AT A SPECIAL MEETING OF THE TOWN BOARD OF THE TOWN OF NISKAYUNA DULY CALLED AND HELD ON THE 30TH DAY OF OCTOBER, 2001, AT THE NISKAYUNA OFFICE BUILDING, ONE NISKAYUNA CIRCLE, NISKAYUNA, NEW YORK AT 7 P.M. THE FOLLOWING MEMBERS WERE PRESENT:
HONORABLE PATRICIA A. DONNELLY COUNCILWOMAN
WILLIAM R. CHAPMAN COUNCILMAN
LUKE J. SMITH SUPERVISOR
ABSENT: SCOTT M. HORTON COUNCILWOMAN
LIZ ORZEL KASPER CONCILWOMAN
Others present: Barbara Nottke, Deputy Town Clerk; Eric Dickson, Town Attorney; Kathy Matern, Town Planner; Richard Pollock, Superintendent of Water & Sewer; Darryl Ostrander, Deputy Police Chief; Paul Sebesta, Comptroller, and Frank Gavin, Superintendent of Highways.
PRIVILEGE OF THE FLOOR
When no members of the public wished to heard, the Supervisor closed Privilege of the Floor.
A resolution was offered by Councilman Chapman, which was seconded by Supervisor Smith, regarding the acceptance of streets in conjunction with the Glen Eddy project.
Supervisor Smith reported that the Police Department had reviewed an intersection in question. They report this intersection can be accepted but there should be some cutting back of brush. The site lines are acceptable. They have talked to Schenectady County who is willing to assist with cutting vegetation at this intersection. In the Supervisor’s opinion, the hill and curve coming up to Taurus Road has less of a site line.
Councilwoman Donnelly objected to this road and could not cast a positive vote. She travels in this area often and feels even cars travelling at 35 mph would create a hazard.
Councilman Chapman has also reviewed this road and felt the site lines are adequate. He suggested that residents use the entrance further down on Consaul Road. The County has not objected to the plan and has dropped a project to straighten Consaul Road. The Planning Board has also considered this matter and recommended approval.
Supervisor Smith felt if the Police and County government believe this is a safe road he believes it is OK. Attorney Dickson said if the road is not accepted tonight, it will not affect the Certificate of Occupancy for Glen Eddy. It is not required, and they have access on other roads.
Councilman Donnelly requested that the vote be postponed until the full Board was in attendance. Frank Gavin, Superintendent of Highways stated that 90% of the traffic will be turning right at this exit and suggested a no left turn sign be posted.
Supervisor Smith suggested that a representative from the County appear before the Board to explain why it was not worth the money to spend on this intersection. These plans were approved by a full Board in 1995 and the whole plan was approved based on the the County’s actions. The County should do what they promised to do.
The developer spent the money to build the road and the County now says it is safe. Eric Dickson added that there was an Environmental Impact Study done mainly because of the issue of traffic. It was the only time (in anyone’s recollection) that the Conservation Advisory Council’s recommendation was overruled by the Town Board. The Town Board required the Environmental Impact Statement with public hearings. They were also concerned about all the different traffic access points.
At this time the Supervisor decided to table the resolution. A representative from the County will be invited to the next Board meeting to discuss the issue.
There being no further business to come before the Town Board, the Supervisor declared the meeting adjourned.
Barbara Nottke, Deputy Town Clerk