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Town Board Minutes 5/13/2010
AT THE SPECIAL MEETING OF THE TOWN BOARD OF THE TOWN OF NISKAYUNA DULY CALLED AND HELD ON THE 13TH DAY OF MAY 2010, AT THE NISKAYUNA TOWN BOARD ROOM, ONE NISKAYUNA CIRCLE, NISKAYUNA, NEW YORK, THE FOLLOWING MEMBERS WERE PRESENT;

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

        Others present:  Helen Kopke, Town Clerk; Paul Sebesta, Comptroller; John Lubrant, Chief of Police; Richard Pollock, Superintendent of Water & Sewer; Lori Peretti, Coordinator of Community Programs.

PRIVILEGE OF THE FLOOR
        XXXXX Brookshire Drive, noted the number of special meetings this year; the Town liaison being paid to attend Niska-Day meetings; and the mispronouncing of the Town’s name and waste of time the presentation was by the post office official who recently spoke to the Board.  
She was surprised to learn about a green farm coming to the area and apologized to the owners of the property for her conduct at a recent County meeting; she noted that Metroplex was giving $25,000 to McDonald Corporation to help them with landscaping after the building is taken away to help beautify the entrance to Scotia.  

        XXXXX Fairlawn Parkway, inquired if the Deputy Town Attorney had resigned.  She filed a FOIL request for the 2009 fund balance and has still not received it.

        Art Exhibit, Post Office & Agriculture District
Supervisor Landry announced an art exhibit and sale by the Niskayuna Brush and Pallet on display in the Board Room from May 4 to 28.  
        The post office official came from outside of Boston and because he was unfamiliar with our Town couldn’t pronounce the name.  
        He explained the New York State Ag and Markets law pertaining to the proposed agriculture district within Town.  He described the process, hearings, and the action that has been taken by the County and the Town.  The proposed district is owned by Mike and Chris O’Brien at 876 Pearse Road which has been farmed since 1926.  
Their application has been properly reviewed and approved and a public hearing was held this week where residents had an opportunity to be heard.   The Town properly posted a notice and followed the process correctly.  We are pleased that we have six acres in the agriculture district which is in an R-1 zone as will provide us with an opportunity to buy home-grown vegetables from a local resident.  

RESOLUTIONS
        The following resolutions were approved with a vote of four ayes (Councilwoman McDonnell was absent) unless otherwise noted.

        Resolution 2010-113, tabled

        Resolution 2010-114 authorizes the rejection of a bid and authorizes the advertising for bids for the purchase of a new or used ten or twelve wheel dump truck.

        Resolution 2010-115 appoints Peter J. Scagnelli as a part time Town Attorney without benefits commending May 17, 2010 and ending December 31, 2011, at an annual salary of $26,070; and appoints Matthew P. Miller, as a full time Deputy Town Attorney with benefits, commencing May 17, 2010 and ending December 31, 2011 at an annual salary of $50,000.

        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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