AT THE SPECIAL MEETING OF THE TOWN BOARD OF THE TOWN OF NISKAYUNA DULY CALLED AND HELD ON THE 17TH DAY OF FEBRUARY, 2011, AT THE NISKAYUNA OFFICE BUILDING, ONE NISKAYUNA CIRCLE, NISKAYUNA, NEW YORK, THE FOLLOWING MEMBERS WERE PRESENT:
Denise Murphy McGraw, Councilwoman
Julie McDonnell, Councilwoman
Joe Landry, Supervisor
Jonathan McKinney, Councilman, absent
Liz Orzel Kasper, Councilwoman, absent
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, Kathy Matern, Town Planner, Matt Yetto, Engineer and Stan Faminski, Deputy Chief of Police.
Councilwoman McGraw thanked Boy Scout Troop 37 for attending tonight’s meeting. She had the opportunity to meet with them prior to tonight’s board meeting to discuss Constitutional rights, problems facing the town and how to be a better citizen in the town. The troop had the honor of leading tonight’s Pledge of Allegiance.
PRIVILEGE OF THE FLOOR
Lorene Zabin, 2455 Brookshire Drive, would like to see the board meetings available on Channel 18.
She was sorry to see the gazebo at Town Hall collapse. She says the Aqueduct House is falling apart and would like to see that developed into a place where everyone can come and enjoy the river.
Margaret Blechinger, 2410 Parkville Place, is concerned about the purchase of a new senior bus. She heard a rumor that the seniors no longer wanted the bus and said this was not true. After speaking to several people at the senior center, she believes the consensus is the bus is wanted and needed. The size of the bus has come into question. It doesn’t need to be bigger. If seats are limited, they should be reserved in advance. She is hoping the town is looking at whatever is needed to purchase this vehicle: the estate money, a trade in, and bonding if necessary.
On a positive note, a 100th birthday celebration is being planned for one of the seniors who attends the senior center.
Supervisor Landry said he would convey her concerns to the co-chairs of the Senior Programs Committee.
Leslie Gold, 1919 Pawtucket Avenue, is very pleased with the new proposal for a soccer pavilion. She feels it is more appropriate than the original proposal and appreciates the work that went into putting it together.
Linda Rizzo, 2229 Fairlawn Parkway, feels the town should have had the foresight to remove the snow from the roof of the gazebo before it collapsed.
She understands that infrastructure problems are not new to this administration and that they were inherited. She says she would not have known about them if the issue hadn’t come up at a recent board meeting. She thinks these issues should have been made public a long time ago.
Regarding the senior bus, she thinks it might be a good idea to lease rather than purchase a bus.
Open Stage Media at Proctors, Philip Morris, CEO of Proctors addressed members of the Town Board to consider supporting Open Stage Media, the public access television station. The station has been operating for nine months now as OSM, previously as SACC television, until the City of Schenectady became the primary sponsor of Open Stage Media. In the process of taking over, a number of changes and expansions have been made. An education channel has been included (Channel 17); a government channel (Channel 18) as well as the public access channel (Channel 16). In Niskayuna, Channel 17 is currently run by the High School.
Open Stage Media is trying to create a County-wide service, asking each of the towns for support. Their request is for $5,000 per year to support public access television. This would include the operations of all three channels; to look at and consider what might occur on the education channel to make it more interesting; to invite the town to sit on an advisory board for each of these channels; to have a range of services via the government channel, such as the broadcast of emergency services via twitter and cell phone; available access via webcast of town meetings and presentations.
The following resolutions were approved with a vote of three ayes unless otherwise noted.
Resolution 2011-29, appoints Andrea Hamilton to the position of Executive Secretary II in the Police Department.
Resolution 2011-30, appoints John H. Courter to the position of Civilian Police Dispatcher.
Resolution 2011-31, accepts title as Town Highway to Napa Court in Cabernet Estates Subdivision.
Resolution 2011-32, enacts Local Law 2011 No. 2, amending the Vehicle and Traffic Code to provide for the installation of a Stop sign at Napa Court and Ravine Road.
Resolution 2011-33, authorizes the Superintendent of Highways to purchase a dump truck.
There being no further business to come before the Town Board, Supervisor Landry adjourned the meeting.
Barbara A. Nottke, Deputy Town Clerk