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Town Board Minutes 6/23/2009
AT A REGULAR MEETING OF THE TOWN BOARD OF THE TOWN OF NISKAYUNA DULY CALLED AND HELD ON THE 23RD DAY OF JUNE, 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
LIZ ORZEL KASPER, CONCILWOMAN
JOE LANDRY, SUPERVISOR

        Others present:  Helen Kopke, Town Clerk; Eric Dickson, Town Attorney; Kathy Matern, Town Planner; Bill Lawrence, Manager of IT; Lew Moskowitz, Chief of Police; Paul Sebesta, Comptroller.

CEREMONIAL RESOLUTIONS
        Supervisor Landry presented congratulatory resolutions honoring the Sectional champion players, coaches and managers of the 2009 Niskayuna High School Boys Varsity Lacrosse Team; the 2009 Niskayuna High School Girls Varsity Lacrosse Team; the 2009 Niskayuna High School Boys Tennis Team; and the 2009 Niskayuna High School Boys Varsity Track Team.

TOWN CLERK’S BUSINESS
        The minutes of the meeting of May 26, 2009 were approved as presented.

PUBLIC HEARING
        A public hearing was held to consider an amendment to the Vehicle & Traffic Code to provide for the installation of a Stop sign on Carlyle Drive traveling East at the intersection of Orlyn Drive.  When no members of the public wished to be heard, Supervisor Landry closed the Public Hearing.

PRIVILEGE OF THE FLOOR
        XXXXX Fairlawn Parkway  didn’t understand if the builder at the Ingersoll site called the Town about taking down two trees wouldn’t they have told the Town about removing all of the trees?    
She is in favor of economic development and believes the Ingersoll property should have been declared a historical site a long time ago as we don’t need another St. James Square at the Ingersoll property.  If this happens, this could infuriate residents in the Town.  She is concerned that St. James Square is a mess and “seedy” looking with papers and cigarette butts on the ground.

        XXXXX Berkeley Avenue, asked if there is a plan to do something with St. James Square to solidify our tax base more and bring tax dollars in. If there is a plan, what are the details of the plan, and what is their completion date?

        XXXXX Brookshire Drive, is concerned about the growing number of paper signs on utility poles throughout the Town advertising garage sales, real estate for sale, and services. Real estate signs should be on homes not on streets leading to homes for sale.  She was concerned that it took a month to get basketball equipment off of a Town road.   

PRESENTATION
        Bill Lawrence, Manager of IT, presented the Town’s newly redesigned web site to the Board.

COMMITTEE REPORTS
        Transportation – Councilwoman O’Donnell reported that the Highway Department had completed its second ice storm pickup.  Over 400,000 yards of brush, representing 3,000 dump truck loads were picked up.  From now on, all material needs to be canned, bagged, or tied.  She requested that the Town announce that there will be no more storm debris pickup from the Town.  And also asked that residents be reminded not be place cans curb-side until the day before scheduled pickup.  They will be submitting a claim for $600,000-$700,000 for clean up from the storm.
        Two miles of paving has been accomplished, with 3-1/2 more miles to be done.

        Public Works – Councilwoman Freund reported that their next meeting is scheduled for July 8 at 8 a.m.  Tonight they will vote on seeking proposals for the Whitney Drive water main replacement.

        Education, Recreation & Parks – Councilwoman McDonnell reported that they had completed the bulk of their hiring for the summer programs.  The camps have been planned, the pool is open, and the swim team has started.   They have received positive feedback for online registration.  
        There is a new play ground location at Blatnick Park with structured sports activities for teenagers, a new pre-K summer camp and they are registering for the fall soccer program.  A new Skills and Drills program will start for three and four year olds conducted at the same time as the regular soccer program.

        Seniors & Public Safety – Councilwoman Kasper noted that they would be voting on hiring two policemen tonight who have finished the academy.  Their next meeting is Wednesday, July 8th or Monday July 13.  

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

        Resolution 2009-135 authorizes the Supervisor to enter into an agreement with Pop Warner Football for the use by the club of playing fields in the vicinity of the Niskayuna Recreation Center for a term ending March 31, 2015.

        Resolution 2009-136 appoints new employees for the Summer Camp Program.  The resolution was approved with a vote of four ayes (Councilwoman O’Donnell abstained from voting).

        Resolution 2009-137 grants final zoning approval for the Planned Unit Development known as Fieldstone Estates PUD.

        Resolution 2009-138 - tabled

        Resolution 2009-139 directs the Superintendent of Water & Sewer to solicit proposals from engineering firms for the preparation of bid documents for drainage improvements adjacent to Fox Hollow Road.

        Resolution 2009-140 authorizes the Comptroller to reimburse the members of the Police Department for travel expenditures incurred in May 2009 for expenses on behalf of the Town consisting of mileage, lodging, and per diem meal expenses.

        Resolution 2009-141 authorizes the Chief of Police to sell through public auction certain surplus vehicles no longer needed by the Town.

        Resolution 2009-142 authorizes the Supervisor to enter into an agreement with the Town of Glenville for inter-municipal cooperation for temporary and occasional assignment of an Animal Control Officer between the two towns, with any expenses incurred to be reimbursed for these services.

        Resolution 2009-143 retains Michael J. Sollohub and Jordan M. Kochan on a permanent basis as Patrolman in the Police Department.

        Resolution 2009-144 calls for a Public Hearing July 28 at 7 p.m. on the Town’s proposed Agency Plan for Section 8 Rental Assistance.

        Resolution 2009-145 authorizes the Comptroller to transfer $183.25 from the General Fund to the Niskayuna Justice Court cash account to eliminate a deficit in their account.

        At this time, Supervisor Landry requested that the Board go into Executive Session to discuss an employee.  

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


                                                Helen Kopke, Town Clerk



 
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