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Town Board Minutes 12/21/2004
AT A REGULAR MEETING OF THE TOWN BOARD OF THE TOWN OF NISKAYUNA DULY CALLED AND HELD ON THE 21ST DAY OF DECEMBER, 2004, 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

        Others present:  Helen Kopke, Town Clerk; Eric Dickson, Town Attorney; Richard Pollock, Superintendent Water & Sewer; Paul Sebesta, Comptroller.

PUBLIC HEARING
        Public Hearing to amend the Vehicle and Traffic Code to add a stop sign on Hawthorn Road at the intersection of Lynnwood Drive.
        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 December 7, 2004 were approved with one change to add detail to the draft submitted.

PRIVILEGE OF THE FLOOR
        Patrick Smith, 31 Lori Drive, requested that the Town Board look into the approval of the Preliminary Sketch Plan submitted by the Paulson/Cerone and J & E Cerone developments to the Planning Board last night.  Contrary to requests from Supervisor Smith the sketch plan has the most direct connection possible between Lishakill Road and Route 7.  There had been discussion to plan for a less direct and “undesirable path” through the area.  Holding areas are planned for storm water runoff on property containing a small creek which winds up going through the back yards of the westerly side of Lori Drive and eventually hits Douglas Court and floods the back of these homes.  He believes it is imperative that someone look at the runoff scheme.  If we have another summer like we had in 2004 we will have standing water in the holding ponds they propose just off Lori Drive and just to the other side of the roadway from a bike and hike trail.  This will be a magnet for kids who will head for the ponds which he feels will be a dangerous gathering place for them.
        He requested that the Board give oversight with the development plans and address some of these issues.
        Supervisor Smith stated that any pond would be fenced.  These are retention ponds and the water would not stay there but would be held and run off more slowly.  Drainage will be reviewed by the Engineering Department.  

        Charene Tate, 78 Lori Drive, expressed her concerns regarding the cut through street connecting the J & E Cerone and Cerone/Paulson development with Lori Drive.  The sketch plan recommended by the Planning Board is a very straight route to Lori Drive.  It appears to be a more desirable route than the winding and curving Lishakill Road.  She understands the concerns about alleviating traffic off Route 7, but is concerned about increased traffic and decreased safety on their street.  
The new street will be a novelty and young and inexperienced drivers will use it to shorten their commutes and get away from the Route 7 traffic.  She asked the Board to review documents previously submitted and hoped that this was not a closed issue and that other alternatives would continue to be discussed.  

                                SPECIAL DISTRICTS
        The following resolutions were approved with a vote of five ayes unless otherwise indicated.

        Resolution 2004-331 orders that the Town Board approves the establishment of Drainage District No. 213 for the Antonia Park Subdivision.

        Resolution 2004-332 accepts bids for the purchase of certain chemicals used for Public Works for 2005.

        Resolution 2004-333 allows the construction of a fence over a portion of a Town easement located at 1301 Ruffner Road to Alan W. and Carol L. Holes.

        Resolution 2004-334 accepts a quick claim deed from Schenectady County for vacant lot parcels 72.065-1-9 at 660 Fillmore Avenue and parcel 70.07-1-10, at 656 Fillmore Avenue, dated October 22, 2004 within the Stanford-Fillmore Sewer Extension Project for the construction of a pump station.

GENERAL RESOLUTIONS
        Resolution 2004-335 calls for a public hearing on January 18, 2005 at 7 p.m. to consider adoption of Article VIIIA, Town Center Overlay District and Highway Commercial Standards.

        Resolution 2004-336 authorizes Kathleen Matern to attend the Roadway Issues in Urban Development seminar in Albany, on February 11, 2005 at a cost of $319.

        Resolution 2004-337 approves Local Law No. 22 of 2004 requiring prior written notice of defects on Town streets, bridges, culverts, sidewalks or crosswalks prior to action against the Town.

        Resolution 2004-338 authorizes the Town Comptroller to make transfers of funds in the 2004 budgets and modify the 2005 budget for Drainage Districts No. 7, 8, 10, and 12.

        Resolution 2004-339 authorizes bonding for the construction and reconstruction of various pavement areas of the Town Parks in the amount of $100,000.

        Resolution 2004-340 authorizes bonding for various equipment for the Highway Department in the amount of $310,000.

        Resolution 2004-341 authorizes bonding for financial management software for payroll accounting in the amount of $130,000,

        Resolution 2004-342 authorizes bonding for equipment for the Parks Department and various paving projects in the amount of $127,500.

        Resolution 2004-343 authorizes the Comptroller to transfer $885,000 from the General Fund to the Stanford/Fillmore Sewer Capital Fund for the construction of the Stanford/Fillmore sewer extension.  Transfer will be recorded as temporary to be repaid in March 2005 with interest with the proceeds of the EFC Clean Water State Revolving Fund Bond.  

        Resolution 2004-344 authorizes the Supervisor to enter into a lease agreement with the Environmental Clearing House of Schenectady for the leasing of space at the Niskayuna Community Center, 2682 Aqueduct road for a one year term for $200 per month.
        
        Resolution 2004-345 authorizes the Supervisor to execute a contract with the Animal Protective Foundation of Schenectady for the impounding and care of dogs for a one-year period through December 31, 2005.

        Resolution 2004-346 authorizes a change in co-pay plan in MVP and CDPHP medical insurance offered to employees from $15.00 per office visit to $20.00 per office visit and from $0 to $500 for hospital in-patient care, and further holds Town employees and retirees harmless from the increases in these programs.  

        Resolution 2004-347 authorizes the purchase and installation of a tax billing system for the Office of the Receiver of Taxes from Systems East, at a total cost of $4,495, along with a maintenance agreement at a cost of $495.

        Resolution 2004-348  accepts bids for the purchase of various materials to be used by the Highway Department.

        Resolution 2004-349 accepts bids for materials and equipment for the disposal and grinding of yard waste.

        Resolution 2004-350 employs additional persons in the Niskayuna Recreation Program.

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

        
                                        Helen Kopke, Town Clerk


 
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