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Town Board Minutes 8/15/06
AT A REGULAR MEETING OF THE TOWN BOARD OF THE TOWN OF NISKAYUNA, DULY CALLED AND HELD ON THE 15TH DAY OF AUGUST, 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
DIANE P. O’DONNELL, COUNCILWOMAN
LUKE J. SMITH, SUPERVISOR

MARIA FREUND, COUNCILWOMAN, absent

        Others present:  Helen Kopke, Town Clerk; Eric Dickson, Town Attorney; Kathy Matern, Town Planner; Lewis Moskowitz, Chief of Police; Paul Sebesta, Comptroller; Matthew Yetto, Jr. Engineer, Amy Houlihan, Assessor.

PUBLIC HEARINGS
        Public Hearing No. 1 –  Considers the Town’s Agency Plan 2006 for the Section 8 Rental Assistance Program.
        Joseph Mastriani, Director of the Section 8 Housing, distributed an annual report to the Town Board for Agency Plan 2006.  The program is currently serving 43 families, 60% are either elderly or disabled.  There is a waiting list of 41 families, 11 of whom are elderly or disabled.  All units are inspected at least once per year.  
        The average number of years families stay in the program is 5-1/2 years.  Four families have gone from Section 8 to private homeowners.  Expenditures were detailed and in 2005 showed a surplus of $3,800 which was recaptured by HUD.  UD does not support a deficit and the Town does not contribute any funding.  
        When no members of the public wished to be heard, Supervisor Smith closed the public hearing.

        Public Hearing No. 2 – Considers a Special Use Permit for 3518/3522 State Street.
        Jim Gillespie, Bowler Engineering, and Steven Weeks, owner and operator of the facility, described the existing conditions of the gas station.  They would like to remove a fuel island (with two gasoline dispensers) and a substantial portion of the canopy to incorporate a two-bay car wash.  The exterior parameter of the curb will remain, entrances will remain, there is no increase in impervious areas, or decrease in green space and no variances are required.  
        Supervisor Smith outlined that the Planning Board has recommended the Special Use Permit, the County has approved the plan, and the Conservation Advisory Council has issued a negative declaration.  ECON and Department of Transportation has no problem with the plan.    
        The architecture will be Colonial style and the owner has made plans to revise the technology and have the doors of the facility closed to decrease noise for neighbors.   The new canopy will have light shields in response to neighbor concerns.  Lights will also be shielded via a row of hedges.   The location is maintained by the two property owners and two managers.  The facility is on a forced water main and they propose to put in a tank with a dual pump station.  They have worked with Richard Pollock and Bill Parkis to design the system where water will be pumped into the force main not into the storm drain.  There is a settling tank in the bays that captures the sediment which overflows into an oil/water separator pit which is emptied regularly.
        When no members of the public wished to be heard, Supervisor Smith closed the public hearing.  

        Public Hearing No. 3 – Considers amendment to the Zoning Ordinance to require a maximum height for side yard fences associated with swimming pools.  This amendment would bring the Town into compliance with the State code that requires 4-1/2 fences on side yards with swimming pools.  This has been recommended by the Planning Board, County, and Conservation Advisory Council.  
        When no members of the public wished to be heard, Supervisor Smith closed the public hearing.

TOWN CLERK’S BUSINESS
        The minutes of the meeting of June 27, June 29, and July 18 were approved as presented.

PRIVILEGE OF THE FLOOR
        10192006_103847_0.png, disagreed with amending the Code and adding Stop signs at Oakmont Street.  He feels the traffic pattern has changed dramatically, and the new development changed the quality of life in his neighborhood.  Traffic has increased and the diverter has been violated constantly.  He feels removing the diverter will create a hazardous condition for children on Heather Lane and asked the Board not to approve the Stop signs.

        10192006_103847_0.png, does not want the traffic diverter removed from Heather Lane, and does not feel that prior arguments make sense.  He does not understand the logic of taking the diverter down because traffic has not developed there.  He feels traffic hasn’t developed because of the diverter.  He felt that it is common sense that the lack of anticipated traffic is an indication that the diverter is working – not that it isn’t working.   

        10192006_103847_0.png, stated that an overwhelming majority of residents who have spoken about this topic at previous meetings wished to have the diverter taken down.  The diverter is not fair and is discriminatory in that into Hexam Garden streets.  It is just as important for their children to be safe as it is for theirs.

        10192006_103847_0.png, President of Hummingbird Association of Unit Owners, reiterated that he empathize with the Hexam Garden neighbors and shares their concerns about child safety.  Traffic has increased for them because they used to be on a dead end street.  He asked the Board to consider the facts and their own traffic study. While there has been an increase in traffic, the increase is not significant.  The biggest safety problem is speeding as it is on other Niskayuna streets.  

        10192006_103847_0.png, emphasized with residents from his adjacent neighborhood.  The diverter was put in as an approach to a traffic study that estimated over 300 cars an hour peak time which did not develop.  Enforcement of Stop signs and speed limits is the only way to slow down traffic.  If traffic level does build, they can bring it before the Board in the future.  

SPECIAL DISTRICTS
        The following resolutions were approved with a vote of four ayes (Councilwoman Freund was absent), unless otherwise noted.
        Resolution 2006-168 calls for a public hearing September 5, 2006, 7 p.m. to consider the establishment of Extension 161 to Consolidated Water District No. 1 for the subdivision of Brian Peek, Becker Street.

GENERAL RESOLUTIONS
        Resolution 2006-169 amends the Vehicle and Traffic Code by adding Stop signs on Oakmont Street (north and south) and Heather Lane going east. And deleting “prohibited turns at intersections” on Oakmont Street.

        Resolution 2006-170 approves Local Law No. 6 and amends the Zoning Ordinance regarding signs in the Overlay District.

        Resolution 2006-171 amends the Zoning Map and approves a change of zone for premises located on Balltown Road (owned by Wayne Wagner, Napasu, Inc.) to R-3; High Density Residential  with conditions.  The resolution was approved with a vote of three ayes, with Councilman Chapman voting no.

        Resolution 2006-172 approves Local Law 7, and amends Chapter 98, entitled Fees, and amends Planning and Zoning fees.
        
Resolution 2006-173 authorizes the Supervisor to participate in the submission of a grant application through the New York State Energy Research & Development Authority (NYSERDA).  The Town’s Wastewater Treatment Plant has been selected as a potential host site to demonstrate how energy can be more efficiently utilized at wastewater treatments plants. The grant is in concert with RPI and Seamons Building & Technology and is a plan for recycling our methane and doing cogeneration into electrical power with
mico-turbines.  Environmentally it is a sound project and could show a significant 40-60% savings in utility costs.  A full, more detailed, presentation will be given to the Board in early September.
        The Town has talked about reclaiming and recycling methane gas using a process of scrubbing the methane and using it on our dryer.  This technology will be compared in terms of cost and potential savings.

        Resolution 2006-174 authorizes payment of a bill to ACS Landscaping, in the amount of $1,800, for grading and seeding of Park District No. 2, (Dean Street Park).

        Resolution 2006-175 certifies the current base proportions to be used as class tax shares for municipal and school district levies.

        Resolution 2006-176 certifies the adjusted base proportions and the current base proportions to be used as class tax shares for municipal and school district levies.

        Resolution 2006-177 amends Resolution No. 2006-56, February 7, 2006, to cover additional necessary work, and authorizes the payment of the bill from S. C. Hansen, in the amount of $7,355.46.

        Resolution 2006-178 retains Gorman Brothers, for the placement of liquid bituminous material for surface treatment of Town highways, at a total cost not to exceed $25,000.

        Resolution 2006-179 employs additional persons, modifies the rate of compensation, and title of certain employees in the Niskayuna Recreation Program.

        At this time, Supervisor Smith requested that the Board go into Executive Session.  After Executive Session, the Board approved the following resolution.

        Resolution 2006-180 authorizes disciplinary action regarding a member of the Police Department.

        There being no further business to come before the Board, Supervisor Smith adjourned the meeting.

                                        Helen F. Kopke, Town Clerk

        

        


 
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