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COMMON COUNCIL PROCEEDINGS

Tuesday, March 24, 2009 - 7:00 P.M.

Regular Meeting

Common Council Chambers

Mayor McDonald led in the Pledge of Allegiance at 7:07 PM

Roll call was taken

PRESENT:       Mayor McDonald                                             EXCUSED:      NONE

Council President Primeau                               

Council Member Kennedy

Council Member Turcotte

Council Member Nolin

Council Member Ceccucci

Council Member Signoracci

Council President Primeau made a MOTION to approve the minutes of the December 23, 2008 Council Meeting.  Council Member Signoracci seconded the motion, all members voted “AYE”.  The motion passed.

At 7:01 PM a Public Hearing was conducted regarding Local Law 2-I for the year 2009 entitled:  A LOCAL LAW TO AMEND CHAPTER 285, ARTICLE 6, OF THE CITY CODE REGARDING THE RESIDENCES AT LEXINGTON HILL PLANNED DEVELOPMENT DISTRICT

Mayor McDonald, “I would like to give a brief overview on this before we open the floor for public comment.  The application was originally submitted in the summer of 2008 to the City for consideration.  The project consists of multiple components, a total of 96 condominiums/estate homes, 312 apartments, and 7500 square foot commercial office/retail space”

“Due to some comments made by the public, this project was put on hold so their concerns could be addressed.  On February 5, 2009, a three-hour public workshop was held here in Council Chambers, all residents concerns were written down, and many were discussed between Capital District Properties, and the residents, with the understanding that Capital District Properties would review the concerns and report to this group.  At the next public workshop, this was scheduled for March 4, 2009.  On March 4, 2009, in Chambers a three-hour public workshop was again held.  Capital District Properties provided written responses to each residents concerns.  Discussed each concern and continued to answer questions.  Because of the concerns of the Council Members and concerns expressed by the public, some prior to the public hearing, and some after the public hearing, the following changes were included in the Legislation for this evening.”

“These were the comments; the entire Saltkill area will be preserved as a non-disturbance area, by giving it to the City of Cohoes or a Conservation Group, or covered by a conservation easement.  The parcel connecting the project land to Western Ave., will be preserved by giving it to the City of Cohoes or a Conservation Group.  Access to Western Ave. will be expressly prohibited.  The building height is limited to 2 stories, evergreen trees are to be planted at the top of the ridge between proposed structures and Western Ave.” 

Dave Keene, 184 Columbia St., “I was approached by Stanley Pawenski with the this statement to read because he is in the hospital.”  Statement from Stanley, “Many regard the Saltkill Glen, adjacent hills, and forest resources to be as valuable as the Pine Bush area.  I have asked our Mayor, and Mr. Hoblock to walk this area and the property lines with me.  The Mayor has been advised, and is aware of a property line dispute with the property of Dr. Len.  A survey map with the Len property done in 1977 shows the property line at the top of the hill.  The developer’s recent survey shows the property line halfway down the hill.  This puts into dispute the property line the distance between 29 and 60 feet wide, the overall distance approximately 1200 foot long.  This would put in dispute the location of a number of Lexington Hill apartment buildings.  Therefore, I ask the Mayor and Common Council not to vote on this Local Law and to hold off until we walk this disputed area.  A positive change is not allowing traffic onto Western Ave.  There is still important issues we need to look at, and I thank you for your concern and interest in this area.  The major issue with the property line is concerns with the drainage, environmental issues, traffic, quality of life to the adjoining residential areas still need to be resolved.  Therefore, I believe it is in the best interest of all to hold off on this vote.  Should this vote not be held off, I believe that leaves the residents of the property owners involved in the property line dispute with a number of options.  Under laws of New York State, the City Home Rule Law, may allow residents to obtain signed petitions requesting that this change to the local law by the City of Cohoes be presented to the voters at a special general election.  The property owners that are affected may also look to obtain a court order of injunction until the property line dispute is resolved.  We the residents and voters are asking for your help, Mayor, with these matters.  There are still important issues we need you to look at.  Respectfully, Stanley J. Pawenski”.

George Hebert, 40 Masten Ave., “My concern is with water pressure for this area, will a pump station be needed on Columbia St., to help service this increase”.

Mayor McDonald, “There will be 408 units, property is self contained and the responsibility of Capital District Properties, the City will have no responsibility for sanitation pick up, water/sewer, road maintenance; plowing/paving”.

John Len, 80 Western Ave., “In reference to what Mr. Pawenski said about the property line dispute, that’s first, Mr. Hoblock undertook a development and wants to build, it would seem to me that he would want to seek out and discover where boundary lines are.  I don’t know if Mr. Hoblock has paid one penny to the City of Cohoes in taxes, but let me tell you John, for nearly 40 years I have been paying taxes to Cohoes, and guess what, I bought the property from Walter Wertime”.

“Walter Wertime was one of the most respected attorneys in Cohoes, and in Albany County.  When I bought the property, I walked the property line with him because he said you can’t buy property without knowing where your boundaries are.  There is a fence up there, the fence is rusted, I didn’t put the fence up, it was there long before I bought the property, probably put up by Mr. Wertime or someone.  That’s where the property line, I understood, was.  And for 40 years I have been paying taxes on that property”. 

“Now, who sold the two acres of property that connect to Western Avenue to Waterbury?  It was Mr. Wertime.  Do you think that Mr. Waterbury didn’t know where the property line was?  Not in 40 years did he come to me and say, “This fence is not where it should be, this is my property”.  Not in 40 years.  As a matter of fact, if Stanley Pawenski’s cows got out and crossed the property line, he chased them back and said we are pushing them back over to your property.  So, Mr. Wertime and Mr. Waterbury know where the property line is.  Mr. Hoblock has a survey and he has pipes and pink ribbons on his pipes well within my property line.  Now if in fact I have been paying taxes to you guys, for that property, why didn’t somebody tell me I was paying for Waterbury’s property?  No one said a word.  Not one word.  And if in fact I have, you owe me a big refund”.

“Secondly, I just want to say, you ought to take those pipes and put them on the other side of the fence.  I know where my property line is, I am not stupid, I walked the property with the guy who sold it to me.  Let me tell you John, you made a comment about the fact that I made an elitist statement because I said that maybe if they were one family homes up there, maybe some wealthier people might move into Cohoes, you say this is a project.  That reminds me of what my mother use to say about the projects, public housing, all the people on the hill called it the projects.  Now he saying it is a project too.  I listened to your little talk on Channel 13, “I have been a Mayor of 10 years and I know a good deal when I see it”.  We talk about the environment, the green, and John I don’t hear anything coming from your green, the green is the green dollar bill”.

“The problem with government is they don’t know when to stop.  They just eat money and you know it.  Just take a look at the government.  I don’t understand, the Federal Government is buying treasury bills that they put out; it’s like a dog chasing his tail.  John, it sounds a little bit to me like you know more than we do.  It’s all about the money.  Are we going to get a tax break on this, no tax break.  It never ends.  Governments lust after money, it covets money, it never can get enough, and you know it.  You have got to stop this project.  You talk about the American dream, homeownership, not the vagabonds that are moving in, or the nomads that come into a place and stay there for two or three years until they get an income and then they move to a home.  You are taking away the last area for the Cohoes dream.  The Cohoes dream, to have property in Cohoes.  He wants to put in 350 apartments.  You are eliminating land mass.  You are not making Cohosiers, you are making transients, who move in and move out.  The Cohoes dream is dead, the Churches are leaving, and you are putting in projects.  I don’t come to this stuff too often, it is troubling to me, and I can watch TV and watch Congress, I see debates, I don’t see any debates from you.  Everybody rubber stamps the Mayor, why doesn’t somebody say, maybe, I agree with that concept of homeownership”.

George Primeau, “If you have a problem with your line, which seems to be a personal problem, I think you should take it up with Mr. Hoblock and get it resolved.  Get an attorney, the bottom line is, you are insulting this body.  If you want to see debates, come to the workshops”.

John Len, “I couldn’t care less about the workshops”.

Mayor McDonald, “I have asked Stanley 3 times in public meetings to provide us with a survey and he has refused”.

Russ Bates, 22 Berkley Ave., “I was reading over the proposal, it does not mention who is responsible for the children in school/police/fire.  It does not really address traffic.  Schools are over crowded now.  Do they have the money to take care of the current overcrowding, and now you are bringing in another development, or it appears, a gated development, it almost appears you are creating a two-tier structure.  Creating two cities of Cohoes, a private one and a public one”.

Mayor McDonald, “In regards to the schools, actually, this was one of the reasons why this project above the others ones I have looked at in the past, is actually more favorable to the community.  In conversations with the superintendant of schools, who sat down and reviewed this project, he told me that if this were converted to all single-family homes, the school district would have to build a completely new building and hire 40 to 50 more teachers.  That is not in the best interest of the taxpayers in the City of Cohoes, in regards to the cost.  The costs would far exceed the benefits.  This proposal is more geared toward the empty nesters; it is not geared towards family with a large amount of children.  In a way, this in part addresses your concerns.  We expect this proposal to have less of an impact than a single-family proposal.  In regards to your concerns about traffic, the traffic access is solely along St. Agnes Highway, so in regards to the Western Avenue neighborhood, Andrew Drive, the traffic study, which was a part of this proposal, show that the impact would not be overly significant, it would be able to bear it, because of the round a bout that was just recently built.  In regards to fire and police services, that is something we will discuss during the planning board approval process.  These are new building, and being built to the highest standards, I don’t anticipate any additional hiring’s because of this proposal.  Because of the nature of it being a private development, I do not expect it to have a tremendous strain on the Police Department, we will have a presence and patrol, but I don’t expect it to have the same demands as some other neighborhoods. 

Bob Addis, 154 Western Ave., “I have a number of concerns about the plan, I urge the City Council to re-consider approval this evening.  One of the areas I’m concerned about is the three-acre parcel that abuts the land on Western Avenue.  One of the things we discussed in the December meeting was that I was surprised that a project of this magnitude was allowed to have only one method of ingress/egress.  We have been given assurances that this three-acre parcel would be given to the City; a Conservation Organization; or a Conservation easement would be put on it.  However, of these three choices, not one has been specified.  If it went to the City, and during the site plan process it was discovered that a second entrance had to be done, then the obvious thing is the City would allow it to come over Western Avenue.  That is one of the things, as residents of Western Avenue, are very concerned about.  I would consider, and also dispute the claim that all of the traffic is going to be on St. Agnes Avenue.  However, if there are four hundred units, some percentage of the cars will be traveling on Western Avenue.  This will bring increased traffic, and the pot hole situation is terrible there.  It is not guaranteed to our satisfaction, that this three-acre parcel would be put into conservation organization.  I was told that timbering has been occurring on the Waterburry site causing some collapse of the bank of the Sawkill. 

Mayor McDonald, “I can clarify a couple things for you, first of all, you are absolutely right at the meeting in December I expressed concerns about the fact the City of Cohoes would be the caretaker of that land, the reason I said that I would not put it in the hands of politicians.  I thought it would be best in the hands of a conservation group.  In the legislation there are three options,  I have said this many times, and it is in the legislation, it will be deeded over to the City of Cohoes, until a responsible conservation group comes forward.  In the legislation, to eliminate any of your fears, it states there will be no access to Western Avenue.  It is expressly in the legislation, no ifs, ands, or doubts about it.  If the developer violates that, he is in violation of the legislation.  I have told everybody from day one, even the people who agree or disagree with me, they know I have said there will be no access to Western Avenue.  In regards to the potholes, they are horrific,  I know that as well as any one else, I have gotten the phone calls.  Hot asphalt that sticks is not available for another two weeks.  We are spending a significant amount of money on a product called Perma Patch, to try to address the issue.  From March 1st to April 15th every year it is a nightmare.  In regards to the timbering, and there are allegations about hill damage, this has not been proven, nor has it been found.  The developer is not involved in the timbering.  The current owner of the property is clearing the land because they need the money”.

George Hebert, 40 Masten Avenue, “Whether you are on one side of this issue or the other, some comments have been made about the function of government here in Cohoes, which I think is unfair.  The fact that we are able to stand in front of this body and express our opinions in itself are a tribute to the Council and Mayor.  There was a time when you could not get up in front of the Council and speak on issues.  That problem has been solved.”

Kathy Koblinsky, 94 Western Ave., “I respectfully ask for no comments from any of you.  Please give me that respect.  I was so frustrated, I got this magazine, and in it says, “Planning for a Sustainable Human Future”.  This man, Brian Welsh, wrote this so elegant.  “In July of 2007 I nearly killed myself.  I did not do it intentionally, but I almost died of terminal case of poor visualizing.  That’s right, poor visualizing almost ended my life.  We are focusing our attention on the wrong places,  you focus on the immediate obstacle, you are likely to hit that obstacle.  Your attention should be trained beyond the obstacle.  Athletes call it destination fixation”. 

“It recently occurred to me that I didn’t hear anyone describing in the world, that the world we want to live in 20 years from now.  Almost no one, it seems, is visualizing a successful outcome.  We are too busy arguing about where to drill for oil or project style houses.  We are capable of moderating our impact on the planet, we are capable of conceptualizing  a sustainable human habitat and executing a plan to create that habitat.  Nature has many tools at her disposal that allow her to control species that cause habitat damage.  Famine and disease are her most potent weapons.  Both effective and unpleasant.  We on the other hand, can conceptualize our effect on the environment, and we might, if we wish to, avoid the suffering nature will inflict.  And we couldn’t restore the astonishing garden in to which we were born, the earth.  I cannot think of more important inspirational goal.  In one sense, it is a terrific time to be a human, we are here to meet our biggest challenge so far.  This is our biggest challenge we are facing.  This is our last open space”. 

“There are four goals, I believe, we all need to keep in mind right now; conservation, clean air, clean water, and quality food.  These things should be at the forefront of every one of our minds when we make decisions.  I have sent you those papers.  The SEQR was put in place at a time when there was a lot of open space.  We are at the end of our open space, and Mr. Hoblock is very skilled at twisting this law, because he is a lawyer and he is a developer, and he is a lawmaker too.  But he doesn’t break the law because there are no SEQR police.  He takes this law and he twists over the one side and gets everything he wants.  And you have been working in concert with Mr. Hoblock.  There has to be some open space in Cohoes for the future.  What is going to happen 20 years down the line, are we going to have some fake environment?  There has to be some balance here, and I ask the City of Cohoes not to change the City Code yet.  To actually, maybe, have a true impact statement of a positive impact statement.”

“This whole scenario is a perfect example of how SEQR is no longer working.  And in fact if you do pass and change the Code, I am going to become so environmentally active, I am going to use this whole scenario, and make an example out of everyone, all of you, Mr. Hoblock will be on the top of the list of how this whole thing, and I have full documentation, of how the SEQR is no longer working.  And train people, and how to protect what is left.  Actually, the Waterbury property has the potential of being a State Park there is so much historical value behind it.  And maybe the City should take the money that Norlite donates, and buy the Waterbury property.  Norlite is a big stinky polluter that is making everyone sick.”

Ford Oxal, 48 Western Ave., “Curious, a question about, this was raised in December, what are the taxpayer benefits?  It was said then that it was going to be answered, as to what you think the net gain for the City was going to be.  Is there a dollar figure we can have?”

Mayor McDonald, “As we discussed in the Workshop, I was hesitant to give a dollar figure because I can’t predict when this project is going to happen.  I express the fact that the construction of a new school could be millions of dollars, hiring of 40-50 new teachers can be hundreds of thousands of dollars.  I expressed those concerns.  The truth be told, no doubt, if it was all single family homes we would see more revenue, but we would also see significantly more expenses”.

Ford Oxal, “I understand that, but what is to prevent the City, hypothetically, from doing nothing there.  In other words, going back to the pre one acre zoning.  I was surprised I woke up one morning to one acre zoning.  We thought it was going to be two acre zoning.  We bought three acre parcel of land when land conservation zoning meant you could build a farm building, you could have a horse academy; those kinds of things were in the Code at the time.  And then we dropped the ball, I blame myself for not getting involved at that time, but now I am curious, the City decided to turn that into one acre zoning, what was the idea, from what you said, that seems to incur a huge liability to the City.  What was the idea behind that change?”

Mayor McDonald, “That was three-four years ago, we went through a year long public process, which there was plenty of announcements, and limited public input.  But those that did expressed a concern that we still want to maintain, at least on Western Avenue, there was no discussion about the Waterbury parcel, but there are people who own land on Western Avenue who expressed a desire to develop their land but not be restricted to two or three acre parcels.  There were people who came forward and expressed that concern.  Over time, the City has granted variances to individual property owners, to allow them to have their dream, of having their house on Western Avenue, although on a smaller lot.  Once again nobody from the neighborhood came forward to speak against it”. 

Ford Oxal, “What about the City Council, in other words, you are opening up a horrible liability, where you have to build another school and fifty teachers, that was sort of the Pandora box at that time.  So now we are at the point where, I tend to agree with you, I think the PDD is better for the school district.  That all said, now that we are at this point, there is no going back to just doing nothing, and saving the City from the hassle of having to spend more money than it was taking in.  Is this going to be a net positive for the City?  You must have a high, medium, low concept, is there some number that we can have?”

Mayor McDonald, “I am very hesitant to hang a number on it because people are going to sit there and say, some day, you are off by $.42, and I will not put a number out there.  I can tell you, I do not anticipate the City hiring any additional public works employees, because we will not be maintaining the property.  I do not anticipate hiring any new firefighters, or police officers.  And we are going to be receiving revenue from this proposal.  Not only the one timers, like the building permits, which will be significant, but more importantly, the ongoing revenue of individuals.  The City is going to be receiving and taking off the tax rolls some land.  Some people have criticized me for even considering that, but based on the concerns expressed by the people, time after time, in this process, we will agree with that, because we do believe that it is in the best interest of the people on Western Avenue to have that security.  There are residents, maybe not here tonight, who have told me for decades that their concern was that the Waterbury parcel connecting Western Avenue would be opened up.  Quite frankly, those opportunities have been presented to this Administration, and every single time, I have told the developer to walk out of the office because it is not in the best interest of the people who live there.  This will give them that security, which some people have wanted for years”.

Ford Oxal, “Do you think there will be a net positive, in terms of revenue to the City?”

Mayor McDonald, “Yes”.

Ford Oxal, “How are rental properties assessed.  They are going to spend forty five million on the project, full rented out.  Is there some rate, to do simple arithmetic?”

Mayor McDonald, “The Assessor has that information, I don’t.  Apartments are assessed by NYS Real Property Law and taxed different from single family homes.  They are not a Non Profit; they will be paying a significant amount of revenue to the City of Cohoes on an annual basis.  From a revenue and expense, this is an extremely tax efficient process to the benefit of the whole community of Cohoes.”

Ford Oxal, “So you are saying it is better to do the project, than just leave the land?”

Mayor McDonald, “Absolutely.  If we had to maintain all that property, just the storm water management alone would turn me off.  As Bobby mentioned, about the storm water management, one of the big key components here is that the developer is responsible for the storm water management on this parcel.”

Ford Oxal, “Ask the Council, you might want to have a business plan before you go ahead with a huge change were it is a big project, a lot of people are involved, it’s a major impact, one would think that you would have a ballpark figure as to what the goal is revenue wise from this major project.  And whether there are other avenues.”

“The other thing I would like to mention is the noise of the construction.  I know the developer wanted to work on Sunday, which to me is awful.  Is that a battle that happens after?”

Mayor McDonald, “That is an issue that will be addressed during the site plan approval process.  The City Code is extremely clear that construction activity throughout the City can happen seven days a week, but there are hours of operation that restrict the time.  And the City has the ability to monitor that.  We have been through a fair amount of development in the City in the last seven – eight years and many times the developers have been extremely cooperative in regards to addressing neighborhood concerns”

John Grecco, 309 Ontario St., “Are there any tax incentive awarded?”

Mayor McDonald, “No, there is no pilot program for this project”.

At 8:20 PM with no further public comment being made, Council President Primeau made a MOTION to close the public hearing, seconded by Council Member Signoracci.  All members voted “AYE”.  The motion passed.

Council President Primeau, and Council Members Kennedy, Turcotte, Nolin, Ceccucci, and Signoracci introduced Local Law 2-I for 2009

 

A LOCAL LAW TO AMEND CHAPTER 285, ARTICLE 6, OF THE CITY CODE REGARDING THE RESIDENCES AT LEXINGTON HILL PLANNED DEVELOPMENT DISTRICT

A roll call vote was taken, Council President Primeau, and Council Members, Kennedy, Turcotte, Nolin, Ceccucci, and Signoracci voted “AYE”.  Local Law 2-I for 2009 passed. 

At 8:20 PM a Public Hearing was conducted regarding a Community Development Block Grant Program

At 8:22 PM with no public comment being made, Council Member Signoracci made a MOTION to close the public hearing, seconded by Council Member Turcotte.  All members voted “AYE”.  The motion passed.

 

Council President Primeau, and Council Members Kennedy, Turcotte, Nolin, Ceccucci, and Signoracci introduced Resolution No. 12 for the year 2009

 

A RESOLUTION DEDICATING THE ISLAND FIRE HOUSE STATION IN HONOR OF RAYMOND K. LAMORA

A roll call vote was taken, Council President Primeau, and Council Members, Kennedy, Turcotte, Nolin, Ceccucci, and Signoracci voted “AYE”.  Resolution No. 12 for 2009 passed. 

Council President Primeau, and Council Members Kennedy, Turcotte, Nolin, Ceccucci, and Signoracci introduced Resolution No. 13 for the year 2009

A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING SUPPORT OF AN APPLICATION FOR FISCAL YEAR 2009 MAIN STREET PROGRAM GRANT FUNDING

A roll call vote was taken, Council President Primeau, and Council Members, Kennedy, Turcotte, Nolin, Ceccucci, and Signoracci voted “AYE”.  Resolution No. 13 for 2009 passed. 

Council Member Ceccucci introduced Resolution No. 14 for the year 2009

 

A RESOLUTION AMENDING THE ANNUAL BUDGET

Mayor McDonald stated that these transfers were to clean up the 2008 budget.

A roll call vote was taken, Council President Primeau, and Council Members Kennedy, Turcotte, Nolin, Ceccucci, and Signoracci voted “AYE”.  Resolution No. 14 for 2009 passed.  Copies of budget transfers are attached.

 

Council President Primeau, and Council Members Kennedy, Turcotte, Nolin, Ceccucci, and Signoracci introduced Resolution No. 15 for the year 2009

 

A RESOLUTION TO ADOPT THE RESIDENCES AT LEXINGTON HILLS PLANNED DEVELOPMENT DISTRICT

A roll call vote was taken, Council President Primeau, and Council Members Kennedy, Turcotte, Nolin, Ceccucci, and Signoracci voted “AYE”.  Resolution No. 15 for 2009 passed

Council Member Ceccucci introduced Resolution No. 16 for the year 2009

A RESOLUTION APPROVING THE AWARD OF THE CITY’S EXCESS WORKERS’ COMPENSATION INSURANCE CONTRACT

This Resolution awards the City’s excess workers’ compensation stop loss policy to Midwest Employers Casualty Company, at an annual premium of $28,933.00.

A roll call vote was taken, Council President Primeau, and Council Members Kennedy, Turcotte, Nolin, Ceccucci, and Signoracci voted “AYE”.  Resolution No. 16 for 2009 passed

Council President Primeau, and Council Members Kennedy, Turcotte, Nolin, Ceccucci, and Signoracci introduced Resolution No. 17 for the year 2009

A RESOLUTION APPROVING THE AWARD OF A CONTRACT FOR THE MAIN STREET PARKING LOT

This Resolution awards a contract to Peter Luizzi & Bros., 86 Watervliet Ave., Albany, NY 12206 in the amount of not to exceed $156,378.58 for the Main Street Parking Lot.  This is funded by the IDA.

A roll call vote was taken, Council President Primeau, and Council Members Kennedy, Turcotte, Nolin, Ceccucci, and Signoracci voted “AYE”.  Resolution No. 17 for 2009 passed

Council President Primeau, and Council Members Kennedy, Turcotte, Nolin, Ceccucci, and Signoracci introduced Resolution No. 18 for the year 2009

A RESOLUTION APPROVING AN AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE CITY OF COHOES AND CDTA

A roll call vote was taken, Council President Primeau, and Council Members Kennedy, Turcotte, Nolin, Ceccucci, and Signoracci voted “AYE”.  Resolution No. 18 for 2009 passed

Council President Primeau, and Council Members Kennedy, Turcotte, Nolin, Ceccucci, and Signoracci introduced Resolution No. 19 for the year 2009

A RESOLUTION SUPPORTING THE CAPITAL DISTRICT TOBACCO-FREE COALITION AND THE ALBANY COUNTY REALITY CHECK REGARDING TOBACCO ADVERTISING IN RETAIL STORES

A roll call vote was taken, Council President Primeau, and Council Members Kennedy, Turcotte, Nolin, Ceccucci, and Signoracci voted “AYE”.  Resolution No. 19 for 2009 passed

Council President Primeau, and Council Members Kennedy, Turcotte, Nolin, Ceccucci, and Signoracci introduced Resolution No. 20 for the year 2009

A RESOLUTION APPROVING AN AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE CITY OF COHOES AND THE NATIONAL PARK SERVICES HERITAGE DOCUMENTATION PROGRAMS WHICH COMPRISES IN PART BY THE HISTORIC AMERICAN ENGINEERING RECORD (HAER), REGARDING CLINTON’S DITCH INTERPRETIVE CENTER OF THE COHOES ERIE CANAL HERITAGE TRAIL AND CLINTON’S DITCH PROJECT

Danielle Cherniak, Vliet St., “Can the Historical Society also receive a copy of the plan?”

Mayor McDonald stated that they could be given a copy.

A roll call vote was taken, Council President Primeau, and Council Members Kennedy, Turcotte, Nolin, Ceccucci, and Signoracci voted “AYE”.  Resolution No. 20 for 2009 passed

Council Member Ceccucci introduced Resolution No. 21 for the year 2009

A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING AND DIRECTING THE TREASURER OF THE CITY OF COHOES TO PARDON CHARGES FOR WATER WITH ZERO USAGE AS HEREINAFTER SET FORTH

Council President Primeau made a MOTION to TABLE Resolution No. 21 so this matter could be put to a Committee.  Council Member Nolin seconded the motion.  All members voted “AYE”.  Resolution No. 21 for 2009 tabled.

Council President Primeau and Council Members Kennedy, Turcotte, Nolin, Ceccucci, and Signoracci introduced Resolution No. 22 for the year 2009

 

A RESOLUTION APPROVING A CONTRACT FOR ENGINEERING SERVICES

This Resolution awards a contract to Clough, Harbour & Associates, LLP, Albany, NY in the amount not to exceed $141,000.00 for architectural/engineering services for the Bridge Avenue Bridge over the Mohawk River Project.

A roll call vote was taken, Council President Primeau, and Council Members Kennedy, Turcotte, Nolin, Ceccucci, and Signoracci voted “AYE”.  Resolution No. 22 for 2009 passed

Council President Primeau and Council Members Kennedy, Turcotte, Nolin, Ceccucci, and Signoracci introduced Resolution No. 23 for the year 2009

 

A RESOLUTION APPROVING THE BRIDGE AVENUE BRIDGE OVER MOHAWK RIVER ECONOMIC RECOVERY PROJECT(S), ELIGIBLE FOR FUNDING UNDER TITLE 23 U.S. CODE, AS AMENDED, THAT CALL FOR APPORTIONMENT OF THE COSTS OF SUCH PROGRAM TO BE BORNE AT THE RATIO OF 100% FEDERAL FUNDS AND 0% NON-FEDERAL FUNDS

A roll call vote was taken, Council President Primeau, and Council Members Kennedy, Turcotte, Nolin, Ceccucci, and Signoracci voted “AYE”.  Resolution No. 23 for 2009 passed

At 8:55 PM, with no further business to come before the Council, Council President Primeau made a motion to adjourn, seconded by Council Member Ceccucci.  All members voted “AYE”.

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                                                                                        Lori A. Yando, City Clerk






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