AT A REGULAR MEETING OF THE TOWN BOARD OF THE TOWN OF NISKAYUNA DULY CALLED AND HELD ON THE 7TH OF OCTOBER, 2003, AT THE NISKAYUNA TOWN OFFICE BUILDING, ONE NISKAYUNA CIRCLE, NISKAYUNA, NEW YORK, THE FOLLOWING MEMBERS WERE PRESENT:
LIZ ORZAL KASPER, COUNCILWOMAN
WILLIAM R. CHAPMAN, COUNCILMAN
RICHARD A. HOLT, COUNCILMAN
DIANE P. O’DONNELL, COUNCILWOMAN
LUKE J. SMITH, SUPERVISOR
Others present: Helen Kopke, Town Clerk; Eric Dickson, Town Attorney; Mark Sollohub, Police Chief; Paul Sebesta, Comptroller; Richard Pollock, Superintendent of Water & Sewer; Frank Gavin, Superintendent of Highways.
A public hearing was held to receive comments on the Town’s proposed Agency Plan 2003 for the Section 8 Rental Assistance Program.
Joseph Mastrianni, Program Director, gave a brief overview of the program. The program started in 1985 and is voluntary. It is completely federally funded at $215,000 per year. The purpose of the program is to help subsidize rental incomes in private housing occupied by low-income elderly, disabled, and other low-income families.
They have a waiting list of 42 families, 17 of which are Niskayuna residents. At present they can help 46 families and the wait is a little over one year. They can rent up to 546 unit months (46 x 12). They run the Housing Choice Voucher Program (46 total slots), the Mainstream Program for the disabled (10 slots reserved), the Family Self Sufficiency Program, and the Homeownership Program. They have their first family who has closed on a home in Niskayuna. They have graduated 33 families who are no longer dependent on welfare or Section 8 subsidies, two of which are from Niskayuna.
The Town acts as a pass-through for these federal funds that are managed for the Town by Mr. Mastrianni. The program is open to not-for-profits, municipalities, or housing authorities. The Town serves as a housing agency so the funds flow to the Town as the applicant. Once the program is funded, HUD pays him a fee to run the program through the Town.
When no one from the public wished to be heard, the Supervisor closed the public hearing.
TOWN CLERK’S BUSINESS
The minutes of the Town Board meeting of September 23, 2003 were approved as presented.
PRIVILEGE OF THE FLOOR
Leslie Gold, 1919 Pawtucket Avenue, inquired about the status of a Generic Environment Impact Statement. She urged the Board that the findings include that the boundary lines be redrawn. She understands that one property owner asked that their land be taken out of the proposed OT zone. There will be a hearing before the Planning Board and Town Board before a zone change is considered. This will give residents an opportunity to be heard on the issue. Ms. Gold felt it would be helpful if the findings indicated that there are areas of concern remaining and the boundaries are one of the issues. Mr. Chapman stated that they had not had a debate about redrawing the lines. Ms. Gold stated that full build out is dependent upon improvements on
Balltown Road that are not yet in sight and this should be noted as well.
Supervisor Smith has had a meeting with NYS DOT regarding the bridge and intersection and that NYS is moving forward with planning. The bridge is in the Transportation Improvement Plan for construction in 2008. They indicated they would meet with Clifton Park, Glenville, and hold an informational meeting to gain input from residents. Construction is in the five-year plan and they appear to be moving forward.
The following resolutions were approved with a vote of five ayes unless otherwise noted.
Resolution 2003-204 authorizes the purchase of a 500-foot cable for the sewer inspection camera from TV Ferret, at a cost of $5,750.
Resolution 2003-205 calls for a public hearing October 21 at 7:05 p.m. for presentation of the Preliminary Budget of the Town for 2004.
Resolution 2003-206 calls for a public hearing October 21, at 7:05 p.m. for presentation of the Water, Sewer, Drainage, Lighting, and Park District Budgets for the Town for 2004.
Resolution 2003-207 authorizes the Supervisor to sign a settlement agreement and release with Niagara Mohawk accepting $166,230 in satisfaction of over-billing.
Resolution 2003-208 makes line item budgetary modifications.
Resolution 2003-209 authorizes the sale, through public auction, of used vehicles no longer needed by the Town.
Resolution 2003-210 authorizes the purchase of a telephone system for the Highway Department at a cost not to exceed $5,500.
Resolution 2003-211 employs additional persons in the Recreation Program.
Resolution 2003-212 appoints Robert Hafler, 1428 Baker Avenue, to the position of temporary seasonal laborer in the Parks Department, effective retroactive to September 23 at a salary of $8.00 per hour.
Resolution 2003-213 appoints Brian Plath, 209 Stanford Avenue, Schenectady and Gregory Vena, 2056 Baker Avenue to the full time position of Grounds Maintenance Worker, at a salary of $12.173 effective October 8, 2003.
Resolution 2003-214 calls for a public hearing October 21, 2003 at 8 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 Mohawk Trail between Orchard Park Drive and Northwood Court and on Orchard Park Drive between Nott Street East and Morrow Avenue.
Resolution 2003-215 approves a Special Use Permit for U. S. Fiberglass, 1301 Hillside Avenue, to allow the reuse of an existing 36,000 square foot building at Hillside Commerce Park for the manufacturing of one-piece fiberglass swimming pools.
It was clarified that the definition of storage would be pools waiting to be delivered that will be held on the property on flatbed trucks for one or two days .
Resolution 2003-216 adopts the Generic Environmental Impact Statement in connection with the application for approval of the project known as Niskayuna Technology Park, a 460+/- acre office and technology park to be located between Balltown Road and Aqueduct Road.
There being no further business to come before the Board, the Supervisor adjourned the meeting.
Helen Kopke, Town Clerk