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Nisky' unveils bevy of bond proposals

Opposition to indoor recreation facility voiced once again

— The police department is seekingto bond $62,000 for two new patrol cars and the cost to up fit the new cars with existing equipment. Also, the department is looking to get a new voice recording system.

Design and construction of a new maintenance building, which has been previously discussed, is slated for around $2 million.

Superintendent of Water and Sewer Richard Pollock proposed $50,000 for design work to construct inflow and infiltration improvements, $100,000 for a new generator for the wastewater treatment plant, $75,000 for replacing one 1994 back hoe and purchasing a new emergency truck.

Residents didn’t speak out for or against most of the newly presented bond proposals, but there were continued objections to the town bonding for a new recreation center, which is slated at $350,00 in bonding, $100,000 from the parkland fund and $200,000 through donations from the Niskayuna Soccer and Lacrosse clubs.

Niskayuna resident and engineer Thomas Donohue didn’t agree with the calculations behind the new indoor recreation center.

“I’m going to be blunt, the numbers are bogus,” Donohue said. “Having done this kind of engineering analysis for buildings … the maintenance allowance is totally inadequate.”

He continued to disagree with costs for turf replacement not being included and thought operating expenses would fall closer to $99,000.

“That means the taxpayers are going to have to foot the bill for ($41,500) a year” Donohue said. “The only way you can do that is with around $130 an hour for a rental fee.”

Councilwoman Julie McDonnell previously said the town is eyeing $75 per hour as a rental fee. Also, McDonnell said after the meeting she was confident in her revenue and operating cost calculations.

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