AT THE SPECIAL MEETING OF THE TOWN BOARD OF THE TOWN OF NISKAYUNA DULY CALLED AND HELD ON THE 10TH DAY OF NOVEMBER, 2011, AT 7:00 PM 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
Julie McDonnell, Councilwoman
Joe Landry, Supervisor
Also present: Barbara Nottke, Deputy Town Clerk, Peter Scagnelli, Town Attorney, Matt Miller, Deputy Town Attorney, John Lubrant, Chief of Police, Stan Fiminski, Deputy Chief of Police, Paul Sebesta, Comptroller, Frank Gavin, Superintendent of Highways, Richard Pollock, Superintendent of Water and Sewer, Kathy Matern, Town Planner and Amy Houlihan, Assessor.
Public Hearing No. 1: upon the Preliminary Budget of the Town of Niskayuna for the calendar year 2012.
Lorene Zabin, 2455 Brookshire Drive, noticed the police department is not going to replace one position. She would rather see an increase in each department in order to have a full staff of police protection, especially after reading about some houses being broken into.
She sees an increase in the budget for senior trips and wonders if that means more costly trips or more trips. Seeing an increase for the town pool, she wonders if fees will go up there. She is concerned about increases in the budget for meals at the senior center and some recreation fees.
Leslie Gold, 1919 Pawtucket Avenue, regarding fees for leaf pickup, she would rather see that included in the taxes so she could get the credit on her income tax. She thinks the leaf cleanup is beneficial to everyone as it makes the town look nicer.
She would still like to see the fluoride in the water reduced even more that it has been. She has read reports showing its detriments.
Linda Rizzo, 2229 Fairlawn Parkway, has issues with how certain money is being spent and thinks there should be a round table discussion to have some questions answered.
Mae Burgess, 848 Maxwell Road, thinks more money should be spent on the Police Department to make the town a safer place to live and less money on the Recreation Department. She asked if there is money budgeted to have the roof fixed at the Community Center.
Bill Poppino, 1027 Hickory Road, said he didn’t notice more crime in Niskayuna and wanted to compliment the Police Department for a job well done.
Leslie Gold, 1919 Pawtucket Avenue, supports overriding the tax cap. She would rather see the town fill the vacant police position and keep the yard waste pick up.
When no other members of the public wished to be heard, Supervisor Landry closed the public hearing.
Public Hearing No. 2: to consider the application of Christine Hansen, proprietor of Pizza Buono, 1741 Union Street, for a special use permit to allow seating in her take-out restaurant.
When no members of the public wished to be heard, Supervisor Landry closed the public hearing.
PRIVILEGE OF THE FLOOR
Lorene Zabin, 2455 Brookshire Drive, wanted clarification on how many children registered for programs with town. Regarding fees for leaf pickup, she asked what would happen if someone did not want their leaves picked up.
Linda Rizzo, 2229 Fairlawn Parkway, thinks towns are getting hit hard with the tax cap and fees need to be raised. She commented that the new water meters are more accurate and thinks they will save the town money.
Bill Poppino, 1027 Hickory Road, wants to complement the synagogue for taking over the location of the recent election. He worked there and found them to be extremely helpful.
The following resolutions were approved with a vote of five ayes unless otherwise noted.
Resolution 2011-206, to schedule a Public Hearing and make a determination on SEQR for an application for a zoning amendment.
Resolution 2011-207, to make certain budget modifications to the 2011 budget.
There being no further business to come before the Town Board, Supervisor Landry adjourned the special meeting and the agenda meeting was called to order.
Upon completion of the agenda meeting, Supervisor Landry made a motion to go into Executive Session to discuss an employee matter, which was seconded and approved.
Barbara A. Nottke, Deputy Town Clerk