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Town Board Minutes 03/18/2003
AT A REGULAR MEETING OF THE TOWN BOARD OF THE TOWN OF NISKAYUNA DULY CALLED AND HELD ON THE 18TH DAY OF MARCH, 2003 AT THE NISKAYUNA TOWN OFFICE BUILDING, ONE NISKAYUNA CIRCLE, NISKAYUNA, NEW YORK, THE FOLLOWING MEMBERS WERE PRESENT;

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

ABSENT          LIZ ORZEL KASPER                        COUNCILWOMAN

Others present:  Helen Kopke, Town Clerk; Paul Briggs, Deputy Town Attorney; Darryl Ostrander, Deputy Police Chief; Richard Pollock, Superintendent of Water & Sewer;  Frank Gavin, Superintendent of Highways; Paul Sebesta, Comptroller; and Kathy Matern, Town Planner.

PROCLAMATION
        Councilman O’Donnell read a Proclamation in honor of the anniversary of the DARE program, a drug prevention program for 5th and 8th grade students.

METROPLEX PRESENTATION
        Mr. John Manning, Board of Directors, and Mr. Jamie Lahut, Executive Director of Metroplex, gave the Town Board an overview of the activities of Metroplex during the last year.

PRIVILEGE OF THE FLOOR
        Earl Slanker, 847 Hereford Way, updated the Town Board on the activities of the Route 7 Greenway Project.   The Greenway group represents a number of volunteers who are concerned about upkeep of the islands located at the intersection of Route 7, Rosendale Road, and Union Street in town.  They became littered and unsightly through the years, and this group has worked hard to clean up the area.

SPECIAL DISTRICTS
        Each of the following resolutions were approved with a vote of four ayes (Councilman Kasper was absent).        

Resolution 2003-72 authorizes the execution of an Outside Sewer User Agreement with Paul R. and Deborah L. Luskin, owners of 26 South Fagan Avenue.

GENERAL RESOLUTIONS
        Resolution 2003-73 appoints Bethany A. Vena to the full-time position of Clerk to the Town Justice on a provisional basis subject to Civil Service law at her existing grade and salary, effective immediately.

        Resolution 2003-74 authorizes Paul Sebesta to attend the New York State Government Finance Officers’ Association on March 19-21 in Albany at a cost of $270; Richard Pollock to attend the American Water Works Association Conference April 29-May 1, 2003 in Saratoga Springs at a cost of $200; and Timothy Nagell, Daniel Galli, and Alan Schwartz to att4end the American Water Works Association Operator Training session on April 30, 2003 in Saratoga, at a cost of $20 each.

        Resolution 2003-75 amends Chapter 197, Taxation, of the Code of the Town
and expands Senior Citizens Tax Exemptions.

        Resolution 2003-76 amends Chapter 197, Article VII, and expands Disabled Homeowner Tax Exemptions.      

        Resolution 2003-77 authorizes all Highway and Water & Sewer vehicles to be equipped with SAFEHAVEN decals to indicate that these vehicles will provide shelter and protection for a child or senior citizen on the street who is in trouble.

        Resolution 2003-78 authorizes the purchase of a 20-yard roll-off container from Bucks Fabricating, at a cost not to exceed $3,200.

Resolution 2003-79 appoints Robert Hill of Antonia Drive and Julian Suarez of 2282 Van Rensselaer Drive as part-time recycling attendants on an as-needed basis at a rate of compensation of $9.614.

        Resolution 2003-80 permanently appoints Ethan Polimeni to the position of Civilian Police Dispatcher, effective March 18, on a permanent basis, subject to the Civil Service probation period.

        Resolution 2003-81 calls for a public hearing April 1 at 7:10 p.m. to consider an amendment to Chapter 220 of the Code, Yard Regulations, to allow ramps to extend twenty feet into front yards and no more than one-half the distance into the required side or rear yards to provide accessibility to buildings by persons with physical disabilities.

        Resolution 2003-82 calls for a public hearing April 1 at 7:15 p.m. to consider amendment of the Zoning Ordinance to delete professional offices in the R-3 High Density Residential Zone and to rezone parcel 40.06-1-1 at 1675 Providence Road from R-3 to R-P Residential Professional.

        Resolution 2003-83 calls for two public hearings, April 1 at 7 p.m. and April 15, 2003 at 7 p.m. on an application for community development funds.

Resolution 2003-84 calls for a public hearing April 1 at 7:05 p.m. to consider enactment of a local law to increase the boundaries of the Schenectady/Glenville Empire Zone to include an additional 3.97 acres at Hillside Commerce Park located in the northwest corridor of Niskayuna between Aqueduct Road, Balltown Road, and Hillside Avenue.

        Resolution 2003-85 authorizes the Supervisor to enter into an agreement with the General Electric Company, providing for G. E.’s covenant not to contest the assessed valuation of G. E.’s Research Center property provided that the valuation of that property, as assessed by the Town Asseessor, does not exceed $85,000,000.

        There being no further business to come before the Town Board, the Supervisor made a motion to adjourn the meeting.

                                        Helen Kopke, Town Clerk                                 


 
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