AT A REGULAR MEETING OF THE TOWN BOARD OF THE TOWN OF NISKAYUNA DULY CALLED AND HELD ON THE 11th DAY OF OCTOBER, 2005, AT THE NISKAYUNA TOWN OFFICE BUIDING, ONE NISKAYUNA CIRCLE, NISKAYUNA, NEW YORK AT 7 P.M. 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: Barbara Nottke, Deputy Town Clerk; Eric Dickson, Town Attorney; Paul Sebesta, Comptroller; Richard Pollock, Superintendent of Water & Sewer; Lew Moskowitz, Chief of Police.
PRIVILEGE OF THE FLOOR
Leslie Gold, 1919 Pawtucket, noted her concerns regarding the consortium about the cable TV franchise. The group that is leading to join the consortium seems to think we need more access channels which she doesn’t agree with. The access channels have little programming, are underutilized, and create less access to other channels that people prefer to have. She understands that the Town can withdraw after the needs assessment.
Supervisor Smith stated that there is a segment of the community that has an interest in the expansion of public access and are looking for more funding for public access. Each community has their own needs that will be addressed. He believes Niskayuna is going into the consortium with all eyes open and will be reporting back to the Board.
Councilwoman Kasper, Maxwell Drive, stated that it had come to her attention that her name is appearing on a web site for the “Citizens Party.” She was surprised that the Republican Party has chartered for Mr. Sweeney, Mr. Gaul, Mr. Lichorat herself, and Mr. Chapman to be on the Board in January and to work together for the people. She is very upset and stated that in January Ms. O’Donnell, Ms. Freund, Mr. Smith, Mr. Chapman and herself will be working together for the citizens.
Mr. Sweeney is quoted in the Journal that “people need a forum to voice their concerns and by establishing this party line (Citizens Party) we are offering a place to go.” Councilwoman Kasper stated that in sixteen years she has never felt that citizens didn’t have a place to go to be heard. The Board meets on Tuesday nights ready to hear citizens concerns through Privilege of the Floor. Board members have been “in the trenches” working with citizens about their issues and can also be reached by phone, email and fax. She will have her name taken off the web site because she does not support the team mentioned. She does not intend to be here with that team, but intends to be with the team she does support who are here to listen to the people. She has never felt that the Town has not responded to
the voice of the people.
Supervisor Smith started that the web site also mentions that this party is going to be the party of the people and it will be devoid of “kick-backs.” He felt it was remarkable that the press would let them say something like that without asking what allegation they have of kickbacks. We have been told by one attorney that making this comment in the paper might be actionable. He guesses they have no other ideas.
The following resolutions were approved with a vote of five ayes, unless otherwise noted.
Resolution 2005-245 authorizes Richard Pollock to attend the NYSAWWA/NYWEA Joint Tifft Symposium to be held November 15-17 in Syracuse, New York, at a cost of $200.
Resolution 2005-246 authorizes Matthew Yetto and Kathleen Matern to attend the Lorman Education Services Seminar on Current Issues in Stormwater Regulation to be held on October 18 in Latham, at a cost of $300 each.
Resolution 2005-247 calls for a public hearing October 25, at 7 p.m. on the Preliminary Budget for 2006.
Resolution 2005-248 calls for a public hearing October 25 at 7:05 p.m. on the Special District Budget for 2006.
Resolution 2005-249 authorizes the Supervisor to enter into a Consortium agreement for the provision of cable television services and appoints Supervisor Luke Smith as a member of the Consortium and Eric J. Dickson, Town Attorney as alternate member.
Resolution 2005-250 authorizes the Supervisor to enter into a lease agreement with Pitney Bowes for a DM500 Digital Mailing System for a period of 54 months at a total monthly cost of $258.
Resolution 2005-251 authorizes the Supervisor to retain The Chazen Companies, to design, survey, and prepare specifications for drainage improvements at a total cost not to exceed $20,000.
Resolution 2005-252 authorizes the Supervisor to retain The Chazen Companies, to prepare an engineering plan for the regulatory compliance for storm water management, survey and wetland delineation within the proximity of the compost area currently being used by the Town at the closed landfill for composting at a total cost not to exceed $11,.800.
Resolution 2005-253 employs additional persons in the Recreation Program
There being no further business to come before the Board, Supervisor Smith adjourned the meeting.
Barbara Nottke, Deputy Town Clerk