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Town Board Minutes 11/28/06
AT A REGULAR MEETING OF THE TOWN BOARD OF THE TOWN OF NISKAYUNA,  DULY CALLED AND HELD ON THE 28TH DAY OF NOVEMBER, 2006, AT THE TOWN OF NISKAYUNA OFFICE BUILDING, ONE NISKAYUNA CIRCLE, NISKAYUNA, NEW YORK, THE FOLLOWING MEMBERS WERE PRESENT:

LIZ ORZEL KASPER, COUNCILWOMAN
WILLIAM R. CHAPMAN, COUNCILMAN
MARIE P. FREUND, COUNCILWOMAN
DIANE P. O’DONNELL, COUNCILWOMAN
LUKE J. SMITH, SUPERVISOR

        Others present:  Helen Kopke, Town Clerk; Eric Dickson, Town Attorney; Lew Moskowitz, Chief of Police; Kathy Matern, Town Planner; Richard Pollock, Superintendent of Water & Sewer.

PUBLIC HEARINGS
        Public Hearing No. 1 – considers leasing space for an antenna on the water tower of Consolidated Water District No. 1 from Verizon Wireless.  
        When no members of the public wished to be heard, Supervisor Smith closed the public hearing.

        Public Hearing No. 2 – considers authorizing the appropriation of certain Reserve Funds for the Town’s Highway Repair Program.  Funds in the amount of approximately $2,000 are left from the Nott Street East construction.
        When no members of the public wished to be heard, Supervisor Smith closed the public hearing.

        Public Hearing No. 3 – considers authorizing the transfer of certain Reserve Funds of Consolidated Water District No. 1, Consolidated Sewer District No. 1, and Sewer District No. 6.  
        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 November 14, 2006 were approved as presented.

PRIVILEGE OF THE FLOOR
        272007_40240_0.png, appeared on behalf of Highbridge Development regarding their Special Use Permit for premises on Balltown Road (also known as 3421 State Street).  The applicant is in the process of trying to address the issues raised by the Conservation Advisory Council’s memo which they received about one week ago.  They requested more time to address these matters and asked that the public hearing for the Special Use Permit be scheduled sometime in January so they can gather other information to present to the Town Board.  
        Supervisor Smith stated the Board could discuss this when the resolution comes up later in the meeting.  Attorney Eric Dickson stated that the applicant could certainly ask for a postponement if they wanted to react to certain comments made by two other Boards in recent days.  The Town Board is not on any particular schedule and he did not see any harm in a delay in calling for a public hearing if it is the developer’s request.  He felt that the Town Board should wait until the next work session to discuss it again and table the resolution for tonight.  Councilman Chapman felt this request gives the Town Board more time to study the material they have received so far.  

        272007_40240_0.png, had intended to request that the Town Board delay considering the Special Use Permit regarding the Ingersoll property.  He requested that the Town Board explore alternative funding sources, in addition to the one that has come forward, in terms of development.  He does not think the current proposal is a good use of the land and is not a good use for the historic sense for what Niskayuna is.  It has been suggested that the owners of the property are interested in the $7 million dollars but he felt that these funds need not come from a particular source.  He suggested that a variety of sources, such as Town or County staff, or the County Historian, could explored various foundations and other alternative financial sources of funding, so that this property could remain as a proud part of Niskayuna history.  He assumed that the Town Board would share this interest in determining other sources of money and trying to work out something with regard to this property rather than seeing it leveled and turned into a number of big box stores.  He is certain there is staff available in the Town to explore these resources.  

        272007_40240_0.png, endorsed Mr. Bertsch’s comments because many buildings that have been under threat have had last minute reprieves because there has been a creative and imaginative effort on the part of the Town leaders, citizens, the County, State and others.  This would be a better solution than to lose this for simply more stores.

SPECIAL DISTRICTS
        The following resolutions were approved with a vote of five ayes, unless otherwise indicated.
        Resolution 2006-251 reinstates Kathleen Persons to the position of Account Clerk in the Engineering Department, effective December 11, 2006, on a permanent basis, at a Grade 9, and a salary of $37,776.

        Resolution 2006-252 authorizes Matthew Yetto, Junior Civil Engineer, to attend the MWH Soft InfoWater Training Course, for the water distribution modeling software, on November 28 and 29, at a cost of $800 plus travel expenses.

        Resolution 2006-253 authorizes Pattersonville Telephone Company to furnish and install four 35’ utility poles at the pump stations at Avon Crest North, Valerie Drive, Standford Fillmore and at the Niskayuna Water Filtration Plant facility, at a cost not to exceed $2,500.

        Resolution 2006-254 authorizes the Supervisor to enter into an agreement for the disposal of sewage sludge by Fulton County Department of Solid Waste, for a one-year contract period effective January 1, 2007 through December 31, 2007, at disposal rate of $65 per ton for sludge, grit and screenings delivered to its plant.

        Resolution 2006-255 calls for a public hearing December 12, 2006 at 7 p.m. to consider Extension No. 116 to Sewer District No. 6 at a cost not to exceed $4,532.57.

        Resolution 2006-256 authorizes the rental of dewatering equipment for use at the Wastewater Treatment Plant from Rain for Rent, for a total cost not to exceed $3,500.

GENERAL RESOLUTIONS
        Resolution 2006-257 appoints Ahmed Kahafaga, to the position of Civilian Police Dispatcher, effective December 14, 2006, on a provisional basis, at the rate of $26,878 per year.

        Resolution 2006-258 amends the Code, Chapter 180, Soil Erosion and Sediment Control.

        Resolution 2006-259 calls for a public hearing December 12, 2006, 7:05 p.m. to consider amendment of Section 1972(B) of the Code, to increase the maximum income eligibility limits to certain persons sixty-five years of age or over.

        Resolution 2006-260 calls for a public hearing December 12, 2006 at 7:10 p.m. to consider amendment of Chapter 197, Taxation, Disabled Homeowner Tax Exemption, to increase the amount of the exemption to the maximum allowable under State law.

        Resolution 2006-261 authorizes the appropriation and transfer of $150,000 from the Reserve Fund for Repairs and Improvements for Consolidated Water District No. 1 to a new Capital Projects Fund for Consolidated Water District No. 1, new well, said monies to be used to finance the costs of drilling and installation of a new well for Consolidated Water District No. 1, with appurtenances, plus engineering services.

        Resolution 2006-262 appoints the Junior Civil Engineer and the Senior Building Inspector, to the position of Stormwater Management Officers for the Town, effective immediately, at no additional compensation.

        Resolution 2006-263 authorizes the Supervisor to file a grant application for the 2006-07 Quality Communities for funding to offset staff, consultant, and other related costs associated with the development of a Woodlawn/Western Pine Bush Conservation Plan.

        Resolution 2006-264 establishes the position of Clerical Aide in the Police Department and appoints Parbattie Bumback to this position, on a permanent basis, at a Grade 7, effective immediately, at a salary of $27,035.
        
        At this time, Supervisor Smith requested that the Town Board go into Executive Session to discuss a union contract matter.
        There being no further business to come before the Town Board, Supervisor Smith adjourned the meeting.

                                        Helen Kopke, Town Clerk



 
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