AT THE REGULAR MEETING OF THE TOWN BOARD OF THE TOWN OF NISKAYUNA DULY CALLED AND HELD ON THE 28TH DAY OF JUNE, 2011, AT
7:00 PM AT THE NISKAYUNA OFFICE BUILDING, ONE NISKAYUNA CIRCLE, NISKAYUNA, NEW YORK, THE FOLLOWING MEMBERS WERE PRESENT:
Jonathan McKinney, Councilman
Liz Orzel Kasper, Councilwoman
Julie McDonnell, Councilwoman
Joe Landry, Supervisor
Denise Murphy McGraw, Councilwoman, absent
Also present: Barbara Nottke, Deputy Town Clerk, Peter Scagnelli, Town Attorney, John Lubrant, Chief of Police, Matt Miller, Deputy Town Attorney, Paul Sebesta, Comptroller, Richard Pollock, Superintendent of Water and Sewer and Kathy Matern, Town Planner.
PRIVILEGE OF THE FLOOR
Brenda Helm, 1346 Hillside Avenue, wished to speak about a micro farming initiative. She believes families have a right to home-produced foods, which includes the keeping of chickens. She brought with her petitions with approximately two hundred signatures in support of a movement to change the town code. She would like the chance to work with the Board toward that goal. The petitions were submitted to the Board and duly filed with the clerk.
Linda Rizzo, 2229 Fairlawn Parkway, did some research regarding the need for a Plumber’s License in the town and was told in other municipalities permits were needed but a test was not necessary.
She spoke about the budget and the 2% tax cap. She wonders what the town will do and intends to call the governor’s office to get some clarification on this.
In reference to the woman with chickens who spoke before, she believes that for the taxes people pay, if they want to do a little farming on their land or have a couple of chickens; it shouldn’t be a problem as long as it doesn’t disturb their neighbors.
Lorene Zabin, 2455 Brookshire Drive, noticed the town budget was now posted on the web site. She would like to see agendas, special meetings, and minutes to committee meetings posted on the web site as well.
Councilwoman McDonnell said the minutes to the Education, Parks and Recreation meetings are posted.
Regarding the issue of keeping chickens, there is a house in her neighborhood where some very noisy exotic birds are kept in a separate enclosure. Since there is no town ordinance against the keeping of these birds, nothing was done until the same people got a rooster and chickens.
Rich Fisher, 2305 Berkley Avenue, noticed the budget on the web site. In lieu of the 2% tax cap, looking ahead at health care costs and salary costs, said the board would have some hard choices to make in order to cut costs.
Police and Safety Committee: Councilwoman Kasper reports some residents questioned cars speeding on their street. The Police Department checked them out and in several cases found cars traveling below the posted speed.
The Police Department received a check which came from [sale of] a surrendered vehicle which will be put to good use by that department.
Economic Development Committee: Councilman McKinney reports more building activity at GE Research and Development.
Senior Programs Committee: Councilman McKinney reports April Steenburgh has started as new chair of the committee. She is learning the job and doing well.
Education, Parks & Recreation Committee: Councilwoman McDonnell reports that the Science Camp, Soccer and Lacrosse Camps have started the summer programs. Playground camps begin next week along with many other program. Summer is the department’s busiest season. The town pool is now open as well.
The following resolutions were approved with a vote of four ayes, unless otherwise noted.
Resolution 2011-120, authorizes Supervisor Landry to execute an agreement for testing water at the Water Treatment Plant and Wastewater Treatment Plant.
Resolution 2011-121, makes certain budget modifications to the 2011 budget.
Resolution 2011-122, authorizes the supervisor to execute an inter-municipal agreement with the Village of Scotia for storm water mapping services.
Resolution 2011-123, authorizes the purchase of a lift for parks equipment for use in the Highway Department.
Resolution 2011-124, calls for a Public Hearing on proposed Sewer District 6, Extension #120.
Resolution 2011-125, modifies the Town’s fixed asset policy and control directive covering Town property.
Resolution 2011-126, is regarding modifications to certain requirements in the health plans for non-represented employees.
Resolution 2011-127, employs additional persons in the Engineering Department.
Resolution 2011-128, appoints Christine O’Brien as a part-time clerk in the Town Justice Court.
There being no further business to come before the Town Board, Supervisor Landry adjourned the meeting.
Barbara A. Nottke, Deputy Town Clerk