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					                               CITY OF GLENS FALLS
                                     COMMON COUNCIL
                                           June 8, 2010
                                        MEETING MINUTES

Present: Mayor John Diamond, Councilman-at-Large Daniel Hall, Councilwoman Judy
Villa-White, Councilmen Michael Busch, Scott Watson, James Brock and Bennet
Driscoll.

Absent: None.

Also Present: City Attorney Ronald Newell, Robert Curtis, City Clerk, Edward
Bartholomew, Economic/Community Development Director, TV-8 and The Post Star.
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Mayor Diamond opened the meeting.

Committee Reports

Councilman-at-Large Hall stated there is a resolution on tonight’s agenda to approve a
contract for the Leaf Dump disposal work.

Councilman Watson asked if the bid is an annual one for 2010 or continuous?

Councilman-at-Large Hall replied that the contract is for 2 years. It’s unknown how long
the initial clean-up will take. They hope to eventually have a composting facility there
once it’s cleaned up.

Councilwoman Villa-White stated the Shared Services Committee met on 6/1 and heard
the presentation by ISP. They plan to return on 6/15 to discuss a potential scope of
work on at 6 PM in the Mayor’s Conference Room.

Councilman Watson stated the Labor/Management Committee is still waiting to hear
back from the CSEA Union to begin negotiations. He would like to see that happen in
the next month.

Councilman Brock asked what were bituminous concrete millings?

Mayor Diamond replied it’s an asphalt base type of milling – it’s sub-surface.

Councilman Driscoll stated the Civic Center Committee met last night. He would like to
schedule meetings with the management of the Phantoms, Ovations Management and
Global Spectrum over the next couple of months, although they have a couple of big
events coming in, it will be quieter. He then introduced three new members of Global
Spectrum’s staff: David Aiello, Marketing Director, Zack Nizolek, Event Manager and
Stephanie McDade, Administrative Assistant.

Mayor Diamond stated as an update to the Common Council on the McEchron House,
Keith Scott is here and Mr. Bartholomew will give a quick overview on the process of the
sale.
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Mr. Bartholomew stated because the house is a historic site, in addition to all of the
other reviews and approvals, a review by the State Historic Parks and Recs and by the
State Controller’s Office had to be done. Keith has appeared in front of the Glens Falls
Urban Renewal Agency and the Glens Falls Planning Board. He will be appearing
before the LDC and IDA on Thursday. Once those procedures are set the City would
approve the sale of the McEchron House to the Urban Renewal Agency, who would
proceed with a closing with Mr. Scott and his partner. There will be another round of
Mr. Scott appearing before the Planning Board and Urban Renewal Agency later this
month, as well as meeting with the State Historic Preservation people here at McEchron
House.

Mr. Scott addressed the Council. He stated they’re trying to get the project done as
quickly as possible. Financing had been an issue. He displayed plans for the project,
including layouts and color schemes and stated they’d remain available for the Council’s
review. He stated they met with the Planning Board last week who liked everything they
saw and noted a few things they’d have to get to – the dumpster enclosure detail and
the exact exterior colors. There is a bit of an issue with the handicapped ramp and they
are looking into a lift. In the meantime, all of these plans and more were sent down to
SHPO on 5/28 for their review and approval. He thinks it’s a fabulous project that will be
a great addition to downtown Glens Falls.

Councilman Watson asked what the timeframe is for opening?

Mr. Scott replied it will be about a 4-month renovation – it doesn’t need much outside.

Councilman Brock asked if they would be using all of the rooms, including the third
floor?

Mr. Scott replied the third floor has one egress so they will use it only for storage. He
stated further that hey plan to be open 7 days a week, closing at 11:30 PM.
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        RESOLUTION NO. 192

        On the motion of Councilman Busch, seconded by Councilman Watson, all voting
        affirmatively, it was

        RESOLVED THAT, the Common Council hereby approves the minutes of the
        May 25, 2010 meeting of the Glens Falls Common Council.
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        RESOLUTION NO. 193

        On the motion of Councilman Busch, seconded by Councilman Watson, all voting
        affirmatively, it was

        RESOLVED THAT, the Common Council hereby approves the May monthly
        reports of the City Clerk/Parking Violations Bureau and the Department of
        Building and Codes/Plumbing.
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        RESOLUTION NO. 194

        On the motion of Councilman Busch, seconded by Councilman Watson, all voting
        affirmatively, it was

        RESOLVED THAT, the Common Council hereby approves the following requests
        to use public streets, sidewalks and rights-of-way as recommended by the Board
        of Public Safety:

        1)       A fireworks display at East Field in conjunction with Summer Jam, July 3,
                 2010, contingent on the sponsors, City of Glens Falls and WCKM,
                 obtaining a Fireworks Permit from the Fire Code Enforcement Officer.

        2)       The closure of Coolidge Avenue between Kensington and Crandall, for a
                 Block Party on June 5, 2010, with a rain date of Saturday, June 12.

        3)       The closure of Second Street, between #51 and #53 for Block Parties on
                 June 27 and June 28, 2010.
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        RESOLUTION NO. 195

        On the motion of Councilman Busch, seconded by Councilman Watson, all voting
        affirmatively, it was

        RESOLVED THAT, the Common Council hereby approves the following
        Applications for Use of Facility, Park, or Athletic Field:

        1)       Haviland’s Cove Beach, August, 23, 2010, 12 noon-3:30 pm, Crandall
                 Public Library’s Make a Splash.

        2)       Crandall Park Soccer Field, August 3, 2010, 2-7 pm, National Night Out.

        3)       Crandall Park Obelisk, July 18, 2010, 6-9 PM, Hubbard Hall’s Taming of
                 the Shrew.

        4)       Murray Street Fieldhouse, June 4-6, 2010, Soap Box Derby.

        5)       Crandall Park Victory & Peace Monument, July 10, 2010, 9-11 AM,
                 Veteran’s Plaque Dedication Ceremony.
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        RESOLUTION NO. 196

        On the motion of Councilman Busch, seconded by Councilman Watson, all voting
        affirmatively, it was

        RESOLVED THAT, the Common Council hereby approves a request by the
        First Presbyterian Church of Glens Falls to place three (3) church directional
        signs at the following entrances to the City:
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        1)       Broad Street at Thomas Street;

        2)       Glen Street, near the YMCA; and

        3)       Glen Street, by the Civic Center.
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        RESOLUTION NO. 197

        On the motion of Councilman Busch, seconded by Councilwoman Villa-White, it
        was

        RESOLVED THAT, the Common Council hereby approves the contracts for the
        BYU vs. UVM basketball game at the Glens Falls Civic Center on Dec. 8, 2010.

Roll call vote taken on the foregoing resolution resulted as follows:
AYES: Councilman-at-Large Hall, Councilwoman Villa-White, Councilmen Busch,
Watson, Brock and Driscoll.
NAYS: None.
Said resolution declared Adopted.
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        RESOLUTION NO. 198

        On the motion of Councilman Busch, seconded by Councilwoman Villa-White, it
        was

        RESOLVED THAT, the Common Council hereby approves the renewal of an
        agreement by and between Warren County and the City of Glens Falls for
        periodic maintenance of the Cole’s Wood Cross-Country Ski Trails.

Roll call vote taken on the foregoing resolution resulted as follows:
AYES: Councilman-at-Large Hall, Councilwoman Villa-White, Councilmen Busch,
Watson, Brock and Driscoll.
NAYS: None.
Said resolution declared Adopted.
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        RESOLUTION NO. 199

        On the motion of Councilman Busch, seconded by Councilwoman Villa-White, it
        was

        RESOLVED THAT, the Common Council hereby approves the sale of 21 Cherry
        Street (Tax Map No. 303.17-11-18) to the Glens Falls Urban Renewal Agency for
        back taxes, penalties, interest and fees, pursuant to the City of Glens Falls
        adopted pricing policy.

Roll call vote taken on the foregoing resolution resulted as follows:
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AYES: Councilman-at-Large Hall, Councilwoman Villa-White, Councilmen Busch,
Watson, Brock and Driscoll.
NAYS: None.
Said resolution declared Adopted.
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        RESOLUTION NO. 200

        On the motion of Councilman Busch, seconded by Councilwoman Villa-White, it
        was

        WHEREAS, the City of Glens Falls has received a check in the amount of $750
        from GMAC Insurance for a City tree destroyed by an auto accident on Windy Hill
        Road on April 11, 2010;

        NOW BE IT RESOLVED THAT, the Common Council hereby authorizes the
        Controller’s Office to increase General Fund Revenue Account A009999-2680
        (Insurance Recovery) by $750 and to increase General fund Expense Account
        #A6-7110-4459 (Parks-Forestry) by $750.

Roll call vote taken on the foregoing resolution resulted as follows:
AYES: Councilman-at-Large Hall, Councilwoman Villa-White, Councilmen Busch,
Watson, Brock and Driscoll.
NAYS: None.
Said resolution declared Adopted.
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        RESOLUTION NO. 201

           RESOLUTION OF THE COMMON COUNCIL IN SUPPORT OF A SUBMISSION BY THE
            GREATER GLENS FALLS LOCAL DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION (LDC) OF AN
                APPLICATION TO THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE (USDA)
                          REQUESTING FUNDING UNDER THE
                    INTERMEDIARY RELENDING LOAN PROGRAM (IRP)

        On the motion of Councilman Busch, seconded by Councilwoman Villa-White, it
        was

        WHEREAS, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is accepting applications
        from eligible applicants to compete for funding under the Intermediary Relending
        Loan Program which serves to capitalize revolving loan funds; and

        WHEREAS, the Intermediary Relending Loan Program provides direct loans to
        intermediaries such as the LDC, to provide loan funds for small businesses
        and community development projects; and

        WHEREAS, the LDC has a long history (since 1985) of successfully providing
        loan funds in excess of three and a half million dollars to area businesses to
        support business expansion and economic development projects; and
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        WHEREAS, the LDC could better serve the capital needs of small businesses,
        and the increasing economic development opportunities of the Glens Falls area if
        its loan program had additional capital to meet the needs of new and expanding
        businesses; and

        WHEREAS, the LDC application under the USDA Intermediary Relending Loan
        Program would be enhanced if supported by the City of Glens Falls Common
        Council; and

        THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the City of Glens Falls Common Council
        hereby expresses its support of the application by the Greater Glens Falls Local
        Development Corporation to the USDA, requesting funding under the USDA
        Intermediary Relending Loan Program.

Roll call vote taken on the foregoing resolution resulted as follows:
AYES: Councilman-at-Large Hall, Councilwoman Villa-White, Councilmen Busch,
Watson, Brock and Driscoll.
NAYS: None.
Said resolution declared Adopted.
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        RESOLUTION NO. 202

        On the motion of Councilman Busch, seconded by Councilwoman Villa-White, it
        was

        RESOLVED THAT, the Common council hereby approves the Community
        Development Office’s manual payments, in the amount of $6,596.04.

Roll call vote taken on the foregoing resolution resulted as follows:
AYES: Councilman-at-Large Hall, Councilwoman Villa-White, Councilmen Busch,
Watson, Brock and Driscoll.
NAYS: None.
Said resolution declared Adopted.
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        RESOLUTION NO. 203

        On the motion of Councilman Busch, seconded by Councilwoman Villa-White, it
        was

        RESOLVED THAT, the Common Council hereby awards the bid for the Civic
        Center Brick Wall Repair Project to the lowest responsible bidder, A.J.
        Catalfamo Construction, Hudson Falls, NY, in the amount of $13,388.

Roll call vote taken on the foregoing resolution resulted as follows:
AYES: Councilman-at-Large Hall, Councilwoman Villa-White, Councilmen Busch,
Watson, Brock and Driscoll.
NAYS: None.
Said resolution declared Adopted.
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        RESOLUTION NO. 204

        On the motion of Councilman Busch, seconded by Councilwoman Villa-White, it
        was

        RESOLVED THAT, the Common Council hereby awards the bid for the 2010
        Cold Milling Contract to the lowest responsible bidder, Callanan Ind., Inc. of
        Albany, NY.

Roll call vote taken on the foregoing resolution resulted as follows:
AYES: Councilman-at-Large Hall, Councilwoman Villa-White, Councilmen Busch,
Watson, Brock and Driscoll.
NAYS: None.
Said resolution declared Adopted.
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        RESOLUTION NO. 205

        On the motion of Councilman Busch, seconded by Councilwoman Villa-White, it
        was

        RESOLVED THAT, the Common Council hereby awards the bid for the 2010
        Bituminous Concrete Millings Contract to the highest responsible bidder, Pallette
        Stone, in the amount of 42.5 cents per square yard.

Roll call vote taken on the foregoing resolution resulted as follows:
AYES: Councilman-at-Large Hall, Councilwoman Villa-White, Councilmen Busch,
Watson, Brock and Driscoll.
NAYS: None.
Said resolution declared Adopted.
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        RESOLUTION NO. 206

        On the motion of Councilman Busch, seconded by Councilwoman Villa-White, it
        was

        RESOLVED THAT, the Common Council hereby awards a contract for the
        Removal of Composted Yard Waste from the City’s Compost Facility on Upper
        Sherman Avenue to J & B Brothers Excavating of Kingsbury, NY, at an
        estimated annual payment to the City of $800.00.

Roll call vote taken on the foregoing resolution resulted as follows:
AYES: Councilman-at-Large Hall, Councilwoman Villa-White, Councilmen Busch,
Watson, Brock and Driscoll.
NAYS: None.
Said resolution declared Adopted.
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        RESOLUTION NO. 207
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Common Council
06/08/10
        On the motion of Councilman Busch, seconded by Councilwoman Villa-White, it
        was

        RESOLVED THAT, the Common Council hereby approves the City payroll
        and warrant #2010-11 dated 06/08/10 and approved by the Purchasing
        Officer be ordered and paid and charged to their respective accounts:

                 A General Fund ----------------------------------------- $     49,462.97

                 E01 GGFTS Operations & Maintenance ---------- $               14,265.13

                 F Water Fund--------------------------------------------- $    26,066.11

                 G Sewer Fund --------------------------------------------$    104,197.23

                 HQ Reservoir Dam Project ----------------------------$          1,375.00

                 IS Wilkie-Keenan Dams Rehab Project ------------$              45,841.77

                 IT CSO Long-Term Mitigational Project ------------$             6,869.79

                 IU Halfway Brook Dm Rehab Project --------------- $             5,272.08

                 IV Water Street Pump Station ------------------------ $       124,535.50

                                 WARRANT TOTAL:             $377, 885.58

Roll call vote taken on the foregoing resolution resulted as follows:
AYES: Councilman-at-Large Hall, Councilwoman Villa-White, Councilmen Busch,
Watson, Brock and Driscoll.
NAYS: None.
Said resolution declared Adopted.
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OLD BUSINESS

Councilman-at-Large Hall stated they had a presentation a couple of weeks ago from
Michelle Vera, and what they’re calling Art in the Park. She has a piece of artwork
they’re all in agreement would look good in our City Park. They would need to get a
Certificate of Insurance from the artist which would hold the City not liable for any
accidents. He spoke with Jim Girard, who is taking care of the Park about it and he
wants to bring her in when they decide the location to make sure the pads for the piece
aren’t located on a sprinkler head. He would like to have prepared for the next Common
Council meeting a program, where she can put this artwork. He would also like to put
together a committee to take a look at what they want to do with artwork in the future.
He’d like to see this artwork go in the Park now and then get the committee together
and decide what the future plans might be. He stated with regards to the BYU
Basketball Game, they haven’t decided when the tickets will go on sale – probably early
September. There is a lot of work they still have to do now that the contracts are signed.
Pg. 9
Common Council
06/08/10


Councilman Busch stated June 2nd began the bagging season – all yard waste must be
in bags.

Councilwoman Villa-White noted that some of the streets have not been picked up in a
while.

Mayor Diamond stated they are going to make one more pass through.

Councilman Watson stated he was pleased to read in The Chronicle about the letter St.
Mary’s Church received from SHPO regarding their lack of effort in maintaining the old
Post Office building on Warren Street. They bought it in 2001 and just let it go. It’s still
covered in graffiti and has broken windows. Very little effort has gone into it even since
their discussions last year. He hopes the City and the Mayor’s Office will get behind the
State in pushing the Church to sell the building to a responsible owner who will
redevelop the property to fit into the Warren Street landscape and be productive. As it
currently stands it’s an eyesore and the Church is doing nothing to improve the
situation. He was glad to see the State encouraging the Church to sell that piece of
property and he hopes the City stands behind them. He stated further that they received
a memo from Fire Chief Schrammel and there was an article in the newspaper, about a
brush fire on 5/29 on our watershed property off Clendon Brook Rd. It’s the second fire
in two years. They’ve had 6 acres burned caused by fires started during parties on the
watershed property. He knows the Mayor has been frustrated by the lack of patrols by
the Warren County Sheriff’s Office and the fact that the City can’t patrol it with our own
officers. He plans on making periodic visits up there this summer on his own, especially
on Friday and Saturday nights. We can’t seem to get the message across that the
property is off limits. Hopefully more people will be aware of what is going on up there
and they’ll alert the Sheriff’s Office is they do see something – he would appreciate any
efforts people put into that.

Mayor Diamond stated Councilman Brock has brought this up before at Water & Sewer
Commission meetings. They discussed volunteers going up there and reporting any
incidents they see. With regards to the former Post Office, we’re treating it the same as
any other building in the City with regards to Code Enforcement and Quality of Life. The
property is now back on the tax rolls as of this current year.

Councilman Brock stated the problem with the group of volunteers for the watershed is
finding someone to take the head. They do need something up there.

Mayor Diamond suggested getting volunteers from the School District or the cross-
country events to help us.

Councilman Driscoll stated he attended a workshop last week held by the League of
Women Voters. An expert on Open Government and the Freedom of Information Laws
and regulations was present and everything he heard we’re already doing here at the
City. He spoke with the individual who said he’s regularly in touch with Mr. Curtis’ office
and with City officials.

NEW BUSINESS
Pg. 10
Common Council
06/08/10
Councilman-at-Large Hall presented a hardhat and a reflective vest to the Mayor for his
visits to construction sites, on behalf of the DPW.

Councilman Brock stated last week the Shared Services Committee met and they
discussed the possibility of consolidating the dispatch services. One of the points they
made was that the way the dispatch service is run may entail more than just manning a
phone or radio. They talked about the importance of knowing the local area and streets
for the public’s sense of security. They weren’t trying to sell a particular approach so it
worries him they might be spending a lot of money to go back to where we started. He
would like us to look into grant money to alleviate some of the cost of a study.

Mayor Diamond stated they can look for funding sources before the next meeting.

Councilman Watson asked if the State grant they applied for last year would be put
towards this?

Mayor Diamond replied that’s money for setting up a citizen’s committee. He doesn’t
think it can be applied to that.

Councilman Watson questioned the use of monies for a free citizen’s committee.

Mayor Diamond replied there is also an evaluation process that goes along with the
application.

Councilman Driscoll noted Americade is this week and LARAC this weekend, an
opportunity to boast and brag and shine. There are a lot of people coming into the City
for those events – he encouraged people to welcome the new people into the City when
they see them.

Mayor Diamond updated the public on certain capital projects. They’re moving forward
on the leaf Dump. The closure of the Landfill should be completed by September,
23010. Bay Street sub-surface and street scaping is done. It will be finished by top
dressing and planting trees. He encouraged the residents of Bay Street to water the
areas between the curb and the sidewalks in front of their properties. With regards to
water distributions and their dams, they are about to make the final payment on the
Butler Storage/Butler Pond work. The only thing left to do on Halfway Brook is a debris
boom, which will be done this week. Wilkie and Keenan are on schedule. With regard to
the pumping stations, Henry, Water and Sanford Street Pumping Stations are done.
Pumps are in place to be put into Webster Avenue’s. The only pumping station left to be
done under the Consent Order is Thornberry/Staple/Knight, which is under final review
and the bids documents for it will be out in June. The Third Ward Storm Sewer Project
is underway. The Long Term CSO/LTCP is on schedule and the second phase of
Siemens’ Energy Performance Contract is underway. The grease collection
components are being put in place and will be going on line in the near future. The City
has done a lot of work on infrastructure and the projects are starting to wind down. He
thought it important to mention that. He spoke with Mr. Bartholomew today after he
attended a transportation improvement meeting and it looks like they have the
opportunity of Hudson Avenue and Dix Avenue becoming transportation improvement
projects in the near future. We’re being aggressive in dealing with the infrastructure in
the City of Glens Falls.
Pg. 11
Common Council
06/08/10


Councilwoman Villa-White stated there are two additional resolutions. The first is a
resolution renewing an Encroachment Permit for Bistro Tallulah. She stated the second
is approving closure of certain streets for KLARAC Festival this weekend: Maple from
Bay to Ridge and Bay from Glen to Maple from 6 PM Friday to 6 pm Sunday.
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        RESOLUTION NO. 208

        On the motion of Councilman Busch, seconded by Councilwoman Villa-White, it
        was

        RESOLVED THAT, the Common Council hereby approves the renewal of an
        Encroachment Permit for Bistro Tallulah, 26 Ridge Street for outside dining,
        effective upon payment, through May 31, 2011.

Roll call vote taken on the foregoing resolution resulted as follows:
AYES: Councilman-at-Large Hall, Councilwoman Villa-White, Councilmen Busch,
Watson, Brock and Driscoll.
NAYS: None.
Said resolution declared Adopted.
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        RESOLUTION NO. 209

        On the motion of Councilman Busch, seconded by Councilwoman Villa-White, it
        was

        RESOLVED THAT, the Common Council hereby approves the closure of Maple
        Street, between Bay and Ridge Streets and Bay Street, between Glen and Maple
        Streets from 6 pm Friday, June 11, 2010 until 6 pm Sunday, June 13, 2010, in
        conjunction with the LARAC Festival.

Roll call vote taken on the foregoing resolution resulted as follows:
AYES: Councilman-at-Large Hall, Councilwoman Villa-White, Councilmen Busch,
Watson, Brock and Driscoll.
NAYS: None.
Said resolution declared Adopted.
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Public Comment

Representatives from Warren County Soil and Water addressed the Council requesting
a Rain Garden be placed at Haviland’s Cove as part of their previously approved
Adirondack Water Fest on 6/22. They explained is will be a shallow depression, planted
with various plants that will serve to collect runoff from the parking lot an allow it to soak
through there rather than run into Haviland’s Cove. They distributed renderings of the
proposed rain garden and requested location at the Park.
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        RESOLUTION NO. 210
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Common Council
06/08/10
        On the motion of Councilman Driscoll, seconded by Councilwoman Busch, it
        was

        RESOLVED THAT, the Common Council hereby approves the installation of a
        “rain garden” by Warren County Soil and Water Conservation at Haviland’s Cove
        at no cost to the City, as part of the Adirondack Waterfest event to be held on
        July 23, 2010.

Roll call vote taken on the foregoing resolution resulted as follows:
AYES: Councilman-at-Large Hall, Councilwoman Villa-White, Councilmen Busch,
Watson, Brock and Driscoll.
NAYS: None.
Said resolution declared Adopted.


        RESOLUTION NO. 211

        On the motion of Councilman Busch, seconded by Councilman Watson, all voting
        affirmatively, it was

        RESOLVED THAT, the Common Council hereby adjourns the June 8, 2010
        meeting.
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