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 COMMON COUNCIL PROCEEDINGS
Tuesday, December 27, 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 of October 25, and November 22, 2011.  Council Member Nolin seconded the motion.  All members voted “AYE”.  The motion passed.
 
Council President Primeau, and Council Members Kennedy, Turcotte, Nolin, Ceccucci, and Signoracci introduced Resolution No. 57 for 2011
 
A RESOLUTION DESIGNATING THE DEPOSITORIES FOR THE FUNDS OF THE CITY OF COHOES
 
Mayor McDonald, “Depositories for the year 2012 are; Manufacturers Traders & Trust Company, HSBC, First Niagara and Pioneer Savings Bank.”
 
A roll call vote was taken, Council President Primeau, and Council Members Kennedy, Turcotte, Nolin, Ceccucci, and Signoracci voted “AYE”.  Resolution No. 57 for the year 2011 passed
 
Council President Primeau, and Council Members Kennedy, Turcotte, Nolin, Ceccucci, and Signoracci introduced Resolution No. 58 for 2011
 
A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE MAYOR OF THE CITY OF COHOES TO EXECUTE A PROJECT APPLICATION TO THE OFFICE OF CHILDREN AND FAMILY SERVICES, OF THE EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENT OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, FOR STATE FUNDS FOR THE COHOES YOUTH BUREAU
 
A roll call vote was taken, Council President Primeau, and Council Members Kennedy, Turcotte, Nolin, Ceccucci, and Signoracci voted “AYE”.  Resolution No. 58 for the year 2011 passed
 
 
 
Council President Primeau, and Council Members Kennedy, Turcotte, Nolin, Ceccucci, and Signoracci introduced Resolution No. 59 for 2011
 
A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE MAYOR OF THE CITY OF COHOES TO ENTER INTO AGREEMENTS WITH THE VARIOUS ORGANIZATIONS FOR THE OPERATION OF YOUTH SERVICE PROJECTS
 
Mayor McDonald, “This speaks to the Cohoes Community Center and the Cohoes Kiwanis Club for various projects throughout the year.”
 
A roll call vote was taken, Council President Primeau, and Council Members Kennedy, Turcotte, Nolin, Ceccucci, and Signoracci voted “AYE”.  Resolution No. 59 for the year 2011 passed
 
Council President Primeau, and Council Members Kennedy, Turcotte, Nolin, Ceccucci, and Signoracci introduced Resolution No. 60 for 2011
 
A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE IMPLEMENTATION, AND FUNDING IN THE FIRST INSTANCE 100% OF THE FEDERAL AID AND STATE “MARCHISELLI” PROGRAM-AID ELIGIBLE COSTS, OF A TRANSPORTATION FEDERAL-AID PROJECT, AND APPROPRIATE FUNDS THEREFORE
 
Mayor McDonald, “We discussed this at length at our last workshop.  Speaks to the preliminary engineering component of the project, to get it through the engineering phase and out to bid.”
 
A roll call vote was taken, Council President Primeau, and Council Members Kennedy, Turcotte, Nolin, Ceccucci, and Signoracci voted “AYE”.  Resolution No. 60 for the year 2011 passed. 
 
Council President Primeau, and Council Members Kennedy, Turcotte, Nolin, Ceccucci, and Signoracci introduced Resolution No. 61 for 2011
 
A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE MAYOR TO SIGN AN AMENDMENT TO A CONTRACT FOR PROFESSIONAL SERVICES WITH BERGMANN ASSOCIATES TO COMPLETE A BROWNFIELD OPPORTUNITY GRANT
 
Mayor McDonald, “As discussed at our last workshop, NYS Department of State awarded us additional funding for a Brownfield Area Opportunity Grant.  We now have to amend the contract with the consultant to move forward with the project.”
 
A roll call vote was taken, Council President Primeau, and Council Members Kennedy, Turcotte, Nolin, Ceccucci, and Signoracci voted “AYE”.  Resolution No. 61 for the year 2011 passed. 
 
Council President Primeau, and Council Members Kennedy, Turcotte, Nolin, Ceccucci, and Signoracci introduced Resolution No. 62 for 2011
 
A RESOLUTION APPOINTING A MEMBER TO THE BOARD OF ETHICS
 
Mayor McDonald, “As you all know early this year we appointed members to the Board of Ethics.  Terms were staggered for 1, 2, and 3 year terms.  Year one is up and the individual appointed to that position, Mitchell Pawluk, agreed to continue on.”
 
A roll call vote was taken, Council President Primeau, and Council Members Kennedy, Turcotte, Nolin, Ceccucci, and Signoracci voted “AYE”.  Resolution No. 62 for the year 2011 passed. 
 
Council President Primeau, and Council Members Kennedy, Turcotte, Nolin, Ceccucci, and Signoracci introduced Resolution No. 63 for 2011
 
A RESOLUTION APPROVING THE AWARD OF THE CITY’S INSURANCE CONTRACTS
 
Mayor McDonald, “This was discussed at the last meeting, but we did not have the numbers until last week.  The annual premium for NYMIR is $259,753.00, and the Fire Department policy to McNeil & Company, annual premium of $50,759.00.”
 
A roll call vote was taken, Council President Primeau, and Council Members Kennedy, Turcotte, Nolin, Ceccucci, and Signoracci voted “AYE”.  Resolution No. 63 for the year 2011 passed. 
 
Council President Primeau, and Council Members Kennedy, Turcotte, Nolin, Ceccucci, and Signoracci introduced Resolution No. 64 for 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. 64 for the year 2011 passed.  A copy of budget transfers are attached.
 
Resolution No. 65 for 2011 has been withdrawn.
 
Council President Primeau, and Council Members Kennedy, Turcotte, Nolin, Ceccucci, and Signoracci introduced Ordinance No. 8 for 2011
 
AN ORDINANCE AUTHORIZING THE MAYOR OF THE CITY OF COHOES TO EXECUTE A NON-DISTURBANCE AGREEMENT CONCERNING REAL PROPERTY, COMMONLY KNOWN AS 247 COLUMBIA STREET (TAX MAP NO 10.57-1-9)
 
A roll call vote was taken, Council President Primeau, and Council Members Kennedy, Turcotte, Nolin, Ceccucci, and Signoracci voted “AYE”.  Ordinance No. 8 for the year 2011 passed. 
 
Council President Primeau, and Council Members Kennedy, Turcotte, and Nolin introduced Ordinance No. 9 for 2011
 
AN ORDINANCE TO AMEND CHAPTER 56 OF THE CODE OF THE CITY OF COHOES REGARDING VACATION FOR NON-UNION OFFICERS AND EMPLOYEES
 
Mayor McDonald, “This is allowing them to sell back to the City, instead of 15 days of vacation time, up to 20 days if approved.
 
Council Member Ceccucci, “Although I think they do a fine job, it would not be fair to the taxpayers.”
 
Council Member Signoracci, “Collective bargaining units do not have this in their contract, will this set a precedent for future negotiations?”
 
Mayor McDonald, “CSEA is allowed to roll over one week.”
A roll call vote was taken, Council President Primeau, and Council Members Kennedy, Turcotte and Nolin voted “AYE”.  Council Members Ceccucci and Signoracci voted “NAY”.  Ordinance No. 9 for the year 2011 did not pass. 
 
PUBLIC COMMENT
 
George Hebert, Masten Avenue, “I would like to thank the Council for the quick resolution to the problem we discussed at the last meeting.  It was a safety situation.”
 
Council Member Signoracci, “I have put a Resolution (attached) in front of everyone that I would like entered into the minutes.  I would like Council President Primeau to entertain putting this in front of a committee, so that we can further put it out. The gist is that when we receive our annual budget, to have a projection of one, three and five years for the departments, so that we can see the costs.”
 
Council President Primeau, “This is very similar to what we have already been doing for the past 12 years.”
 
At 7:25 PM, with no public comments being made, Council President Primeau made a MOTION to adjourn.  Seconded by Council Member Signoracci.  All members voted “AYE”.  The motion passed.
 
 
 
 
 
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                                                                                        Lori A. Yando, City Clerk





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