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COMMON COUNCIL PROCEEDINGS
Tuesday, March 22, 2016 - 7:00 P.M.
Regular Meeting
Common Council Chambers
 
Mayor Morse led in the Pledge of Allegiance at 7:00 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
 
At 7:00 PM, Mayor Morse opened the floor for any public comments.
 
Herb Hyde, 320 N. Mohawk St., “I am concerned about the water quality; our water comes from the Mohawk River.  How do we stand?”
 
Mayor Morse responded, “Our water was tested 2 weeks ago, as of yet we have not received the results.”
 
Herb Hyde, “We were once told that a certain percentage of water would always be flowing over the Cohoes Falls.  Can you tell me who monitors the flow?”
 
Mayor Morse, “We do not know who monitors the flow.  We have an upcoming meeting with Brookfield, and can certainly find out.”
 
Herb Hyde, “I have an issue of fumes coming in late at night.  This smells like a toxic chemical burning.  There is a big difference between the smell of a wood fire and a chemical fire.  I would like to see the laws re-enforced regarding no chemical burning.”
 
At 7:05 PM, the public comment period closed.
 
Council Member Russell made a MOTION to approve the minutes from the February 23, 2016 Meeting.  Seconded by Council Member Briggs.  All members voted “AYE”.  The motion passed.
 
Council President Briggs, and Council Members Smith, Russell, McCarthy, Napier, and Koniowka introduced Resolution No. 23 for 2016
 
A RESOLUTION APPROVING A CONTRACT FOR ENGINEERING DESIGN SERVICES
 
A roll call vote was taken, Council President Briggs, and Council Members Smith, Russell, McCarthy, Napier, Koniowka voted “AYE”.  Resolution No. 23 for 2016 passed. 
 
Council President Briggs, and Council Members Smith, Russell, McCarthy, Napier, and Koniowka introduced Resolution No. 24 for 2016
 
A RESOLUTION DESIGNATING THE REPAIR OF FILTER BEDS AND REPLACEMENT OF THE WATER TANK AS A SEQRA TYPE II ACTION
 
A roll call vote was taken, Council President Briggs, and Council Members Smith, Russell, McCarthy, Napier, Koniowka voted “AYE”.  Resolution No. 24 for 2016 passed. 
 
Council President Briggs, and Council Members Smith, Russell, McCarthy, Napier, and Koniowka introduced Resolution No. 25 for 2016
 
A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE MAYOR TO FILE AN APPLICATION UNDER THE ENVIRONMENTAL FACILITIES CORPORATION PROGRAM AND AUTHORIZING THE MAYOR TO ACCEPT AND RECEIVE A GRANT FOR PUBLIC INFRASTRUCTURE PURPOSES
 
A roll call vote was taken, Council President Briggs, and Council Members Smith, Russell, McCarthy, Napier, Koniowka voted “AYE”.  Resolution No. 25 for 2016 passed.
 
Council President Briggs, and Council Members Smith, Russell, McCarthy, Napier, and Koniowka introduced Resolution No. 26 for 2016
 
A RESOLUTION APPROVING THE SALE OF CERTAIN SURPLUS VEHICLES AND EQUIPMENT
 
A roll call vote was taken, Council President Briggs, and Council Members Smith, Russell, McCarthy, Napier, Koniowka voted “AYE”.  Resolution No. 26 for 2016 passed.
 
Council President Briggs, and Council Members Smith, Russell, McCarthy, Napier, and Koniowka introduced Resolution No. 27 for 2016
 
A RESOLUTION AMENDING THE ANNUAL BUDGET TRANSFERS FOR FISCAL YEAR 2016
 
A roll call vote was taken, Council President Briggs, and Council Members Smith, Russell, McCarthy, Napier, Koniowka voted “AYE”.  Resolution No. 27 for 2016 passed.  A copy of budget transfers are attached.
 
Council President Briggs, and Council Members Smith, Russell, McCarthy, Napier, and Koniowka introduced Resolution No. 28 for 2016
 
A RESOLUTION APPOINTING A COMMISSIONER OF DEEDS FOR THE CITY OF COHOES
 
A roll call vote was taken, Council President Briggs, and Council Members Smith, Russell, McCarthy, Napier, Koniowka voted “AYE”.  Resolution No. 28 for 2016 passed.
 
Council President Briggs, and Council Members Smith, Russell, McCarthy, Napier, and Koniowka introduced Resolution No. 29 for 2016
 
A RESOLUTION APPROVING A MEMORNANDUM OF AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE CITY OF COHOES AND THE UNIFORMED FIREFIGHTERS OF COHOES
 
A roll call vote was taken, Council President Briggs, and Council Members Smith, Russell, McCarthy, Napier, Koniowka voted “AYE”.  Resolution No. 29 for 2016 passed.
 
Council President Briggs, and Council Members Smith, Russell, McCarthy, Napier, and Koniowka introduced Resolution No. 30 for 2016
 
A RESOLUTION APPROVING AN AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE CITY AND THE PALACE PERFORMING ARTS CENTER, INC. REGARDING THE COHOES MUSIC HALL
 
Council Member Koniowka, “Has the City received a Business Plan from the Palace?”
 
Michael Jacobson, Community Development, “We received an operational budget, 60 acts in the 1st year, and up to 120 by year 3.”
 
Council Member Koniowka, “So the $135,000, the City will pay to the Palace?”
 
Mayor Morse, “The City will pay the first 2 years, and the IDA has agreed to absorb those costs, the Palace will pick up the costs every year thereafter.”
 
Council Member Napier, “Do we expect an immediate profit?”
 
Mayor Morse, “This is not a lump sum, it will take some time.”
 
Council Member Smith, “Stated that there will be 60 shows this year, and 120 the next two years, will they be back for sure after?”
 
Michael Jacobson, “Yes, this should make for a better contract in 3 years.”
 
Christopher Briggs, Common Council President, “I would like to point out that the City can still use the Music Hall facilities if we need to host any events.  This partnership will be a huge plus for Cohoes.”
 
Council Member Koniowka, “Thank you and your team for all the hard work, I do hope it is successful.”
 
A roll call vote was taken, Council President Briggs, and Council Members Smith, Russell, McCarthy, and Napier voted “AYE”.  Council Member Koniowka voted “NAY”.  Resolution No. 30 for 2016 passed.
 
Al St. Pierre, 65 Pike Creek Drive, “I just want to clarify; this will be paid from IDA funds?  And do we have an obligation to repay?”
 
Mayor Morse, “No, we will not have to repay, not taxpayer money.”
 
Danielle Cherniak, “What will the process for designing the Marquee be?”
 
Mayor Morse, “Everything will be considered, and we will follow the proper channels.”
 
Alyana Sparrow, Remsen St., “I am a huge supporter of this relationship.”
 
John Franier, Continental Ave., “I would like to thank Mayor Morse and the Council for this vital plan.  This is vital for the city, sorry that it is not unanimous.  This is in the best interest of the City.”
 
Tim Thibideau, 113 Massachusetts Ave., “E-mailing since January, trying to get a meeting with Randy, who chairs the Taxes & Assessment Committee.  I have gotten no response.”
 
Council Member Koniowka, “I have asked you to go through your representative to schedule a meeting.”
 
Mayor Morse, “Call my office to get what you need.  Residents come first.  If you have an issue, come to my office and we will get a meeting.”
 
Gil Ethier, 26 Middle St., “Commend the Mayor and Council for taking the bold actions needed in moving the City forward.”
 
At 7:45 PM, Council Member Smith made a MOTION to adjourn.  Seconded by Council Member Russell.  All members voted “AYE”.
 
 
 
 
                                                                                    ______________________________
                                                                                        Lori A. Yando, City Clerk





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