AT A REGULAR MEETING OF THE TOWN BOARD OF THE TOWN OF NISKAYUNA DULY CALLED AND HELD ON THE 14TH DAY OF JUNE, 2005 AT THE NISKAYUNA TOWN OFFICE BUILDING, 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
Others present: Barbara Nottke, Deputy Town Clerk; Eric Dickson, Town Attorney; Kathy Matern, Town Planner; Lew Moskowitz, Chief of Police; Paul Sebesta, Comptroller.
Public Hearing to discuss a Special Use Permit for 1335 Balltown Road (Niskayuna Day Care Center).
Mark Defiillipo, 1154 Palmer Avenue, stated that the building has been a day care center for ten years and they have had previous approvals to use the building as a day care. The prior business has closed and they would now like to rent the space to the Niskayuna Day Care as well as the Our World Montessori Program. The new special permits requests accommodating 30 more children than previously. They have been granted a waiver of green space to keep their playground in its current location and he asked the Town’s permission to move forward with their plans.
The original numbers allowed a maximum of 120 students and 20 employees. With the new programs they are asking for 150 students to allow the business to capitalize on the space available. New York State Day Care regulations require 35SF per child. 60 students are bused into the facility which helps alleviate parking issues. Buses will drop off children and not have to enter the parking area. They have set aside a cross walk and have asked the tenants to walk around the parking lot so children do not have to walk across the parking lot. They will have a total of 39 parking spaces the number of employees will remain the same. Day care centers are regulated by the Department of Social Services and the building was originally renovated to meet the
code for a day care center.
A peak hour traffic study has been done by ABD Engineers who took into consideration the percentage of children who may be absent daily.
Councilwoman O’Donnell stated that day care traffic is usually sporadic with parents dropping off and picking up at various times. She recalled her personal experience with the Niskayuna Day Care Center, her belief that both programs are excellent and that it is very difficult to find good day care. She fully supports both businesses being in the area. She has never seen a day care situation where teachers stay employed for many years which is a credit to the program.
Linda Trantini, 36 Bradt Road, Rexford, stated that at their current site, children have to cross the parking lot to access the play ground. The Office of Children & Family Services and the State are aware of this.
Niskayuna Day Care Center’s current enrollment is 70 students. They would like to increase enrollment by about 10% to help meet their financial obligations. This includes 2/3rds who are in the after-school program who are bused in and nursery school students. The other tenant has different hours which will avoid conflicts between drop off and pick up. She is a Board member, and also has one child currently enrolled and will have a second enrolled in July. She feels there is a lack of available day care in Niskayuna and asked the Board’s consideration for the special use permit.
Jennifer Haggarty, 731 Hampton Avenue, Schenectady, owner, director, and teacher at Montessori stated she plans to enroll 50 children in her program next year. They have no plans to expand beyond that. They wanted the Special Use Permit to include the requirements of the State in case they ever wanted to expand. Her program is mainly half day for 3 hours between 9:15 am and 12:10 pm. They have 15 children who will be staying past 12:10 pm who will leave at 1:15 pm and no more than nine stay until 3:15 pm. They expect these numbers to go up a little bit. They are getting their day care license so they can have the children more than 3 hours but they run according to school hours.
Setlur Arant, Orchard Park Drive spoke highly of the Montessori school and he supports the special use permit.
Stephen Schmidt, 1202 Godfrey Lane, felt that availability of private schools in Niskayuna would help make the community an even more desirable Town. People may move to Town because of the Montessori School and the program helps children be stronger and better students at the elementary level. He supports the approval of the special use permit.
Sherry Richards, 1365 Van Antwerp Road, is President of the Niskayuna Day Care Center and also has one child enrolled. She feels the program is excellent. There is a possibility of the day care closing because their current location has released them from their lease because they need the space. This is the only site in Niskayuna available at this time and there is limited day care within Niskayuna.
Marge Mascalla, 1220 Van Antwerp Road, has worked at Niskayuna Day Care for 21 years and stated it is a pleasure to work there. It is a good center, teachers like it and it’s a quality program.
When no other members of the public wished to be heard, the Supervisor closed the public hearing.
TOWN CLERK’S MINUTES
The minutes of the Town Board meetings held May 10, and 24, 2005 were approved as presented.
PRIVILEGE OF THE FLOOR
When no members of the public wished to be heard, the Supervisor closed privilege of the floor.
The following resolutions were approved with a vote of four ayes unless noted otherwise (Councilwoman Kasper was absent).
Resolution 2005-145 authorizes the use of $124,000 in Capital Reserve Funds on behalf of Sewer District No. 6 said money to be used to finance the construction of a dehydration facility at the site of the Wastewater Treatment Plant. Also authorizes the transfer of $124,000 from the Repair Reserve Fund to the Capital Reserve Fund for the construction of the Dehydration Facility.
Resolution 2005-146 reimburses mileage to Kevin McCarthy, for each mile traveled to and from the Water Filtration Plant based on the per diem allowance schedule.
Resolution 2005-147 authorizes the Supervisor to enter into a lease agreement with Cellco Partnership d/b/a Verizon Wireless, to permit the installation of an antenna on the water tower of Consolidated Water District No. 1 for an annual fee of $21,600 and further states that receipts from the lease shall be paid to the Supervisor and credited to Consolidated Water District No. 1 and expended for any purpose which would properly be charged against the entire district.
Resolution 2005-148 calls for a public hearing on June 28, 2005 at 7:05 p.m. to consider Extension No. 155 to Consolidated Water District No. 1, located in the Bella Estates subdivision on Ferris Road.
Resolution 2005-149 calls for a public hearing June 28, 2005 at 7:10 p.m. to consider Extension 111 to Sewer District No. 6 in Bella Estates Subdivision, on Ferris Road.
Resolution 2005-150 calls for a public hearing June 28, 2005 at 7:15 p.m. to consider Extension 156 to Consolidated Water District No. 1 in the Flower Hill subdivision.
Resolution 2005-151 calls for a public hearing June 28, 2005 at 7:20 p.m. to consider Extension 112 to Sewer District No. 6 in the Flower Hill subdivision.
Resolution 2005-152 calls for a public hearing June 28, 2005 at 7:25 p.m. to consider Drainage District No. 25 for the Flower Hill subdivision.
Resolution 2005-153 calls for a public hearing June 28, 2005 at 7 p.m. to consider the change of zoning classification for 36.63 acres of New York State designated wetlands from R-2 Medium Density Residential to LC: Land Conservation.
Resolution 2005-154 grants a Special Use Permit for 1335 Balltown Road, with conditions, to Mark DeFillippo, 1154 Palmer Avenue, to allow the use of a portion of the building as a day care center.
Resolution 2005-155 takes action to authorize Jared Wells to attend the Parks & Trails Conference, June 17-18, 2005 in New Paltz, at a cost of $130.
Resolution 2005-156 appoints Jennifer Liuzzzi, 1065 Phoenix Avenue, Schenectady, to the position of Real Property Clerk in the Assessor’s Office on a permanent basis, at her existing grade and salary, effective immediately.
Resolution 2005-157 reappoints Peter Tobiessen, 2452 Rosendale Road, Paul Sebesta, 847 Pearse Road, and Gregory Lnenicka to the Town Tree Council terms of office to expire April 14, 2008.
Resolution 2005-158 authorizes the Supervisor to enter into a renewal agreement with Troy & Banks Incorporated, to audit the Town’s utility and telecommunications accounts, at a fee of 33% of all refunds received by or credited to the Town.
Resolution 2005-159 authorizes a one-year extension to the agreement with Advantage Energy, Buffalo, New York, for the purchase of electricity.
Resolution 2005-160 authorizes a one-year extension to the agreement with Select New York, Albany, for the purchase of natural gas.
Resolution 2005-161 employs additional persons in the Recreation Program for summer programs.
Resolution 2005-162 takes action to modify the rate of compensation for Mark A. Kiembella, to the position of Recreation Specialist at a rate of $12.50 per hour, not to exceed 20 hours effective May 15, 2005.
There being no further business to come before the Town Board, Supervisor Smith adjourned the meeting.
Barbara Nottke, Deputy Town Clerk