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Town Board Meeting Minutes 11/7/2007
REGULAR MEETING OF THE TOWN BOARD
TOWN OF GLENVILLE
NOVEMBER 7, 2007
AT THE GLENVILLE MUNICIPAL CENTER
18 GLENRIDGE ROAD, GLENVILLE, NEW YORK


Present:        Supervisor Frank X. Quinn, Councilmen Robert E. Bailey, Mark A. Quinn, Edward F. Rosenberg and Councilwoman Valerie M. DiGiandomenico

Absent: None

                Supervisor Quinn called the meeting to order at 7:30 PM, gave the Invocation and led us in the Pledge of Allegiance.

                Supervisor Quinn – “There are two additions to the agenda tonight, a resolution establishing Extension No. 7 to Sewer District No. 9 and a resolution authorizing the Board to enter into an Executive Session to discuss several items.”

                Supervisor Quinn asked the Town Clerk, Linda C. Neals, to call the roll.  Everyone was present and accounted.

Town Council Reports:

                Councilman Quinn – “I would just like to express my heartfelt gratitude to the voters of Glenville for once again placing their trust in me as an elective official.  I promise that I will continue to work diligently to earn that trust.  I would also like to commend Councilman Bailey and his running mate Chris Godlewski for a hard fought yet very positive campaign.  Unfortunately this is a bitter/sweet moment for me as my running mate Councilman Elect Chris Koetzle remains in the intensive care unit at Ellis Hospital.  It has now been confirmed that he suffered from more than one minor stroke yesterday.  The early prognosis is that he will be able to recover within the next few weeks but none the less I would ask that all of you keep him in your thoughts and prayers.”

                Councilman Bailey – “I thank Councilman Quinn for his kind remarks.  One item of business as liaison to the Zoning Board of Appeals the Chairman Stan Szablewski has informed me that he intends to resign effective December 31, 2007 when his term expires and he is not interested in being re-appointed.  He has served for fifteen years and I have observed the last four years of that time and I think he has done an outstanding job.  I would urge the board to start looking sooner rather than later to see if there is anybody presently on the board that wants to rise to the chairmanship.”

                Councilman Rosenberg – “We still haven’t filled our Assessor’s position.  We have had two people that were offered the position but they both declined even though we accepted their terms.  We are still willing to accept resumes.

                In the Building Department the Draft Open Space Plan has been completed.  The trail map for the Sanders Preserve has been revised.  Build out figures for the Freemans Bridge Road study area with the latest proposal that stuff has been initiated to work on that.

                The Building Department has researched the Safe Routes to School Program anticipation of the next round of grant funding for sidewalk installation.

                We had a follow up with the Nigro Company as far as the site across the street from Price Chopper.  They will be submitting a new site plan to accommodate the anchor, Pioneer Savings Bank, and they are also working with a restaurant that is interested in that property.

                We collected another $6,800 in sub-division recreation fees last month.

                Lowe’s is going to begin site prep this winter.  National Grid and Verizon will be relocating utility poles and lines over the winter.  Widening and improvement of Freemans Bridge Road itself is going to take place next summer.  An anticipated store opening is in November of 2008.  The Town Administrator, Tony Germano, is working with property owners in the Phase II of the project and he and Lowe’s engineers met with property owners last week about need for easements.  They are apparently all agreeable one of the property owners already signing the agreement.

                A note regarding our collaborative efforts with the Village, I did have an opportunity to meet with the building department, ours and the Village’s, and their liaison in regard to collaborative efforts in that area.  As you may already know our departments do currently help out each other but we just don’t have a truly formal agreement.”

                Supervisor Quinn – “The next agenda item is a public hearing on the 2008 Preliminary Budget.  I would like to bring everybody up to date on where we are at this point and review a little bit of the process so far and what’s to come, what is still left to be done.

                Let me start with an introduction in the sense that some of you may not know what’s gone on so far and also what is about to come up in the future.

                The budget is a system.  It is obviously made up of appropriations and expenditures but it is also made up of all the different kinds of revenues that we have.  The revenues are volatile, sales tax is never a guarantee, mortgage tax is never a guarantee; those are the two biggest features other than the fees themselves that we collect for different services that the town provides.

                In addition to that you also have to crank into the budget process what is the fund balance the town has and what fund balance can the town afford to put into the proposed new budget, which in our case is the ’08 budget and still have enough of a fund balance to make sure that we can pay all of our bills because we don’t get sales tax revenues until after the 1st of February.  We have things like payroll and a bunch of other expenses that may have to come in and so we have got to carry a fund budget not only to carry us through the first part of the year; we also need the fund balance in case there are any dramatic changes during the year because there is volatility that happens throughout the year.  We have an estimate on health care.  We have estimates on things that will happen.

                So it is really the interaction of appropriations, revenues, and fund balance, then we end up with the bottom line which is of course the taxes.  Here is what has gone on in a thumb-nail description so far:

                Early in September we got the input and we compiled the requests from all of the departments as well as from board members for appropriations, revenue, fund balance, taxes to be raised and so forth and so on.  We then had a series of work shops, liaisons from the board met with department heads, department heads met with us and so forth.  The third week of September we published the Tentative Budget which reduced the submissions from 8.3 million to 7.9 million.  In late September and early October we had more work shops and meetings with our department heads and we published the Preliminary Budget.  Now the Preliminary Budget further reduced the amount of taxes from 7.9 million down to 5.4 million dollars which reduced it approximately 2.5 million at that time and that is the Preliminary Budget.  If no other changes are made the Preliminary Budget is the budget that would be adopted and that would be a 15% tax increase.  Since that time we have been meeting throughout the later part of October, first week of November more work shops more consultations and it has been very, very interesting because not only is this a board activity but individual staff members, department heads, elective officials, all kinds of people came forth and made suggestions about appropriations, about revenues, about fund balances all of which is feeding into the numbers that I am giving you now.

                Since that time we’ve been meeting again and today we have a pre-final budget.  We took the Preliminary, we kept having work shops and we kept getting input from all the various and sundry kind of folks and this Preliminary Budget was modified to get to where we are today, we are not finished yet but this is where we are today.  Here are some things that have happened since we had the Preliminary Budget published.  The modified Preliminary Budget takes the taxes down another $356,167 so that is a further reduction in the taxes.  If we were to adopt the changes that are in here right now the bottom line comes out to be 7.7% tax increase.  After tonight everybody gets their say, you and I know none of us including us up her, means we get our way but we all get our say and that is what we are here to do; share our thoughts and ideas amongst all of us.  We will have an additional meeting of the board and put together any final touches, thoughts and ideas that you present that may be most helpful to us and then we will put together the final budget.  On November 14th there will be a meeting here and the purpose of that meeting is to vote the final budget for the coming year.

                The original Preliminary Budget is sitting on 15% and this current one takes it down to 7.7%.  The goal that the board had was no more than 3%, if you do the math on all of that and if we can get to that 3% we have to cut where we are tonight by another two hundred and twenty some thousand dollars that would get us down to 3%.  Tonight we have the public hearing, we get your input and from that budget hearing we crank that and any new information together with what we currently have and then we move over to the 14th where we put the final budget on the table with any additions, deletions or changes to the Preliminary Budget will be put on the table that night and we will end up with the Final Budget for 2008.”

                Supervisor Quinn – “Item number 5 on the agenda is a public hearing on the 2008 Preliminary Budget for the Town of Glenville.”

                Supervisor Quinn opened the public hearing at 7:55 pm.

                Mike Ranalli, Glenville Chief of Police – “I will be very candid and say that I am uncomfortable addressing the Board in this fashion but there is no way for me to talk to you as a group legally to present my case.

                Mr. Supervisor, you mention in your prayer the word “tenacity”, you hired me for a reason so here I am for the next few minutes.

                I am fully aware of what you are going through, I am not naive with this process.  I know that the five of you wear many, many hats.  You are fiscal managers, you are fiduciaries, you are policy makers, you are decision makers and you are employers.  You have to try and take all of that and put it in one little package and make everything work and I know that, that can be very difficult.

                For me, I was hired to do a job and I am doing it the best I can and I find it necessary to speak just because of frustrations that I am feeling in trying to achieve the goals that I feel this police department needs to achieve for this town.  I am putting it perfectly bluntly this budget as this “Pre-Final Budget #2” the salary line for me, the bottom line is I will have to eliminate two police officers and one dispatcher.  I have a vacancy in the dispatchers, I have a vacancy as a police officer but it would also mean that I would not have the money to fund a current working police officer meaning to a possible lay off.  I will go over why as I go through my points here as to why this is very, very frustrating to me.  I just want to start out with a simple premise and I really don’t want to…I am not trying to insult anybody’s intelligence but we need to be on the same page and that is local governments exist to provide services to the community, that’s why we are here, that is our reason for being and those services have to be provided by people, people like myself and other people that are sitting in this room and either directly or indirectly they are facilitated by them so there’s no surprises there.  As fiscal managers and fiduciaries you have a responsibility that I respect and that is you have to hold people like me, a town department head, accountable.  You have to make me responsible for my budget, you have to make me run my department efficiently and effectively and I have told all five of you right from day one I will justify anything I do.  I judge how I act and I encourage my supervisors to act in the same way.  Every decision is would I be able to stand in a town board meeting and justify why I am doing what I am doing?  That is the way we have been carrying on business for the last year and a half.

                As part of this process I went through probably no less than five budget reviews and I experience no frustration with that part at all, I don’t have a problem with that, I understand the issues that are out there and as a result of cuts, cut significantly.  Let me just do a quick history so everybody is on the same page.  In 2005 our police department had 26 police officers.  When I started June 5th of 2006 we had 20 and I became 21.  That equates, I surveyed neighboring jurisdictions to see what level of policing they provide and I found an average of one police officer for every 743 residents.  At 21 we were at one police officer for every 1,014 residents so we are pretty far behind the mark.

                In February of this year I presented to the five of you a proposal to hire two officers, it was part of a whole package of initiatives that I wanted to start and move forward with in our department to bring us up to 23.  The five of you embraced that package; you voted five to zero and allowed me to do that.  I hired two additional officers bringing us up to 23 which brought us to one for every 926 residents in the town.

                I relied on that to start these initiatives and move forward so you can imagine my frustration now facing the possibility of going back to where I was a year ago and again I understand the pressures being brought on you but the whole purpose of that illustration of numbers of officers and where we have been, we are already a lean police department.  We are already a no frills police, we don’t provide a lot of the extra services that other police departments in the capital district can or anywhere actually can.

                Understand this I am not an advocate of unfair tax increases, I pay taxes as well but I know this, this town board is moving towards trying to encourage and sustain commercial growth through Freemans Bridge Road, through the Industrial Park, we have Lowe’s which will be up and running this time next year, we have the airport that is going to be developed (700 acres).  All of those things require and will require police services.  That is what I am facing right now, so an additional frustration for me is it takes a long time to make a police officer, to train somebody into what we need.  Does it make sense facing what we are going to be facing to lay off a police officer that we probably have $100,000 investment and I am asking that as a…obviously it is a rhetorical question at this point, business decision does that make sense?

                Here is what I would have liked to have seen and I am just telling you that these are my feelings; maybe they are naive in a business world but what I would have liked to have seen is the board... I have been to every one of your budget meetings and the focus has been primarily on money but what I would have liked to have seen would have been an open public discussion of – here is what it would cost to maintain our services; have we held our department heads accountable, have we trimmed the fat because of the times that we are facing and the revenue that we are losing, have we trimmed all of the fat from our budget that we possibly can, if we are satisfied with that can we face the tax payers and say that that’s what we have done and if you wish to maintain your current level of service here is our current tentative budget and this is what it would mean?  I would like you to have that confidence in us and that we are providing that service that is necessary and that is valued by the board.  I don’t know what the people are telling you, I do know this myself, other department heads, we are the ones that when we are not able to provide the same level of service we are the ones that are going to deal with the people, we are your ambassadors and you know what, we are not going to blow them off, we are going to do our jobs and our police department is going to do our jobs no matter what happens here we have 22 professionals right now that are still out there through out this doing their jobs and that will not change.  That is what I would have liked to have seen and I think that every other department head hear would have also liked to have seen that.

                Government employees tend to get a bad reputation but it has been a big pleasure for me to see the dedication that is downstairs in that police department.  When I look, prior to our flood, just the physical condition of our police department since I have been there and all of that work most of that work has been done by our employees doing it on their own time.  We have had people come in on their own painting; we have supervisors that came to work with pneumonia who did not call in sick.  I have supervisors that I have to actually tell to put in overtime cards for the amount of work that they are doing.  There is a lot down there that you don’t see and I know the budget is not final but this is what I do for a living and I hope my opinion means something to you.  I need those officers and I need those officers to maintain the level of service that I believe this community needs.”

                Rick LeClair, Highway Superintendent – “We are facing the same problem; you have got to realize services and responsibilities to the roads and the safety.  Our budget was cut by two personnel and not knowing the game plan losing 25% of our overtime budget what happens?  Where do I go next?  What do I say to the guy when the police officer can’t get to an accident?  I don’t want to get into a situation that is “I told you so”.  I know that I can’t expend money that wasn’t appropriated.  My guys know that they can’t do the job with only 21 employees.  We realize that we are going to create more overtime, more havoc to the highway department.  We realize that the safety and people getting to work on time, can they get home with the snow storm or ice.

                I just think that the residents haven’t had the same opportunity for less than $100 to maintain the services that we have now.  Whether it is 3%, 6% or 10% to loose the safety services, the plowing services, the police services I would like you to reiterate the budget, think about it and let the people have a chance to speak.”

                Frank Clair, resident – “I am a business owner; a former fire chief, current EMS Lieutenant and I sit on the Public Safety Committee.

                I have to side with Chief Ranalli, I am prejudice, we work with the police officers all of the time.  There are many times when our fire department, EMS people, are out on calls and we are in danger and if we can not have a police officer with us our lives are in danger.  We see what they go through.  They are extremely dedicated, extremely professional, we need them.  I for one hate to pay taxes but I will not complain about more taxes to have more police officers.  That goes for the dispatchers also; they are already working 12 hour shifts.  Their job is extremely tense; they have to deal with very unique situations and they do it very well.  If they are over tired or if a police officer is working overtime or working too long it is dangerous for everybody.  Those are my thoughts.”

                Roger Harrison, Plant Operator Water and Sewer Department and President of the CSEA Glenville Unit – “A proposal has been made to outsource our payroll service and eliminate a position in the Comptroller’s Office, the savings if any would be minimum.  This is a negotiated position and we will contest vigorously any attempt to reduce our workforce while assigning work to a private contractor.  We will address the impact of any staff reduction in any department involved.

                I am the Chairman of the DARE Advisory Board for Scotia/Glenville.  At a time when the interaction between schools and police is critical to keep our schools and children safe you choose to reduce our police staff, you choose to reduce our road patrols at a time when the miles of streets in the town are growing and the demands of keeping them in a drivable condition increases you choose to reduce our highway staff.

                The consent talk is in a percentage of increase, that percent is dependent on the size of the original number.  There has been little discussion of the actual amount of money involved as an example:  the percentage of men on the town board with white hair is 25%, the reality is its only one person.  The percent of men in this audience with white hair maybe 10% but it is a greater number.  The percent of men with white hair in Schenectady County may only be 5% but a greater number yet.  Let’s tell the people the amount of money involved with the tax increase.

                I hope that some time in the future we don’t realize that the safety of our town was compromised for $2 a week per household.”

                Dan Hackney, resident – “I grew up in Bethlehem but my wife and I bought our house in Glenville five years ago to raise our family.  When we were deciding where we wanted to move one of the points of living and choosing Glenville was that it was a safe community, it’s a bedroom community and the police department here is top notch.  Some of the reasonable expectations I had when I bought my house in this town to have such a police department is I expect proactive patrols, dedicated speed enforcement, school resource officers, the DARE program and traffic safety.  The school resource officer has been cut; traffic safety has been cut and the DARE program has been cut due to the budget problems in the town that is unacceptable.  To listen to the preliminary budget findings where we would have to eliminate further police officers is also unacceptable.  When the guys are working at minimum staffing now and can’t do the proactive work that’s not fair to the residents and obviously the police department is something I think we should put a little more weight to that position.

                Growing up in Bethlehem it had a comparable size community; they have got school resource officers, they have got DARE officers, they have got traffic safety units that are well recognized.  They also have 266 employees in 12 departments.  They do that with the town board, department heads and a town supervisor.  What we have in Glenville is a town supervisor, a town board, department heads and an administrator, no personal offense Mr. Germano, but we are paying $100,000 to a town administrator which a position that I think we could probably fund two police officers with, that is unacceptable to me as a tax payer.  We should hold our department heads responsible, department heads should report to the town board and then the supervisor acts as a liaison between the town board and the department heads.  I don’t understand why we need to pay $100,000 to another position when we take police officers off the street and we don’t have a DARE program, we don’t have traffic safety and that endangers the safety of our community.”

                Mark LaViolette, resident – “I am here to voice my concerns about the police department.

                With the continued cuts and the failure to fill vacancies you’re placing the town residents at risk.  You are going to turn a highly effective proactive police department into a department that can only be reactive.  This is unacceptable and cannot be allowed to happen.  I find great comfort in knowing that these officers are there to protect my family and by the cuts you are placing upon them it is disturbing to me and it cannot be allowed to happen.”

                Greg Restina, resident and retired police officer – “I see first hand the impact, knowing full well what the police department was and the services we provide and the fact that those services are sorely missed by the school district, parents, students, staff not only at the school but throughout the community as well.  I know that there are members on the board here that also have children that are losing those services.

                When we have problems providing the basic services in the town and we don’t look other places such as the administrative position, which was here once before and was taken out and the town grew and survived nicely without it.  It’s probably a very valuable position but if we don’t have the money, as you say, to fund the basics not just the police department but the highway department and the individuals that are going to deal with it day to day, when people start losing that personal interaction and the fact that they don’t have somebody show up in a timely manner it’s going to be not just the department heads that are going to hear about it but it is going to be the individual employees when they get to that scene, get to that accident, when they go to plow that road or pick up the leaves.  They are the ones that are going to have to be the first bearers of the burden as you know.  We need to look at ways of funding these positions because it is the taxpayers, myself included, that are losing out and if they understand the cost benefit analysis of these positions I think they would find out, if you educate them properly, that they would be more than happy to step up and say for that amount of money I’d be more than happy to pay for that service”

                John Gaetani, resident – “I have been living in this town for 8 years.  I remember five years ago we had a 49% tax increase and there was a lot of talk about consolidating things.  The Scotia police force with the Glenville police force, what is going on with that?  There are other things that you can consolidate like dispatchers with the county.  The town of Clifton Park is a bigger town than ours and they don’t even have a police force that they pay for, they use the sheriffs and the state police.  They don’t even have a town tax.  The deck is stacked here tonight with all of these people over here in favor of hiring more policemen and highway people.  I appreciate the work that the highway people do, they keep my street clean when it snows and they do a great job with the leaves although they come too early in October when they should wait until later in November.

                You need to look at ways to consolidate and reduce the tax burden here because if you put this tax increase through I guarantee you I will either move out of this town or I will run for one of your seats.”

                Dave Gallup, dispatcher and resident – “I would like to reiterate what Roger Harrison mentioned about the total tax bill.  About what our taxes are, if you look at your total tax bill, my total tax bill for town taxes is $700 a year.  For $700 I get police protection, I get fire protection, I get my roads plowed, I get leaves picked up and any other request basically that’s called into the town will get taken care of. For my county tax, which is about three times as much as that, I get a yellow that sleeps six, that is all I am seeing for my county tax.  For my school tax I have three children that went through school.  Yes those three children had a very good education, the school taxes, yes maybe they are higher but there are a lot of state mandates.  I was on a committee for the school tax for budget review, my suggestion to the town for the future is to maybe form a budget review committee and invite all town residents that want to be involved in this to see where the money goes and educate people and educate people that don’t know what is going on.  There is a lot of over head I believe from this town that is also hidden.  I believe you have people from the town board that have served a couple terms that are now carrying life insurance at town expense.  That is a great expense that could be dealt with and I think that is a cut that could be made.  I also agree with what is being said about the town administrator’s job because I believe on a platform when you ran for Supervisor, Mr. Quinn, you said that you were not going to be working you were retired and you were going to be putting your full time efforts into this job.  I personally don’t feel that’s happening and I think that is why we have our town administrator.  I think there is a lot of fact that people are not seeing that can be cut from this too without eliminating positions.  I think by eliminating positions at the bottom line is the wrong thing to do, I am very concerned with public safety, I am very concerned with the roads being taken care of and like I stated earlier my town taxes, raise them $200 - $300 I don’t care they are much more worth it then the other end.  Put the pressure on the county to keep their rates down.  The town has that opportunity to put the pressure please do.”

                Alan Boulant, resident and Glenville business owner – “I have been a resident for fifteen years; I have a business located on Freemans Bridge Road, Solid Surface Craftsman.  I think most of you drive by the building and you can see that there’s been a major investment in inventory; I have well over a million dollars in inventory outside.  We have invested 3½ million dollars in inventory, didn’t really want to spend the money but market pressures and competition I had to.  One of my biggest fears is my cliental come from five states.  They travel long distance and public safety for me is a big issue and I don’t know how government works and I really don’t care I have to run my own business but if you had to do some kind of a structure where businesses maybe paid a little bit more in taxes to make sure that the police force is properly staffed, I am all for it.  I have no problem paying more money to make sure that well over one hundred employees that travel, some of them travel long distances that work for me and the last thing that I want to have happen is my employees and my customers feeling not safe to travel on Freemans Bridge Road.  I am pro-business, I am pro-commerce, I am happy with the developments going on.  There are a lot of people that are spending a lot of money on Freemans Bridge Road, existing businesses, new businesses and deleting police officers in the budget I think is absolutely the wrong thing to do.  I have no problem paying more money and even in my personal taxes to make sure that the community is safe, that the customers that are traveling to our market place is safe and to make sure that Freemans Bridge Road progresses in a proper manner and doesn’t warrant people coming into the market place that shouldn’t be there.  I think without the proper staffing in the police department that could become a problem and that would make me uncomfortable.”

                Steve Borbee, resident – “I am not here to represent any agency or police agency, I am here as a town resident and I have been for twelve years however my fourteen years of law enforcement experience may perhaps add some validity to my opinion.

                I have been a firearms instructor for about ten years, so I deal with over seven hundred twice a year.  As an officer in the Capital District I deal with a number of different police agencies so I get to see how people tick and how people do it under pressure.  The reason why I say this is because of the twenty some odd officers, that I know here pretty well and have a good rapport with I’ve always been impressed with and happy with the service and friendship that I enjoy here.  I’d like to see that continue.

                As a law enforcement official they have my confidence and as a town resident they also have my support.”

                Chris Grant, resident – “I’d like to say thank you to the highway department, they have been great out there.  When there is a snow storm they are there 24-7.  I am also a state trooper out in Charlton now but I did work in Clifton Park for a while (5 years).  My biggest concern was that I ran from call to call.  I could not be proactive in Clifton Park because you are running and running even with the help of the Sheriffs Department and everything else.  I just want this gentleman here to know that it is better to be proactive.

                The other issue that I want to bring up as a trooper, I do pay taxes, but I do want to bring up an issue of officer safety.  They drop a Glenville cop and another cop gets hurt out there dancing with somebody up on Rte. 50.  I am going to be very upset as a taxpayer because you chose not to adequately supply the amount of coverage necessary for the area.”

                Linda Moffett, resident, husband is a retired police officer – “The question I have is looking throughout the town we have had a significant number of houses built which obviously would bring in additional taxes and yet the number of police officers has declined.  We were fortunate, we raised 5 children in the town and they all went to the school district and the have all done very well but I do have a concern for what will happen as businesses are being recruited to come in on Freemans Bridge Road.  One of the things that every business looks for and I am a purchasing agent for a major corporation in the area, one of the things that they look for is the safety of their customer, the safety of their employees and of their building.  If we start reducing the number of police officers that are going to be there how many businesses are we going to be able to recruit?  If you look at the number of incidents that have happened whether it be accidents, whether it be theft, whether it be violence that has happened since you brought in Wal-Mart that increased the need for police services.  It’s not going to change with some of the other businesses especially when we are bringing in large box businesses which are required, we need to have I’m not saying we shouldn’t have them but it is going to put some testing on the services.  The other thing that I’m not sure that people are looking at is what has happened since 9-1-1.  My husband has been a volunteer fireman for 35 years.  If you look at the volume of calls that the fire districts in this town have been getting; if you take away the police officers that back them up as well as the highway department that keeps the road clear for these volunteer firemen and if we had to pay for fire service think about the additional costs that you would have there.  Their lives are being jeopardized if we can’t guarantee that our roads are going to be as safe as they have been.”

                Keith Abatto, resident – “I haven’t done my share of homework on the town budget so I don’t have a lot to say about the police department and the cut.  I obviously would like to keep the taxes down but I don’t know enough to make recommendations like that but there has been a lot of talk it seems like people don’t like this position (administrator).  I just want to point out that I have been involved with the town board for about four or five years now, very interested in getting a sewer system I Alplaus and in the last year or so I feel like that project has really picked up steam and I appreciate what Tony (administrator) has done and I think it is an important position.”

                Supervisor Quinn – “A piece of information I’d share with all of you as I gavel this thing to a close is if you haven’t seen the budget you certainly have heard the comment from some of our department chairs, all respected people.  But be aware that we have reduced the number of employees in the town by six.  We have reduced the amount of overtime very significantly, you’ve heard these people talk about this and the impact it has.  We have imposed a hiring freeze but in this town 74% give or take a percent, of the budget is pay and benefits.  Now we have done those things and you have heard what folks think the impacts would be.  With all of those cuts, with the restriction on overtime, with the hiring freeze, with all of that pay and benefits are going up $406,000.  It is still going up, we have contracts to live by and we certainly will live by those and so forth.  Part and parcel of this is in light of the cuts we’re still going up in pay and benefits by over $400,000.  That is part of what we are all struggling with.  There is nobody here that I know of on this board or staff that is all pro-cuts here.  We have also got to look at senior citizens and everybody else’s ability to pay the tab.  We all do the best we can and we appreciate anybody that spoke.”

                No one else wished to speak; Supervisor Quinn closed the public hearing at 8:30 pm.

                Supervisor Quinn – “Item number 6 on the agenda is a public hearing on a zoning map amendment application by Belmonte Builders, Inc to rezone a 43 acre parcel, commonly referred to as Phase II of Glenview Estates.”

                Supervisor Quinn opened the public hearing at 8:34 pm.

                Gavin Vuillaume, Environmental Design Partnership – “The project is an existing sub-division, which is approximately 68 acres in size and was approved in 2006.

                What we are proposing is to revise a certain portion of that project, which is called Phase II.  Phase I would just have the same development that was originally proposed within that area.  We have 26 single family homes that would be constructed in fact that construction has recently been started within the last two weeks.  What we are proposing is a planned development district to introduce a mixture of smaller single family homes along with twin homes in a 43 acre portion of the site.

                So essentially the first phase will stay the same and the second phase introduces a different housing.”

                No one else wished to speak; Supervisor Quinn closed the public hearing at 8:37 pm.

Privilege of the Floor

                The following people exercised the privilege of the floor.

                Dave Gallup – Concerned about how much money has been paid to the labor attorney, estimated about $200 per hour.

                I ask the board to move along on the training facility as soon as possible.  To at least get the preliminary going to show the firefighters that the town board does support the work that they do and that it will move forward.”

                Keith Abatto –“There was a meeting today regarding leave pick up.  A lot of people in Alplaus have called me and e-mailed me since that meeting very concerned that people have called the town, asking the town if the town was going to pick up leaves.  I was told that the town would pick up leaves and if you look around Alplaus there are big piles of leaves everywhere.  We were told today that there is a good chance that won’t happen now do to budget constraints.  I understand budget constraints, finances are what I do for a living but if promises were made I think the town should follow through with it and if they don’t I will through out the safety thing that there are big piles on people’s sidewalks.”

                Please follow through this year but if you can’t next year just let us know ahead of time.”

                Supervisor Quinn – “They will be picked up this year but ’08 is questionable.”

                Rick Fleming – Concerned about the appearance of the proposed pump houses in connection with the Alplaus sewer project.  A meeting was held regarding this project with the Commissioner of Public Works and the Mark Kestner.  Mr. Fleming attending and disagreed with the decision on the pump houses appearances.

                Mr. Fleming passed out pictures of different types of pump houses and stated that he was not happy with any of them.

                I felt very strongly about the aesthetics and I referred to them as the marshmallow huts which you have on Route 50.

                I stressed during the meetings that the Alplaus residents would not accept marshmallow huts such as those erected on Route 50.

                During the proposal for the project promises were made that we would have brick structure to house the pumps and that they would be aesthetically pleasing.  The residents voted on the project based on what we had been told by town officials.

                Here we are several years later, still no sewer system yet, getting closer so I am told.

                Mr. Fleming continued to explain the process that took place regarding verbal agreements describing the appearance and the location of the pump stations.

                Mr. Fleming asked the board to urge the engineer to do what was promised to us when we approved this project.”

                Tony Germano, Town Administrator – “I attended that meeting this afternoon, let me just clarify those photos.  We were asked by the association to get a hold of some pictures to show what the actual devices looked like.  We weren’t asked to come up with building designs and I think the request was we want to see the size of the structures that are going to be placed in these five or six locations.  That is what that picture reflects.

                We basically said that they would be on concrete pads and arranged so that there would be some screening against the fencing around the structures.

                At this afternoons meeting was the first I had heard of an actual covered structure as a request for those devices.  We had talked about some benefits of having a covered fence and if a child or somebody decided to climb over you wouldn’t be able to see them.  That is the security concern that everybody had brought up.  We had talked about open weave type fence, talked about stockade, about wood versus fabricated material.  What we decided was we really wanted to here from you.  What would be an alternative that we could consider?  In addition to there is a plan to put screening around it as well.”

                Mr. Fleming – “I am astonished that you’ve never heard of the structure because that is what the proposal called for.  I mean that is what the proposal was agreed to by the town initially.  All of a sudden now you come on board in the last two years or how ever long you have been here and you know nothing about a structure.  Why did this structure get eliminated?  When did it get eliminated?  If it got eliminated why weren’t we told before we voted last August or last June?  That is where I feel the deception has occurred.

                I would like to see what was promised, a structure.”

                No one else wished to exercise the Privilege of the Floor.

Supervisor Quinn’s Comments:

                Supervisor Quinn shared the following information:

                On October I9th I attended a meeting with the Schenectady County Committee that has been charged for managing sex offenders throughout the county for the coming year.  This is a committee of thirty with no known head.

                We discussed how to notify people about the ever changing location of convicted sex offenders because they tend to move, they don’t stay in one place at any one time.  No decisions were reached at that time and there are twelve more issues to be addressed.

                The committee was charged with these dozen plus items to be done by the 30th of October.  They called their first meeting on the 19th of October.

                On October 30th I sat in on a conference call, we had between George Phillips, Tony Germano and myself with the auditors in reference to the ’06 audit that they are finishing up right now.  There was the adjustment, net reduction to the fund balance from ’06 of $330,000.  That impacts obviously, for those who aren’t aware, at least for us the obvious ’06, ’07 & ’08 fund balances.  I think you all received a letter from the auditors explaining why that happened.  If you didn’t get it see me or Tony and we will get you a copy.

                I was at a meeting this morning at the Air National Guard, the Schenectady County Military Affairs Committee.  We reviewed past as well as upcoming events regarding the preservation of the 109th Air Transport Outfit and keeping it here in Glenville and doing things to help make sure that stays on.

                On November 20th I will be at a meeting of the surrounding five county local government council where we talk about what kinds of, basically infrastructure things that need to be addressed across village, town and county lines as we look at growth potentials.”

RESOLUTION NO. 210- 2007

Moved by:       Councilman Bailey
Seconded by:    Councilman Quinn

                        A RESOLUTION approving preliminary capital expense budgets of Water District No. 11 of the Town of Glenville and Extensions No. 1 thru 34 for the year of 2008.

                 BE IT RESOLVED AS FOLLOWS BY THE TOWN BOARD OF THE TOWN OF GLENVILLE, NEW YORK:

                SECTION 1.  The Town Board of the Town of Glenville as Commissioners of Water District No. 11 hereby adopts the following preliminary capital expense budget of Water District No. 11 and it’s extensions of the Town of Glenville for the calendar fiscal year 2008:


        Appropriations:
        Charges of Paying Agents and miscellaneous
                expenses in connection with payment of
                principal and interest...................................……$     8,000.00
        Increase of Facilities for Water District
                No. 11 and Extensions (Redemption of Bonded Debt)
                Principal Due 6/15, & 12/01/08.....................………$  365,820.00
                Interest Due 6/1, 6/15, 12/1 &12/15/08.................   $  463,515.00

        Bond Anticipation Note/Principal.
                        (Increase in facility for Water Distr. 11)                     $   38,625.00
        Bond Anticipation Note/Interest.
                        (Increase in facility for Water Distr. 11)                        62,554.00
                                                Total Appropriations      $ 938,514.00

        Estimated Revenue:
        1)  Income from temporary investment of assessment
                for benefit for debt service..................................  $   5,000.00
        2)  Income from contracts with users outside Water District
                No. 11 and Extensions, exclusive of water rents
                paid by such users and exclusive of Charlton,
                Ballston and Rexford Water District charges. ……..          - 0 -
        3)  Reserve for bonded debt.................................…….           – 0 -

        Less Equivalency Charges:
        4)  Charlton Water District............ .$  41,498.00
        5)  Ballston Water District. ………      174,199.00
        6)  Clifton Park.............................      67,885.00
                                                Total Equivalency Charges    $ 283,582.00

        Net amount to be raised by assessment for
        benefit (based on assessed value and on front
        footage) for capital expense budget for Water
        District No. 11 and Extensions......................……………         $649,932.00
                                                        Total Revenue             $938,514.00

                SECTION 2.  (a)  A proposed assessment roll has been prepared for raising funds for the above preliminary capital expense budget of Water District No. 11 of the Town of Glenville and Extensions Nos. 1 thru 34 thereof, including the apportionment to said Extensions Nos. 1 thru 34 of their respective share of the water supply and transmission and distribution lines;

                                (b)  Computation of assessments based on assessed value of real property:

                Portion of debt service to be paid by assessments based on assessed value on real property:

        Transmission lines, water supply and treatment:
        Gross expense (Section 1 of Resolution
                facilities (Section 1 of Resolution)...................……..…..-$ 5,000.00
        Total debt service for transmission lines,
                water supply and treatment.....................…........…….$933,514.00

        Rate for Water District No. 11, Extensions,
        1 thru 34 and Charlton Water District, Ballston
        Water District and Rexford Water District
        based on aggregate full value of ..................……       $ 2,491,626,480.00

                SECTION 3.  The assessment roll for Water District No. 11 and Extensions Nos. 1 thru 34 thereof, as mentioned above, shall be filed with the Clerk of the Town Board.

                SECTION 4.  This resolution takes effect immediately.


Ayes:   Councilmen Rosenberg, Quinn, Bailey, Councilwoman DiGiandomenico and Supervisor Quinn
Noes:           None
Absent: None
Abstentions:            None

Motion Carried

RESOLUTION NO. 211-2007

Moved by:       Councilman Bailey
Seconded by:    Councilman Rosenberg

                A RESOLUTION approving a preliminary capital expense budget of Sewer District No. 9 for the year 2008.

        BE IT RESOLVED AS FOLLOWS BY THE TOWN BOARD OF THE TOWN OF GLENVILLE, NEW YORK:

        SECTION 1.  The Town Board of the Town of Glenville as Commissioners of Sewer District #9 hereby adopts the following preliminary capital expense budget of Sewer District #9 of the Town of Glenville for the calendar fiscal year 2008.

        Appropriations:
        Redemption of Bonded Debt………………………..……………  $155,000.00
        Interest due & administration fee on renewal of Bond Note in the amount
        On 04/01/2008 and 10/01/2008…………………..…...………. .102,097.31
        Amount to be raised on benefit plan..............……………….…$257,097.31

        SECTION 2. A proposed assessment roll shall be prepared for raising funds for the above preliminary capital expense budget of Sewer No. 9 pursuant to the benefit unit basis set forth in the engineering plan for said sewer district.

        SECTION 3.  Said benefit unit plan provides for the assignment of one (1) benefit units to each individual parcel of land per the engineering plan.

        Amount to be raised on benefit plan        $257,097.31  =   $44.53/Benefit Unit
        Number of Benefit Units                            5774.25
        Annual Charge Per Benefit Unit                   $44.53

        SECTION 4.  The proposed assessment roll for Sewer District #9 shall be prepared and the appropriate extensions made thereon pursuant to this resolution and such proposed assessment roll and the estimate of income and expenditures shall be filed with the Clerk of the Town Board.

        SECTION 5.  This resolution takes effect immediately.

Ayes:           Councilmen Rosenberg, Quinn, Bailey, Councilwoman DiGiandomenico and Supervisor Quinn
Noes:           None
Absent: None
Abstentions:            None

Motion Carried




RESOLUTION NO. 212-2007

Moved by:       Councilman Bailey
Seconded by:    Councilman Quinn

                        A RESOLUTION approving a preliminary Capital expense budget of the joint Acorn Drive and Woodhaven Sewer Districts Waste Treatment Plant for the year 2008.

                BE IT RESOLVED AS FOLLOWS BY THE TOWN BOARD OF THE TOWN OF GLENVILLE, NEW YORK:

                SECTION 1.  The Town Board of the Town of Glenville as Commissioners of the joint Acorn Drive Sewer District and Woodhaven Sewer District hereby adopts the following capital expense budget of the joint Acorn Drive Sewer District and Woodhaven Sewer District Waste Treatment Plant of the Town of Glenville for the calendar fiscal year 2008:

        Appropriations:
        Redemption of bonded debt 5/15/08    ......................  $20,000.00
                (4)    $1,488           (6)   $18,512

        Interest due on 5/15/08 and 11/15/08 .......................     7,054.00
                        TOTAL APPROPRIATIONS…………………..$27,054.00

        Redemption of bond anticipation note (BAN)
                on 04/01/08 of $675,000.00                      25,000.00
        BAN interest on 4/01/08 on$675,000.00                   24,773.00
                                                                              $49,773.00

        Total amount to be raised on benefit plan                      $76,827.00

        Estimated Revenue:

        Interest Earned .............................................................   4,000.00
        Appropriated Fund Balance ...........................................           0.00
                                                                                    4,000.00

        Amount to be raised on benefit plan .............................    72,827.00

                SECTION 2.  A proposed assessment roll shall be prepared for raising funds for the above preliminary capital expense budget of the joint Acorn Drive Sewer District and Woodhaven Sewer District Waste Treatment Plant pursuant to the benefit unit basis set forth in the engineering plan for said sewer districts.

                SECTION 3.  Said benefit unit plan provides for the assignment of two (2) benefit units to each individual parcel of land and the assignment of three (3) benefit units to a single family house for a total of five (5) benefit units for a single family house and lot.


        Amount to be raised by benefit plan     $72,827.00 =  $59.21/Benefit Unit
        Number of Benefit Units                     1230

        Annual Charge Per Single
        Family Residence                                $ 59.21 x 5   =    $296.05

                SECTION 4.  The proposed assessment roll for the joint Acorn Drive Sewer District and Woodhaven sewer District Waste Treatment Plant shall be prepared and the appropriate extensions made thereon pursuant to this resolution and such proposed assessment roll and estimate of income and expenditures shall be filed with the Clerk of the Town Board.

                SECTION 5.  This resolution takes effect immediately.

Ayes:   Councilmen Rosenberg, Quinn, Bailey, Councilwoman DiGiandomenico and Supervisor Quinn
Noes:           None
Absent: None
Abstentions:            None

Motion Carried

RESOLUTION NO. 213-2007

Moved by:       Councilman Bailey
Seconded by:    Councilwoman DiGiandomenico

                        A RESOLUTION approving preliminary Capital expense budget of the Alplaus Sewer District No. 1, Extension No. 1  for the year 2008.

                BE IT RESOLVED AS FOLLOWS BY THE TOWN BOARD OF THE TOWN OF GLENVILLE, NEW YORK:

                SECTION 1.  The Town Board of the Town of Glenville as Commissioners of the Alplaus Sewer District No. 1, Extension No. 1 hereby adopts the following capital expense budget of the Alplaus Sewer District No. 1, Extension No.1 of the Town of Glenville for the calendar fiscal year 2008:

        Appropriations:
        
        Redemption of bond anticipation note (BAN)
                on 09/07/08 of $2,728,916………………………… .$ 94,101.00
        BAN interest on 09/07/08 on $2,278,916…………………… 99,060.00
                                                                                $193,161.00

        Total amount to be raised on benefit plan                        $193,161.00

        Estimated Revenue:

        Interest Earned .............................................................. $ 8,000.00
        Appropriated Fund Balance ........................................ ...           0.00
                                                                                     8,000.00

        Amount to be raised on benefit plan ............................ $ 185,161.00

                SECTION 2.  A proposed assessment roll shall be prepared for raising funds for the above preliminary capital expense budget of the Alplaus Sewer District No. 1, Extension No.1 pursuant to the benefit unit basis set forth in the engineering plan for said sewer districts.

                SECTION 3.  Said benefit unit plan provides for the assignment of benefit units to each individual parcel of land based on engineering planning report.
        Amount to be raised by benefit plan     $185,161.00  =  $743.62/Benefit Unit
        Number of Benefit Units                       249

        Annual Charge Per Single
        Family Residence                                $743.62 x 1   =    $743.62

                SECTION 4.  The proposed assessment roll for Alplaus Sewer District No.1, Extension No. 1 shall be prepared and the appropriate extensions made thereon pursuant to this resolution and such proposed assessment roll and estimate of income and expenditures shall be filed with the Clerk of the Town Board.

                SECTION 5.  This resolution takes effect immediately.

Ayes:   Councilmen Rosenberg, Quinn, Bailey, Councilwoman DiGiandomenico and Supervisor Quinn
Noes:           None
Absent: None
Abstentions:            None

Motion Carried

RESOLUTION NO. 214-2007

Moved by:       Councilwoman DiGiandomenico
Seconded by:    Councilman Rosenberg

                BE IT RESOLVED, that the minutes of the regular meeting held on October 17, 2007 and the special meeting held on November 1, 2007 be and they hereby are approved and accepted as entered.

Ayes:   Councilmen Rosenberg, Quinn, Bailey, Councilwoman DiGiandomenico and Supervisor Quinn
Noes:           None
Absent: None
Abstentions:            None

Motion Carried

RESOLUTION NO. 215-2007

Moved by:       Councilman Bailey
Seconded by:    Councilwoman DiGiandomenico

IN THE MATTER OF THE ESTABLISHMENT OF EXTENSION NO. 7
OF SEWER DISTRICT NO. 9 FOR THE TOWN OF GLENVILLE

        The meeting was duly called to order by the Supervisor.

        One of the purposes of the meeting was to take action on the Petition for the establishment of an Extension to Sewer District No. 9, to be known as Extension No. 7.

        WHEREAS, a Petition, Map and Plan were previously filed with the Town Board, and said Map and Plan having been prepared by a duly licensed surveyor and engineer, showing the boundaries of the proposed Extension, and the general plan of the proposed Sewer System therein, in accordance with the Town Law; and

        WHEREAS, the proposed extension consists of real property described in a list of parcels attached to the Petition consisting of 19 parcels identified on the Schenectady County Real Property Tax Service Agency maps by Section, Block and Lot numbers included therewith,  and enumerated as follows:

22.12-5-11; 22.12-4-4; 22.12-5-10; 22.12-4-5; 22.12-5-9; 22.12-4-6; 22.12-5-8; 22.12-4-7; 22.12-5-7; 22.12-4-8; 22.12-5-6; 22.12-4-9; 22.12-5-5; 22.12-4-10; 22.15-5-4; 22.12-4-11; 22.15-5-3; 22.12-5-2; 23.9-2-31; and

        WHEREAS, the Attorney for the Town of Glenville has examined the Petition and affirmed to the Town Board that the Petition is signed and acknowledged as required by law and is otherwise sufficient; and

        WHEREAS, the Assessor of the Town of Glenville has certified to the Town Board that the Petition is signed by the owners of taxable real property situated in the proposed district or extension owning in the aggregate at least one-half of the assessed valuation of all the taxable real property of the proposed district or extension and by resident owners owning taxable real property aggregating at least one-half of the assessed valuation of all the taxable real property of the proposed district or extension, owned by resident owners, and all such property owners are benefited thereby; and

        WHEREAS, this Town Board has previously conducted an environmental review of the proposed project and has, in a Resolution dated July 18, 2007, determined that the construction of this project will not pose any significant impact on the environment and has issued its negative declaration pursuant to the State Environmental Quality Review Act; and

        WHEREAS, the Town Board duly adopted on the 18th day of July, 2007, an Order reciting in general terms the filing of a Petition, the boundaries of the proposed district, the improvements proposed, the maximum amount proposed to be expended for the improvement and specifying the time and place of a Public Hearing to consider the said Petition and hear all persons interested in the subject thereof, concerning the same; and

        WHEREAS, certified copies of the said Order were duly published and posted according to the law; and

        WHEREAS, this Town Board did call a public hearing to be held on August 15, 2007, and due notice of said public hearing was given, as required by the Town Law, and the said Town Board having a public hearing on August 15, 2007, in connection therewith, and evidence having been taken at the said public hearing in connection with the relief asked for, and after due consideration having been given in connection with the proceeding and the evidence produced at the said public hearing,

        IT IS DULY

        ORDERED, that the Town Board of the Town of Glenville does hereby DETERMINE as follows:

(a)     The Petition in this proceeding has been filed and acknowledged or proved as required by law, and said Petition is otherwise sufficient;

(b)     That all property and property owners within the proposed Extension are benefited thereby;

(c)     That all real property to be assessed for the cost of the proposed improvements will be benefited by the said proposed improvements and that no benefited property has been excluded;

(d)     That the establishment of the sewer district extension for which permission is sought is in the public interest and will not constitute an undue burden on the property which will bear the cost thereof,

        AND IT IS FURTHER

        ORDERED, that this Town Board does hereby approve of the establishment of said extension as asked for in the Petition and does also approve the construction of the improvement asked for in the Petition in accordance with the map and plan filed therewith at a cost not to exceed Two Hundred Ninety Thousand and 00/100 Dollars ($290,000.00).

        AND IT IS FURTHER

        ORDERED, that the boundaries of the said extension shall consist of the sum of the 19 parcels enumerated in the map and plan,

        AND IT IS FURTHUR

        ORDERED, that this Town Board further determines that the Petition in this matter complies with the requirements of Section 191 of the Town Law as to the sufficiency of signers, and the boundaries set forth in said Petition,

        AND IT IS FURTHER

        ORDERED, that the said properties described in said Petition, as set forth on the Map accompanying the same, be and the same are hereby annexed to Sewer District No. 9 of the Town of Glenville, to be known as Extension No. 7 to Sewer District No. 9,

        AND IT IS FURTHER

        ORDERED, that the construction work asked for in said Petition, consisting of the installation of a sewer system including the installation of pipes, manholes, pumps and pumping stations as shown on the Map, Plan and Report be, and the same is hereby authorized in accordance with the Map and Plan accompanying the same, at a total cost not to exceed Two Hundred Ninety Thousand and 00/100 Dollars ($290,000.00), and the necessary work, as shown on said Map and Plan as asked for in said Petition, together with all necessary legal, engineering, and other lawful expenses and disbursements are hereby authorized in connection therewith; which such total cost shall not exceed the amount set forth above; the cost of the project will be financed by the issuance of municipal bonds, notes, certificates or other evidence of indebtedness with the debt service to be assessed in whole against the benefited properties,

        AND IT IS FURTHER

        ORDERED, that the Plans and Specifications prepared by Kestner Engineers, PC, are approved and the improvements detailed in the Map, Plan and Report are authorized,

        AND IT IS FURTHER

        RESOLVED, that the Town Board of the Town of Glenville does hereby confirm that the application for permission of the State Comptroller was prepared at the direction of the Town Board of the Town of Glenville and that the Town Board believes the contents of said application to be accurate and hereby directs the Town Clerk to file a certified copy of this Resolution along with such other appropriate documents as are necessary to the Comptroller of the State of New York for approval in the manner and form prescribed by Town Law §194,

        AND IT IS FURTHER

        RESOLVED, that the Town Supervisor be and hereby is authorized and directed to execute said application on behalf of the Town Board of the Town of Glenville.

Ayes:   Councilmen Rosenberg, Quinn, Bailey, Councilwoman DiGiandomenico and Supervisor Quinn
Noes:           None
Absent: None
Abstentions:            None

Motion Carried

Town Administrator’s Report

                Tony Germano – “As you heard earlier we had a meeting this afternoon with Carver Construction, designated contractor for the Alplaus Sewer District project.  The good news is that everything that needs to be ordered is in process; the contractor has estimated that he should begin work on site sometime at the end of November.  There will be no road work that will be done next construction season.  No digging or shutting down or disrupting of any of the roads.  According to the contract everybody will be doing lift station type work which means the off-road work and preparing.  He has assured us that he is on schedule.  The majority of the work will occur at the beginning of the next construction season and he indicated that he will have everything done in accordance with the contract by the end of July.  The necessary piping has been ordered, doing last minute specifications on some of the pumps and I believe a pump order will be given to Carver within the next two weeks for him to go ahead and place those orders.

                Eric is working on a contract with Clifton Park so that they can tie into that sewer district and we are also waiting for the Kivort property with respect to a few easements.  The understanding that we have with them to accommodate proposed future development of the Kivort property.

                We did get presented with an additional easement today that we thought was taken care of and that is Pan American Railroad.  We do have an easement that allows us to bore underneath the railroad bridge but apparently there is a property next to that, that we absolutely need as I understand it.  So that’s the last easement that we will be working on and we will try to get that signed as quickly as we can.

                We have received a letter from the Pan American Company that pretty much says before we do anything with the easement we would like a check for $3,000 from the town.  We are going to be calling them tomorrow to determine how quickly we can unfold this process.

                The project is on schedule, we did meet with the Alplaus Association along with the representative from Carver and our engineer Mark Kestner and we answered a lot of questions about process, about timing and we will continue to meet with them as the information unfolds.

                The last thing I want to talk about is the Lowe’s project and Councilman Rosenberg gave you an update of what I think was a very positive meeting with Lowe’s and the Department of Transportation that we had over the last week or so.  The message to the board is that the State DOT stands by the town’s position with respect to the build out of Freemans Bridge Road to accommodate Lowe’s.  In the particular they agree with the towns position that the build out in front of the Lowe’s facility known as Phase I and then further towards the Schenectady side down to Maple Avenue that build out known as Phase II the town has indicated that we would like to see those two projects done at the same time so we don’t disturb Freemans Bridge Road twice but only once.

                Lowe’s has also committed to doing that provided that we are able to get the utilities moved which I believe we have commitments from National Grid to do that over the winter.  It also obtained easements and we have already obtained one. There are three more that we need and we are working with those property owners.”

New Business:

                Councilman Rosenberg – “Congratulations to Councilman Quinn on his re-election, congratulations to Councilman Elect Koetzle and I hope he has a speedy recovery.

                Somebody got beat up pretty bad tonight and being in the trenches and being a part of this board we made a decision that we were going to hire a Town Manager, I don’t thing we could have hired a better one.  He has done a great service to the town and more than paid his way in salary with the increase in efficiency and some of the projects that he has picked up.  I know that last year was the first time that I ever was involved in the budget process and the difference between last years budget process and this year’s budget process as far as his input has been tremendous and I think that money is well spent.

                I understand that when we vote on our budget next if for some reason three people say no we go back to the Preliminary.  I also understood that it was possible as a board could vote on the pre-final as a budget tonight.”

                Supervisor Quinn – “There are still things happening, that is why it is not up tonight.”

                Councilman Rosenberg – “With the schedule that we currently have if I understand the process, if we don’t vote tonight we are only going to have one more opportunity to vote and that is it?”

                Supervisor Quinn – “Well, we have one scheduled for the 14th of this month that is for sure.  We probably have a work session the first part of the week or we will do it all on the 14th which is a work session.  Then we can schedule that as a work session or a special meeting, do all of the changes, if there are any more on any line in any place and then when that work session is done say okay now we vote the same night the 14th the Final Budget.  If we needed to we actually have until the 20th of November to do all of this legally but why procrastinate and not do it on the 14th.

                I would just add that besides being one of the senior citizens, everybody that has spoken to me, e-mailed, phone calls, which I get, and people that I have stopped purposely and spoke to; example – yesterday while going around and collecting the numbers on the voting I asked the people at the polls “If it came down to; do you want these services or do you want to reduce taxes because you can’t have both?  Every single one of them said cut the taxes, therefore cut the services.”

RESOLUTION NO. 216-2007

Moved by:       Councilman Rosenberg
Seconded by:    Councilwoman DiGiandomenico

                BE IT RESOLVED, that the Town Board of the Town of Glenville hereby adjourns into Executive Session to discuss Public Safety Training Facility negotiations, PBA contract negotiations, Freemans Bridge Road Master Plan and the vacant assessor’s position.

Ayes:   Councilmen Rosenberg, Quinn, Bailey, Councilwoman DiGiandomenico and Supervisor Quinn
Noes:           None
Absent: None
Abstention:             None

Motion Carried

                Supervisor Quinn adjourned this portion of the meeting at 9:10 p.m. and entered into Executive Session.

                Time being 10:50 pm Supervisor Quinn reconvened the meeting.

                Motion to adjourn was moved by Councilwoman DiGiandomenico and Seconded by Councilman Rosenberg.

                The Town of Glenville Town Board Meeting was adjourned at 10:51 PM.



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Linda C. Neals
Town Clerk