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Town Board Minutes 3/23/2010


Jonathan McKinney, Councilman
Denise Murphy McGraw, Councilwoman
Liz Orzel Kasper, Councilwoman, absent
Julie McDonnell, Councilwoman
Joe Landry, Supervisor

       Others present:  Helen Kopke, Town Clerk; Paul Briggs, Deputy Town Attorney; Frank Gavin, Superintendent of Highways; Richard Pollock, Superintendent of Water & Sewer; John Lubrant, Chief of Police; Paul Sebesta, Comptroller.

        The minutes of the Town Board meeting of February 11th and 23rd, 2010 were approved as presented.

        The Town Board congratulated the accomplishments of Helen and Olivia Serafini for their achievements in figure skating.  Olivia recently won a gold medal in the Intermediate Ladies Level in the Empire State Games.
        The Board congratulated Tyler Hanft on being the number one individual fundraiser for the Susan G. Komen Northeastern New York Race for the Cure by raising $6,112.  
        The Board also recognized Global Youth Service Day, which is the largest service event in the world and this year will be celebrated on April 23-25.

        The Niskayuna Community Foundation described their mission and awarded their grants for 2010 to the following organizations:  Town of Niskayuna Recreation Department $500; Albany Symphony Orchestra $1,500; Schenectady Symphony Orchestra $500; Concerned for the Hungry $2,000; Schenectady Theater for Children $1,800; and Friends of Rowing $3,000.
        XXXXX Fairlawn Parkway, expressed her concern about losing the post office; shared rumors she heard about the post office building, the expansion of a business at St. James Square and Friendly’s lease.  She is in favor of a consolidation of Dispatch services.
        Supervisor Landry has met with real estate and postal officials.  The Post Office building is up for sale but the post office will not be closed.  They plan to stay as close to their present location as possible and will offer full retail service.   Carrier service will be out of the Schenectady branch. The CVS expansion is before the Planning Board.  Friendly’s closed and did not opt to renew their lease.
        XXXXX Albany Street, expressed his dismay at the condition of the Stanford Mansion.  He is concerned with the PODS legislation and would like it see it move forward.
        Supervisor Landry indicated that the POD issue has been sent back to the Planning Board for consideration of adding dumpsters to the legislation.

        XXXXX Brookshire Drive, inquired why the consolidation of Dispatchers hasn’t received more publicity; felt that the yearly fee of $40 for use of the Transfer Station is high and requested a discount on permits for senior citizens; inquired about figures for the 2009 budget modifications on tonight’s resolution; inquired about the Town getting a historian; and would like the Town to have a publicity person to inform residents about things like the post office issue.

        XXXXX Pawtucket Avenue, was concerned about the concept of a Central Dispatch and would like to see the Town do it on a trial basis only; the party interested in using the Stanford House as a restaurant lost interest; and she hopes the post office continues to have a presence in Town.

        Transportation – Councilwoman McGraw reported that brush pickup has started with details on the web site.  
        Public Works – the department had two water main breaks today.  Two contractors bid for the residential water meters and the department will be working with residents to have the meters installed.  The staff has been working on a number of grants from New York State dealing with energy efficiency. Hydrant flushing will start next week and will be published on the web site.

        Economic Development, Historic Preservation:  Councilman McKinney reported that CVS plans are before the Planning Board. Architectural differences are being discussed regarding the façade of the building.  Metroplex is helping find a tenant for Friendly’s.

        Police & Safety:  Councilwoman Kasper reported that the Police have received their bikes and also received donations of more equipment.  The resolution tonight indicates our interest in exploring a Central Dispatch.

        Education & Recreation:  Councilwoman McDonnell reported that their spring program will begin shortly; they are working on their summer programs and are receiving applications for staff positions. Brochures will be out April 1. They are hiring driving range employees tonight and have received a grant to support our summer concert series at Town Hall.
        Their next meeting is Thursday, April 1 at 7 p.m. at Town Hall.

        Supervisor Landry invited residents to visit him in his office Monday through Friday between 9 and 5 to discuss their concerns.

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

        Resolution 2010-63 supports the submittal of a shared services grant application by Schenectady County Public Works Shared Services Plan seeking funds from the Local Government Efficiency Grant Program.

        Resolution 2010-64 authorizes the purchase and installation of a new air conditioning unit for Town Hall from Technical Building Services, at a cost not to exceed $63,900.

        Resolution 2010-65 authorizes the Supervisor to take all steps necessary to negotiate an agreement with the County of Schenectady, Town of Duanesburg, Town of Glenville, Town of Princetown, Town of Rotterdam, and the City of Schenectady for the peration of a Uniform Communications Center to establish a centralized dispatch system.

        Resolution 2010-66 authorizes the Superintendent of Highways to contract  for lawn mowing and trimming services at the Dean Street and Baker Avenue Parks.

        Resolution 2010-67 authorizes the Superintendent of Highways to purchase seed, fertilizer and other materials for use in the Highway Department.

        Resolution 2010-68 accepts bids for temporary laborers on an “as needed” basis for the Highway Department.

        Resolution 2010-69 accepts the bid of East National Water Inc for the installation of water meters in an amount not to exceed $165,000 and accepts the bid of Troupe Water Services, for the installation of water meters not to exceed $120,000

        Resolution 2010-70 accepts the bid from Emmons Pump & Control for the purchase of sanitary sewer lift station equipment in an amount not to exceed $17,000.

        Resolution 2010-71 amends the fees for permits and waste disposal at the Transfer Station from $30 to $40 yearly beginning March 24, 2010.

        Resolution 2010-72 authorizes the Supervisor to execute and submit grant applications for projects and programs involving the summer concerts under the Community Initiative Grant Programs administered by Schenectady County.

        Resolution 2010-73 appoints various individuals to work for the Niskayuna Recreation Program.

        Resolution 2010-74 accepts grant funds from the Justice Court Assistance Program administered by the Unified Court system for the purchase of office equipment and furniture in the amount of $7,335.09.

        Resolution 2010-75 authorizes the renewal of the software maintenance contract for the Town’s payroll, account, human resources, purchase order and other related programs from Tyler Technologies, Inc. in an amount not to exceed $14,362.05.

        Resolution 2010-76 authorizes the Town Comptroller to make transfers of funds in the 2009 budget.

        Resolution 2010-77 authorizes the Supervisor to retain the services of Fiscal Advisors & Marketing to serve as financial advisor to the Town at a cost not to exceed $7,800.

        Resolution 2010-78 appoints Michael S. DelVecchio, as a member of the Board of Assessment Review for a term of office to expire September 30, 2011.

        Resolution 2010-79 authorizes the Supervisor to retain Layne Christensen Company to perform services related to the redevelopment of Well No. 9 at the Town’s water plant on Lock 7 Road, at a cost not to exceed $19,000.

        Resolution 2010-80 authorizes the Supervisor to enter into a contract with Nott’s Landing Condominium Association for the payment of common water usage from January 1, 2007 to June 30, 2008.

        Resolution 2010-81 authorizes the Supervisor to execute any and all necessary documentation with the Schenectady County Civil Service Department for Daniel P. Bouck, upon the successful completion of his probationary period to a permanent position as a Civilian Police Dispatcher in the Police Department.

        Resolution 2010-82 appoints Christine Lischynsky to the position of Account Clerk-Typist on a permanent basis for the Water & Sewer Department at an annual salary of $27,093.

        At this time, Supervisor Landry made a motion to go into Executive Session to discuss contract negotiations which was unanimously approved by the Board.

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

                                        Helen F. Kopke, Town Clerk

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