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COMMON COUNCIL PROCEEDINGS

Tuesday, May 27, 2008 - 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 the April 22, 2008 meeting.  Council President Primeau 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 2008 entitled:   A LOCAL LAW AMENDING THE CHARTER WITH RESPECT TO THE APPOINTMENT AND TERM OF THE CITY CLERK.

At 7:02 PM, with no public comment, Council President Primeau made a Motion to close the Public Hearing.  Seconded by Council Member Ceccucci.  All members voted “AYE”.  The motion passed.

Council President Primeau and Council Members Kennedy, Turcotte, Nolin, Ceccucci and Signoracci introduced Local Law No. 2-I for the year 2008

 

A LOCAL LAW AMENDING THE CHARTER WITH RESPECT TO THE APPOINT AND TERM OF THE CITY CLERK

 

A roll call vote was taken, Council President Primeau, and Council Members Kennedy, Turcotte, Nolin, Ceccucci, and Signoracci voted “AYE”.  Local Law No. 2-I for 2008 was passed. 

 

Council President Primeau and Council Members Kennedy, Turcotte, Nolin, Ceccucci, and Signoracci introduced Resolution No. 13 for the year 2008

 

A RESOLUTION APPOINTING A CITY CLERK

A roll call vote was taken, Council President Primeau, and Council Members Kennedy, Turcotte, Nolin, Ceccucci, and Signoracci voted “AYE”.  Resolution No. 13 for 2008 was passed. 

Council Member Ceccucci introduced Resolution No. 14 for the year 2008

A RESOLUTION AMENDING THE ANNUAL BUDGET

Council Member Signoracci asked why these transfers were not incorporated into the budget during the budget process last year?

Mayor McDonald stated that during the budget process, three firefighters were accidentally omitted.

Council President Primeau stated that the City was already running short in the diesel fuel amount.  Michael Durocher, Comptroller stated that as a whole the City was already over budget for diesel fuel, and a meeting was going to take place with department heads to see were we could conserve.  No-one could anticipate the rise in cost this year.

A roll call vote was taken, Council President Primeau, and Council Members Kennedy, Turcotte, Nolin, Ceccucci, and Signoracci voted “AYE”.  Resolution No. 14 for 2008 was passed.  Copies of budget transfers are attached.

Council President Primeau, and Council Members Kennedy, Nolin, and Signoracci introduced Resolution No. 15 for the year 2008

 

A RESOLUTION APPROVING AND ENDORSING AN APPLICATION BY THE CAPITAL DISTRICT COMMUNITY GARDENS FOR FUNDS FROM THE URBAN AND COMMUNITY FORESTRY PROGRAM FOR THE STREET TREE PLANTING PROGRAM

Mayor McDonald stated that Community Garden’s was submitting an application to the DEC, but it is not sure if they will be funded or not.  If it is funded the City will be a supporter, in the past it has been up to $5,000.00 or in kind services.  It is unlikely to take place this year but will 2009.

A roll call vote was taken, Council President Primeau, and Council Members Kennedy, Turcotte, Nolin, Ceccucci, and Signoracci voted “AYE”.  Resolution No. 15 for 2008 was passed.

 

Council Members Ceccucci and Signoracci introduced Resolution No. 16 for the year 2008

 

A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE GRANTING OF A REVOCABLE LICENSE FOR USE OF CITY PROPERTY

This Resolution gives authorization to the Cohoes Soccer League the use of Lansing Park on Tuesday’s and Thursday’s from 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM from May 27, 2008 thru August 28, 2008.

A roll call vote was taken, Council President Primeau, and Council Members Kennedy, Turcotte, Nolin, Ceccucci, and Signoracci voted “AYE”.  Resolution No. 16 for 2008 was passed.

Council Member Signoracci introduced Resolution No. 17 for the year 2008

 

A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING AND DIRECTING THE TREASURER OF THE CITY OF COHOES TO ADJUST CHARGES, PAID PRIOR TO RE-LEVY, FOR A CERTAIN PARCEL OF REAL PROPERTY, AS HEREINAFTER SET FORTH

A roll call vote was taken, Council President Primeau, and Council Members Kennedy, Turcotte, Nolin, Ceccucci, and Signoracci voted “AYE”.  Resolution No. 17 for 2008 was passed.

Council President Primeau and Council Members Kennedy, Turcotte, Nolin, Ceccucci, and Signoracci introduced Resolution No. 18 for the year 2008

 

A RESOLUTION DESIGNATING THE CITY’S PROPOSED ZONING CODE CHANGES AS A TYPE 1 ACTION PURSUANT TO THE STATE ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY REVIEW ACT AND PROPOSING THAT THE COMMON COUNCIL IS DECLARED LEAD AGENCY

A roll call vote was taken, Council President Primeau, and Council Members Kennedy, Turcotte, Nolin, Ceccucci, and Signoracci voted “AYE”.  Resolution No. 18 for 2008 was passed.

Council President Primeau, and Council Members Turcotte, Nolin, and Ceccucci introduced Ordinance No. 5 for the year 2008

 

AN ORDINANCE TO AMEND CHAPTER 239 OF THE CITY CODE WITH RESPECT TO EXCLUDING FOUR FAMILY DWELLING UNITS AS RESIDENTIAL PROPERTIES AND COMMERCIAL WASTE OPT-IN PERMIT

Mayor McDonald stated that this Ordinance, which has been discussed at prior workshops, covers a couple different areas, this raises the fee for the commercial opt in program from $200.00 to $220.00.  It also classifies 4 or more units as commercial, as per New York State Tax Law, and must opt in.  These 4 or more units, if owner occupied will be charged a reduced fee of $165.00, if not owner occupied the fee would be $220.00.

Council Member Kennedy stated that she could not support this legislation because it places an unfair burden on sections in the 1st Ward.  I would like to spread this burden out further among the population.

Council President Primeau stated that he would like to thank the entire Council, because they are very considerate of owner occupied properties. 

John Reavy, Vliet St., I own a building that has four units which is zoned as a multi family residential, are we being re-zoned as commercial to allow businesses into the area?

Mayor McDonald stated that the City is not changing the zoning in any areas.  However, we are recognizing what is already there.

Mr. Reavy asked what programs are available to convert 4 units to a 3 or 2 unit. 

Mayor McDonald stated that there have been many programs available within the City to help property owners. 

Mary Chris Krawiec, 2 Western Ave., I would like to ask the Council to re-consider because this seems like a small amount of home owners to burden with this fee, should be implemented city wide.

A roll call vote was taken, Council President Primeau, and Council Members Turcotte, Nolin, and Ceccucci voted “AYE”.  Council Members Kennedy and Signoracci voted “NAY”.  Mayor McDonald stated that an Ordinance on introduction requires a super majority of the Council to pass; therefore, Ordinance No. 5 for the year 2008 did not pass.

Prior to the close of the meeting, Council President Primeau called a special meeting for May 28, 2008 at 7:30 AM in the Council Chambers.

At 7:50 PM, Council President Primeau made a motion to adjourn, seconded by Council Member Kennedy.  All members voted “AYE”.

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                                                                                        Lori A. Yando, City Clerk






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