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Town Board Meeting Minutes 2/16/2011
REGULAR MEETING OF THE TOWN BOARD
TOWN OF GLENVILLE
FEBRUARY 16, 2011
AT THE GLENVILLE MUNICIPAL CENTER
18 GLENRIDGE ROAD, GLENVILLE, NEW YORK

                Supervisor Koetzle called the meeting to order at 7:30 PM;

                Supervisor Koetzle asked the Town Clerk, Linda C. Neals, to call the roll.  

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

Absent: None

                Also present were, Director of Operations James MacFarland and Kevin Corcoran, Town Planning and Economic Development.

Town Council Reports:

                Councilman Quinn – “It’s time for my farewell remarks.  As you know I am stepping down on March 1st and this is my last opportunity to speak at a formal board meeting.

                I just want to say thank you to the citizens of Glenville for their faith in me, without them I couldn’t have enjoyed this position for so many years and it is truly appreciated.  To the Scotia-Glenville Republican Committee and to its Chairs, especially Tom Neals and Jim Buhrmaster for their leadership and unwavering support through the years.

                It has been a pleasure and a privilege serving the people of Glenville these 14 plus years.  I started this position in my earlier 40’s with brown hair and because of my early exit I am ending it just barely still in my 40’s with much more gray.  I have served with three (3) different Supervisors, four (4) Town Attorneys and too many different board members to count.  I have experienced being a member of the majority party on several occasions as well as being the sole member of the minority party.

                I hope my legacy is one of a board member who tried his best to be objective and fair, to disagree respectfully and most importantly to me always voted his conscience.  Glenville is slowly turning the corner from a sleepy bedroom community to a vibrant suburb with promising economic developments still to come.  My hope is that future boards will continue the mantle of managed growth and fiscal responsibility.  This Board has impressed me with its courage and initiative on both of those fronts.

                I wish the Board and its new appointee, John Pytlovany, all the best moving forward and once again thanks for all of your support, it has truly humbled me.”

                Councilman Boulant – “Congratulations Mark.

                This past Monday night, Target was issued a conditional approval with the Town Planning Department and the Planning and Zoning Board.  There is a public hearing scheduled for April 11th.  Aside from a few issues things are going quite well and at this point we are still on target for an October 2012 opening.”

                Councilwoman Wierzbowski – “Mark, it was a pleasure working with you.  When I was first coming aboard last year you were quite helpful to me.  I felt that I could always call you if I had a question about how things worked and where to go with my line of thoughts.  It was good to have someone who has been there before.

                The Highway Department has had blessed relief from snow storms.  We have made it through thus far without any huge repairs being necessary and hopefully with the warmer weather it will mean we are moving towards spring.”

                Councilman Ramotar – “Good luck Mark.”

                James Mastrianni, Joseph E. Mastrianni, Inc. gave his annual presentation on the Town’s “Section 8 Program” - Housing Choice Voucher Program and a Small Family Self-sufficiency Program.

Privilege of the floor:

                Charles Brown, 6 Sparton Lane – Mr. Brown thanked Councilman Quinn for his good deeds and his seven years of service to the Town.

                Mr. Brown gave his viewpoint on the Time Warner Cable contract.  He gave the following summary on what brought him to the meeting.

                The news article written by Michael Goot which stated the findings that Mr. Woodworth had which overturned this thing.  He sees this as a big problem, a big problem for Time Warner, not the Town of Glenville.  The problem lies in how the Town is going to deal with it with Time Warner.  He feels if the Town and Time Warner can get together and make some sort of an agreement on how restitution is going to be settled.

                He said that in reviewing the minutes from the January 19th Town Board meeting it was a keeping of 5% of the pass through from customers instead of the 2% that had been specified in the current contract.  In reference to the Gazette article Mr. Koetzle advised the Town could not go forward with the new contract until the discrepancies were corrected by Time Warner and Mr. Koetzle further stated that it was important enough to get it corrected for the rate payers.  Mr. Koetzle also advised that it would be difficult for the residents to be reimbursed of the time that had passed in the contract.  Some people who have cable now may not have had cable over that ten year period.  Instead the Town thought they would look into some sort of public benefit project, an example would be to enhance something down at Maalwyck Park of which he is not in favor of.  He is not in favor of enhancing anything in the Town of Glenville.  He stated that he thinks it should be looked at in what you are going to do for the subscribers, it’s their money, it’s not the Town’s money, but if the Town can come to a common agreement at the table with the subscribers through Time Warner you have an obligation to the subscribers.  They are the ones that are paying the bill.  they are the ones that should tell the Board how to use the money.  He appreciated the suggestions but he thought it was a little too early to make an announcement to what the Town would do with something that half of the public out there doesn’t even know anything about.

                He stated that unless this thing goes, not the way he wants it but the way the Town should take it the Board would probably see him frequently until this is resolved.

                Mr. Brown listed the following issues:

  • Possible solutions (stated in previous comments)
  • He feels that Time Warner could do the research
  • He feels that there are other alternatives that could benefit the subscribers
                He feels that Time Warner and the Town should meet quickly to resolve this issue and he feels that under no circumstances should this problem until resolved, interrupt any revenue flow to the Town of Glenville from Time Warner.  Time Warner should seize immediately any further pass through charges at 5% to it’s subscribers in its billing process.  Mr. Brown stated that it should have already been stopped.  The cable company knowingly continued to bill its subscribers for a long period of time and therefor violated the current contract.

                Mr. Brown stated that without the good fortune of Mr. Woodworth finding this error our Town would have been into another ten year cable agreement with Time Warner and who knows maybe the 5% would have continued to be passed through.

                While most of the current members on this Town Board were not elected officials in Glenville during those ten years it does not take away a clear message to this current Board to review all future contracts that are up for renewal and be prudent in your evaluation and act accordingly for what’s in the best interest of the Town and it’s people.  He reminded the Board that they should diligently do their homework in crossing the “t’s” and dotting the “i’s”.  He further stated that he has the right that if he is not happy with the service or if he has a financial issue with Time Warner and they do not take care of it for him he has the right to go to the NYS Public Service Commission and have them view his concerns.  He is hoping that this Town Board and Time Warner can get to the table and quickly resolve this issue.  If after a period of time this can not be done he feels that the Board gives him no other alternative but to seek out the NYS Public Service Commission and it will have to go before a hearing.  That is not the avenue that he wants to pursue and he thinks that the Board has demonstrated as Town Council and a Town Supervisor here, the good things that they are doing, they’ve done a good job here and he hopes that they will continue to do that and continue on the process of doing what is best for the subscribers in this instance.

                Mr. Brown asked what alternatives are available to the Town for cable services, is Time Warner the only one that we have here for cable services.  He knows there are other cable choices like Direct Cable and things that you can get in this Town but he doesn’t know how much leverage the Board can use in order to get Time Warner to the table quickly.  He stated that he would wait to hear from the Board, sometime in the very near future as to how this thing is going and what the resolution is going to be.

                Supervisor Koetzle – “Just to address at least one of the items, the time table, we have pushed and pushed and pushed this meeting but they have not come to the table on this.  I even responded to our concerns related to this so if we don’t meet quickly it’s not because the Town is holding it up, Time Warner has not come to the table nor have they expressed any interest in coming to the table right now.”

                Mr. Brown – “Even though you have a new contract that is just sitting out there?”

                Supervisor Koetzle – “One thing I learned in getting into this business is contracts don’t mean anything it seems when they expire, they just continue going and going and going so unfortunately Time Warner still has their franchise contract even though it expired in 2003 it continues under the current terms until you negotiate a new contract.  Time Warner still has their franchise they are not going to lose any business if they don’t come to the table.”

                Mr. Brown – “You’re not going to lose any money either, are you?”

                Supervisor Koetzle – “No, they will continue…the only issue we’ll have is that the new contract allows for expanded revenues.  We will not get those until that contract is signed.  We will lose what is in our budget, we budgeted for those monies because they were supposed to come in 2011, everyday that we wait the less of that money will be coming in.”

                Mr. Brown – “You can’t have Time Warner go back and pro-rate that and bring it right up?”

                Supervisor Koetzle – “That would be a negotiation point which Time Warner would have to agree to.”

                Mr. Brown – “Do you have your attorney involved in this and does Time Warner have their attorney involved?”

                Supervisor Koetzle – “Yes, our attorney has been in contact with the Public Service Commission as well.  I encourage residents to call the Public Service Commission because they really are the repertory body that oversees Time Warner, we just grant the franchise but the Public Service Commission can really hold Time Warner accountable so that is who our residents need to be calling and saying that they need to come to the table and talk about this issue.  I encourage that.”

                Mr. Brown – “So they are not ignoring you they’re just not coming to the table.”

                Supervisor Koetzle – “Time Warner is not coming to the table at this time.  They are researching the matter.”

                Jamie MacFarland, Director of Operations – “I just wanted to provide something very brief that I think is just a little bit more information.

                Part of what Time Warner is looking at is they did not have this original franchise agreement in 1993 the agreement was signed between the Town and CVI (Cablevision Industries), Time Warner bought out CVI and my conjecture is that is when the error starting occurring during that buyout.  They are researching it, we have made numerous calls to them and essentially we really need them to say alright this is what we found out and this is how long the problem has been.  I did speak at length today with a representative from the Public Service Commission.  They have indicated that they do not actually regulate matters like this.  They have offered their assistance to mediate it if we don’t come to an agreement with Time Warner on the issue but they don’t from the top down tell Time Warner or the Town how we’re going to handle this.  They have said that they could assist in mediation.  They really don’t even set or establish rates, Time Warner sets the rates, all Public Service does is retroactively look at that rate setting and say whether they agree or disagree whether they should be changed.

                Lastly, to the issue of Time Warner being the only provider, that is the case and they are not considered to be a monopoly because Direct TV is available and the current franchise agreement allows for third party entry.  So if Verizon wants to come in they can, Comcast they can, whoever the case may be but there’re obviously giant up-front infrastructure costs that would need to be borne there.  So right now cable TV is Time Warner so we are working with them, I do expect Time Warner will be responding but right now it is on their time table.  Our only remedy at this point would be if we wanted to bring legal action and I don’t know that that would speed anything up either.”

                No one else wished to exercise the privilege of the floor.

                Supervisor Koetzle shared the following information:

                Jamie and I have been working on perhaps creating a social media policy for the Town, not just for the employees but also for us to begin to engage the general public and to allow for greater communication among our committees and the staff.  One of the things that became clear, Councilwoman Wierzbowski met with the Engineering Committee and there seems to be these “silos” where these committees are all working kind of independent of each other and not always seeing the big picture or even where there might be some overlap.  So we are trying to figure out a way to facilitate that conversation.  Social media seems like a tool that is available to us in today’s day and age so we are starting to look at that and see how we might want to use it going forward.  Perhaps at the next work session we’ll have a sample policy and a sample plan of how we want to roll it out.

                I do think at this time we do need to utilize the tools we have and that is Channel 17 out of Saratoga, I’d like to start with this meeting on that channel and communicate that to our residents so they can begin again to watch us on TV.  It is foolish for Open Stage Media to come here and tell us well you are on TV but you are on a channel your residents can’t watch, I just think that is crazy.

                Chief Ranalli and I have arranged a meeting with the Mayor of Scotia and the Police Chief of Scotia along with John Pytlovany to discuss possible steps to go forward with consolidation or something with the police department and the Village of Scotia.  There is some very positive news there, I think everyone is opened to talk about the ideas and we will see what we can do about beginning, I use the work consolidation but there are other options on the table; shared services and several different models.  We will be meeting on Monday, February 21st here at Town Hall.

                I want to thank Councilwoman Wierzbowski for presenting the League of Women Voters (LWV) plaque to Glendaal School for their participation in the “Take Me to Vote” contest sponsored by the LWV.”

                Councilwoman Wierzbowski – “They had the most number of children who went to vote with their parents this past November out of all of the elementary schools in Scotia-Glenville and the second highest percentage of children in all of Schenectady County.  I think that is fantastic, I think it is fantastic if anybody brings their children to vote to teach them responsibility and that you have a choice.  My daughter attends Glendaal so it is very dear to my heart and while I was there I found out that they have won that award five years in a row.  That is pretty impressive because Glendaal is not a large school.”

                Supervisor Koetzle – “Councilman Boulant would you report on the Business Association meeting with the SBED that was held at the Glenville Queen Diner.”

                Councilman Boulant – “One of the things is the REDI Fund, which I am going to talk about later.  We have got the Oktoberfest planned for October 1st and we will be working on many other things throughout the year.”

                Supervisor Koetzle – “Commissioner Coppola is starting to discuss the Bulk Item Pickup Program and to work out a date of that.  We are hopeful that we will have that program again this year.

                The Engineering Committee met and discussed the best utilization of their expertise.  We have asked Tom Coppola to provide staff support to that Committee and ask them to meet regularly to foster more communications between themselves and other staff members.  We have provided them an opportunity to come before the Town Board at our March 9th work session to discuss how the Town acquires engineering services.  I think we need to look at that and they have some ideas on how we can improve that.

                Jamie and I met with the station manager from the Glenville Post Office they were letting us know that they are changing the way they are delivering the mail to certain residents on Route 50.  The home mail box will be required to be along the road as opposed to walking to the porch and dropping it in the mail box on the porches on a certain stretch of the road on Route 50.  This will be the homes roughly from Bank of America down to Freemans Bridge Road.  Those people will have to put a mail box up at some point and the post office will assist them with that.  They are looking at this as more of a safety issue.  They felt that the mail carriers were not in a safe situation.

                Commissioner of Public Works, Tom Coppola did meet with Ron Bova from the Engineering Committee regarding the property erosion to Mr. Anapolis’ property.  This was discussed at our last work session.  Mr. Bova had some constructive suggestions that Mr. Coppola will share after researching them a little bit further but it is a good first step to try and help Mr. Anapolis.

                Supervisor Koetzle moved ahead with the agenda items.

RESOLUTION NO. 49-2011

Moved by:       Councilman Quinn
Seconded by:    Councilman Boulant

                WHEREAS, the County of Schenectady is participating in the New York State Special Traffic Options Program for Driving While Intoxicated (DWI); and

                WHEREAS, the County of Schenectady and the Town of Glenville are desirous of reducing the tragic loss of life and personal injury that results from driving while intoxicated through cooperation of the law enforcement agencies in the county in implementing the County STOP-DWI Plan; and

                WHEREAS, the County agrees to fund equipment purchases and enforcement, adjudication and training activities listed in the plan and the Town will not be required to fund the program in an amount greater than that received from fine revenues for the period of the agreement

                NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Town Board of the Town of Glenville hereby authorizes the Supervisor to execute the 2011 STOP-DWI Plan agreement with the County of Schenectady.

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

Motion Carried

RESOLUTION NO. 50-2011

Moved by:       Councilman Ramotar
Seconded by:    Councilman Wierzbowski

                WHEREAS, in order to maintain the destruction of obsolete records per "Records Retention and Disposition Schedule" published by the State of New York, and

                WHEREAS, all 2010 departmental records, files, reports and other miscellaneous material must be indexed and filed within the archives of the municipality,

                NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Town Board of the Town of Glenville hereby reappoints the following individual as a Part-time Inventory Clerk, Joan Spencer Szablewski, 88 Skyway Drive, Glenville,

                NOW BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that she be paid at an hourly rate of ten dollars and fifty cents ($10.50), not to exceed seventy-five (75) hours, without any benefits, to be taken from budgeted account 01.00.1410.1000.

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

Motion Carried

Discussion…

                Councilman Boulant – “The Town of Glenville Business Sign Replacement Grant Program provides 50/50 funding match, $3,000 maximum per business for seeking to replace one on-sight business sign funded through the Town’s Revitalization Economic Development Investment Fund or the REDI FUND, new signs or additional signs which will not be funded, this program applies to sign replacement only.

                The Program goal – the Business Sign Replacement Grant Program is being offered as a means to assist local businesses and funding an important element of business operation that is often overlooked or delayed by business owners due to budget priorities.  In providing funding for business sign replacement it’s the intent of the Town to promote uniformity in signage as to improve the overall appearance of the Town’s business community, to meet objectives of the Town’s various master plans and to generate business thus improving the economy of the Town.”

                Councilman Ramotar – “New signs or additional signs, will there be given any consideration for new business, for that to change sometime in the future?”

                Councilman Boulant – “I would say yes but at this point right now what we would like to do is…we are looking at working with signs that are out of compliance at this point is what the objective is.  Our goal is to let this be an ongoing program.”

                Councilwoman Wierzbowski – “I think this is a great use of the funds that we set aside in the budget as stated in the program.  It is probably something that is overlooked by people trying to run their business because it is expensive.  This is fantastic and I know that Supervisor Koetzle was quite adamant that we keep this in the budget and I think this is a good use of funds.”

                Supervisor Koetzle – “I agree with Councilwoman’s comments.  This has been a program that I have pushed for a while and I am glad to be able to achieve it.  I think it is an important step to our business improvement initiatives, I think it is going to be good for the Town, of course we don’t know necessarily what we are going to get but it is a good start.  Let’s hope it is successful and we need to get the work out to our businesses and hopefully it will have a positive impact on our commercial corridor.”

RESOLUTION NO. 51-2011

Moved by:       Councilman Boulant
Seconded by:    Councilman Quinn

                WHEREAS, the Town of Glenville Town Board budgeted $35,000 in appropriations for 2011 for the purpose of supporting local business retention in Glenville, an appropriation commonly referred to as the REDI (Revitalization Economic Development Investment) Fund; and

                WHEREAS, implementation of the REDI fund for business retention is a key recommendation of the Town of Glenville Strategic Plan; and

                WHEREAS, Town Board members, Town staff, the Small Business Economic Development Committee and the Planning and Zoning Commission all offered ideas on how best to apply this fund in 2011; and

                WHEREAS, the general consensus of those involved in identifying uses for the REDI fund is that the funding should be used to support a Town-sponsored grant program for business owners who wish to replace existing business signs; and

                WHEREAS, the purpose of the sign replacement program is to assist local businesses in funding an important element of business operation that is often overlooked or delayed by business owners due to budget priorities.  Further, it is the Town’s intent to promote uniformity in signage so as to improve the overall appearance of the Town’s business community, to meet the objectives of the Town’s various master plans, and to generate business and thus improve the economy of the Town; and

                WHEREAS, this Business Sign Replacement Grant Program will provide a 50% funding match ($3,000 maximum grant) for businesses who are seeking to replace one on-site business sign; and

                WHEREAS, the Town’s Economic Development and Planning Department has developed parameters for the business sign replacement program, as well as a grant application form that is ready for distribution to would-be grant applicants;

                NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Town Board hereby approves the Town of Glenville Business Sign Replacement Grant Program for 2011, including the program parameters identified in the grant program description, as well as the grant application form; and

                BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that funding for the Business Sign Replacement Grant Program is to be appropriated from the $35,000 REDI fund found in the “fees for services” line item within the Planner’s budget for 2011 (02.00.1445.4500); and  

                BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Town of Glenville Economic Development and Planning Department is hereby charged with administering the Business Sign Replacement Grant Program for 2011.

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

Motion Carried

RESOLUTION NO. 52-2011

Moved by:       Councilman Boulant
Seconded by:    Councilman Quinn

                WHEREAS, Section 239-m of General Municipal Law requires a town to submit certain planning/zoning applications to the County Planning Department, allowing 30 days for County review and recommendation, before the Town can act on these planning/zoning applications; and

                WHEREAS, General Municipal Law permits Counties and local municipal governments to enter into an agreement to exempt certain actions from County review; and

                WHEREAS, the Schenectady County Department of Economic Development and Planning, upon consultation with Town staff, has drafted an agreement that would exempt the following three types of planning/zoning applications from County review/referral:

  • Area variances for single-family residences involving principal buildings or accessory structures unless the variance would reduce a required setback from a State or County highway right-of-way, or State or County-owned lands.
  • Variances for fences unless the fence is located adjacent to a County or State highway or other County or State land.
  • Sign variances where the sign is not located within 25 feet of a State or County highway or State or County-owned lands.
        and

                WHEREAS, eliminating the need for County review for these types of planning/zoning applications would streamline the County’s and Town’s review processes, thus reducing both the County’s and Town’s administrative costs; and

                WHEREAS, under the agreement that Town of Glenville would still reserve the right to refer these planning/zoning applications to the County, even if the action appears to be solely of local concern; and

                WHEREAS, under the agreement the County and Town both have the right to terminate this agreement within 30 days of written notice;

                NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Glenville Town Board hereby concurs with the terms of the proposed agreement between the Schenectady County Department of Economic Development and Planning and the Town of Glenville, exempting certain variance applications from County review per Section 239-m of General Municipal Law; and

                BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Glenville Town Board hereby authorizes the Town Supervisor to sign and execute the proposed agreement on behalf of the Town.

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

Motion Carried

RESOLUTION NO. 53-2011

Moved by:       Councilman Ramotar
Seconded by:    Councilwoman Wierzbowski

                BE IT RESOLVED that the Monthly Departmental Reports for January, 2011 as received from the following:

                Assessor Department
                Building Department
                Dog Control
                Highway Department
                Justice Department
                Planning Department
                Receiver of Taxes
                Section 8 Housing Payments
                Town Clerk's Office

be, and they hereby are accepted, approved for payment and ordered placed on file.

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

Motion Carried

RESOLUTION NO. 54-2011

Moved by:       Councilman Ramotar
Seconded by:    Councilwoman Wierzbowski

                BE IT RESOLVED, that the minutes of the organizational meeting held on January 5 and the regular meeting held on January 19, 2011, 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


New Business:

                Councilwoman Wierzbowski – “Schenectady County received monies through a grant for a program to install smoke detectors in homes that currently do not have them in conjunction with the current code so I am going to get information to our Director of Operations, Jamie MacFarland and hopefully post it on our website.  It’s my understanding that it’s going through April of this year and the local fire departments have been contacted.  It is my understanding that they would be the ones that have to install them so all people have to do is contact Schenectady County.  There is an application process and then the fire departments will come out and install them to be in accordance with what code is.  I think it is a great program smoke detectors save lives.   That is the number one problem when they inspect a home that the smoke detectors are not functioning or they do not have batteries.  It is my understanding that it is for anybody in the County that needs to have their smoke detectors upgraded and installed.”

                Councilman Boulant – “Tonight we had our first meeting regarding the Oktoberfest for this year.  Our second Annual Oktoberfest will be held on October 1st this year.  It will be very similar to last year but bigger and better.  I will give further updates as we go forth.”

                Councilman Quinn – “Our Winterfest 2011 was a tremendous success. Mother Nature shinned on us with an abundance of snow this year.  It is estimated that we had between 750 and 850 attendees this year.

                The Town’s Park Planning Commission did a fantastic job, especially with regard to parking duties.  Glenville Rotary, as usual, provided fine refreshments, etc.  They are a tremendous park partner and that service to the community continues.

                Freemans Bridge Sports, as you know, actually donated a lot of their equipment and time this year; snow shoeing and cross country skiing.

                The Arnold and Hemstreet families provided the horse drawn sleigh rides; the amateur radio operators once again; the East Glenville Fire Department as usual was there on the scene and they acquitted themselves well against the Town during the broom-ball challenge as Supervisor Koetzle knows we even had a brief appearance from Assemblyman Tedisco on the broom-ball ice and by his own admission he was looking for the “three point line” so he was a little bit confused on the broom-ball ice.  DEC Officer Chris Valenty and our own Park Planning Commission member Gary McPherson provided information on topics from illegal animal smuggling to outdoor wood boilers, ECOS Executive Director Pat Clear did his usual outstanding job providing nature walks and providing outdoor education, the Air-National Guard provided information on cold weather survival and their Antarctic mission; All Seasons Equipment had a nice snowmobile display and our Glenville Highway Department after heavy snow on Tuesday and Wednesday the guys spent Thursday and Friday preparing the park for Winterfest, removed snow, cleared lots, built fires, hauled wood, put up signs “well done” Highway Department.  Thank you to all!”

                Supervisor Koetzle – “There is unfinished business between us and the fire department, East Glenville Fire Department because we each took one game out of two, we won the first, they won the second and then they got called away conveniently to a call so there is still unfinished business, we are going to have to have a third game.  Of course my job was to clear out a 300 pound firefighter from the goal so they could score and that was a hard task but being on ice that was a great equalizer.  It was a fun game.

                I would like to welcome two representatives from the League of Women Voters here tonight.  Thank you for coming.

                I wish Mark all of the best.  I started my political career here in Glenville with Mark.  We ran together my first run here in Glenville and I learned a lot from him.  He was a good stabilizing force on the Board as we changed, now that you are going I will be the only one left from the last board.  I first came to know Mark about seven (7) years ago when I was running for City Council in Schenectady and you were running for the seat here.  You won and I lost that time, which was the best thing that ever happened to me.  We started the “Young Republicans” together back seven (7) years ago and today neither one of us qualify for it any more.  I thank you for your friendship during that time.  We were the two sole people on that board as minority members and we worked toward good policies together and I appreciate your support.  I wish you well and I think we will be working together in the future.”

                Supervisor Koetzle made a motion to adjourn; Seconded by Councilwoman Wierzbowski, everyone being in favor the meeting was adjourned at 8:25 p.m.



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Linda C. Neals
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