AT A REGULAR MEETING OF THE TOWN BOARD OF THE TOWN OF NISKAYUNA DULY CALLED AND HELD ON THE 6TH DAY OF SEPTEMBER, 2005, AT THE NISKAYUNA TOWN OFFICE BUILDING, ONE NISKAYUNA CIRCLE, NISKAYUNA, NEW YORK, THE FOLLOWING MEMBERS WERE PRESENT;
WILLIAM R. CHAPMAN, COUNCILMAN
LIZ ORZEL KASPER, COUNCILWOMAN
DIANE P. O’DONNELL, COUNCILWOMAN
LUKE J. SMITH, SUPERVISOR
RICHARD A .HOLT, COUNCILMAN, absent
Others present: Helen Kopke, Town Clerk; Eric Dickson, Town Attorney; Paul Sebesta, Comptroller; Frank Gavin, Superintendent of Highways; Richard Pollock, Superintendent of Water & Sewer; Lew Moskowitz, Chief of Police.
Public Hearing No. 1 – to receive comments on the Town’s proposed Agency Plan 2005 for the Section 8 Rental Assistance Program.
Joseph Mastrianni, Director, announced that there had been little change in the way the plan has been administered since 1985. He distributed a statistical evaluation showing that the Federal Government provides about $198,000 per year to support the program. The Town provides no financial support. This is a housing choice voucher program and the agency inspects prospective housing for appropriate tenants. A portion of rent is paid, up to a certain level, and the tenant pays 30-40% of their adjusted income towards the rent. Tenants are recertified every nine months. They can help 46 families; 10 of which are reserved for the disabled which are always filled. 15 of the families are in the “Family Self Sufficiency Program” which is primarily
for single mothers to help them get off Section 8 through various programs.
They currently have a waiting list for Niskayuna residents of 38 families, 11 of which are disabled or elderly and the waiting list takes about 2 years long. 59% of their clients have either an elderly or disabled person in the family. They have conducted 100 inspections over the last twelve months with 59 passing and 27 failing (which are usually minor issues that are fixed by the owner). The average number of years in the program is about 5-1/2 years. They have five families with escrow accounts (33%) who are now earning deposits to their escrow account that they can use to help them fix their car or eventually get into home ownership. They currently have two families they believe will be in a position to purchase their own homes within the next twelve months.
The agency’s 2005 budget is $15,826 per month to pay for rental subsidies. The beginning of the year saw some deficits so the number of rental units was reduced to help bring the deficits down.
When no members of the public wished to be heard, Supervisor Smith closed the public hearing.
Public Hearing No. 2 – considers amendment of the Vehicle & Traffic Code to add a stop sign on Lynnwood Drive at Fox Hollow. This stop sign was requested by residents in the area. Police & Public Safety Committee has reviewed this request and recommended the addition of this stop sign.
Peter Atwell, 1270 Fox Hollow Road, requested this stop sign and thanked the Supervisor and Chief of Police for moving this request along. Many residents individually and in groups walk, bike, skateboard and roller skate in this area . He believes a stop sign will make this a safer intersection.
Elaine Fowler, 2181 Lynwood Drive, is in total agreement with Mr. Atwell. Safety is a major concern. This intersection is a major bus stop with 3 or 4 buses stopping to pick up all ages of children. This has long been needed and should be approved.
Supervisor Smith stated that it is not normal practice to vote on a subject of a public hearing on the same night as the hearing. This resolution has been tentatively placed on the agenda tonight pending comment from the public. If there was significant controversy he would table it. He assumes they will offer the resolution after they complete the public hearings.
When no other members of the public wished to be heard, the Supervisor closed the public hearing.
Public Hearing No. 3 –considers amendment of Code Chapter 81 entitled Dogs and other Animals to provide regulation in connection with the use of the Niskayuna Dog Park.
Supervisor Smith stated that the Town has created a dog park and we need to incorporate the rules and regulations into the Code for enforcement purposes.
Ron Scharf, Troy Road veterinarian, addressed a question that come up about the advisability of having yearly distemper vaccination requirement. There was a question as to whether the distemper shot was to be required as a booster every year. Dr. Scharf stated that after many years of recommending an annual distemper these vaccinations last appear to be effective for 48 months. It is Dr. Scharf’s opinion that dogs are getting too many vaccinations and he is keeping up on the research about this.
When no other members of the public wished to be heard, Supervisor Smith closed the public hearing.
TOWN CLERK’S BUSINESS
The minutes of the meeting of August 16, 2005 were approved.
PRIVILEGE OF THE FLOOR
Sally Lester, Troy Road, was informed that within the next month there was a plan to fill the vacancy in the Police Lieutenant’s position. There are only two people on the list (which means there is no mandatory list). Interviews are being held, and a recommendation will be given to the Board by the Chief of Police.
George Halsey, Glen Eddy, Consaul Road, attended the meeting to hear if there would be any discussion about the proposed Marvin’s Place.
The following resolutions were approved with a vote of four ayes (Councilman Holt was absent) unless otherwise noted.
Resolution 2005-216 authorized the establishment of Extension No. 159 to Consolidated Water District No. 1 in the amount of $61,000 to be paid by the petitioners for Niskayuna Meadows.
Resolution 2005-217 authorized the establishment of Extension No. 115 to Sewer District No. 6 in the amount of $27,000 to be paid by the petitioners for Niskayuna Meadows.
Resolution 2005-218 establishes a Drainage District No. 28 in the amount of $700 to be paid by the petitioners for Niskayuna Meadows.
Resolution 2005-219 calls for a public hearing September 27 at 7 pm regarding the establishment of Extension No. 157 to Consolidated Water District No. 1 for the J & E Cerone Subdivision. The resolution was approved with a vote of three ayes, Councilman Chapman voting no.
Resolution 2005-220 calls for a public hearing September 27 at 7 p.m. regarding the establishment of Extension 113 to Sewer District No. 6 for the J & E Cerone Subdivision. The resolution was approved with a vote of three ayes, Councilman Chapman voting no.
Resolution 2005-221 calls for a public hearing September 27 at 7 p.m. regarding the establishment of Drainage District No. 27 for the C & E Cerone Subdivision. The resolution was approved with a vote of three ayes, Councilman Chapman voting no.
Resolution 2005-222 calls for a public hearing September 27 at 7:05 p.m. regarding the establishment of Extension No. 158 to Consolidated Water District No. for the Cerone-Paulsen Subdivision. The resolution was approved with a vote of three ayes, with Councilman Chapman voting no.
Resolution 2005-223 calls for a public hearing September 27 at 7:05 p.m. regarding the establishment of Extension No. 114 to Sewer District No. 6 for the Cerone-Paulsen Subdivision. The resolution was approved with a vote of three ayes, with Councilman Chapman voting no.
Resolution 2005-224 calls for a public hearing September 27 at 7:05 p.m. regarding the establishment of Drainage District No. 26 for the Cerone-Paulsen Subdivision. The resolution was approved with a vote of three ayes, with Councilman Chapman voting no.
Resolution 2005-225 accepts a bid for materials, labor and equipment for the installation of pump station controls and communication equipment at the Valerie Drive, Foxhill Drive, Imperial Drive, Balltown Road North, Avon Crest North and Little Hill pump stations; and furnish and install communication equipment at the water tower site from Lenz Hardware, at a cost not to exceed $150,000.
Resolution 2005-226 accepts a bid for materials, labor and equipment for the installation of a channel grinder and auger at the Wastewater Treatment Plant from J. P. Industrial Services, at a cost not to exceed $105,000.
Resolution 2005-227 authorizes the Supervisor to retain the services of Able Body Labor, to provide seasonal laborers for the Highway Department on an as-needed basis, at a cost of $12.96 per hour.
Resolution 2005-228 authorizes the Supervisor to enter into an agreement with the City of Schenectady for the reconstruction and paving of Gasner Avenue at a cost up to $45,000.
Resolution 2005-229 authorizes the Supervisor to enter into an agreement with Milliman Consultants and Actuaries, to complete the Medicare Part D attestation at a cost not to exceed $4,000.
Resolution 2005-230 authorizes William Lawrence to attend the Microsoft Advanced Technical Training Course August 22-26 in Albany, at a cost of $1,700.
Resolution 2005-231 authorizes the Supervisor to enter into a software maintenance agreement with Novell MLA Order Management at a cost not to exceed $2,812.05.
Resolution 2005-232 authorizes the Supervisor to enter into an agreement with Marvin & Company, to perform a financial audit of the Industrial Access Project Grant financial statements for the Town for the year ending December 31, 2004 at a cost not to exceed $2,950.
Resolution 2005-233 amends the Vehicle & Traffic Code of the Town and adds a Stop sign on Lynnwood Drive at the intersection of Fox Hollow Road for traffic proceeding east and west.
There being no further business to come before the Town Board, Supervisor Smith adjourned the meeting.
Helen F. Kopke, Town Clerk