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Town Board Minutes 4/15/2010

AT THE SPECIAL MEETING OF THE TOWN BOARD OF THE TOWN OF NISKAYUNA DULY CALLED AND HELD ON THE 15TH  DAY OF APRIL 2010, AT THE NISKAYUNA TOWN BOARD ROOM, ONE NISKAYUNA CIRCLE, NISKAYUNA, NEW YORK, THE FOLLOWING MEMBERS WERE PRESENT;

Jonathan McKinney, Councilman
Denise Murphy McGraw, absent
Liz Orzel Kasper, Councilwoman
Julie McDonnell, Councilwoman
Joe Landry, Supervisor
        
        Others present:  Helen Kopke, Town Clerk; Richard Pollock, Superintendent of Water & Sewer; Paul Sebesta, Comptroller; Kathy Matern, Town Planner.

PRIVILEGE OF THE FLOOR
        XXXXX Brookshire Drive, was concerned that the Board had a Special Meeting on Monday morning as it was an important meeting without public input and she requested that all agendas be posted on the web.
She is disappointed that the Board has not commended the former Town Attorney for his 22 years of service both as attorney and as a political supporter.
        Councilwoman Kasper felt the Monday morning meeting was inappropriate.  One of the Board members could not be at tonight’s meeting.  She too would like to see a Proclamation for Eric Dickson.  He was a loyal employee and he deserves a lot more.  
        She felt some of the items bonded should have been budgeted such as the skate park and pool furniture.  She hasn’t heard what the plans are for the Aqueduct House.  The Town is only interested in recreation and the least they could do is to have some information as to what is going on in the Town for the rest of the Town people who are interested.
        There being no other members of the public who wished to be heard, Supervisor Landry closed Privilege of the Floor.

RESOLUTIONS
        Resolution 2010-92 adopted a Purchasing Policy pursuant to Chapter 413 of the Laws of 1991.  Supervisor Landry noted that the revised Purchasing Policy will now conform with Section 103 of the General Municipal Law which states that public municipal projects valued at over $35,000 (rather than over $25,000) has to be publically bid.

        Resolution 2010-93 amends Resolution 2009-133 to authorize the Superintendent of Water & Sewer to retain STANTEC Consulting Services for the preparation of bid documents for the Whitney Drive water main replacement project at a cost not to exceed $65,000 including construction phase services.
        Richard Pollock explained that when they first started the project it included replacement of all water mains on Whitney and a portion of Harris starting at Imperial going up the hill but not all the way to Blatnick. STANTEC was hired to do the design and inspection services.  After further reflection, he recommended that they do another 340’ of water main part way up Harris all the way to the Blatnick Road intersection which meant that they needed to get more inspection services from STANTEC and needed to get two quotes to do the construction work. Anjo Construction was recommended for the construction.
 There are two components to the increase, the additional work is $3,000 for extra inspections, and the other is $11,000 for the additional inspection services that were not anticipated on the original project.  Once they began to dig the soil conditions at the intersection of Pearse Road were found to be dismal so they had to do a lot more digging and soil removal that took a lot of time.  They also ran into two places where there was a conflict with storm drainage systems which took longer to reroute the water main around these systems.  These substantially added to the time that was not anticipated originally which amounted to $11,000.

Resolution 2010-94 appoints Daniel Bean to the position of Sewer Maintenance Worker, effective May 10, 2010, on a permanent basis.

Resolution 2010-95 authorizes the Supervisor to enter into a contract with Anjo Construction for the Whitney/Harris Road Water Main Replacement Project in an amount not to exceed $33,362.40.  
Supervisor Landry noted that these funds are available as we were fortunate to be able to stretch the money that we bonded originally for the Rosendale Road/Lishakill Road project and were able to do about three projects.  This is an additional project to other water main projects we have been doing.  We have hit the areas in Town where the Water & Sewer Department believes we have had the most difficulties and we are making major replacements.  They also did a small job on Huntingdon and replaced 60’ of water main. They have replaced two miles of water pipe around Town and the bonding resolution the Board passed has more water main projects.  

Resolution 2010-96 authorizes the Supervisor to enter into a contract for professional services for a regulatory financial statement audit.  

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

                                Helen F. Kopke, Town Clerk

        
        



 
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