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Town Board Minutes 8/25/2009
AT A REGULAR MEETING OF THE TOWN BOARD OF THE TOWN OF NISKAYUNA DULY CALLED AND HELD ON THE 25TH DAY OF AUGUST, 2009 AT THE NISKAYUNA TOWN BOARD ROOM, ONE NISKAYUNA CIRCLE, NISKAYUNA, NEW YORK, THE FOLLOWING MEMBERS WERE PRESENT:

JULIE MCDONNELL, COUNCILWOMAN, absent
MARIA P. FREUND, COUNCILWOMAN
DIANE P. O’DONNELL, COUNCILWOMAN
LIZ ORZEL KASPER, COUNCILWOMAN
JOE LANDRY, SUPERVISOR

        Others present:  Helen Kopke, Town Clerk; Eric Dickson, Town Attorney; Kathy Matern, Town Planner; Matt Yetto, Jr. Engineer; Stan Fiminski, Police Lieut.; John Lubrant, Temporary Chief of Police; Paul Sebesta, Comptroller; Amy Houlihan, Assessor

TOWN CLERK’S BUSINESS
        The minutes of the meetings of July 16, 2009 and July 28, 2009 were approved as presented.

PUBLIC HEARINGS
        Public Hearing No. 1 – considers amending the Vehicle & Traffic Code to provide for Stop signs within Fieldstone Estates.
        When no members of the public wished to heard, Supervisor Landry closed the public hearing.

        Public Hearing No. 2 – considers authorizing the transfer and expenditure of certain reserve funds for a police ratio repeater.
        When no members of the public wished to be heard, Supervisor Landry closed the public hearing.

PRIVILEGE OF THE FLOOR
        XXXXX Brookshire Drive, attended a recreation meeting on August 6th but there was nothing discussed about hiring Recreation Attendants nor about the Fun Run.  She noted a schedule conflict with the next Agenda meeting on the same night as the retirement dinner for former Police Chief Lew Moskowitz.  
        She requested more detail about what the Recreation Attendants on the agenda tonight would be doing and found the resolution to be very general.  

        XXXXXX Willowbrook Road, Glenville, & President of the Environmental Clearing House (ECOS).  If their grant application is approved, the funds would be used for the renovation of the Grange Building on Rosendale Road with a subsequent lease to ECOS as the tenant.  In October 2006, the Board approved a proposal by ECOS to occupy and rehabilitate the Grange building and the Supervisor was authorized to negotiate a lease.  Renovation has not occured due to lack of adequate funding.  ECOS has obtained more than $75,000 in grants dedicated to the renovation which is still available for use toward the required match for grant funds.  He requested that the Board approve the filing of the environmental protection fund grant application.  

        XXXXX Fairlawn Parkway, requested that the Board report on the status of St. James Square.  She understood that the Board would not respond at the meeting and asked that residents receive responses to their questions following the meeting by either the Supervisor or Town Clerk.  She also wonders what is happening with the empty Ingersoll property.
        Metroplex gave the Town a presentation about their plans and they are funded by tax dollars.  The Board should call them to find out what is happening or suggested we bring them in again to inform us what is happening with the square.      
Councilwoman O’Donnell stated she believes the Board should be able to offer some responses during Privilege of the Floor.  Regarding the Annual Run that is planned for September 12, she as a Town Board member has asked for a presentation and information about it, but has not received any either.  The first publicity that she saw was what was posted on the website.

        XXXXX 1919 Pawtucket Avenue, supports the resolution for the application for the grant for the Grange.  

        XXXXX Albany Street, gave the Board photos of two blind corners in Town one at the intersection of Fillmore Avenue and Albany Street and the second at the corner of Durham Pass and Downing Street.
        He understood that a stockade fence was to be built along the property line of the Skylar Cemetery which has not been done.  He notes that a resident is using the property for parking cars and trailers which has damaged the grass.  
        He wondered why Niskayuna does not enforce the State law that children under the age of 14 must wear a safety helmet while riding a bicycle.  He understood that the Town tries to educate parents rather than enforce the law.
        He inquired what was happening with the enforcement of no basketball hoops in any Town right-of-way.  

        XXXXX Berkeley Avenue, understands that St. James Square is a private enterprise, but it has been empty since 2001.  He feels is long overdue that somebody takes the lead and gets involved.  They are paying property taxes but there must be a better strategy than what we are doing.  He inquired about the new construction on River Road and wondered if they had tenants.  Perhaps St. James Square should be used for something other than its original purpose of retail.
        Councilwoman Kasper has recently heard that doctors are moving into the medical building on River Road.  She is also frustrated about vacancies in Town and feels the Board is almost the last to know.

        XXXXX Niskayuna Drive, would like to see St. James Square turned into a Senior Center and Community Center so that programs can expand.  
For years the community has enjoyed the summer concert series but this year it was a disaster.  The Dixie Cats, who are usually a large draw, only had 28 people.  After not finding a schedule in the Gazette or Spotlight, she was told she would have to look on the internet and was told that the first concert was that night.  There were only 14 in attendance at one concert.  This was the first time there was no one to welcome the audience or the performers and to introduce them.  The performers were always introduced and schedules were always handed out.  
When she showed up to hear the Electric City Chorus (which was usually a large draw) there were only 4 people here.  They had rehearsed for the concert but she was told by a chorus member that Niskayuna never confirmed the date of their performance.  She hoped that the venue will come back next year with more publicity in the Gazette.  
She noted that children who attended camp this year did not receive a t-shirt as children do with soccer, etc. and she wondered why.
She asked if the Town was an equal opportunity employer and felt every child should have an opportunity at job openings.  
Councilwoman Kasper felt badly about all the glitches this year.  It was the lowest attendance at concerts and in the past all Board members and Kathleen made introductions.    
When no further members of the public wished to be heard, Supervisor Landry closed Privilege of the Floor.

XXXXX Fairlawn Parkway, doesn’t believe that the Board is the last group to know what is happening. She appreciates a response to Mr. Fisher’s inquiry, but if the Board responds to residents, they should respond to all residents and not cherry pick their responses.  

COMMITTEE REPORTS
        Public Works – Councilwoman Freund reported that 130 of the approximately 200 commercial water meters have either been replaced or retrofitted.
        The water main replacement on Rosendale Road, Niskayuna Drive, and Lishakill Road is nearing completion.  All service connections have been made, the main water pipe is in, and cleanup has begun in some of the areas.  
        The Whitney Drive water main replacement design is also nearing completion.  
        Their next meeting is tentatively set for September 2 at 4 p.m.

        Transportation – Councilwoman O’Donnell reported that they have 3-4 more miles of paving to complete and have completed 4-1/2 miles this year.  Rain has been a factor and they will continue through September.  They may be able to add additional roads because the price of asphalt did not increase as much as they predicted.  The Highway Department has lost 17 seasonal employees and has only 3 left.    
        Storm drain work has been started on Millington.  Reconstruction work is underway on Holiday and Midland and Trottingham is scheduled to start next week.  Plowing season is only 10 weeks ago so the mechanics are working on the leaf machines and the plows and sanders ready for winter.  They are looking at possibly continuing the 9-day work schedule which saves fuel and energy.  Their next meeting is to be determined.

        Police, Safety & Senior Programs – Councilwoman Kasper has scheduled their meeting for August 28 at 9 a.m. She will bring the issue of safety helmets to the next meeting.  The Senior Programs are going well.

RESOLUTIONS
        The following resolutions were approved with a vote of four ayes (Councilwoman McDonnell was absent), unless otherwise noted.

        Resolution 2009-168 approves Local Law No. 4 of 2009 and amends the Vehicle & Traffic Code to add stop signs to Somerset Street, North Allendale Road, Fieldstone Drive, Laura Lane, and Sierra Court.

        Resolution 2009-169 appoints Donald J. Marcello, Jr. as a part-time Recreation Specialist to serve on an on-call, as needed basis, commencing June 30, 2009, at a salary of $15.00 per hour.

        Resolution 2009-170 authorizes the execution of an Outside Sewer User agreement for Robert James, owner of 3450 Consaul Road.

        Resolution 2009-171 grants permission for T-Mobile to install a fiber optic cable with the Town’s utility easement on the south side of the Bevis Hill Reservoir.

        Resolution 2009-172 authorizes the advertisement for bids for water billing software.

        Resolution 2009-173 authorizes the advertisement for bids for the purchase and installation of SCADA radios for the Town’s pump stations.

        Resolution 2009-174 authorizes the Supervisor to retain Sterling Environmental Engineering to provide the services necessary to complete the groundwater monitoring and sampling at the site of the former Niskayuna Landfill at a cost not to exceed $6,080.

        Resolution 2009-175 authorizes the Supervisor to retain Clark’s Electric Service, for the purchase and installation of a new controller for the Town’s leachate pump station at a cost not to exceed $12,300.

        Resolution 2009-176 authorizes the Supervisor to enter into a contract to retain the services of Public Section HR, to assist the Town in the development and implementation of a workplace violence prevention program at a cost not to exceed $5,000.

        Resolution 2009-177 authorizes the Supervisor to enter into a contract to retain Interfacet to assist the Town in the development and implementation of a workplace discrimination and harassment prevention training program at a cost not to exceed $2,250.

        Resolution 2009-178 certifies to the current base proportions to be used as class tax shares for municipal and school district levies.

        Resolution 2009-179 certifies the adjusted base proportions to be used as class tax shares for municipal and school district levies.

        Resolution 2009-180 accepts the conveyance of approximately 20 acres of parkland from the County of Schenectady.  
        The resolution was approved with a vote of 3 ayes (Councilwoman O’Donnell voted no; Councilwoman McDonnell was absent).

        Resolution 2009-181 authorizes the Supervisor to executive and submit a grant application to the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation for funds to be used in connection with the improvement, restoration, preservation, and rehabilitation of the Town’s Grange Hall.

        Resolution 2009-182 appoints various persons as Recreation Attendants for the Recreation Program.  The individuals listed will all serve as soccer referees.

        Resolution 2009-183 authorizes the advertisement for bids for the replacement of water mains and appurtenances along and in the vicinity of Whitney Drive.

        Resolution 2009-184 was tabled.

CEREMONIAL RESOLUTIONS
Resolution 2009-185 - Supervisor Landry read a letter from Tom Squires recognizing 4 volunteer coaches (Tim, Adam, Dane, and Trevor) for the 2009 Niskayuna Baseball Mickey Mantle Program who helped bring back the baseball program for teenagers.   He thanked them for the service to Niskayuna.

Resolution 2009-186 designated September 13-19 as Assisted Living Week in the Town of Niskayuna.

Resolution 2009-187 recognizes the services of former Police Chief Lewis Moskowitz and will be presented to him at his retirement dinner.

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


                                Helen F. Kopke, Town Clerk


 
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