AT A REGULAR MEETING OF THE TOWN BOARD OF THE TOWN OF NISKAYUNA DULY CALLED AND HELD ON THE 5THOF JUNE, 2001, 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; Charlie Goldstock, Zoning Enforcement Officer; Paul Sebesta, Comptroller; Richard Pollock, Superintendent of Water & Sewer; and Mark Sollohub, Chief of Police.
TOWN CLERK’S BUSINESS
The minutes of the Regular Meeting of May and 15, 2001 and Special Meeting of May 22 were unanimously approved by the Board.
PRIVILEGE OF THE FLOOR
Jan Ratner, Menlo Park Road, speaking for herself and neighbors, asked the Town to help with a problem of speeding in her neighborhood. Travelers use this street as an alternative route between River Road and Van Antwerp Road to avoid the G. E. circle. On this street, children play in driveways that are sloped and steep. If a tricycle or ball goes down towards the street, children go into the street trying to retrieve it. The traffic is heaviest between 7:30 and 8:30 a.m. and 4 to 6 p.m. Speeding is a definite problem and on occasion there has been racing up and down the street. They would like to discourage people from using this street as a cut-through by using speed bumps (which she does not think is an option) putting up speed limit signs or putting up children at play signs. She also suggested an occasional speed trap.
Jerry LaGoy, Aqueduct Road, expressed his concern about the Recreation Center and a function held Friday where a newly seeded area was destroyed. As a taxpayer he is concerned since this is the third time this area has had to be re-seeded. Someone driving on the lawn located between the parking lot and Nova Bus destroyed it. Also stones were thrown into the youth pool. Yelling and screaming started Friday at 10 p.m. Bumper to bumper traffic backed up on Aqueduct Road and feels it is not appropriate to ask the Police Department to direct traffic. He feels it is at a point where the Board should have written documentation of incidents and will submit these to the Board. Supervisor Smith said that the Town is looking into creating a second
entrance from the Banker and Ravine area and have a request in to Senator Farley. It is important that residents have an alternate method to enter and exit the Rec Center.
Mr. LaGroy described a washout in the catch basin 100’ up on the hill to the Recreation Center. The catch basin is filling up and is being unplugged by Town employees. The Lawrence Group installed a grate that drained into a ravine, which worked for years. The Town has tried to re-seed which gets washed out.
SPECIAL DISTRICTS RESOLUTIONS
Each of the following resolutions were approved with four ayes (Councilwoman Kasper was absent), unless otherwise noted.
Resolution 2001-150, authorizes the Supervisor to retain the services of Kevin McCarthy on an as-needed basis at $20 per hour to provide services as a IIA Water Plant Operator at the Water Filtration Plant.
Resolution 2001-151, authorizes cleaning of a sewer line on Route 7 from Severn Trent Pipeline Services at a cost not to exceed $2,960.
Resolution 2001-152, appoints M. J. Roche, as a temporary laborer in the Water & Sewer Department at $7 per hour.
Resolution 2001-153, authorizes the installation of a roof at the Wastewater Treatment Plant by Empire Roofing Corp at a cost not to exceed $1,498.
Resolution 2001-154, authorizes the sale of 11 unclaimed impounded vehicles to Ed Loya’s Auto Parts & Salvage for a total price of $2,201.
Resolution 2001-155, allows the construction of a driveway over a portion of a Town easement for Wiliam/Joann Bantz, 9 Oakline Court.
Resolution 2001-156, authorizes Mark Sollohub, Darryl Ostrander, Lewis Moskowitz, and John Lubrant to attend the New York State Law Enforcement Technology Conference June 26-28 in Saratoga Springs at a cost of $7.50 per day; for Mark Sollohub and Darryl Ostrander to attend the New York Association of Chiefs of Police Conference July 29-August 2 in Saratoga Springs at a cost of $150 per person, plus $130 per night lodging; and for Mark Sollohub, Lewis Moskowitz, John Lubrant and Thomas Constantine to attend the New York & Eastern Canada Chapter of the FBI National Academy Associates Training Conference July 15 to 18 in East Syracuse at a cost per person of $250 for registration, and $99 per night for lodging.
Resolution 2001-157, appoints Edward D. Teller, as a part-time Animal Control/Dog Warden at a salary of $13.59 per hour, without benefits, effective immediately.
Resolution 2001-158, calls for a public hearing on June 19 at 7 p.m. to renew a Special Use Permit for Victor Caponera, as agent for Kindercare Learning Centers to allow the construction of a 10,563 square foot day care facility.
Resolution 2001-159, employs additional persons in the Recreation Department.
Resolution 2001-160, authorizes the construction of a new basketball court at River Road Park by Callanan Industries at a cost not to exceed $2,000.
Resolution 2001-161, authorizes advertising for bids for the purchase of skateboard park equipment.
There being no further business to come before the Town Board, the Supervisor declared the meeting adjourned.
Helen Kopke, Town Clerk