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Town Board Minutes 11/27/2007
-AT A REGULAR MEETING OF THE TOWN BOARD OF THE TOWN OF NISKAYUNA DULY CALLED AND HELD ON THE 27th 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
DIANE P. O’DONNELL, COUNCILWOMAN
LUKE J. SMITH, SUPERVISOR


        Others present;  Helen Kopke, Town Clerk; Eric Dickson, Town Attorney; Kathy Matern, Town Planner; Paul Sebesta, Comptroller; Frank Gavin, Superintendent of Highways; Bill Lawrence, Information Tech Manager; Amy Houlihan, Assessor; Lew Moskowitz, Chief of Police; and Matthew Yetto, Jr. Engineer.

TOWN CLERK’S BUSINESS
        The minutes of the meeting of October 23 and November 13, 2007 were approved as presented.

PRIVILEGE OF THE FLOOR
        XXXXXXX, Millington Road, was informed that the Town does not own St. James Square and we can’t just lower rents to get it filled up.  The Town has worked with the owners of the property and have listened to any changes they want to make such as signage and we will continue to work with developers.  We do not have an IDA in Town that some Towns have, that allow for some economic assistance.  We have Metroplex and Schenectady County Economic Development Corp who can provide some economic assistance.  
        When the owner of Phase I came to the Town, the Supervisor arranged a meeting with Metroplex to see what they could do.  It is not filled probably because the rents are high and the prior owner may have had a vision that it would be Stuyvesant Plaza West, but we don’t have that same amount of traffic.  It’s a tough location and the Phase I owner has added some tenants and there has been some discussion about tenants for the old Grand Union space which is the key.  Once that is filled it will anchor the mall.  It is private property and thus a private issue.

SPECIAL DISTRICTS
        The following resolutions were approved with a vote of five ayes unless otherwise noted.
        Resolution 2007-245 authorizes the purchase of two 3” commercial water meters from Neptune Tru/Flow at a cost not to exceed $5,000.  This resolution was approved with a four ayes (Councilman Chapman was absent for this resolution).

        Resolution 2007-246 authorizes the purchase and installation of a pump station controller and communication equipment for the Stanford/Fillmore pump station from Lenz Hardware, at a cost not to exceed $8,800.

        Resolution 2007-247 authorizes the purchase of two flow meters for the Stanford/Fillmore pump station from Systemation, Inc. at a cost not to exceed $5,800.

GENERAL RESOLUTIONS
        Resolution 2007-248 authorizes advertising for bids for in-car video systems for the Police Department.

        Resolution 2007-249 calls for a public hearing December 11, 2007 at 7 p.m. to consider amendment of the Zoning Ordinance to delete boarding homes from the list of permitted uses under Chapter 220-29 Home Occupation Uses.

        Resolution 2007-250 reappoints Amy Houlihan as Town Assessor for a term of office ending September 30, 2013.

        Resolution 2007-251 authorizes increasing the hours of James L. Marco, part time Seasonal Maintenance Helper from 20 hours per week to 30 hours per week at his current rate of compensation, without benefits, until December 31, 2007.

        Resolution 2007-252 establishes the position of Planning Technician and appoints Kathy Matern to this position, on a provisional basis effective immediately.

        Resolution 2007-253 authorizes the Supervisor to retain Alvey & DiMura, Inc. to provide a preliminary appraisal of the Niskayuna Square Plaza, 3333/3337 Consaul Road at a cost not to exceed $3,600.

        Resolution 2007-254 makes line item budgetary modifications.

        Resolution 2007-255 authorizes the purchase of computer equipment for the Tax Office at a cost not to exceed $1,934; the purchase of a Dell Ethernet Power Connect Switch to upgrade the Town’s computer network performance and reliability, at a cost not to exceed $587.50; and the purchase of Spam Filter Appliance Software at a cost not to exceed $2,000.

        Resolution 2007-256 authorizes the Supervisor to enter into an agreement for the disposal of sewage sludge with Fulton County Department of Solid Waste, for the year 2008, at a disposal cost of $65.00 per ton.

        Resolution 2007-257 authorizes the Supervisor to enter into a contract with the Animal Protective Foundation of Schenectady, Inc. for the impounding and care of dogs during 2008 in the amount of $8,000.

        Resolution 2007-258 authorizes the purchase of a plaque for the Train Station from Catskill Castings at a cost not to exceed $1,000.

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

                                        Helen Kopke, Town Clerk




 
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