AT A REGULAR MEETING OF THE TOWN BOARD OF THE TOWN OF NISKAYUNA DULY CALLED AND HELD ON THE 19TH OF JULY, 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
LUKE J. SMITH, SUPERVISOR
LIZ ORZEL KASPER, COUNCILWOMAN, absent
DIANE P. O’DONNELL, COUNCILWOMAN, absent
Others present: Helen Kopke, Town Clerk; Eric Dickson, Town Attorney; Richard Pollock, Superintendent of Water & Sewer; Kathy Matern, Town Planner; Tony Gentile, Sr. Building Inspector; Paul Sebesta, Comptroller.
TOWN CLERK’S BUSINESS
The meetings of June 14 and June 28 were approved as corrected.
PRIVILEGE OF THE FLOOR
Mischief the Clown and Mr. Fuddy-Duddy announced that August 1 -7 is International Clown Week. They hope that all clowns are visible in the community to let everyone know the wonder and beauty of clowns. Their hope is to bring smiles to every face. She distributed clown noses to the Board.
Supervisor Smith read a Proclamation from the Town Board which expressed that laughter is an enjoyable way of relieving stress and clowns help us improve our health by promoting laughter which decreases anxiety and that it was fitting to set aside a week to honor clowns of America.
Craig Prusky, 350 Stanford Avenue, read a letter from Marlene Prusky that he asked be forwarded to Frank Gavin, Superintendent of Highways. They commended the Highway workers on the great job they were doing on constructing their new street. They are performing well beyond what is called for in their job description to try and get repairs done. The workers efforts have been noticed and appreciated. This has not been an easy task and they have been very good about trying to keep the road as safe as possible.
Arthur Newberry, 2072 Nott Street, requested help from the Town regarding a serious problem with flooding at the corner of Myron Street and Nott Street. His next door neighbor had 18” of water in her front yard and the street was flooded and he gave the Board some photos of the street. Councilman Chapman has contacted the County and they need help with this issue.
Christian Ranken, 2106 Nott Street showed Board members a video of the effects of a 15 minute downpour where the sewers are acting as guissers especially at Nott and Regent. The drains look like they may have not been cleaned out in 50 years. When sidewalks were constructed the County did not provide for any drainage on either side of the road. The water comes down from Myron Street crosses Nott and continues down Myron with no place to go.
Richard Pollock, Superintendent of Water & Sewer stated that a little over 2” of rain fell in less than an hour on July 1 and July 18 had 2.33” in 50 minutes which was more than the system could handle.
Don DeMarco, 2055 Nott Street, complained about the paving done on Nott Street by the County. The street is higher than the driveways on the left side which creates water problems every time it rains.
Councilman Chapman has met with a County Engineer and requested a catch basin be installed at Nott and Myron Street. He was told that the current catch basins have been cleaned out and functioning as well as they could. The system may not be big enough to handle a 50-year storm that occurs within one hour. He was told that the County Highway Committee will discuss the issue this week. It will also be referred to the Town’s Highway Committee.
The following resolutions were approved with a vote of three ayes (Councilwoman Kasper and O’Donnell were absent) unless otherwise noted.
Resolution 2005-178 calls for a public hearing August 16 at 7:05 p.m. to consider petition for Extension 159 to Consolidated Water District No. 1 for Niskayuna Meadows.
Resolution 2005- 179 calls for a public hearing August 16 at 7:10 p.m. to consider petition for Extension No. 115 to Sewer District No. 6 or Niskayuna Meadows.
Resolution 2005-180 calls for a public hearing August 16 at 7:15 p.m. to consider the petition for Drainage District No. 28 for Niskayuna Meadows.
Resolution 2005-181 amends the Zoning Map of the Town to include the southwest portion of Niskayuna in the L-C Land Conservation zoning district which is currently in the R-2 Medium Density zone.
Resolution 2005-182 calls for a public hearing August 16 at 7 p.m. to consider tentative zoning approval of a Planned Unit Development known as Marvin’s Place on Consaul Road.
Councilman Chapman stated that this property is on the south side of Consaul Road and surrounds Country Gardens. The Planning Board has recommended that the Town Board hold a Public Hearing for consideration of this zone change. The PUD will provide 47 townhouses with a minimum disturbance of topography and trees, and natural drainage. It will include a new Town road that will extend from Consaul Road to North Alandale and an extension to St. David’s Lane. New utilities will be installed and existing water and storm drain facilities will be upgraded. The PUD is 105 acres and will provide 66% open space where 30% is required.
The major issue associated with this PUD is the adequacy of the existing transportation network to service the development. Consaul Road is a substandard County road with regional growth contributing to its use. A traffic study has been submitted for review. It is anticipated that the townhouses will attract residents who will not use Consaul Road during rush hour in the same proportion as working family members.
The Conservative Advisory Committee has considered the project, issued a negative declaration and Councilman Chapman outlined their comments. The traffic study has been submitted to the County. Supervisor Smith wondered who in the County would be reviewing the project as Mr. Ryan appeared to be doing them recently. One option for the wetland areas is to have trails within these wetlands owned by the homeowner. Another option is that the Town could take over the trail system as part of our parkland and it would be available for public use. These ideas will be considered by the Recreation Committee.
Councilman Holt stated that the CAC reflected concern about the road system and the County needs to hear that various sources have are some concerns.
Supervisor Smith is interested in hearing from the public and he is genuinely concerned about the County’s position. Of late, they have taken a keen interest in their substandard roads. They were supposed to do something with Consaul Road six or seven years ago and they have withdrawn their plan. He hopes we hear from the County long before the developer moves ahead with engineering studies in case they decide that it isn’t feasible. He also hopes that if they determine that the road is substandard that they come up with a plan to fix their roads.
Resolution 2005-183 appoints Lorene Zabin, 2455 Brookshire Drive, as an alternate member to the Zoning Board of Appeals to expire December 31, 2005.
Resolution 2005-184 calls for a public hearing September 6 at 7 p.m. to receive comments from the public on the Town’s proposed Agency Plan for Section 8 Rental Assistance.
Resolution 2005-185 authorizes Sandy Busino to attend the MUNIS Conference on August 31 at a cost of $200.
Resolution 2005-186 appoints Scott Kalm, 1381 Myron Street, to the position of Senior Building Inspector on a provisional basis, at a Grade 18 on the Supervisory Graded Salary Schedule at a compensation of $59,179 per year, effective July 29, 2005.
Resolution 2005-187 employs additional persons in the Recreation Program.
There being no further business to come before the Town Board, the Supervisor adjourned the meeting.
Helen F. Kopke, Town Clerk