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Town Board Minutes 5/26/2009
AT A REGULAR MEETING OF THE TOWN BOARD OF THE TOWN OF NISKAYUNA DULY CALLED AND HELD ON THE 26th DAY OF MAY, 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; Matthew Yetto, Jr. Engineer; Lew Moskowitz, Chief of Police; Bill Lawrence, IT Manager; Paul Sebesta, Comptroller.  

TOWN CLERK’S BUSINESS
        The minutes of the meetings of March 24 and April 28 were approved as presented.

PUBLIC HEARING
        A public hearing was held to consider a sewer extension on Van Antwerp Road.  When no members of the public wished to be heard, Supervisor Landry closed the public hearing.

PRIVILEGE OF THE FLOOR
        XXXXX Brookshire Drive, inquired about a new position and the civil service test for this position.  She was not aware of the Special Meeting in early May.  Town Clerk Kopke noted that the meeting was posted with local newspapers, the bulletin board, and should have been posted on the web site.
        When no other members of the public wished to be heard, Supervisor Landry closed Privilege of the Floor.

COMMITTEE REPORTS
        Education, Recreation and Parks Committee:  Councilwoman McDonnell announced that the committee has been primarily working on summer programming, playground camps, swimming programs and other activities.  They have on-line registration for these programs and are in the process of interviewing youth and adult applicants for these programs.  Some employee hiring requests are on the agenda for tonight.  Their next meeting is Thursday, June 4 at 7 p.m. at Town Hall.

        Public Works Committee:  Councilwoman Freund announced that they are offering a resolution tonight to authorize the Supervisor to sign a grant application for the water meter conversion program and the water main replacement project.  Up to 90% of the cost of the meters and the installation could be funded.
        Following their bid opening for the water main replacement project it was determined that not all of the allocated funds would be needed to complete the project so they are now looking to put these funds to their best use.  Harris Drive and Whitney Drive are scheduled to be paved this season so they would like to replace the existing water main prior to the paving.   This area has been prone to water breaks.
        241 meters will be delivered Wednesday, May 27 and the contractor will begin commercial water meter replacement beginning June 8.  Letters have been sent to commercial property owners and they will now be advised via letter to schedule a time and day for replacement work with the contractor.
        Niska Day was a huge success even with the postponement of the fireworks due to high winds.  She thanked all volunteers in particular Ray Smith, Charlie Bergami, Matt Yetto, John Borjakowski, James and Kevin Percy, John Hall, Cheryl Adamac, Kathleen Gansfuss, Councilwoman Diane O’Donnell, her kids, Lorene Zabin, John Lubrant, and Chief Lew Moskowitz.  
RESOLUTIONS
        The following resolutions were approved with a vote of three ayes (Councilwoman O’Donnell and Kasper were absent) unless otherwise noted.

        Resolution 2009-119 authorizes an unpaid leave of absence for up to 10 days for Patrolman Nicholas J. Pardi who has been deployed to Iraq.

        Resolution 2009-120 authorizes the continuation of Military Leave and Health & Welfare benefits for Town employees according with certain policies.

        Resolution 2009-121 retains Nicholas J. Pardi as a Patrolman in the Police Department following his successful completion of the Civil Service Probationary period and will be retained in his position on a permanent basis effective July 17, 2008.

        Resolution 2009-122 authorizes the Superintendent of Highways to purchase a lawnmower for the Parks Department from Grassland Equipment & Irrigation, at a total cost not to exceed $8,926.30.

        Resolution 2009-123 appoints additional persons for the Recreation Program and designates an appropriate salary for a Town employee.

        Resolution 2009-124 appoints Jeffrey Thomas to the position of part-time on-call Civilian Police Dispatcher on an as-needed basis, on a provisional basis, at a rate of compensation of $17.55584.

        Resolution 2009-125 authorizes the Supervisor to sign a grant application from Green Innovation Grant Program in connection with the Town’s meter conversion program and water main replacement projects.

        Resolution 2009-126 authorizes the purchase of desktop computers for use by the Town administrative offices from Dell Computer Corporation, at a total cost not to exceed $8,160.

        Resolution 2009-127 approves a Special Use Permit for reuse of 3410 State Street as a used car dealership for Craig Serafini.

        Resolution 2009-128 calls for a Public Hearing June 23, 2009 at 7 p.m. to consider amendment of the Vehicle and Traffic Code to provide for the installation of a stop sign on Carlyle Drive at Orlyn Drive for traffic proceeding east.

        Resolution 2009-129 authorizes the Superintendent of Water & Sewer to seek proposals for the preparation of bid documents for a water main replacement project along Whitney Drive between its intersection with Trottingham Drive and Pearse Road.

        Resolution 2009-130 authorizes the payment for a partial year uniform allowance for Detective Allan Bell in the amount of $383.33 for the year 2009.

        Resolution 2009-131 authorizes the Comptroller to make various transfers of funds in the 2009 Budget.

        Resolution 2009-132 recognizes Sergeant Edward M. Kelly for his many years of service to the Town.

        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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