AT THE ORGANIZATIONAL MEETING OF THE TOWN BOARD OF THE TOWN OF NISKAYUNA DULY CALLED AND HELD ON THE 13TH DAY OF JANUARY, 2011, AT THE NISKAYUNA OFFICE BUILDING, ONE NISKAYUNA CIRCLE, NISKAYUNA, NEW YORK, THE FOLLOWING MEMBERS WERE PRESENT:
Jonathan McKinney, Councilman
Denise Murphy McGraw, Councilwoman
Liz Orzel Kasper, Councilwoman
Julie McDonnell, Councilwoman
Joe Landry, Supervisor
Also present: Barbara Nottke, Deputy Town Clerk, Peter Scagnelli, Town Attorney, John Lubrant, Chief of Police, Paul Briggs, Deputy Town Attorney, Matt Miller, Deputy Town Attorney, Frank Gavin, Superintendent of Highways, Paul Sebesta, Comptroller, Richard Pollock, Superintendent of Water and Sewer, Kathy Matern, Town Planner and Bill Lawrence, Computer Network Coordinator.
PRIVILEGE OF THE FLOOR
Leslie Gold, 1919 Pawtucket Avenue, referencing an article in the Daily Gazette about fluoride in drinking water, says she hopes the town has lowered the levels. According to the article, the levels should be no more than .7 milligrams per liter of water. Supervisor Landry answered that the town has in fact lowered the levels and is reviewing the whole fluoride issue.
Regarding the issue of sump pumps hooked into the sewer system, she feels the town should ask the home owners to take the responsibility of dealing with the problem.
Linda Rizzo, 2229 Fairlawn Parkway, agrees that the presence of fluoride in the water has been a health hazard and that finally something is being done.
As the new year begins, she would like the board to consider the issue of bonding. Bonding leads to deficit spending and if you can’t pay for something, cut the budget. She says on a national level, the economy is not doing well right now.
She has issues with the need to FOIL town documents. She feels that these documents should be accessible online.
Lorene Zabin, 2455 Brookshire Drive, commented on the salary schedule. She thinks the salaries are too high for the summer recreation attendants. In addition, she did not agree with several other employee salaries.
The following resolutions were passed with a vote of four ayes unless otherwise noted.
Resolution 2011-1 establishes the dates for the regular meetings of the Town Board. Councilman McKinney pointed out the extra meeting in March due to the schools closing for winter recess in February.
Resolution 2011-2 authorizes clerical support for the Receiver of Taxes.
Resolution 2011-3 appoints Kevin Walsh as Chairman of the Planning Board and Zoning Commission.
Resolution 2011-4 appoints Donald Hirshorn as Chairman of the Zoning Board of Appeals.
Resolution 2011-5 appoints James Frawley to the Zoning Board of Appeals.
Resolution 2011-6 authorizes Town firefighters to act as Town Fire Inspectors.
Resolution 2011-7 approves a bond for the town officials and employees.
Resolution 2011-8 designates the Daily Gazette as the Official Newspaper of the Town of Niskayuna for the year 2011.
Resolution 2011-9 designates the banks to be a depository of funds.
Resolution 2011-10 authorizes the Supervisor and Deputy Supervisor to transact certain business.
Resolution 2011-11 appoints persons to the Conservation Advisory Council.
Resolution 2011-12 employs additional persons in the Niskayuna Recreation Program and designates certain independent contractors. Councilwoman McDonnell wished to point out that the recreation employees referred to earlier in the evening and in this resolution are recreation leaders, all adults and program supervisors. Many have worked for the past 10 to 15 summers for the town. They oversee the soccer and camp programs. At $15/hour they did not get salary increases this year. Those attendants that are high school students are making $7.75/hour.
Resolution 2011-13 employs additional persons in the Niskayuna Highway and Parks Department and the Water and Sewer Department.
Resolution 2011-14 establishes the rate of compensation for the person providing cleaning services at Town Hall.
Resolution 2011-15 establishes mileage reimbursement for employees.
Resolution 2011-16 appoints Barbara Nottke as Town Registrar.
Resolution 2011-17 appoints John Quaintance to the Planning Board and Zoning Commission.
Resolution 2011-18 adopts a salary schedule.
There being no further business to come before the Town Board, Supervisor Landry adjourned the meeting.
Barbara A. Nottke, Deputy Town Clerk