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Town Board Minutes 11/13/2007
AT A REGULAR MEETING OF THE TOWN BOARD OF THE TOWN OF NISKAYUNA DULY CALLED AND HELD ON THE 13th OF NOVEMBER, 2007, AT THE NISKAYUNA TOWN BOARD ROOM, ONE NISKAYUNA CIRCLE, NISKAYUNA, NEW YORK, THE FOLLOWING MEMBERS WERE PRESENT;

LIZ ORZEL KASPER, COUNCILWOMAN
WILLIAM R. CHAPMAN, COUNCILMAN
MARIE P. FREUND, COUNCILWOMAN, absent
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; Frank Gavin, Superintendent of Highways; Lew Moskowitz, Chief of Police, and Paul Sebesta, Comptroller.

PRIVILEGE OF THE FLOOR

        XXXXXXXX, 2229 Fairlawn Parkway, is fully aware that belt tightening techniques at the eleventh hour don’t cut it when you are running an organization.  You can’t cut the budget by laying people off or decreasing salaries, which don’t resolve the issue of tax increases in Town and it never will.  
She is concerned that we have 7,289 residential parcels of property and we only have 207 commercial. She feels there is no way they are going to lower taxes, or not have high taxes in Niskayuna, with the ratio of residential versus commercial properties
She felt that the school district will suffer because it is being hit largely by unfunded mandates from the State and they also have increased cost of living expenses for salaries, health insurance, etc.  She thinks it is sad that the school budget vote is scheduled right after the reassessments come out.  The public has been assured that the revaluation has nothing to do with raising their taxes but they are skeptical because the process has been used as a ploy in other counties to get more money out of the tax payer’s pocket.  Residents at the reassessment meeting were not concerned about being reassessed, but are concerned about what the taxes are going to be.  The taxpayers in Niskayuna now feel they are already overtaxed.  If the Town does not want to bring in business they have to answer to the taxpayers where will they get the revenue from.
She and other residents met with the developers of the Ingersoll and they gave them a comprehensive review of the blueprints and answered their questions, and she feels they bent over backwards to accommodate the Town.  It will bring in revenue to a Town that doesn’t have very much commercial property.  As a taxpayer and property owner she is wondering what the problem is.  Do they want to keep raising the property taxes; do we want the school district to get its budget voted down?  What is the Board’s solution if they don’t bring more business in?  She knows Stanford Crossings won’t help the school district because it’s in South Colonie, but it will help the Town.  The residents she talked to are not upset about any commercialization of the Ingersoll property.  She asked the Board to keep in mind there are other people in Town that are not upset because they are rational people who understand that you don’t have anywhere to go except resident’s pocketbooks if they don’t start looking at bringing business into Town.
The school district is the hallmark of the Town, but although it is a good school district it is not the best in the area as far as test scores.  Other municipalities have exceeded our scores and have lower taxes because they have commerce.
Supervisor Smith stated that in theory the taxes should not go up, in fact they should go down with a revaluation.  He thinks it has gotten bad press over the years because politicians have taken advantage by having zero tax increases after a reval.  We have tried to impress our consultant, Gar Associates, to emphasis that next year people have to look at expenditures with the school, County, and Town to see what is going on and find out why the taxes are going up.  She hopes that her group will watch this, as he will.

When no other members of the public wished to be heard, Supervisor Smith closed Privilege of the Floor.  

SPECIAL DISTRICTS
        The following resolutions were approved with a vote of four ayes (Councilwoman Freund was absent) unless otherwise noted.
        
        Resolution 2007-229 authorizes the purchase of two Limitorque valve actuators from Chalmers & Kubeck North, at a cost not to exceed $8,800.

        Resolution 2007-230 authorizes the Supervisor to retain C. T. Male Associates, for the furnishing of engineering and hydrogeologic services related to the replacement of two existing wells and to perform well field evaluation for the potential development of two additional new water supply wells at a cost not to exceed $75,000.

        Resolution 2007-231 authorizes the execution of an Outside Sewer User Agreement with Terry & Loretta Maxon, owners of 2589 Banker Avenue.

        Resolution 2007-232 authorizes the execution of an Outside Sewer User Agreement with Kyaw Win & Ahmar Kyi, owners of 2546 Banker Avenue.

        Resolution 2007-233 authorizes the execution of an Outside Sewer User Agreement with Douglas O. Williams, owner of 987 North Ravine Road.

GENERAL RESOLUTIONS
        Resolution 2007-234 supports the submission of a grant application to the New York State Department of State under the Shared Municipal Services Incentive Grant program partnering with the City of Schenectady, County of Schenectady, Niskayuna Central School District and Fire District No. 1 and 2, in an amount not to exceed $450,000 with 10% of the funds to be provided by the Town for the design and construction of a vehicle wash facility.

        Resolution 2007-235 authorizes advertisement for bids for the purchase of various materials to be used by the Public Works operations during 2008.

        Resolution 2007-236 authorizes advertising for bids for the grinding and disposal of yard waste.

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

                                        Helen Kopke, Town Clerk




 
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