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Town Board Minutes 3/27/2007
AT A REGULAR MEETING OF THE TOWN BOARD OF THE TOWN OF NISKAYUNA, DULY CALLED AND HELD ON THE 27TH DAY OF MARCH, 2007, 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; Richard Pollock, Superintendent of Water & Sewer; Kathy Matern, Town Planner; John Lubrant, Police Lieut., Paul Sebesta, Comptroller; Frank Gavin, Highway Superintendent.

PUBLIC HEARINGS
        Public Hearing No. 1 – Considers amendments to the Zoning Ordinance.  These amendments conform to the New York State Storm water Pollution Prevention Plan.  It also updated the definition of Park and Open Space to conform to the Town’s Subdivision regulations and the Storm Water regulations.  Swimming pools have been deleted because the Planning Board felt that swimming pools should not be considered open space and this gives the Planning Board more discretion when reviewing swimming pool projects.
        When no members of the public wished to be heard, Supervisor Smith closed the public hearing.

        Public Hearing No. 2:  Considers amendments to the Code, Chapter 189, Subdivision Regulations.  Many of these changes included issues related to the Storm Water Pollution Plan and extending time lines and requirements for the number of copies to be submitted on various applications and submissions. This also revises Chapter 189-17 that streets shall be graded to the full width of the right of way.  The slope of the shoulder shall be approved by the Town Engineer.  Mr. Pollock’s concern on the right of way grading is that there are a lot of relatively steep slopes right down into the curb line.  

        5142007_121416_0.png asked if the grading near the road changes their current profile to put the wings in on the road and would this apply to existing developments or only new ones.  Mr. Pollock responded that the wings would still be in there and would apply to only new developments.
        When no other members of the public wished to be heard, Supervisor Smith closed the public hearing.

        Public Hearing No. 3 – Considers amendment of the Official Map for the removal of paper streets located with Fieldstone Estates P.U.D.
        Chad Cook, representing Boswell Engineering, showed the Board the parcel boundary for the Fieldstone Estates PUD parcel.  The paper streets are in the northern half of the property with the exception of one small section.  They have met the County as part of the planning process and have essentially abandoned the idea of realigning Consaul Road in this area for many reasons, one of which is wetland impacts. This doesn’t mean there can never be a connection at this location, but at some point in the future there is always the possibility.  
        There are a few parcels with its only access via from a paper street so a portion will be left in place.  If that parcel was ever developed they will have the right to access this paper street.  A portion of the street would have to be constructed as part of the development of that lot.  It would connect to an existing cul de sac or it could be just a driveway.  They own it but they wouldn’t be removing the paper street and it will not be insured in terms of the title insurance for the parcel.  A map was shown of the area roads and also showing the wetland which will contain trails as part of the PUD.  
        As part of the planning process they have met with Mr. Ginicki (who owns adjoining property) which resulted in them providing a stub street into his property so he could subdivide in the future with access onto Consaul Road.  
        There being no members of the public who wished to be heard, Supervisor Smith closed the public hearing.

PRIVILEGE OF THE FLOOR
        There being no members of the public who wished to be heard, Supervisor Smith closed Privilege of the Floor.

SPECIAL DISTRICT RESOLUTIONS
        The following resolutions were approved with a vote of five ayes unless otherwise noted.
        Resolution 2007-74 takes action to establish a trunk line charge of $500 for each lot or unit for water and sewer line connections for Water District No. 1, Sewer District No. 6 and Consolidated Sewer District No. 1.

        Resolution 2007-75 authorizes Richard Pollock and Matthew Yetto to attend the NYSAWWA Spring Conference, April 24-26, at a cost of $275 each for registration, and authorizes Timothy Nagell, Alan Schwartz, Daniel Galli, William Parkis, Ron Chinski, Rich Keller, and Jim Greenough to attend the conference on April 25 at a cost of $25.

        Resolution 2007-76 authorizes the sale, through public auction, of a used 40 cubic yard compactor box and a 40 cubic yard box with roof, from the Water & Sewer Department, which are no longer needed by the Town.

GENERAL RESOLUTIONS

        Resolution 2007-77 permanently appoints Caitlin Bushnell to the position of Civilian Police Dispatcher, effective immediately.

        Resolution 2007-78 permanently appoints Hisham Ahmed Kahafaga, to the position of Civilian Police Dispatcher, effective immediately.

        Resolution 2007-79 permanently appoints Derek S. Bittner, to the position of Civilian Police Dispatcher, effective immediately.

        Resolution 2007-80 appoints Neil A. Conti, to the position of Civilian Police Dispatcher, effective April 3, 2007 on a permanent basis at a compensation of $27,684 per year.

        Resolution 2007-81      calls for a public hearing April 17, 2007 at 7 p.m. to consider amendment of the Zoning Ordinance for the removal of inns and hotels from the R-3 Zoning District and add inns to the C-H Zoning District.

        Resolution 2007-82 calls for a public hearing April 17, 2007, at 7:05 p.m. to consider the application of Dr. Gerald Brescia for the reuse of 1758 Union Street.

        Resolution 2007-83 authorizes Faye Gervasio to attend the 2007 Spectrum Customer Conference for a Water Bill Clerk training session from Harris Computer Systems, in Syracuse, May 17, at a cost of $125.

        Resolution 2007-84 increases the rate of compensation for temporary seasonal laborers for the Highway, Water & Sewer, and Parks Department effective April 2, 2007, from $8.75 to $10.75 depending on longevity.

        Resolution 2007-85 retains Foit-Albert Associates to perform preliminary engineering reviews on certain projects and miscellaneous engineering work on an as-needed basis.

        Resolution 2007-86 authorizes the Supervisor to retain Stracher, Roth, Gilmore Architects, for professional engineering services to prepare preliminary construction drawings, elevations, and structural building assessment associated with the rehabilitation and preservation of the Grange building, at a cost not to exceed $10,6000 and authorizes the Comptroller to make transfers of funds in the 2007 budget.

        Resolution 2007-87 increases the rate of compensation for Susan H. Leonard, a part time Clerk, Senior Program Coordinator, in the Recreation Program to $15.00, effective retroactive to March 26, 2007.

        Resolution 2007-88 authorizes the sale, through public auction, of used desktop computers and monitors.

        Resolution 2007-89 adopts the Employee Handbook for 2007 effectively immediately.

        Resolution 2007-90 accepts bids for furnishing of labor and materials relative to paving certain streets in Town.

        Resolution 2007-91 authorizes the purchase of a new Toro Z-Master mower from Grassland Equipment, for a total cost of $8,281.44.

        Resolution 2007-92 authorizes the purchase of picnic tables from Long Lumber & Supply, at a total cost not to exceed $4,000.

        Resolution 2007-93 authorizes the purchase of cedar fencing, rails, and posts from Long Lumber & Supply, at a total cost not to exceed $4,000.

        Resolution 2007-94 authorizes the purchase of youth and adult tee shorts and collared shirts for various Recreation Department programs from JCB Specialties, at a total cost not to exceed $5,500.

        Resolution 2007-95 authorizes the printing and distribution of recreation program flyers for 2007 from Vincy’s Printing, at a cost not to exceed $4,500.

        Upon unanimous agreement, at this time, Supervisor Smith requested that the Board go into Executive Session to discuss a particular person’s employment history.

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

                                                Helen Kopke, Town Clerk

        




 
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