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Town Board Minutes 1/25/2011
AT THE REGULAR MEETING OF THE TOWN BOARD OF THE TOWN OF NISKAYUNA DULY CALLED AND HELD ON THE 25TH 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
Julie McDonnell, Councilwoman
Joe Landry, Supervisor

Absent:  Liz Orzel Kasper, Councilwoman 

Also present: Barbara Nottke, Deputy Town Clerk, Peter Scagnelli, Town Attorney, John Lubrant, Chief of Police, Matt Miller, Deputy Town Attorney, Frank Gavin, Superintendent of Highways, Paul Sebesta, Comptroller, Richard Pollock, Superintendent of Water and Sewer, Justice Stephen Swinton, Justice Paul Zonderman, Bill Lawrence, Computer Network Coordinator, Police Lt. Stanley Faminski, Schenectady County Sheriff Dominic Dagostino and members of the Niskayuna Police Department.

TOWN CLERK’S BUSINESS
        The minutes of the meeting of November 10, 2010 were approved as presented.
        The minutes of the meeting of November 18, 2010 were approved as presented.

PUBLIC HEARINGS

Public Hearing No. 1 considers amendment of the Code of the Town of Niskayuna regarding penalties for performing plumbing work as an unlicensed plumber within the Town.  
When no members of the public wished to be heard, Supervisor Landry closed the public hearing.

Public Hearing No. 2 considers amendment of the Code of the Town of Niskayuna regarding the discharge of subsoil drains into the sanitary sewer system.
Lorene Zabin, 2455 Brookshire Drive, needed some clarification and stated that she hoped this would benefit the town.
When no other members of the public wished to be heard, Supervisor Landry closed the public hearing.

PRIVILEGE OF THE FLOOR

        Lorene Zabin, 2455 Brookshire Drive, has issues regarding money spent on fixing the water and sewer problems in the town.
        She does not believe the town should bond for a sports pavilion.

        Linda Rizzo, 2229 Fairlawn Parkway, questioned the increase on her tax bill. She questioned bonding during fiscally difficult times.

COMMITTEE REPORTS

Economic Development, Historic Preservation and Environmental Conservation Committee:  Councilman McKinney reports that the town is ready to begin the process of compiling the next Comprehensive Plan.

Public Works and Transportation Committee:  Councilwoman McGraw reports many of the water meters have already been installed in the town. For anyone who has not had their new water meter installed, please respond to the post card when received in order to participate. The installation takes only a few minutes. The town has filed all necessary reports to the DEC in response to the Order and Consent. She thanks Frank Gavin and the Highway Department for a job well done keeping the roads plowed this winter.

Education, Parks and Recreation Committee:  Councilwoman McDonnell reports the committee met this month to discuss ongoing winter sports programs, such as bowling, volleyball and soccer as well as the upcoming spring sports programs. The Friends of Rowing will be offering a Learn to Row program. Plans are being made for the summer camps and playground programs.

RESOLUTIONS

The following resolutions were passed with a vote of four ayes unless otherwise noted.

Resolution 2011-19 appoints Stanley Faminski to the position of Deputy Chief of Police, at an annual salary of $95,025.00.

Upon voting aye, Supervisor Landry spoke highly of Lt. Faminski; how his dedication and working long hours continued to earn him promotions over the years. He has gained the respect of his coworkers as well as people outside the police force, as shown by members of Police Departments and the Judiciary in attendance tonight.
Among those attending the swearing-in ceremony tonight are Schenectady County Sheriff, Dominic Dagostino, Judge Stephen Swinton, Judge Paul Zonderman, Glenville Police Chief, Michael Renalli and members of the Niskayuna Police Department.
After being sworn in, Deputy Chief Stan Faminski thanked Supervisor Landry and members of the Town Board for granting his promotion. He went on to thank the men and women of the Police Department and all those working with them, saying they are an incredible group of law enforcement professionals; he thanked Chief John Lubrant for his endorsement and recommendation. He also thanked the detectives, the patrolmen and the dispatchers, whom he called the customer service agents to the Town.
Resolution 2011-20 authorizes the renewal of the Virtual Town Hall website hosting agreement.

Resolution 2011-21 authorizes the retention of professional engineering services on an as-needed basis for 2011.

Resolution 2011-22 authorizes the sale off certain surplus town equipment.

Resolution 2011-23 authorizes the purchase of a new police car for the Niskayuna Police Department.

Resolution 2011-24 authorizes advertising for bids for a soccer/lacrosse pavilion project.

Resolution 2011-25 authorizes the purchase of ortho-poly phosphate by the Water and Sewer  Department.

Resolution 2011-26 authorizes the purchase of flow meters, pump rebuild materials, check valves and a quantity of enzyme supplement for use by the Water and Sewer Department.

Resolution 2011-27 authorizes certain budget modifications to the 2010 year-end budget and the 2011 budget.

Resolution 2011-28 enacts Local Law No. 1 (2011), amending the Vehicle and Traffic Code to provide for the installation of a Stop sign on Empire Road and Lishakill Road.

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


Barbara A. Nottke, Deputy Town Clerk







 
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