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Town Board Minutes 4/26/2005
AT A REGULAR MEETING OF THE TOWN BOARD OF THE TOWN OF NISKAYUNA DULY CALLED AND HELD ON THE 26TH DAY OF APRIL, 2005, 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; Kathy Matern, Town Planner; Richard Pollock, Superintendent of Water & Sewer; John Lubrant, Police Lieut.; and Paul Sebesta, Comptroller.

PUBLIC HEARING
        Pubic Hearing No. 1 – Proposed Anti-Displacement Relocation Assistance Plan
        Kathy Matern, Town Planned, explained that this is a requirement under our Community Block Grant.  This puts a plan in place in case there are citizens that get displaced because of a community project.  
When no members of the public wished to be heard, Supervisor Smith closed this public hearing.
        
        Public Hearing No. 2 – Proposed Cost Allocation Plan
        Kathy Matern said this is the same type of requirement under the Small Cities Block Grant where the Town must have a plan in place that shows policies for spending funds we receive from the government for grants we have now and future grants received.
        When no members of the public wished to be heard, Supervisor Smith closed this public hearing.

        Public Hearing No. 3 – Leasing of space for communication antenna on the water tower of Consolidated Water District No. 1 (Cellco Partnership dba Verizon Wireless)
        This hearing deals with leasing space on the water tower off Balltown Road to cell phone companies.  The lease is about $21,000 per year.  

        Lorene Zabin, 2455 Brookshire Drive made an inquiry about a cell tower behind WRGB.   She hopes our water tower will not look like the WRGB tower which is very visible.    

TOWN CLERK’S BUSINESS
        Minutes of the meetings of March 22, and April 5, 2005 were approved by the Board.

PRIVILEGE OF THE FLOOR
        Lil Stacey, Niskayuna Drive, expressed her concern about the proposed dog park.  She lives near Park District No. 2 which is surrounded by young families with dogs.  The dogs run lose and residents do not pick up after their dogs.  Owners bring in plastic bags but leave them.  She asked if dogs should be allowed to run lose.  
        Supervisor Smith stated that there is some ambiguity in the Code regarding the definition of “on a leash” or having dogs “under the control” of their owners.  The Board has talked about stricter enforcement and clarifying the language in the Code.  The Town will have to address residents leaving plastic bags behind for someone else to pick up.  Ms. Stacey was advised to call the dog warden when she sees dogs running lose in the park since the Code is enforced in private and public parks.

        Lorene Zabin, 2455 Brookshire Drive, thinks the dog park is a good idea except the Board’s approval of a fence is premature.  She doesn’t know what the rules are, and she has not read about the details of the park.  She thinks it will be more of a problem than a pleasure.  Will it be guarded, is it just for residents and are there time limits.  She thinks there should be fees collected and dog owners should be responsible for taking out what they bring in.  She wondered how this would be monitored.  She would like to try out the concept before buying a fence.
        Councilwoman Kasper stated that the Town had a committee that originated from interested residents who proposed their ideas for the park.  They looked at many locations and felt that the landfill was the best choice.  The Town will set up an association similar to baseball, soccer, and girl’s softball made up of people that want to run it and govern themselves.  Fees will be charged (fee not determined yet) and dogs must have tags.  Residents who use the park will monitor and patrol themselves.  There could be a “bring in take out” policy or, because of its central location, trash may be handled by the Town just as our other parks are maintained. At this time it is unknown how many residents will use the dog park at its chosen location.
        Regarding Lori Drive, Ms. Zabin has found it distressing that a neighborhood in Niskayuna would want to be isolated such as the Lori Drive residents feel.  She also noted that most of our subdivisions are built off county roads which are usually two lane roads.  Lori Drive was never a cul-de-sac, and she noted that Heather will also open onto Lori Drive someday as there is a stub street now.  Eventually someone will want to build there also.  Many of the subdivisions have been added onto which enable residents to get from one neighborhood to another we won’t have this ability by blocking off roads.  She hopes the problems of Lori Drive can be solved because they are part of the Town should not be isolated. If we can have better access to other neighborhoods because of it this is the way she thinks Niskayuna should be.  She got the feeling from publicity from the county that they didn’t know what subdivisions are all about.  She thinks Niskayuna has done a wonderful job of opening up neighborhoods and giving us access to people that live in other sections.  She hopes that the Town and Planning Board stay firm.  

        Sally Lester, 2451 Troy Road, inquired about the traffic counter the Town wishes to purchase.  

        Anton Ashkin, 105 Hillcrest Village B4, thinks the Town should have kids monitor the dog park and clean up waste.  He knows kids who need a job.  He also inquired about the legality to burn in Town.  Lieut. Lubrant started that overall public safety would be the obvious priority and the Town has allows no permits to burn.

        Jennifer Duchinek  15 Sumner Place, is a New Vision student who is studying the ADA.  She wonders if there were any major issues with ADA and compliance in the Town’s buildings or the Town in general.
        Supervisor Smith responded that when the Town Hall was built there were issues that were left out such as wheelchair accessible to the front door which has since been corrected.  The Town is currently looking into adding additional steps for handicapped accessibility into the pool and the town is getting a grant to purchase these.  The Town Board room is also set up for the hearing impaired.
        Councilman Chapman added that the Town has done a survey of businesses in Town to make sure they had the proper number of parking spaces and we have asked the Police Department to monitor these spaces. We have changed our Town Code to charge people more severe fines that use these spots without a permit.  Our Code also includes 5’ sidewalks   for ADA compliance.  
        When no other members of the public wished to be heard, Supervisor Smith closed Privilege of the Floor.
SPECIAL DISTRICTS
        The following resolutions were approved with a vote of five ayes unless otherwise noted.
        Resolution 2005-103 takes action to authorize the execution of an Outside Sewer User Agreement with Robert S. Moore, owner of 3454 Consaul Road.

GENERAL RESOLUTIONS
        Resolution 2005-104 takes action to issue a negative declaration in conjunction with the construction of Extension 89 to Consolidated Sewer District No. 1.

        Resolution 2005-105 amends the Code Chapter 55, Alarm Systems, and Emergency.

        Resolution 2005-106 makes budgetary modifications to close the accounts of the Town as of December 31, 2004.

        Resolution 2005-107 appoints Shana Malkis, 719 Bobby Court, to the temporary position of Clerical Aide on an as-needed basis, at $10.00 per hour, without benefits, effective immediately to terminate September 30, 2005.

        Resolution 2005-108 authorizes the purchase of grass seed and fertilizer from Merritt Seed Company and Turf Links, Inc. to be used in the Highway and parks operations during the 2005 construction season.
        
        Resolution 2005-109, authorizes printing of booklets for summer recreation programs by Vincy’s Printing at a cost not to exceed $2,700.

        Resolution 2005-110, authorizes the purchase of apparel for the Recreation Department from JCB Specialties, at a total cost not to exceed $700.

        Resolution 2005-111, appoints Brian R. Wnuk to the full time position of Grounds Worker in the Parks Department at a salary of $12.538 per hour, effective May 9.

        Resolution 2005-112, appoints Robert M. Hunt, to the full time position of Grounds Worker in the Parks Department at a salary of $12.538 per hour, effective May 2.

        Resolution 2005-113, accepts a bid for materials, equipment, and labor for the installation of fencing for a proposed dog park from Afsco Fence Supply Company, at a cost not to exceed $15,320.

        Resolution 2005-114, authorizes Chief Lewis Moskowitz to attend the Police Executive Symposium conference June 27-29 in Blue Mountain Lake, at a cost of $375.

        Resolution 2005-115, authorizes the purchase of Traffic Automatic Counting Equipment (ACE) with accessories from International Road Dynamics for a total cost not to exceed $834.

        Resolution 2005-116 authorizes the purchase of semi-automatic pistols from Armchar Wholesaler at a cost of $13,184.92, less trade-in value of current duty weapons of $8,619.60 for a total cost not to exceed $4,565.32.

        At this time Supervisor Smith called for an executive session to discuss a contract item.
        With no further business to come before the Town Board, Supervisor Smith adjourned the meeting.

                                Helen F. Kopke, Town Clerk


 
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