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COMMON COUNCIL PROCEEDINGS

Tuesday, December 23, 2008 - 7:00 P.M.

Regular Meeting

Common Council Chambers

Mayor McDonald led in the Pledge of Allegiance at 7:05 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 November 11, 2008 Common Council meeting.  Council Member Signoracci seconded the motion, all members voted “AYE”.  The motion passed.

At 7:05 PM, a Public Hearing was conducted regarding Local Law 9-I entitled:  A LOCAL LAW TO AMEND CHAPTER 285, ARTICLE 6, OF THE CITY CODE REGARDING THE RESIDENCES AT LEXINGTON HILL PLANNED DEVELOPMENT DISTRICT

Bill Hoblock, Capital District Properties, gave a presentation to Council Members and public in attendance.

Stanley Pawinsky, Jefferson Avenue, “What is the current zoning of the proposed land?”

Mayor McDonald responded, “It is zoned as residential and land conservation.  There are two properties involved.”

Mr. Pawinsky, “What controls are there for land conservation?”

Mayor McDonald, “Control is under the Planning Office, and the request is to allow a PPD to be built.  The control rests with the Planning Board.”

Mr. Pawinsky, “The complete parcel changed to PPD?”

Mayor McDonald, “That is correct.”

Mr. Pawinsky, “If the City allows this, it would be a great injustice, and disgrace on the administration.”  Mr. Pawinsky distributed photos to Council members, asking “what type of wetland control?  Proposed district will go right into the stream.”

Bill Hoblock, “We have to meet all DEC guidelines regarding wastewater.”

Mr. Pawinsky, “How is traffic going to be affected on Jefferson and Western Avenues”.

Mayor McDonald, “The project would never connect to Western Avenue.”

Kathy Koblinsky, 94 Western Avenue, “Plants are also endangered that are along the roadside.  What is there, needs to be protected?” 

Bill Hoblock, “This would help with the revitalization of downtown; permits must be obtained from DEC”.

John Len, Western Avenue, “Mr. Hoblock states there would be 300 homes, absentee owners.  I put an office in downtown Cohoes.  These people are transients, may be upper class, but still not staying long.”

Mayor McDonald, “With current zoning, clear all land and building nice homes”.

Dave Keene, 184 Columbia Street, “I know Western Avenue very well, walk every day and night.  Animals are wonderful along Western Avenue.”

Jeff Stolm, Western Avenue, “The alcove is directly across from my house, and the land is special for my children.  When Columbia Woods was built, the lights shine into my house.”

Ford Oxal, 48 Western Avenue, “I am one of few immigrant here, have a business here.  We are in a deflation economy.  What happened on James St?  Just razed the land, now sits vacant.  Seems that rental units are being built first.  What is the upside for Cohoes?  What is long-term plan?  Rental units depreciate, would turn to lower grade.  What other projects are out there?  Is this the only one?  Would like to see the law drafted complete before passed.  Don’t want to attend every planning board meeting.”

Mayor McDonald, “The upside to the city would be; we would not need to maintain the property, only to inspect, there would not be any trash pick up, or snow plowing.”

Ford Oxal, “I would like to see this local law postponed.”

Bob Addis, 154 Western Ave., stated, “I reside in the oldest house in Albany County, and has a problem with Cohoes doing inspections on these projects.  There is only one entrance onto a public road, can donate this piece of land, or exclude it from the PPD.  Would like the Council to postpone the vote so more thought can be put into the local law.”

Mayor McDonald stated, “Everyone on Western Avenue was mailed a letter regarding the project.”

Shannon Keenan, no address given, “What would happen if an amendment was made?”

Mayor McDonald stated, “Instead of disrupting all the land, we were only allowing 25%”.

Shannon Keenan asked, “Are we able to attract this kind of people”.

Gregory Teresi, Corporation Counsel, “Mr. Hoblock owns the land, and has a pre-existing use; he can bring the City to court to do what was current at time of purchase”.

Dave Kehn, “This man is holding us hostage and these people are transients, maybe high class, but still transient.”

Bob Addis, “The zoning plan on the website was residential, why changed?”

Stanley Pawenski, “I did not understand, these are not Cohoes people, what are they going to contribute?”

Ford Oxal, “I would like to see some restrictions stated in the law.”

Bill Hoblock, “We could do that.”

At 8:50 PM, Council Member Nolan made a MOTION to postpone Local Law 9-I, seconded by Council Member Kennedy.  All members voted “AYE”.  Local Law 9-I was postponed.

Mayor McDonald stated that at this time there would be a 5-minute adjournment.

Council Members Ceccucci and Signoracci introduced Resolution No. 62 for the year 2008

 

A RESOLUTION DESIGNATING THE DEPOSITORIES FOR THE FUNDS OF THE CITY OF COHOES

This legislation designates Manufacturers Traders & Trust Company, HSBC, and First Niagara as depositories for the City of Cohoes from January 1, 2009 through December 31, 2009.

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 2008 passed. 

Council Members Ceccucci and Signoracci introduced Resolution No. 63 for the year 2008

 

A RESOLUTION APPROVING THE AWARD OF THE CITY’S INSURANCE CONTRACTS

This legislation approves the award, for one year, of the City’s Municipal Property, Boiler & Machinery, General Liability, Automobile, Public Officials, Law Enforcement, Inland Marine, Owners & Contractors Protective, and Excess Catastrophe policies to New York Municipal Insurance Reciprocal (NYMIR) at an annual premium of $310,116.40, and the Fire Department policy to McNeil & Company, Emergency Services Insurance Program at an annual premium of $47,039.

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 2008 passed. 

Council Member Nolin introduced Resolution No. 64 for the Year 2008

 

A RESOLUTION LEVYING THE CITY AND COUNTY TAXES FOR THE YEAR 2009, AND DIRECTING THE CLERK TO EXTEND AND APPORTION SAID TAXES

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 2008 passed. 

Council President Primeau, and Council Members Kennedy, Turcotte, Nolin, Ceccucci, and Signoracci introduced Resolution No. 65 for the Year 2008

 

A RESOLUTION APPROVING THE SALE OF CITY-OWNED REAL PROPERTY

Legislation approves the sale of properties known as Tax Map Nos. 5.15-1-1 and 5.19-1-39.3 to Raymond W. Heslin for the purchase price of $4,000 and $3,900 respectively.

A roll call vote was taken, Council President Primeau, and Council Members Kennedy, Turcotte, Nolin, Ceccucci, and Signoracci voted “AYE”.  Resolution No. 65 for the year 2008 passed. 

Council Member Ceccucci introduced Resolution No. 66 for the year 2008

 

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. 66 for the year 2008 passed.  A copy of Budget transfers is attached.

Council Member Turcotte introduced Resolution No. 67 for the year 2008

 

A RESOLUTION APPROVING AN INTER-MUNICIPAL AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE CITY OF COHOES AND THE CITY OF TROY

Legislation is an inter-municipal agreement with the City of Troy to provide and receive animal/dog control services.

A roll call vote was taken, Council President Primeau, and Council Members Kennedy, Turcotte, Nolin, Ceccucci, and Signoracci voted “AYE”.  Resolution No. 67 for the year 2008 passed. 

Council President Primeau, and Council Members Turcotte, Nolin, and Signoracci introduced Resolution No. 68 for the year 2008

 

A RESOLUTION TO REFER THE APPLICATION OF KRUG BUILDERS TO THE PLANNING BOARD TO AMEND THE EXISTING 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. 68 for the year 2008 passed. 

 

Council President Primeau, and Council Members Kennedy, Turcotte, Nolin, Ceccucci, and Signoracci introduced Resolution No. 69 for the year 2008

 

A RESOLUTION SUPPORTING ALBANY COUNTY’S APPLICATION FOR THE LOCAL GOVERNMENT EFFICIENCY GRANT PROGRAM FOR A CONSOLIDATION PLANNING GRANT

A roll call vote was taken, Council President Primeau, and Council Members Kennedy, Turcotte, Nolin, Ceccucci, and Signoracci voted “AYE”.  Resolution No. 69 for the year 2008 passed. 

Council President Primeau, and Council Members Kennedy, Turcotte, Nolin, Ceccucci, and Signoracci introduced Resolution No. 70 for the year 2008

 

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. 70 for the year 2008 passed. 

Council President Primeau and Council Members Kennedy, Turcotte, Nolin, Ceccucci, and Signoracci Introduced Ordinance No. 12 for the year 2008

 

AN ORDINANCE TO AMEND AND ADD TO CHAPTER 280 OF THE CODE OF THE CITY OF COHOES REGARDING WATER AND SEWER CONSUMPTION AND THE COST AND INSTALLATION OF WATER METERS

A roll call vote was taken, Council President Primeau, and Council Members Kennedy, Turcotte, Nolin, Ceccucci, and Signoracci voted “AYE”.  Ordinance No. 12 for the year 2008 passed. 

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

AN ORDINANCE TO AMEND CHAPTER 215 OF THE CODE OF THE CITY OF COHOES REGARDING RESIDENTIAL OCCUPANCY PERMIT FEES

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

Local Law 10-I for the year 2008 was introduced entitled:  A LOCAL LAW TO AMEND THE CITY CODE WITH RESPECT TO PRELIMINARY SITE PLAN APPLICATION FEE REQUIREMENTS AND FINES FOR VIOLATING THE CHAPTER

Local Law 11-I for the year 2008 was introduced entitled:  A LOCAL LAW TO ADD TO THE CITY CODE WITH RESPECT TO GRADE ALTERATION FEE REQUIREMENTS

Local Law 12-I for the year 2008 was introduced entitled:  A LOCAL LAW WITH RESPECT SETTING THE COMPENSATION OF THE TRAFFIC COMMISSION CHAIRPERSON AS REQUIRED BY THE CITY CHARTER

Local Law 13-I for the year 2008 was introduced entitled:  A LOCAL LAW TO PROVIDE FOR THE ACCEPTANCE OF CREDIT CARDS AS A MEANS OF PAYMENT OF FINES, FEES AND TAXES AND AMENDING THE CITY CODE ACCORDINGLY WITH RESPECT TO PAYMENT OF TAXES

Local Law 14-I for the year 2008 was introduced entitled:  A LOCAL LAW TO AMEND CHAPTER 244 OF THE CITY CODE WITH RESPECT TO SIDEWALK MAINTENANCE PENALTIES

At 9:45 PM, no further business, Council Member Ceccucci made a MOTION to adjourn, seconded by Council Member Nolin.  All members voted “AYE”.

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                                                                                        Lori A. Yando, City Clerk






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