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COMMON COUNCIL PROCEEDINGS
Tuesday, June 28, 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 April 26, and May 10, 2011. Council Member Kennedy 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. 27 for the year 2011
 
A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE COHOES LOCAL DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION BOARD TO SERVE AS THE COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT REVIEW BOARD FOR THE 2008 HOME GRANT AND TO ALLOW THE COHOES LOCAL DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION TO RECEIVE ADMINISTRATIVE FUNDS
 
Mayor McDonald, “The Local Development Corporation will receive $32,000, as discussed in the workshop.”
 
A roll call vote was taken, Council President Primeau, and Council Members Kennedy, Turcotte, Nolin, Ceccucci, and Signoracci voted “AYE”. Resolution No. 27 for the year 2011 passed. 
 
Council President Primeau, and Council Members Kennedy, Turcotte, Nolin, Ceccucci, and Signoracci introduced Resolution No. 28 for the year 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. 28 for the year 2011 passed. Budget transfers are attached.
 
Council President Primeau, and Council Members Kennedy, Turcotte, Nolin, Ceccucci, and Signoracci introduced Resolution No. 29 for the year 2011
 
A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE GRANTING OF A TEMPORARY LICENSE FOR THE USE OF CITY PROPERTY
 
Mayor McDonald, “The parcel known as 2 and 4 Whitehall Streets are currently part of a National Grid remediation. National Grid approached us regarding a potential easement. Normally we would issue a temporary license, because it may be a couple of months of work, Corporation Counsel felt the legislative body should approve this.”
 
A roll call vote was taken, Council President Primeau, and Council Members Kennedy, Turcotte, Nolin, Ceccucci, and Signoracci voted “AYE”. Resolution No. 29 for the year 2011 passed. 
 
Council President Primeau, and Council Members Kennedy, Turcotte, Nolin, Ceccucci, and Signoracci introduced Resolution No. 30 for the year 2011
 
A RESOLUTION APPROPRIATING AN EQUIPMENT RESERVE
 
A roll call vote was taken, Council President Primeau, and Council Members Kennedy, Turcotte, Nolin, Ceccucci, and Signoracci voted “AYE”. Resolution No. 30 for the year 2011 passed. 
 
Council President Primeau, and Council Members Kennedy, Turcotte, Nolin, Ceccucci, and Signoracci introduced Resolution No. 31 for the year 2011
 
A RESOLUTION APPROVING A CONTRACT FOR THE WATER MAIN REPLACEMENT PROJECT FOR CONTINENTAL, GANSVOORT AND PARK AVENUES
 
Mayor McDonald, “As many of the public knows, we received a Community Development Block Grant in the amount of $587,000.00 for waterline replacement. Bids were issued and a total of 6 came back, the lowest responsible bidder was Casale Excavating, Inc. 551 Main Avenue, Wynantskill, NY 12198 for $615,042.24, therefore this legislation awards the contract.”
 
Council Member Signoracci, “Is Casale required to post bond?”
 
Mayor McDonald, “All bids are required to be secured with a bond.”
 
A roll call vote was taken, Council President Primeau, and Council Members Kennedy, Turcotte, Nolin, Ceccucci, and Signoracci voted “AYE”. Resolution No. 31 for the year 2011 passed. 
 
Council President Primeau, and Council Members Kennedy, Turcotte, Nolin, Ceccucci, and Signoracci introduced Resolution No. 32 for the year 2011
 
A RESOLUTION APPROPRIATING A WATER MAIN REPLACEMENT PROJECT RESERVE
 
Mayor McDonald, “As mentioned, the bid amount was for $615,042.24, out of that total $587,000.00 grant was awarded, $500,000.00 was earmarked for construction, therefore $115,000.00 we are short on. In order to make sure the project is secured, we need to transfer out of the water fund reserve $115,000.00. One of the things that was suggested, by the City Engineer Garry Nathan, is that we also want to make sure that we have an Engineer on site full time doing construction/inspection. Knowing we will require additional funds for construction/inspection this legislation is for a total of $150,000.00. We hope there will not be a need for many change orders.”
 
Council Member Signoracci, “Change orders will go before the Board of Managers?”
 
Mayor McDonald, “That is up to the Council.”
 
Council Member Turcotte, “The engineer will be on site full time?”
 
Mayor McDonald, “There will be one engineer dedicated full time and, Tom McGrath will also be spending time there, reviewing the work.”
 
Council Member Signoracci, “If there is money not used, does it go back into the water fund?”
 
Mayor McDonald, “Yes.”
 
Council Member Signoracci, “Do we need to act on that?”
 
Mayor McDonald, “That would be cleaned up in next years audit.”
 
A roll call vote was taken, Council President Primeau, and Council Members Kennedy, Turcotte, Nolin, Ceccucci, and Signoracci voted “AYE”. Resolution No. 32 for the year 2011 passed. 
 
Local Law 7-I for 2011 was introduced entitled: A LOCAL LAW TO AMEND CHAPTER 255, ARTICLE VIII OF THE CODE WITH RESPECT TO THE FIRST-TIME HOME BUYER’S EXEMPTION
 
PUBLIC COMMENT
 
Mr. Petcko, “I am aware that we need new businesses to keep taxes down, but when we allow a new smoke shop to open up in downtown Cohoes, where we have enough trouble with teenagers on drugs, destroying everything in the second ward, this guy has no regard for anyone, he has signs in the windows that he will be selling pipes; screens; bukas, which are all kinds of drug paraphernalia, and I don’t want this in my ward where I live. What is the Council going to do to assure us, the residents of the second ward, that we don’t have to deal with this?”
 
Mayor McDonald, “At this point, no applications have been made to open a new business of that sort, I have heard rumors that type of business was opening, but we have not been able to confirm it, we will monitor the situation. Any type of smoke shop falls under the Department of Health”.
 
Mr. Petko, “The second ward has had a lot of work done and is looking good, we still have more to go, but there are homeowners whose backyards are full of garbage and debris, why are we not citing them?”
 
Mayor McDonald, “Code Enforcement are fining and ticketing them.”
 
Ed, New York Ave., “There are drainage problems, homes being built higher and higher, all drainage coming into our yards and homes. This causes many problems. Our yards are un-usable. I am asking to have this rectified”.
 
Mayor McDonald, “That whole area has had chronic problems for decades. I would need to meet with DPW; City Engineer, and Council Member Ceccucci to see what can be done, but State Law prohibits the City from acting when parcels are less than an acre or so is involved”.
 
Randy Koniowka, 142 Second St., “As many of you are aware, our public buildings are in serious need of investment. Right outside this very building, there is an orange barricade, which has been in place since the winter. For me, and many others in the community, it is a stark reminder of what has been neglected. It exists because the steps that leading up to this magnificent structure are in need of replacement. Our glorious City Hall is also plagued by broken windows, peeling paint, and other issues. I had the opportunity of touring our fire houses last winter. I was surprised to be met with a series of issues. I believe our library is a true landmark of our City. We need to begin taking care of our buildings in the proper way. I am advocating that this body allocate $700,000.00 through a combination of reserve fund transfers and municipal bonds and make the much needed improvements that our civic buildings so sorely needs. I firmly believe that if we don’t address the issues, they will only get worse and require a greater financial investment in the future. It is my hope that we as a community, make the sacrifices needed to preserve and protect our buildings for future generations. My second issue is that I was disturbed to read about the situation of the Senior Center. I was very surprised by this. I would urge that the Council hold a Human Services Committee meeting to find out what exactly what is going on at the Senior Center, what are the critical needs, at that point I would seriously urge the Council to be prepared to make whatever investments are necessary to make sure the center stays open. It is a vital asset in our community for our seniors”.
 
Mr. Guzzy, North Third St., “A sign was put in the middle of the road to stop before the crosswalk.”
 
Mayor McDonald, “That is a City sign, to have cars take notice. It is a “Children at Play” sign and only temporary to slow traffic”.
 
At 7:35 PM, with no further public comments being made, Council Member Turcotte made a motion to adjourn into Executive Session; Council Member Ceccucci seconded the motion. The motion passed.
 
At 8:25 PM, Council Member Turcotte made a motion to exit Executive Session and return to the Regular Common Council Meeting, Council Member Signoracci seconded the motion. The motion passed.
 
Council President Primeau, and Council Members Kennedy, Turcotte, Nolin, Ceccucci, and Signoracci introduced Resolution No. 33 for the year 2011
 
A RESOLUTION RATIFYING THE TERMS OF, AND AUTHORIZING THE MAYOR TO EXECUTE, A MEMORANDUM OF AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE CITY OF COHOES AND THE CSEA DPW UNIT
 
A roll call vote was taken, Council President Primeau, and Council Members Kennedy, Turcotte, Nolin, Ceccucci, and Signoracci voted “AYE”. Resolution No. 33 for the year 2011 passed. 
 
Council President Primeau, and Council Members Kennedy, Turcotte, Nolin, and Signoracci introduced Resolution No. 34 for the year 2011
 
A RESOLUTION RATIFYING THE TERMS OF, AND AUTHORIZING THE MAYOR TO EXECUTE, A MEMORANDUM OF AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE CITY OF COHOES AND THE CIVIL SERVICE EMPLOYEES ASSOCIATION CLERICAL UNTI
 
A roll call vote was taken, Council President Primeau, and Council Members Kennedy, Turcotte, Nolin, and Signoracci voted “AYE”, Council Member Ceccucci “ABSTAINED” from voting. Resolution No. 34 for the year 2011 passed. 
 
Council President Primeau, and Council Members Kennedy, Turcotte, Nolin, Ceccucci, and Signoracci introduced Ordinance No. 6 for the year 2011
 
AN ORDINANCE TO AMEND THE CODE OF THE CITY OF COHOES WITH RESPECT TO HEALTH INSURANCE BENEFITS
 
A roll call vote was taken, Council President Primeau, and Council Members Kennedy, Turcotte, Nolin, Ceccucci, and Signoracci voted “AYE”. Ordinance No. 6 for the year 2011 passed. 
 
Public Comments:
 
Jason Oliver, “I am glad that this is done, it was a long hard process. Why did the Council change their minds? Why is 2.5% better?”
 
Council Member Kennedy, “We needed to find ways to save some money.”
 
Council Member Signoracci, “With the money, now can a body be put in DPW?”
 
Mayor McDonald, “With the cuts in aid, the money had to be made up someplace.”
 
At 8:35 PM, with no further public comments being made, Council Member Signoracci made a MOTION to adjourn, Council Member Kennedy seconded the motion, all members voted “AYE”, the motion passed.
 
 
 
                                                                                    ______________________________
                                                                                        Lori A. Yando, City Clerk





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