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Town Board Minutes 04/09/2002

        HONORABLE:              LIZ ORZEL KASPER                        COUNCILWOMAN
                                WILLIAM R. CHAPMAN              COUNCILMAN
                                RICHARD A. HOLT                 COUNCILMAN
                                DIANE P. O’DONNELL              COUNCILWOMAN
                                LUKE J. SMITH                   SUPERVISOR

A Public Hearing was held on an application for Community Development Funds.  The maximum amount of this grant is $400,000.  The Town is looking at 88 properties, 15 lots are unimproved lots 73 lots have homes.  
The Community Block Grant is a Federal program sponsored by Housing & Development.  It is administered by the Governor’s office and in New York is called Small Cities Program for Rural Areas that pertains to cities and towns with a population under 50,000.  The object is to benefit low and moderate income homeowners dealing with housing needs, create and expand jobs and local public facility needs.  $55 million will be distributed by New York State in Block Grant funds.  40% will be for housing, 30% for economic development and 25% for public facilities.  The Town wishes a sewer extension on Stanford and Fillmore Street.  The grant will help to pay for 40-45% of the cost that would fall on the residents.  The grant could also be used for water distribution, waste water collection, flood control and storm drainage, sidewalks, open space, structures to serve special needs populations and senior services.
Two public hearings must be held and the first was on April 2.  The Town has worked with citizens to put together a proposal and petitions have been collected.  Residents met on April 4 where Richard Pollock presented the plan.  Information on finances has been shared, time frames, the process for forming a sewer district and New York State’s timeframe for the application process.  The application is due April 12, 2002 and a funding decision will be made in September 2002.  This is a competitive grant.  The number of residents in the proposed district is considered and how much the project will help them.  Criteria for the grant is based on program impact which includes if the grant will address a problem in a viable way.  A sewer extension has maximum viability.  They also consider the annual budget stream to support the life of the project.  They look at how much it will reduce the cost for homeowners and this grant will give a substantial reduction to homeowners.  General fund monies cannot be used to put in sewer extensions when the burden of the extension falls on homeowners themselves. This grant will help pay 40-45% of the homeowner cost.
Richard Pollock, Superintendent of Water & Sewer, gave an overview of the project from an engineering perspective.  He showed the project area and cross streets.  The proposal is to put in a gravity sewer line from Albany Street to an existing pump station. They will coordinate with the Highway Department to repave the road next year.  The total cost of the project is over $885,000.  With the grant homeowners with an 80’ lot will pay $672.00 yearly for 20 years.  With the grant, homeowners will pay $424.00 yearly for 20 years. In order to quality for the grant residents must meet income thresholds which the Town gathered from a survey. The town received an 85% response rate from the surveys.
Councilman Chapman stated that the Town has informed affected residents of the engineering plan and provided an individual cost to each homeowner over the 20-year period.  Councilman Chapman thanked Craig Cruskey for his assistance.
Councilman Chapman stated that the Town also looked at applying to the Environmental Facilities Corporation for low interest funding and he believes we would qualify.  Presently the loan rate is 2.1%.  Depending on the income level of residents this could be lowered to as low as 1% or 0%.  Small cities might consider doing a 30- year mortgage instead of a 20-year.  Paving will be scheduled for next year so the residents would not have to carry the cost of re-paving the road as part of the bonding cost.  It will become part of the highway improvement plan.   

Craig Cruskey, 350 Stanford Avenue, thanked Rich Pollock, Carol Bechta, and Councilman Chapman for their time and effort.  He felt there was very little opposition from residents.  The new families moving in are taxing the existing system.  

Leslie Gold, 1919 Pawtucket Avenue, felt that grant funds are useful because it lowers the cost to the residents and she hoped the grant succeeds.

There being no further members of the public who wished to be heard, the Supervisor closed the public hearing.

        The minutes of the Regular Meeting of March 19, 2002 were approved as presented.

        When no members of the public wished to be heard, the Supervisor closed Privilege of the Floor.

        The following resolutions were approved with a vote of five ayes, unless otherwise noted.
        Resolution 2002-112 calls for a public hearing April 23, 2002 t consider the appropriation of $500,000 from the Capital Reserve Fund for Sewer District No. 6 to finance the construction of a sludge dehydration facility at the Wastewater Treatment Plant of Sewer District No. 6

        Resolution 2002-113 authorizes the Supervisor to retain C. T. Male to design, prepare specifications and monitor the construction and installation of an emergency generator at the Fox Hill Drive pump station at a cost not to exceed $8,300.

        Resolution 2002-114 authorizes the purchase of 69 manhole riser rings at a cost not to exceed $4,830.

        Resolution 2002-115 authorizes the Supervisor to make application, submit project documentation, execute any requirement documents, and act for the Town Board in all matters related to receive assistance under the Small Cities Grant Program.

        Resolution 2002-116, authorizes Richard Pollock to attend the American Water Works Association Spring Meeting on April 23-24 in Buffalo at a cost of $140; authorizes Frank Gavin to attend the 2002 Highway School in Ithaca, at a cost of $80; and authorizes Lt. Lewis Moskowitz to attend “The New Faces of Terrorism” conference April 22026 in Cleveland Ohio the cost of which will be funded by MAGLOCLEN.

        Resolution 2002-117 modifies a contract with Bauer Appraisal Group in the amount of $600 for the completion of the appraisal of the new building at Schenectady International.

        Resolution 2002-118 authorizes the Supervisor to enter into an Intergovernmental Agreement with the United States Department of Energy for a 173 acre property known as the Knolls Atomic Power Laboratory setting forth rights and obligations of the Town, it’s collateral taxing authorities of the Niskayuna Central School District and Fire District No. 1 and Schenectady County; and the Department of Energy regarding current and future Payments in Lieu of Taxes.

        Resolution 2002-119 accepts bids for the furnishing of labor and materials relative to the paving of certain streets in the Town, and the furnishing of labor, materials and equipment to recycle existing pavement surfaces; furnishing of asphalt concrete paving materials and the furnishing of asphalt emulsion and liquid calcium.

        Resolution 2002-120 calls for a public hearing April 23 at 7:05 p.m. to consider adoption of a local law to be known as the sidewalk Installation, Maintenance and Repair Law.

        Resolution 2002-121 authorizes the Superintendent of Highways to participate in a public auction and authorizes him to expand an amount not to exceed $7,000.

        Resolution 2002-122 authorizes the Supervisor to retain C. T. Male to design, prepare specifications and monitor the construction and installation of a restroom facility at the Train Station Park at a cost not to exceed $9,750.

        Resolution 2002-123 calls for a public hearing April 23 at 7:10 p.m. to consider amendment of the Vehicle and Traffic Code to provide for a no parking area between the hours of 8 a.m. and 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. weekdays on Rankin Road between Clifton Park Road and Regent Street from Rankin Road to Lexington Parkway.

        Resolution 2002-124 authorizes the sale of 9 unclaimed impounded vehicles to L & S Auto Salvage for a total price of $450.

        Resolution 2002-125 appoints Gregory Lnenicka and Paul Sebesta to the Tree Council term to expire April 14, 2005.

        Resolution 2002-126 calls for a public hearing April 23 at 7:15 p.m. to consider adoption of a local law to extend the moratorium for an additional six-month period on any application for the establishment and location of adult entertainment businesses.

                                        Helen Kopke, Town Clerk

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