  
        Councilman Donnelly stated that she would check out information she received that the City of Schenectady uses their cameras and were very happy with them.  She stated that the Board continues to have questions on the cameras.  Richard Pollock will be addressing questions at next Tuesday’s agenda session and she hoped Mr. Zeltins would attend. When the Board viewed a video last week, the camera moved through the areas of roots, and they could also see cracks.  She understood that a van was not necessary.  

        All of the following resolutions were approved with a vote of five ayes.

        Resolution 2000-80, authorizes the execution of an Outside Sewer User Agreement with Clifford L. and Mary L. Goble, 1912 Union Street.

        Resolution 2000-81, authorizes repair of a submersible pump at Well No. 5 at the Water Filtration Plant by Layne Christensen Company, at a cost not to exceed $1,575.

        Resolution 2000-82, authorizes the Supervisor to enter in a contract with Empire State Fireworks to provide a fireworks display at Niska-Day for a total cost of $5,000.

        Resolution 2000-83, grants a Special Use Permit to Ronald Usenza to reuse 3800 State Street as a motorcycle sales and service establishment.

        Resolution 2000-84, authorizes the Supervisor to enter into an agreement for cleaning services at the Recreation Center with Halvorsen Cleaning, on a three month trial basis at a cost of $60 per cleaning retroactive to March 13.

        Resolution 2000-85, appoints Robert R. Daley, as a substitute bus driver for the Community Center at an hourly rate of $8.872 effective March 21, 2000.

        There being no further business to come before the Board, upon unanimous vote, the meeting was declared adjourned by the Supervisor.


                                                Helen F. Kopke, Town Clerk

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