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Town Board Minutes 10/10/06
AT A REGULAR MEETING OF THE TOWN BOARD OF THE TOWN OF NISKAYUNA, DULY CALLED AND HELD ON THE 10TH OF OCTOBER, 2006, AT THE TOWN OFFICE BUILDING, ONE NISKAYUNA CIRCLE, NISKAYUNA, NEW YORK, THE FOLLOWING MEMBERS WERE PRESENT;

WILLIAM R. CHAPMAN, COUNCILMAN
MARIA P. FREUND, COUNCILWOMAN
DIANE P. O’DONNELL
LUKE J. SMITH, SUPERVISOR

LIZ ORZEL KASPER, COUNCILWOMAN, absent

        Others present:  Helen Kopke, Town Clerk; Eric Dickson, Town Attorney; Lew Moskowitz, Chief of Police; Frank Gavin, Superintendent of Highways; Paul Sebesta, Comptroller; and Richard Pollock, Superintendent of Water & Sewer.

PRIVILEGE OF THE FLOOR   
        10262006_33107_0.png, spoke against The Environmental Clearing House (ECOS) as a possible tenant for the Grange on Rosendale Road.  She felt securing the building in 1988 was a major acquisition because of its place in Niskayuna history.  The building is frail and in need of more repair.  It seems a wonderful partnership to have ECOS use the Grange, who were prior tenants in the Allen House, a Town owned building, near the river and bike trail.  Unfortunately, the Town was constantly called for various repairs to the Allen House building.  The Grange is a frail building with a wonderful history as a one room school house and a Grange for the agriculture society of the community.  It appears to currently need insulation, water and sewer, a new roof, expanded parking. Putting money into these repairs is fine if the building will be taken care of, but she believes the ECOS has not been good tenants.  She would like to be assured that the building will be properly taken care of and used as a historical site (and a site for the Town to again be proud of), instead of a broken down, in need of repair building like the Allen House.  She wondered why this group is the only one to get the use of the building.  Many people have requested use of the train station and have all been rejected.  Too much has to be done for the interior and we didn’t want others to use it.  She is afraid that unless we have strict agreements, we will see the Grange soon disappear.
        Supervisor Smith stated that ECOS was approached by the Town relative to the Grange.  It was thought conceptually that it might be a good fit, but have not been aggressively pursing the building.  There has been discussion that they might be a good fit.  They are seeking a permanent home so they can pursue foundation and grant money which they cannot do if they have a questionable lease year to year.  He feels they have been a good tenant.  The Town owned the Allen House and the Town did not do the maintenance, not the tenant.  This would be a partnership, with the Town wishing to spend a minimum amount.  The building is in disrepair now.  The Board has not made any final determinations and the Board will be voting tonight to accept the concept but details will have to be worked out.  ECOS is only being aggressive that they need to make decisions about a permanent home.  

        10262006_33107_0.png, Historian of the Town, gave a brief background about the Grange, which was the first school in Town from the mid 1800’s.  She discussed a report written 20 years ago by a Town resident, Jean Aceto, which researched and interviewed residents about the building.  If the building gets on the National Register, some money will be available for interior work.  Senator Farley has indicated he was interested in securing grants towards maintaining the building and she looks forward to ECOS using the building.  There is already an interest in the building, and with ECOS use of the building, more support will be forthcoming to help maintain it.  New York State Historic Preservation will be helpful in telling the Town what to do and not do to maintain its historic value and make it eligible for the National Register.  

        Henry Kowak, stated that he was a student at the school from the last class in 1930 (76 years ago).  He would like to donate the bell tower when the Town gets to this phase of repairs to the building.  He felt that many people don’t know anything about the Grange, or that it was the first school house in Niskayuna.

SPECIAL DISTRICTS
        The following resolutions were approved with a vote of four ayes, unless otherwise noted (Councilwoman Kasper was absent).
        Resolution 2006-204 takes action to allow the construction of a fence over a portion of Town easement located at 25 Dublin Drive, owned by Michael G. and Sonya C. Ward.

        Resolution 2006-205 authorizes the purchase of equipment for the primary clarifier at the Wastewater Treatment Plant site from Rubber Supplies, for a total cost not to exceed $9,900.

        Resolution 2006-206 authorizes retaining paving services from Paul Luskin Paving, for the repaving of Trottingham Drive and approximately 2100 feet of curbing due to a water main break for a total cost not to exceed $7,000.

GENERAL RESOLUTIONS
        Resolution 2006-207 takes action to appoint Joyce Dunn, to the position of Civilian Police Dispatcher, effective October 16, 2006 on a permanent basis, to be paid at a rate of $26,878 per year.

        Resolution 2006-208 authorizes the Supervisor to enter into a wireless service agreement for the purchase of six wireless air cards for the Police Department, from Verizon Wireless, at a cost of $59.99 per month.

        Resolution 2006-209- amends the Comprehensive Plan 2003 to include a safe routes plan and map.

        Resolution 2006-210 authorizes the Supervisor to enter into an agreement with Millman Consultants and Actuaries, to update the Medicare part D attestation, at a cost not to exceed $3,500.

        Resolution 2006-211 authorizes the insurance buy-back provision for all Town employees who decline family and individual medical, dental, and vision insurance coverage, retroactive to October 1, 2006, said insurance buy-back to be compensated at the end of each quarter at the rate of 40% of the Town’s individual or family premium for the most frequently selected plan by Niskayuna Town employees.

        Resolution 2006-212 authorizes the Supervisor to enter into a lease agreement and endorse a proposal of  the Environmental Clearing House and its proposed occupancy, rehabilitation and preservation of the Grange building, Rosendale Road, and authorizes the Supervisor to enter into negotiations with ECOS, for a lease of the Grange building.

        Resolution 2006-213 fully endorses participation and submission of an application to the New York State Department of State under the Shared Municipal Services Incentive Grant Program 2006-2007 with the City of Schenectady for the construction of a new salt shed for storage and distribution throughout the County of Schenectady.

        Resolution 2006-214 authorizes the Supervisor to enter into an agreement with The Chazen Companies, to prepare a detailed topographic survey and mapping for the future road reconstruction of Hillside Avenue from Providence Avenue to the City of Schenectady municipal limits, as well as Rosa Road from the intersection of Hillside Avenue to 200 feet south, at a total cost not to exceed $12,300.

        Resolution 2006-215 authorizes the purchase of a new 2006 Ferris riding type mower from S. V. Moffett Company, at a total cost of $5,300.

        Resolution 2006-216 employs additional persons in the Recreation Program and modifies the rate of compensation of certain employees.

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

                                        Helen Kopke, Town Clerk


 
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