The Albany Public Library has purchased and upgraded a bookmobile.
It contains all library products. It
will be on display Saturday at the SUNY Education fest and the opening of the
North Albany Branch next Thursday at
and at the
Woodlawn/New Scotland Neighborhood Association meeting on October 6.
The Library staff will bring the bookmobile to neighborhood associations
as requested. Contact John Cirrin at
The Albany Police Department has launched the Operation Safe Child Program
that was developed by New York State Department of Criminal Justice.
Parents may have their children photographed and fingerprinted with the
latest digital technology available. They
will also contain information that further identifies the child, and a copy is
given to the parent. Information is
stored on file at DCJS and is immediately available to law enforcement personnel
if the child is missing. Parents may
have their child photographed each year until they are 18.
When the child turns 18, the information is the database is purged.
The equipment is at
of the September 2005 meeting were approved.
entities are involved in the production, maintenance, and financing of
million gallons of water are used in the city each day.
13 billion gallons are stored. 30
million gallons can be treated at the treatment facility in the Town of
Commissioner Simcoe responded to questions and comments from attendees.
When the comptroller’s report is issued, rates and minimum unit
usage may increase. The issue
will be introduced at the next meeting of the Albany Water Board.
If the Board approves the increase, public hearings will be held.
The Water Board utilizes the services of paid financial consultants.
It has no employees. However,
it does have expenses for arrangements with banks for their fees to maintain a
lock box, issue bills, etc.
There have been problems at the Clapper road filtration facility in
The towns of
Pressure in the fire hydrants was an issue at the site of a recent fire in
the Mansion neighborhood. Sometimes
when one hydrant has pressure, others don’t.
The neighborhood association has requested that the issue of adequate
pressure in the hydrants be addressed. Pressure
valves regulate the flow of water as it changes direction
Some hydrants are locked, and older ones are being replaced.
The Water Department works with the fire department testing the several
thousand fire hydrants in the city and work crews are assigned to make repairs
when necessary. Commissioner Simcoe
will investigate this situation and report back to
Albany’s system of using three entities to run the water services was
developed in the 1980’s and modeled after those used in New York City and
Revenues from the sale of water appear on the city’s budget as
Subsequent to the recent change to automated meters, many water bills were
significantly higher than usual. That
is the result of reading discrepancies and the cycle of billing.
Consumers may review the Department’s billing records only for their own
A long-term study will address overflow from the
The water infrastructure will not be overhauled at once.
Repairs to the system are “dovetailed” with other reconstruction
There is a water main located under the parking lot of the new middle
school. It was checked both pre and
post construction and is intact with no leaks.
Erin Tobin Bearden of the Historic Albany Foundation discussed historic
Georgette Steffens of the Albany Home Store provided information about the
city-wide Home Store City Living Campaign which now is promoting seven mid-town
neighborhoods in addition to those originally designated.
The City Living Campaign Committee is presently developing a logo and tag
line. A realtors’ event and
education program are being planned as well as block parties and group open
houses. There will be a block party
in the upper Madison Avenue area on October 15 from
A design workshop is scheduled for October 22 at St Rose.
The Committee meets as needed and requests that a representative from
each targeted neighborhood attend the meetings.
A representative from the Home Store is available to attend neighborhood
meetings in the mid-town areas.
Gene Solan announced that the date for the Neighborhood Works conference
has been changed to
Some residents who live near St. Peter’s Hospital were notified that the
hospital is planning a series of expansion projects and were invited to attend
“pre-briefings in their command center.”
It is apparent that they will be seeking zoning variances for these
projects. In order for
The city is considering a temporary $.50 surcharge on taxi fares to offset
the increased price of gasoline. The
Law Committee will meet on October 13 at
at city hall to
receive public input.
The public is invited to attend meetings of the Charter Review Committee
and comment at meetings on
Adults and Children Together
(ACT) is holding a workshop for educators and parents of young children titled
Act Against Violence on
at budget meetings has been sparse. Issues
being focused upon are health insurance, debt, authorities, cable access,
landfill and finances. The City‘s
budget has been published, and the Common Council has scheduled meetings. Public
hearings will take Place on October 17 at
Tom Nitido will attend the November 2
Torcinello will be setting up meetings.
The issues of access in the schools and libraries will be on the agenda.
committee has not met since the last
meeting adjourned at