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Nisky' unveils bevy of bond proposals

Opposition to indoor recreation facility voiced once again

— Niskayuna officials are proposing a number of bonded projects, but the new indoor recreation center is still the project drawing the ire of some residents.

Town officials from various departments quickly ran through a list of projects proposed for bonding during another well-attended Town Board meeting on Tuesday, March 27.

A rough estimate from numbers provided during the presentation has the bond package proposal falling around $3.7 million, which includes building a new recreation facility primarily for the use of Niskayuna Soccer and Lacrosse Club members. Although there were many projects proposed, residents attending the meeting generally didn’t voice any concern outside of the recreation center.

The first project discussed was the purchase of a telephone system for Town Hall, which has remained basically unchanged since the building was built in 1995. The manufacturer dropped support for the system several years ago and refurbished parts are becoming harder to purchase, according to the town’s William Lawrence. The new system is estimated to cost $35,000.

Town Planner Kathy Matern proposed replacing a 2003 Chevy pickup truck for $18,000, saying the truck is starting to cost the department money. Town building inspectors use the truck when going out on inspections. The town also has a newer vehicle that was replaced two years ago, making for one vehicle for each inspector.

Town Highway Superintendent Frank Gavin presented a series of projects, with the largest amount at $500,000 going towards major road reconstruction involving “quite a bit” of drainage work. He also is looking to replace three vehicles at an estimated cost of $245,000 and is looking to make improvements to the town’s radio system for $40,000. Renovations are also going to be done on Town Hall’s roof for around $70,000.

Also, Gavin said the seniors would receive a long-awaited replacement bus, which is being bonded for $60,000, with the remaining cost covered through a donation to the town.

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