AT A REGULAR MEETING OF THE TOWN BOARD OF THE TOWN OF NISKAYUNA DULY CALLED AND HELD ON THE 10TH DAY OF MAY, 2005, AT THE NISKAYUNA TOWN OFFICE BUILDING, ONE NISKAYUNA CIRCLE, NISKAYUNA, NEW YORK, THE FOLLOWING MEMBERS WERE PRESENT:
LIZ ORZEL KASPER
WILLIAM R. CHAPMAN, COUNCILMAN
RICHARD A. HOLT, CONCILMAN
DIANE P. O’DONNELL, COUNCILWOMAN
LUKE J. SMITH, SUPERVISOR
Others present: Helen Kopke, Town Clerk; Eric Dickson, Town Attorney; Kathy Matern, Town Planner; Richard Pollock, Superintendent of Water & Sewer; and Paul Sebesta, Comptroller.
TOWN CLERK’S BUSINESS
The minutes of the meeting of April 26, 2005 were approved as presented.
PRIVILEGE OF THE FLOOR
Jim Gibney, 1712 Providence Avenue, (corner of Hillside and Providence) understood that replacing the sewer on Providence will mean tearing up the bushes in front of his home and that the bushes will not be replaced by the County. He asked the Town Board to assist them in appealing to the County to get their bushes replaced.
Regarding the ditch along Providence which belongs to the County, he asked that the Town represent them to the County to fix the ditches. He gave the Board pictures of the water. The high spot of the ditch on Hillside Avenue, turns out to be the low spot of the ditch. The pipe that runs underneath Hillside Avenue and drains the water comes in and lies in that area. The pipe is lower than the drain pipe under his driveway. The ditch is clay and stone so the water sits there. He stated he was not aware of this easement issue when the bushes were planted or he would have planted them back further.
Supervisor Smith stated that the Town can bring this to the attention of the County to see if they can do something but he can’t authorize work to be done in a county right of ways. They can prevail upon the county to have them take care of their problems. Richard Pollock stated he can direct the excavator to dig up and place the bushes onto his lawn so he can try and save them. There are hundreds of easements in Town with fences, trees, and bushes and legally the Town cannot replace these.
He asked if a pavement repair due to a valve repair on Providence that has settled could be repaired again as cars and trucks driving over it make his house shake.
Leslie Gold, 1919 Pawtucket Avenue, inquired about easements on Balltown Road which are to the left of the entrance of the JCC.
The following resolutions were approved with a vote of five ayes unless otherwise noted.
Resolution 2005-117, authorizes advertising for bids for labor and equipment for the installation of an influent channel grinder at the Water Treatment Plant.
Resolution 2005-118 appoints temporary seasonal laborers in the Water & Sewer Department.
Resolution 2005-119 authorizes the repair to the Water District No. 3 pump station by Trojan hardware Company, for labor and materials necessary to replace two combination motor starters including enclosures and circuit breakers at a cost not to exceed $9,000.
Resolution 2005-120 authorizes the Supervisor to enter into an agreement for engineering services of C. T. Male Associates, to perform a topographic survey to evaluate and correct drainage on Town owned property east of the Town library on Nott Street East, at a total cost not to exceed $3,900.
Resolution 2005-121 takes action to accept a bid for the construction of 34 sanitary sewer laterals for Stanford/Fillmore Avenue Sewer Extension 89 to Consolidated Sewer District 1 for a total cost of 118,489.
Resolution 2005-122 authorizes the replacement of an existing sewer main on Providence Avenue from Paul Luskin Excavating, to furnish equipment, materials, and labor necessary to complete the replacement of approximately 200 feet of an existing sewer main on Providence Avenue at a cost not to exceed $20,000.
Resolution 2005-123 takes action to accept easements offered by the Jewish Community Center and B’nai B’rith Schenectady Housing Development Fund to provide for the maintenance of a water main line within the boundaries of 22 Knolls Road and 2565 Balltown Road.
Resolution 2005-124 authorizes the sale of unneeded vehicles from the Water & Sewer Department to be sold on consignment through Alex Lyon & Son or Schenectady County Auction.
Resolution 2005-125 adopts the Cost Allocation Plan for the Town to provide guidelines for the allocation of funds provided by community development.
Resolution 2005-126 adopts the Anti-Displacement Relocation Assistance Plan for the Town to establish guidelines for future activities funded by community development programs.
Resolution 2005-127 authorizes the Supervisor to enter into a Maintenance agreement with the City of Schenectady for the grounds maintenance of the City owned islands on Grand Boulevard, to terminate December 31, 2005.
Resolution 2005-128 calls for a public hearing May 24, 2005 at 7 p.m. to consider the appropriate of $124,000 from the Capital Reserve Fund for Sewer District No. 6 to be used to finance a portion of the construction of a sludge dehydration facility at the Wastewater Treatment Plant of Sewer District No. 6.
Resolution 2005-129 authorizes the purchase of a Symantec Gateway Security 5420 series full inspection firewall from Software House International at a total cost not to exceed $4,950.
Resolution 2005-130 authorizes the Supervisor to enter into a renewal agreement for insurance coverage from Claredon National Insurance Company through Cool Insuring Agency to provide the entire Town’s insurance coverage at a cost not to exceed $300,187.41 pursuant to their proposal of May 7, 2005.
Resolution 2005-131 authorizes the purchase of fourteen Dell Pentium IV personal computers from Dell Computer Corporation, at a total cost not to exceed $14,350.
Resolution 2005-132 appoints Donald Grabo, to the full time position of Grounds Worker in the Parks Department at a salary of $12.538 per hour, effective May 23, 2005.
Resolution 2005-133 appoints temporary seasonal laborers in the Parks Department.
Resolution 2005-134 employs additional persons in the Recreation Program.
There being no further business to come before the Board, Supervisor Smith adjourned the meeting.
Helen Kopke, Town Clerk