AT A SPECIAL MEETING OF THE TOWN BOARD OF THE TOWN OF NISKAYUNA, CALLED AND HELD ON THE 16th DAY OF OCTOBER, 2001, AT THE TOWN OFFICE BUILDING, ONE NISKAYUNA CIRCLE, NISKAYUNA, NEW YORK, THE FOLLOWING MEMBERS WERE PRESENT:
PRESENT: PATRICIA A. DONNELLY COUNCILWOMAN
LIZ ORZEL KASPER COUNCILWOMAN
WILLIAM R. CHAPMAN COUNCILMAN
LUKE J. SMITH SUPERVISOR
ABSENT: SCOTT M. HORTON COUNCILMAN
Others present: Barbara Nottke, Deputy Town Clerk; Eric Dickson, Town Attorney; Paul Sebesta, Comptroller; Darryl Ostrander, Deputy Police Chief; Kathy Matern, Town Planner; Richard Pollock, Superintendent of Water & Sewer; and Kathleen Gansfuss, Director of Recreation.
A Proclamation was read by Councilman Kasper to honor Charlie Dana, leader of the Niskayuna Band for four seasons. Starting with a core group of 13 musicians he has built the band to 42 members of all ages.
The following resolutions were approved by a vote of four ayes (Councilman Horton was absent).
Resolution 2001-255 authorized the filing of the Preliminary Budget for 2002. Revisions have been made per discussions at the budget work session. Paul Sebesta explained that one of the significant changes was a fund balance that was misinterpreted and instead of having $125,000 we had $34,000 therefore they were unable to appropriate the $77,000 as intended. A rate increase went from 1-1/2% to 3% in Sewer District No. 1. We are also saving money in payments to the City of Schenectady from what was projected.
Each line item that changed from the Tentative Budget was reviewed.
The Preliminary Budget reflects a 2.1% tax increase versus the Tentative Budget proposed increase of 1.77% for the General and Highway Fund.
Resolution 2001-256, authorized the Supervisor to enter into a Memorandum of Understanding with the Town’s unions to provide that employees who have been activated and have exhausted their entitlement to paid military leave be entitled to an additional 30 calendar days or 22 workdays of Supplemental Military Leave at full pay, followed by Military Leave at reduced pay, together with continued family health insurance coverage for up to one year, and extends the special military benefits enumerated to any employee not covered by a collective bargaining agreement and authorizes payment to David Jewel for absences occasioned by his call to duty in New York City with the Albany Emergency Search and Rescue Squad.
Supervisor Smith stated that Governor Pataki had extended benefits through a Memorandum of Understanding with the state unions to allow individuals who by law are allowed up to 22 or 30 days military leave whereby they are paid their full salary plus military pay. The Governor extended this provision to 60 days then if they remain activated the State will make up the difference between their military pay and their regular salary. The Town has adopted this provision plus the health insurance provision for our four reservists who are in varied stages of activation. Patrolman Gary Brown is presently in New Zealand and will exhaust his leave time; Mr. Guest from Water & Sewer Department just returned from active duty and is also beyond the normal allowance relative to
reservist duty. Mr. Jewell is part of a search and rescue team from Albany County and he was called immediately to New York City on September 11.
After discussions and meetings regarding security of the Town, Supervisor Smith distributed a list to the Board of security precautions that the Town is undertaking. Precautions are being taken at the utility facilities and we will continue to update security measures as much as possible. The Supervisor wanted to assure residents that the Town is giving security its attention. The Chief of Police has met with Schenectady County and is receiving information from the FBI. Surveillance and patrols of various facilities has been increased.
There being no further business before the Town Board, the Supervisor adjourned the meeting.
Barbara Nottke, Deputy Town Clerk