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Town Board Minutes 2/3/2004
AT A REGULAR MEETING OF THE TOWN BOARD OF THE TOWN OF NISKAYUNA DULY CALLED AND HELD ON THE 3rd DAY OF FEBRUARY, 2004, AT THE NISKAYUNA TOWN OFFICE BUILDING, ONE NISKAYUNA CIRCLE, NISKAYUNA, NEW YORK, THE FOLLOWING MEMBERS WERE PRESENT:

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

PUBLIC HEARINGS

Public Hearing No. 1 – amends the Vehicle & Traffic Code to add a Stop sign on Becker Street at North Amherst Avenue for traffic proceeding east and west on Becker Street.  
When no members of the public wished to be heard, the Supervisor closed this public hearing.

Public Hearing No. 2 – requests a Special Use Permit for 1215 Troy Road (Eckert Drug Store.
Chris Smith, a civil engineer from C. T. Male described the special use permit.  The property is zoned C-N Commercial.  The Town lines of Colonie and Niskayuna bisect the site.   They received a variance for parking from the ZBA in December that shifted the parking 5’ to the west.  A representative from Eckert Drug showed a prototype drawing and they propose an all-brick structure.  They require a site plan approval and a zoning verification.  Formal concept plan submittal will follow and they are on Colonie’s agenda in three weeks.  The Town border cuts through the building with a cash register located in both Niskayuna and Colonie.  One register is located at the prescription drug counter.  The drive-through is located in Niskayuna. It will not be a 24-hour store and will be open 9 to 9 Monday through Saturday and 9 to 6 on Sunday.  An existing house in the northwest corner will be relocated to the other side of the driveway.   
The interior of the building is 12,738 SF, exterior is 13,604 SF.  The average peak hour traffic for a 12,000 SF building is 40-45 cars per hour and for a 13,824 SF building would be 70-73 cars per hour.  There will not be any impact on morning traffic since it is not open until 9 a.m.  It will be a right in and right out only.  Customers proceeding east would turn onto Rosendale Road at the light and enter from Rosendale Road.  Groceries are less than 5% of the store.  Air handlers will be located on the roof hidden by sight and sound by architectural detail.   There is a sidewalk all around the building and a portion of the intersection already contains a sidewalk.  Shrubs will be planted along the front and side of the building.  
Kathy Matern reported that the Planning Board of Niskayuna and Colonie would be working on the project at the same time.  Colonie has no environmental issues and has no problem with the Niskayuna Town Board being the lead agency.  
When no members of the public wished to be heard, the Supervisor closed the Public Hearing.

Public No. 3 requests a Moratorium on the development of property in the northwest section of Town to exclude application of proposed subdivision Hillside Commerce Park).
Supervisor Smith noted that the Town had passed a Moratorium in December that include Hillside Commerce Park in anticipation of some work that was being done on rezoning the area.  The Town was concerned that a project could be proposed that the Town was not interested in having.  A variable has arisen relating to the Boiler Manufacturing Project that is well under way.  The developer has an issue with construction financing and the bank has an issue that they cannot get final subdivision approval because they cannot put the road in in the middle of winter.  
The solution is to have a subdivision that would allow them to access their property through the existing road from Nova Bus.  To do this they need the subdivision and also a variance from Town Law because they would not be fronting on a Town road.  This would amend the Moratorium to exclude Hillside Commerce Park from having an application for this subdivision so we can insure that this project can move forward and that the 50-100 jobs will occur.  We are told that the soon-to-be-owner of the building has pending orders and the Town does not wish to delay this.  It was never the intent of the Board to stop any projects that had already been before the Board, but only to avoid new applications that may not be wanted in the northwest corner.
When no members of the public wished to be heard, the Supervisor closed the public hearing.

Public Hearing No. 4 – requests expenditure of Capital Reserve Funds for communication systems and equipment (radio/GPS).
Supervisor Smith announced that the Town has moved forward on the purchase of a GPS system that will be installed in vehicles in the Police, Water & Sewer, bus, and Highway Department vehicles.  Funds are requested to be appropriated from the Capital Reserve Fund for the Police Department.  There is currently about $78,000 in this reserve fund, $22,000 of this would pay for the Police Department share of the GPS.  
When no members of the public wished to be heard, the Supervisor closed the public hearing.

PRIVILEGE OF THE FLOOR
        When no members of the public wished to be heard, the Supervisor closed Privilege of the Floor.

SPECIAL DISTRICTS
        Each of the following resolutions was approved with a vote of five ayes unless otherwise noted.
Resolution 2004-57 files a petition requesting the establishment of Drainage District No. 20 on Becker Street.  

Resolution 2004-58 authorizes re-advertising for bids for pump station controllers for the Water, Sewer & Engineering Department.

Resolution 2004-59 authorizes the purchase of a new Caterpillar backhoe loader from Southworth-Milton, at a cost not to exceed $58,000.

Resolution 2004-60 calls for a public hearing February 24, 2004 at 7:05 p.m. regarding an application for community development funds.  

Resolution 2004-61 approves a Special Use Permit for 1748 Union Street to allow for a mixed-use (commercial/residential) building with conditions.

Resolution 2004-62 approves a Special User Permit for 1759 Union Street to allow for a mixed-use (commercial/residential) building with considerations.

Resolution 2004-63 enacts Local Law No. 4 imposing a Moratorium through March 14, 2004 and excludes Hillside Commerce Park from the moratorium.

Resolution 2004-64 authorizes the use of Reserve Funds for the purchase of eleven radio/GPS units for use by the Highway, Police, Bus, and Water & Sewer Department at a cost of $22,000.

Resolution 2004-65 accepts the low bid from William Clark Municipal Equipment for one new 2004 Trackless MT5 municipal parks tractor equipped with a truck loading chute and a 51” wide snow blower and V-plow for the price of $64,898.

Resolution 2004-66 amends the Vehicle & Traffic Code of the Town to add a stop sign on North Ravine Road for traffic proceeding west at the intersection of Banker Avenue.

Resolution 2004-67 authorizes the sale of 10 unclaimed impounded vehicles to Ed Loya’s Auto Parts, for a total price of $400.

There being no further business to come before the Town Board, the Supervisor adjourned the meeting.



                                        Helen Kopke, Town Clerk



 
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