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Town Board Minutes 7/10/2008

AT A SPECIAL MEETING OF THE TOWN BOARD OF THE TOWN OF NISKAYUNA DULY CALLED AND HELD ON THE 10TH DAY OF JULY, 2008, AT THE NISKAYUNA TOWN BOARD ROOM, ONE NISKAYUNA CIRCLE,  NISKAYUNA, NEW YORK, THE FOLLOWING MEMBERS WERE PRESENT:

JULIE McDONNELL, COUNCILWOMAN
MARIE P. FREUND, COUNCILWOMAN
DIANE P. O’CONNELL, COUNCILWOMAN
LIZ ORZEL KASPER, COUNCILWOMAN
JOE LANDRY, SUPERVISOR

        Others present:  Helen Kopke, Town Clerk; Eric Dickson, Town Attorney; Frank Gavin, Superintendent of Highways, Paul Sebesta, Comptroller; Lew Moskowitz, Chief of Police; Richard Pollock, Superintendent of Water & Sewer; Kathleen Gansfuss, Director of Recreation.

PRIVILEGE OF THE FLOOR
        XXXXXX, Rowe Road & Rosehill Boulevard, stated that five years ago they had extreme flooding and three weeks ago had another storm that flooded his neighbors house and caused such severe damage it was deemed uninhabitable.  He wanted some action taken to be able to reduce the potential of further flooding.  
        Supervisor Landry has met with personnel from the Engineering Department who are looking at the situation from a watershed prospective.  They will update the engineering studies that have been done in the past and will look at the situation starting at the Mohawk Country Club to the Mohawk River.  Based upon the results there may be recommendations as far as rehabilitation.  
Councilwoman O’Donnell noted that some improvements were done about five years ago at the Mohawk Club and she thought they made some significant improvements.. XXXX thought that because of a lot of new building in the area and also changes to lawns, runoff may have started to increase.  It is hard to say that the Mohawk Club work improved the situation when we get certain rain events.  Richard Pollock, Town Engineer, stated from his prospective, the recent storm was smaller than a 25-year event which is 2.03” of rain in 45 minutes with a total of 4” of rain over a 24-hour period.  
        Councilwoman Kasper recalled improvements made five years ago that went beyond the work done at the Mohawk Club.  Debris had to be removed from the creek and a neighbor had filled in a berm so the water couldn’t flow.  Supervisor Landry noted that the water goes into the culvert under Angelina and goes to catch basins and out the outlet.  It seemed to be flowing well through the system.   
        Mr. Pollock stated that there are definite things that homeowners can do to their property to avoid this type of damage.  The Town could put in bigger pipe or put in more detention.  He didn’t feel there was any way we could afford to put in big enough pipe since you would have to start at the Mohawk River and work back up.  This is a large watershed and would be an extremely expensive solution.  We might be able to straighten out some kinks in the pipe (where it takes a bend at Rowe Road) which may be part of the solution.  We could also change the type of trash trap upstream and downstream which would catch more trash before it can get into the constricted pipe section.  
        XXXXX asked if there was some way to slow down the water with swales or other catches along the road.  Mr. Pollock will provide the Town Board with recommendations on the entire watershed, what we can do, how much the alternatives will cost, and come up with the best solution.  Mr. Shilling requested both short term and long term solutions.  
        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 2008-140 authorizes the purchase of youth and adult tee shirts and collared shirts for the Recreation Department programs for 2008 from JCB Specialties, at a total cost not to exceed $5,500.

        Resolution 2008-141 authorizes the Supervisor to retain the services of Chazen Companies, to perform necessary survey work, conceptual planning and mapping of Town owned property in the vicinity of Aqueduct Road at a cost not to exceed $4,100.

        Resolution 2008-142 makes appointments for personnel for the Recreation program to positions and rates of compensation listed.   

        Resolution 2008-143 grants easements to the owners of 858 Middle Street and 137 Middle Street over Town owned paper streets for ingress and egress.

        Resolution 2008-144 authorizes the Supervisor to act on behalf of the Town in all maters related to the submission of a grant application seeking monies from the Justice Court Assistance Program for the purchase of various security equipment.

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

                                Helen F. Kopke, Town Clerk


 
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