GOVERNMENT ACTION

Section: CAPITAL REGION,  Page: F2

Date: Tuesday, June 15, 1999

Monday, June 7 Action items: The Zoning Board of Appeals granted a setback variance to Central National Bank of Canajoharie for a proposed branch at a site bounded by Route 9, Mari-Nol Drive, Guideboard Road, and a strip mall to the east. Several neighbors spoke in favor of the project despite its commercial activity next to a residential area. The board was told the bank will buffer the residential area with a six-foot fence and a wall of evergreen trees. The bank also will close at 4:30 p.m. weekdays, open Saturday mornings, and there will be no Sunday hours. The structure of the building will be residential in nature to blend in with the area. The project must still be presented to the planning board for approval.


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July 5, 7:30 p.m.: Next meeting.


Monday, June 7


Action Items: Awarded a contract for Clean Harbors Environmental Services, Inc. for removal, disposal, labeling and packaging of household wastes for the town's fifth annual Special Collections Day, Sunday, Sept. 26, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Charlie Brown Park. Awarded a contract for $25,449 to Delsignore Blacktop Paving to Construct tennis courts in the Stoney Creek Park District. Authorized the issuance of a mass gathering permit to the Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce and the Clyde Beatty-Cole Brothers Circus. The permit allows the circus to use the southwest corner of the Clifton Country Mall to perform four shows on July 14 and 15.


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June 14, 7 p.m.: Next meeting.


Monday, June 7


Action Items: Recognized and congratulated Marjorie Shaw for being selected as ``Mother of the Year'' by the Saratogian newspaper. Shaw is on the board of directors of the Saratoga Association of Retarded Citizens, the vice president of the Dunning Street Cemetery, a member of the Malta Ridge Fire Auxiliary, a member of the Malta Seniors, a volunteer usher at the Proctor's Theater and a member of the Women's Prayer Breakfast. Referred an application to amend the Shops of Malta Planned Development District at routes 9 and 67 to the town Planning Board and the Saratoga County Planning Board. The amendment would reconfigure the permitted square footage of commercial buildings, deleting one building and adding 4,000 square feet to the buildings already approved at the site. Referred an application to amend the Blacksmith Drive Planned Development District to the town Planning Board and the Saratoga County Planning Board. The amendment would add 2,000 square feet of commercial building space to the building space already approved. Referred an application to amend the Malta Commons Planned Development District to the town Planning Board and the Saratoga County Planning Board. The amendment would expand the allowable square footage of building space to provide for a hotel and an additional commercial building. Appointed Diane Walsh to the Malta Celebrate 2000 Committee for the balance of 1999.


Calendar Items:


June 16, 4 p.m.: Workshop concerning the establishment of a Department of Building Planning and Development in the town.


June 16, 5 p.m.: Workshop concerning an application to amend the planned development district known as Saratoga Village PDD adjacent to Malt Commons.


July 6, 7:30 p.m.: Next regular board meeting.


Tuesday, June 8


Action Items: Listened to a report by Michael Stevens on the district's performance on the fourth-grade English Language Arts exam. The exam is scored from levels 1 through 4, with 4 being the highest. The exam is scored from 455 to 800, with 800 being the top of level 4 and 455 the minimum score in level 1. The district averaged 657.8 points on the test. The state Department of Education stated level 3 is where all fourth-grade students should be. Level 3 starts at a score of 645. Out of 688 students who took the test, 394 scored level 3 and above. There will be a study session on the test at the next meeting Tuesday, June 22. Approved staffing changes to positions that were not included in the school budget. The names were not revealed, but the board openly discussed positions such as guidance counselors and school psychologists. Discussed presentations given at previous meetings to inform teachers about how to prepare students for higher education in technology education and to make students aware of courses in the high school involving technology education credits.


Calendar Items:


June 22, 7:30 p.m.: Next meeting in the Gowana Middle School Library.


Tuesday, June 8


Action Items: Accepted a bus maintenance bid from Leonard Bus Sales for $59,000. The contract covers July 1999 through June 30, 2000, and is a 2 percent increase over last year. Announced a summer math and science program taking place July 13 through 15 for girls entering seventh- and eighth-grade. The first two daily sessions will be 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m., and the final day, students will travel to Watervliet Arsenal to have lunch with female scientists and hear about career opportunities in the field. Announced information will be gathered by Superintendent Emmet Prosser to solicit a bid for copy services in the district. Discussed options regarding Building and Grounds Supervisor Bill Purcell, who in May announced his retirement effective next year. The board responded with motions to consolidate the position of supervisor and appoint Dave Waters to serve along with Purcell until Purcell's retirement. A motion to post for Waters' position of assistant supervisor was withdrawn until a salary profile can be put together.


Calendar Items:


June 15-17: Final exams, grades 9-12.


June 17-22: Final exams, grades 6-8.


June 18-24: Regents exams.


June 20, 7:30 p.m.: Baccalaureate, St. Peter's Church.


June 21: Sixth-grade orientation.


June 22, 7 p.m.: Next meeting.


June 23: Middle school awards ceremonies begin before 8 a.m.


June 26, 10 a.m.: Graduation.


Tuesday, June 8


Action Items: Granted a special use permit and final approval for site plans on an application by the Mormon Church for a 17,000-square-foot church to be built on 6.5 acres on Bradt and Blue Barns roads. Granted final approval on an application by Beverly and Robert Czub for a 28-lot subdivision on Miller and Waite roads. Heard a conceptual review for a proposed 2,896-square-foot convenience store and Mobil station at Parkwood Car Wash on Route 9.


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June 22, 7 p.m.: Next meeting.


Wednesday, June 9


Action Items: Recommended approval, by a 4-2 vote, of the planned unit development district by Lakeside Farms Cider Mill at 336 Schauber Road. Lakeside plans to hold various events, from personal parties to pig roasts, in the pavilion. There has been much opposition, with concerns about parking and noise levels prominent. Lakeside addressed these issues, with no parking being allowed on the nearby roads, limited decibel levels and time restrictions. Concerns also were raised about the enforcement of these resolutions. The Planning Board's approval will go to the Town Board, which will make the final decision. Approved the sketch plan of Yalcin Ozabay to reopen a gas station and convenience store at Routes 50 and 67. The station will use new equipment and sell both gasoline and diesel fuel. Issues regarding placement of the dumpster and an old fence were resolved to the acceptance of the board. Approved the sketch plan of Nextel Communications to place cellular antennas on the Town of Ballston water tower on Route 50. Nextel agreed to put a protective device on the clamps to prevent them from scratching the paint off the legs of the tower, where the antennas will be placed. Approved the sketch plan of Cory and Debra Palmatier to convert a residence at 1423 Route 50 into a craft and gift shop. A buffer zone will be maintained on the southern end of the property, the initial parking will be cut back until a definite needed amount can be established, and the handicapped spot and access must be paved and marked.


New Business: Approved a minor subdivision for SSP Development Corporation on Route 50. They will establish a separate lot of 9.5 acres for use by SSP, establish a right of way for the town road on the lot and separate a half-acre lot to be given to the town for the placement of a water storage tank. The usual $200 fee was waived in lieu of the land being given to the town for the tank.


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July 14, 7:30 p.m.: Next meeting.


Wednesday, June 9


Action item: Unanimously authorized hiring recommended park counselors for the summer. Authorized a tax warrant for $227,239.


Other items: Several residents spoke about an ongoing controversy regarding a lot owned by the Knights of Columbus. Nearby residents contend the lot was used illegally for parking during Canalfest. Mayor Bert Mahoney said the complaints should go to Building Inspector George Bush, who would determine if any laws were being broken. Representatives of the Knights said they plan to go to court to determine their rights, since current prohibitions against use of the lot means it is of no value to the organization. Trustee Frank Lewandusky said he intends to sue the village board because of a meeting he says was held illegally without informing him or the public. At the last scheduled meeting, the board went into executive session to discuss problems with property Lewandusky leases. He contends three members reconvened the executive session at a later date without public notice.


Calendar items:


June 27: Family Day, Waterford Youth Council.


July 14: Next scheduled meeting.


Sept. 11: Annual Round-up of Tugboats.


Wednesday, June 9


Action Items: Heard from President Paul A. DeCotis who claimed he does not plan to continue as president following the board's next reorganization meeting on July 7. DeCotis, who has served as president for the last six of the eight years he has been on the board, said he plans to fulfill the rest of his board term ending next year. Recognized the following 1998-99 district retirees: Gail Gerber, high school teacher; William McPherson, high school teacher; Carolyn Pastore, administration; Doug MacWhinnie, bus driver; Joan Vukas, custodian; Dorthy Kelliher, librarian/teacher; Claudia DeLucia, elementary teacher; Kathryn Lavery, administrator; Edward Silaika, elementary teacher; and Stephen Toussaint, middle school principal. Heard update from Karen McMahon, coordinator of Technology and Informational Services, and Jan Bissette, coordinator of Buildings and Grounds, on the district's Year 2000 computer compliance status. McMahon said the district hopes to be in a position to have all systems set and ready to for final testing on Sept. 30. McMahon also suggested each individual and department using technology should have a saved hardcopy of all data on Dec. 30.


Calendar Items:


June 24, 5 p.m.: Graduation ceremonies at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center


June 23, 7:30 p.m.: Next board meeting.


Thursday, June 10


Action Items: Discussion led by High School Principal Thomas Martin regarding testimony he provided for a June 2 legislative public hearing in Albany to determine the impact of the new Regents standards. Martin said he felt 15-20 current ninth-graders under new requirements would not be able to get a high school diploma. He stressed the need for local Board of Education control to be determined in each school district. He said the present ``one size fits all'' approach will not work. Introduced Wendy Morris, the district's new business manager as of June 1. Joan Alheim is retiring as of Aug. 31 and the two managers are working together through the end of August. Morris was the formerly business manager at Corinth Central School. The kindergarten enrollment for fall of '99 was 138 students as of June 10 and the number was stated as fluctuating. Approved an increase in the 1998/99 general fund budget to incorporate a $5,000 grant in aid made possible by Assemblyman D'Andrea to equip the school with water quality testing equipment for use in teacher John Brown's life science class. Approved building use for the Fort Edward Lions Club on July 9 from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. for recreational use. The group is a drum corps that requires a practice area with a gym, showers and cafeteria. Approved a fourth grade field trip for Oct. 15, 1999 to the Bronx Zoo. Approved Springer Waste Management for waste removal for the 1999/2000 school year at a contract total of $9,805.00. Approved appointment of Matthias Donnelly to a three-year probationary period as assistant junior-senior high school principal at an annual salary of $69,613.00. Approved the resignations of Matthias Donnelly as secondary English teacher, Leah Finn as a part time educational aide and Barbara Coffinger as a part time clerical aide. Approved Brian Ekblom for the summer weight program appointment and Don Kearns for the fall supervisor of football finance. Approved the appointment of Leah Finn as a full time educational aide effective May 24, 1999 at an annual salary of $9,454.00. Approved Peter Boivin to a 52-week probationary period as a cleaner effective May 26, 1999.


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July 8, 7:30 p.m.: Next meeting.


Wednesday, June 9


Action items: Approved the site plan for a two-lot minor subdivision for Peter Zacheus on 2.25 acres on Grennell Road. Approved the site plan on 3.1 acres for a minor two-lot subdivision for 342 Finley Road. Approved a special permit for Leo Scofield to place a mobile home on his property at Crooks Grove Road.


Calendar items:


July 14, 7 p.m.: Next meeting.


July 14, 7:05 p.m.: Baldwin Estates Public Hearing.