AT A REGULAR MEETING OF THE TOWN BOARD OF THE TOWN OF NISKAYUNA DULY CALLED AND HELD ON THE 4TH DAY OF JUNE, 2002, AT THE TOWN OFFICE BUILDING, ONE NISKAYUNA CIRCLE, NISKAYUNA, NEW YORK, THE FOLLOWING MEMBES WERE PRESENT;
HONORABLE WILLIAM R. CHAPMAN COUNCILMAN
RICHARD A. HOLT COUNCILMAN
LIZ ORZEL KASPER COUNCILWOMAN
LUKE J. SMITH SUPERVISOR
ABSENT DIANE R. O’DONNELL COUNCILWOMAN
Others present: Helen Kopke, Town Clerk; Eric Dickson, Town Attorney; Richard Pollock, Superintendent of Sewer & Water; Frank Gavin, Superintendent of Highways.
A public hearing was held on an amendment to the Vehicle and Traffic Code for limited parking on Regent Street between Nott Street and Rankin Road.
Supervisor Smith remarked that the Town is looking at the potential of putting up no parking signs because too many students from the high school are parking during the day time causing potential safety problems. The Town has recently made 15 parking spaces available in the Town Hall lot and the school has sold an additional 15 passes for the school lot.
Amy Lalean, 2100 Rankin Road, spoke in favor of the signs. She was originally opposed because she felt this was a problem that will be passed to the next residents who do not have signs. Students do not notice small children, they are parking haphazardly, and her lawn is trashed. She was also asked to mention that the street is not wide enough for emergency vehicles. The school bus drivers have complained and the trash pickup company cannot pick up trash. Young children cannot stand in front of her house to wait for the bus. Recently the situation has become worse with more cars parked. Visibility is reduced because of the parked cars when entering the intersection of Regent and Rankin. Residents have heard complaints from the UPS
driver, garbage company, and school bus drivers.
Lisa Filkins, 2114 Rankin Road, concurred with the remarks of Ms. Lalean. Parking has gotten progressively worse as the school year goes on. In the last three weeks, since more spaces were supposed to become more available at the high school, the situation has gotten much worse. Eight cars were parked on Regent and both sides of Rankin were taken with parked cars. No Parking signs are not a great solution because it destroys the look of the neighborhood but she wants to look out for her three young children. Students turn around in her driveway and when she has spoken to them they do not pay attention to her requests. It is an unsafe situation.
Councilwoman Kasper remarked that the parents do not care that their children driving to school is causing parking problems. The parents are willing to pay for parking tickets.
Robin Kaczka, 1532 Regent Street (next to Rankin Road) concurs with the previous two speakers. Parking has gotten much worse in the last two months and is moving onto Regent Street towards Nott. When classes let out student’s speed out of the parking spaces. This is a safety issue. She supports the No Parking signs. The school district needs to address this issue quickly.
Supervisor Smith commented that the school is adding 110 parking places when they complete the new construction in September 2003. The school sells 160 permits at the beginning of the year. Councilman Chapman suggested that the high school sell more permits.
Sally Lester, Troy Road, suggested that there is a time limit that the signs are installed and taken down after the school completes its construction. Supervisor Smith commented that the Town could repeal the ordinance any time if they do not feel it is needed anymore. The high school is charging $20 for the remainder of the year for the spaces located at Town Hall.
TOWN CLERK BUSINESS
The minutes of the Regular Town Board meeting of May 7, 2002 was approved as presented with minor corrections on page 8.
PRIVILEGE OF THE FLOOR
Dr. Prichard, 1671 Van Antwerp Road complained about the intersection of Van Antwerp Road and Nott Street East. He has seen drivers not stop at the stop signs and there was one accident last month. From the R&D it looks like a straight road with two roads coming in and the sign for a four way stop is not very visible. He believes the cross section is a menace. The Superintendent of Highways said the shrubs could be trimmed. The County has to be notified about adding any new signs warning about stop ahead.
Lorene Zabin, 2455 Brookshire Drive, complained about a sofa that had been dumped on Brookshire Drive that as yet had not been picked up. She has called the Supervisor, the Town Highway Department and spoken to two councilpersons. She is astonished that this sofa cannot be disposed of. She stated that the department head in charge of the landfill seems to have a problem with accepting and she is distressed about this. Someone dumped the sofa and it is on a Town drainage area. It has been a total of six weeks since it was dumped and she asked that someone look into this. Frank Gavin was requested to pick up the sofa and the Town will bill the owner of the property.
Sally Lester, Troy Road, has spoken to the Building Department again about a large truck parked on Avon Crest Boulevard that is too big to be parked at a residence. She has also noticed that some residents have two boats on their property and she thinks the Town has been very lax about the amount of cars kept on properties. She would like to see more restrictions on boats and RV’s. Councilwoman Kasper noted that a resident on Cornelius had black topped the right-of-way and installed an electrical outlet for their RV.
The following resolutions were approved with a vote of four ayes (Councilwoman O’Donnell was absent).
Resolution 2002-169 authorizes the execution of an Outside Sewer User Agreement for Robert L. and Palema L. Lansing of 779 St. David’s Lane.
Resolution 2002-170, appoints Brian Passino to the position of temporary laborer at the Water & Sewer Maintenance Facility, not to exceed 180 days, at a salary of $13.75 per hour.
Resolution 2002-171 consents to the relocation of ActiveHost Corporation close to the Time Warner Telecom’s fiber optic SONET network in the Schenectady-Glenville Empire Zone.
Resolution 202-172 authorizes the Supervisor to retain Sterling Environmental Engineering to inspect and evaluate the existing condensation traps, inspect the landfill cover system and gas vents, and to evaluate the findings of the inspections to determine what interim venting and/or corrective measures are feasible and appropriate at a cost not to exceed $9,550.
Resolution 2002-173 authorizes the acceptance of a gift of starting blocks for use at the Community Center pool from the Niskayuna Community Foundation.
Prior to adjournment, the Supervisor requested an Executive Session to discuss an impending contract matter. Thereafter, having no further business to come before the Board, the Supervisor declared the meeting adjourned.
Helen Kopke, Town Clerk