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COMMON COUNCIL PROCEEDINGS
Tuesday, March 22, 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 the February 22, 2011, minutes. Council Member Ceccucci seconded the motion. All members voted “AYE”.
 
At 7:01 a Public Hearing was conducted regarding HOME, American Housing Corporation, Main Street and Community Development Block Grants.
 
HOME and American Housing Corporation:
 
Edward Tremblay, Community Development Director, “We are proposing to make an application in late April for the NYS Home Program, non profit entities, and cities are eligible to apply for these grants. Cohoes is in an area that is eligible because of our income levels from the 2000 census to apply for these grants. Each home which may be eligible, have to be at or below 80% of the area median income. Home programs can be used for a number of different types of programs; acquisition, rehabilitation, construction, and certain related soft costs.  Funds may also be used for relocation costs, tenant based rental assistance, down payment and closing costs and administrative and planning costs. 15% of each allocation must be reserved for qualified community housing development. The City has successfully completed 3 programs in the past”.
 
NO PUBLIC COMMENT MADE
 
Main Street:
 
Edward Tremblay, Community Development Director, “The Main St. Program is an annual competitive program which is offered through the Homes Community Renewal Department of New York State. This program is designed for a specific targeted area. Need to identify a small area within the business district to apply for these funds. Non profits and local governments are eligible to apply. We have completed two Main St. grants in the past”.
 
NO PUBLIC COMMENT MADE
 
Community Development Block Grant:
 
Edward Tremblay, Community Development Director, “This is also administered by Community Renewal. There are primarily three different types of grants to apply for. The first is a Housing Grant, which can be used for rehabilitation or a home owner ship program. The second is for Public Infrastructure, which would include public water/sewer projects. The last is Public Facilities, which can be used for daycare facilities, community centers or senior centers”. 
 
NO PUBLIC COMMENT MADE
 
At 7:10 PM, with no public comment being made, Council Member Signoracci made a motion to close the public hearing; Council Member Kennedy seconded the motion. All members voted “AYE”.
 
Mayor McDonald, “We have scheduled a Public Hearing on Local Law 2-I, on the advice of Counsel; we would like to withdraw that at this time. We are doing a little bit more review, and plan on bringing it back up in the month of April.”
 
At 7:11 a Public Hearing was conducted regarding Local Law 3-I entitled: A LOCAL LAW TO AMEND THE CHARTER SPECIFICALLY AUTHORIZING CODE ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS TO ISSUE APPERANCE TICKETS
 
At 7:12 PM with no public comment being made, Council President Primeau made a motion to close the public hearing; Council Member Turcotte seconded the motion. All members voted “AYE”.
 
Council President Primeau, and Council Members Kennedy, Turcotte, Nolin, Ceccucci, and Signoracci introduced Local Law No. 3-I for the year 2011
 
A LOCAL LAW TO AMEND THE CHARTER SPECIFICALLY AUTHORIZING CODE ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS TO ISSUE APPERANCE TICKETS
 
A roll call vote was taken, Council President Primeau, and Council Members Kennedy, Turcotte, Nolin, Ceccucci, and Signoracci voted “AYE”. Local Law 3-I for 2011 passed.
 
Council President Primeau, and Council Members Kennedy, Turcotte, Nolin, Ceccucci, and Signoracci introduced Resolution No. 12 for the year 2011
 
A RESOLUTION AMENDING THE ANNUAL BUDGET FOR THE YEARS 2010 AND 2011
 
A roll call vote was taken, Council President Primeau, and Council Members Kennedy, Turcotte, Nolin, Ceccucci, and Signoracci voted “AYE”. Resolution No. 12 for the year 2011 passed. Budget transfers are attached.
 
Council President Primeau, and Council Members Kennedy, Turcotte, Nolin, Ceccucci, and Signoracci introduced Resolution No. 13 for the year 2011
 
A RESOLUTION APPROVING THE CANCELLATION OF CITY CHARGES IMPOSED AGAINST A CERTAIN PROPERTY IN THE CITY OF COHOES REGARDING EXPENSES ASSOCIATED WITH THE DEMOLITION OF PROPERTY
 
Mayor McDonald, “In this situation, the property known at 47 Main St. When the bank sold the property to the current owner, Corporation Counsel had verified outstanding charges in the Treasurer Office; however there was an outstanding charge that was submitted for work that was ordered by Code. The charges were passed on to the current owner, which should not of. Corporation Counsel is going after the previous owner for these charges.”
 
A roll call vote was taken, Council President Primeau, and Council Members Kennedy, Turcotte, Nolin, Ceccucci, and Signoracci voted “AYE”. Resolution No. 13 for 2011 passed.
 
Council President Primeau, and Council Members Kennedy, Turcotte, Nolin, Ceccucci, and Signoracci introduced Ordinance No. 3 for the year 2011
 
AN ORDINANCE AMENDING ARTICLE III OF CHAPETER 56 OF THE CODE OF THE CITY OF COHOES REGARDING AFFIRMATIVE ACTION POLICY AND SECTION 3 OF THE HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT ACT OF 1968
 
A roll call vote was taken, Council President Primeau, and Council Members Kennedy, Turcotte, Nolin, Ceccucci, and Signoracci voted “AYE”. Ordinance No. 3 for 2011 passed. 
 
Council President Primeau, and Council Members Kennedy, Turcotte, Nolin, Ceccucci, and Signoracci introduced Ordinance No. 4 for the year 2011
 
AN ORDINANCE AMENDING ARTICLE 1 OF CHAPTER 280 OF THE CODE OF THE CITY OF COHOES REGARDING WATER SUPPLY CONNECTIONS AFTER DISCONNECTING THE WATER METER OR RAZING THE BUILDING
 
A roll call vote was taken, Council President Primeau, and Council Members Kennedy, Turcotte, Nolin, Ceccucci, and Signoracci voted “AYE”. Ordinance No. 4 for 2011 passed. 
 
PUBLIC COMMENTS: None
 
At 7:20 PM, Council Member Signoracci made a motion to adjourn into executive session, seconded by Council Member Ceccucci. The motion passed.
 
At 8:25 PM, Council President Primeau made a motion to adjourn from executive session, and end the Common Council Meeting; Council Member Turcotte seconded the motion. The motion passed.
 
 
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                                                                                        Lori A. Yando, City Clerk





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