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COMMON COUNCIL PROCEEDINGS
Monday, January 04, 2016 - 7:15 P.M.
Special Meeting
Common Council Chambers
 
Mayor Morse led in the Pledge of Allegiance at 7:15 PM
 
Roll call was taken
 
PRESENT:      Mayor Morse                                      EXCUSED:     NONE
Council President Briggs                                          
Council Member Smith
Council Member Russell
Council Member McCarthy
Council Member Napier
Council Member Koniowka
 
Council President Briggs, and Council Members Smith, Russell, McCarthy, Napier, and Koniowka introduced Resolution No. 1 for 2016
 
A RESOLUTION APPOINTING A CITY CLERK
 
A roll call vote was taken, Council President Briggs, and Council Members Smith, Russell, McCarthy, Napier, and Koniowka voted “AYE”.  Resolution No. 1 for the year 2016 passed. 
 
Council President Briggs, and Council Members Smith, Russell, McCarthy, Napier, and Koniowka introduced Resolution No. 2 for 2016
 
A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING CREDIT CARD USERS FOR THE CITY OF COHOES
 
A roll call vote was taken, Council President Briggs, and Council Members Smith, Russell, McCarthy, Napier, and Koniowka voted “AYE”.  Resolution No. 2 for the year 2016 passed.
 
Council President Briggs, and Council Members Smith, Russell, McCarthy, Napier, and Koniowka introduced Resolution No. 3 for 2016
 
A RESOLUTION AMENDING THE ANNUAL BUDGET OF FISCAL YEAR 2016
 
Council Member Koniowka made a MOTION to table Resolution No. 3 and move it to the Finance Committee for further review.  Seconded by Council Member Napier.
 
A roll call vote was taken, Council President Briggs, and Council Members Smith, Russell, and McCarthy voted “NAY”.  Council Members Napier and Koniowka voted “AYE”.  The motion failed.
 
Resolution No. 3 for 2016 would be voted on.
 
Council Member Koniowka, “Community Development Director, that is a salary position correct?”
 
Mayor Morse, “Yes”.
 
Council Member Koniowka, “That is being done by budget transfers?”
 
Mayor Morse, “That is correct”.
 
Council Member Koniowka, “You are eliminating the Deputy Corporation Counsel?”
 
Mayor Morse, “That is correct”.
 
Council Member Koniowka, “The Executive Assistant to the Mayor is a new, full time position?”
 
Mayor Morse, “Correct”.
 
Council Member Koniowka, “Will people have the opportunity to apply?”
 
Mayor Morse, “This position is appointed by the Mayor.  For the first time, we have done a complete re-organization of several City Departments.  We were lacking some very vital employees, especially in the area of Economic Development.  We talked about Economic Development as a way to sustain taxes.  When we looked at the re-organization of these departments, we took a budget of $565,968.00 and knocked it down to $493,600.00 saving the taxpayers $73,000 from just last year and adding all the vital positions that we needed to fulfill our promise and not raise taxes.”
 
Council Member Napier, “I think these decisions are smart, and are saving money while bringing some good people.  Where I am falling short is on the spreadsheet, I am not seeing the new positions”.
 
Mayor Morse, “Because this is monies that were already budgeted and came from the re-organization of other jobs”.
 
Council President Briggs, “The name of the software package that you spoke about was what?”
 
Mayor Morse, “It is called Facility Dude.  It tracks work orders, work progress, and maintenance”.
 
Council President Briggs, “Mayor Morse talked about this, it is extremely exciting.  As soon as a work order is created, it goes into the system and it now tracks the hours, the parts that are needed, but more importantly, the ability is for a citizen to go to the system and create a work order and issues a receipt acknowledging that you made a request.  And then it will let you know when completed.  This is very exciting for the citizens.  Things will not get lost in the shuffle.”
 
A roll call vote was taken, Council President Briggs, and Council Members Smith, Russell, and McCarthy voted “AYE”.  Council Members Napier and Koniowka voted “NAY”.  Resolution No. 3 for 2016 passed.  A copy of budget transfers are attached.
 
Council President Briggs, and Council Members Smith, Russell, McCarthy, Napier, and Koniowka introduced Ordinance No. 1 for 2016
 
AN ORDINANCE TO AMEND CHAPTER 67, ARTICLE II, SECTION 67-7, 67-9, AND 67-11 OF THE CITY CODE WITH RESPECT TO THE PURCHASING PROCUREMENT POLICY
 
A roll call vote was taken, Council President Briggs, and Council Members Smith, Russell, and McCarthy voted “AYE”.  Council Member Napier abstained from voting.  Council Member Koniowka voted “NAY”.  Ordinance No. 1 for 2016 did not pass.
 
Brian Kremer, Corporation Counsel, “There is currently a Procurement Policy, this will amend that policy because there are some problems with that policy which resulted in some issues.”
 
A meeting has been scheduled for Tuesday, January 5, 2016 at 7:00 PM for Ordinance No. 1 for 2016.
 
Council Member Briggs, “In order for Cohoes to make a quantum leap, to expand the tax base, as opposed to putting a band aid on it, this is a bold move, and I think it will pay off in spades.  I applaud Shawn for taking such a bold move.”
 
Public Comment
 
Gil Ethier, “I want to commend you on your vision, but there is one thing I did not catch, Facility Dude, does this go to all departments or just DPW?”
 
Mayor Morse, “All departments will be able to use it, it will be a requirement.”
 
George Primeau, “I commend you for doing what you are doing.  It is really your school taxes that are high.  We need the manpower to run the program.”
 
At 7:50 PM, with no further public comments being made, the meeting adjourned. 
 
                                                                                    ______________________________
                                                                                        Lori A. Yando, City Clerk





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