AT A REGULAR MEETING OF THE TOWN BOARD OF THE TOWN OF NISKAYUNA DULY CALLED AND HELD ON THE 27th DAY OF OCTOBER, 2009, AT THE NISKAYUNA TOWN BOARD ROOM, ONE NISKAYUNA CIRCLE, NISKAYUNA, NEW YORK, THE FOLLOWING MEMBERS WERE PRESENT:
JULIE McDONNELL, COUNCILWOMAN
MARIA P. FREUND, COUNCILWOMAN
DIANE P. O’DONNELL, COUNCILWOMAN
LIZ ORZEL KASPER, COUNCILWOMAN, absent
JOE LANDRY, SUPERVISOR
Others present: Helen Kopke, Town Clerk; Eric Dickson, Town Attorney; Frank Gavin, Superintendent of Highways; Matthew Yetto, Jr. Engineer; Paul Sebesta Comptroller; Kathy Matern, Town Planner; John Lubrant, Chief of Police; Kevin Walsh, Chairman of Planning Board.
TOWN CLERK’S BUSINESS
The minutes of the meeting of September 29, 2009 were approved as presented.
Public Hearing No. 1 – considers the Preliminary Budget for 2010.
XXXXX Berkeley Avenue, stated his opposition to the tax increased proposed in the budget.
XXXXX Fairlawn Parkway, asked if the Board had any discussions about belt tightening. She would like to know any cuts that the Board felt were necessary to alleviate higher taxes in future years. She asked for the amount in the fund balance or reserve accounts and expressed her concern for non-essential spending for positions, programs, and bonding. The County reduced taxes and she would like to see a reduction of taxes for the Town.
XXXXX Brookshire Drive, expressed her concern about the start of the Community Program Department and that the administration has not stood by hiring practices that guarantee taxpayers getting the best.
When no other members wished to be heard, Supervisor Landry closed the Public Hearing.
Public Hearing No. 2 – considers the proposed budgets for the special districts of the Town for the year 2010.
XXXXX Berkeley Avenue, asked about sales tax dollars going to the school district which will be discussed during Privilege of the Floor.
There being no other members of the public who wished to be heard, Supervisor Landry closed the public hearing.
Public Hearing No. 3 – considers amending the Vehicle & Traffic Code to provide for Stop signs.
When no members of the public wished to be heard, Supervisor Landry closed the public hearing.
PRIVILEGE OF THE FLOOR
XXXXX Aqueduct Road, sees no good reason to sell the property adjacent to the Recreation Center. It will be a one time cash income soon forgotten and absorbed and a beautiful wooded area will be gone. A bedroom community should be something besides bedrooms and strip malls. Contrary to what the Board may think the area is perfect for a small hiking area and is already crisscrossed by paths and would need very little work to make a perfect compliment to the Recreation Center. At last week’s candidate’s forum, more was mentioned about open space than our tax burden so it is worth reconsidering.
XXXXX Brookshire Drive, visited the Senior Center this week and found conditions to be deplorable. It is small and inadequate and needs painting. The steps have been patched and are dangerous. She asked that the Board look at the Senior Center’s cramped conditions.
XXXXX Berkeley Avenue, reiterated his request that the mall at Stanford Crossing give ¼% of their sales tax revenue to our schools to relieve some of our tax burden. Supervisor Landry clarified that sales tax is set by the State legislature.
XXXXX Pawtucket is opposed to directing some of the sales tax revenues to the school district. They have a good stream of taxes already and if this is added we still would not see any relief in our tax bills. The formula for County sales tax distribution seems to be working fairly well.
XXXXX Fairlawn Parkway, stated that any time we can help the school district reduce its taxes is a good thing as we are highly taxed by them and we would be doing our residents a favor.
Public Works Committee: Councilwoman Freund stated we will be replacing approximately 3,000 linear feet of existing 6” water main with the new 8” main along the entire length of Whitney Drive as well as 500 linear feet of 8” main along a portion of Harris Drive. Three air release valves will also be installed at the intersection of Whitney and Trottingham, the intersection of Harris and Maxwell and near the intersection of Whitney & Blatnick Way.
The project will begin on Monday, November 2. The first block should be completed within two or three weeks. After the pipe is installed, it will be disinfected and the water tested before services are switched to the new pipe. The second block of Whitney from Maxwell to Blatnick will take two to three weeks. If good weather prevails, the third block of Whitney from Blatnick to Trottingham will then be done. The section at the lower end of Harris will be done in the spring.
We will have an informal meeting for residents Thursday, October 29 at
7 p.m. in the Board Room. A letter describing the project and informing them of the meeting was hand delivered and was also posted on the web.
Matt Yetto is working on the installation of the SCATA radios in 13 of our 16 in pump stations. Work continues on the water meter flexibill system and it will be tested on the new commercial water meters that have already been installed.
Next meeting is Wednesday, November 3 at 7:30 a.m.
Transportation Committee: Councilwoman O’Donnell stated that as part of her committee and her own budget considerations, she has requested to see a schedule of the fund balance as well as the current bonding schedule and a projection of additional bonding that is requested and she is waiting to receive this.
Paving has been complete for the year and they are getting snow equipment ready. Zone 4 loose brush pickup will be completed the week of October 26 and they will start the lose leaf pickup with two planned pickups in each zone starting November 2. To avoid a dangerous situation, she asked that residents be mindful of how far into the road they are putting their leaves. Next meeting is to be announced.
Education, Parks & Recreation Committee: Councilwoman McDonnell stated that they have completed their fall programs and are starting to plan winter and spring brochure. They continue to work with the soccer and lacrosse clubs with their goal for constructing an indoor recreation facility which they support and have over 1500 families with on-line registration accounts with the program. In 2009 they have had close to 6,000 registrations.
Revenues from programs have completely offset expenditures for these programs and some revenue goes towards the salaries in the Community Programs office. The net investment that we are making is minimal when we look at the number of people using those programs. Next meeting is Thursday, November 5 at 7 p.m. at Town Hall.
Supervisor Landry complimented the Coordinator for the efficiency in notifying about 900 families that there would be no soccer last Saturday due to rain.
The following resolutions were approved with a vote of four ayes (Councilwoman Kasper was absent) unless otherwise noted:
Resolution 2009-212 authorizes the execution of an Outside User Agreement for Rocco W. Torundo, owner of 218 Greylock Avenue and Linda Coffey, owner of 2840 River Road.
Resolution 2009-213 accepts title to a cul-de-sac in the Flower Hill Subdivision, along with a detention basin, utility easement, and an access easement along with fees in-lieu of parkland.
Resolution 2009-214 approves the repair of a Basin Cleaner Truck for the Highway Department from Southworth Milton at a total cost not to exceed $4,440.31.
Resolution 2009-215 retains Kevin Pomeroy as a Grounds Maintenance Worker on a permanent basis.
Resolution 2009-216 retains Benjamin Zayac as a Recycling Attendant at the Recycling Center & Transfer Station on a permanent basis.
Resolution 2009-217 adopts a Workplace Violence Prevention Policy Statement.
Resolution 2009-218 authorizes the sale, through auction, of a surplus 1994 Mercury Cougar from the Police Department.
Resolution 2009-219 authorizes advertisement for bids for a 4x4 pickup truck to be used by the Public Works Department.
Resolution 2009-220 authorizes the purchase and installation of chain link fence for the Wastewater Treatment Facility from Haley Brothers at a cost not to exceed $8,400.
Resolution 2009-221 calls for a Public Hearing, November 12, 2009 at 7 p.m. to consider the application of Tom Styles for the use of the Niskayuna Reformed Church parish hall as an after-school daycare.
There being no further business to come before the Town Board, Supervisor Landry adjourned the meeting.
Helen F. Kopke, Town Clerk