AT A REGULAR MEETING OF THE TOWN BOARD OF THE TOWN OF NISKAYUNA DULY CALLED AND HELD ON THE 23RD OF MAY, 2006, AT THE TOWN OFFICE BUILDING, ONE NISKAYUNA CIRCLE, NISKAYUNA, NEW YORK, THE FOLLOWING MEMBERS WERE PRESENT:
LIZ ORZEL KASPER, COUNCILWOMAN
WILLIAM R. CHAPMAN, COUNCILMAN
MARIA P. FREUND, COUNCILWOMAN
DIANE P. O’DONNELL, COUNCILWOMAN
LUKE J. SMITH, SUPERVISOR
Public Hearing No. 1, 2, 3 – For the TJL Subdivision: Formation of Extension No. 160 to Consolidated Water District No. 1 Formation of Consolidated Sewer District No. 1 Formation of Drainage District No. 29
Jim Connors, Chazen Companies, appeared representing the owner of the property. This subdivision is located at the intersection of Ravine and Aqueduct Road at the border of the Town and the City of Schenectady. The property is 5-1/2 acres and will be subdivided into a 14-lot residential subdivision on a 410’ cul de sac. The minimum lot is 9100 SF and the largest lot is 25,000 SF. The parcel currently contains four tax parcels plus a paper street which is owned by the Town. They will improve the paper street and construct a turn-around. The paper street currently consists of 7/10ths of an acre and the final roadway will be .85 acres. Water and sewer will generate 1500 gallons per day average and will be collected and conveyed to the
City’s sewer system at Anthony Street.
The property is partially located within the existing water district but is not located near any sewer districts, nor is there an adjacent sewer district. Two existing lots will not be included in the sewer extension but a lateral will be provided for a future connection when the owner wishes to buy into the district (they currently have septic systems). The developer (and not the residents) will be paying for the sewer district. During construction the contractor will coordinate with the property owner to make sure that the lateral gets placed where their septic system exits their home. Councilman Chapman questioned whether a property owner would be required to join the district if they benefited by a sewer line. Attorney Dickson stated that it is the usual
practice (and desirable) to join the district but not required. As part of the project they are also extending the sewer up Ravine Road through the cul-de-sac and up to the end of the property and would be made available to anyone to connect to in the future.
They had originally designed a low pressure sewer system. Anthony Street is at a higher elevation than the intersection of Ravine Road and Aqueduct Road. Getting gravity to that sewer was very difficult but at the request of the Engineering Department they redesigned it to make the sewer work and also extended it up to that property line so that the residence of Ravine Road and the subdivision that is currently serviced by sewer would be able to tie into that sewer in the future.
Two of the lots (number one and two along Aqueduct) will be serviced by a low pressure sewer system. They were not able to be serviced by gravity. All remaining lots (3 through 14) will be serviced by gravity sewer. There will be adequate reserve capacity to have further properties downstream to tie into the low pressure sewer.
The storm water has the same boundary as the 5-1/2 acres. It will be established with only those lots located within the subdivision which will be taxed accordingly for the maintenance of the storm sewer system.
Although this property is under the Phase II storm water regulations, DEC’s requirements are that residential single family subdivisions that are disturbing an excess of one acre, are subject to the general permit. If you are less than five acres you don’t have to do any storm water detention or quality control (this is built into the regulations). However, the Town requires that they detain so they are not increasing the peak rate from the property under pre or post development conditions. This is why a storm water management basin was designed and installed according to Town regulations not the State regulations.
When no members of the public wished to comment, Supervisor Smith closed the Public Hearing.
TOWN CLERK’S BUSINESS
The minutes of the meetings of April 11, April 25, and May 2 were approved as presented.
PRIVILEGE OF THE FLOOR
, recently moved to Niskayuna, and expressed his interest and support for the concept of Safe Routes in Town and he offered to help the committee in any way he can. He would love to see a safe route from his neighborhood to the schools on Rosendale Road. There is a proposal for a connection between East Country Club Drive and
Ruffner Road which would give them access to both schools. They liked the idea of traveling safely, a healthy transportation method, and these help the entire community by creating bridges between neighborhoods.
Supervisor Smith commented that there are trade offs on everything. To make these connections for safe paths, they have to create a path that is fairly hard and stable. He understands people not wanting everything to be paved and the Town is not going to pave everything but they will make it healthier and safer. The Town does not own a lot of the suggested routes which will have to be worked on over the years. He would love to see the East Country Club as one of the earlier connections and then down Berkley. There are some great possibilities.
ANNUAL STORMWATER REPORT
Matt Yetto, Town of Niskayuna Junior Engineer, gave a presentation on the Town’s Annual Storm water Report.
The following resolutions were approved with a vote of five ayes unless otherwise noted.
Resolution 2006-115 ordered the creation of Extension 160 to Consolidated Water District No. 1, in the amount of $43,000, for the TJL Subdivision.
Resolution 2006-116 ordered the establishment of Extension No. 91 to Consolidated Sewer District No.1 in the amount of $112,000 for the TJL Subdivision.
Resolution 2006-117 ordered the establishment of Drainage District No. 29 for the TJL Subdivision.
Resolution 2006-118 authorizes payment of the invoice from Op-Tech, for the clean-up of a chemical spill at 6the Water Filtration Plant at a cost of $5,097.55.
Resolution 2006-119 authorizes re-advertising for bids for the purchase of new or used mid-sized dump truck, for the Water & Sewer Department.
Resolution 2006-120 authorizes advertising for bids for sewage sludge disposal.
Resolution 2006-121 authorizes the establishment of Drainage District No. 24 for the Bella Estates Subdivision.
Resolution 2006-122 appoints Anthony E. Harris, to the position of Water & Sewer Maintenance Worker in the Water & Sewer Department, effective May 30, 2006.
Resolution 2006-123 authorizes Lewis J. Moskowitz, Thomas Constantine, and John LuBrant to attend the National Academy Association’s Chapter Retrainer and National Conference on July 15-19 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada at a cost of $350 per person for registration, plus lodging.
Resolution 2006-124 appoints Derek Bittner, to the position of Civilian Police Dispatcher, effective June 1, 2006, at the rate of $26,878.
Resolution 2006-125 authorizes the purchase of a Stalker DSR Radar Counting Unit from Applied Concepts, at a total cost of $3,159 which will be reimbursed by the Stop-DWI Program.
Resolution 2006-126 authorizes the sale of 11 unclaimed impounded vehicles to L & A Auto Salvage, for a total price of $1,683.
Resolution 2006-127 appoints Kathleen Persons to the new position of Accountant in the Comptroller’s Office, on a provisional basis, at a grade 10 and yearly salary of $37,639 effective retroactive to May 22, 2006.
Resolution 2006-128 authorizes the position of Senior Payroll Audit Clerk in the Comptroller’s Office and promotes Sandra Busino to the position at a Grade 11 and yearly salary of $44,001 effective retroactive to May 22, 2006.’
Resolution 2006-129 authorizes the purchase of ArcView 9.1 GIS computer software for the Planning Department at a cost of $1,225 plus two days training at $800, from Fountains Spatial, Inc.
Resolution 2006-130 authorizes entering into an agreement with Donald Frame, for the disposition of animal carcasses at roadside, at a cost of $45.00 per carcass.
Resolution 2006-131 authorizes the sale of two 20-yard and 40-yard roll-off containers to Keilman Nathan, in the amount of $877.50.
Resolution 2006-132 authorizes the Supervisor to solicit for proposals for the purchase of rehabilitation of real property owned by the Town located at 2847/2851 Aqueduct Road (The Aqueduct House).
Resolution 2006-133 authorizes the Supervisor to solicit for proposals for the purchase of the Town owned cinder block, cold storage building located on Aqueduct Road.
Resolution 2006-134 authorizes retaining Gorman Brothers to provide all materials, equipment and labor necessary to seal roadway cracks with liquid bituminous material, for a total cost not to exceed $45,000.
Resolution 2006-135 employs additional persons in the Recreation Department.
Resolution 2006-136 appoints Charles Connelly, to the position of temporary Grounds Worker in the Parks Department, not to exceed 120 days, at a salary of $13,1724 per hour, without benefits, effective May 22, 2006.
Resolution 2006-137 authorizes the purchase of 8’ rustic wood picnic tables from Long Lumber & Supply, at a total cost not to exceed $6,800.
Resolution 2006-138 authorizes advertising of bids for the construction of tennis courts at Blatnick Park.
Resolution 2006-139 authorizes the purchase and installation of barrier fencing for the driving range from Afsco Fence Supply Company, Inc. at a cost not to exceed $5,000.
There being no further business to come before the Town Board, Supervisor Smith adjourned the meeting.
Helen F. Kopke, Town Clerk