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Town Board Minutes 3/29/2011

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

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, Town Engineer and Bill Lawrence, Computer Network Coordinator.


        Kathy Schoolcraft, 1220 Ferry Road, thanked the Board for nominating her for Town Historian. She will serve proudly with honor to preserve the Town’s rich history and culture and insure that future generations have something to be proud of.

        Leslie Gold, 1919 Pawtucket Avenue, questioned whether a fee schedule on a resolution was effective April 1st or immediately.
        Supervisor Landry told her all resolutions are effective immediately unless they state otherwise.

        Lorene Zabin, 2455 Brookshire Drive, talked about the number of group homes in the town, the fact that there are a lot of them and was pleased that recently permission did not go through for another group home.

        Linda Rizzo, 2229 Fairlawn Parkway, remarked that while we had a difficult winter with a lot of snow, there was a noticeable difference in how much better the roads were plowed in Niskayuna when you crossed the line into other areas.
        She commends Gov. Cuomo on his NYS Budget in not raising taxes while cutting millions of dollars and wants to know what the Town is doing to mirror those efforts.  

        Supervisor Landry received a note from Steven Feinberg of the Department of Energy with an update regarding last week’s presentation on the SPRU cleanup at KAPL.
        The note stated that KAPL provided information that air sampling data on the KAPL site next to the ball field showed only background levels of radioactivity were measured during the period between September 23rd and October 7, 2010 (the time period under concern). The levels reported, in scientific terms, were – gross output at 3.70e to 16 microcuries/ml and the gross beta at 1.08e to 14 microcuries/ml. In other words, the samples taken at that time show that the measured concentration are below the statistical mean. This data indicates to DOE that there was no impact on Blatnick Park from DOE’s contractor cutting the process vessel last Fall. The following web site may be accessed for more information:\
        Supervisor Landry said he would continue to work with DOE in receiving information as it becomes available.
        The Supervisor thanked Kathy Schoolcraft for agreeing to become the Town Historian. He looks forward to working with her and will begin discussing some projects soon.


        Public Works and Transportation Committee:  Councilwoman McGraw also thanked Kathy Schoolcraft and feels she is the right person to take on the responsibility of Town Historian.
        Yard Waste pick-up begins April 11th after winter lawn damage is corrected and black top repair is completed. It was a tough winter and Highway crews have a terrific job. Road work and paving will begin in May.
        Congratulations to Matt Yetto for passing his civil service test for Senior Civil Engineer.

        Economic Development, Historic Preservation and Environmental Conservation Committee:  Councilman McKinney congratulated Kathy Matern for passing her civil service test for the Town Planner position. People don’t realize how important that position is. He says the Planner is responsible for the character of the Town and we can thank Kathy for helping to make Niskayuna what it is.
        Many projects are underway this spring. The new CVS, ExtraMart and Bellevue Hospital have taken steps toward beginning construction. There should be a lot of activity this spring.
        There should be a new senior newsletter out soon. The committee is putting together job specifications for the new position at the Senior Center.

        Education, Parks and Recreation Committee:  Councilwoman McDonnell reports that the committee is working with the Town’s clubs and Community organizations to promote spring programs, sports programs and coordinate field usage. Registration is still open for the Lacrosse Club, Niskayuna softball, Niskayuna baseball and crew. Online registration will open this Friday.
        New programs for this summer are learn-to-row, basketball camp, tennis lessons, lacrosse camp and volleyball camp. Some returning favorites are the summer playground camps, swim lessons, swim team, soccer camp, fencing camp and football camp.
        Councilwoman McDonnell thanked several groups of youth volunteers, those that helped organize a camp food drive, that volunteered their services at the town’s Halloween Parade and the Inter-Community Service Group from the Niskayuna High School who helped with the 5K Fun Run.
        Councilwoman McGraw also mentioned that she and Councilwoman McDonnell are looking for volunteers to work with the Safe Routes committee. Melissa McKinnon is chairing that group for anyone interested.


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

        Resolution 2011-58, authorizes the purchase of a flow meter for a pump station.

        Resolution 2011-59, accepts an easement regarding a sanitary sewer connection.

        Resolution 2011-60, authorizes the acceptance of grant monies and authorizes the purchase of office equipment and furniture for the judiciary.

        Resolution 2011-61, appoints Lori Peretti as Coordinator of Community Programs on a permanent basis.

        Resolution 2011-62, authorizes the purchase of computer equipment.

        Resolution 2011-63, employs additional persons at the Niskayuna driving range.

        Resolution 2011-64, authorizes the Supervisor to enter into an agreement for the disposal of evidence by the Police Department.

        Resolution 2011-65, authorizes the purchase of proprietary equipment to rebuild a cutting assembly on the channel grinder at the Wastewater Treatment Plant.

        Resolution 2011-66,      appoints an ad hoc member to the Zoning Board.

        Resolution 2011-67, makes certain budget modifications to the 2011 budget.

        Resolution 2011-68, appoints a person to the Conservation Advisory Council.

        Resolution 2011-69, authorizes the Supervisor to execute an agreement for energy monitoring at Town Hall and other Town facilities.

        Resolution 2011-70, authorizes a contract for the public display of fireworks for the Niska-Day celebration.

        Resolution 2011-71, appoints a person to the position of Maintenance Worker in the Water and Sewer Department.

        Resolution 2011-72, appoints Kathleen Matern to the position of Planning Technician in the Building and Planning Department.

        Resolution 2011-73, appoints Matthew J. Yetto to the position of Senior Civil engineer in the Engineering Department.

        Resolution 2011-74, employs a contractor for the replacement of the gazebo at Town Hall.

        Resolution 2011-75, appoints Barbara A. Nottke as Town Registrar through December 31, 2011.

        Resolution 2011-76, establishes a Comprehensive Development Plan Committee and appoints persons to that committee.

        Resolution 2011-77, amends certain fees imposed by the Town of Niskayuna.

        Resolution 2011-78, amends Resolution 2009-70 accepting bids for the
purchase of water meters.


        Kathy Schoolcraft was appointed to the position of Town Historian.


        Resolution 2011-79, designates April 10th to April 16th, 2011as National Volunteer Week in the Town of Niskayuna and recognizes and thanks the following persons for their volunteer activities at the Senior Center: Marianne Bergh, Ken Brown, Dorothy Caruso, Sandy Dagliolo, Frank and Mary Ellen Daly, Serafina Fenaroli, Jane Hastings, Richard and Margaret Halvorsen, Irene Van Kamerik, Sandra Kaminsky, Maryde and Larry King, Janice Mansfield, Anita Pierce and Shirley Thornton.

        Resolution 2011-80, recognizes the following volunteers who provided assistance at the Niskayuna Fall Fun Run: Katie Casino, Jess Diefendorf, Chelsea Mickel, Jonathan Moran, Mary Kate Moran, Matthew Trigger and Janet Tenenbaum.

        Resolution 2011-81, recognizes the following volunteers who provided a community service project during the Niskayuna Halloween Parade: Fiona Fittro, Leah Pennings, Caleb Bestvater, Luke Benoit, Cameron Cummings, Matthew Cummings and Jessica Fittro.

        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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