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Town Board Minutes 8/30/2011
AT THE REGULAR MEETING OF THE TOWN BOARD OF THE TOWN OF NISKAYUNA DULY CALLED AND HELD ON THE 30TH DAY OF AUGUST, 2011, AT 7:00 PM 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 Nottke, Deputy Town Clerk, Peter Scagnelli, Town Attorney, John Lubrant, Chief of Police, Matt Miller, Deputy Town Attorney, Stan Fiminski, Deputy Chief of Police, Paul Sebesta, Comptroller, Richard Pollock, Superintendent of Water and Sewer, April Steenburgh, Senior Programs Coordinator and Ray Smith, Highway Department.

PRESENTATION

        Councilwoman McDonnell presented a ceremonial resolution to John F. Brown Jr. for his part in helping to create and develop the Town’s trail system along with his committee members Patrick Clear, David Furman, Roy Keats and Jared Wells.  Mr. Brown brought the idea of developing the trail system to the Town and helped set up a subcommittee to assess properties to develop. The Trail Development Subcommittee worked with Ray Smith of the Highway Department evaluating the Town property that would be suitable for the development of nature trails. The first leg of the trail is now ready to be opened with markers in place. Maps will be available at the first marker.  
        Councilwoman McDonnell announced that in honor of John Brown’s knowledge and efforts the trail system will be named the John F. Brown, Jr. Trail System. Mr. Brown thanked the Board for the honor and particularly for making a very nice natural gorge south of the landfill accessible to the public.

PUBLIC HEARINGS

        Public Hearing No. 1: to consider amending Chapter 180 of the Code of the Town of Niskayuna entitled Soil Erosion and Sediment Control.
        When no members of the public wished to be heard, Supervisor Landry closed the public hearing.


        Public Hearing No. 2: to consider amending Chapter 220 of the Code of the Town of Niskayuna entitled Zoning.
        When no members of the public wished to be heard, Supervisor Landry closed the public hearing.
        Public Hearing No. 3: to consider amending the Vehicle and Traffic Code to provide for the installation of a Stop sign on Oakline Court and Oakmont Street.
        When no members of the public wished to be heard, Supervisor Landry closed the public hearing.

PRIVILEGE OF THE FLOOR

        Rich Fisher, 2305 Berkley Avenue, says this is the most important time of the year – budget time. He says by now the Town must know what they will be doing in terms of fairness, duty and logic: fairness to all departments, duty to the taxpayer and logic for now and into the future. He says there are costs involved in any service to the Town. There are hard choices to make. There are costs involved in laying people off that are public employees. Has the entire budget been looked at for cost-cutting measures? He believes cuts should be made evenly across the board on the budget and not 15% in one place while increasing costs 5% or 10% somewhere else.

        Leslie Gold, 1919 Pawtucket Avenue, was pleased that yard waste notices were posted so promptly after the big storm. The Highway Department was very quick in starting that clean-up.

        Lorene Zabin, 2455 Brookshire Drive, congratulated the Browns on being honored tonight.
        She was happy to see no borrowing from the fund balance in the resolution for budget modifications. She asked about an item marked donation for $9,495 and wondered if that was the money gifted to the Senior Center. She was told it was.
        She commented on the new look of the Town Newsletter saying it looks very nice but she is more concerned about news of the moratorium on building projects.
        She believes in lieu of budget problems council members should be paid half since there are half as many town board meetings as in past years.

COMMITTEE REPORTS

        Education, Parks & Recreation Committee: Councilwoman McDonnell reports a successful summer season is ending for the Recreation Department. They are currently in the final stages of planning the Fall Soccer season. The teams are all set. The Nisky Fall Fun Run is all set for September 24th with sponsorships coming in. She is looking forward to a lot of people registering for that event. She thanks the Niskayuna Community Foundation for the grant money given toward the Nisky 5K Race.
        Already discussed was the Trail Development Committee. The Safe Routes Committee has also been meeting and they are working with interactive mapping and setting up trail markers around town.

        Police and Safety Committee: Councilwoman Kasper reports some new Stop signs going in. The Justice Department is applying for a grant.

        Public Works and Transportation Committee:  Councilwoman McGraw reports members of the Water & Sewer Department and members of the Highway Department worked through the weekend along with Supervisor Landry, Richard Pollock, Matt Yetto and Tim Nagell to ensure residents were safe from the storm. A berm needed to be built around the Water Plant to avoid flooding and sand bags had to be carried and stacked. Highway teams were out moving trees. Crews are still out performing clean-up from the storm. She praised the incredible job they did under the difficult circumstances.
        Supervisor Landry thanked all the department heads that worked long hours and said they can be proud of their leadership. When the locks upstream failed, the supervisor spent time with police knocking on resident’s doors during the night to convince people to evacuate, not always an easy job. Everyone worked hard and met the challenges of a difficult situation.

RESOLUTIONS

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

        Resolution 2011-155, authorizes the renewal of a contract for professional services for a regulatory financial statement audit.

        Resolution 2011-156, authorizes the supervisor to enter into an agreement for internet services for police accident reports.

        Resolution 2011-157, calls for Public Hearing to amend the Vehicle and Traffic Code to provide for the installation of a Stop sign on Gala Place and Lishakill Road, Gala Place and Lori Drive, Empire Drive and Lori Drive, Hislope Road and Lori Drive.

        
        Resolution 2011-158, calls for a Public Hearing to amend the Vehicle and Traffic Code to provide for the installation of a Stop sign on Ingersoll Road and Mansion Street.

        Resolution 2011-159, makes certain budget modifications to the 2011 budget.

        Resolution 2011-160, authorizes the purchase of audio-visual equipment for Town Hall.

        Resolution 2011-161, authorizes the supervisor to execute a collective bargaining agreement with the CSEA Water & Sewer Unit.

        Resolution 2011-162, authorizes the submittal of a grant application seeking monies from the Justice Court Assistance Program.

        Resolution 2011-163, authorizes repairs to the radio system.

        Resolution 2011-164, authorizes the supervisor to enter into an agreement for internet services for water bill payments and water usage information.

        Resolution 2011-165, authorizes the supervisor to enter into a water payment plan agreement.

        Resolution 2011-166, authorizes the supervisor to enter into an agreement for building maintenance at the Recreation Center.

        Resolution 2011-167, authorizes engineering services to subdivide Town-owned property.

        Resolution 2011-168, regarding a trail system on Town-owned property.

        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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