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Town Board Minutes 11/24/2009
AT A REGULAR MEETING OF THE TOWN BOARD OF THE TOWN OF NISKAYUNA DULY CALLED AND HELD ON THE 24TH DAY OF NOVEMBER, 2009 AT THE 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; Eric Dickson, Town Attorney; Frank Gavin, Superintendent of Highways; John Lubrant, Chief of Police; Jonathan McKinney, Councilman Elect, Richard Pollock, Superintendent of Water & Sewer; and Paul Sebesta, Comptroller.

TOWN CLERK’S BUSINESS
        The minutes of the Special & Regular Meetings of October 14, 20, and 27th 2009 were approved as presented.  

PRIVILEGE OF THE FLOOR
        XXXXX Imperial Drive, read a letter from her husband Mark who is serving with the Coast Guard in Kuwait.  She presented a flag which was flown over Camp Patriot Kuwait, Patrol Boat 25719 in the North Arabian Gulf on September 11, 2009.  Their children, Sean & Melissa presented the flag to the Supervisor and Town Board in memory of those Americans who lost their lives on the attacks on September 11, 2001 and in tribute to the men and women who continue their service to our nation.  

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

COMMITTEE REPORTS
        Transportation:  Councilwoman O’Donnell reported the Highway Department planted 75 new trees.  The 28 member Highway crew have completed one round of leaf pickup and picked up 425 loads of leaves.  They have about 200 more loads to go and they have spent about $100,000 so far.
        An updated leaf pickup schedule has been posted on the web site and the Daily Gazette.  There were delays in the leaf pickup because the leaves fell in great volumes at one time.  Three crews will work in Zone 1 this week and three trucks are also circulating picking up bagged and tied brush.  Loose leaf pickup for Zone 2 and 3 are scheduled for next week with Zone 4 to follow.
        The Banker Avenue drainage project and replacement of the 200’ storm drain on Riverview has been completed.  The next project is a drainage swale on Rowe Road on the west side of McGovern, Angelina, Hillside, Killarny, and Valarie Drive.  Mechanics are working on getting the winter plow equipment ready, they have replaced 100’ of fence along the bike path, and have done fall cleanup there.
        She has still not seen the schedule of bonding items for the Highway Department and the Town and understands they will taken up in January.  The Highway Department is still determining if they need a December meeting and are looking at the afternoon of December 1.

        Public Works Committee:  Councilwoman Freund reported that the Whitney Road water main replacement project is progressing well with a completion of Whitney Road from Pearse to the intersection of Maxwell Road and 800’ beyond that towards Blatnick Road.  Testing has been done of the water in the first block and once the results are received, they will switch residents from the old pipe to the new water main.  Asphalt will be available until December 15.  
        Most large water meters have been installed and the contractor hopes to have the replacement completed after Thanksgiving.  Their next meeting is tentatively set for Wednesday, December 2 at 7:30 a.m.

        Education, Parks & Recreation Committee:  Councilwoman McDonnell reported that they have been finishing up their fall and early winter programs.  They had a very successful fall soccer season and had over 800 participates.  They are currently working on their late winter and spring programs which should be on line within the week.
        As yet, no date has been set for their next meeting.

        Police and Senior Committee:  Councilwoman Kasper reported that the Senior’s are creating stockings for soldiers and their holiday luncheon is next Tuesday.  The Board will vote on stop signs tonight and the new police car has arrived.  Their next meeting is December 3 at 9:30 a.m.

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

        Resolution 2009-233 calls for a Public Hearing December 22 to consider the amending of the zoning provision of the Code regulating the use of Portable Storage Units.

        Resolution 2009-234 calls for a Public Hearing December 22 to consider amending the Code to add a chapter regarding the construction and operation of Wind Energy Facilities.

        Resolution 2009-235 authorizes the Superintendent of Highways to grant temporary access to certain vehicular traffic over the Niskayuna Bike Path in connection with the proposed Niska-Isle bridge project.  

        Resolution 2009-236 approves the purchase of a waste oil furnace for the Highway Department at a cost not to exceed $7,900.  

        Resolution 2009-237 accepts bids for the purchase of various materials for the Public Works Operations for 2010.

        Resolution 2009-238 authorizes the purchase of a 2010 Dodge 1500 Quad Cab 4x4 pickup truck for the Highway Department, for a total cost not to exceed $24,065.

        Resolution 2009-239 authorizes the purchase and installation of an Automated Logic Digital Control System for the Town’s HVAC system at a cost not to exceed $12,600.

        Resolution 2009-240 authorizes Matt Yetto to attend Fundamentals of Programmable Logic Controllers with PLC Automation Systems at a cost not to exceed $1700.

        Resolution 2009-241 authorizes the purchase of Water Billing Software Improvements for the Water and Sewer Department at a cost not to exceed $2,400.

        Resolution 2009-242 approves the purchase of a polymer static mixer for a belt dewatering system for the Water & Sewer Department at a cost not to exceed $3,600.

        Resolution 2009-243 accepts bids for the purchase of chemicals for the Public Works Operations for 2010.

        Resolution 2009-244 (tabled)

        Resolution 2009-245 authorizes the Comptroller to make transfers of funds in the 2009 budget.

        Resolution 2009-246 retains Timothy F. Healey, Waste Water Treatment Plant Operator Grade 3 on a permanent basis.

        Resolution 2009-247 grants Tom Styles a Special Use Permit to allow a daycare center at the Niskayuna Reformed Church, 3041 Troy Road.

        Resolution 2009-248 enacts Local Law 5 and adds stop signs on Orlyn Drive, Flower Hill, Briar Ridge, Brittany Place and Dexter Street.

        Resolution 2009-249 calls for a Public Hearing December 22 to consider the adoption of a Local Law which would amend the Subdivision Regulations with regard to the street tree planting plan of the Town.

        At this time Supervisor Landry made a motion to go into Executive Session to discuss a particular employee which was approved by a majority of the Board.  

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

                                        Helen Kopke, Town Clerk


 
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