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Town Board Minutes 03/04/2003
AT A REGULAR MEETING OF THE TOWN BOARD OF THE TOWN OF NISKAYUNA DULY CALLED AND HELD ON THE 4th DAY OF MARCH, 2003 AT THE NISKAYUNA TOWN OFFICE BUILDING, ONE NISKAYUNA CIRCLE, NISKAYUNA, NEW YORK, THE FOLLOWING MEMBERS WERE PRESENT;

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

        Others present:  Helen Kopke, Town Clerk; Eric Dickson, Town Attorney; Darryl Ostrander, Deputy Police Chief; Frank Gavin, Superintendent of Highways; Paul Sebesta, Comptroller.

PUBLIC HEARINGS
Public Hearing No. 1 – considers increasing the maximum income eligibility limits to certain persons sixty-five years of age or over.
When no members of the public wished to be heard, the Supervisor closed the public hearing.

Public Hearing No. 2 – considers increasing the maximum eligibility limits to certain qualifying persons with disabilities.
When no members of the public wished to be heard, the Supervisor closed the public hearing.

TOWN CLERK’S BUSINESS
        The minutes of the Regular Town Board meeting of February 4, 2003 were approved as presented.

PRIVILEGE OF THE FLOOR
        Henry & Annette Bumbach, Sommerset Street, told the Board he had just moved to Niskayuna from Uniondale, Long Island where they had been active in their village government.  He is a retired Parks and Recreation worker.     

SPECIAL DISTRICTS
        The following resolutions were approved with a vote of five ayes.

        Resolution 2003-62 authorized Andrew Thomas, a Water/Sewer Maintenance Worker, to attend the NUCA Excavation Safety & Competent Person Training Program on March 6 in Malta, at a cost of $125.

        Resolution 2003-63 authorizes a repair to the submersible pump and motor in Well 7 at the Niskayuna Water Filtration Plant by Layne Christensen Company at a cost not to exceed $4,100 and authorizes the purchase of a 30 hp Franklin motor at a cost of $2,040 with installation of the motor by Lane Christensen.

Resolution 2003-64 rescinds a portion of Resolution 2003-49 of February 4, 2003 authorizing the purchase of a ½ ton pickup trick with plow equipment, and authorizes the purchase of a 2003 Chevrolet S-10 regular cab, short box, 4x2 compact pickup trick from Hoselton Chevrolet, at a cost not to exceed $11,600 pursuant to state contract.

GENERAL RESOLUTIONS
        Resolution 2003-65 authorizes the issuance of refunding bonds not to exceed $2,250,000 for refinancing Town Hall.
        Supervisor Smith commented that the Town Hall was originally financed in 1994.  Refinancing will save the Town approximately $100,000-$120,000 over the final 10 years of the bond.  The total cost will be $2,250,000 including closing costs and penalty fees.  The interest rate will be determined on the day of the sale.  Presently, the rate is just below 3%.  Our financial advisors have recommended that the Town not wait to refinance because the Town can save over $100,000 even accounting for penalty payments.  Savings for the first fiscal year (starting in August) is about $12,000.  Savings for year two are estimated to be $13,300.  

        Resolution 2003-66 authorizes the Supervisor to retain the services of Tectonic Engineering Consultants to perform preliminary engineering reviews on certain projects on an as-needed basis.

        Resolution 2003-67 authorizes the Supervisor to enter into an agreement with Virtual Town Hall to provide information a Virtual Town Hall that will enhance access to current information for Town residents at a cost of $400 for a one-time set up fee and $775 per quarter.
        Supervisor Smith described this service and the potential for security issues within the Town such as alerting residents about water main breaks, and other security issues etc.  The system will allow residents who subscribe to receive e-mails of news residents need to know such as families who need to know up-to-date information recreation programs.  Department heads will have the ability to post information for their departments and will be responsible for updating information.    

        Resolution 2003-68 urges the Legislature of the State of New York to increase fees to Towns for fees collected by the Town Clerk to issue Conservation Licenses such as hunting and fishing.

        Resolution 2003-69 accepts bids for a 2003 FINN T-60T Integral Trailer hydroseeder at a total cost of $16,110 from Merritt Seed Company; a 2003 New Strip New Ride 2000 riding field marker at a cost of $10,808 from S. V. Moffett Company; and a 2000 Kobelco SK150LC Mark IV hydraulic excavator at a cost of $42,469.69 from Robert H. Finke & Sons.

        Resolution 2003-70 accepts bids for furnishing of labor and materials relative to the paving of certain streets in the Town.

        Resolution 2003-71 employs Brian Derochie as a Recreational Attendant in the Recreation Department.

                                                        Helen Kopke, Town Clerk    


 
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