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Town Board Minutes 5/25/2010

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

        Others present:  Barbara Nottke, Deputy Town Clerk; Peter Scagnelli Town Attorney; Matthew Miller, Deputy Town Attorney; Kathy Matern, Town Planner; Lori Peretti, Coordinator of Community Programs; Richard Pollock, Superintendent of Water & Sewer; John Lubrant, Chief of Police; Frank Gavin, Superintendent of Highways; and Paul Sebesta, Comptroller.

        The minutes of the meetings of March 23, April 12, April 27 and May 13, 2010 were approved as presented.

        Brittany Fearnside Honored
Supervisor Landry read a ceremonial resolution acknowledging the accomplishments of Brittany Fearnside as a graduate of the U. S. Military Academy at West Point in the top 10% of her class and wished her success in her career in the Army.

        Fire Department Honors
Stanford Heights:      Supervisor Landry announced the volunteer fire departments awards for 2010.  Stanford Heights awarded Nick Ragucci EMT of the year. Nick is a paramedic with Mohawk Ambulance, works for three agencies in the medical field and he is on call for EMS calls.  Frank Holubeck is firefighter of the year and has been with the department for three years.  
        Fire District No. 2:     Nick Insognia was awarded firefighter of the year.    Steve Lichorat recounted two recent events where Nick revived a child and pulled two firefighters to safety during a recent fire. Councilman McKinney thanked the department for saving his father’s life recently.
        Fire District No. 1:    Laura Toma was named rooky of the year and Joshua Colvin was named firefighter of the year.  The department recently saved a resident who had collapsed due to a stroke.

        Public Hearing No. 1 – Agency Plan for Section 8
Jim Mastrianni, from Joe Mastrianni Inc., 11 Federal Street, Saratoga Springs, outlined the Agency Plan for Section 8 Rental Assistance for the Town.  Their five year plan contains only two changes from prior years: one to reduce fraud and program abuse and one to expand programs where requested. Fraud has not been a big problem in Niskayuna and the program is currently not in need of expansion.  
They have been working with the Town since 1985.  They now have employment, credit, and budget coordinators who work one-on-one with families to help them improve in these areas. They have five participants in the self- sufficiency program and have 117 currently on the wait list for Niskayuna which is a two year wait to get into the program in Niskayuna.  64 of these 117 live or work within the Town.  
        They can help up to 45 families and are currently helping 43.  93% have an elderly or disabled member of the family.  2/3 of residents using the portability benefit have come from Schenectady, Albany, New York City, and downstate.   Every unit is inspected annually and 78% of the units pass inspection the first time.  They have three inspectors who are certified and are EPA certified for lead paint.  
        Councilwoman McGraw stated that she believed the only barrier to this program was funding and was informed that affordable housing is not an issue in Niskayuna.  There are two complexes that work with them.  
        When no members of the public wished to be heard, Supervisor Landry closed the Public Hearing.

        Public Hearing No. 2 – on a proposed Local Law to amend the zoning ordinance to permit child daycare centers in mixed use buildings.  
        When no members of the public wished to be heard, Supervisor Landry closed the Public Hearing.

        Public Hearing No. 3 – would amend the Town Code regarding building permit fees.  
When no members of the public wished to be heard, Supervisor Landry closed the Public Hearing.

        XXXXX Fairlawn Parkway, commented that at the last Special Meeting the Supervisor stated that there was a need for a full time attorney at Town Hall and the Board appointed a Deputy Attorney.  She asked the Supervisor to give some background of the people they hire as usually Boards give a brief resume with background information for tax payers.  

        XXXXX Brookshire Drive, commended about the $20 late registration fee being charged for recreation programs.   

        Economic Development, Historic Preservation Committee
Councilmen McKinney stated that all projects for economic development are moving along. The seniors are considering a walking program and are looking for volunteers.

        Education, Parks & Recreation Committee:  Councilwoman McDonnell stated that the committee has discussed cricket, crew, lacrosse, pavilions, summer rec programs, and staffing.
She clarified that late fees for fall soccer were always $20.  In the past late fees were not the problem but kids were being shut out and put on a waiting list the first day after the deadline.  They can now move kids from waiting lists to teams.  
In previous years information used to be distributed to parents much later and sometimes there was very little turn-around time to register.  This has been corrected and brochures are getting out early, schools are notified, information is on line, and emails are sent to anyone that has ever registered for any of our programs.  They are confident that residents are aware of deadlines and that if someone does register within a reasonable time period they will be able to be served whether or not they were late.
Their next meeting is scheduled for Thursday, June 3rd at 7 p.m. at Town Hall.

Transportation & Public Works Committee:  Councilwoman McGraw stated that the Highway Department is paving various roads.  She thanked the Department crews for their outstanding work on Niska-Day.
Supervisor Landry noted that we had ordered the Town Hall air conditioner and we hope it will arrive any day.  

Police Safety Committee:    Councilwoman Kasper reported that the Board will be hiring a dispatcher tonight.  She remarked on the progress of road work in her neighborhood by the Highway and Water & Sewer Department and thanked these departments. Next meeting is June 11 at 9:30.

Supervisor Landry thanked all the volunteers from the NiskaDay Committee and NCAP and all the members of our staff such as Police personnel, Chief of Police, Highway Department and Frank Gavin who helped behind the scenes.  He thanked all those who helped set up before, during, and afterwards.  The County Sheriff and St. Helen’s Church provided volunteers who helped clean up Sunday morning.  They had many more in attendance than expected and Lisa Stevens did a great job as Town liaison.

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

        Resolution 2010-116 authorizes the purchase of accessory equipment for the Town pool at a total cost not to exceed $3675.60.

        Resolution 2010-117 authorizes the creation of the position of General Equipment Mechanic in the Highway Department at an hourly rate of $21.4371 for 2010; $22.0802 for 2011; and $22.7426 for 2012.

        Resolution 2010-118 authorizes the Chief of Police to apply for a grant, in the amount of $11,565 (with the Town’s share to be $5,782.50) to the U. S. Bureau of Justice Assistance for the purchase of twenty new ballistic vests for police officers.

        Resolution 2010-119 appoints Calton T. Kuhlmeier, Jr. to the position of Civilian Police Dispatcher, on a permanent basis, at an annual salary of $28,238 effective May 26, 2010.

        Resolution 2010-120 appoints various persons and independent contractors at an hourly rate to work for the Recreation Program, Water & Sewer Department and Highway Department.

        Resolution 2010-121 authorizes the purchase of manhole riser rings for use in the Water & Sewer for a total cost not to exceed $15,000.

        Resolution 2010-122 modifies the Purchasing Policy for 2010.

        Resolution 2010-123 authorizes the Supervisor to retain Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP, to serve as bond counsel to the Town pursuant to a proposal dated April 26, 2010 at a cost not to exceed $5,750.

        Resolution 2010-124 authorizes the Superintendent of Highways to sell through public auction a 2003 Chevy S-10 pickup truck, no longer needed by the Town.

        Resolution 2010-125 appoints Peter C. Trimarchi, to the Zoning Board of Appeals as an ad hoc member for a term of office to expire December 31, 2011.

        Resolution 2010-126 authorizes the Supervisor to enter into an agreement permitting Laura E. and Adam J. Bach of 217 Mohawk Trail, to construct a portion of a paved driveway within a Town easement.

        Resolution 2010-127 authorizes the Supervisor to enter into an agreement permitting Susan and Matthew Behar of 11 Kimberly Court, to construct a portion of a fence within a Town easement.

        Resolution 2010-128 appoints Michael J. Borowski to the position of Maintenance Worker for the Water & Sewer Department effective June 4, 2010, on a permanent basis.

        Resolution 2010-129 rejects all bids received on May 21, 2010 for the purchase of a new or used ten or twelve wheel dump truck and authorizes the advertising for bids for the purchase of a new or used ten or twelve wheel dump truck.

        Resolution 2010-130 appoints Richard Keller Jr. to the position of Maintenance Supervisor for the Water & Sewer Department on a permanent basis at an hourly rate of $24.51 per hour.

        Resolution 2010-131 acknowledges the accomplishments of Brittany Fearnside as a graduate of the U. S. Military Academy at West Point.

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

                                                Barbara Nottke, Deputy Town Clerk





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