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Town Board Minutes 3/16/2004
AT A REGULAR MEETING OF THE TOWN BOARD OF THE TOWN OF NISKAYUNA, DULY CALLED AND HELD ON THE 16TH DAY OF MARCH, 2004, AT THE NISKAYUNA TOWN OFFICE BULDING, ONE NISKAYUNA CIRCLE, NISKAYUNA, NEW YORK, THE FOLLOWING MEMBERS WERE PRESENT:

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

LIZ ORZEL KASPER, COUNCILWOMAN   - ABSENT


PUBLIC HEARING
        Public Hearing No. 1 – Application for Community Development Grant Funds
        Supervisor Smith stated that this hearing is specifically related to trying to obtain funds to assist people in doing lateral hookups to the sewer district that is being created in the Stanford-Filmore area.  The Town is requesting $216,000.  $186,000 will go into the actual lateral installations, $20,000 for program delivery, and $9,000 for administration. 51 out of the 74 homes in the Stanford-Filmore area are eligible for these funds. Eligible work is the hookup for the new system and de-commission of all septic tanks.  
        Councilman Chapman stated the Town has selected an engineering firm to design the project and the Town will be going to bid soon to build the project.  They are hopeful that the sewer will be in by fall and homeowners will have to tie in at that time.  The grant is due April 5 and the awards will be out within 60 days.  
        When no members of the public wished to speak, the Supervisor closed the public hearing.

        Public Hearing No. 2 – Establishment of Drainage District No. 19 for the Schwaber Subdivision.  
        Supervisor Smith stated that this is part of the subdivision that has established a water and sewer districts.  Residents will be responsible for the maintenance.
        When no members of the public wished to be heard, the Supervisor closed the public hearing.

        Public Hearing No. 3 – Amends the Code to modify the maximum income eligibility limits for persons with disabilities.
        Supervisor Smith noted that the amount of income allowing residents to receive an exemption is going up about 12% and the scale is raised about $2,500 in each category.  The County has already approved this and the School District will be going forward with it.  
        When no members of the public wished to be heard, the Supervisor closed the public hearing.

        Public Hearing No. 4 – Amends the Code to modify the maximum income eligibility limits for persons sixty-five years of age or over.
        Supervisor Smith noted that this is for senior citizens on limited income.  The income scale starts at $24,000 to a maximum $32,400 at which point they receive a 5% exemption.  The tax loss from this is minimal and is spread out among the other residents of the Town.
        When no members of the public wished to be heard, the Supervisor closed the public hearing.
        
        Public Hearing No. 5 – establishes Extension No. 153 to Consolidated Water District No. 1 for Hillside Commerce Park.
        Supervisor Smith stated he believes this is an extension of an outside water user that has been to Hillside Commerce Park and the Town is formalizing the extension.
        When no members of the public wished to be heard, the Supervisor closed the public hearing.

        Public Hearing No. 6 – establishes Extension No. 90 to Consolidated Sewer District No. 1 for Hillside Commerce Park.
        Hillside Commerce Park has never been included in the sewer district, but has been an outside user.  
        When no members of the public wished to be heard, the Supervisor closed the public hearing.

        Public Hearing No. 7 – Amends the Vehicle & Traffic Code for a Yield sign on Atateka Road at Vrooman Avenue.  
        When no members of the public wished to be heard, the Supervisor closed the public hearing.

TOWN CLERK’S BUSINESS
The minutes of the meeting of February 24, 2004 were approved with corrections.  

PRIVILEGE OF THE FLOOR
        Leslie Gold, 1919 Pawtucket Avenue, inquired about the spring newsletter.  

SPECIAL DISTRICTS
        The following resolutions were approved with a vote of four ayes (Councilwoman Kasper was absent) unless otherwise noted.
        Resolution 2004-92 takes action to authorize the purchase of a Gorman Rupp pump from Siewert Equipment Company at a cost not to exceed $4,200.

        Resolution 2004-93 takes action on the petition for the establishment of Drainage District No. 20 for Becker Street.  

GENERAL RESOLUTIONS
        Resolution 2004-94 calls for a public hearing March 30, 2004 at 7 p.m. to consider the application of Andrew Fusco, to allow the reuse of a daycare facility into a general business office at 3512 Rosendale Road.

        Resolution 2004-95 calls for a public hearing March 30 to consider adoption of a local law extending the moratorium for an additional ninety days on any applications for or development of property in the northwest section of Town pending the study of the proposed Office & Technology Zoning District (O-T).
        
        Resolution 2004-96 calls for a public hearing March 30, 2004 at 7:10 p.m. to amend Chapter 189, Article III, and entitled Required Improvements, to change the security required to be posted for the installation of improvements within a subdivision.

        Resolution 2004-97 authorizes the Supervisor to enter into a reciprocal agreement on Transfer of Leave Credits with the New York State Division of Military and Naval Affairs.

        Resolution 2004-98 takes action to authorize the Supervisor to enter into an agreement for maintenance services with Atlantic Detroit Diesel-Allison, for a full service and inspection maintenance agreement for the generator at the Niskayuna Town Office Building at a cost not to exceed $600.

        Resolution 2004-99 takes action to increase the allowance for travel expenses incurred traveling to New York City be limited to $150 or actual travel expenses, whichever is less.  Resolution approved with a vote of three ayes, Councilwoman O’Donnell voting no.

        Resolution 2004-100 renews a contract for drug and alcohol testing with Safe Systems Corporation, at a cost not to exceed $4,000 for the period March 1, 2004 to February 28, 2005 as outlined in an agreement dated March 1, 2004.

        Resolution 2004-101 appoints Parbattie Bumbach, 1 Breanna Drive, to the temporary position of Clerical Aide to assist with the daily office operations for a period April 12 through April 16 at a rate of $9.79 per hour, without benefits.

        Resolution 2004-102 authorizes Kelly Wetzel to attend the National Youth Court Conference 2004, May 17-18 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania at a cost not to exceed $1,000.

        Resolution 2004-103 authorizes the Supervisor to retain Dufresne-Henry Engineers and Landscape Architects to perform preliminary engineering reviews on certain projects and miscellaneous engineering work on an as-needed basis and under the direction of the Superintendent of Water, Sewer and Engineering, costs to be paid by the developer and/or owner of the project, when applicable, at the rates included in the fee schedule attached.

        Resolution 2004-104 appoints Peter Obman to the position of part-time recycling attendance, without benefits, at a salary of $9.902 per hour, not to exceed 20 hours per week, effective March 22, 2004.  Resolution approved with a vote of three ayes, with Councilman Chapman voting no.

        Resolution 2004-105 modifies the fees for the Recycling Center and Transfer Station Permit to $15 annually and, effective immediately for 20 gallon bags at $1.50 per bag; and 21-39 gallon bags at $2.75 per bag.

        Resolution 2004-106 authorizes the Supervisor to enter into a wireless service agreement with Cingular Wireless, with rate options at a cost of $305 per month for two years, through March 16, 2006.

        Resolution 2004-107 adopts a Sense of the Board resolution supporting the perpetuation of the Local Government Records Management Improvement Fund through the elimination of the sunset provision and supports continued administration by the New York State Archives Administration.

        Resolution 2004-108 authorizes the Supervisor to enter into a contract for the public display of fireworks with Empire State Fireworks to provide fireworks on Niska-Day at a cost not to exceed $5,500.

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


Helen Kopke, Town Clerk


 
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