AT A REGULAR MEETIN OF THE TOWN BOARD OF THE TOWN OF NISKAYUNA DULY CALLED AND HELD ON OCTOBER 3, 2000, AT THE NISKAYUNA TOWN OFFICE BUILDING, ONE NISKAYUNA CIRCLE, NISKAYUNA, NEW YORK, AT 7 P.M. THE FOLLOWING MEMBERS WERE PRESENT:
HONORABLE SCOTT M. HORTON COUNCILMAN
PATRICIA A. DONNELLY COUNCILWOMAN
WILLIAM R. CHAPMAN COUNCILMAN
LUKE J. SMITH SUPERVISOR
ABSENT: LIZ ORZEL KASPER COUNCILWOMAN
Others present:: Helen Kopke, Town Clerk; Eric Dickson, Town Attorney; Frank Gavin, Superintendent of Highways; Darryl Ostrander, Deputy Police Chief; Paul Sebesta, Comptroller; and Richard Pollock, Superintendent Water & Sewer.
Amends the Subdivision of Land Code of the Town to include drainage accommodations for flows for a 25-year storm rather than a 10-year storm. Richard Pollock explained current regulations and ramifications of this proposed change to the regulations. Designing for a 25 year storm is a common standard for sizing systems.
Councilman Chapman remarked that it is a longstanding provision that already exists in our Code that our Planning Committee needs to be aware that developers look at where they connect into the Town’s drainage system, and also the impact downstream. If a plan is insufficient, the Town Board should be notified and the project not be approved. The Code already states that discharge cannot be greater than the levels from a five-year storm.
Leslie Gold, 1919 Pawtucket Avenue, said it was not that unusual for a plan to be presented that would withstand the 25-year storm. A complicating factor is what individual homeowners do after they acquire property, such as pools. These can impact drainage systems. Supervisor Smith acknowledged residents do change topography without regard for neighbors which can cause problems. This should be taken care of in the building permit process.
TOWN CLERK’S BUSINESS
Upon motion of Supervisor Smith, which was seconded by Councilman Chapman, the minutes of the meeting of September 5 and September 20 were approved as presented.
PRIVILEGE OF THE FLOOR
Steve Rosestein, 1420 Rosehill Boulevard, stated that he would be presenting a petition to the Town requesting three-way Stop signs at the corner of Rosehill Boulevard and Gloria Lane, Rosehill and Rowe, and Angelina Drive and St. Anne. Rosehill is a fully developed neighborhood and it has become the main cut-through to reach Windsor Drive to and from Route 7. Traffic on Rosehill is quite heavy. The major of the area is an exceptionally blind curve and the scene of frequent traffic accidents. Something needs to be done about the speed because of the downhill and blind curve. Stop signs on Fox Hollow will only serve to increase the traffic on Rosehill and Angelina.
Andrea Golub, 2525 Angelina Drive (on the corner of St. Anne’s), brought the Board up-to-date. She described a dangerous situation with a car and a school bus, which necessitated changing her daughter’s bus stop. A second incident occurred where an unidentified car, coming from Angelina, drove over her lawn containing her child’s new bus stop.
Andrea Baldamore, 1420 Rosehill Boulevard, stated that the traffic on Rosehill Boulevard increased when it opened up to Angelina, when Nott Street East opened up, and when the high school opened up their back entrance. She had been told by prior administrations that relief would be coming. She has waited thirteen years. She did not want the Board to forget Rosehill and that they have asked for Stop signs in the past. They have not gotten them and have been told to wait that their turn was coming. They are still waiting for Windsor to go through to River Road. She asked the Board to consider that Rosehill is important and needs to be dealt with.
Supervisor Smith recognized that Rosehill has significant traffic and did not believe a traffic count is necessary. The Town should have its public hearing, listen and decide on its action. The intent of the roads is to defuse the traffic through Town. Obviously there is an increase in Rosehill, Fox Hollow, and Windsor.
Leslie Gold, 1919 Pawtucket Avenue, in answer to her inquiry, Supervisor Smith reported that he met with the Economic Advisory Committee of the Town where it was requested that a representative of DOT be asked to speak to the group to discuss the plans for the Balltown Road expansion. He will announce when this meeting will take place.
Ms. Gold suggested a joint campaign with other municipalities to slow down traffic to help re-educate speeders. Niskayuna has a zero tolerance policy against speeders, and newsletter articles have been published.
The following resolutions were approved with a vote of four ayes (Councilwomen Kasper was absent), unless otherwise noted.
Resolution 2000-230, authorizes the execution of an Outside User Agreement for Niskayuna Reformed Church, 3041 Troy Road
Resolution 2000-231, calls for a Special Meeting of the Town Board on October 10, 2000.
Resolution 2000-232, approves the execution of a public employment contract with the Police Benevolent Association for 2000 to 2002. The contract calls for increases of 3% per year and an additional step was added, which will be phased in over three years. It was found that our department was falling behind other departments and the step is an attempt to bring the salaries into line.
Resolution 2000-233, authorizes Richard Harris, Town Planner, and William Hendricks, Chairman of the Planning Board to attend the 2000 New York Planning Federation Conference in Ellenville October 16 through 18.
Resolution 2000-234, authorizes the purchase and installation of computer hardware to upgrade the telephone system at a cost of $3,185 and $2,250.
Resolution 2000-235, calls for a public hearing on October 17 at 7 p.m. to consider amendment of the Vehicle & Traffic Code for Stop intersections at Angelina Drive at St. Ann Drive; on Rosehill Boulevard at Gloria Lane; on Rosehill Boulevard at Rowe Road; on Heritage Road at Heather Lane, and to remove a Stop sign on Heather Lane at Heritage Road.
Resolution 2000-236, adopts Local Law 6 which amends miscellaneous aspects of the Zoning Code.
Resolution 2000-237, adopts Local Law 7 which includes more detail on a map submitted to Schenectady Metroplex Authority Service District.
Resolution 2000-238, employs additional persons in the Recreation Department.