AT A REGULAR MEETING OF THE TOWN BOARD OF THE TOWN OF NISKAYUNA DULY CALLED AND HELD ON THE 9TH OF SEPTEMBER, 2003, AT THE NISKAYUNA TOWN OFFICE BUILDING, ONE NISKAYUNA CIRCLE, NISKAYUNA, NEW YORK, THE FOLLOWING MEMBERS WERE PRESENT:
LIZ ORZEL KASPER, COUNCILWOMAN
WILLIAM R. CHAPMAN, COUNCILMAN
RICHARD A. HOLT, COUNCILMAN
DIANE P. O’DONNELL, COUNCILWOMAN
LUKE J. SMITH, SUPERVISOR
TOWN CLERK’S BUSINESS
The minutes of the meeting of August 19 were approved as presented.
PRIVILEGE OF THE FLOOR
Ray Donnelly, 2532 Hilltop Avenue, updated the Board on his experience since the last meeting August 19 regarding drainage problem. After a mild rainstorm the golf course began to flood again along the 14th fairway. Councilman Holt arrived and inspected the problem. He also called Mr. Montgomery at the golf course who felt that the problem was coming from the Ruffner Road area and the way the drainage is set up. Mr. Donnelly felt this was highly unlikely the way he sees the water coming out of the woods on the far side of the fairway. Mr. Montgomery expressed willingness to meet with the Town to discuss this matter.
Town employees also “scoped” the storm sewer along the side of his home. The staff did a wonderful job (and should be commended) and the drainage system turned out to be clear without obstruction. Mr. Donnelly is willing to work with anyone so he does not end up with water in his basement again. He gave the Board a copy of a letter to the Town dated 1999 that outlined when the problem began. Since that time the golf course has been some modified but he does not know if it has helped anyone.
Supervisor Smith stated that the Superintendent of Water & Sewer, Rich Pollock, has been in touch with the Mohawk Club and the Town is expecting a report. We have old records of what has been done and Frank Gavin, Superintendent of Highways, has done a major clean up of the stream further on Rowe Road.
A meeting was held today on 7 or 8 drainage issues around town and Frank Gavin and Rich Pollock will be meeting with the Mohawk Club. A determination still needs to be made as to what work has been done and the effect. This analysis is proceeding and hopefully the Town will come up with some conclusions. Mr. Donnelly would like to attend future meetings to get this problem resolved before he sells. Residents who signed the petition will be apprised of the results at a future meeting.
Don McFadden, 1388 Rowe Road, helped originate the petition regarding inadequate storm sewer drainage on the end of Rowe Road and Denise Drive. The creek near his end of Rowe Road has not as yet been cleaned up. The bigger issue is the storm sewers and what the Town is going to do about them. He would like to be invited to participate in a meeting of concerned residents.
Supervisor Smith stated that the Town found brush and lawn cuttings in the creek placed there by residents. Mr. McFadden confirmed that a neighbor liked to put leaf cuttings, branches, and grass clippings in the creek. Town officials have agreed to speak to this resident.
Sally Lester, Troy Road, received confirmation that two police officers will be added to the force this year financed by a grant. This brings the force up to a total of 33 police personnel.
Leslie Gold, 1919 Pawtucket Avenue, expressed her concern that a stray cat from Rotterdam was recently found to have rabies and her neighbor’s cats are continually in her yard. She does not know if these cats are vaccinated and she thinks the Town should consider an ordinance to require that cats be licensed and vaccinated.
When no other members of the public wished to he heard, Supervisor Smith closed Privilege of the Floor.
The following resolutions were approved with a vote of five ayes unless other wise noted.
Resolution 2003-192 establishes Extension 150 to Consolidated Water District No. 1 for Cedar Hills Subdivision, at a cost of $77,979.75.
Resolution 2003-193 establishes Extension 105 to Sewer District No. 6 for Cedar Hills Subdivision, at a cost of $51,150.88.
Resolution 2003-194 appoints Marion Rutherford, 1106 North Country Club Drive, to the position of part time clerk in the Tax Office on a probationary basis at a rate of compensation of $9.16 per hour, without benefits.
Resolution 2003-195 authorizes Thomas Cannizzo to attend the Tenth Annual Capital District Building Officials Educational Conference on October 20-22 in Albany, at a cost of $245; and to attend the New York State Building Officials Conference on September 25 in Lake Placid at a cost of $30.
Resolution 2003-196 employs additional persons for the Town Recreation Program at a salary listed next to their name.
Resolution 2003-197 authorizes the purchase of apparel for 704 youth and adult soccer t-shirts from JCB Specialties, Albany, at a total cost of $2,040.
Resolution 2003-198 calls for a public hearing September 23, 2003 at 7 p.m. to consider an application for a special use permit for 1301 Hillside Avenue to allow the reuse of an existing 36,000 SF building for the manufacturing of one-piece fiberglass swimming pools.
At this time the Town Board voted to into Executive Session to discuss a contractual matter.
There being no further business to come before the Town Board, the Supervisor adjourned the meeting of the Town Board.
Helen Kopke, Town Clerk