AT A REGULAR MEETING OF THE TOWN BOARD OF THE TOWN OF NISKAYUNA DULY CALLED AND HELD ON THE 24TH DAY OF JUNE, 2008 AT THE NISKAYUNA TOWN BOARD ROOM, ONE NISKAYUNA CIRCLE, NISKAYUNA, NEW YORK, THE FOLLOWING MEMBERS WERE PRESENT;
JULIE McDONNELL, COUNCILWOMAN
MARIA P. FREUND, COUNCILWOMAN
JOE LANDRY, SUPERVISOR
DIANE P. O’DONNELL, COUNCILWOMAN (absent)
LIZ ORZEL KASPER, COUNCILWOMAN (absent)
Others present: Helen Kopke, Town Clerk; Eric Dickson, Town Attorney; Kathleen Gansfuss, Director of Recreation; Lew Moskowitz, Chief of Police; Paul Sebesta, Comptroller; Matt Yetto, Jr. Engineer; John Lubrant, Police Lieut.; Stan Fiminski, Police Lieut.
TOWN CLERK BUSINESS
The minutes of the meeting of May 27 and June 12, 2008 were approved as presented.
PRIVILEGE OF THE FLOOR
XXXXXXXXXX, 111 Denise Drive (corner of Rowe Road), informed the Board about recent storm water damage on Denise Drive.
XXXXXXXX, 1427 Rosehill Boulevard, stated that storm water damage from torrential rains are an on-going problem for Rosehill and Denise Drive. The first storm was in 2003 with several neighbors getting water in their basement. At the time, the Town thought that this was a “storm of the century.” In 2005 and last weekend other storms occurred causing damage. He showed the Board pictures from storms of 2003 and 2005. There has been talk about doing something about the drainage in this area. The Town has cleaned out the brush and put in gravel which has been ineffective.
Education & Recreation Committee - Councilwoman McDonnell reported that the committee was working on summer programs, playgrounds, camps, Town pool, etc. Their next meeting is scheduled for July 2 at 4:30 p.m. at the Community Center where they will discuss the fall program.
Public Works - Councilwoman Freund reported that the Public Works Department has been fine-tuning the data for the cost analysis program for our new water meters. The data for commercial accounts is nearly complete and hope to generate a report at the end of next week. Interns are working on the data collection for residential accounts which will be finished in a few weeks. Drilling for the new water wells has been very favorable and they hope by the end of the year we will have our new wells producing. Next meeting is Wednesday, July 2 at 7:30 a.m.
Parks & Senior Citizens - Supervisor Landry stated that Parks & Sr. Program Committee will meet on Thursday, July 3 at 11 a.m. and the Public Safety will be meeting on Monday, July 7 at 9:30 a.m.
Transportation Committee – next meeting is yet to be determined.
Economic Development Committee - may not meet in July (final determination has not been made yet).
Finance & General Government Committee will meet on Monday, July 7 at 6 p.m.
The following resolutions were approved with a vote of three ayes (Councilwoman Kasper and O’Donnell were absent), unless otherwise noted.
Resolution 2008-124 calls for a Public Hearing July 29, 2008 at 7 p.m. to consider the enactment of a Local Law which would establish a 20 mile per hour school speed limit on Cornelius Avenue from Shirl Lane to Hillside School, on Nicholas Avenue from Shirl Lane to Hillside School and on Plum Street from Van Antwerp Road to Hillside School.
Resolution 2008-125 appoints Nicholas J. Pardi, Michael J. Sollohub, and Jordan Kochan to the position of Police Patrolman in the Niskayuna Police Department on a permanent basis effective July 16, 2008.
Supervisor Landry administered the oath of office and stated that all three candidates are Niskayuna High School graduates, all recent graduates from local universities, and they all currently live in the Town. He is pleased and proud to have them join our police force and thanked them for choosing the Niskayuna Police Department as their future employer.
Police Chief Moskowitz is happy that the three candidates are Niskayuna graduates. They were recruited by other Towns and it is the first time since 1971 that the department has hired more than two officers at one time. Jeff Thomas will do his last tour Friday, June 27 after 29 years with the Department. He was very instrumental in starting the school internship program and was the officer selected for high school students to ride with because of his demeanor, his ability and desire to do the job. At least two of the recruits tonight rode with Jeff while they were in high school.
Resolution 2008-126 authorizes a $115 per child fee for the Science Camp sponsored by the Recreation Department. This is an increase in fee of approximately $20 per week due to additional gas costs and admission costs for scheduled field trips.
Resolution 2008-127 appoints Jason Pollard, to the position of Maintenance Worker in the Water & Sewer Department, effective June 30, 2008, at a rate of compensation of $13.67 per hour.
Resolution 2008-128 appoints Nicole Lang to the position of Civilian Police Dispatcher, on a permanent basis, effective June 30, 2008, at an annual salary of $28,238.
Resolution 2008-129 authorizes Chief Lewis Moskowitz to attend the 115th Annual IACP Law Enforcement Education and Technology Exposition sponsored by the International Association of Chief’s of Police, on November 8-12, 2008, at a cost of $275 for registration plus expenses.
Resolution 2008-130 authorizes the purchase of a Heavy Duty Class 8 Cab and Chassis from Tracey Road Equipment, at a total cost not to exceed $108,000.
Resolution 2008-131 grants Dr. Gerald Brescia a Special Use Permit to allow for the reuse of 1758 Union Street as a medical/professional office building subject to certain conditions.
Resolution 2008-132 authorizes the Supervisor to retain the services of Sterling Environmental Engineering to provide the services necessary to complete the groundwater monitoring and sampling at the site of the former Niskayuna Landfill at a cost not to exceed $5,550.
Resolution 2008-133 appoints Deena A. Malkis, as a temporary seasonal laborer in the Water & Sewer Department effective June 19, 2008 at $8.75 per hour.
Resolution 2008-134 appoints Joshua Kambour to the position of temporary seasonal laborer in the Parks Department, effective immediately, at $8.75 per hour.
Resolution 2008-135 makes appointments of personnel for the Niskayuna Recreation Program to the position and rate of pay listed.
Resolution 2008-136 authorizes the Supervisor to enter into a contract for employee disability insurance with National Benefit Life Insurance Company, effective July 1, 2008 at a cost not to exceed $0.18 per $100 weekly payroll.
Resolution 2008-137 appoints Bryan K. Thompson, to the position of Equipment Operator/Plant Mechanic in the Water & Sewer Department, effective immediately, on a provisional basis, at $18.42 per hour.
Resolution 2008-138 sets the residential water consumption rate at $2.50 per thousand gallons, and the commercial water consumption rate at $3.28 per thousand gallons, effective July 1, 2008. This is a mid-year consumption rate change from $2.15 to $2.50, with the commercial rate to $3.28.
Resolution 2008-139 authorizes the Supervisor to act on behalf of the Town Board in all matters related to the submission of the grant application to the New York State Department of Transportation, Transportation Enhancement Program, to be used in connection with the Town’s Safe Routes to School Project.
There being no further business to come before the Town Board, Supervisor Landry adjourned the meeting.
Helen F. Kopke, Town Clerk