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Town Board Minutes 4/10/2008
AT A SPECIAL MEETING OF THE TOWN BOARD OF THE TOWN OF NISKAYUNA DULY CALLED AND HELD ON THE 10TH DAY OF APRIL, 2008 AT THE NISKAYUNA TOWN BOARD ROOM, ONE NISKAYUNA CIRCLE, NISKAYUNA, NEW YORK, THE FOLLOWING PERSONS WERE PRESENT

JULIE M. MCDONNELL, COUNCILWOMAN
MARIA P. FREUND, COUNCILWOMAN
DIANE P. O’DONNELL, COUNCILWOMAN
LIZ ORZEL KASPER, COUNCILWOMAN
JOE LANDRY, SUPERVISOR

        Others present:  Barbara Nottke, Deputy Town Clerk; Eric Dickson, Town Attorney; Kathy Matern, Town Planner, Lew Moskowitz, Chief of Police; Richard Pollock, Superintendent of Water & Sewer; Kathleen Gansfuss, Director of Recreation.

PUBLIC HEARING
        A Public Hearing was held to consider amendment of the Code of the Town for regulations and restrictions for Peddling Permits to include certain items that are not allowed for sale at Niska-Day or other public events in the Town.

        XXXXXX, 18 Norwood Way, has been co-chair of Niska-Day for 12 years.  He commended the Town for taking the first step and amending the Code to not allow the sale of certain items on the parade route and outside the school facility at Niska-Day.  They particularly object to the sale of “poppers” which are explosive noise makers that are thrown onto the ground.  They are particularly dangerous on the parade route as they can scare marchers and animals, and are a general nuisance.  They also object to the sale of “silly string” which is messy and stains and must be picked up the next day by volunteers.

        XXXXXX, 1919 Pawtucket Avenue, thinks this amendment is a good idea.

        When no other members of the public wished to be heard, Supervisor Landry closed the Public Hearing.

PRIVILEGE OF THE FLOOR
        XXXXXX, 1919 Pawtucket Avenue, thanked the Board for moving up the curb pickup of yard waste.  She was informed that a resolution about budget modifications would be discussed in detail at the Agenda Meeting and there is also a handout which outlines each amendment.
        When no other members of the public wished to be heard, Supervisor Landry closed Privilege of the Floor.

RESOLUTIONS
        The following resolutions were approved with a vote of five ayes unless otherwise noted.
        Resolution 2008-74 appoints Caitlin Bushnell to the position of part-time on-call Civilian Police Dispatcher, for assignment on an as-needed basis, at a rate of compensation of $16.8831 per hour without benefits.
        
        Resolution 2008-75 revises the Employee Handbook and allows that vacation time may be accumulated but no more than 35 days will be carried beyond June 30 of each year instead of April 30 of each year.  Councilwoman McDonnell stated that this allows employees more time to use their vacation time and is especially helpful for employees who have added responsibilities the first quarter of the year and find it difficult to take vacation time.

        Resolution 2008-76 appoints various individuals to work at the Driving Range which is open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.  Kathleen Gansfuss, Director of Recreation, noted that interest has grown for the use of this facility.  Lessons are given, and the high school girl’s golf club practices at the facility.  Lessons fill up quickly but the number of lessons needs to be controlled to save space for residents wishing to use the facility.

        Resolution 2008-77 authorizes the Supervisor to enter into an Inter-municipal Agreement with the Town of Glenville for cooperation between the Towns for the temporary and occasional assignment of civilian police dispatchers with the provision for the reimbursement for expenses incurred by the Town receiving such services.
        Chief Moskowitz explained that he has discussed sharing a dispatcher who would handle only 911 calls during a Glenville one-time only staff meeting.  This would be an overtime cost and Glenville will reimburse the town up to three hours of overtime. Councilwoman Kasper stated that this is another example of the importance of a central dispatching system.

        Resolution 2008-78 modifies the Purchasing Policy under Procedures for Training and Conferences.  Supervisor Landry stated that the Town had a previous policy that allowed a procedure for approving training and conferences which was set at a limit of $150 at the discretion of the Department Head.  Many requests for conferences costs a little over $150 up to $300 so they wish to change the policy to approve training between $150-$300 at the discretion of the Department Head with the approval of the Finance & General Government Committee.  Anything above $300 would be processed through the Department Head, the appropriate Committee, and require a Town Board resolution.  This allows monitoring of activity with training and conferences.
        
        There being no further business to come before the Town Board, Supervisor Landry adjourned the Special Meeting.

                                        Barbara Nottke, Deputy Town Clerk
        


 
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