of the January 2005 meeting were approved.
both positive and negative, continue to impact
ownership is vital to the success of
improvements to Henry Johnson and Hackett Boulevards will be made this year.
expenses and municipal responsibilities in all American communities have
increased since 2001. In 2004
the Albany Police Department sought and obtained grants totaling approximately
$7.5 million. $3.5 million will be
used to establish a system of radio communications that will permit all
emergency agencies to intercommunicate.
Additionally the Albany Water Board and the Albany Port District
Commission will partner with the City to build a state-of-the-art command center
facility at the
board of Capitalize Albany has been reestablished and will focus on technology,
education, continued waterfront development, and downtown and neighborhood
revitalization. It will also work to
find solutions to problems of truancy and dropout rates.
It will solicit the involvement of businesses in
Mayor responded to questions and comments.
The possibility of including properties that are in violation of housing
codes on the City’s website will be considered.
A plan to revitalize the lower
A work session is to be scheduled to address the possibility that housing
funds may dry up. Affected
not-for-profit groups will be invited.
Neighborhood redevelopment plans will address the needs of residents who
are effected. The City encourages
those homeowners to take advantage of funds, training and transitioning
The city continues to struggle with the issue of permit parking. Such a
program would increase property values in and around the downtown area.
Negotiations with the unions continue and proposals are being made to the
legislature to hand back the power to cities to institute their own parking
In redeveloping the Harriman Campus, careful planning is being made to
compliment the city and surrounding neighborhoods.
A traffic plan is being developed that will eliminate the “loop
roads.” An OGS consultant is
including the City’s needs and the Mayor is very active in the group
considering these plans.
The presence of abandoned buildings in the West Hill neighborhood are
negatively affecting residents’ ability to purchase homeowners insurance.
Residents would like one particular building at
A plan to have one contractor demolish all the abandoned buildings that do
not have historic value and cannot be made habitable was discussed.
Those that can be saved would be offered to residents who might not
otherwise be able to purchase homes. They
would be assisted by the City’s homeownership grants and programs.
Not-for-profit housing agencies were asked to contact the Mayor and let
him know of their expertise and consider attending planning committee meetings.
There is presently $120,000 still available in the City’s homeownership
program. Efforts are being made to
re-fund this program.
There is presently no contract to provide cable television services to
Several real estate speculators have expressed interest in
Downsizing the number of representatives in the Common Council requires a
city charter change.
The chief of administrative services has been given the task of insuring
that City employees are trained in customer service.
The public safety budget cannot accommodate all the requests for
neighborhood foot patrols. The
chiefs develop those plans based on several factors.
The superintendent of schools is developing a formal plan to involve
citizens in the educational process.
The development of
The issue of reaching out to businesses that offer a greater number of
living wage jobs was discussed because not all residents will have interest or
be qualified for technology-related employment.
It was suggested that programs to train and transition people into those
types of employment are needed.
Drug use and related crimes plague the
It was suggested that the City develop a master education plan that
addresses the effect the development of charter schools have on existing public
CANA Zoning Committee met for the third time on January 24 here at the Albany
Public Library. Present were six of the committee members in addition to Lori
Harris and Doug Melnick representing the City's Department of Development &
Planning. Lori & Doug reviewed
with the committee the current BZA appeals procedures process that included
relevant notice and deadline issues as well as the relationships with other
government agencies. It was felt that they were receptive to questions about the
process as well as related issues. As
a result of the meeting, members of the CANA Zoning Committee believe a number
of improvements may be initiated:
A new sign-in process would be used to call up those who wish to speak before
the board. It would better identify the speaker and their position. A draft was
discussed and may be available soon. It would include appropriate signage to
inform any participant of the new process.
To provide the public with a better understanding of what might be at issue, a
brief description of the variance sought would be included on the yellow sign
posted at the applicant's site.
Minutes and votes - not transcriptions - of meetings would be posted on the city
They will investigate the issues related to swearing in any speakers and
applicants at a BZA meeting.
They will consider the addition of a statement to any application or related
material whereby the applicant or other party would be required to attest as to
the information submitted being true and factual. It is unknown whether there
could be any specific penalty in the event the information was false except that
we learned it is within the BZA' s power to reopen what was previously a closed
case under specific circumstances.
Letters generally sent to involved parties - as in within 200' - will be
rewritten in a more "human-friendly" manner as to avoid any confusion
and to better communicate the actual issue.
committee will be meeting again in about two weeks.
Committee met with representatives of the City’s Fire, Police, Codes and OGS
departments on January 31. 19 people
were present at the two-hour meeting. Questions
were posed to agency heads and the findings are presently being written.
The City agreed to consider revising it’s website to include code
violations and a flow chart that updates progress in complying.
have been no meetings in more than a year of the members of the City’s Cable
Committee appointed by Mayor Jennings, which leads and the Committee to question
whether or not the City is involved in negotiations with Time Warner or other
companies. There has been
discussion about the benefits of developing a relationship with cities that have
recently renewed their contracts with Time Warner.
The Committee is working with the Town of
next meeting of the CANA Budget Committee will be held on March 1 at Uncommon
Committee on University & Community Relations
next meeting will be held on
Four neighborhood associations paid
their 2005 dues at tonight’s meeting. They
The Albany Housing Authority has
Residents who are interested in
enrolling in the upcoming Citizen’s
It was suggested that
The 57th Annual Tulip Festival will
The Historic Albany Foundation
presents Preservation Merit Awards to recognize
Projects must be completed.
Since a Preservation Merit Award
is viewed as Historic Albany Foundation's endorsement of a project, awards will
only be given where projects have adhered to proper preservation techniques.
Preference will be given to
projects which have inspired other preservation efforts.
Individuals or organizations may
be nominated for superlative preservation efforts or for continuing
Special awards may be given for
circumstances which do not fall into the above categories.
submit a nomination, please send the following to Historic Albany Foundation at
89 Lexington Avenue, Albany, NY 12206, e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org,
or call Erin Tobin Bearden at 518-465 0876.
Name, Address, Phone Number, Email
Brief Project Description
Name, address and telephone number
of person submitting nomination
Friends of the
The meeting adjourned at