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Town Board Minutes 11/12/2009

AT A SPECIAL MEETING OF THE TOWN BOARD OF THE TOWN OF NISKAYUNA DULY CALLED AND HELD ON THE 12TH DAY OF NOVEMBER, 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
JOE LANDRY, SUPERVISOR

Others present:  Helen Kopke, Town Clerk; Frank Gavin, Superintendent of Highways; Paul Sebesta, Comptroller; Matt Yetto, Jr. Engineer; Kathy Matern, Town Planner; John Lubrant, Chief of Police

PUBLIC HEARING
        A public hearing was held to consider an application for a Special Use Permit at 3041 Troy Road
        When no members of the public wished to be heard, Supervisor Landry closed the public hearing.

PRIVILEGE OF THE FLOOR
        XXXXX Fairlawn Parkway, asked the Board what they were going to do about the budget, would they do any belt tightening, or get rid of non essentials.  She asked for the fund balance and wanted the Supervisor to respond to questions in writing.  

        XXXXX Brookshire Drive, found it difficult to follow the budget process this year with information on the budget and the Supervisor’s presentation scheduled at a special meeting/workshop session.  It appeared that at the last minute a change was made and the presentation was included at the October 8 agenda meeting and was a last minute addition to the Town’s meeting calendar.
        At the October 27 budget public hearing there was no explanation given by the Supervisor that the presentation had already been held and no questions were answered.  She noted a raise given to an employee who had not yet passed a civil service exam.  She wished that the Board would restore the two per month Town Board meetings which would eliminate so many special meetings.  

        XXXXX Berkeley Avenue, stated that at this difficult economic time our government should take the lead, tighten our belts, and cap or cut spending alleviating waste and patronage.  He felt the budget is bloated, should be thrown out and reformulated and challenged the Board to do so.  The October 8 budget presentation lacked specifics about spending and fund balance information.  

        There being no other members of the public who wished to be heard, Supervisor Landry closed Privilege of the Floor.



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

        Resolution 2009-222 adopts the Annual Budget for 2010.  The resolution was approved with a vote of three ayes (Councilwoman O’Donnell and Councilwoman Freund voting no).

        Resolution 2009-223 adopts the Special Districts Budget for Consolidated Water District No. 1 for 2010.  The resolution was approved with a vote of three ayes (Councilwoman O’Donnell and Councilwoman Freund voting no).

        Resolution 2009-224 adopts the Special Districts budget for Consolidated Sewer District No. 1 for 2010.  The resolution was approved with a vote of three ayes (Councilwoman O’Donnell and Councilwoman Freund voting no).

        Resolution 2009-225 adopts the Special District budget for Sewer District No. 6 for 2010.  The resolution was approved with a vote of three ayes (Councilwoman O’Donnell and Councilwoman Freund voting no).

        Resolution 2009-226 adopts the Special District budget for the Town’s Drainage Districts for 2010. The resolution was approved with a vote of three ayes (Councilwoman O’Donnell and Councilwoman Freund voting no).  

        Resolution 2009-227 adopts the Special Districts budgets for the Town’s Lighting Districts for 2010.

        Resolution 2009-228 adopts the Special District Budget for the Town’s Park Districts for 2010.  

        Resolution 2009-229 takes action to authorize the execution of an Outside User Agreement for Leonard E and Maryann Goldstock, owners of 2895 Whitmyer Drive.

        Resolution 2009-230 grants an easement to Leonard and Maryann Goldstock for the instillation of water, sewer and ingress and egress, accepts title to a 2.4 acre parcel of land and conservation easement and authorizes the Supervisor to enter into an agreement for the maintenance of a fire hydrant in the vicinity of 2895 Whitmyer Drive.

        Resolution 2009-231 authorizes the purchase of a new 2010 Ford Super Duty XL F-350 one ton pickup truck with a service body and plow equipment for the Public Works Department for a cost not to exceed $31,000.

        Resolution 2009-232 authorizes the Supervisor to execute an agreement with Benetech for an employee flexible spending account program.

        There being no further business to come before the Town Board, Supervisor Landry adjourned the Special Meeting.

                                                Helen Kopke, Town Clerk

 
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