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					                                 CITY OF GLENS FALLS
                                      COMMON COUNCIL
                                       October 10, 2006
                                         MEETING MINUTES

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

Absent: None.

Also Present: City Attorney Ron Newell, Michael Mender, Mayor’s Assistant, Thomas
Donohue, Community Development, The Post Star, The Chronicle and TV-8.
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Mayor Akins opened the meeting.

Public Comment

Councilman-at-Large Diamond asked if with regards to the request for signage from the
Christ Church Methodist, if Reverend Phil Richards is here?

Councilman Driscoll noted that he’d heard from members of that parish and a couple
are here tonight – Mr. and Mrs. Hall.

Mrs. Hall, representing Christ Church Methodist addressed the Council. She stated they
have been working on this sign project for three years now. She stated the purpose is to
get more people in to the Church. They have 7 signs they want to put up at the
entrances to the City and a couple of other locations.

Councilman-at-Large Diamond asked if she had a sample of the sign with her?

Mrs. Hall replied yes, in her car and proceeded to retrieve the sign.

Kevin Bethel, 34 Jefferson St., owner of 132 Glen Bistro, addressed the Council. He
stated he attended the last Urban Renewal Agency meeting on 9/28 with all the
intentions of buying an 11-space parking lot with dumpster area on 43-51 Park St. and
was defeated 3 to 1 in favor of a preferred developer, who stated that he could survive
without it. I can’t understand why I couldn’t at least purchase one spot for my vehicle
and access to the dumpster. I am the only proprietor that currently is paying the City a
monthly fee for one parking space and the dumpster. If you look down Park Street from
Glen Street you’d see thousands if not more parking spaces but no place for the general
public or handicapped people to park. Glens Falls needs public parking on Park Street.
He stated he’s been trying to purchase this property for four years, but the last
administration had other plans for it. He stated he doesn’t need the whole parking lot, in
fact he needs very little space. With all the parking areas that are on Park St., right now
they’re all private and for the most part people are told they can’t park there. He stated if
this item comes up for a vote for now he’d appreciate it if the Council will defeat it to
take a better look at the parking space, a better look at Park St. and figure out what we
can do for Glens Falls.
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Mayor Akins stated when Mr. Bethel approached the Urban Renewal Agency they did
have a preferred developer who had made a bid and he acknowledged that he would
take care of Mr. Bethel’s parking needs. I also concurred with Mr. Bethel that I would be
willing to work with him as a City to fulfill any and all of his parking needs That one piece
of property is right in the middle of an entire section of parking lots. As an island unto
itself it really is an encumbered situation right there. But Mr. Hoffman did get the
approval of the Board for being a preferred developer.

Mr. Bethel stated before he even knew of the property I tried unsuccessfully to purchase
the property. At the 11th hour someone from City Hall did inform him of the proper forms
to fill out, which I did and he did not. He stated further that he is just trying to secure
some kind of space for 132 Glen Bistro. It’s an old building – 1850’s and at the time it
was built there was plenty of parking around there. But now, it’s a tight area and they
need to address it. He’s not the only one – the radio station, Domino’s – anything
between Hudson and Park in the front has a problem, especially this main developer.
He doesn’t think he should be paying another developer that might be opening a
restaurant next to him for space for his dumpster and his people to park.

Councilman Brock asked the Mayor why Peter Hoffman was the preferred developer?

Mayor Akins replied he came in with a proposal to the URA and had an overall plan for
the use of the parking lot, which had been accepted by the Board.

Councilman Brock asked for the reasoning behind the decision of preferring him over
Mr. Bethel?

Mayor Akins replied because the URA has a process of accepting presentations and he
was the first one to come in with a presentation. He had a larger picture for the area
down there with the number of spaces and buildings we’re developing. He had assured
Mr. Bethel that we would be taking care of his needs.

Councilman Brock stated that Mr. Bethel said he was trying to get this lot years ago. He
went before the URA 4 years ago.

Mr. Bethel replied yes and even before the URA even considered that piece of property
for any use at all he helped the City with clearing it. There was an old car on it and it
was overgrown with shrubs. Nobody cared too much about it until a real estate
developer informed Peter Hoffman about it and they had a conversation about what
they could do with the space. He doesn’t understand why any developer wouldn’t say
that they could give him a space. His property wasn’t landlocked before, but it is now.
He thinks others who now have landlocked buildings downtown should have an area to
put things without having to pay extra for them. He thinks the taxes alone that they pay
on the buildings are enough to pay for that. Comparing what that piece of property was
four years ago and what it is now, the City is doing quite well on that little 20x40’ space
that he has.

Councilman Brock asked how far is that dumpster area from your building?
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Mr. Bethel replied 2 city blocks. He stated further that there is nothing closer that’s City
property. He’s moved the dumpster four times over the last four years. It was on
Sawyer’s property, then Bob Landry’s property, then over to URA property under Bob
Regan’s administration.

Councilman Brock asked if Mr. Bethel also wanted to use that property for a valet
service for the handicapped people?

Mr. Bethel replied they do that right now. His intention was to put handicapped parking,
10-minute parking and 2-hour parking on it, like any other City parking lot. He stated
further that although he pays monthly for the space he has right now today he couldn’t
even use it because the Hospital people took it and if you call the Hospital they say they
can’t do anything about it and suggested he have the car towed. He stated further that
he wants to know he has space somewhere. He and the preferred developer are really
the only ones interested in this property. If you cut it in half or thirds – it doesn’t matter
to him, he just wants to be part of it.

Councilman Brock stated and you’re willing to pay as much or more?

Mr. Bethel replied that he offered more for it and he offered more for it a year ago at a
previous meeting both of them were at too. The point is there are just two of them that
want it-they can split it in half to accommodate each other. It was at the 11 th hour that he
found out about this – that’s why he’s here and at the Urban Renewal Meeting – so he
could grasp what was happening before it’s too late. He knows there are big plans for
that area – it could happen in a year it could be years away. In the meantime, now, we
need to address that whole corridor.

Mrs. Hall addressed the Council again, with one of the proposed signs. She stated that
they have 5 signs, but she did locations for 7 and they would accept any changes the
Council wanted to make on them. Their main goal right now is to get them up.

Councilwoman Villa-White stated that they look like they’d be free-standing signs- they’d
be on their own post? How would they be adhered in these different locations?

Mrs. Hall replied they have the poles and everything that go with them. Or if you want to
put them on something they have, that’s fine with them too. She stated that the signs
are 24x37 ½”.

Councilman-at-Large Diamond asked if the Church is willing to install the signs
themselves?

Mrs. Hall replied that they were told the City would put them in the ground for us, but we
could do it, if they have to.

Councilman Watson stated he recalls other signs from other organizations at the
gateways to the City as smaller than this.
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Councilwoman Villa-White suggested to Thomas Donohue that since this is signage,
perhaps this is something the Parking Committee should look at, just for uniformity, just
for location. To her there needs to be some more research.

Mr. Donohue stated this might be an issue that the Board of Public Safety would want to
look at, as to the locations of these signs, to make sure they’re not blocking vision. He
stated further that in terms of the Parking Committee, they look at them as part of the
uniformity of signs.

Councilman Driscoll stated Mr. Ward has seen the signs and as he understands has
looked at the proposed locations and he has no problem with it. But he agrees with Mr.
Donohue that you want to make sure they don’t block the vision of someone taking a
turn.

After further discussion, Councilman-at-Large Diamond stated he would bring the item
to the Board of Public Safety at their next meeting, then back to the Common Council
for discussion.

Mayor Akins closed the Public Comment period and addressed the agenda.

Councilman Busch asked that Item #4 be pulled for discussion.

Councilman-at-Large Diamond asked that Item #17 be pulled.

Councilman Driscoll asked that Item #9 be pulled for discussion.
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        RESOLUTION NO. 358

        On the motion of Councilman Watson, seconded by Councilman-at-Large
        Diamond, all voting affirmatively, it was

        RESOLVED THAT, the Common Council hereby approves the minutes of the
        September 12, 2006 meeting of the Common Council.
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        RESOLUTION NO. 359

        On the motion of Councilman Watson, seconded by Councilman-at-Large
        Diamond, all voting affirmatively, it was

        RESOLVED THAT, the Common Council hereby approves September monthly
        reports for City Clerk/Parking Violations Bureau and Building and
        Codes/Plumbing.
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        RESOLUTION NO. 360

        On the motion of Councilman Watson, seconded by Councilman-at-Large
        Diamond, all voting affirmatively, it was
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        RESOLVED THAT, the Common Council hereby authorizes the Fire Department
        to go out to bid for a new boiler for the Broad Street Fire Station, as
        recommended by the Board of Public Safety.
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        RESOLUTION NO. 361

        On the motion of Councilman Watson, seconded by Councilman-at-Large
        Diamond, all voting affirmatively, it was

        RESOLVED THAT, the Common Council hereby authorizes the issuance of a
        Request for Proposals (RFP) regarding the City’s compost landfill on Upper
        Sherman Avenue.
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        RESOLUTION NO. 362

        On the motion of Councilman Watson, seconded by Councilman-at-Large
        Diamond, all voting affirmatively, it was

        RESOLVED THAT, the Common Council hereby authorizes the closure of
        Oakland Avenue for the Adirondack Stampede Rodeo from 2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 3
        to 12 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 5, 2006, as recommended by the Board of Public
        Safety.
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        RESOLUTION NO. 363

        On the motion of Councilman Watson, seconded by Councilman-at-Large
        Diamond, all voting affirmatively, it was

        RESOLVED THAT, the Common Council herebyauthorizes the Adirondack
        Runners to hold the Goblin Gallop at East Field on Saturday, Oct. 28 from 9 a.m.
        to 11 a.m., as recommended by the Board of Public Safety and the Recreation
        Commission, contingent on the provision of a Certificate of Insurance, naming
        the City as additional insured before the event takes place.
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Mayor Akins stated Item #4 on the agenda is a resolution scheduling a public hearing
for 7:25 PM Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2006 and authorizing Notice of Public Hearing and
Notice of Availability for Public Examination of Contract of Sale by the Glens Falls urban
Renewal Agency of 43-51 Park Street.

Councilman Watson stated he would like to thank Mr. Bethel for coming forth tonight to
discuss this issue and bring his opinion to us about this particular land deal. He knows
it’s a difficult issue since it’s been a City property for a number of years. It’s been a
forgotten piece of property that is useful only to a very specific group of people
downtown. He’s not convinced at this point in time that it’s necessary for the City to sell
this piece of property to Mr. Hoffman. He thinks they need to keep their options open,
even if he at this point is comfortable renting or leasing a couple of the parking spaces
to 132 Glen Bistro or any other building owners downtown.
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He stated further that he would like to keep the possibilities open for the future and get
more knowledge from the Urban Renewal Agency what the plan of this developer is and
what he would like to do with this property in the future, if in fact that that is the case in
the future.

Councilman Busch stated he would like to see something worked out between Mr.
Hoffman and Mr. Bethel – hopefully they can share this property. He’s talked with Kevin
before and knows he’s been trying to get this property for 4 years. It seems like the
Urban Renewal Agency has just taken it away from him after he’s voiced his option to
purchase it for many years.
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        RESOLUTION NO. 364

        On the motion of Councilman Watson, seconded by Councilman-at-Large
        Diamond, all voting affirmatively, it was

        RESOLVED THAT, the Common Council hereby tables scheduling a public
        hearing for and authorizing Notice of Public Hearing and Notice of Availability for
        Public Examination of Contract of Sale by the Glens Falls Urban Renewal
        Agency of 43-51 Park Street.
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Attorney Newell stated with regards to Item #10, the awarding of the contract for the
trolleys – there is a specific 2-page resolution in the packets that provides information
about where we are today and why we are here which would be voted on.

Mayor Akins stated there were several steps to this within the bidding process.

Councilman Driscoll stated one of those steps being that the other company had an
opportunity to file a grievance.

Attorney Newell stated that didn’t take place. There may be steps Specialty Vehicles,
Inc. make take in the future – so far they haven’t, but that doesn’t mean they won’t in
the future. At this point he doesn’t see it happening or any issue that would create a
problem for the City. Scott is convinced at this point that the vehicles he wants to
purchase for Glens Falls Transit are the proper vehicles to purchase. They meet
specifications. Specialty Vehicles’ did not, leaving Scott to buy a pig in a poke and he
did not want to do that. He thinks Scott has done everything he could do under the
circumstances.
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        RESOLUTION NO. 365

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

        WHEREAS, the City of Glens Falls is the lead agency for Greater Glens Falls Transit
        (GGFT), which is incorporated as a department of the City of Glens Falls; and

        WHEREAS, GGFT has been awarded grant funding from the Federal Transit
        Administration and the NYS DOT to fund 90% of the purchase of three (3) new,
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        replacement trolley buses for its seasonal trolley service, with the remaining 10% to be
        provided by GGFT’s existing capital reserve fund; and

        WHEREAS, on July 11, 2006 the Glens Falls Common Council approved a Resolution
        to award the bid (CGF 0606) for the purchase of the three (3) new trolley buses to Molly
        Corporation of Ogunquit, Maine; and

        WHEREAS, an aggrieved bidder, Specialty Vehicles, Inc., whose bid was rejected for
        noncompliance, indicated on or about July 20, 2006 that it would be filing a protest of the
        rejection of its bid with the FTA as well as commencing a lawsuit against the City of
        Glens Falls; and

        WHEREAS, pursuant to Federal Law, in the event that the FTA were to find a violation
        of federal law in the procurement of the bid CGF 0606 for the three (3) new trolley
        buses, federal funding would be withdrawn; and

        WHEREAS, as of the date of this resolution, Specialty Vehicles, Inc. has not filed a
        written protest with the FTA, commenced a lawsuit nor has it made any further contact
        with the City of Glens Falls, GGFT or the Glens Falls City Attorney; and

        WHEREAS, that in order to expedite the procurement of the three (3) new trolley buses
        and to assure that federal funding would not be withdrawn, GGFT voluntarily submitted
        the issue concerning Specialty Vehicles, Inc. to the FTA for review; and

        WHEREAS, the FTA has reviewed the procurement with respect to Specialty Vehicles,
        Inc. and has not identified any issues concerning the procurement nor has the FTA
        identified any irregularities with the procurement;

        BE IT RESOLVED, that the Glens Falls Common Council hereby authorizes the City of
        Glens Falls and the GGFT to award the contract for bid (CGF 0606) for three (3) trolley
        buses to Molly Corporation of Ogunquit, Maine; and

        BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Glens Falls City Attorney is hereby directed to
        prepare the appropriate purchase agreement for this procurement consistent with federal
        and state funding requirements and the Mayor is further authorized to execute the
        agreement on behalf of the City of Glens Falls and Greater Glens Falls Transit.

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

        RESOLUTION NO. 366

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

        RESOLVED THAT, the Common Council hereby authorizes the Controller’s
        Office to increase General Fund Expense Account A2-3310-2400 (Electric
        Department – Highway/Street Equipment) by $300 and to decrease General
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        Fund Expense Account A23310-4374 (Electric Department – Electrical Supplies)
        by $300.00 to purchase a traffic signal timer.

Roll call vote taken on the foregoing resolution resulted as follows:
AYES: Councilman-at-Large Diamond, Councilwoman Villa-White, Councilmen Busch,
Watson, Brock and Driscoll.
NAYS: None.
Said resolution declared Adopted.


        RESOLUTION NO. 367

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

        RESOLVED THAT, the Common Council hereby authorizes the Controller’s
        Office to increase General Fund Expense Account A11430-4407 (Personnel –
        Medical Expenses) by $606.00; to increase General Fund Expense Account
        A11430-1000 (Personnel – Personal Services) by $3,747; and to decrease
        General Fund Expense Account A1-1990-9000 (Contingency) by $4,353.

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

        RESOLUTION NO. 368

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

        RESOLVED THAT, the Common Council hereby authorizes the Controller’s
        Office to increase General Fund Expense Account A2-2990-4479A (Police
        Athletic League Program) by $45 and to increase General Fund Revenue
        Account A0-09999-2707 (Police Athletic League Revenue) by $45, the results of
        football registration fees.

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

        RESOLUTION NO. 369

        On the motion of Councilman Busch, seconded by Councilwoman Villa-White, it
        was
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        RESOLVED THAT, the Common Council hereby authorizes the Controller’s
        Office to increase General Fund Expense Account A2-3120-4321 (Police –
        Gas/Motor Vehicles) by $14,855 and to decrease General Fund Expense
        Account A1-1990-9000 (Contingency) by $14,855 for police gasoline usage.

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

        RESOLUTION NO. 370

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

        WHEREAS, the Glens Falls Civic Center has established a new Concessions
        Department; and

        WHEREAS, there is a need for a permanent petty cash account to cover such
        things as coin orders for change and “cash account” food and beverages
        purchases;

        NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Common Council hereby
        authorizes the Civic Center to establish a petty cash account in the amount of
        $3,500.

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

        RESOLUTION NO. 371

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

        WHEREAS, the Community development Block Grant budget has allocated
        funds for the winterization of Field House #2 at East Field; and

        WHEREAS, specifications and cost estimates must be developed prior to
        advertising the project for bid; and

        WHEREAS, Cifone Construction has submitted a price of $1500 to prepare said
        documents;

        NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Common Council hereby
        authorizes the Community Development Office to contract with Cifone
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        Construction to prepare specifications and cost estimates for Field House No. 2
        at East Field Stadium.

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

        RESOLUTION NO. 372

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

        RESOLVED THAT, the Common Council hereby approves First-Time
        Homebuyer Application HB-2003-022 in an amount not to exceed $25,000.

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

        RESOLUTION NO. 373

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

        RESOLVED THAT, the Common Council hereby approves First-Time
        Homebuyer Application HB-2003-023 in an amount not to exceed $25,000.

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

        RESOLUTION NO. 374

        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, totaling $128.38.

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

        RESOLUTION NO. 375

        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 #2006-18 dated 10/10/2006 and approved by the Purchasing Officer be
        ordered and paid and charged to their respective accounts:

                 A General Fund ------------------------------------------------$     46,148.31

                 E01 GGFTS Operations & Maintenance -----------------$                 1,999.31

                 F Water Fund ---------------------------------------------------$    17,664.51

                 G Sewer Fund --------------------------------------------------$ 169,434.23

                 CV Civic Center -------------------------------------------------$   26,029.08

                 IB Glen Street Reconstruction ------------------------------$         1,615.00

                 IG Goodwin Sanitary Sewer ---------------------------------$          1,039.50

                 II Fifth Ward Sanitary Sewer Project ----------------------$         164,972.54

                             WARRANT TOTAL                         $ 428,902.48

Roll call vote taken on the foregoing resolution resulted as follows:
AYES: Councilman-at-Large Diamond, Councilwoman Villa-White, Councilmen Busch,
Watson, Brock and Driscoll.
NAYS: None.
Said resolution declared Adopted.

Mayor Akins stated Item #9 is a resolution authorizing payment from the McEchron
House Capital Project budget to Barody Builders in the amount of $971.25 to cover
additional work incurred during window installation for the structure.

Councilman Driscoll stated a lot of projects they review have come in over budget. He
recognizes that the cost of building materials has gone up, in the last year but why are
they paying almost $1000 more on a $6,000 project?

Mr. Donohue stated this particular project was the window project at the McEchron
House. It was a time and materials project, broken out in two parts – the installation of
storm windows and the repair and getting the windows to work. There was a budget of
$3300 for the installation of the storm windows, then another $2700 for the repairs.
They went over budget on the repairs. What was allocated by the previous Common
Council was not to exceed $6000. There is ample money in the budget for this – this is
the $100,000 member bill. They had to exceed $6000 to finish the job.
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Councilman Driscoll stated that year when they were over there and were preparing
their bids did they recognize that certain measures might take longer?

Mr. Donohue replied it’s hard to tell when you’re in that type of work. You really can’t tell
sometimes until you get right in there doing it, what the time constraints are. That’s why
that portion of it was time and materials. It wasn’t a flat contractual fee. The installation
of the windows was - $3300 to install about 60 windows.


        RESOLUTION NO. 376

        On the motion of Councilman Driscoll, seconded by Councilman Watson, it was

        RESOLVED THAT, the Common Council hereby authorizes payment from H31-
        1620-4479 (McEchron House Capital Project) budget to Barody Builders in the
        amount of $971.25 to cover additional work incurred during window installation,
        repair and restoration for the structure.

Roll call vote taken on the foregoing resolution resulted as follows:
AYES: Councilman-at-Large Diamond, Councilwoman Villa-White, Councilmen Busch,
Watson, Brock and Driscoll.
NAYS: None.
Said resolution declared Adopted.

Mayor Akins stated Item #17 is a resolution authorizing an extension to the contract
between the City of Glens Falls Community Development Office and Avalon Associates,
Inc. for consulting services.

Councilman-at-Large Diamond stated looking at the proposed resolution, are we looking
at an increase in services or cost in services?

Mr. Donohue replied no. The cost is going to remain the same, which is based on per
rehabilitation project basis, which is a total fee of $1,200. When the work write-up is
prepared he gets $500. When its actually funded he gets another $300 and at
completion he gets $400, for a total of $1200 per project. He stated further that it’s a
one-year extension.


        RESOLUTION NO. 377

        On the motion of Councilman Busch, seconded by Councilman Watson,

        WHEREAS, the City desires to extend its current contract with Avalon
        Associates, Inc. for Community Development consulting services;

        BE IT RESOLVED, that the Mayor is hereby authorized to execute an Addendum
        to the current contract extending the contract for a one-year period, beginning
        October 1, 2006 through September 30, 2007.
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Roll call vote taken on the foregoing resolution resulted as follows:
AYES: Councilwoman Villa-White, Councilmen Busch, Watson, Brock and Driscoll.
NAYS: Councilman-at-Large Diamond
Said resolution declared Adopted.

Councilman-at-Large Diamond stated that he would like to go on the record why he
voted no on this. He stated he’s been the Chairman of the Community Development
Committee for 8 years in the previous administration and is still sitting in that position.
He feels this consultant has done sub-standard work in the City and he was opposed to
this resolution tonight.

OLD BUSINESS

Councilman-at-Large Diamond stated with regards to 118 Crandall St., he was notified
by the property owner around 8/28 and Councilman Watson has also been notified,
about a request for trees there. He spoke with the DPW Supt. about it, who assured him
that would be done a couple of weeks past. He drove by 118 Crandall St. today at about
10 AM, no trees. It’s now been almost 6 weeks and there are still no trees planted in
that particular area. He’s not sure if it’s cost related or the inability to get the trees
planted. He’s asked the Mayor about it on a couple of occasions and was assured the
trees were going to be done. He asked if someone could give him a definitive date when
these trees are going to be done. If they don’t have the manpower to do it, he
suggested transferring the monies from the Contingency Account – he believes it’s
about $100 per tree to have Garden Time plant the trees.

Mayor Akins stated they’ve discussed this with the property owner. He’s also discussed
with Councilman Diamond the placement of the trees and we are straightening that out
with the property owner. They will be taken care of.
Councilman-at-Large Diamond stated the other issue he has under old business is he
just wanted to explain himself a little clearer. At the September 12 th meeting they had an
issue that was of great interest to the community. It included the transfer of the Murray
Street Playground to Urban Renewal. He mentioned at that time that one of the reasons
he voted unfavorable for it was the cost the infrastructure. He has been waiting diligently
for TV-8 to air that. It’s his understanding now that the tape of that meeting has
disappeared and will never be aired publicly. He stated it was an emotional meeting –
they had a packed house with people from the community and the business district. The
Council looked at this issue time and time again. It wasn’t a pleasant decision but one of
those that needed to be made. In explanation of the decision he made that night there is
a folder on the desk in front with the figures in it. He took property tax, sales tax and
school tax revenue and put them into a spreadsheet, along with the bond payment that
would be necessary for the infrastructure improvements. The public improvement serial
bond would be $3.8M bond – that was the proposal they received from David Knowles,
the City Engineer on the project. He was able to get a copy of it but he doesn’t believe
any other members of the Council received that, so they were in the dark as far as that
goes. He took an annual bonding interest rate of 5%, base year would start in January,
2007. Let’s assume the construction has been done, we have tenants and are
generating sales tax. He carried the $3.8M over 15 years, including the interest and
principal payment to the bond. He also included in the ledger at the bottom, the total
City revenues that were provided by us - $142,634 and a School Tax estimate of $90,00
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that would run from year one to year ten. He totaled them up – years 2007-2021 and
showed the principal and bond payment for each. The second column also shows the
property tax that was suggested we were going to get, the lease payment for Murray
Street, sales tax and school tax. On the right are any additional costs that would be
encumbered by the residents of the City. He stated so in 2007 the bond payment for
that project would be $443,334.60. Total taxable income – property, lease and school
tax, came to $233,604. That shows a negative cash loss by the taxpayers of Glens Falls
of $209,730. Year 2008, same scenario. He’s not going to go through all the years but
it’s spelled out in black and white – over the first 9 years it shows a negative cash flow
to the City if we were to move those folks down to Murray St. of about $1M. In year 10 it
shows an increase of the property tax, according to the proposal to $160,000. Year 10
shows a positive cash flow to the City of $16,000. The decision he made that night, that
based on the $3.8M, it was not a practical approach for the City of Glens Falls and
would have a negative cash flow for the entire City for the next 10 years. He stated that
the fact of the matter is the Mayor and the administration has worked hard on economic
development. He knows they still have issues with the Henry Hudson property. He
believes there are still two opportunities out there for economic stimulus. One is to ask
the preferred developer to go up. In metropolitan area where there is no greenspace,
time and time again Section 8 housing has gone up. He believes that’s an approach
they can take to free up land for commercial development on that site. He stated further
that if they’re going to spend $3.8M why doesn’t the City look into purchasing the
property, take the 10 acres for economic development, let the voucher expire in 6 years,
have the Glens Falls Housing Authority manage the site, working out an arrangement
with HUD to pay for it. Then go to HUD and say that we are not going to have Section 8
housing on that site in 6 years because we want to use the land for economic
development. At that point in time, let the Glens Falls Housing Authority transition these
people into other residency within the County. He would like the administration to look
into either one of these options. The proposal that has come to the table has merit, but
he believes it’s more prudent to use that property for economic development stimulus.

Mayor Akins stated the preferred developers have a contract with the owners, who are
the ones that have the control of the property right now, the City does not. They’ve
shared those viewpoints and will continue to discuss those items with them. Down in
Albany some of those high rises are being closed because of problems and HUD does
not like going up.

Councilman Busch stated with regards to the Stampede Rodeo, he recalls going down
and meeting with Finch & Pruyn. He asked if there is a process when they’re closing
down Oakland Avenue that they are notified?

Mr. Mender replied yes.

Councilman Driscoll stated that the Fifth Ward sewer project is still going on. They ran
into some bumps in the road or bumps under the road. They rectified that. Some issues
that they had on Water St. have been addressed. Unfortunately they were addressed
because there wasn’t a need to continue to put pipe on Water Street. They’re rectifying
a couple of possible errors in judgement in the engineering studies. He’s happy to report
that the construction company which has been welcomed by 90% of the residents of the
area should be out of there within a week to ten days.
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He stated that at the last meeting they brought up the issue of some arrests the Police
Dept. had made of vandals. Shortly after arresting the young people responsible for that
some new young people were waiting to take their positions. A number of neighbors of
his and his own home had property, cars and their lawns vandalized. He will be
speaking with the Police Dept. about increasing their patrol of the 5th Ward, particularly
the areas east of South Street.

NEW BUSINESS

Councilman-at-Large Diamond stated the timeframe for the budget is coming close –
around the 16th. He would like to remind the Mayor that the Council is going to have to
have workshops and they go through the budget process. We want enough time to work
diligently and work together to pound out this budget before 2007. He stated further that
it’s been his duty for the last 8 years to remind the Mayor about the budget. He certainly
has to do it with Mayor Akins also.

Mayor Akins stated it will be a great budget.

Councilman Driscoll stated that the Big Cross Swing Into Action Committee is up and
running. They already raised some money towards the purchase of new playground
equipment for the school. This coming Sunday the Protect Our Park group will be
painting the Murray Street Fieldhouse at no cost to the City.

Mayor Akins stated he would like to have a resolution passed, about going out for an
RFQ on the conservation energy services for the water and sewer program. Attorney
LaPann feels it is a very deep RFQ process so he has turned it over to Attorney Newell
for review.

Councilman Driscoll asked the timeframe on this?

Mayor Akins replied a soon as possible. He understands there may be some funds in
November that may be able to be used. They’re putting out an RFQ for energy savings
companies to come and present their programs to them for infrastructure upgrades and
improvements to the water and sewer. They had a workshop on this.
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        RESOLUTION NO. 378

        On the motion of Councilman-at-Large Diamond, seconded by Councilman
        Watson, all voting affirmatively, it was

        RESOLVED THAT, the Common Council hereby approves proceeding with a
        Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for an energy conservation and cost saving
        services program for the City of Glens Falls.
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        RESOLUTION NO. 379

        On the motion of Councilman-at-Large Diamond, seconded by Councilman
        Busch, all voting affirmatively, it was
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        RESOLVED THAT, the Common Council hereby adjourns the October 10, 2006
        meeting.
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