AT A REGULAR MEETING OF THE TOWN BOARD OF THE TOWN OF NISKAYUNA DULY CALLED AND HELD ON THE 18TH DAY OF NOVEMBER, 2003, AT THE NISKAYUNA TOWN OFFICE BUILIDNG, ONE NISKAYUNA CIRCLE, NISKAYUNA, NEW YORK, THE FOLLOWING WERE IN ATTENDANCE:
LIZ ORZEL 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; Frank Gavin, Superintendent of Water & Sewer; Kathy Matern, Town Planner; Richard Pollock, Superintendent of Water & Sewer; John Lubrandt, Police Lieut; and Paul Sebesta, Comptroller.
A public hearing was held to consider amending the Code of the Town entitled Subdivision of Land to add street tree planting plans to preliminary plats and to show all trees on major subdivision plats.
Councilman Chapman outlined the amendment which would require that a developer supply the Town with a street tree planting plan as part of preliminary subdivision applications. Trees will be planted throughout the subdivision in compliance with the Town’s Tree Planting Guidelines. All trees will be from nursery stock and have a minimum caliper of 2-1/2”, and 5’ above grade. Trees should be planted parallel to the street within the right of way, be spaced evenly and avoid underground or overhead utilities. Species should be selected from the Town’s street tree list and are to be planted prior to the paving of the top course of the roads. The developer will replace any dead or diseased trees for two years after paving of the top course of the road.
This amendment comes from the Niskayuna Tree Council. The 2004 budget contains $9,000 allocated for replacement and new trees throughout the Town. Homeowners in new subdivisions desire trees and the Tree Council felt that developers should put in street trees to make their contribution to keeping Niskayuna a Tree City USA.
Lucy Comly, 1455 Dean Street, spoke as a member of the Tree Council and thanked the Planning Board, Planning Committee, Planning Office, and Town Board for the work they have put into considering this proposal. This proposal is already in place in many towns and it is customary for builders to plant street trees after they have cleared the land for their buildings. Street trees enhance the Town and enhances the value of property. She encouraged the Board to accept this amendment.
Paul Sebesta, 847 Pearse Road, spoke as a member of the Tree Council. He encouraged the Board to support this resolution because it will take off some of the strain from the Town budget. Developers will be putting in trees and this will benefit the Town in years to come.
There being no other members of the public who wished to speak, Supervisor Smith closed the Public Hearing.
TOWN CLERK’S BUSINESS
The minutes of the regular meetings of October 7, 21, and the Special Meeting of October 28 were approved as presented.
PRIVILEGE OF THE FLOOR
Leslie Gold, 1919 Pawtucket Avenue, inquired about a resolution for tonight’s meeting regarding a moratorium. She felt that land zoned R-2 should be excluded. She understood that it was supposed to coinside with the GEIS and she urged the Board to remove all residential and R-P from the proposed memoratorium. As it stands now it would include lands that have been purchased for residential development whose owner has asked that it be excluded from consideration for rezoning and she asked the Board to reconsider this.
Jeremy Mehta, 1465 Clifton Park Road, congratulated the Board members who were recently reelected and he hoped good things will come from this election. He would like to see more kickball games in Town.
Each of the following resolutions were approved with a vote of five ayes unless otherwise stated.
Resolution 2003-232 authorizes advertisement for bids for the purchase of chemicals for use by the Public Works Department for 2004.
Resolution 2003-233 authorizes advertisement for bids for the purchase of two pump station controllers for the Valerie Drive and Avon Crest North pump stations.
Resolution 2003-234 authorizes the execution of an Outside Water User Agreement with Henry C. and Janet N. Kingsland, owners of 458 Central Avenue.
Resolution 2003-235 adopts the Preliminary Budget of the Town for 2004.
Resolution 2003-236 adopts the Assessment Roll for 2004 Consolidatd Water District No. 1.
Resolution 2003-237 adopts the Assessment Roll for 2004 for Consolidated Sewer District No. 1.
Resolution 2003-238 adopts the Assessment Roll for 2004 for Sewer District No. 6.
Resolution 2003-239 adopts the Assessment Roll for 2004 for Drainage District No. 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17 and 18.
Resolution 2003-240 adopts the Assessment Roll for 2004 for Lighting District No. 1, 3, 4, 5,6, 7, 8 and 9.
Resolution 2003-241 adopts the Assessment Roll for 2004 for Park Districts No. 1, 2, 3, 9, 10, 11, 12, and 13
Resolution 2003-242 establishes the Niskayuna Joint Government/Educational Access Channel Advisory Committee and appoints Richard A. Holt, Lynn Lisy-Macan, and Paul Schonewolf as members.
Resolution 2003-243 authorizes advertising of bids for the construction of two pole barns at the Highway Department.
Resolution 2003-244 authorizes the purchase and installation of equipment for the main entrance doors of Town Hall to increase accessibility from W. J. Associates, at a total cost of $4,375 plus $421 for a panic device.
Resolution 2003-245 authorizes the repair of the roof of the Town Hall from Bradley Services, for a cost of $18,775 plus replacement of rotted or damaged roof deck and repair of the copper portion on the rotunda at $58 per hour.
Resolution 2003-246 authorizes the advertising for bids for a 800 MHz portable and mobile radios with an option of a GPS tracking system for the Highway Department.
Resolution 2003-247 authorizes the advertising for bids for the purchase of various materials to be used by the Town in its Public Works operation during 2004.
Resolution 2003-248 employs additional persons in the Recreation Program.
Resolution 2003-249 calls for a public hearing December 2, 2003 at 7 p.m. to consider adoption of a local law enacting a ninety day moratorium on any application for or development of property in the northwest section of Town pending the study of the proposed O-T (Office Technology) zoning district.
There being no further business to come before the Town Board, the Supervisor adjourned the meeting.
Helen F. Kopke, Town Clerk