CITY OF GLENS FALLS BOARD OF PUBLIC SAFETY April 4, 2012 Meeting Minutes A regular Board of Public Safety meeting was held at 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 14, 2012 in the Mayor’s Conference Room, City Hall, 42 Ridge Street, Glens Falls, New York 12801. Present: Mayor John Diamond, Commissioners, Richard Saunders, Robert Stedman, Thomas Girard, Timothy Murphy and William Collins. Absent: Commissioner Barry Cronkhite. Also Present: Police Chief William Valenza, Fire Chief James Schrammel and Amy Collins, Tourism Director. Mayor Diamond opened the meeting. He stated they have a couple of guests here to explain about a new event they propose – the item isn’t on the agenda. Donna Bradway addressed the Board. She stated they are planning a fundraiser to benefit the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life in Queensbury, called Raise the Ribbon on Sunday, May 6th at Crandall Park from 12- 4pm. They plan food vendors, including Papa Duke’s Snack Shack, music, a bouncy house, balloon hopper, a market place and the shredding of documents for a fee. DPW is expected to provide garbage cans and pick-up. They will have extensive signage on the day of the event along Glen Street as well as ribbons on trees and lamp posts all the way to the Park. A Certificate if Insurance will be provided by the American Cancer Society. Mayor Diamond stated the organizers will be responsible for insuring the vendors have the appropriate permits from the City. RESOLUTION NO. 30 On the motion of Commissioner Saunders, seconded by Commissioner Girard, all voting affirmatively, it was RESOLVED THAT, the Board of Public Safety hereby approves Raise The Ribbon, fundraising event supporting Relay For Life, on May 6, 2012, from 12-4 p.m. in and around Crandall Park. Mayor Diamond stated the National Guard would like to hold another Road March. This one would be on Mother’s Day, May 13th, from Crandall Park to the Centennial Circle and back on the sidewalks. RESOLUTION NO. 31 On the motion of Commissioner Girard, seconded by Commissioner Saunders, all voting affirmatively, it was Pg. 2 Bd. of Public Safety 04/04/12 RESOLVED THAT, the Board of Public Safety hereby approves a National Guard Road March on Sunday, May 13, 2012 beginning at Crandall Park and proceeding on the sidewalk to Centennial Circle and back. Representatives from the Glens Falls Lions Club addressed the Board with a minor change in the route of their Duathlon, scheduled for October 7, 2012. The Board approved of the change. RESOLUTION NO. 32 On the motion of Commissioner Saunders, seconded by Commissioner Collins, all voting affirmatively, it was RESOLVED THAT, the Board of Public Safety hereby approves the minutes of the March 14, 2012 meeting Mayor Diamond stated the next item is a presentation by Adirondack Race Management regarding their road race on June 2, 2012. Randy Rath and Jim Foxx, Adirondack Race Management addressed the Board. Mr Rath distributed an updated course of the race, The Glens Falls Urban Assault. He stated he met with Recreation Director Josh Milton about using various City Park locations for stops for portions of the event. He requested the closure of one lane of Clayton Avenue as well as the closure of Maple Street, between Bay and Ridge for a beer garden in conjunction with the Queensbury Hotel at the conclusion of the race. Ms. Collins stated the Queensbury Hotel has an Encroachment Permit – they can extend that to the street. Mr. Rath stated further that the race will have staggered starts, beginning at 5 pm. They are hoping for 200-400 participants and will have approximately 40-60 volunteers. They expect the race to be concluded by 6:30 PM. Commissioner Girard brought up the issue of St. Mary’s Church’s afternoon service that will be out at roughly the same time the race participants are passing by the Church, as well as Saturday evening traffic in the summer. Mr. Rath stated there would be “race in progress” signs along the route. Fire Chief James Schrammel asked about First Aid Station location – noting there should be one at Crandall Park. Mayor Diamond stated since there are still questions to be addressed he suggested the applicants incorporate the Board’s concerns into their plan, then meet with the Chiefs to fine-tune it. Commissioner Saunders asked about communication during the event. Mr. Rath stated Adirondack 2-Way Radio is letting them have 20 2-way radio sets. Pg. 3 Bd. of Public Safety 04/04/12 RESOLUTION NO. 33 On the motion of Commissioner Girard, seconded by Commissioner Collins, all voting affirmatively, it was RESOLVED THAT, the Board of Public Safety hereby approves the closure of one lane of Maple Street from Bay to Ridge Street and one lane of Clayton Avenue during The Urban Assault Race event on June 2, 2012, contingent upon the group meeting with Fire and Police Chiefs to work out details. Mayor Diamond stated the next item is a presentation by the NOW Team from Christ Church United Methodist Glens Falls regarding a proposed 5K run on June 9 as a fundraiser to support Amanda’s House. Jessica Bailey, Chairman of the NOW Team and Pastor Phil Richards addressed the Board. She stated this is the first time for this event. They plan to start at 8:30 AM at the Church at 54 Bay St., and then proceed down Bay to Ft. Amherst, Glen, E. Washington and back to the Church. They hope to have 60-75 runners and 25 volunteers. Commissioner Murphy stated every corner should have a volunteer there during the event. After further discussion of the event Mayor Diamond suggested Ms. Bailey get more information, meet with the Chiefs, then come back to the Board in May. RESOLUTION NO. 34 On the motion of Commissioner Murphy, seconded by Commissioner Saunders, all voting affirmatively, it was RESOLVED THAT, the Board of Public Safety hereby approves a Coin Drop at the intersections of Washington and Glen Street and Sherman and Glen Street to benefit the Marine Corps League Charities, June 2, 2012, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mayor Diamond stated the next item is a resolution recommending approval of Regional Radio Group’s request to close Maple Street from Bay to Ridge, from 5-8:30 PM on Thursdays, July 12, 19 and 26, August 2,9,16 and 30th for a summer concert series “Jammin on Maple”. Colleen O’Sick addressed the Board. She stated they will provide family-style bands for the events. Ms. Collins stated for a couple of the Thursday there will be classic cars on the street as well as other bands around downtown. Ms. O’Sick stated the music will be in conjunction with the Art Walks and/or cinema in the Park, put on by Art in the Public Eye. Chief Schrammel stated they had a problem last year with no emergency access to the block because of blocked lanes. Pg. 4 Bd. of Public Safety 04/04/12 He stated further that there were also too many classic cars on the street. Anything not moveable can’t be in the emergency access lane of the street. Ms. Collins stated they can limit the number of classic cars allowed to be on the street. Further discussion ensued. RESOLUTION NO. 35 On the motion of Commissioner Girard, seconded by Commissioner Saunders, all voting affirmatively, it was RESOLVED THAT, the Board of Public Safety hereby approves the closure of Maple Street, provided that one lane is kept clear for emergency access from Bay to Ridge Street for Regional Radio Group’s summer concert series “Jammin’ On Maple” on July 12, 19, 26, August 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30, 2012, from 5 — 8:30 p.m, Mayor Diamond stated the next item is a resolution recommending approval of the James P. Hinchcliffe 5K Race to benefit ALS research scheduled for Thanksgiving morning, November 22, 2012. Paul Green addressed the Board. He thanked them for his nephew, Dylan Hinchcliffe, for their support for last years’ race. They raised $8000 for ALS research. They registered 120 participants and another 126 showed up the day of the race. They hope to have 600-700 this year. They will be using the Civic Center to register the runners and will probably be finished with the event by 11:30 AM. They are beginning the race in front of Burger King, using the same route as last year, which is 3.1 miles exactly and have the same safety plan in place. They would like to have Glen Street hill closed at the bottom for about 10 minutes at 8:30 AM that morning. Commissioner Murphy stated they should have a volunteer at every corner. Chief Valenza stated he could meet with Mr. Green last week and work out the logistics of closing the street for the event. Police Chief’s Report Police Chief William Valenza addressed the Board. He stated Police Officer Richard Llewellyn was issued a Letter of Commendation for his part in locating a subject wanted in relation to a child assault case. The two new officers are on the street now for field training and working well. Mahoney Notifier finished the installation of the new door lock system in the Police Station. He stated further that they had discussed at the last meeting posh regulations. The NYS Board of Health, using its emergency powers, made it illegal to sell any synthetic cannaboids. He went around personally to the three locations that were selling in the City and officially served them, but they had each already pulled them off their shelves and they took in for destruction any remaining product. No one in Glens Falls is currently selling that product. Pg. 5 Bd. of Public Safety 04/04/12 RESOLUTION NO. 36 On the motion of Commissioner Murphy, seconded by Commissioner Saunders, all voting affirmatively, it was RESOLVED THAT, the Board of Public Safety hereby accepts the Police Chief’s Report. Fire Chief’s Report Fire Chief James Schrammel addressed the Board. He stated Fireman Barry Waterston will be retiring April 16th. He called for an Agility Test on 4/18. Their Certificate of Need application is now with the Administrative Law Judge to review the record on 4/13. He’s been working on re-doing the Code of Conduct, which he will present to the Board members at the next meeting for their approval. RESOLUTION NO. 37 On the motion of Commissioner Saunders, seconded by Commissioner Girard, all voting affirmatively, it was RESOLVED THAT, the Board of Public Safety hereby accepts the Fire Chief’s Report. NEW BUSINESS Commissioner Murphy stated they should think about setting up a standard 5k race route for the City. Commissioner Girard stated they had talked about having an application form, with the do’s and don’ts and three month’s notice when coming to the Board. Mayor Diamond stated he would put that on the agenda for discussion at next month’s meeting. RESOLUTION NO. 38 On the motion of Commissioner Murphy, seconded by Commissioner Girard, all voting affirmatively, it was RESOLVED THAT, the Board of Public Safety hereby adjourns to executive session. Upon the Board’s return to regular session, the following resolution was passed. RESOLUTION NO. 39 On the motion of Commissioner Stedman, seconded by Commissioner Girard, all voting affirmatively, it was Pg. 6 Bd. of Public Safety 04/04/12 RESOLVED THAT, the Board of Public Safety hereby hires Kyle Stonitsch as a Firefighter with the Glens Falls Fire Department, contingent on his passing pre- employment testing. With no further business, the meeting was adjourned.
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