AT A REGULAR MEETING OF THE TOWN BOARD OF THE TOWN OF NISKAYUNA , DULY CALLED ON JUNE 20th, 2000 AT THE NISKAYUNA TOWN OFFICE BUILDING, ONE NISKAYUNA CIRCLE, NISKAYUNA, NEW YORK, THE FOLLOWING MEMBERS WERE PRESENT:
HONORABLE PATRICIA A. DONNELLY COUNCILWOMAN
WILLIAM R. CHAPMAN COUNCILMAN
LUKE J. SMITH SUPERVISOR
ABSENT: SCOTT M. HORTON COUNCILMAN
LIZ ORZEL KASPER COUNCILWOMAN
Others present: Helen Kopke, Town Clerk; Paul Briggs, Deputy Town Attorney; Darryl Ostrander, Deputy Police Chief; Charlie Goldstock, Deputy Zoning Enforcement Officer; Paul Sebesta, Comptroller; Frank E. Gavin III, Superintendent of Highways.
A public hearing was held to consider amendment of Chapter 151-6(H) of the Code entitled Peddling and Soliciting to increase the fees to $250 for an initial application and $75 for each employee’s application.
When no member of the public wished to heard, the Supervisor closed the public hearing.
TOWN CLERK’S BUSINESS
Upon motion of Councilwoman Donnelly, which was seconded by Supervisor Smith, the minutes of the meeting of June 6, 2000 were approved as presented.
PRIVILEGE OF THE FLOOR
Mr. Prichard, 1671 Van Antwerp Road, remarked that he strongly opposed the construction of an inn proposed on Nott Street East. He believes the construction will cause severe drainage problems, and the amount of runoff water is beyond allowable limits by federal regulation. He believes it is illegal to take storm water and convey it through a conduit onto someone else’s property.
Supervisor Smith remarked that it is early in the process and Mr. Prichard’s comments will be looked forward to at future public hearings on any applications from Mr. Scott. Mr. Scott has made application and been informed by the Planning Department of a denial because of the need for a number of variances. Mr. Scott has a permit to store dirt for his St. James Square Phase II project which must be removed before a certificate of occupancy will be issued. The Supervisor will ask Mr. Scott to move the dirt mound earlier if this dirt will be taken elsewhere so we do not have any more leach into the wetlands.
Each resolution that follows was approved with a vote of three ayes with Councilman Horton and Councilwoman Kasper absent.
Resolution 2000-150, authorized replacement of an engine and miscellaneous parts as necessary to the 1991 International roll-off truck by Cummins Northeast, at a cost not to exceed $15,500.
Resolution 2000-151, appoints Brian Connor, Mark Roche, and Michael Bernardi as temporary seasonal laborers in the Water & Sewer Department at $7.00.
Resolution 2000-152, authorizes the purchase and installation of an oil-fired furnace from Cascraft, at a cost not to exceed $2,700.
Resolution 2000-153, authorizes the Supervisor to retain the services of C. T. Male to prepare drawings and specifications for the replacement of the secondary digester cover for the Water & Sewer Department at a total cost of $6,000, plus reimbursable expenses to be billed at cost, and authorizes the advertising of bids.
Resolution 2000-154, amends the Employee Manual to limit the insurance coverage to one policy per household when both husband and wife are eligible to receive insurance benefits.
Resolution 2000-155, authorizes the Supervisor to enter into an agreement with Choice One Communications to provide telephone service and internet service to the Town office building for two years and Choice One providing a $3,000 credit to the Town. Also, authorizes the purchase and installation of hardware necessary from LeChase Data/Telecom Services at a cost to the Town not to exceed $3,500.
Resolution 2000-156, authorizes the Supervisor to renew an agreement with National Employee Assistance Services for an Employee Assistant Program, at a cost of $22.92 per employee, not to exceed $3,500 per year.
Resolution 2000-157, authorizes the Supervisor to obtain insurance coverage through Schenectady Insuring Agency from Kemper Insurance Company for Property, General Liability, Crime, Excess Umbrella Liability and Public Officials Liability at a total cost of $129,126.
Comptroller Sebesta explained that the Town had examined and researched insurance agents five years ago. After examining proposals, our consultant advised using Schenectady Insuring who then advised changing General Liability carriers. Town governments need to find agents whose volume bring the best prices. Agents tend to specialize in companies that they feel are reputable. The Comptroller heard from the Supervisor that the Town would be looking at other agents next year. The SMART review looked at specific areas of Town finance but insurance was not one of these areas.
Resolution 2000-158, authorizes the purchase of film for the Recreation Department from Unique Photo, at a cost of $1,167.
Resolution 2000-159, authorizes the acceptance of an alternative plan for Cost Control Associates in the amount of $3,311 in satisfaction of the Town’s obligation for future fees due as a result of the telephone audit conducted under the contract of November 1996.
Resolution 2000-160, authorizes the Supervisor to renew an agreement with RMSCO, for Worker’s Compensation administrative services, at a cost of $6,400.
Resolution 2000-161, modifies the fee to purchase the zoning codebook to $25.
Resolution 2000-162, appoints Barbara Nottke as a permanent full time clerk in the Comptroller’s Office and Town Clerk’s Office, effective July 1, 2000, at a Grade 7, with benefits, at an annual salary of $20,682.
Resolution 2000-163, authorizes modification to an agreement with Talavs Erglis, to provide public works inspection services at a cost not to exceed $17,000 for 2000.
Resolution 2000-164, accepts title to Riverhill Boulevard in the River Hills subdivision.
Resolution 2000-165 approves an agreement with Fusco Reality, Ltd. to permit the construction and maintenance of a parking area over a portion of Town utility easements at 4001 and 4017 State Street
Resolution 2000-166, employs additional persons in the Recreation Department.
There being no further business to come before the Town Board, the meeting was adjourned by the Supervisor.
Helen Kopke, Town Clerk