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					                                 CITY OF GLENS FALLS
                                      COMMON COUNCIL
                                       December 12, 2006
                                        MEETING MINUTES

A Public Hearing was held at 7:15 p.m. on Tuesday, December 12, 2006 in the
Common Council Chambers, City Hall, 42 Ridge Street, Glens Falls, New York, 12801
with regards to the proposed 2007 General Fund Budget.

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

Also Present: City Attorney Ronald Newell, Robert Curtis, City Clerk, Charles Cefalu,
Treasurer, Business Improvement District, Todd Shimkus, President, ARCC; The Post
Star and TV-8.
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The Mayor opened the Public Hearing on the General Fund Budget.

Charles Cefalu, Treasurer of the B.I.D., addressed the Council. He thanked them for the
opportunity to attend a budget workshop to explain the funding needs of the BID. He
appreciates their faith in the downtown they indicated by restoring their full $30,000
funding to the BID for 2007.

Mayor Akins stated they appreciate the great work the BID is doing and looks forward to
working with them in the future.

Todd Shimkus, 5 Horicon Avenue, President/CEO of the ARCC, addressed the Council.
He thanked the Common Council for their hard work on the budget and the reduction of
the tax rate. He noticed they eliminated a lot of the non-funded line items, making the
budget easier to read but it is still a large document. He suggested making it available
for viewing on-line.

Mayor Akins closed the Public Hearing and opened the regular Common Council
meeting at this time. He stated he would like to address some of the neighbors of the
Parker Street area and Naval Reserve Center who have come in. The property has
been leased to the Navy since 1947. Reported in the media were many examples of
how the building could be used by the City. It’s been explored by various City and
County Departments for soft office and other kinds of uses. There has also been
discussion of the opportunity there may be there for residential – new homes that would
enhance the neighborhood. He would welcome contractors or homebuilders to discuss
that opportunity with the City. It’s his responsibility as the Mayor to explore everything
and anything that may benefit the City and he would encourage anyone with plans for
the property to come forth.

PUBLIC COMMENT

John Fair, 17 Webster Avenue, addressed the Council. He stated with regards to the
Reserve Center, his concern right now is the environmental impact study that was done
on that piece of property. He got a copy of it sent to him and took it to DEC in
Warrensburg and asked them to look at it and see if anything jumped out at them.
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He put in a FOIL request for the information from them. He stated the City taking the
property as is might open a Pandora’s box. There were issues in the report left open.
He would like the takeover by the City retracted until the Navy can give them a clean bill
of health on that building. The City should request at least a Phase I Environmental
Study done by the Navy.

Mayor Akins replied that he would have the City Attorney check over the environmental
information and concerns.

Councilman-at-Large Diamond asked Mr. Fair if in his conversations with the Federal
government – are they responsible for having an environmental study done?

Mr. Fair replied he doesn’t know that yet.

Councilman-at-Large Diamond stated that he could see no harm in asking the Federal
government to do an environmental study on the property and having them pay for it.
We need to make a decision on the building and that would ensure we are protecting
ourselves and the City from environmental concerns.

Attorney Newell stated that the City Cemetery Commission owns the property, they
always have. They leased it to the Navy for $1 since the 40’s. As long as he can
remember the Navy has only used the property for drills – not for storage of ammunition
or jet fuel or anything else that could contaminate the property. He stated further that
the Navy not being on the property anymore does not absolve them from anything
they’ve done while they were there. He will make inquiries on the possibility of the Navy
paying for an environmental study.

Councilman-at-Large Diamond stated that the Council does plan, after the first of the
year to hold workshops at the site to determine the best use of the building for the
community and the City.

Mr. Fair stated the neighborhood committee would be contacting 3 contractors for
ballpark figures to develop the property as residential.

Christina Lee, 20 Arbor Drive, addressed the Council. She stated after speaking with
the EPA, there are several possible environmental concerns with the property – lead,
asbestos, they have a hazardous waste ID number on file with the EPA, there has been
a spill on the property. She noted any renovation to the building would require major
asbestos clean, which costs a lot of money.

Mayor Akins stated he believes in the report we have the asbestos has been taken out
of there.

Ms. Lee replied that’s not the information she has. She stated further that they’ve
started a petition and has received 320 signatures so far. The petition reads “As
residents and taxpayers of the City of Glens we, the undersigned oppose any action by
City government to retain the existing building at 2 Parker Street (Naval Reserve
Center) for any non-residential use. We encourage the Common Council to enforce the
current City Zoning Ordinances for the property’s existing R1A designation.
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The City must insist upon an Environmental Impact Study before accepting the property
from the United State Navy.”

David Walls, 17 Monument Avenue, addressed the Council. He stated Mr. Watson and
Mr. Akins came around last fall asking for his and his wife’s votes, one of the things they
spoke of was maintaining the integrity of the City as well as the City’s neighborhoods.
He stated anything other than residential on that site would significantly impact the
neighborhood. He stated further that it’s his believe that the Council should be polling
who they represent to see what they would like there.

Councilman-at-Large Diamond noted that the planned workshops after the first of the
year would be open to all residents.

Brent McDevitt addressed the Council, thanking them for restoring the B.I.D. money –
he believes it’s money well-spent. He stated as many of the Council know he and his
office proposed cost savings measures to the Insurance Committee for the City of Glens
Falls, in terms of health insurance. They to date have heard nothing back. He stated
that he read with interest this morning in the Post Star, minutes of a Queensbury Town
Board workshop where John Weber, Capital Financial Group and broker for the Town’s
health insurance policies said he could accept a 1.2% fee for negotiating the Town’s
policy, a decrease of the 3% fee previously discussed. Weber had negotiated the 6.6%
increase in health insurance costs for 2007. Councilman Richard Sanford found that the
Town would have had only a 4.1% increase if the Town did not go through the broker,
however the Board members felt that the broker’s services were worthwhile and asked
Weber to accept the lower fee. He asked if Mr. Weber had called members of the
Council, Insurance Committee or Mr. Akins to discuss his decrease in his fee to the City
of Glens Falls, which would amount to thousands of dollars? He stated further that Mr.
Weber had probably not done that and asked why he had not. He asked why he and his
partner had not been given the opportunity to go further in their discussions and
possibly save the City thousands of dollars.

Brian Tedesco, 120 Bay Street, addressed the Council regarding the possibility of
establishing a dog park in the City. He stated that although he knows it’s against the
law, he lets his dog run, off the leash at Crandall Park. He would like the City to
designate a certain areas in the City, fence and supervise them as a dog parks. He
suggested Crandall Park, Coles Woods, property on LaRose Street or the fenced area
next to the Navy Reserve Center as possible locations.

Councilman Busch suggested contacting Recreation Superintendent, Tobey Gifford
about the idea.

Councilwoman Villa-White stated Bob Curtis, City Clerk had provided information to her
when they looked at this before.

Mr. Curtis addressed the Council. He stated several people came before the Recreation
Commission with the same idea and the Commission took a look at it. But with the
liability and responsibilities associated with the control of dogs and the cost, it is not an
easy undertaking. The idea was tabled at the time.
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There were questions of making sure the dogs are licensed and vaccinated, and who
would do that and supervise the dog park itself.

Councilwoman Villa-White suggested Mr. Tedesco attend a Recreation Commission
meeting.

Harold Taylor addressed the Council. He asked if they are having someone at the City
level investigate the option to build residential homes on the Naval Reserve Property?

Mayor Akins sated he’s received phone calls about what people would like to have, but
no dialogue from builders who may be interested. We’re open to everything.

Mr. Taylor asked if the City would be willing to have a professional appraisal done of the
property?

Mayor Akins replied it is Cemetery property and will have to get the Cemetery
Commission’s opinion on what is to be done with the property. The Assessor Office has
given them a value of the property.

Councilman Busch stated he looked it up at Warren County and it’s 1.7 acres, and he
believes $700,000 assessed value.

Councilman-at-Large Diamond stated it makes sense to get an appraisal done.

Mr. Taylor suggested draining the pipes and generally winterizing the building. He
stated further that the petition presented had a significant number of signatures, from all
the Wards. He believes it’s a good sample of the opinion of the City’s residents of what
they want done with that facility. He noted there would be a meeting on the subject at
the Church of the Good Shepherd on 12/19.

Chuck McCabe, representing Ames Goldsmith, addressed the Council. He stated he
was here on behalf of their sister company, Ames Electro and the resolution for them on
tonight’s agenda. He stated it’s very important to them to have this passed tonight.
They’ve worked very hard with the City to get to where they are right now. This is the
final piece to get done so they can get their CO. He stated that there are a couple of
guys that he thinks deserve notice – John Ward, John Ellingsworth and Peter Brown –
they’ve been very helpful in this process to him personally and to Ames Goldsmith.
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        RESOLUTION NO. 432

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

        RESOLVED THAT, the Common Council hereby approves the minutes of the
        Nov. 28, 2006 meeting of the Glens Falls Common Council.
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        RESOLUTION NO. 433
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        On the motion of Councilman Busch, seconded by Councilman-at-Large
        Diamond, all voting affirmatively, it was

        RESOLVED THAT, the Common Council hereby approves the monthly reports
        of the City Clerk’s Office/Parking Violations Bureau and Building and
        Codes/Plumbing.
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        RESOLUTION NO. 434

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

        RESOLVED THAT, the Common Council hereby confirms the Mayor’s
        reappointment of Wayne Wright as City Historian from January 1, 2007 through
        December 31, 2009.
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        RESOLUTION NO. 435

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

        RESOLVED THAT, the Common Council hereby authorizes the Adirondack
        Runners to host a race series on Tuesday evenings in the month of May, 2007
        contingent on the organization providing a Certificate of Insurance naming the
        City of Glens Falls as an additional insured.
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Councilman Busch asked that Items #10 and 15 be pulled.
Councilman Driscoll asked that Item #9 be pulled.
Councilman Watson asked that Item #7 be pulled.
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        RESOLUTION NO. 436

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

        RESOLVED THAT, the Common Council hereby approves the purchase of
        tennis equipment in the amount of $322 using a grant through the Warren County
        Youth Bureau and the United States Tennis Association.

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.
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        RESOLUTION NO. 437
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         AUTHORIZING AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE CITY OF GLENS FALLS AND THE COUNTY
             OF WARREN FOR TOURISM PROMOTION AND TOURIST AND CONVENTION
                                 DEVELOPMENT FUNDS.

        On the motion of Councilman-at-Large Diamond, seconded by Councilman
        Watson,
        WHEREAS, Warren County derives revenues from the Occupancy Tax authorized by act of the
        New York State Legislature (Chapter 422 of the Laws of 2003), and after deducting the amount
        provided for administering such Tax, is to allocate the funds to enhance the general economy of
        the County of Warren and its Cities, Towns and Villages through the promotion of tourism
        activities, conventions, trade shows, special events and other directly related and supported
        activities; and

        WHEREAS, an Agreement between the County of Warren and the City of Glens Falls (hereinafter
        “Municipality”) is presented at this meeting, which Agreement proposes to provide funds to the
        Municipality for tourism promotion and tourist and convention development (hereinafter
        “Agreement”) from 2006 Occupancy Tax Revenues; and

        WHEREAS, the Agreement provides for initial funds of Thirty Thousand Dollars ($30,000) from
        2006 Occupancy Tax Revenues and for additional funds to be provided only pursuant to further
        resolution adopted at the sole discretion of the Warren County Board of Supervisors with all
        funding subject to and in accordance with and the terms and provisions of the Agreement (without
        the need to approve and sign additional agreements for additional payments; and

        WHEREAS, the Agreement also contains provisions concerning allowable fund expenditures,
        accounting, record keeping and under certain circumstances, refunds of Occupancy Tax funds
        being paid to the Municipality; and

        WHEREAS, the Municipality is ready, willing and able to provide for promotion of tourist activities,
        conventions, trade shows, special events and other directly related and supported activities, and
        possesses or can make available all necessary qualified personnel, licenses, facilities and
        expertise to carry out the terms of the Agreement;

        NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, hat the City of Glens Falls hereby enters into the
        Agreement with the County of Warren and the Mayor of the City of Glens Falls be and hereby is
        authorized and directed to execute the Agreement on behalf of the City of Glens Falls with the
        County of Warren the receipt of funds in the amount of Thirty Thousand Dollars ($30,000), with
        the understanding that:

        1)       additional funding may be made by the County of Warren pursuant to the Agreement, as
                 Occupancy Tax revenues shall become available and in such amounts as the Board of
                 Supervisors shall, in its sole discretion shall determine appropriate pursuant to a
                 municipal sharing formula to be approved by the said Board of Supervisors; and

        2)       that all funds received pursuant to the Agreement shall be subject to the terms and
                 provisions of the Agreement (without the need to approve and sign additional
                 agreements); and

        3)       said funds, if not used for eligible expenditures, shall be refunded to the County; and

        BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that specific expenditure of the funds provided under the
        Agreement shall be subject to further approving resolution of the Common Council of the City of
        Glens Falls.

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.
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        RESOLUTION NO. 438

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

        RESOLVED THAT, the Common Council hereby authorizes the City to enter into
        a lease agreement with the Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, 543 Glen
        Street, for parking in a City-owned vacant lot on Bowman Avenue and further
        authorizing the DPW to work with the Church to facilitate this.

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.
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        RESOLUTION NO. 439

          RESOLUTION OF THE COMMON COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF GLENS FALLS, NEW YORK
            AUTHORIZING ADVERTISING OF NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING AND NOTICE OF
             AVAILABILITY FOR PUBLIC EXAMINATION OF THE CONTRACT FOR SALE OF
                10 BUSH STREET, GLENS FALLS, NY FOR PRIVATE DEVELOPMENT.

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

        WHEREAS, pursuant to and in accordance with the City of Glens Falls Community Development
        Plan and the Master Plan, the Glens Falls Urban Renewal Agency (the “Agency”) proposes to sell
        a parcel of land at 10 Bush Street in Glens Falls, New York for residential rehabilitation
        purposes; and

        WHEREAS, pursuant to said Plans and General Municipal Law of the State of New York, the
        Glens Falls Urban Renewal Agency has duly designated Clute Enterprises, Inc., Queensbury,
        New York, as the qualified and eligible Developer for the acquisition and redevelopment of said
        parcel of land; and

        WHEREAS, the General Municipal Law of the State of New York requires the approval of such
        sale or disposition after a public hearing by the governing body; and

        WHEREAS, there has been prepared a Notice of Public Hearing and Notice of Availability for
        Public Examination in accordance with the General Municipal Law of the State of New York;

        NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT AND IT IS HEREBY RESOLVED, by the Common Council of the
        City of Glens Falls, New York, that the proposed notice of Public Hearing and Notice of
        Availability for Public Examination of the Contract for Sale is hereby approved, and the City Clerk
        is hereby authorized and directed to publish said Notice of Public Hearing and Notice of
        Availability for Public Examination in an official newspaper of the City of Glens Falls that the
        Contract of Sale shall be available for public inspection as provided in said Notice and that said
        Public Hearing shall be held on Tuesday, January 9, 2007 at 7:25 PM in the Common Council
        Chambers at City Hall, Glens Falls, New York.
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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.
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        RESOLUTION NO. 440

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

        RESOLVED THAT, the Common Council hereby authorizes the Mayor to enter into an
        Agreement with Complus Data Innovations, Inc., 560 White Plains Road, Tarrytown, NY 10591,
        for Parking Ticket Management Services with terms and Conditions of the Agreement remaining
        in effect for a period of three (3) years from the date of acceptance, with automatic renewals upon
        the same terms and conditions annually thereafter; and

        FURTHER, RESOLVED THAT, if either the City of Glens Falls (the “Client”) or Complus does not
        want to exercise this renewal option, they must notify the other party in writing of its intention not
        to renew no later than thirty (30) days prior to the termination date of this agreement. Non-
        notification to the other party shall result in the automatic renewal of this contract as specified
        above. In the event of termination the City of Glens Falls (the “Client”) would be provided with a
        usable computer file as of the date of termination, at no cost.

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.
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        RESOLUTION NO. 441

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

        RESOLVED THAT, the Common Council hereby approves a perpetual
        easement between the City of Glens Falls and Ames Electro Materials Corp., for
        fire hydrant water line maintenance, located at 9 Pruyn Island, Glens Falls.

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.
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        RESOLUTION NO. 442

        On the motion of Councilman-at-Large Diamond, seconded by Councilman
        Watson, it was
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        RESOLVED THAT, the Common Council hereby authorizes a contract with the
        Harlem Globetrotters for a performance at the Glens Falls Civic Center on
        February 20, 2007

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.
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        RESOLUTION NO. 443

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

        RESOLVED THAT, the Common Council hereby approves a MEMORANDUM OF
        AGREEMENT with regards to the Hudson River and Champlain Feeder Canal
        Intermunicipal LWRP, between the City of Glens Falls, Town of Moreau, Town of Fort
        Edward, Town of Queensbury and the Village of South Glens Falls;

        WHEREAS, in 2001 the Town of Moreau submitted an application to the New York State
        Department of State under the Environmental Protection Fund – Local Waterfront Revitalization
        Program on behalf of the City of Glens Falls, Town of Fort Edward, Town of Queensbury and the
        Village of South Glens Falls to prepare an intermunicipal Local Waterfront Revitalization Program
        (LWRP) for the Hudson River and Champlain Feeder Canal waterfront area; and

        WHEREAS, each of the communities supported the application and agreed to participate in the
        project and contribute to the local match; and

        WHEREAS, the New York State Department of State approved the application and allocated
        $40,000 to prepare the Hudson River and Champlain Feeder Canal Intermunicipal LWRP; and

        WHEREAS, the New York State Department of State established Contract Number C006268 with
        the Town of Moreau, authorizing the Town of Moreau to execute necessary contractual
        arrangements to complete the project, including procurement of consulting services, processing
        of fiscal records associated with the program and preparation of payment requests for submission
        to the New York State Department of State; and

        WHEREAS, Contract Number C006268 requires the establishment of a Waterfront Advisory
        Committee with representation from the City of Glens Falls, Town of Moreau, Town of Fort
        Edward, Town of Queensbury and Village of South Glens Falls to oversee preparation of the
        Local Waterfront Revitalization Program; and

        WHEREAS, Contract Number C006268 requires a local match of no less than $40,000
        comprised of cash and in-kind services;

        THEREFORE, IT IS HEREBY AGREED, by and among the parties to this Agreement that the
        City of Glens Falls, Town of Moreau, Town of Fort Edward, Town of Queensbury and Village of
        South Glens Falls agree to contribute in-kind services as hereinafter set forth through their
        participation on the Waterfront Advisory Committee and cash in the amount specified in Schedule
        A which is annexed hereto and incorporated herein; and

        IT IS FURTHER AGREED, that the in-kind services to be provided through participation on the
        Waterfront Advisory Committee include but are not limited to technical support, mapping and
        other necessary document production as to be further agreed upon among the parties.
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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.
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        RESOLUTION NO. 444

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

        RESOLVED THAT, the Common Council hereby approves Community
        Development’s Homeowner Rehabilitation Grant No. 05-92-06, in the amount of
        $17,655.

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.
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        RESOLUTION NO. 445

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

        RESOLVED THAT, the Common Council hereby approves Community
        Development’s Homeowner Rehabilitation Grant No. 05-12-12, in the amount of
        $15,610.

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.
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        RESOLUTION NO. 446

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

        RESOLVED THAT, the Common Council hereby approves the Community
        Development Office’s manual payments in the amount of $8,634.79.

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.
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        RESOLUTION NO. 447

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

        RESOLVED THAT, the Common Council hereby approves the City payroll and
        warrant #2006-22 dated 12/12/2006 and approved by the Purchasing Officer be
        ordered and paid and charged to their respective accounts:

                 A General Fund ------------------------------------------------ $    120,675.81

                 E01 GGFTS Operations & Maintenance ----------------- $                   594.57

                 F Water Fund ----------------------------------------------------$    13,194.46

                 G Sewer Fund ---------------------------------------------------$     16,059.38

                 CV Civic Center ------------------------------------------------ $    16,431.78

                             WARRANT TOTAL                         $ 166,956.00

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.
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Mayor Akins stated Item #7 is a resolution adopting the 2007 proposed General Fund
budget with a tax rate of $10.37 per thousand of assessed value and an overall property
tax levy of $7,474,786.62.

Councilman Watson stated he wanted to go over some of the numbers they were
talking about tonight with regards to the Naval Center. We didn’t get to finish up with the
budget – what we’re going to do with money for contingency – he doesn’t know if that’s
accounted for in the budget. He also wants to discuss the Economic Development
Director’s salary for 2007. After speaking with the current Director, he thinks that since
they anticipate not having funding for that from the IDA or LDC in the future for that
position in the City since it is the City’s responsibility for that role. It’s the LDC’s and
IDA’s role to really bring businesses into the City. He doesn’t want to get into a bind
near the end of the year because of not knowing where fuel prices are going, and other
issues that recently came up.

Councilman-at-Large Diamond stated Councilman Watson participated in the workshop
they had and knew exactly where we stood. What is he recommending? The Mayor put
$130,000 towards contingency. We restored $50,000 to the budget, which gives them a
little wiggle room for shortfalls. The Mayor froze spending in the fall and curbed
spending in general. He checked with the Controller’s Office, who believes the revenues
will not be so soft as they previously thought.
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Regarding the Economic Development Director’s position, he doesn’t see why the LDC
or IDA wouldn’t fund that position for the future. They’ve funded it for years. The LDA
and the LDC both originated from Community Development Block Grant funds the City
got years ago. Their focus is to create jobs. He thinks they would look favorably on
anybody coming in, whether it’s Mr. Feigenbaum or a new Economic Development
Director that the Mayor selects. He doesn’t see why they would fund the position. He
stated further that there is some additional money in the budget to make the salary
equivalent to what they discussed in the workshop. Economic Development is a
concern of the Mayor’s and he shared us with that several times in their meetings. We
assured him he would have the amount of money needed – similar to the figure recently
proposed for the new hire at the Water Treatment Plant. They generally agreed they
would use that number and Councilman Watson was part of that process. He stated
further that the tax rate is better than any other in the area. They built a cushion into the
contingency account.

Councilman Watson asked if the cushion he referred to would be used if they do need
to fund and Economic Development Director for the future?

Councilman-at-Large Diamond replied no.

Councilman Busch suggested replacing any money spent from the Contingency
account on the Parker Avenue property from the proceeds of what they receive from the
property.

Councilwoman Villa-White stated regarding the Economic Development position her
opinion is she wants to make sure they have enough money to find the caliber person
they need. Todd Feigenbaum did a great job for a year at a very low cost.

Mayor Akins thanked the Common Council for their work on the budget process. He
noted that City government has one job – to serve the public and that revenues are far
below what they should be in the City.
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        RESOLUTION NO. 448

        On the motion of Councilman-at-Large Diamond, seconded by Councilman
        Busch, it was

        RESOLVED THAT, the Common Council hereby adopts the proposed
        2007 General Fund Budget with a tax rate of $10.37 per thousand of
        assessed valuation and an overall property tax levy of $7,474,786.62.

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.
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Mayor Akins stated Item #9 is a resolution authorizing the Mayor to renew a contract
with New York State Off-Track Betting for snowplowing services at the South Street
facility.

Councilman Driscoll stated he has no problem with the contract – he just suggests
replacing former Mayor Regan’s name with Mayor Akins’.

Mayor Akins stated that he was about to pull this item. He doesn’t believe the City of
Glens Falls should be in the business of providing snowplowing on private properties.
There are businesses that do that in the City. He would like to have the resolution
withdrawn.

Councilman Driscoll asked if the contract has been in place in the past?

Mayor Akins replied in the past, yes under previous administrations.
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        RESOLUTION NO. 449

        On the motion of Councilman Busch, seconded by Councilman-at-Large
        Diamond, it was

        RESOLVED THAT, the Common Council hereby authorizes the Mayor to renew
        a contract with New York State Off-Track Betting for snowplowing services at the
        51-57 South Street facility.

Roll call vote taken on the foregoing resolution resulted as follows:
AYES: None.
NAYS: Councilman-at-Large Diamond, Councilwoman Villa-White, Councilmen Busch,
Watson, Brock and Driscoll.
Said resolution declared DENIED.
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Mayor Akins stated Item #10 is a resolution authorizing the Mayor to enter into a
contract for tourism promotion services with Alice Grether.

Councilman Busch stated the Council met with Alice last week. She is a 20-hour a week
employee and he finds it hard to give a half-time employee a 20% raise. If we did raise
her salary as she requested, based on a full time salary, that would be $58,000. Her
budget already calls for $4,000 to attend a bus tour meeting in Texas, which he feels
they could save the City money on by going in on the same booth with the County. He
feels a 20% raise to a part-time employee is not right.

Mayor Akins replied that in this case Alice Grether is not a City employee. She is a
contracted company, who pays her own FICA and expenses. The monies that come for
this program comes from the County Bed Tax, which the County provides to the City for
this particular use. The $4,000 for the convention is not for a booth. They do not have
booths there – it’s actually one on one appointments she’ll have with tour operators from
throughout the County. Each person that goes to this meeting pays a registration fee,
transportation to get there, hotel and food.
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Councilman Driscoll pointed out that the salary for the new Warren County Tourism
Director, for a 35-40 hour week, will be getting about $63,000, which seems to be the
going rate for such a position.

Mayor Akins stated last year we received $38,500 from the bed tax. So the money we’ll
be using is not money raised within the City – it’s being paid by visitors.
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        RESOLUTION NO. 450

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

        RESOLVED THAT, the Common Council hereby authorizes the Mayor to enter
        into a contract for tourism promotion services with Alice Grether, effective
        January 1, 2007 through December 31, 2007, for $$29,000 per year, based on a
        20-hour work week and including a $5,000 down payment renewal fee.

Roll call vote taken on the foregoing resolution resulted as follows:
AYES: Councilman-at-Large Diamond, Councilwoman Villa-White, Councilmen Watson,
Brock and Driscoll.
NAYS: Councilman Busch
Said resolution declared Adopted.
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Mayor Akins stated Item #15 is discussion and possible resolution regarding an
agreement for shared services with Moreau, Fort Edward, Hudson Falls, and South
Glens Falls covering renting and leasing of highway machinery and equipment;
exchanging and borrowing equipment; borrowing or lending materials, supplies and
support personnel.

Mayor Akins stated they have a copy of a resolution passed by the Village of South
Glens Falls. It is a formality to allow this type of activity to take place.

Councilman Busch asked if Warren County and the Town of Queensbury are involved?
with this?

Mayor Akins replied no. Peter Brown is already doing this type of thing with the Town
and with Warren County.
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        RESOLUTION NO. 451

        On the motion of Councilman Busch, seconded by Councilman-at-Large
        Diamond, it was

RESOLVED THAT, the Common Council hereby authorizes the Mayor to sign an
Agreement on behalf of the City of Glens Falls which authorizes the Superintendent of
the Department of Public Works (“Superintendent”) to directly contract with the
Superintendents or persons holding similar public office in other
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        municipalities or who possess similar authorization for the borrowing or lending of
        materials and supplies and the exchanging, leasing and renting of machinery and
        equipment, including the operators thereof, for the purpose of aiding the
        Superintendent in the performance of his/her duties.

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.

OLD BUSINESS

Councilman-at-Large Diamond stated that the owners of the Bullpen wanted to thank
the Mayor and Council for their cooperation and for listening to them about their needs.

Mayor Akins replied that it was a ver challenging situation and that the relining began
last evening.

Councilman Watson stated he would like to praise the Water and Sewer Commission
who passed a resolution to increase the penalty to property owners in the City who have
not had a water meter installed on their property. He would like to acknowledge the LDC
for the grant to the City in the amount of $8,000 for a technology audit, which he hopes
will produce better communications.

Mayor Akins stated that the Water and Sewer Commission also passed a resolution,
which the Council has to also, whereby the Controller’s Office can collect overdue bills
now by adding them to the tax roll. It seems to be a quirk in the law – you can’t pay your
bill here – we can’t accept the money. He’ll have to look into why that is.


        RESOLUTION NO. 452

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

        RESOLVED THAT, the Common Council hereby directs the Controller’s Office to
        collect Water and Sewer rents on the attached schedule by adding them to the
        City’s Tax Roll and collecting them at the same time and in the same manner as
        Real Property Taxes.

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.
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Councilman Driscoll thanked the citizens and officials who attended the recent
community meeting in the 5th Ward also the Post Star for coverage. He and Bill Kenny
plan another in April or May.
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He also wanted to recognize the work the Glens Falls PBA has done again this year
collecting gifts for low income/disadvantaged youths in the area. He stated they kept the
line in the budget on all the expenditure to the not-for-profits. He would encourage all
residents of the City and businesses people support these charities, not just during the
Holiday season, but throughout the year.

Councilwoman Villa-White stated she would like to thank the Ward Three citizens who
have come forward and expressed their concerns. We are listening. SO give us a
chance to find the best use for that property.
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PUBLIC COMMENT

Mr. Cefalu addressed the Council. He suggested with regards to the Naval Reserve
Center that they get the environmental information sooner rather than later and hold the
Federal government accountable now. He stated they should have an appraisal done.
He stated with regards to the parking turnover downtown, he thinks the Compu-Plus
contract is a wonderful solution for revenue and to assist in turning spaces.

Bob Dickinson, 100 Brian St., F. Edward, addressed the Council. He asked when he
could get his job back? Why is he getting the runaround? What do you want him to do
next? He worked for the City for 22 years and was laid off by Earth Tech two days
before the City took it back over. He’s just getting the runaround from everyone. He is
out of a job and has no health insurance and can’t get a straight answer why he can’t
get his job back. He stated further that he is in the process of getting his CDL license.

Mayor Akins replied that they are going to investigate all of the jobs that are needed
down at the Water/Sewer Plant. The City has a new Superintendent who would be
happy to talk with you and see if there’s anyway we can do to help you out.

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       RESOLUTION NO. 453

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

        RESOLVED THAT, the Common Council hereby adjourns the December 12,
        2006 meeting.

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