AT A REGULAR MEETING OF THE TOWN BOARD OF THE TOWN OF NISKAYUNA DULY CALLED AND HELD ON THE 28TH DAY OF APRIL, 2009, 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’DONNELL, COUNCILWOMAN, absent
LIZ ORZEL KASPER, COUNCILWOMAN, absent
JOE LANDRY, SUPERVISOR
Others present: Helen Kopke, Town Clerk; Eric Dickson, Town Attorney; Kathy Matern, Town Planner; Paul Sebesta, Comptroller; Amy Houlihan, Assessor; Lew Moskowitz, Chief of Police
To celebrate Police Week held each May, Supervisor Landry read a ceremonial resolution dedicated to the Police Department and declared May 10th to 16th Police Week in the Town of Niskayuna. May 15 is Peace Officers Memorial Day in honor of law enforcement officers who have made the ultimate sacrifice in service to their community or become disabled in the performance of their duties.
Chief Moskowitz explained that on May 13, the department will recognize and honor some of the officers in an awards ceremony at the High School Little Theater at 6:30 p.m. He is proud of the Police Department and they want to make sure that the officers who have performed above and beyond the normal call of duty receive recognition.
FIRE FIGHTER RECOGNITION
Fire District No. 1, Grand Boulevard Fire Company, awarded the Rookie of the Year Award to Jason Moskowitz, son of the Town’s Chief of Police. Firefighter of the Year Award was given to Peter Barber.
The Stanford Heights Fire Department awarded Robert Winston Firefighter of the Year Award for his dedicated service to residents.
The EMS Firefighter of the Year Award went to David Kingsland.
Fire District No. 2, Route 7, awarded Josh Snitkoff as Firefighter of the Year for his dedicated service.
Supervisor Landry thanked all fire departments in Town for helping out during our recent ice storm
TOWN CLERK’S BUSINESS
The minutes of the meetings of February 24, 2009 and March 12, 2009 were approved as presented.
PRIVILEGE OF THE FLOOR
XXXXX Fairlawn Parkway, stated that initially she was in favor of the proposed Ingersoll home turning into commercial property and is in favor of bringing commercial businesses to Town. She met with the developer and was told that the integrity of the property would be kept whole and they wouldn’t level all the trees but this didn’t happen. In many other areas, commercial properties are surrounded by trees. She is very disappointed because now the property is an eyesore and she wished the Town had input into what was happening at the site.
We have been informed that the School District tax increase will be below 3% and she thinks that is amazing during these tough economic times. The School District is one of our largest public employers and it has many non-funded mandates. She hoped the Town could do the same and keep any tax increase below 3%.
XXXXX Brookshire Drive, agreed with Ms. Rizzo about the eye sore of the Ingersoll site. She inquired about a January hire who was supposed to take a civil service test. The position has not been posted nor is there any information about it and she wondered if a test would be offered.
Education, Parks & Recreation Committee - Councilwoman McDonnell reported that the committee is very busy with spring soccer; interviewing for summer employment for playground camps and other summer programs and planning and registering for summer programs, swim lessons and swim team. The Driving Range is open; the Parks & Pavilions are opening; and sports teams have begun their seasons on Town fields.
Their next meeting is Thursday, May 7 at 7 p.m.
Public Works – Councilwoman Freund stated that the water main replacement project has a preconstruction meeting today and will have a public information meeting tomorrow, Wednesday, April 29 at 6 p.m. Construction will start on Niskayuna Road at the bottom of the hill before Rosendale Road. The next area will be Old River Road, Lishakill, and then Rosendale Road.
There will also be a pre-installation meeting for the water meter replacement project. Their next meeting is tentatively scheduled for Wednesday, May 6, time to be determined.
Regarding Niska-Day, May 16, they have six bands, Ed Reilly will be Grand Marshall, and the AcquaDuck will hold some of the residents that are related to those who helped settle Niskayuna. Buses will shuttle people to and from Craig School to the Nott Street area and review stand and will run from 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The senior bus will also be used. Three buses will run for about 4 to 5 hours.
The following resolutions were approved with a vote of three ayes (Councilwoman O’Donnell and Kasper were absent) unless otherwise indicated.
Resolution 2009-91 amends the Vehicle & Traffic Code to provide for the installation of Stop signs on Pheasant Ridge and Briar Ridge.
Resolution 2009-92 authorizes the Assessor to attend a conference.
Resolution 2009-93 appoints Nicole Lang as a part-time, on-call civilian Police Dispatcher on an as-needed basis, at a rate of compensation of $17.5584.
Resolution 2009-94 authorizes the Supervisor to enter into a contract with GAR Associates in connection with the Town’s participation in an annual reassessment at a cost of $5,000.
Resolution 2009-95 authorizes the renewal of an annual software maintenance agreement for the Building & Planning Department in the amount not to exceed $3,000.
Resolution 2009-96 authorizes the payment of scanning services for the Planning Department from General Code Publishers, in the amount of $3,780.74.
Resolution 2009-97 appoints Matthew J. Boehmer and Marina Franchild as co-chairmen of Park District 2, Dean Street Park.
Resolution 2009-98 authorizes the supervisor to enter into a renewal of an agreement with the Niskayuna Youth Lacrosse Club for a term ending December 31, 2015.
Resolution 2009-99 authorizes the Superintendent of Highways to advertise for bids for the purchase of a bucket truck.
Resolution 2009-100 authorizes the sale of used and miscellaneous equipment no longer needed by the Town.
Resolution 2009-101 retains E. Thomas Neals as a permanent part-time recycling helper after the successful completion of his probationary period.
Resolution 2009-102 calls for a public hearing on May 26, 2009 for Extension 106 of Sewer District No. 6.
Resolution 2009-103 authorizes the purchased of manhole riser rings at a price not to exceed $7,655.
Resolution 2009-104 authorizes the creation of the position of Assistant to the Comptroller and appoints Valerie Peters to the position on a permanent basis, Grade 14, at an annual salary of $44,364, effective May 4, 2009.
Resolution 2009-105 authorizes the Supervisor to enter into a contract for the renewal of the internet service agreement between Time Warner Cable and the Town for the Recreation Center and Highway Garage, at an annual cost of $839.40.
Resolution 2009-106 makes certain modifications to the 2009 budget.
Resolution 2009-107 schedules a public hearing on an application for a Special Use Permit for 3410 State Street to be used as a used automobile sales business for Craig Serafini.
Resolution 2009-108 authorizes the Chief of Police to purchase radio equipment and hardware in connection with the replacement of an antenna for the Town’s emergency radio system at a cost not to exceed $7,700.
Resolution 2009-109 authorizes the purchase of a used Sharp copier from Metroland Business Machines in the sum not to exceed $4,545.
Resolution 2009-110 appoints Michelle Mazuryk, to the position of Clerk in the Town Clerk’s office, without benefits, not to exceed 14 hours per week, effective immediately, at a rate of pay of $14 per hour.
Resolution 2009-111 authorizes the Superintendent of Highways to retain lawn mowing and trimming services for the Dean Street Park from Boulevard Services Company.
Resolution 2009-112 establishes a salary schedule for the wages paid to seasonal Recreation Department employees.
Resolution 2009-113 declares the week of May 10th to May 16 as Police Week in the Town.
There being no further business to come before the Town Board, Supervisor Landry adjourned the meeting.
Helen Kopke, Town Clerk