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Town Board Meeting Minutes 3/3/2010
MARCH 3, 2010

Present:        Supervisor Christopher A. Koetzle, Councilmen Alan Boulant, Mark Quinn, Sid Ramotar and Councilwoman Gina M. Wierzbowski

Absent: None

                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.

                Supervisor Koetzle announced that the Board will entertain a motion to enter into an executive session to discuss contract negotiations after new business on the agenda.

Town Council Reports:

                Councilman Quinn – “Just a brief announcement.  The Public Informational meeting regarding the Anderson Property that was cancelled last week, with about 10,000 other meetings due to a snow storm, is tentatively being rescheduled for March 30th at 7:00 pm.  James MacFarland will be informing the neighbors, the Board and the press later this week including a notice on our website as well.  Just for public information the Anderson property is located on Van Buren Road at the corner of Swaggertown Road, it was willed to the Town by the late Mr. Anderson and our intent is to develop a passive park with a trail system and possibly a dog park.  We are looking forward to citizen input on that because people may have much better ideas as to how we can to use that open space to our advantage.”

                Councilman Ramotar – “Last week we had a great meeting with the Center for Economic Growth, business owners and residents of the town in reference to what sort of impact Global Foundries will have on Glenville.  We also had an opportunity to hear from Barb Norton a realtor with Prudential/Blake Realty just in reference as to how we can work with realtors to help them incentives empty spaces here in Glenville.  The next step is to work with economic development organizations in terms of educating realtors and again how they incentives empty spaces in Glenville.

                The meetings are open to the public and when we have more information we will let you know when the next one is.”

                Councilwoman Wierzbowski – “Everybody is aware that we had a large snow storm last week.  The highway workers did a great job.  I have been in contact with Highway Superintendent, Tom Coppola throughout the storm just to keep tabs on how things were going.  The precipitation that we received was extremely heavy and the plows had to go much slower than usual otherwise the equipment would have broken under the stress of the heavy snow.  Mr. Coppola had said that some residents were concerned about how quickly their roads were plowed.  I can also tell you that some of the routes were recently changed to try and make them more efficient for the residents and the town and that may be why it seemed that the roads didn’t get done as quickly as usual.  Mr. Coppola was very responsive to all of the residents that called the garage.

                Again, the highway guys did a great job and I would like to thank the residents for their patience.”

                Supervisor Koetzle – “Item #5 on the agenda is a public hearing to consider a zoning map amendment proposal by Baptist Health Nursing and Rehabilitation Center to rezone a 48.5-acre property on Swaggertown Road from Suburban Residential Mixed to Use Planned Development to allow development of a multi-phased project consisting of assisted living units, cottages, independent living units, greenhouse-style nursing home units, an adult day care center and a commercial parcel.

                Supervisor Koetzle asked the representatives from Baptist Health to give a short overview of the project.

                Tim Bartos, President and CEO of Baptist Health Nursing and Rehabilitation Center – “Baptist Health has been providing quality care to seniors for nearly 35 years and we are very excited about the possibility of coming into Glenville and continuing that care.  Our mission is to provide quality care to seniors and the frail and needy in our community in a caring and compassionate environment.  We are very anxious to hear what you have to say tonight regarding the project.

                I am going to turn things over to our associate, Tony Alotta.”

                Tony Alotta – “The project will be located on what is known as the “Horstman Farm” which is on Swaggertown Road.  It is 48-acres and it is broken down into five phases.  The first phase is going to be a 60-bed assisted living facility; second phase would be to add greenhouse style nursing units to the south-western part of the property.  These units are basically a ranch style home with 12 residents per home, this phase also includes a 25 slot adult day care center; phase 3 would be to add to the northern part of the property independent cottage style homes for our residents that have a need for that; phase 4 would be to build more apartment style independent living units and the 5th phase would be to add complimentary services such things as a bank, beauty salon, a café perhaps.  I know this is an issue that some folks have discussed that they would like to see there or not to see there but we are certainly opened to suggestions and we would love it if you folks had comments on what you would like to see there.

                That is the summary of the property.”

                Kevin Corcoran, Town Planner – “Just to briefly explain where we are in the review process for this particular project and more for the benefit of the audience then the Board.

                They are looking to rezone a 48-acre parcel from suburban residential to mixed use planned development.  Planned development re-zonings are a little bit different than traditional re-zonings; with a traditional re-zoning your board considers the zoning map proposal, you don’t get too wrapped up in the development proposal itself, usually, you look at the concept and once you decide on the zone change you’re done with it and then it goes on to the Planning Board for their review.  With a planned development application, this Board is a lot more involved with the particulars of the development itself.  They almost act as a planning board in that sense because they have to give their blessing to the development project of the preliminary site plan in addition to the change of zoning.  Following that our Planning Board reviews the site plan application itself, if there are any changes, if this Board sees fit to change the zoning, if there are any changes to the proposal of significance after the zoning is changed the project has to come back to this Board once again and that is different than your traditional zoning change.  This Board is more vested in planned development proposals.

                You heard that there is going to be phasing to this project.  We do allow phasing in planned development with a condition though, we set a four year time limit on development of the “planned development”.  Baptist is looking at a 5 phase project and I think a seven to eight to ten year build out on the project.  So really what this Board and what the Planning Board subsequent to this Board has to consider is what’s going to be built during that 4 year period and our understanding, at this point, is it’s just the first two phases of Baptist that we are looking at, at this point.  If this project is approved the zoning is changed and the project and site plan approval they build out their first two phases, they would have to come back to this board and the Planning Board for any subsequent phases that occur after year four.

                In terms of what the Board can review; there is specific criteria spelled out in the Zoning Ordinance that really comes from NYS Town Law on what you are supposed to consider for zoning changes and the facts you have to take into consideration.  First and foremost is whether the zoning amendment proposal is compatible to the Town’s Comprehensive Plan and there are additional ones including whether the zoning amendment is 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 their proposal meets the various purposes spelled out in the zoning ordinance.  It’s pretty broad authority; there is a lot of leeway under those factors.

                If the zoning change is approved by this Board the proposal would then move to the Planning and Zoning Commission for their review of the site-plan and there would be a public hearing associated with that as well and as I said before if there are any changes to the proposal during that period it comes back to this Board as well and again that would be subject to a public hearing by this Board; if this Board were to choose to not change the zoning that effectively ends this proposal.”

                Councilman Boulant – “Some of the questions from the public, we have heard some positive and some negative, can you clarify if this project is definitely going to get sewer and public water, correct?”

                Mr. Corcoran – “Right”

                Supervisor Koetzle – “One of the specific questions was regarding their wells; this would not have any impact on their wells at all?”

                Mr. Corcoran – “Neighboring wells, yes, there are some areas here that aren’t served by public water; public sewer should take away any concerns of contamination of wells.”

                Supervisor Koetzle opened the public hearing at 7:45 pm; the following people spoke:

                Paul Kenny, resident – “I live right across the street from the project.  I would like to start out with a characterization of the neighborhood: you drive along that area of Swaggertown Road, you drive along Horstman Drive all of the buildings you see are single family resident homes.  We certainly border on Route 50 but once you leave Route 50 from there on its all single family resident homes.

                Let me ask you a rhetorical question; let’s say someone invited us over and we hadn’t been to this persons house well let me tell you about my house, its got a brick front, green trim around the windows, white siding and it’s number 318 now do you think you would be able to find it, probably not.  What if the person said, “My house is right across the road from the current Baptist Retirement Center, right across the road from that Culligan sign do you think we would know where it is?  I think so because big buildings, commercial property, commercial signs characterize the neighborhood.  Our characterization of this neighborhood is single family dwellings.

                Now, the three story building, that’s pretty big.  I did some research and one of the things you think in having a zoning change is, is this going to change the visual effect of the area and the answer to that is “yes it is”.

                You look around on Freemans Bridge Road, on Route 50 there’s still some residential properties mixed in there.  Take one of those properties and just assume you could pick it up and put it a couple of miles away in a residential neighborhood.  Now you ask a real estate agent for these twins, what is the value and he will tell you that one on Freemans Bridge Road isn’t worth as much.  Commercial affects property value.

                I don’t think that the town needs more commercial property.  We have a lot of vacant buildings.  You have now moved the commercial boundary from Route 50 and it is starting up Swaggertown Road.  How far up Swaggertown Road are you going to go?  The Town Code says you either go by the Comprehensive Plan or you do comprehensive planning.  I don’t think adding commercial property is comprehensive planning.  What is next, are you going to allow me to sell out to a retailer if he comes along.

                We already have places around, Dutch Meadow Lane; Freemans Bridge Road have vacant property.  These may be more suitable for something like this.  To take this project and put it adjacent to an established residential neighborhood I don’t think fits the goal of comprehensive planning, not affecting what the neighborhood is like, not affecting the character of the neighborhood.  The big building characterizes the neighborhood, that’s what the neighborhood is.  We have other institutional buildings around, Glendale Home, Conifer Park, the Parkside YMCA and I don’t see any commercial in front of those, which is fine so I don’t know why we need this or why you think we are going to move forward with something like that.  It goes against what we have been doing in the past and I thought what we have been doing in the past was fairly good.

                Back to the Glendale Nursing Home, I think we have all been by it, there is a three story building, it accommodates about 200 people and it’s on a parcel of land somewhat comparable to this Horstman property.  How do you think that looks and then in your mind you have got to add in another 56 or 57 cottages and home units, now what do you think that looks like and do you think that’s the appropriate use to take that and put it right into and adjacent to an established residential neighborhood.  I don’t think it is.  You get into over crowding and that goes against the objectives of what the Town Code says.  It was also brought up that you have four years to phase your construction and this one will need more.  I am not into how long it takes to construct things, but I do trust that you will think long and hard about a project that is going to double what the town thought was a good way to do it.

                You put big buildings, high density population in there that’s going to characterize the neighborhood, that’s going to change it.  I don’t think the Town Code says you ought to be doing that.  It will have a significant visual effect, it’s going to be quite dense and I don’t consider that really harmonious with the rest of the neighborhood therefore when you add it all up and look what the code is and think about the commercial doing piece meal and what not I don’t think you should really be approving the zoning change.”

                Scott Bryson, resident – “I have been a worker at Baptist for two years, I am the Director of Maintenance but I would like to give this Board a small glimpse of what I have found to be true within the halls of Baptist.  Veterans, teachers, lawyers, construction workers, politicians and engineers and many other walks of life, those who are well off financially and those who have been less fortunate in the game of money all call our place home.  Within our halls you will find people caring for people.  What I know to be true is that Baptist Health strives to retain the dignity and respect of those we serve.  Within our halls wisdom abounds in stories of our past as a nation, state and country are told daily.  Working at the Baptist Health you will find joy, sorrow, laughter and tears as we serve those who have paved the way of the lives we are all living today.  This new facility will help the Baptist Health continue its legacy as a facility that strives to care for the seniors of today and tomorrow with respect that they deserve.  Many things will be reviewed and voted on by this body in the coming years but none will hold the impact on the lives of seniors as the vote you make on this project.  I know you understand the urgency of this vote and the impact it has on the project.  I urge you to vote yes and to help this project move forward by removing any stumbling blocks that you have the power to remove.  We affect these people’s lives.  Within our halls you find a plethora of every walk of life.  You are not only creating a place for our seniors today, you are creating a place for all of us.  We all may need these facilities one day.”

                Catherine Ritchey, resident – “My family has lived in the Scotia-Glenville community for over sixty years both residing here and also in businesses.  I have lived on Horstman Drive for 42 years.  My property backs on the Horstman Farm.  Realistically I have known for many years that the farm land would eventually be developed.  Farming is no longer viable or profitable.  We support the proposal of Baptist to develop this land into senior facilities.  I heard a statistic today that 7,000 of us baby boomers and yes I am a senior citizen now, 7,000 of us are hitting the system per day beginning January 1st of 2010.  The need is great, particularly in the Town of Glenville, there is no assisted living.  Of all of the possible development options it would seem to me the senior facilities would have the least impact on the neighborhood.  I will tell you that I have surveyed the immediate neighbors living on Horstman Drive many of whose property are also affected with it and I am very pleased to present to the Board tonight supporting signatures from 23 Horstman Drive homeowners in favor of the project.”

                Frank Quinn, resident – “We are talking about serving the most law abiding citizens of our town, the people that built our town, obviously there is a need for the service and it obviously means new jobs which will improve the economy for our town.

                A couple of new things I’d like to remind all of us.  The need for this is indisputable; DOH (Department of Health) the subject matter experts have already studied it, they have already put the facts and figures through it and said yes there is a need and interestingly enough they coughed up millions of dollars so they put their money where their mouth is on this one.  I don’t think that anyone can say that there is no need.

                We are talking about the Baptist Health and Retirement services, 35 years of service and if there were problems there you and I would have seen those over time and we certainly haven’t seen or heard any of those so we know we are dealing with a quality outfit that’s bringing not only new technology but state of the art as far as the whole set-up of phases and stages of health care development.

                The land, the Horstman Farm, was farmland, it is the lowest tax land in the tax base in the Town of Glenville, and second least undeveloped, totally useless land is the lowest.  So we are not talking about pulling a whole lot of things out of the tax base.

                Lastly, this is a little unusual because we are here in a government body, but I think it affects everybody in this room; given our religious traditions besides our government’s issues, besides our politics this is a time to live your faith, this is a time to do it and approve the zoning change now and as quickly as possible.”

                Ruth Tietz, Director of Marketing for Baptist Health – “I am here tonight representing the seniors of the Scotia-Glenville area and we have a woman who is a friend of Baptist, her name is Lorraine Deere and she chose not to speak tonight but she is in the audience tonight.  Mrs. Deere’s husband has been a resident at Baptist for 5½ years and she visits him every single day and as a result, she more than most gets it and really understands the issues that area seniors and their families face.  Mrs. Deere has taken it upon herself as a very active member of the Glenville Senior Center.  She has brought us 76 signatures from the senior residents of the Scotia-Glenville area supporting the zoning change needed to enable the Baptist project to move forward.

                Additionally we have some signatures from resident’s families, volunteers, friends who have been visiting Baptist in the last few weeks and I have 70 signatures for you and additionally we also have some postcards that were returned to us and they number close to 50 asking folks to support our project.  I would like to read what was written on one of these:  “Great idea, build it now to capture the swelling population of older people, baby boomers are no longer kids.”  I am a baby boomer and I will tell you taking my Baptist Hat off for a moment; I am currently in the process of trying to find housing for my father and there’s just not enough senior housing in the area to support all of the people that we are going to need to find homes for and some day I am going to be one of them so please approve this project and move it through as quickly as possible.”

                John Hoffner, Baptist resident – “I have been a resident here for over 5 years and the quality of care received is excellent.  I had my right leg amputated below the knee and I have other medical conditions that need attention everyday.  I was humble when I needed help.  I used to be a bar owner for over 35 years and I came and went as I pleased.  Now I am in this predicament in a nursing home and I have to ask people for help and it is kind of hard not to be humble.  The staff is always there when I need help and their Medical Director, Dr. Ringler is a wonderful, personable man and a great doctor.

                Also, I celebrate 22 years of sobriety, June 19th.  I consider AA and Baptist my family and I am very lucky to have them both.  Baptist has entertainment, bingo, trivia, music and other programs to keep us busy and stimulated.  I go to my daughter’s house every Saturday.

                I fully support the Baptist Health project for an expansion of new exclusive campus with a complete set of services necessary for seniors.  There is a growing need for long term care service for our seniors.  Baptist Health has over 32 years of experience providing quality care with compassion and integrity.  It is very important to get this grant going and I encourage the town to move the process along as quickly as possible so they don’t loose the grant.”

                Lou Buhrmaster, resident – “This is just an absolutely beautiful project for the entire Scotia-Glenville community.  One of the most important things that I don’t think has been discussed yet is the proximity to the families who really support the people that are in Baptist.  When you are over in the Eddy or over in Amsterdam or where ever it is the people that are in the retirement homes or the transition homes like you are proposing now just don’t get to see people.  Loneliness is probably one of the greatest enemies of people in these homes and this is the absolutely perfect fit for this community.  This is the part that is missing in Baptist, while they’re a retirement facility, I venture to say everybody in here who has lived in this community for five years knows of people who have been in Baptist, have loved the treatment, been able to get up there without spending any additional time and they can come up much more often when it is all close.  It is just an absolutely beautiful project to have here.  My own personal experience, my wife’s father who lives up here, he was there for five years.  Baptist had a program where they took their residents around to the different schools and let the kids talk with these elder citizens and this gentleman was a principal of a school for many, many years so he actually went into the schools and acted like a principal and got the kids attention but it was just a wonderful experience for the kids.

                We are an older community, we’re getting older all of the time, so we need this and I fully support it.  We are even working with the Baptist people right now to try and see right now what we can do for the Village of Scotia and to try and get a physician to locate within the Village.  Even though they have a facility up here for it I think there’s still a need for some more physicians in there so if you ended up with a commercial location up here I think you would see movement to try and get some more medical specialties up here.”

                Charles Steiner, President of the Schenectady County Chamber of Commerce – “Thank you for this opportunity to voice the Chamber’s strong support of the Baptist Health system request to have the 48-acre parcel of land known as the Horstman Farm zoned as mixed use planned development district.  Approval of this zoning designation would move forward a very substantial and exciting five phase site plan, Baptist Health systems that will provide a full complement of senior oriented services on one campus to meet the ever growing need and desire state of the art, senior health care accommodations.

                Phase I of the project is to construct a new 12 million dollar, 60 bed assisted living residence with enhanced certification (EALR) from the NYS Department of Health.  This facility will create 30 to 40 permanent new jobs in the Town of Glenville.  With approval of the requested zoning designation, site work and construction is being planned to begin this summer, with the opening of the facility in the spring of 2011 which is very good news for the Town of Glenville and Schenectady County.  Future development of 66 EALR beds will bring the total to 126 beds in the assisted resident living site.  All though the actual construction of phases 2, 3, 4 & 5 of the planned development at this time do not have specific start and completion dates.  Specific desired facility and services have been identified and designated for each of the phases.  The approximate construction and investment of the last 4 phases total more than 94 million dollars with 100 permanent jobs, 400 construction jobs and a minimum of 3 million dollars for the purchase of these goods and services.

                Investing and linking all 5 phases of this very exciting and needed senior health care campus is Baptist Health Systems, for 32 years Baptist Health Systems has provided exemplarily care, dedication and a superb quality of life for their residents at their present skilled nursing facility on No. Ballston Avenue in Scotia.  Their mission driven tradition, “people, caring for people” will only be enhanced and offer this community facilities and services that will allow our aging population to remain here in Glenville with their families and friends.

                On behalf of the Chamber of Schenectady County and its 1,025 member businesses we are in support of the Baptist Health System request to have the 48-acre parcel and land known as Horstman Farm zoned as mixed used planned development district and look forward to celebrate each phase of this project being completed, offering job creation a new investment for the Town of Glenville, Schenectady, County.”

                Blanche Fischer, resident – “I have lived in the same house for 43 years and I had no intentions of speaking tonight but here I am.  I am also a member of the board at the Glenville Senior Center and I probably spend a good part of 3 days every week there so I am familiar with a lot of folks in the town.  I want you to know that we have at least 1,400 members at the Glenville Senior Center and that does not involve every senior that lives in the town.  During the course of weeks there I converse with any number of seniors and all of us have the same concerns; we all want to be able to retire in this town that we love because there is so much going on for us and it is such a safe place, but how are we going to stay in these houses where we have a ½ acre of lawn to mow and bushes to prune and roofs to fix and plumbing problems.  There are so many homes here that eventually we would like to sell and we would like to stay here and be comfortable.  This is the ideal opportunity.

                I think when Coburg Village was being planned and Glen Eddy was being planned in Niskayuna and Clifton Park there was a lot of resident objection to it initially because they also were going into residential areas.  But now that they have been built and they are beautiful and people moved in and they’re happy there they seem to have no negative impact on the community.  I don’t particularly feel married to this project being necessarily on that location I just am married to the project being some place in the Town of Glenville.  I think it’s just so exciting to think about assisted living and independent senior living where we can age and be safe.  I encourage the acceptance of this project.”

                Darin Jones, resident – “I live about three houses away from the proposed nursing facility.  I just want to say I am not against the home; what I am against is the PDD, the planned development district.  I for one just cannot see why we are going to put commercial sites on Swaggertown Road.

                Where does this stop, so I am three houses away can I now convert my home into a commercial establishment and try to get you guys to vote on what I can get in there and what I can’t?  I am not against Baptist, I am against this district.  What are we going to see from the roadway, these pictures (referring to pictures on display) look beautiful but you are not going to see this from the roadway what you are going to see driving down Swaggertown Road is a bank, which do we really need, an office complex, do we really need.  You are talking about a huge facility with three story buildings, you don’t think they are going to have their own building in there, you don’t think they are going to have their own offices to maintain this.  We are talking about a facility, there’s one in Cooperstown, double that, you can go take a look at.  It’s a huge impact, I know that Baptist is saying that it has a minimal impact, this is huge for our community and if there is a need for the retirement center or the nursing home let’s do it.  It brings growth we’re all about growth, maintaining improvement continues with growth but if we are not going to maintain what we already have and what I mean by that is if you take a ride up 50 and Freemans Bridge Road and Wal-Mart…I should have counted them on my way there were signs all over “lease” “for sale” “rent” why can’t we build this planned development district there.

                So we talk about PDD, I want an answer tonight; where else in Glenville do we have this?  Can somebody answer me?”

                Kevin Corcoran, Town Planner – “A Planned Development District is know as a floating zone, there’s no boundaries that it is fixed to, you can propose it for anywhere in town but you still have those criteria that I mentioned earlier that this Board has to evaluate the proposal by.  Generally if it is a planned development it’s got to be a mix of uses that wouldn’t normally be combined into a conventional zoning district.  There’s no definitive answer to that, it’s case by case.”

                Mr. Jones – “Is there another one?”

                Mr. Corcoran – “There are a couple of others.”

                Mr. Jones – “Is there a planned development district that I could go to and say…

                Mr. Corcoran – “The Oakridge Gardens proposal was originally a planned development district which is the town house development just down on Route 50.  The town rezoned the zoning in 2000 and it was changed to I think a multi-family residential.  We have a small PDD just above the Return sub-division where the condominiums are being built now with single family homes in the back.  The single family homes are completed and the condominiums are being completed now.”

                Mr. Jones – “My other question is okay it’s a planned development district, this other place wasn’t these office complexes, you know the banks are on their way back but if this bank goes in this planned development district, okay now it’s no longer a planned development district, what’s going to go there in this building?”

                Mr. Corcoran – “The uses have to be fixed; for planned development, that is one of the unique characteristics of a planned development, uses have to be fixed.

                There are actually five different types of planned developments that you can choose from, if you will, from the zoning ordinance, this one mixed use planned development is meant to provide the possibility of different types of housing mixed with small scale, appropriately scaled commercial so it’s that particular type of planned unit development.  Whatever they propose, whatever is approved if it is approved that’s what’s fixed.”

                Supervisor Koetzle – “It’s for the 48-acres only.”

                Mr. Corcoran – “That’s correct.”

                Mr. Jones – “I would like to see this huge facility go in but I wouldn’t like to see the planned development.  There’s got to be stipulations where nursing facilities can go in but that can’t.  From the roadway I want to maintain the reason why my wife and I moved to this area, I want to maintain the beautiful area that I live in.  I want to drive by and see this (referred to sketches of the housing) but I don’t want to see an office complex.  So that is my concern and the other concern is we don’t have another one in Glenville and if we did it moved, so what does that mean, where does that go?

                I am for Baptist, the office complex…you know they want to extend it to four years the phasing of this, in the Town Code it says it has to be specific and timing so are we just going to give them the four years and then renew it, what is the time table on this?

                The other thing I want to bring up is I just want to go back to all of this commercial area that is for sale on Freemans Bridge, Route 50 if you look at that area, we in the Town of Glenville, have spent money, a lot of money and a lot of time on building a master plan.  If you go on your website it says we want this down town area, we want Glenridge Road and we want Rte 50 the down town area.  If we start building these commercial sites out of this down town area why did we even start this whole master plan, just throw it out because we’re going to start putting commercial where ever we want it.  I really would like you to take into consideration to put Baptist in but take out their commercial building, there is no need for it at all.”

                Barbara Notch, resident – “I am not opposed to having the Baptist as a neighbor.  I hope that they can construct something that’s ascetically very nice and a campus atmosphere etc. but I do object to the retail, I strongly object to the retail portion of their plan.  I think the character of our neighborhood would be significantly impacted.

                I have had conversations with Mr. Bartos, one after the last zoning meeting and one on the telephone recently and it’s been stated that the retail portion is suppose to benefit the facility so that they can put in a café, a beauty shop, a barber shop and the bank, those are services that would benefit the residents.  I just want to point out that among the assisted living facilities in this area that I am familiar with they provide those services or they provide a bus to those services, their own bus and they have everything internally they don’t have any retail space fronting a public road in a residential neighborhood.  I’ve talked to Glenn Eddy, Windwood, Woodlawn Commons, Home of the Good Shepard, Kingsway and all of those things are handled internally not open to the public.

                The other think that I am confused about is that I’m not sure where this push for the retail space is coming from.  In a conversation with Mr. Bartos it was indicated that this is something that the Town might want, that the Town is pushing for this and then when I talked with the Town Planning Office they indicated that that is not necessarily the case.  I don’t know who wants the retail space but a number of the neighbors and I do not.  I think that really would change the character of the neighborhood.

                As Mr. Jones asked is there a way to zone this so the facility could go forward, the facility in itself would benefit the residents of the community to have that ability to age within their own community but a way to zone it so the facility could go forward but not allow the retail space.”

                Supervisor Koetzle – “Kevin maybe before we go forward you can address that question; it’s come up a couple of times now.  We are to take it in its totality or …

                Mr. Corcoran – “The mix of uses that they are proposing aside from the commercial piece there’s no zoning district that would fit into and no conventional zoning district.  Like I said we have five different types of planned development districts that are meant for combination developments.  Only one would accommodate nursing home facilities along with a mix of residential housing types but with that particular district, a mixed use district, it’s commercial so it’s meant to provide that mix of residential and commercial that’s appropriately scaled to serve that development and the immediate surrounding area.  It’s a matter of finding a district that fit.”

                Peter Notch, resident – “I live approximately one block from where the development is and as my wife already mentioned we are in favor of the Baptist, opposed to the commercial area.  I am concerned for another reason and I hope that if you do approve this that you look seriously and put restrictions on it, I am concerned about traffic.  If you talk to the police in the Town of Glenville I am sure you would find out that the corner that we live on is one of the most accident prone corners in the entire town, it’s almost like being at Rte. 50 and Glenridge Road.

                We’ve lived there over 20 years and in the 20 year period we probably have had 30 accidents and some were very serious.  I’m very concerned that if you develop commercial that is opened to the public to come into that what you are going to do is increase the traffic load there.  We have people speed by our house, which is a 35 mph zone at over 50 mph very frequently and I am concerned that unless there is some traffic control that is going to be put down at the lower end of Swaggertown Road that this is only going to accelerate and cause additional accidents in the area and I hope that you would look seriously at what needs to be done if you do approve both the Baptist and any commercial building.  That is the reason we are opposed to the commercial zoning right now because the traffic is going to be a major problem.”

                Supervisor Koetzle – “It has come up a few times; this commercial parcel seems to be an issue.  Do you have or any resident here who might have an issue with this, is it the issue where it is on the parcel or is it the commercial all together.  For example if they put that somewhere else on the parcel so it didn’t jump out at you on Swaggertown would that be more acceptable?”

                Mr. Notch – “I would say we are opposed to the idea of it being opened to the community.  That is something that is built for the residents and if you moved it anywhere on the property that would be fine.  Once you opened it to the public you are inviting more traffic.  This is already an area that doesn’t need additional traffic.  Swaggertown Road has become Rte. 50’s alternate road.  In the morning the traffic that comes south on Swaggertown Road in the evening going north is a major traffic issue.  There needs to be some control of that traffic and not added traffic.”

                Kevin Kopacki, resident – “I too would like to see the project go.  I would also like to see the commercial go.  I would like to know where the easements are going and what is going to be used as barriers.  I am concerned about where the water is coming in and there is an easement between my house which is adjacent to Cornell Blvd. and I heard it is going to be an access road.  I am wondering if there is going to be a fence at the end and is that going to stop me from getting into my back yard.  I maintain this whole area (pointing to the map).  Where are the sewer and the water coming in for this area?”

                Peter Ramona, Chazen Company – “At the time we developed the plans before you, there was some initial thought that an emergency access would not be necessary.  We had some recent discussions in the last couple of months with the fire department and they have come back and requested that they would like to see emergency access roads.  There would be a water line going through there and also we are proposing not to have a paved access but it would be more of a gravel type with grass over it… (Mr. Ramona did not speak into the microphone therefore all comments were not pickup by recorder).  We anticipate having a sidewalk connection built on Horstman Drive to our development…it would connect to the surrounding developments and it seems that it would be a nice benefit to the community.  We want to be able to bring the community within Baptist Health Care and be able to walk to the facilities.  But to answer your question there would not be an asphalt road it would be a road just for emergency purposes.”

                Jake McHerron, resident – “Just some major concerns about the environmental impact.  I know behind us is wet land and a wet area that belongs to the other housing association.  Yesterday I spent about 2 hours with representatives from Baptist, Michael Burns and I were able to look at the maps and a lot of the area that you don’t actually see on here.  They have drainage going right through the area right behind my house into the other peoples property and those concerns are it already is wet back there and our land is wet because we get the down fall because we are on the lower base of the hill and so what is the impact of that, that’s one big concern that we have?

                I have a question for the engineer because when you are looking on here (referring to the sketches) they are coming up pretty close to the line so there isn’t going to be much of these trees and shrubs like everybody else says and if anybody knows I’ve never seen a digger or anybody else be able to dig in a straight line.  If you look at the buildings and every thing else it is right up to the very edge.  What I was told that they promised 40 to 50 feet of buffer zone in that but realistically 40 to 50 feet is about from me to you (referring to the Board).  These houses are going to be in some of our back yards.

                The other big thing is the traffic impact on that area coming around…not only on Swaggertown but where it meets Route 50.  Also I know a lot of their employees come via bus so if that is the case I am not sure if the bus is going to change it’s route but if it doesn’t sidewalks are going to have to be put in.  These are all expenses that goes into Glenville and if you put a sidewalk in who’s taking care of it?  These are expenses long term and that’s what I hope you look at also it’s the long term effect.  Who is taking care of their pump stations, which I know has been proposed, they need to be replaced more often than not, who will it fall back on, Glenville so again there’s more money we still have to put out.  So a lot of those little aspects, the whole bigger picture, how is this effecting everybody else along with the zoning aspect.  I see you got a petition but a lot of the facts may not have been known to the neighborhood that I live in especially on Horstman Drive so take them for what they are worth.  Look at long what’s best for our community, is it the best for the residents in that area because it has been a well established residential area.”

                Val DiGiandomenico, resident – “I am for this project, I have lived in Glenville for 42 years and Baptist does fill a large void in caring for the elderly that’s greatly needed.  In fact my 94 year old mother spent several months rehabbing at the center and we were very grateful to have such a wonderful facility to be available so close to home.  I’m not sure if this is the proper place to locate this facility, according to the Gazette article the proposed plan is on 48.5-acres on Swaggertown Road and it will consist of a 60 unit assisted living center and then there will be a 3-story, 120 units independent living and 36 independent living cottages and 24 individual nursing home units.  That adds up to a total of 303 units that will be located on 48.5-acres now I don’t know how many of these units will require parking spots and how that will be factored into it but as far as I’m concerned most of these units especially the independent living, cottages, etc will have a least two cars per unit.  I am worried and concerned that this land cannot support all of this and my biggest concern is of these 303 units only 21 will be for individual nursing units compared to your present 262 beds.”

                Tim Bartos – “That’s incorrect; each unit houses 12 residents so it would be 228 residents.  We are referring to a unit as a ranch style home that accommodates 12 residents per unit, so 21 units would be 228 nursing residents.”

                Ms. DiGiandomenico – “Thank you for clarifying that.  You presently have a facility that has 262 residents what is going to happen to this present facility?  Will that remain intact and you are going to add on the 228.”

                Mr. Bartos – “We do not have any definitive plans for that site.  Some things that have been discussed are affordable housing for seniors but there are no definitive plans as of yet for that site.”

                Ms. DiGiandomenico – “How many residents from Glenville on a yearly basis reside at Baptist?”

                Mr. Bartos – “I don’t know right off the top of my head but most of our residents come from within a 5 mile radius.”

                Ms. DiGiandomenico – “Glendale Home has experienced cuts on its beds and maybe closing, Ellis has moved its operation into McClellan Street, as a Glenville resident it does not guarantee that you will be accepted at Baptist for these nursing home units, it’s on a first come first serve basis.  I am concerned about where that puts Schenectady County in particular Glenville so I do feel we need the 220 units that you will have.  I am not sure when we say it will serve our residents, it’s like a lotto system whether you go there or not when you have the need I pray that I would be located there and that my mother would go there and we were very fortunate that she did but it’s not a guarantee because you live in Glenville that you will go there.

                I’m really concerned about having an empty building the size of your present facility when you don’t have any definite plans for it.  I am afraid that I would be looking at another property comparable to K-Mart and we don’t need more vacant buildings.

                I also look at this project from an economic development point of view; it will be located on one of the towns’ premier pieces of property as a not-for-profit organization.  What impact does this have on the residents of Glenville who are paying taxes?  The residents are looking for projects to help decrease the residential tax base, how will Baptist compensate the town for this lost revenue?  Are there any PILOT programs being discussed?  Having delved into this proposed project I feel more time is needed to answer questions before a decision is made.  This project will have a tremendous impact on the people in the village for many years to come.”

                Supervisor Koetzle – “Let me just answer one of those questions for you because it is a good one and I think it’s something that’s important.  Absolutely we are talking about the PILOT program and we will continue to talk about it.  I think you can’t look at a project of this magnitude and not suggest that there is an impact on the town that needs to be addressed.  So that is very much on the mind of these Board members as we go forward.  I do agree with your comment that “I’m very concerned” and I have asked the same question many times so you know it is a pet question of mine; what are we going to do with the empty building?  That is a huge, huge question mark right now and I agree with you on that.”

                Ms. DiGiandomenico – “According to the Baptist Health Nursing and Rehab Center site there are 262 beds at the facility with a fee schedule of high of $332.00 a day to a low of $313.00 a day.  This was on their website which computes to $121,180.00 and $114,245.00 a year and that is just a factor.  What is going to happen to that empty building that is now generating all of that?”

                Mike Collins, resident – “I do have some concerns, number one the tax exempt status of the parcel, very important to consider on something this big.  Even though I am a member of Fire Department that covers that area I’m not speaking as an official member tonight.  However we are glad to respond to the people in need in our district and we do anticipate a greater load.  Factor against that fact that it is not-for-profit these are some of the things I think we should consider.”

                Supervisor Koetzle – “That is certainly an issue that we as a Board are looking at and we will continue to have conversations about some sort of support for the town called PILOT or otherwise but that’s important.  I think the commercial component of this is really meant to try to address some of those issues as I remember in your first presentation you talked about that; the commercial parcel will have a tax status and so will some of the other pieces of it.  I understand that the only thing that we know for sure is exempt is Phase I; the other phases are not necessarily tax exempt.”

                Matt Sames, Checkerhill Farms owner – “I just want to say that I am in favor of the project.  We have a proven employer who is going to provide construction jobs for a lot of families for a few years and I don’t see a lot of these projects in the pipeline right now so that’s pretty important.  I also see permanent and part-time jobs that this will create for Glenville and the surrounding communities.  I am for it and if we can get Phases 3, 4 & 5 on the tax roll I might actually see my taxes go down.”

                Caireen Donnelly, resident – “I am concerned about the drainage, I know that it is really wet back there, its wet on my property although I feel we have alleviated that in the past couple of years.  Traffic is also a concern, especially during high traffic hours it is even worse.  I myself have been in an accident right by that intersection trying to make a left turn into Ellsworth and two people were hurt in that accident.  I know this is going to increase the amount of traffic there.”

                Andrew Lockwood, resident – “I am concerned with the enormity of this project.  Everything around this area is a single story at most two story homes and we are building three story facilities.  The closest three story facility is the apartment buildings down on Sarnowski Drive.  There is going to be parking there and there is going to be a need for lights even Stewarts turns off their lights at 11:00 pm, even their parking lot lights.  This is not going to be a possibility, what kind of promise can they give us that we are not going to be seeing lights if they are bordering 50 feet from us there’s not going to be lights shining into the back yards of these homes.  If you go by Baptist Health now you can see these big glaring lights that are shining down and that sits below surface level and this is sitting up on top of a knoll so this is going to be a beacon.  Other than seeing the airport light flash you are going to be seeing the light in our community.  I am not against the plan, I’m definitely for it, my dad was in an assisted living facility, I am all for it but it’s going to deeply impact this residential area.”

                Catherine Ritchey, resident – “I am a veteran of Horstman Drive; I just want to give you a thumb-nail sketch of the Horstman Farm.  It was operated by three generations of “Horstmans” for the last 100 years.  I think we are living in a dream world if we believe it is going to remain the way it is.  If you let it remain the way it is you are going to have a problem, I don’t know of any young farmers around that are willing to buy Phil Horstman’s property for a huge price and work 18 hours a day, 365 days a year farming that land and not making any money.  I just don’t see people coming out of the wood work for that one.  We had a developer in there about 3 or 4 years ago and what he was proposing was about 100 ½-acre lots for either homes or townhouses.  If you do the math and you take 100 homes at 4 people living in each home you have a total of 400 people living on that property and I can guarantee you they were more than one story units, estimate a couple of cars for each of those homes you have got 200 plus cars, townhouses would have been double those numbers of people.  It just seems to me that we don’t have a lot of options and this is the least invasive.  I don’t think seniors are hardly party animals.  I think we are not into reality here, Phil Horstman is going to retire, and he is going to do something with that land why not make the best possible use of it.”

                Tony Alotta, Baptist Health representative – “I have a few comments, one as an employee of Baptist Health and one as the son of a parent who’s aging and is probably going to need some of these services in the near future.

                We appreciate your comments so we can address your issues.  There were some question about drainage and wetlands, we have done wetland studies and we have met with Glenville’s Environmental Commission and we feel that all of those issues can and will be mitigated.  We look forward to, pending approval, working with the Planning and Zoning Board to do everything right and to be good neighbors.

                Someone mentioned lighting.  One of the things we said very early on in this project to our architects, who have a lot of experience developing in residential areas is that we wanted it to be a residential looking campus that this community could enjoy; things like peaked roofs, siding, landscaping, all things that are very important to us and important to being a good neighbor.  That is something you said from day one and we plan on following through with as the project gets approved.  We talked about the lighting, we want low lighting, different then actually what is at the current nursing home, low lighting, and street level lighting.  We heard three stories was an issue, I want to say that the current area is zoned for 35 feet and we plan on staying within that 35 foot limit.  We don’t plan on asking for special permission to go higher than that.  Parking we did do our parking mathematics and we are accounting for adequate parking for all of the residents living on this campus.  As it turns out most of the residents that will be on this campus do not drive, the nursing home residents, I think currently we have one resident at our facility that has a vehicle that is not used.  I don’t think parking is going to be an issue.  I heard traffic; we’ve done multiple traffic studies.  We were looking to minimize the traffic, the great thing about our facility is our shifts are off beat hours and so a lot of the traffic that would be generated by the facility would not be at the times when you are seeing people back up at your stop signs, your yield signs and stop lights.

                Finally I just want to say that I think this project makes a statement for Glenville that says we are going to put our seniors first, they’re important, they built this community and we are going to make sure that they have a place to live close to their families and I know on a personal level as the son of a mother that is aging and can’t get around too well that it is comforting to me, I live in Rotterdam, but it is comforting to me that services such as this will be close by and make accessibility to my family much easier.”

                Barbara Notch, resident – “I just wanted to talk about the traffic issue as my husband did.  There’s no stop sign, there’s no traffic light, there’s a 35 mph speed limit that is not observed by virtually any car on Swaggertown Road.  We had a car accident this past Sunday where the car was backwards on our lawn.  A few months ago there was a collision where one car was on Swaggertown and one came down Horstman, that car was hit, the car flipped over and landed upside down on the lawn of our neighbors.  Traffic is not a small issue.  In the summertime when we are out doing yard work I’m concerned that there is going to be an accident and I am going to get hit while I am tending to the flower beds; so I just wanted to emphasize that.”

                Ms. DiGiandomenico – “After hearing these comments would it be possible to divide this whole project into two units; like have the first phase located in one area and maybe have the second phase located in another area so it’s not one big…because I have noticed in one of the other developments like Ingersoll they had the nursing complex alone but it didn’t have all of these other buildings.  So maybe if you divided this whole thing into two separate units it would be more palpable to the people.”

                No one else wished to speak; Supervisor closed the public hearing at 9:06 pm.

                No one wished to exercise the Privilege of the Floor.

Supervisor’s Comments:

                Supervisor Koetzle shared the following information:

                We are close to finalizing our 2010 Strategic Plan; we will be presenting that to the community on Tuesday, March 16th at 7:00 pm at the Senior Center.  This will be a forum that will present the State of the Town to the community, look at our current situation which will be followed by the presentation of our Strategic Plan that we have all been working on.  Then we will open it up for comments and questions from the community.

                We have all been invited to the Alplaus Residents Association, on Thursday, March 18th at the Alplaus Fire House, to take questions from the residents.

                I’ve been invited to address the Woodhaven Neighborhood Association on April 19th 7:00 pm here at the Town Municipal Center; they have invited the board to attend.

                County dispatch shared service proposal – Some of you might have seen the opinion piece that was in the Gazette.  I want to thank everybody for their input on that; I received a lot of staff support on that.  We are still waiting to see the numbers.  I had a meeting on February 25th with the Supervisors and the County Representatives and we made it clear once again that we need to see spread sheets before we really go any further.  I was promised that I would have those within a week but I don’t have them yet.  We are trying to put a meeting together with all of the boards from the towns and have a presentation of those numbers so everyone gets the same numbers at the same time.  I think they are working on a date for that.  I have called the County Manager twice; I only spoke to her once to request a meeting to discuss some of the issues that we have, specifically in Glenville, that really need to be addressed before we go forward and she has politely declined to talk about those at this moment until after the numbers have been released and we have all had a chance to see the numbers.  I haven’t heard anything in the past week.

                I attended the Center for Economic Growth luncheon on February 23rd and we heard from a variety of speakers regarding the infrastructure needs of communities.  They had a representative there from the State to talk about water infrastructure, highway and energy infrastructure.  The message from there really is that many of the States programs that funded some of these things where grants were obtained, the grants are starting to dry off.  What’s going to be available in the future is unclear but they are continuing to work with the FEDS through the stimulus program to try and get more money into these things so keep your eye on that.

                Some of the staff and I met this past week to begin talks on thoughts of shared services with the Village that we believe will result in significant savings.  I think that it was a positive good first meeting and everybody was opened to the idea and we each resolved to continue our discussions.  The Mayor is going back to his Board and talk to them and we will continue to have discussions up here on where we think we could find some synergy and share some services going forward with the Village.

                The storm was addressed by Councilwoman Wierzbowski but I just wanted to repeat her appreciation of the workers of the highway department.  They put in a lot of hours, they were away from their families, and they couldn’t get their own driveways cleared.  They did good work under such difficult circumstances so I commend them.

                I met with Time Warner Cable today, along with Jamie and our attorney to talk about getting the franchise agreement done.  It was a good meeting, it was long and I feel that we made some progress.  We don’t really have a lot to come back with right now; we presented a list of our issues and what we are looking for.  We agreed to meet on April 14th for another discussion.

                I had a request from a resident to make our parks smoke free.  I think this is worth a discussion at our next work session.  I have forwarded the information to the Park Planning Commission and to Jamie and Councilman Quinn to look into.  It doesn’t seem to be an uncommon idea and from what I hear we are one of a few towns that haven’t addressed this yet.  Rotterdam has one and I just wanted to put it out there so we can discuss it further at our work session.

                The Comptroller has advised me that his financial advisors have reached out to him and indicated that now may be the time to lock down on some of our BANS (Bond Anticipation Notes).  Apparently there is some concern about the market and the interest rates going in a way that may not be good for us as we continue into 2011 and 2012.  The fixed rate that we have for these BANS, that are floating out there right now, is 1%; our lock down rate would be about 4.33%.  The five BANS that our Comptroller is recommending total about 3 million dollars and it would bring our debt service to about $290,000 in our budget right now to $375,000 in the 2011 budget.  The danger of not locking them down obviously is the interest rate continuing to float higher.  I think we need another opinion, but I do think it is worth discussing at our next work session.

                I had an opportunity to meet with the engineers from Barton & Loguidice today to discuss the solar panel they have for the landfill.  They came before the Board last year and I don’t think it was really something the Board wanted to do at that time.  They want to re-address it with us; they are moving forward in Clifton Park with their landfill.  It is a lease agreement to them, they would have all of the operational expenses, all of the capital expenses and we would share in some revenue whatever energy produced and then sent on to the grid from there.  It is not without investment on our part.  I think last time that was the hang up point.  They would look for us to invest $20,000 in the feasibility study and that may be an issue.  I suggested to them that if they found a financier for that, a backer or a grant writer maybe we would be more interested.  I do think we should talk about that at our next work session.

                I met with the Engineer Committee, Councilwoman Wierzbowski is the liaison but she fell ill.  It was a good meeting.  We have a good group and we will be meeting with our staff to figure out how they fit into the process and what kind of services they can offer our staff.

                Supervisor Koetzle moved ahead with the agenda items.


Moved by:       Councilwoman Wierzbowski
Seconded by:    Councilman Ramotar

                WHEREAS, funding is available under the 2010-2011 Local Government Efficiency Grant (LGE) Program through the New York State Department of State; and

                WHEREAS, the Program provides funding for two or more municipalities to plan for countywide services, including an examination of the potential for financial savings, service efficiencies and management improvements; and

                WHEREAS, the LGE High Priority Planning Grant will support the development of a plan for public works that may include, but is not limited to: functional consolidation, cooperative agreements with other municipalities, improved financial performance through more efficient use of resources, and/or changes in the level and scope of services provided; and
                WHEREAS, Schenectady County is an eligible applicant under this program, and is desirous of exploring any and all means to create financial and operational efficiencies in the area of public works resulting in cost savings to b e derived by shared services; and is applying for LGE funding in an amount not to exceed $50,000, and pledges the mandatory 10% cash match;

                NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Town Board of the Town of Glenville hereby endorses and supports the Schenectady County application for funding of the Schenectady Countywide Public Works Shared Services Plan to the New York State Department of State Local Government Efficiency Grant Program; and be it further

                RESOLVED, that the Town Board of the Town of Glenville authorizes Christopher A. Koetzle, Town Supervisor to act on behalf of the municipality in all financial and/or administrative matters related to the grant program.

Ayes:   Councilmen Boulant, Quinn, Ramotar, Councilwoman Wierzbowski and Supervisor Koetzle
Noes:           None
Absent: None
Abstention:             None

Motion Carried


Moved by:       Councilman Boulant
Seconded by:    Councilman Quinn

                WHEREAS, over the past several years, the Town of Glenville has hired a certified public accounting firm to complete Audits of the Town's Financial Statements, and

                WHEREAS, this audit is conducted in accordance with generally accepted auditing standards, the standards for financial audits contained in Government Auditing Standards; and

                WHEREAS, for 2010 two bids for fixed prices for financial statement and single audits for three years(2009-2011) were received from a request for quotes sent out to six CPA firms in the region; and

                WHEREAS, the UHY LLP Certified Public Accountants (an independent Member of Urbach Hacker Young International) bid for 2009 of $20,400 for the financial statement audit represented the lower price and a qualified bidder with over 35 years of experience, and

                WHEREAS, the UHY LLP Certified Public Accountants (an independent Member of Urbach Hacker Young International) has estimated for 2009 that $3,500 will be the costs for the single audit required due to the level of federally funded grants received in 2009,and

                WHEREAS, the UHY LLP Certified Public Accountants (an independent Member of Urbach Hacker Young International) has estimated for 2008 that $2,475 were the costs for the Section 8 portion of the single audit required due to the level of federally funded grants received in 2009 that the Town is going to attempt to recover from the Section 8 program, and

                WHEREAS, the 2010 budget for appropriations line 01.00.1320.4500 (Auditor- Fees For Services) has sufficient funds at $29,417 for both the single and financial statement audits, and

                NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Town Board of the Town of Glenville hereby authorizes the Supervisor to enter into an agreement with UHY LLP Certified Public Accountants, 66 State Street, Albany, New York, 12207-2595, to provide the audit of the Town's general purpose financial statements and the single audit for the year ended December 31, 2009, in the form of the N.Y. State Comptrollers’ Annual update document; and

                BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the fees for these services will be based on the actual time spent at their standard hourly rates; and

                BE IT STILL FURTHER RESOLVED that the fees for this service shall be Twenty Thousand and Four Hundred Dollars ($20,400) for the financial statement audit and Three Thousand Five Hundred ($3,500) for the single audit based on preliminary estimates by the current auditor charged to account 01.00.1320.4500 (Auditor- Fees For Services).

Ayes:   Councilmen Boulant, Quinn, Ramotar, Councilwoman Wierzbowski and Supervisor Koetzle
Noes:           None
Absent: None
Abstentions:            None

Motion Carried


Moved by:       Councilwoman Wierzbowski
Seconded by:    Councilman Ramotar

                WHEREAS, Federal and State mandates necessitate that towns adopt local laws, policies and practices relating to stormwater management; and

                WHEREAS, in order to provide for administration, implementation, and enforcement of municipal stormwater regulations a Municipal Stormwater Officer is required,

                NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that Thomas Coppola, Commissioner of Public Works is hereby appointed Town of Glenville Municipal Stormwater Officer, effective March 4, 2010.

Ayes:   Councilmen Boulant, Quinn, Ramotar, Councilwoman Wierzbowski and Supervisor Koetzle
Noes:           None
Absent: None
Abstention:             None

Motion Carried


Moved by:       Councilman Quinn
Seconded by:    Councilman Ramotar

                WHEREAS, the two (2) vacancies exist on the Town of Glenville’s Efficiency in Government Committee,

                NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that Dave Tomasky, of 1 Lolik Lane, Glenville, and Amardeep D. Rana, of 58 Charlton Road, Ballston Lake be appointed to the Efficiency in Government Committee for a term of four (4) years, commencing March 4, 2010 and terminating December 31, 2013.

Ayes:   Councilmen Boulant, Quinn, Ramotar, Councilwoman Wierzbowski and Supervisor Koetzle
Noes:   None
Absent: None
Abstentions:            None

Motion Carried


Moved by:       Councilwoman Wierzbowski
Seconded by:    Councilman Ramotar

                WHEREAS,        Thomas R. Coppola, Superintendent of Highways requested an RFP from three vendors for the Annual Bulk Item Program to be conducted curbside no later than the last week of May, 2010; and

                WHEREAS, vendor Allied Waste declined the opportunity to submit a proposal so that two proposals were received: one, from County Waste in the sum of $9,900 and the other, from Waste Management in an approximate cost of $49,500,

                NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Town Board of the Town of Glenville hereby authorizes the Town Supervisor to enter into an agreement in an amount not to exceed $9,900 with County Waste & Recycling Service, Inc. of Clifton Park, NY for the Annual Bulk Item Program in the Town of Glenville.

                BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that said program is a budgeted item and to be funded by the Recycling Line 02.00.8160.4192.

Ayes:   Councilmen Boulant, Quinn, Ramotar, Councilwoman Wierzbowski and Supervisor Koetzle
Noes:           None
Absent: None
Abstention:             None

Motion Carried


Moved by:       Councilman Quinn
Seconded by:    Councilman Ramotar

                BE IT RESOLVED, that the minutes of the regular meeting held on February 17, 2010, are hereby approved and accepted as entered.

Ayes:   Councilmen Boulant, Quinn, Ramotar, Councilwoman Wierzbowski and Supervisor Koetzle
Noes:           None
Absent: None
Abstentions:            None

Motion Carried


Moved by:       Councilman Ramotar
Seconded by:    Councilman Quinn

                BE IT RESOLVED, that the Town Board of the Town of Glenville hereby adjourns into Executive Session to discuss contract negotiations.

Ayes:   Councilmen Boulant, Quinn, Ramotar, Councilwoman Wierzbowski and Supervisor Koetzle
Noes:           None
Absent: None
Abstention:             None

Motion Carried

                Supervisor Koetzle adjourned this portion of the meeting at 9:30 p.m. and entered into Executive Session.

                Time being 9:58 p.m.; Supervisor Koetzle reconvened the meeting and announced that no action was taken during the Executive Session.

                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 9:59 PM.


Linda C. Neals
Town Clerk