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COMMON COUNCIL PROCEEDINGS
Tuesday, April 26, 2011 - 7:00 P.M.
Regular Meeting
Common Council Chambers
 
Mayor McDonald led in the Pledge of Allegiance at 7:00 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 Member Signoracci made a MOTION to approve the minutes from March 22, 2011. Council Member Ceccucci seconded the motion. All members voted “AYE”. The motion passed.
 
At 7:01 PM, Public Hearings were conducted for the HOME, American Housing Corporation, Main Street and Community Development Block Grants.
 
Mayor McDonald, “The City is applying for these grants, three of them this week and one at the end of May. We have discussed this several times, and I will give a brief summary of the applications. The HOME and AHC Grants are for up to $400,000.00, with the intent to rehabilitate up to twenty to twenty five, owner occupied units with low to moderate housing. There is no match with this grant. The Main Street Grant is a $200,000.00 grant which will leverage just over $560,000.00 investment. It will primarily be used in the southern Remsen Street area and up Columbia Street. Used for a variety of different aspects, including streetscape improvements and business developments and restoration of apartments of upper floors. This also has no match. The CDBG for up to $400,000.00 to be used to support low to moderate income rehabilitation. Maximum is up to $400,000.00. We have already held one public hearing; this is the second public hearing being conducted”.
 
At 7:05 PM, with no public comment being made, Council Member Signoracci made a MOTION to close the Public Hearings, seconded by Council Member Kennedy. All members voted “AYE”, the motion passed.
 
Council President Primeau, and Council Members Kennedy, Turcotte, Nolin, Ceccucci, and Signoracci introduced Resolution No. 17 for the year 2011
 
A RESOLUTION APPROVING A CHANGE ORDER FOR THE BRIDGE AVENUE BRIDGE RECONSTRUCTION PROJECT
 
Mayor McDonald, “This Change Order is in the amount of $391,294.15 for additional work that was reconciled at the end of the contract. This takes the total cost of the contract with ING Civil to $7,201,504.71. This was discussed at the last workshop.
 
A roll call vote was taken, Council President Primeau, and Council Members Kennedy, Turcotte, Nolin, Ceccucci, and Signoracci voted “AYE”. Resolution No. 17 for the year 2011 passed. 
 
Council President Primeau, and Council Members Kennedy, Turcotte, Nolin, Ceccucci, and Signoracci introduced Resolution No. 18 for the year 2011
 
A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE MAYOR TO FILE AND APPLICATION UNDER THE HOME PROGRAM AND AUTHORIZING THE MAYOR TO ACCEPT AND RECEIVE A GRANT FOR COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT PURPOSES
 
A roll call vote was taken, Council President Primeau, and Council Members Kennedy, Turcotte, Nolin, Ceccucci, and Signoracci voted “AYE”. Resolution No. 18 for 2011 passed.
 
Council President Primeau, and Council Members Kennedy, Turcotte, Nolin, Ceccucci, and Signoracci introduced Resolution No. 19 for the year 2011
 
A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING SUPPORT OF AN APPLICATION FOR FISCAL YEAR 2011 UNDER THE NEW YORK MAIN STREET GRANT PROGRAM
 
A roll call vote was taken, Council President Primeau, and Council Members Kennedy, Turcotte, Nolin, Ceccucci, and Signoracci voted “AYE”. Resolution No. 19 for 2011 passed. 
 
Council President Primeau, and Council Members Kennedy, Turcotte, Nolin, Ceccucci, and Signoracci introduced Resolution No. 20 for the year 2011
 
A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING SUPPORT OF AN APPLICATION FOR FISCAL YEAR 2011 UNDER THE COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANT PROGRAM
 
A roll call vote was taken, Council President Primeau, and Council Members Kennedy, Turcotte, Nolin, Ceccucci, and Signoracci voted “AYE”. Resolution No. 20 for 2011 passed. 
 
Council President Primeau, and Council Members Kennedy, Turcotte, Nolin, Ceccucci, and Signoracci introduced Resolution No. 21 for the year 2011
 
A RESOLUTION TO CONFIRM THE MAYOR’S APPOINTMENTS OF MEMBERS OF THE COHOES LIBRARY BOARD OF TRUSTEES
 
A roll call vote was taken, Council President Primeau, and Council Members Kennedy, Turcotte, Nolin, Ceccucci, and Signoracci voted “AYE”. Resolution No. 21 for 2011 passed. 
 
Council President Primeau, and Council Member Signoracci introduced Resolution No. 22 for the year 2011
 
A RESOLUTION RATIFYING THE TERMS OF, AND AUTHORIZING THE MAYOR TO EXECUTE, A MEMORANDUM OF AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE CITY OF COHOES AND THE CIVIL SERVICE EMPLOYEES ASSOCIATION CLERICAL UNIT
 
Mayor McDonald, “The MOA was previously distributed to the Common Council at the end of last months meeting, of which they had a discussion of the terms and were updated on the conditions of the MOA”.
 
Council Member Kennedy, “Before I vote I would like to say I value all the employees of the Civil Service Employees Clerical Unit. And I believe that they do a wonderful job and service the City very well, however, during these difficult times, I feel that everyone has to be asked to shoulder part of the burden that all government entities are experiencing. I find that many of my constituents’ and many residents throughout the City are facing zero percent raises and are facing the threats of layoffs. As a result, I feel that in good conscience I cannot ask them to pay a 3% raise in the first year, a 2.75% raise in the second year, and 3% in the third year. I wish our fiscal circumstances were otherwise, but at this time I must vote no”.
 
Council Member Signoracci, “Before I vote, I must say I am a proud sponsor of the Unions. I am a little confused, because I remember we elected that two individuals receive raises in last year’s budget. We did not dicker during the budget phase. It is unfortunate if this does not pass, when we could of set the tone during last years budget process”.
 
Council President Primeau and Council Member Signoracci voted “AYE”, Council Members Kennedy, Turcotte, and Nolin voted “NAY”, Council Member Ceccucci abstained from voting. Resolution No. 22 for the year 2011 did not pass.
 
Council President Primeau, and Council Members Kennedy, Turcotte, Nolin, Ceccucci, and Signoracci introduced Resolution No. 23 for the year 2011
 
A RESOLUTION AMENDING THE ANNUAL BUDGET
 
A roll call vote was taken, Council President Primeau, and Council Members Kennedy, Turcotte, Nolin, Ceccucci, and Signoracci voted “AYE”. Resolution No. 23 for 2011 passed. Budget transfers are attached.
 
Council President Primeau, and Council Members Kennedy, Turcotte, Nolin, Ceccucci, and Signoracci introduced Ordinance No. 5 for the year 2011
 
AN ORDINANCE AUTHORIZING THE BOARD OF MANAGERS TO CORRECT THE 2010 ASSESSMENT ROLL AND AUTHORIZING THE TREASURER OF THE CITY OF COHOES TO ACCEPT TAXES ON A CORRECTED BASIS AND CANCEL OMITTED TAXES AS HEREINAFTER MORE FULLY SET FORTH
 
A roll call vote was taken, Council President Primeau, and Council Members Kennedy, Turcotte, Nolin, Ceccucci, and Signoracci voted “AYE”. Ordinance No. 5 for 2011 passed. 
 
Local Laws 2-I, 4-I, 5-I, and 6-I for the year 2011 were introduced. 
 
Mayor McDonald, “As you know we have had at least 4 meetings over the past 3 months discussing the boundary amendments that are necessary in order for the City of Cohoes to conduct elections this year. What has made it challenging, traditionally we have plenty of time, 6 months to a year, if not longer to implement the changes based on the current census. No better point than the 2000 census when we had a lengthy amount of time to implement the changes. This year luck was not with us, we have city elections, and the census numbers were not delivered until the end of March. Therefore we are on a fast track. Greg and I have met with a variety of entities, most importantly, Board of Elections. Board of Elections has advised us that we need to get ward boundaries in as soon as possible. Our goal is May 11, 2011, that would be sufficient for this years elections. We will be conducting a public hearing on the ward boundaries at a special meeting on May 10, 2011. Each Council Member was delivered a revision of their respective wards”.
 
Council Member Signoracci, “With the recent developments this evening with the voting down of the MOA of a new Union Contract, that would roughly be about $13,650.00 per year, I want to know if this honorable body would like to also review and look at reducing the size of the Council so that we could save about $13,650.00 per year. So that in these desperate times, we are going to look at other individuals were they would cost them, we could look at ourselves, but we probably would not want to do that because that would affect us. But if our consultant would be so willing, I would like to have him make a recommendation for four wards. This is just a thought”.
 
Council President Primeau, “This was something that was looked at by the Charter Revision Committee, and people voted on it”.
 
Council Member Signoracci, “Maybe we should have them to vote on it again”.
 
Council President Primeau, “Because something doesn’t go the way you feel, is no reason to sit there and try to …..”
 
Council Member Signoracci, “I’m just trying to figure other ways of cost reducing measures, and that was pretty much articulated by members of this Council, so I figured I would bring it up for discussion”.
 
Mayor McDonald, “If the Council wants to discuss this, they can have another meeting, this is our 4th or 5th meeting. This is the 1st time hearing of this. We will have a public hearing on May 10, 2011 and you can discuss it. I am not going to ask our consultant, who is working pro bono, to do one. If you want to find a consultant to do one, that’s fine. Our consultant has generously donated his time, he has not been asked, to date, to establish a four ward boundary system. I think it is disingenuous; we may as well until May 31st and ask the questions to be honest. There is a Local Law process and notification process to reduce the size of the Council. It is very time sensitive. In case any one is wondering about the numbers of the wards, they are as follows; 1st Ward – 2,700; 2nd Ward – 2,722; 3rd Ward – 2,697; 4th Ward – 2,729; 5th Ward – 2,644; 6th Ward – 2,676. It should be noted that this is the number of residents within each ward”.
 
PUBLIC COMMENTS: 
 
Theresa Flatley, Member Clerical Union, “I just have one question, did any Council Members know what any of the proposals were, either from the Clerical Unit or from the City before the contract vote, and being signed by the Mayor?”
 
Mayor McDonald, “We did discuss, in Executive Session along the way, progress that we were or were not making in negotiations. We did get into some of the details of it, but not every detail”.
 
Theresa Flatley, “Did they have any input, as far as what the City put in, and grievances. Did you have any idea what was coming or was it a surprise?”
 
Mayor McDonald, “Now we move on to fact finding and other steps that will go on after that”.
 
Council Member Turcotte, “The Council is not directly involved in the negotiations, if that was your question.”
 
Mayor McDonald, “During Executive Session, the Council was briefed on the terms of the contract”.
 
Gil Ethier, 26 Middle St., “I would like to commend the Council on the fine job redistricting, although I have never hear anybody say they would like 4 wards only. I have only heard this from a few politicians. General conscientious is they are pleased with a 6 Council persons”.
 
Jason Oliver, “For the Council Members who did vote “NO” on the contract, what is it you are looking for? The Mayor agreed to the terms. Ms. Kennedy, you are saying that a lot of people are getting zeroes, is that what you are looking for, the Unions to all take zero?”
 
Council Member Kennedy, “I used that statistic only as a frame of reference for what individuals/residents of Cohoes our taxpayers are facing. I did not use it as a goal”.
 
Jason Oliver, “What would be acceptable? Would it be the $13,000.00 that it would add on?”
 
Mayor McDonald, “I don’t know, that is what Ralph said, but there are also 9 members of the unit not 13. So I really don’t know.”
 
At 7:40 PM, Council Member Signoracci made a motion to adjourn the Common Council Meeting; Council President Primeau seconded the motion. The motion passed.
 
 
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                                                                                        Lori A. Yando, City Clerk





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