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Town Board Minutes 12/11/2007
AT A REGULAR MEETING OF THE TOWN BOARD OF THE TOWN OF NISKAYUNA DULY CALLED AND HELD ON THE 11th OF DECEMBER, 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; Lew Moskowitz, Chief of Police; Kathy Matern, Town Planner; Richard Pollock, Superintendent of Water & Sewer; and Paul Sebesta, Comptroller.

PUBLIC HEARING
        A public hearing was held to consider an amendment of the Zoning Ordinance, Section 220-29C regarding Permitted Uses.
        Kathy Matern, Town Planner, stated that the Planning Committee decided that boarding homes should not come under home occupations any longer.  Supervisor Smith stated that presently we don’t have any boarding homes, but they have been present in the town on the past.  Removing it now allows the Town to review this category.    
        When no members of the public wished to be heard, Supervisor Smith closed the Public Hearing.

TOWN CLERK’S BUSINESS
        The minutes of the Special meeting of November 20 and the Regular meeting of November 27 were approved as submitted.

PRIVILEGE OF THE FLOOR
        XXXXXXX, 2843 Whitmyer Drive, recognized Councilman Chapman and thanked him for his dedication and hard work.  He knows that he put a lot of work and effort into everything he has done for the Town and he appreciated it his dedication.  He was sad to see Supervisor Smith go and thanked him for his many years of service.  He always represented a good value for the Town and he appreciated this as a tax payer and appreciated his commitment to issues.  Whether people agreed with him or not, he took a firm stance and he appreciated this.
        Supervisor Smith thanked Mr. Walsh for his efforts as Chairman of the Planning Board.

        XXXXXXXX, 1919 Pawtucket Avenue, was glad she encouraged Supervisor Smith to run for office many years ago.  She is very pleased with his tenure as she knew he would analyze things, come to a position, and do what he felt was best for the Town and not everybody does that.   It is easy to be influenced by how the political wind is blowing but he has been above that. And she thanked him for his service.   

SPECIAL DISTRICTS
        The following resolutions were approved with a vote of five ayes unless otherwise indicated.

        Resolution 2007-259 accepts bids for the purchase of certain chemicals to be used by the Town in its public works operations in 2008.

        Resolution 2007-260 accepts a bid for the purchase of video and water jetting equipment for the Water & Sewer Department from Foster’s Equipment at a bid price of $69,853.

        Resolution 2007-261 authorizes the purchase of wire from Graybar, at a cost not to exceed $23,000.

GENERAL RESOLUTIONS
        Resolution 2007-262 accepts title to a 2002 Ford Explorer to be used by the Police Department from Metro Ford.

        Resolution 2007-263 appoints Margeaux L. Cusano, to the position of Payroll Clerk in the Comptroller’s Office, effective January 14, 2008, on a provisional basis, Grade 8, Step 7 on the 10 Step Salary Schedule, at a yearly salary of $34,545.

        Resolution 2007-264 makes line item budgetary modifications to the budget.

        Resolution 2007-265 rejects a bid received for the renovation of the Grange building.

        Resolution 2007-266 rescinds Resolution 2007-234 of November 13, 2007 and endorses participation and submission of an application to the NYS Department of State under the Shared Municipal Services Incentive Grant Program for the Town to provide a maximum of $49,000 for the de4sign and construction of a vehicle wash facility.

        Resolution 2007-267 supports submission of a shared municipal services incentive grant application with the Town and Central School District to enter into a cooperative agreement to design a shared facility for the Town’s Water & Sewer Maintenance garage and the School District’s Ground Maintenance Facility.
        Councilman Chapman stated he is supportive of the grant but he is still not in favor of a land swap.  Supervisor Smith stated that it could be that we purchase the land.  This resolution is just a question of the grant that the school is willing to work with us on.  There could be a land swap or we may purchase the land or the Board may decide to go in a different direction.  
     
        Resolution 2007-268 authorizes acceptance of a proposal to provide labor and materials to repair the gutters on the Town Hall Office Building from Associated Restoration and Architectural Sheet Metal, at a cost not to exceed $2,540.

        Resolution 2007-269 accepts bids for the purchase of various materials to be used by the town in its public works operations during 2008.

        Resolution 2007-270 authorizes acceptance of bids for the disposal and grinding of yard waste and the purchase of screened/unscreened compost during 2008.  

        Resolution 2007-271 authorizes advertising for bids for the purchase of a 2008 six wheel diesel powered conventional truck cab and chassis to be equipped with dump body, hoist and snow removal equipment and a trailer mounted crack filler machine for the Highway Department.

EXECUTIVE SESSION
        At this time Supervisor Smith called requested that the Board go into Executive Session to discuss a particular employee’s employment history plus also pending negotiations which was approved unanimously by the Board.
        
        Resolution 2007-272 adopted a report and the recommendations of Harvey Randall, acting as a Hearing Officer with respect to disciplinary charges proffered against a Town employee, which found that the employee committed the violation alleged in the charge dated October 18, 2007 and authorized the Supervisor to impose the discipline recommended in the report.  
        At this time there being no further business to come before the Town Board, Supervisor Smith adjourned the meeting.

                                        

Helen F. Kopke, Town Clerk


 
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