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Town Board Minutes 6/26/2007
AT A REGULAR MEETING OF THE TOWN BOARD OF THE TOWN OF NISKAYUNA DULY CALLED AND HELD ON THE 26TH DAY OF JUNE, 2007 AT THE TOWN OFFICE BUIDING, 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 Water & Sewer; Lew Moskowitz, Chief of Police; John Lubrant, Police Lieut.; Frank Gavin, Superintendent of Highways; Paul Sebesta, Comptroller.

PUBLIC HEARINGS
        Public Hearing No. 1 considers amendment of the Town Code, Chapter 81, Dogs and Other Animals, increasing dog impoundment fees.  
        Councilman Chapman explained this amendment which increases the cost to residents (to cover the Town’s costs) for impoundment fees from the current fee of $10 to $35 for first offense and $50 for the second offense within one year.  During 2006 the Town had 27 dogs seized.  Before bringing dogs to the shelter, the Police Department tries to locate dog owners.
        L8282007_113718_0.pnge, would not have a problem with this except that it singles out dogs and leaves out other pets that can be equally annoying and destructive such as cats.  She urged the Board to add cats to this ordinance and to the licensure requirements.  

        Public Hearing No. 2 considers the formation of Extension No. 162 to Consolidated Water District No. 1 for Fieldstone Estates Planned Unit Development.
        Supervisor Smith stated that this is a mixed use project with about 104 single family units and attached housing.  The developer has agreed with our designated engineer and the Town engineer that he will increase the proposed water main from 8” to 12” from Consaul Road to the intersection of North Alandale and Somerset.  The developer has provided the Town with a letter saying he agrees to and will comply with all the conditions that are established.  
        When no members of the public wished to be heard, Supervisor Smith closed the Public Hearing.

        Public Hearing No. 3 considers the formation of Extension No. 117 to Sewer District No. 6 for Fieldstone Estates Planned Unit Development.
        The developer has agreed to a number of conditions most significantly a “equalization/retention” tank of up to 14,000 gallons which will allow for a significant rain event and for them to retain their effluent in site until that the rain event subsides and then the effluent can be released slowly back into the system.  Richard Pollock explained other agreements had been made regarding the control systems for the pump station. Both a manual and automatic transfer switch will be installed for the generator.
        DEC reviews and approves the plans and is more interested in the sewer although they check the water supply.  The actual distribution system and the treatment of water and water quality are overseen by the Department of Health.   
        Mr. Pollock explained that a Programmable Logic Controller (PLC) is a computer that senses inputs and tells the pump station to turn on or off.  A permanent generator and a new pump station will be installed and he felt that the planned pump station will be able to take care of this development.  The area around the development is surrounded by wetlands and beyond the wetlands is already developed.  Other nearby areas would go to the Becker Street pump station. This area goes directly from the new pump station into their gravity sewer line which flows all the way from the sewers on Ferris via gravity sewer line to the Waste Water Treatment Plant.  The 60 acres of the Hamlin property will go the Becker Street pump station.  Mr. Pollock is satisfied that the improvements they are making will cover the demand on our system that this project will bring.

        8282007_113718_0.png, inquired if the pump station was large enough to accommodate the development of his adjacent 9.2 acres. Mr. Pollock stated that typically in any development the pump station will provide for excess capacity.  They don’t design for the exact amount of flow but plan for excess capacity based on looking at what is left to develop.  Chad Cook, representing Boswell Engineering, stated that this pump station will certainly be able to handle the development of 9 acres which could mean approximately 15 new homes.  They typically use choose pump for efficiency and if the flow is 100 gallons per minute, they would pick a pump with a 180 gallons per minute capacity.  
        When no other members of the public wished to be heard, Supervisor Smith closed the public hearing.     

        Public Hearing No. 4 considers the formation of Drainage District No. 30 for Fieldstone Estates Planned Unit Development.
        Fenced detention basins are proposed as part of this project and are sized for a 100 year storm.  
        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 May 22 and June 12 were approved as presented.

PRIVILEGE OF THE FLOOR
        8282007_113718_0.pnge, informed the Board that a day care is operating at 865 Oregon Avenue (towards Eastern Parkway) is a rental property.  There is heavy traffic flow with double parking which is agitating the neighbors.  He inquired if the day care moves can they avoid having another day care in the neighborhood.  Supervisor Smith will need to look into the requirements for this and get back to the resident.
        Mr. Pitura notified the Board that Oregon Avenue became an expressway during recent Rt. 7 reconstruction which continues now that drivers have found this short cut.  The Police Department made note of his concerns.  

        8282007_113718_0.png, notified the Board that when the State was reconstructing Rt. 7 they took down street signs that have not yet been replaced.  She asked who will be replacing these signs and when will they be replaced.  

SPECIAL DISTRICTS
        The following resolutions were approved with a vote of five ayes unless otherwise noted.
        Resolution 2007-149 establishes Extension 162 to Consolidated Water District No. 1 for Fieldstone Estates Planned Unit Development.

        Resolution 2007-150 establishes Extension 117 to Sewer District 6 for Fieldstone Estates Planned Unit Development.

        Resolution 2007-151 establishes Drainage District No. 30 for Fieldstone Estates Planned Unit Development.

        Resolution 2007-152 authorizes the Supervisor to retain Sterling Environmental Engineering to provide services necessary to complete the ground water monitoring, sampling, and a perimeter gas survey at the site of the former Niskayuna landfill at a cost not to exceed $6,700.

        Resolution 2007-153 authorizes the Supervisor to enter into an agreement for professional services of C. T. Male Associates, to perform a site evaluation of a parcel of land located at WTRY Road adjacent to the Niskayuna Highway Department Complex for the proposed new Water & Sewer Maintenance Facility at a total cost not to exceed $16,000.

        Resolution 2007-154 authorizes the purchase of a 2008 Ford Super Duty XL F-350 one-ton pickup truck with plow equipment from Van Bortel Ford, Inc. at a total cost not to exceed $28,170 and to purchase a 2008 Ford Super Duty XL F-350 one-ton pickup truck with service body and plow equipment from Van Bortel Ford, at a total cost not to exceed $31,769.

        Resolution 2007-155 authorizes the sale of a 1991 International roll-off truck from the Water & Sewer Department on consignment through Hacker’s Packers, for the off-set price of $15,000 with a 10% commission rate.

        Resolution 2007-156 authorizes the repair of a pressuring reducing valve on Troy Road opposite Bellevue Hospital from Ross Valve Mfg., in the amount of $2,007.45.

GENERAL RESOLUTIONS
        Resolution 2007-157 adopts Local Law 7, Under Aged Consumption of Alcoholic Beverages and/or Use of Drugs at Private Parties Law.

        Resolution 2007-158 appoints Reverend Scott DeBlock and Rabbi Matthew Cutler as Police Chaplains on an as-needed basis for the Police Department without financial compensation.

        Resolution 2007-159 appoints Bethany Vena as a Police Patrolman Recruit, effective July 11, 2007.

        Resolution 2007-160 makes line item budgetary modifications for the rehabilitation of the Train Station.

        Resolution 2007-161 employs additional persons in the Niskayuna Recreation Program.

        At this time the Board voted unanimously to enter into Executive Session to discuss a contract matter.
        There being no further business to come before the Board, Supervisor Smith adjourned the meeting.

                                        Helen Kopke, Town Clerk


 
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