AT A REGULAR MEETING OF THE TOWN BOARD OF THE TOWN OF NISKAYUNA DULY CALLED AND HELD ON THE 15TH DAY OF NOVEMBER, 2005, AT THE TOWN OFFICE BUILDING, ONE NISKAYUNA CIRCLE, NISKAYUNA, NEW YORK, THE FOLLOWING WERE IN ATTENDANCE:
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; Lew Moskowitz, Chief of Police; John Lubrant, Police Lieut.; Stan Fiminski, Police Lieut.; Paul Sebesta, Comptroller
TOWN CLERK’S BUSINESS
The minutes of the meeting of October 25, 2005 were approved as presented.
PRIVILEGE OF THE FLOOR
Lorene Zabin, 2455 Brookshire Drive, congratulated the outstanding election and the way it was conducted. She thanked the candidates for giving their time in running.
Resolution 2005-283 takes action to appoint Daniel McManus, as Police Sergeant in the Police Department on a provisional basis, effective November 16, 2005 at a rate of compensation of $63,642 per year.
Chief Moskowitz stated that on October 13 a panel, consisting of Lieut. Fiminski, Lieut. Lubrant, Detective Sergeant Constantine, Sergeant Kelly, Sergeant Wall and Detective Florell (who represented the PBA) met to select from three candidates for this position. All three candidates interviewed very well. The panel recommended Dan McManus who is a 1983 graduate of Niskayuna High School and was appointed to the Police Department in August 1992. Since January 2001 he has been serving as Officer in Charge of the afternoon shift. Dan’s style of leadership is methodical and calm. He is a quick thinker and it shows through his abilities on the job. He has attended numerous trainings and there are numerous letters of appreciation on file for him. He has
shown many leadership skills and Chief Moskowitz is proud and pleased to present Dan as their recommendation to the Town Board.
The following resolutions were approved with a vote of five ayes unless otherwise noted.
Resolution 2005-260 authorizes advertisement for bids for the purchase of chemicals to be used in the Town’s public works operations during 2006.
Resolution 2005-261 approves the establishment of Extension 157 to Consolidated Water District No. 1 for the J & E Cerone Subdivision at a cost of $154,045.70 to be paid by the developer. The resolution was approved with a four ayes, with Councilman Chapman voting no.
Supervisor Smith stated that public hearings have been held on the next six resolutions and the Board initially held off acting on them because the County had some action to take and there was some question of what would happen.
His understanding at this point is that the County has approved curb cuts for the subdivisions under certain conditions and the developers are moving forward in meeting these conditions. In view of the fact that regardless of what might change in terms of roadways, the boundaries of the district will not change. Also, these resolutions still have to be sent to the State which takes about 60 days to be approved by DOH and DEC. He sees no reason at this point to hold off on these any longer.
Councilman Chapman felt that the Town is premature in approving this extension. The Town does not have an approved subdivision and one of the conditions for both subdivisions is getting County permission on Lishakill Road. Condition 8 states that prior to site disturbance the applicant shall secure any necessary approvals from the Schenectady County Department of Public Works and he believes that this matter still needs to be resolved. He recommended that until we hear from the County in writing that we table these resolutions.
Supervisor Smith stated that we have heard from the County in writing and they have approved it with conditions that are being met. No work can be done until they get the curb cut and no curb cuts will be granted until such time as they meet those conditions. Nothing can occur with these approvals until the other conditions are met.
Councilman Holt stated that he thinks it is time to move and this is the appropriate action.
Resolution 2005-262 approves Extension 113 to Sewer District No. 6 for the J & E Cerone subdivision at a cost of $105,858.25 to be paid by the developer. The resolution was approved with a vote of four ayes, with Councilman Chapman voting no.
Resolution 2005-263 approves Drainage District No. 27 for the J & E Cerone subdivision at a cost of $950 to be paid by the developer. The resolution was approved with a vote of four ayes, with Councilman Chapman voting no.
Resolution 2005-264 approves the establishment of Extension 158 to Consolidated Water District No. 1, at a cost of $144,674.20 to be paid by the developer, for the Cerone-Paulsen subdivision. The resolution was approved with a vote of four ayes, with Councilman Chapman voting no.
Resolution 2005-265 approves the establishment of Extension 114 to Sewer District No. 6, at a cost of $131,550.85 to be paid by the developer, for the Cerone-Paulsen subdivision. The resolution was approved with a vote of four ayes, with Councilman Chapman voting no.
Resolution 2005-266 approves the establishment of Drainage District No. 26, at a cost of $980, for the Cerone-Paulsen subdivision. The resolution was approved with a vote of four ayes, with Councilman Chapman voting no.
Resolution 2005-267 authorizes the repair to the sludge dehydration unit at the Wastewater Treatment Plant from Kaman Industrial Technologies, at a cost not to exceed $4,634.64.
Resolution 2005-268 authorizes the execution of an Outside Sewer User Agreement for John A and Pearl K. Rabine, owners of 1348 Balltown Road.
Resolution 2005-269 approves the Annual Budget of the town for the fiscal year 2006.
Resolution 2005-270 adopts the Assessment Roll for 2006 for Consolidated Water District No. 1
Resolution 2005-271 adopts the Assessment Roll for 2006 for Consolidated Sewer District No. 1
Resolution 2005-272 adopts the Assessment Roll for 2006 for Consolidated Sewer District 6.
Resolution 2005-273 adopts the Assessment Roll for 2006 for Drainage Districts 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18 and 19.
Resolution 2005-274 adopts the Assessment Roll for Lighting District No. 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, and 9.
Resolution 2005-254 adopts the Budget for 2006 for Park Districts 1, 2, 3, 9, 10, 11, 12, and 13.
Resolution 2005-276 creates a Safe Routes Committee for the Town and appoints the following members:
Leslie Weidmann-Herd, Co-Chairman
Jared Wells Co-Chairman
Eliza Kelish, Alternate Member
Jackie Skolnik, Alternate Member
Laura Fisher, Alternate Member
Lee Danielson, Alternate Member
Resolution 2005-277 authorizes the Supervisor to enter into a contract for waste disposal services with Allied Waste Services/BFI.
Resolution 2005-278 authorizes advertisement for bids for the purchase of various materials to be used for the Town’s Public Works operations during 2006.
Resolution 2005-279 authorizes the advertising for bids for labor, equipment and materials to be used during the Town’s 2006 paving season.
Resolution 2005-280 authorizes the advertising for bids for the grinding and disposal of yard waste.
Resolution 2005-281 authorizes the purchase of replacement fencing posts and rails from Long Lumber and Supply Corporation, at cost not to exceed $4,300
Resolution 2005-282 appoints Henry Bumbach, to the position of substitute bus driver, to work during time of absence of the regular bus driver, at an hourly rate of $13.11, effective November 15, 2005.
There being no further business to come before the Town Board, Supervisor Smith adjourned the meeting.
Helen F. Kopke, Town Clerk