REGULAR MEETING OF THE TOWN BOARD
TOWN OF GLENVILLE
MARCH 17, 2010 DRAFT
AT THE GLENVILLE MUNICIPAL CENTER
18 GLENRIDGE ROAD, GLENVILLE, NEW YORK
Present: Supervisor Christopher A. Koetzle, Councilmen Alan Boulant, Mark Quinn, Sid Ramotar and Councilwoman Gina M. Wierzbowski
Supervisor Koetzle called the meeting to order at 7:30 PM; gave the Invocation and led us in the Pledge of Allegiance.
Supervisor Koetzle asked the Town Clerk, Linda C. Neals, to call the roll. Everyone was present and accounted for.
Town Council Reports:
Councilman Ramotar – “I would like to talk about the vacant commercial and industrial building inventory on our website. The staff of the Economic Development and Planning Department just completed an update of the Town’s vacant commercial and industrial buildings inventory. The inventory dates back to 1995 and had not been up dated in eleven months. Twenty-three vacant buildings are profiled in the latest edition and hard copies are going to be available through the Economic Development and Planning Department.”
Councilwoman Wierzbowski – “The Town will be doing the bulk item pickup this spring, tentatively scheduled for the second week of May. It will be a reincarnation of the previous program and we will be getting the information on our website with the specific dates along with specific information regarding the acceptable items and those that are not.”
Councilman Boulant – “I attended the Public Safety meeting this week. The dispatch system seems to be all set. They are working on a couple of things on one tower.
Also, the Fire Training Tower that Glenville Fire Commissioners and Fire Chiefs started way back in 1993 and went stagnant has taken back on some light and we are trying to see if with the college and Zone 5 Academy and the Town of Glenville that we can get that back up and running. There is some positive feedback coming from that.”
Supervisor Koetzle introduced the Election Commissioners Brian Quail and Art Brassard from the County Board of Elections who then gave a brief demonstration of the new voting machines that will be used throughout Schenectady County this year.
Voting machine demonstrations will be presented by the Board of Elections on Wednesday, April 7, and Friday, April 9 at 11:00 am at the Senior Center, 32 Worden Road and on Wednesday, April 14th from 5:00 to 7:00 pm and Saturday, April 17th from 9:00 am to noon at the Glenville Municipal Center, 18 Glenridge Road.
The following people spoke during privilege of the floor:
All comments this evening were directed at the proposed zoning map amendment for Baptist Health Nursing and Rehabilitation Center to rezone a 48.5-acre property on Swaggertown Road.
Darin Jones, resident, concerns were the project is too big, three story buildings do not fit and this will cause an increase in traffic. He is against the commercial pad and he would like to see a scale down of the project. Mr. Jones feels that this type of project should be located in a commercial zone.
Sheila McNamee, resident, fully supports Baptist Health’s endeavor to enrich the lives of seniors.
Paul Kenny, resident, agrees that the Baptist Health is a good organization and their proposal to bring some senior living facilities here is good, creating jobs, commercial pad brings in business taxes, employment which is all pretty good. Mr. Kenny is against the three-story buildings in a residential area, concerns regarding increased traffic, commercial pad in a residential area and feels this type of project should be located in a commercial area.
Bill Steven, resident diagnosed with cancer, eight members in his family have been diagnosed with rare forms of cancer and according to his doctor it is because they live next to a farm. He is concerned with the fact that the farmland will be disturbed and this contamination will go into the ground water which will have an environmental impact. He also feels it is way too big for the area and that the three story building is too high.
Chuck Steiner, President of the Chamber of Schenectady County, supports the project: phase 1 construction will generate 30–40 new jobs, phase 2-5 construction will generate 400 jobs and 100 permanent jobs. He explained that now more than ever this project must be embraced given the struggles of the current economy, municipalities must approach projects that add to their economic vitality in a pro-active aggressive manner. He stated that on behalf of the Chamber of Schenectady County and its 1,025 business members they are in support of the Baptist Health system request.
Sylvia Poggi, resident, against the project, feels a project of this size needs more discussion in the form of public input and not for the board of five members to make a decision that will affect us for generations to come. Concerned that the neighborhood would be disrupted for a long time, private wells could be compromised, Baptist is a nonprofit organization they will pay no taxes, residents will pay a higher tax bill, destroy the neighborhood, against the commercial pad. She stated that there are other sites along Freemans Bridge Road that could handle this project. Ms. Poggi also had concerns with an increase in traffic and loosing open space. (submitted a petition)
Supervisor Koetzle – “I have heard a couple of things that we need to correct. I don’t want false information to get out there.
The first is that the Town Board is considering a change from 4 years to 10 years is not true. We’re not looking to change that law so this project would still have the constraints of a 4 year time frame on it and if they don’t complete it within 4 years they would have to come back before the Town Board again. If this was to go forward we are not addressing a 10 year extension of the project.
The term strip mall was used as well, this project does not have a strip mall component to it, it has 2 commercial pads and we do have a rendering tonight from the people from the Baptist. (displayed)
There has been talk about it being a nonprofit organization and it is but historically projects like this have been subject to PILOTS, negotiated PILOTS. This Board is very active in negotiating PILOTS so it’s not as though if this project was to go forward there would be no taxable benefit to the town. In fact right now the farming status that it has we get about $500 a year taxable income from that property. We believe that there would be a substantial increase under a PILOT. Although that is not part of the zoning process, those discussions are still going on as we speak.”
Harry Salerno, resident is against the location of the project. Concerned that the current Baptist site will remain vacant like the K-Mart property and that we have enough vacant spots so use what we have.
Amy Hutchison, resident is against the project and read a statement describing what a PDD district is. Concerns are traffic, location, projects currently started in Glenville and not finished.
Lou-Carol Comley, resident feels that the people that built this community and made it what it is should be able to stay here. She feels it will provide jobs and growth in this area. She feels that this is a lovely facility, they care for their residents, will not generate a lot of traffic. She stated that we should allow the people that built this community to be able to stay here.
Catherine Richey, resident is in favor of the project. She stated that sooner or later this property is going to be sold and that she supports the project. This is greatly needed in the Town of Glenville, of all the possible development options senior facilities have the least possible impact on the neighborhood. She reminded the Board that at the public hearing she submitted signatures from 23 Horstman Drive residents supporting the project.
Andy Lockwood, resident feels that this project does not belong in a residential neighborhood. Mr. Lockwood felt that Baptist should have canvassed the neighborhood. Does not feel that a three story building belongs on this property, he is concerned with bright lights, increased traffic, noise pollution and light pollution. He feels there are more suitable locations right here in Glenville for this project. Mr. Lockwood feels it should be on Dutch Meadows, Freemans Bridge Road or behind Lowe’s.
John Hoffner, resident at Baptist, in favor of the project.
Barbara Notch, resident, does not object to Baptist being built on this site but objects to the commercial property. Having commercial retail space is not the norm for assisted living; these services should be provided internally not publicly.
Tony Alotta, Associated Administrator, Baptist Health - We have tried very hard to correct misinformation and to answer concerns of the residents of Glenville. I have worked for Baptist Health for about 9 years, it’s a not for profit faith based organization that’s been in the community for over 30 years. I just want to address something; I heard a reoccurring theme this evening that this should go in the commercial corridor and I would propose to you folks that the seniors that built this community have a right to live in a residential area and not in a commercial corridor. I put that forward to the Board to consider that we’ve made every effort to explain to the governing boards that we are going to do our best to be good
neighbors and it’s not just a catch phase, we mean it, we’ve been here a long time. We are going to do our best to make it as residential as possible because this is the home for seniors in our community. We want to keep them in our community, close to their families and we don’t want to have their families drive an hour to visit them.”
Mike Aragosa, resident, against the three-story building in a residential area and he suggested making the building fit the size of the other properties around it and to get rid of the commercial pad.
Jeanne Mather, resident and employee at Baptist, in favor of the project, feels it belongs in a residential neighborhood and would like to see it go forward.
Ruth Tietz, Director of Marketing at Baptist, I support this project because I spend a lot of time with families that need facilities like this for their loved ones and it strikes me how utterly devastating it is to be in a situation, a crisis situation, with your loved one and know that you can’t provide the care for them, that somebody else needs to do that and how helpless these people feel when they come to us. That is something I never knew in a million years that I would experience when I started to work there and now I take a lot of pride in being able to provide people that comfort.
So I here you all saying “not in my front yard”, I think we have an organization that has done due-diligence in trying to find a place that we can afford, that we can create this vision because I think all of our parents and our elders and the folks that created these communities and provided us with the lives that we live and deserve to live in a residential neighborhood, not on a commercial strip. The commercial pad services, I have heard strip malls and fast food, that’s not at all what we are trying to do. I think I heard somebody say those things don’t belong in an assisted living. I have traveled all over the country and seen how other organizations, how they care for their seniors from California, Vermont and this is what
communities look like. Granted it’s not the farm but we can still keep the charm of the community, the Glenville spirit of the community in this project. I ask you, those of you with strong opposition to please reconsider and rethink about it if it was your mom and dad and you needed a place for them to be would you want it to be here or would you want to drive 50-70 miles everyday to go visit them?”
Darin Jones, this site is beautiful, it’s a great site, I want Baptist to come in but this site is too big, scale it down.
Tony Alotta, I would like to point out that the residential area including Horstman Farm is currently zoned for 35’ which is three stories so there’s nothing stopping a homeowner or homeowners’ or future homeowners from building three stories in that neighborhood. We are not looking for any special consideration with regard to the height of these buildings.
No one else wished to exercise the privilege of the floor.
Supervisor Koetzle shared the following information
Supervisor Koetzle reminded the residents to fill out the census form they received in the mail and return it as soon as possible. It is important to be counted for our community.
The State of the Town was given yesterday at the Senior Center; we had probably about 75 residents in attendance. We talked about some of our challenges, what we want to do to address some of those challenges and maybe some of where we are going in the near future. If anyone is interested in receiving a copy of the State of the Town, which is the assessment of where we are and also a strategic plan forward, you can request a copy of it from our Town Clerk at Town Hall or you can download it from our website (available on Monday).
As a component, of the State of the Town, I think many people know the town receives many revenues from really three main sources one sales tax, which has been relatively flat, mortgage tax, which has been dropping lately and the other property tax, which really makes up for the short fall of the other two. Our Receiver of Taxes shared this with me the other day, in February we collected $39,000 in mortgage tax, prior year we collected $64,000, that is quite a drop in one year so we are hoping that’s an anomaly and not so much a trend developing but if it is a trend it is a concern because it means we are going to have to adjust the current years budget because we will be off trend, we will be off our budget projection if this trend
continues. It is a concern, I don’t see a lot of hope in the housing market and we are going to watch it but I just wanted to point that out because it is an important piece of revenue this year and adjustments will have to be made if that turns into a trend.
The Alplaus Neighborhood Association meeting – March 18th at the fire house and we are all invited to attend.
The Finance Committee had their first meeting; they are analyzing our current budget and they will continue to meet monthly. When they meet they will be addressing some of the issues that we as a board will be wrestling with and one of them is when do we lock down our bonds into a fixed interest rate. They will also be looking at a multi-year budgeting process so that we are not looking at our budget in just one single annual year we want to go out five years and see what decisions we are making today if we trend it out what kind of impact does that have for our long-term health. This budget committee is going to be very helpful in that analysis.
The Efficiency in Government Committee has also been re-constituted and will be meeting shortly. All of the members are appointed and we look to them as well to help us find more efficiency within town government.
I want to remind the Board that tomorrow Mohawk Honda will be breaking ground; we are all invited to the ceremony at 10:00 am.
Later in the week Jamie and I will be meeting with National Grid to talk about our lighting districts and to really find ways to save some money, energy savings in our lighting districts and also in our business commercial district.
Mike Cuevas, our legal counsel has informed me today that CPower has sent the agreement back for our Demand Response Program for my signature and that the program will be up and running. That is the program where we will receive revenue for going off the grid during high peak times.
I received in the mail today, from the Parade Committee in Scotia, notification that the Annual Memorial Day Parade will be held on May 26th and all Town of Glenville elected officials are invited to participate.
Supervisor Koetzle moved ahead with the resolutions.
Councilman Ramotar – “This is a resolution to rezone a 48-acre property on 7 Swaggertown Road from Suburban Residential to Mixed Use Planned Development.”
Supervisor Koetzle – “I do want to take a minute to discuss it because I think this has been one of the more difficult items that we as a Board and me in my 2½ years involved on the town board and dealt with; it is a difficult issue. There is lot of merit for both sides of the argument but we have to make a decision based on five criteria whether the proposed zoning amendment is compatible with the Comprehensive Plan, whether the proposed amendment would be compatible with neighboring land uses, whether the zoning amendment will preserve nearby land values, whether the character of the neighborhood will be preserved following the amendment and whether the proposed zoning amendment is compatible with various other purposes in the zoning
ordinance. It’s fairly specific but also subjected so it makes it difficult to arrive at a decision regarding this matter.
I want to address just a little bit about what was said you know commercial component I was very much opposed to and I still have strong concerns about it. I do think that Baptist has come back with a plan that makes some sense in that area, it’s not as though it is going to be a strip mall or a convenience store or something that is overly objectionable to the neighborhood and I do understand the concern of the neighbors with having residential housing around it. This is a significant project for the town and I think there is a lot of positive economic benefit we can get from this project, so I don’t know how the other Board members feel but I think we should spend a few minutes either explaining what is on our minds regarding the
project or at least discussing it a little bit more before the vote.”
Councilman Quinn – “The one thing that should be duly noted here is that after this decision, depending on how it goes, this is really the beginning of the next stage of the project which is very important and that many of you know here but maybe not out in the audience, in the planning and zoning process once it gets beyond this stage there are many opportunities for bites of the apple with the public at that juncture as well. Quite frankly the height of some of the buildings and the commercial pad those are all fair game for those types of discussions in Planning and Zoning and I think you’ll find that the people on the board are very objective and they are very sensitive to community needs and neighborhood needs. It is truly the
beginning of the next stage of the process.”
Supervisor Koetzle – “Kevin (Town Planner), would you just take a few minutes to explain the process if it goes forward?”
Kevin Corcoran – “There are two major steps involved with a planned unit development rezoning, this is the first major step, the rezoning itself. If the rezoning does not pass, that’s it, the application is through. If this Board finds in favor of the rezoning it goes to our Planning and Zoning Commission for the next step which is known as a site plan review. At a minimum it is a two step process, preliminary and final, there is at least one public hearing that’s held. Planning Board, instead of looking at some of the broader issues that your board is considering for the rezoning the Planning Board gets in to the more nitty-gritty details such as the architecture, the height of the building, the lay out, the
inner-relationship of the buildings, impact on the neighborhood as well, parking, landscaping, traffic generated by the project etc. This is a very important step but it doesn’t guarantee that this project will look like this (referred to drawings on display) once they are through with the Planning and Zoning Commission. The Planning and Zoning Commission has broader latitude than this Board even to shape this project and they often do, particularly, with commercial projects.”
Supervisor Koetzle – “Members of the community can follow the process if they go to the website. It would be the Planning and Zoning meeting agendas with the date and times. The best way for residents to stay involved would be if you just keep checking that website.”
Mr. Corcoran – “Residents can call or email the Planning Department as well.”
Supervisor Koetzle – “I just want to mention one thing, we talked about residential houses on that property as we understand it I know there was a developer who looked at it and suggested that it would not be economical for single-family homes because of the wet lands on the property. The way he would configure the single-family homes in that area would make it non-economical for a single-family development which unfortunately makes it almost unmarketable for that particular project. I think that has to weigh on us because then that leaves the question, what is left, if it can’t be farming because farming isn’t what it used to be and it can’t be a single-family neighborhood, in my mind it seems like the next best option would be
something like this. I don’t know what else there may be. I know last time we talked at the public hearing and we asked about any other area that can be used there is either no land based on space, which you need, or based on the cost, which is part of the issue that you can really move into and I think we have talked about that before; there’s really no other option in the Town of Glenville.”
Councilman Boulant – “I take this position on the Board very seriously, I am a resident, I own a business in Glenville, I live close to the site, I do travel that road so it’s been very much a difficult thing for me to grasp the positives and the negatives. As a town board member my allegiance is to the community and we have to do financially prudent economic development projects that are going to benefit the community as a whole in the long run. I spent hours upon hours of looking at all of the negatives and positives and meeting with people and developers and the Baptist people, members of our planning department and building department and this is not an easy task by no means by any of us up here and we know going forward some
people are going to be happy and some people are going to be not so happy with us. I guess that is the choice we made when we ran for office. I think the positives out way the negatives for me and the community needs a project like this, Glenville is going to have some financial issues down the road that we are going to have to address and then we will have the bulls-eye on our back again at a later date. We take this very seriously and it is not an easy decision for us by no means we are very sensitive to the residents. Most of you folks I know especially the ones that got up and spoke against it and it bothers me but when we took office we took an oath to do what’s best for the community and that’s what I have to do. I am voting “yes”.”
Councilman Quinn – “The one thing that is probably relevant, not only in this room but across the country right now is the aging baby-boom generation. This is more and more critical in terms of elderly housing, not just in terms of cost effective housing but I think independent living being the new trend and I think it is a very good trend. I am very sensitive to any kind of disruption whether it is short-term or long-term in a neighborhood, although it’s not by any means an analogy, I use to be the last plot in Woodhaven, near the guard base before Glenview Point went in. What use to be my dead-end where my daughters use to play is now a relatively busy neighborhood and a short cut between the guard base and Glenridge Road.
I can sympathize with the disruption and I do believe that as I said before the Planning and Zoning stage, there are still opportunities to make this a win win and I would implore Baptist to please consider maybe the second story concept only and please consider the commercial pad (if I am hearing this correctly) being the most objectionable part of this. I believe truly politics is the art of compromise at the end of the day and I think when this reaches the planning and zoning stage, give the residents their fair share of input and make sure that you go out in a more pro-active way and talk to them because many of them, although may be relying on limited types of communication they truly did not know until it was too late in many cases and when this reaches the planning and zoning stage if that is the course it is going to take I would implore both sides to have a very fair conversation and try your best to think about the benefits not only to the town as a whole but
to an aging population. I vote “yes” on this but I think we have an obligation to track this very very closely at the planning and zoning level. I think that is where the important decisions take place when it comes to ascetics, when it comes to traffic congestion, when it comes to water displacement; you know I asked a few questions about retention ponds during this, one thing I still can not wrap my arms around in this town is we seem to have sufficient levels of retention ponds but we still seem to have excessive water displacement everywhere. I think that is a discussion we need to start having town wide because we are missing something in our analysis and it seems to be getting worse. I am voting yes but I am looking to a thoughtful conversation with the neighbors on this and I just hope Baptist is open minded to some of their suggestions because I think that the most reasonable component of the neighbors in terms of what they are asking for is
agreeable to this in concept but there are a few minor changes that could make this a perfect fit.”
Councilman Ramotar – “We spent a lot of time on this project. A lot of positive, a lot of negative comments but to re-emphasize, this is a zoning change; we will have a chance to look at what people have concerns on or mentioned tonight, size and the physical aspect of the buildings themselves but this project does have many positives for Glenville including 33 jobs for this year, 448 jobs once the project is completed, 400 construction jobs, 95 million in new construction, activity to a town and basically to meet the needs of its residents Baptist needs to transform itself on where it is now, solely as a nursing home, into a provider of what they are presenting here in order to remain a vital part of the community. If it does not we
might have another empty building right where Baptist is right now because it could not meet the needs of its residents. I am voting “yes” for the zone change.”
Councilwoman Wierzbowski – “I would just like to take this time to make a few comments to the public.
My vote this evening is a combination of many hours of conversations with other board members, town staff, friends and neighbors in our community. I too have wrestled with this project in my mind and have tried my level best to look at everything that will be impacted by this zoning change. I too have the same concerns that some of you have expressed this evening. I believe that Baptist is an asset to our town; I believe their vision of building a community that will make it easier for our seniors, in our town to stay closer to their families and friends and to keep their familiar places near. I also believe that this project has the potential to accomplish what Baptist envisions that the residents there will interact with
the surrounding neighborhood and be a real and positive experience for all involved. We as Board members, as you know, had several guidelines to consider in reviewing this change in zoning, none of which were taken lightly. There were some concerns addressed and especially at the public hearing with regards to the empty building that would be potentially in the Village of Scotia. I can state that certainly our Board is very committed to working with the Village and to working with Baptist especially Councilman Ramotar, with his economic development experience in working with Baptist to find the best use for that parcel. We have to be a good neighbor to our sister village, leaving that parcel vacant would be detrimental to them and we are certainly very sensitive to it. The commercial parcel is of course a concern to me as well. I don’t like to see commercial parcels start to creep up on to residential parcels, however the parcel that would be
potentially commercial if it was built is right across from Stewarts and it is only several hundred feet off of Route 50. It’s not on the northern end of the project and in that I do support it. It’s going to generate jobs for the town, it’s going to generate revenue and sales tax for our community which if you were at the State of the Town and you do obtain a copy of our Strategic Plan you will see that that is dropping every year for our town. We need to as a board, very seriously, to consider any source of revenue that will come to us. Supervisor Koetzle addressed that we are in the process of attempting to discuss the pilot, something we take very, very seriously.
In closing, I really appreciate all of you that spoke but whether you agree with the project or not I think it is fantastic that the public has come and has expressed themselves so clearly and concisely. I know the rest of the board is with me when I say that we do appreciate it, this decision is not taken lightly, I agree with Councilman Quinn in his recommendation that the conversation between Baptist and the residents continue. I don’t know how things went from the beginning of the project because I was not involved in that part but it does appear there needs to be a lot more communication with the residents, direct communication if it means going door to door to communicate with them because their concerns are valid and they do
need to be heard.
I am going to vote “yes” for this zoning change, I do feel that our Planning and Zoning Commission takes very seriously what comes before it. I think the site plan review will be a process that will be extensive and it will not just be given a rubber stamp.”
Supervisor Koetzle – “One of the residents asked us to explain our vote and I think we have and I think we owe it to the residents to do that.
I do not take zoning changes lightly; in fact I am anti-zoning change. I think that when a resident moves into a community there is a covenant between the town and the resident who moved in there. Councilman Quinn mentioned the Air National Guard Base and we get calls periodically about that and the answer to the resident is “well who was there first” and I fully appreciate that that is not an answer in this case, the residents were there first. When we take a look at what is best for the town we have to look at the project in its totality and we have to look at what the options are for the land being used and also what are the options for the organization that is trying to locate their business here. We looked at this in
the process, there just clearly isn’t any other space in the town and I don’t know if it has dawned on anybody else but we’ve talked about it up here too. We may be in a situation where Glenville and Scotia looses the entire organization because we just didn’t have a place for them. As we think about this, this is one of those rare instances where I have to look at something and really challenge myself to do what I think is right and that’s what has been so difficult about this. I think this is the beginning of the process not the end result so we will have opportunities to change or to discuss some of the changes within the site plan review and so tonight I am voting “yes” for the zoning change.”
RESOLUTION NO. 81-2010
Moved by: Councilman Ramotar
Seconded by: Councilwoman Wierzbowski
WHEREAS, a zoning map amendment application has been submitted by Baptist Health Nursing and Rehabilitation Center to rezone a 48.5-acre property at 7 Swaggertown Road (tax map # 30.9-2-20.1) from Suburban Residential to Mixed Use Planned Development; and
WHEREAS, the purpose of the zoning map amendment is to allow development of a multi-phased project consisting of a three-story (less than 35 foot high) 126-unit assisted living center, a three-story (less than 35 foot high) 120-unit independent living center, 36 independent living cottages, 21 greenhouse-style nursing home units, an adult day care center and a 4-acre commercial parcel; and
WHEREAS, pursuant to New York State Town Law, zoning map amendment applications require a public hearing on the part of the Town Board; and
WHEREAS, a resolution was duly adopted by the Town Board of the Town of Glenville on February 17, 2010, fixing 7:30 p.m. on March 3, 2010, in the Town of Glenville Municipal Center, as the time, date and place for a public hearing to be held by the Town Board with respect to the aforementioned application for a zoning map amendment; and
WHEREAS, notice of said public hearing was duly published in the Daily Gazette, the official newspaper of the Town of Glenville on February 20, 2010 and duly posted on the Town Clerk’s sign board maintained by the Town Clerk of the Town of Glenville on or about February 18, 2010; and
WHEREAS, a public hearing was duly held by the Town Board at the time, date and place fixed therefor, and all parties in attendance had an opportunity to be heard in relation thereto; and
WHEREAS, the Town Board considered the application and the comments and petitions received at the public hearing in light of the provisions of section 270-28 B of the Glenville Code and other applicable law,
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Town Board of the Town of Glenville hereby finds that the applicant, Baptist Health Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, proposes a mixture of residential, commercial services and institutional uses for the property at 7 Swaggertown Road (tax map # 30.9-2-20.1) in a manner which would maximize the natural vegetation and existing contours of such property; and
IT IS FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Town Board of the Town of Glenville hereby finds and declares that the proposed commercial uses provided for in the application and clarified at the public hearing, as a café and/or other senior related businesses or offices constructed in a manner in keeping with the residential nature of the community, would provide convenient, compatible and harmonious services to the residential uses proposed and to the surrounding area; and
IT IS FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Town Board of the Town of Glenville hereby finds that by clustering the development of the proposed residential, commercial services and institutional uses, the plan will preserve certain open spaces, provide some passive recreation, walking trail facilities and make efficient use of existing and planned extensions of utilities and water and sewer infrastructure, providing opportunities for other Town residents and businesses currently without sewer services to obtain same at a reasonable cost; and
IT IS FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Town Board of the Town of Glenville hereby finds that the proposed mix of housing types on this property is consistent with the Town of Glenville Comprehensive Plan, and more specifically, the Land Use Plan of the Comprehensive Plan, which targets this property for “mixed residential” development; and
IT IS FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Town Board of the Town of Glenville hereby finds that the proposed uses of the above-described property: a three-story 126-unit assisted living center, a three-story 120-unit independent living center, 36 independent living cottages, 21 greenhouse-style nursing home units, and an adult day care center are permitted uses in a Mixed Use Planned Development District (MUPD) as residential condominiums, nursing homes and/or a retirement community; and
IT IS FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Town Board of the Town of Glenville hereby approves the application submitted by Baptist Health Nursing and Rehabilitation Center to rezone a 48.5-acre property at 7 Swaggertown Road (tax map # 30.9-2-20.1) from Suburban Residential to Mixed Use Planned Development.
Ayes: Councilmen Boulant, Quinn, Ramotar, Councilwoman Wierzbowski and Supervisor Koetzle
RESOLUTION NO. 82-2010
Moved by: Councilman Quinn
Seconded by: Councilman Boulant
BE IT RESOLVED that the Monthly Departmental Reports for February, 2010 as received from the following:
Highway/Public Works Department
Receiver of Taxes
Town Clerk's Office
Water & Sewer Department
be, and they hereby are accepted, approved for payment and ordered placed on file.
Ayes: Councilmen Boulant, Quinn, Ramotar, Councilwoman Wierzbowski and Supervisor Quinn
Councilman Boulant mentioned the fund raiser for “Hannah’s Hope” to be held on Friday, March 19th at Solid Surface Craftsman on Freeman’s Bridge Road.
Supervisor Koetzle asked for a motion to adjourn; motion to adjourn was moved by Councilman Boulant; Seconded by Councilman Quinn, everyone being in favor the meeting was adjourned at 9:45 PM.
Linda C. Neals