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COMMON COUNCIL PROCEEDINGS

Tuesday, February 27, 2007 – 7:00 PM

Regular Meeting

In Common Council Chamber

Mayor McDonald led in the Pledge of Allegiance at 7:00 PM.

Roll call was taken

PRESENT:       Mayor McDonald                                 EXCUSED:     

Council President Kennedy                                          

Council Member Feeley

Council Member Primeau

Council Member Grignon

Council Member Riberdy

Council Member DeChiaro

Prior the meeting, Tom McGrath, Spectra Engineering Consultant, gave a presentation on Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems (MS4) Annual Report.

Mayor McDonald stated that the City of Cohoes is working with other communities as well.

At 7:13 PM, a Public Hearing was conducted regarding Local Law 1-I for the year 2007.

At 7:14 PM, with no public comment being made, the public hearing was concluded.

Council Member Feeley introduced Local Law 1-I for the year 2007

 

A LOCAL LAW TO AMEND SECTION C14-11 OF THE CHARTER WITH RESPECT TO THE DIRECTOR OF HUMAN SERVICES AND THE YOUTH BUREAU AND APPROVE SALARIES.

A roll call vote was taken, Council President Kennedy, and Council Members Feeley, Primeau, Grignon, Riberdy, and DeChiaro voted “AYE”.  Local Law No. 1-I for 2007 passed. 

 

Council Member Grignon introduced Ordinance No. 2 for the year 2007

 

AN ORDINANCE TO AMEND CHAPTER 56 OF THE CODE OF THE CITY OF COHOES REGARDING HEALTH CARE BENEFITS FOR ELECTED OFFICERS

Council Member Primeau stated that when this legislation was introduced last year, he thought that reform was needed, as far as health care benefits for the Council.  Council Member Primeau also stated that this plan, proposed this way, and amended is a watered down version.  This should affect the Council now and not be effective next year.

A roll call vote was taken, Council President Kennedy, and Council Members Grignon, Riberdy, and DeChiaro voted “AYE”.  Council Members Feeley and Primeau voted “NAY”  Ordinance No. 2 for 2007 passed.  Mayor McDonald stated he was not prepared to support the legislation at this time.

At 7:19 PM a Public Hearing was conducted regarding Ordinance No. 3 for the year 2007

Joe Bianciani, ABD Engineers, and Surveyors, representing Jerry Krug and Krug Home Builders.  This building site is on three different zoning districts.  The builders would like to change the zone district to residential in order to build condominiums on the site.  The Homeowners Association would maintain the property, streets, and utilities within the development.

Bernie Bourdeau, Grandview Ave., stated that he owned the property adjacent to the planned development and is not against the development, but would like to see only what needed be re-zoned, and not the entire area so the conservation area stays intact.

George Hebert, Masten Ave., asked if the refuse and recycling is going to be taken care of by the City or if by private company.

Mayor McDonald stated that it would be taken care of by the Homeowners Association.

At 7:35 PM with no further public comments, Council President Kennedy made a MOTION to close the public hearing.  Council Member Feeley seconded the MOTION.  All members voted “AYE”.  The motion passed.

Council Member Primeau introduced Ordinance No. 3 for the year 2007

 

AN ORDINANCE AMENDING CHAPTER 285 OF THE CITY OF COHOES CODE (ZONING) AND MAP, TO CHANGE THE ZONING CLASSIFICATION OF APPROXIMATELY 6.76 ACRES OF LAND LOCATED ALONG THE EASTERN BOUNDARY OF JAMES STREET, AND THE WESTERN BOUNDARY OF THE MOHAWK-HUDSON BIKE PATH (ALBANY COUNTY TAX MAP NO. 10.19-4-27.2), FROM MULTI-FAMILY RESIDENTIAL DISTRICT A-2, AND LAND CONSERVATION DISTRICT L-C, AND SINGLE-FAMILY DISTRICT A-1, TO PLANNED DEVELOPMENT DISTRICT (P-D), AND AMENDING THE ZONING MAP ACCORDINGLY

A roll call vote was taken, Council President Kennedy, and Council Members Feeley, Primeau, Grignon, Riberdy, and DeChiaro voted “AYE”.  Ordinance No. 3 for 2007 passed. 

Council Member DeChiaro introduced Ordinance No. 4 for the year 2007

 

AN ORDINANCE TO AMEND CHAPTER 285 OF THE CITY CODE WITH RESPECT TO SIGN REGULATIONS

 

Darrin Derosia, Corporation Council, stated that developers and private individuals have requested sign permits, and found that the Code did not allow for particular signs.  This has resulted in a very high amount of variances.  This Ordinance would amend the Code to allow for some signs to be constructed.

George Hebert, Masten Ave. requested to know if all billboards would be prohibited in the City?

Darrin Derosia stated that was true.

A roll call vote was taken, Council President Kennedy, and Council Members Feeley, Primeau, Grignon, Riberdy, and DeChiaro voted “AYE”.  Ordinance No. 4 for 2007 passed. 

Council Member DeChiaro introduced Ordinance No. 5 for the year 2007

AN ORDINANCE AUTHORIZING THE MAYOR TO EXECUTE A LEASE AGREEMENT REGARDING SPACE IN THE LIBRARY

Mayor McDonald stated that the lease area would be for Parsons Child and Family Center.  This would support a new program.

A roll call vote was taken, Council President Kennedy, and Council Members Feeley, Primeau, Grignon, Riberdy, and DeChiaro voted “AYE”.  Ordinance No. 5 for 2007 passed. 

Council President Kennedy, and Council Members Feeley, Primeau, and Riberdy introduced Resolution 6 for the year 2007

 

A RESOLUTION APPOINTING A MEMBER OF THE CITY OF COHOES INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT AGENCY

This Resolution appoints Kathleen P. Mayo as a member of the Cohoes Industrial Development Agency.

A roll call vote was taken, Council President Kennedy, and Council Members Feeley, Primeau, Grignon, Riberdy, and DeChiaro voted “AYE”.  Resolution No. 6 for 2007 passed.

Council Member Riberdy introduced Resolution No. 7 for the year 2007

 

A RESOLUTION LEVYING THE UNPAID CITY WATER AND SEWER RENTS AND OTHER AUTHORIZED LIENS AND CHARGES TO THE 2007 TAX ROLL TO BE COLLECTED AS TAXES

A roll call vote was taken, Council President Kennedy, and Council Members Feeley, Primeau, Grignon, Riberdy, and DeChiaro voted “AYE”.  Resolution No. 7 for 2007 passed.

Council Member Grignon introduced Resolution No. 8 for the year 2007

 

A RESOLUTION AMENDING THE 2006 AND 2007 BUDGETS

A roll call vote was taken, Council President Kennedy, and Council Members Feeley, Primeau, Grignon, Riberdy, and DeChiaro voted “AYE”.  Resolution No. 8 for 2007 passed.  A copy of budget transfers are attached.

Council President Kennedy and Council Members Feeley, Primeau, Grignon, Riberdy, and DeChiaro introduced Resolution No. 9 for the year 2007

 

A RESOLUTION APPROVING REQUESTING THE STATE OF NEW YORK TO IMPROVE THE ECONOMIC PROSPERITY AND FINANCIAL HEALTH OF OUR CITIES

A roll call vote was taken, Council President Kennedy, and Council Members Feeley, Primeau, Grignon, Riberdy, and DeChiaro voted “AYE.”  Resolution No. 9 for 2007 passed. 

Local Law No. 2-I for the year 2007 was introduced.

A LOCAL LAW TO AMEND SECTION C5-10 OF THE CHARTER WITH RESPECT TO INDEMNIFICATION

A Public Hearing will be conducted at the March 27, 2007 regularly scheduled meeting.

At 7:50 PM with no further business to come before the Council, Council President Kennedy made a MOTION to adjourn into executive session.  Council Member Feeley seconded the motion.  All members voted “AYE.”

At 8:30 PM, Council President Kennedy made a MOTION to adjourn from executive session.  Council Member Riberdy seconded the MOTION.  All members voted “AYE”.

At 8:32 PM, with no further business to come before the Council, Council Member Riberdy made a MOTION to adjourn.  Council Member Feeley seconded the MOTION.  All members voted “AYE”.

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                                                                                                Lori A. Yando, City Clerk






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