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Town Board Minutes 12/16/2008


        Others present:  Helen Kopke, Town Clerk; Eric Dickson, Town Attorney; Lew Moskowitz, Chief of Police, Stan Fiminski, Police Lieut.; John Lubrant, Police Lieut.; Paul Sebesta, Comptroller; Bill Lawrence, IT Manager; Frank Gavin, Superintendent of Highways; and Kathy Matern, Town Planner.

        The minutes of the Town Board meetings of November 6 and 18, 2008 were approved as presented.

        A public hearing was held to consider the increase of improvements to Consolidated Water District No. 1 in the maximum amount of $730,000 consisting of the development of four new wells.  
        When no members of the public wished to be heard, Supervisor Landry closed the public hearing.

        When no members of the public wished to be heard, Supervisor Landry closed Privilege of the Floor.

        Transportation Committee – Councilwoman O’Donnell thanked staff from Police, Highway, and the Water & Sewer Departments, for doing what needed to be done during the recent ice storm.  Crews started working at 10 p.m. on Thursday and worked straight through till Friday and continue to plow, clear trees, and pick up limbs.  Saturday through Tuesday they worked from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. Our costs are mounting which will be a challenge.  
Two crews are removing brush with loaders, a 10-wheel dump truck, and another crew removing hanging limbs, downed trees, and are chipping brush.  27 of the 30 Highway and Park employees are working on the storm clean up.  They also rented additional equipment for the clean up such as a large loader and more chippers.  They will be plowing with six trucks instead of nine and we are expecting more snow and we may have 1-2’ by Christmas.  They will be adding three garbage trucks on Wednesday and will continue to pick up brush.  

Recreation & Education Committee – Councilwoman McDonnell thanked Town employees, Police Officers and Dispatchers who are working hard to assist during this storm.  
The committee will meet the first week in January.  The winter brochure has been distributed to the schools and they will continue to take registrations on line. Their next meeting will focus on the spring and summer programming and they hope to make some constructive changes to those programs.

Public Works – Councilwoman Freund reported that the specs for the new water meters equipped with a remote read will be ready before Christmas.  For meters less than ten years old, the Town will have the option of replacing just the UME on the meters.
She thanked the Public Works Department for their time and effort during the storm.  The crews carried generators from pump station to pump station while the power was out so they would always have power.  The department was already dealing with the outage of two major phone lines which knocked out communication with Town Hall, 911, and the communication line that runs between the computers and pump stations.  The Waste Water Treatment Plant luckily did not lose power as it is equipped with its original generator that is old and too small to run all the additional upgrades that have been mandated. We need to upgrade the generator before we are faced with another serious power outage.  
She thanked Frank Gavin and the Highway crews and Police for their hard work and personally thanked the crews from National Grid for all their work.    
Regarding the Town’s bicentennial celebration in conjunction with Niska-Day, a tent is planned to exhibit memorabilia related to the bicentennial. The next meeting of the committee will be Wednesday, January 7.

Public Safety, Parks & Senior Committee – Councilwoman Kasper thanked everyone who has worked hard during the ice storm.  The Board will be appointing a new Police Officer tonight and they are entering into an agreement for a feasibility study for Central Dispatch with the County.  The Board will also be calling for a public hearing to put a weight limit on Oregon Avenue.  Next meeting is to be announced.
The Senior Snow Ball will be planned for February.   

Finance & General Government - Supervisor Landry thanked employees for all that was done during the storm.  The Police Officers maintained public safety, Dispatchers were extremely busy all weekend and he thanked them for being the voice of Niskayuna during this crisis.  
The Water Plant and Waste Water Treatment Plan both lost power which required the generators to be used and required employees to continually monitor plant operations during the outage.  He thanked these employees and plant operators for keeping the plants operating without interruption.  The various water and sewer pump stations and the water tower lost power and we had crews moving generators between the pump stations to insure their continued operation and he thanked these employees for their dedication.  
He thanked the employees of the Highway Department for their dedication for plowing on Thursday night, then removal of debris.  By Friday afternoon most roads were completely passable.
He thanked the employees of National Grid.  3,600 square miles of their service area was affected.  6,000 residents originally lost power and currently there are 753 customers without power in Town.  They were very responsive to our demands and worked efficiently to restore power to their customers.  They repaired or replaced 772,000 of wire, 350 poles, 150 transformers; 68 tracker-trailer loads of materials were brought in.  88,000 phone calls were received at their dispatch centers throughout the storm.  They brought in crews from Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, NJ, Pennsylvania, and Virginia and 3,000 were working on this event at any one time with 600 overhead crews, 287 tree crews, 69 service crews, and at one point 176 crews were assigned to work in Schenectady County.  

        The following resolutions were approved with a vote of five ayes unless otherwise noted.

        Resolution 2008-232 appoints Hisham Khafaga to the position of Police Patrolman.

        Resolution 2008-233 authorizes the Computer Network Administrator to attend a Computer Training Seminar at New Horizons Computer Learning Center at a cost not to exceed $1,996.

        Resolution 2008-234 authorizes the purchase of Backup Exec System Recovery software from Dyntek, at a cost not to exceed $5,507.03.

        Resolution 2008-235 approves a public interest order increasing and improving the facilities of Consolidated Water District No. 1 at a maximum estimated cost of $730,000.

        Resolution 2008-236 authorizes the Town to participate with the County of Schenectady in the implementation of the feasibility study recommendations and participate in the submission of application to the New York State Department of State Local Government Efficiency Grant Program to implement centralized dispatch operations in the County of Schenectady.

        Resolution 2008-237 accepts bids for the purchase of various materials to be used by the Public Works operations during 2009.

        Resolution 2008-238 accepts bids for the purchase of certain chemicals to be used by the Public Works Operations in 2009.

        Resolution 2008-239 accepts the plans for conversion of property for replacement of Ferry Road Bridge over the Mohawk River backchannel.

        Resolution 2008-240 appoints Rebecca Scanlon, to the position of part-time student intern in the Water & Sewer Department effective January 1, 2009 at an hourly rate of $12.50.

        Resolution 2008-241 appoints Timothy F. Healey, to the position of Waste Water Treatment Plant Operator Grade 3, on a permanent basis.

        Resolution 2008-242 authorizes advertising for bids for the replacement and installation of water meters in the Town.

        Resolution 2008-243 approves Local Law No. 9 which amends the Chapter 220 of the Code of the Town, Town Center Overlay District, Neighborhood Commercial and Highway Commercial Standards.

        Resolution 2008-344 recognizes the Civil Service Employees Association AFSCME, Local 1000, AFL-CIO, as the sole and exclusive bargaining agent for the purposes of collective bargaining with certain full-time employees.

        Resolution 2008-245 calls for a Public Hearing, January 27, 2009 at 7 p.m. to consider the amendment of the Official Zoning Map of the Town for a change of zoning classification for 566 Balltown Road (Stewart’s Ice Cream store), from R-1: Low Density Residential to C-N: Neighborhood Commercial.

        Resolution 2008-246 calls for a Public Hearing January 27, 2009 at 7 p.m. to consider the amendment of the Official Zoning Map of the Town for a change of zoning classification for a portion of the Town Recreation Center property consisting of 23 acres from Office Technology/Light Industrial to R-2: Medium Density Residential.

        Resolution 2008-247 calls for a Public Hearing January 27, 2009 at 7 p.m. to consider the enactment of a Local Law which would establish a four (4) ton weight limit on Oregon Avenue from Union Street to the Niskayuna Town line.

        Resolution 2008-248 establishes Drainage District No. 32 for Windsor Estates Section 3.

        Resolution 2008-249 modifies the 2008 Town budget.

        Resolution 2008-250 retains Nicole Lang as a Civilian Police Dispatcher on a permanent basis upon successful completion of her probationary period.

        Resolution 2008-251 authorizes the issuance of serial bonds not to exceed $270,000 for various Town road paving projects.

        Resolution 2008-252 authorizes the issuance of serial bonds not to exceed $56,000
to purchase two (2) pick-up trucks.

Resolution 2008-253 authorizes the issuance of serial bonds not to exceed $200,000
for road paving projects.

        Resolution 2008-254 authorizes the issuance of serial bonds not to exceed $2,000,000 for replacement of various water mains.

        Resolution 2008-255 authorizes the issuance of serial bonds not to exceed $2,100,000 for the acquisition and installation of automated water meters and radio signal data collection devices with related software.

        Resolution 2008-256 authorizes the issuance of serial bonds not to exceed $27,000 for the replacement of existing fire hydrants.

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

                                        Helen Kopke, Town Clerk


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