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 COMMON COUNCIL PROCEEDINGS
Tuesday, March 27, 2012 - 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 Nolin made a MOTION to approve the minutes of the February 28, 2012 meeting.  Council Member Signoracci seconded the motion.  All members voted “AYE”.  The motion passed.
 
Mayor McDonald, “Every year the City is required to have an audit completed by an outside firm.  Ken Claflin is here from the firm Cusack & Company to present the 2011 City audit”.
 
Ken Claflin, “The 1st item is an audit opinion, as in the past; there are a couple of exceptions.  We don’t account for infrastructure or fixed assets.  This has been a consistent issue in the past, because it would cost more money to keep that information up to date.  The opinion on the financial statement is a clean opinion in accordance with what the State Comptroller requires.  The other thing I would like to mention is that these financial statements is that the audit opinion is fine but the financial statement is actually this bodies and Mike’s.  We do go to great lengths but we do run everything by Mike.  What we really focus on is our un-reserved fund balance.  The percent represents the amount of re-restricted fund balance compared to the current budget.  Underwriters have always looked for a minimum of 10% in this area to give a favorable rate should you go out to bond.  The water and sewer funds have had very little change.  Employee benefits are now 23.7% of the budget.  This is a large increase.”
 
At 7:20 PM a Public Hearing was conducted regarding redefining the boundaries of Riverspark.
 
Mayor McDonald, “This is for Resolution No. 15.  We are a member of Riverspark, which is an urban cultural park, as ordained by New York State Municipal Law.  Riverspark boundaries, when first established, a narrow area along the river area was chosen in the community.  It is in all of our best interest to expand it to the municipal boundaries.”
 
At 7:22 PM with no further comments, Council Member Signoracci made a motion to close the public hearing.  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. 13 for 2012
 
A RESOLUTION APPROVING COMPROMISE AND SETTLEMENT OF PENDING LITIGATION BY THE CORPORATION COUNSEL
 
A roll call vote was taken, Council President Primeau, and Council Members Kennedy, Turcotte, Nolin, Ceccucci, and Signoracci voted “AYE”.  Resolution No. 13 for the year 2012 passed.
 
Council President Primeau, and Council Members Kennedy, Turcotte, Nolin, Ceccucci, and Signoracci introduced Resolution No. 14 for 2012
 
A RESOLUTION APPROVING THE NYS DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION ORDER ON CONSENT (FILE NO. R4-23011-0926-109), BY THE CORPORATION COUNSEL
 
A roll call vote was taken, Council President Primeau, and Council Members Kennedy, Turcotte, Nolin, Ceccucci, and Signoracci voted “AYE”.  Resolution No. 14 for the year 2012 passed.
 
Council President Primeau, and Council Members Kennedy, Turcotte, Nolin, Ceccucci, and Signoracci introduced Resolution No. 15 for 2012
 
A RESOLUTION REDEFINING THE BOUNDARIES OF THE HUDSON-MOHAWK URBAN CULTURAL PARK, POPULARLY KNOWN AS RIVERSPARK
 
A roll call vote was taken, Council President Primeau, and Council Members Kennedy, Turcotte, Nolin, Ceccucci, and Signoracci voted “AYE”.  Resolution No. 15 for the year 2012 passed.
 
Council President Primeau, and Council Members Kennedy, Turcotte, Nolin, Ceccucci, and Signoracci introduced Resolution No. 16 for 2012
 
A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE MAYOR TO SUBMIT AN APPLICATION TO THE DEPARTMENT OF STATE 2011-2012 LOCAL GOVERNMENT EFFICIENCY PROGRAM FOR GRANT FUNDS TO SUPPORT A COUNTYWIDE SHARED HIGHWAY SERVICES STUDY
 
A roll call vote was taken, Council President Primeau, and Council Members Kennedy, Turcotte, Nolin, Ceccucci, and Signoracci voted “AYE”.  Resolution No. 16 for the year 2012 passed.
 
Council President Primeau, and Council Members Kennedy, Turcotte, Nolin, Ceccucci, and Signoracci introduced Resolution No. 17 for 2012
 
A RESOLUTION OF SUPPORT FOR APPLICATION TO NEW YORK’S EMPIRE STATE DEVELOPMENT COPORATION FOR CREATION OF A REGIONAL LAND BANK
 
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 2012 passed.
 
Council President Primeau, and Council Members Kennedy, Turcotte, Nolin, Ceccucci, and Signoracci introduced Resolution No. 18 for 2012
 
A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE COHOES COMMON COUNCIL TO SERVE AS THE LEAD AGENCY FOR THE 2011 COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANT
 
A roll call vote was taken, Council President Primeau, and Council Members Kennedy, Turcotte, Nolin, Ceccucci, and Signoracci voted “AYE”.  Resolution No. 18 for the year 2012 passed.
 
Council President Primeau, and Council Members Kennedy, Turcotte, Nolin, Ceccucci, and Signoracci introduced Resolution No. 19 for 2012
 
A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE COHOES COMMON COUNCIL TO APPROVE THE 2011 COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANT ENVIRONMENTAL REVIEW RECORD
 
A roll call vote was taken, Council President Primeau, and Council Members Kennedy, Turcotte, Nolin, Ceccucci, and Signoracci voted “AYE”.  Resolution No. 19 for the year 2012 passed.
 
Council President Primeau, and Council Members Kennedy, Turcotte, Nolin, Ceccucci, and Signoracci introduced Resolution No. 20 for 2012
 
A RESOLUTION APPROVING ACCEPTANCE OF A DONATION OF REAL PROPERTY (PORTION OF PARCEL, TAX MAP NO. 10.7-7-22)
 
A roll call vote was taken, Council President Primeau, and Council Members Kennedy, Turcotte, Nolin, Ceccucci, and Signoracci voted “AYE”.  Resolution No. 20 for the year 2012 passed.
 
At 7:37 PM, with no public comments being made, Council Member Signoracci made a MOTION to adjourn.  Seconded by Council Member Kennedy.  All members voted “AYE”.  The motion passed.
 
 
 
 
 
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Lori A. Yando, City Clerk





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