AT THE REGULAR MEETING OF THE TOWN BOARD OF THE TOWN OF NISKAYUNA DULY CALLED AND HELD ON THE 31ST DAY OF MAY, 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
Joe Landry, Supervisor
Julie McDonnell, 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, Matt Yetto, Town Engineer and Rebecca Scanlon, Engineering Technician.
PRESENTATION: WATER METERS & BILLING
Councilwoman McGraw thanked Richard Pollock, Rebecca Scanlon and Matt Yetto for putting together tonight’s presentation. Many residents have had questions regarding the new meters especially with the new billing cycle. Therefore, they felt this presentation would be helpful in answering any of those questions.
Richard Pollock, Superintendent of Water and Sewer explained that meters needed to be replaced because many of the old meters were giving inaccurate data. The new meters are producing better data and as they are energy-saving, will save money over time. New information monitored on the new meters can tell how much water is being used given a period of time and how much energy is being used. This information can detect problems with pipes leaking that might generate a bill showing more usage than normal. In addition, some customers had trouble reading the numbers on the old meters. Read cards no longer have to be sent back so this is no longer an issue.
PRIVILEGE OF THE FLOOR
Linda Rizzo, 2229 Fairlawn Parkway, felt that people who had their water bill estimated statistically had to pay more. She doesn’t believe that everyone that got a high bill had a leak. Usually you know when you have a leak in your house. There is the likelihood of people reading their meters wrong.
Regarding the policy of licensing plumbers, she does not like the restriction of having to hire someone licensed here, especially if she finds someone who will work for less money that is licensed in another city.
She does not understand why there is a fee every year for alarm systems that are not connected to the Police station.
Michael Kenny, 4205 Consaul Road, recently wrote the Board regarding fluoridation of the water supply. He asked to have that discontinued.
Lorene Zabin, 2455 Brookshire Drive, felt it would have been better to have the water meter presentation before putting in the meters to avoid the questions and phone calls that came after.
She asked if someone is being hired for the Recreation Department. She noticed there is a resolution listing several new employees and a resolution for a part-time clerk. She did not see that advertised.
She is upset that Shop-Rite is changing the name of St. James Square.
Lastly, she finds the placement of multiple signs advertising houses and cars for sale on street corners and around neighborhoods unsightly.
John Tobiesen, President of the Board of Environmental Clearing House, regarding resolutions before the Board this evening dealing with a project that has been in the works for several years that concerns the ECH. He encourages the Board to vote for those resolutions.
Jacqueline Skolnick, 1271 Lock 7 Road, would like the Board to vote in favor of the two resolutions involving the Niskayuna Grange. In addition to ECOS activities, it would provide restored space for town activities and enhance the town’s image.
The following resolutions were passed with a vote of four ayes unless otherwise noted.
Resolution 2011-104, authorizes the training of Highway Department employees.
Resolution 2011-105, authorizes the purchase of a gantry crane for use in the Highway Department.
Resolution 2011-106, authorizes the Supervisor to execute an agreement to make renovations to the Grange Hall.
Resolution 2011-107, authorizes the Supervisor to execute an agreement for an archaeological survey to be performed at the Grange Hall.
Resolution 2011-108, appoints Carlton T. Kuhlmeier, Jr. to the position of Civilian Police Dispatcher in the Police Department.
Resolution 2011-109, renews a software database maintenance contract with Business Automation Services, Inc.
Resolution 2011-110, accepts an easement from Leemilt’s Petroleum, Inc. adjacent to Rosendale Road for the purpose of installing, constructing and maintaining a sanitary sewer line.
Resolution 2011-111, employs additional persons in the Niskayuna Recreation Program, Water and Sewer Department and Highway and Parks Department.
Resolution 2011-112, makes certain budget modifications to the 2011 budget.
Resolution 2011-113, appoints Michael J. Borowski to the position of Maintenance Worker in the Water and Sewer Department
Resolution 2011-114, authorizes the sale of town equipment at public auction.
Resolution 2011-115, authorizes the supervisor to execute a change order for the water meter installation project.
There being no further business to come before the Town Board, Supervisor Landry adjourned the meeting.
Barbara A. Nottke, Deputy Town Clerk