AT THE SPECIAL MEETING OF THE TOWN BOARD OF THE TOWN OF NISKAYUNA DULY CALLED AND HELD ON THE 19TH DAY OF MAY, 2011, AT THE NISKAYUNA OFFICE BUILDING, ONE NISKAYUNA CIRCLE, NISKAYUNA, NEW YORK, THE FOLLOWING MEMBERS WERE PRESENT:
Denise Murphy McGraw, Councilwoman
Liz Orzel Kasper, Councilwoman
Julie McDonnell, Councilwoman
Joe Landry, Supervisor
Jonathan McKinney, Councilman, absent
Also present: Barbara A. Nottke, Deputy Town Clerk, Peter Scagnelli, Town Attorney, Matt Miller, Deputy Town Attorney, John Lubrant, Chief of Police, Frank Gavin, Superintendent of Highways, Paul Sebesta, Comptroller, Richard Pollock, Superintendent of Water and Sewer and Kathy Matern, Town Planner.
The following resolutions were approved with a vote of four ayes unless otherwise noted.
Resolution 2011-98, authorizes the purchase of a pick-up truck for use by the Water and Sewer Department.
Resolution 2011-99, grants a special use permit allowing the construction of two additions at Bellevue Woman’s Center.
Councilwoman McGraw thanked the team at Ellis/Bellevue and at CT Male for taking the resident’s concerns into account and for including them and Board during the planning process.
Supervisor Landry commented as well as other major construction and renovation projects within the Town, he is very pleased that this progress will keep Bellevue and its employees here in Niskayuna.
Resolution 2011-100, authorizes the Supervisor to execute an agreement with New York State Department of Transportation regarding the transfer of land adjacent to the Niska Isle Bridge.
Resolution 2011-101, appoints April J. Steenburgh to the position of Assistant Senior Program coordinator at a fixed annual salary of $32,000.
Councilwoman Kasper said a panel consisting of several seniors, Supervisor Landry, Councilman McKinney and former Supervisor Ed Reilly interviewed the candidates and made their recommendation and she is looking forward to meeting her.
Councilwoman McDonnell said she had a chance to speak with Ms. Steenburgh and that she was very impressed with her credentials and her enthusiasm for the program. She welcomes her and looks forward to working with her.
Supervisor Landry thanked the two seniors on the panel, Esther Swanker and Margaret Blechinger He felt the panel worked well together and he was very pleased with their selection. He is looking forward to working with April as well.
Councilwoman McGraw said she was pleased that April said yes to the job. Her reputation precedes her for all she has done for Rosendale School and the PTO.
Resolution 2011-102, employs additional persons in the Niskayuna Recreation Program.
Councilwoman McDonnell explained that there were so many applicants for summer employment and commended Lori Perretti for her hard work going through the process of hiring the summer employees.
Supervisor also thanked Lori Perretti and Julie Lohre and agreed it is a huge undertaking starting in January every year with sending out letters and interviewing. There are several camps and programs; supervisors who make recommendations; it takes a lot of people working hard to put it all together and he would like to thank them all.
Resolution 2011-103, congratulates Kayla Treanor on her selection to the United States Women’s National Lacrosse Team.
Before presenting Kayla with her resolution, Councilwoman McDonnell first mentioned the lacrosse team, coached by Peter Melito, won their sectional game tonight. She also wanted to congratulate the graduating seniors on the team and wish them luck next year.
Councilwoman McDonnell then presented Kayla Treanor with a special resolution recognizing her outstanding accomplishments as an athlete as she will represent the United States at the Federation of International Lacrosse World Championships in Hanover, Germany later this year.
Coach Pete Melito said it had been a pleasure working with Kayla; that he never seen a player more committed or with a greater desire to be a champion. She is certainly deserving of all the accolades she has received over the years.
Kayla thanked the Town for this recognition.
There being no further business to come before the Town Board, Supervisor Landry adjourned the meeting.
Barbara A. Nottke, Deputy Town Clerk