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COMMON COUNCIL PROCEEDINGS
Tuesday, December 9, 2014 - 7:00 P.M.
Special Meeting
Common Council Chambers
 
Mayor Primeau led in the Pledge of Allegiance at 7:03 PM
 
Roll call was taken
 
PRESENT:      Mayor Primeau                                   ABSENT:        None
Council President Nolin
Council Member Kennedy
Council Member Turcotte
Council Member Ricard
Council Member Ceccucci
Council Member Signoracci
 
Council President Nolin, and Council Members Kennedy, Turcotte, Ricard, Ceccucci, and Signoracci introduced Resolution No. 49 for 2014
 
A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING PARTICIPATION IN THE NEW YORK SCHOOL AND MUNICIPAL ENERGY CONSORTIUM (NYSMEC)
 
A roll call vote was taken, Council President Nolin, and Council Members Kennedy, Turcotte, Ricard, Ceccucci, and Signoracci voted “AYE”.  Resolution No. 49 for the year 2014 passed. 
 
Council President Nolin, and Council Members Kennedy, Turcotte, Ricard, Ceccucci, and Signoracci introduced Resolution No. 50 for 2014
 
A RESOLUTION AMENDING THE ANNUAL BUDGET OF FISCAL YEAR 2014
 
Council Member Ceccucci, “How does the overtime stack up compared to previous years?”
 
Mayor Primeau, “We are a little higher this year, when the staff is down, the overtime goes up.”
 
Council Member Signoracci, “Any 2015 Grant?”
 
Mayor Primeau, “We applied, but did not receive any.”
 
A roll call vote was taken, Council President Nolin, and Council Members Kennedy, Turcotte, Ricard, Ceccucci, and Signoracci voted “AYE”.  Resolution No. 50 for the year 2014 passed.  Transfers are attached.
 
PUBLIC COMMENT
 
Tim Thibideau, Massachusetts Ave., “I would like to thank Bill, Ralph, and Dianne for getting back to me with the issue regarding Vliet Blvd.  The on line data base is correct now and it looks good.  I did get a letter from George, had I conveyed in a different way, it was not so much a public safety problem, but that the data being in-correct was the problem.  I think once the Council Members looked at this, they agreed there was a problem.  It should have been fixed a lot easier that what it was.  Thanks to Bill, Ralph, Dianne.  My own Councilman I did not hear anything from.”
 
Council Member Ceccucci, “Some things I am not interested in, that happens to be one of them.”
 
Tim Thibideau, “Yes, but it is an interest to me, and I am a constituent in your ward.”
 
Todd Walden, Police Officers Union President, “I felt I needed to address something with you.  The status of the communications for dispatch.  How it is currently or in our case not working.  As well as it should be.  I know for many reasons, there was an agreement to move dispatch to the County.  I don’t believe that it would be practical to bring it back at this point, but the problem lies with some of the things that were said were going to be done, and are not being done.  If we can’t bring it back, I would ask the Council, and the Mayor in conjunction with the Police Union work on ensuring that the defiencies that are currently taking place are remedied as best as possible.  It has been about 2 ½ years and the one of the issues are, we are not allowed separate dispatcher’s for the Cohoes Police.  A dispatcher, who answers Cohoes calls, also answers calls for other agencies.  Numerous occasions, we have called 2 or 3 times and not gotten an answer on the other end.  Thankfully we can hear each other and respond ourselves.  Many times when they come back on the radio they state they were on another frequency.  There are plans in the works for them to take on other departments.  They are overwhelmed with taking on Cohoes.  People are not satisfied with responses.  After 2 ½ years you would think some of these issues would have been taken care of, and worked through the growing pains.  We need to do something to stay on top of this to get the job done.  People have waited in the lobby for up to an hour because we are not told about the call.  We can’t respond if we are not told about it.  This is something that we need to get on top of.”
 
Council Member Signoracci, “I was under the understanding, that when this problem first came about, after the merger, there were going to be meetings, not sure where and when they were being held.”
 
Mayor Primeau, “There was, they were here, and they were weekly in the beginning.”
 
Council Member Signoracci, “Now with the problems that are arising, are these weekly meetings still going on?”
 
Mayor Primeau, “They went bi-weekly, then monthly, now bi-monthly.”
 
Council Member Signoracci, “On whose’ accord?”
 
Mayor Primeau, “The Sheriffs Department and Police Department.”
 
At 7:35 PM, with no further public comments being made, Council Member Turcotte 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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