Chair, called the meeting to order.
(c)Minutes - Minutes of the April meeting are corrected to add
Kathleen Kearney to the list of attendees.
Burke submitted one correction to the discussion about Lark Street
reflect the fact that he and the president of the
BID as well as other
representatives were present at the meeting with Mayor Jennings.
Discussion – Lonnie Palmer,
Palmer, Superintendent of the City School District of Albany, presented
information about the proposed, 2002-2003 Albany City
budget.The presentation included
the following information.
has proposed tax rate increase that is lower than the average statewide
of the increase upon
factors that impact the budget;
out of homestead;
of an austerity budget;
regarding the vote propositions, voter requirements and the upcoming community
Palmer addressed the following member concerns.
school enrollment can cause public school staff cuts.
positions are being eliminated by retirements and consolidations
be fewer than 10 staff layoffs
administrative positions are included and will save the district $318,000
students with serious discipline (TOPS) will be added
home-school coordinator and assistant will be added
reductions, the fund balance will be $2.7 million which
district anticipates only a small increase in the cost of fuel oil; there is a
$2.6 million reserve of savings from last year
funds must go to a dedicated purpose.
administrative costs built in.Others
have such high costs as to minimize the benefits to the district and, therefore,
are eliminated by the school board.
no costs for facilities bond in this year’s budget because they are not yet
was discussion about the district’s ownership and use of the land that
immediately surrounds the
.The members of the Lincoln Park
Neighborhood Association expressed concern about the kind of students presently
attending that facility and how related incidents have affected students from
Carnavale Site –
facilities plan passed, the
was to be leased; it has since become apparent that it is more advantageous for
the District to purchase the Carnavale site to house 205 students rather than to
lease the Gibbons facility.
District intends to keep as many buildings as possible; however, Our Lady of
Angels and School 18 cannot be reasonably preserved or renovated.They will be demolished and new buildings erected.
voters approve the Library re-chartering, the District will collect the taxes to
operate the library and distribute the funds to the Library.
Information to the public about the budget –
in passing the
budget causes a delay in the District’s drawing up and disseminating its
school budget.However, information
is now available in schools, newspapers, and newsletters have been mailed to
(d)Communications and Announcements
will host a forum for the community to become familiar with the individuals
running for positions as Albany Public Library trustees.Fourteen candidates were invited to participate; to date, 11 have
accepted.The forum will be held at
the main branch of the library on May 6 from
.Each will speak for 8 minutes and
discuss their reasons for running for the position, their qualifications, and
their short and long term plans for the library.
Hill Ministerial Fellowship and the Arbor Hill Neighborhood Association will
May 5, 2002
to present and discuss the SUNY and community partnership.
who have not paid their
dues were reminded to do so.A
financial report was included in the meeting agenda.
of the Historic Albany Foundation presented information on the Foundation’s
initiatives to reduce the number of vacant buildings in the City.The Foundation is working with the City and the Home Store to assist
potential owner-occupants who want to purchase and quickly renovate buildings
that are being auctioned.Although
the City and the Foundation want this program to begin soon, it will not be in
place for the May 18 auction. For buildings in subsequent auctions, however, the
Foundation will provide brochures on each building in order that potential
owners are not bidding blindly with no information about the condition of
members are asked to identify vacant buildings and lots in their neighborhoods
and refer any residents who may be interested in participating in the programs
offered and contact Historic Albany Foundation at 465-0876 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.The Foundation is looking for volunteers to assist with this program this
summer.Those interested should
Connair announced that the
neighborhood boundaries for qualifying
properties in the “Walk to Work” grant have been extended.They now extend from
to Ten Eyck Avenues and the
reported that work and inspections at the
pool have been completed, and members are encouraged to recommend that
residents of their neighborhoods use the facilities.Concessions will be located in the renovated pool house. The City will
provide additional staff at the facility this summer and conduct a count of the
number of people who use the pool.Although
cumbersome, parties can be arranged through John D’Antonio or
.No information about the uptown
pool was available.
Solan provided information about the Neighborhood Resource Center 2002 annual
members meeting on
Tuesday, May 14, 2002
in Room 224 of the
and provided announcements and information about the Center.The certificate of recognition to be presented to the outstanding public
official has been re-named the “Mayor Thomas J. Whalen Certificate of
and a membership form was also provided.
April 25, 2002
, approximately 50 residents of the area between New Scotland and Woodlawn
South Lake Avenue
met in anticipation of forming a new neighborhood association.
condolence card was sent to the family of the late Mayor Thomas J. Whalen on
Stelatto will be the speaker at the June 5
meeting and will discuss the sale of the State Office Campus.
announced that the
is located at School 10 on
North Pearl Street
.Members are invited to visit the
Center.Additional information will
be provided at the next
on University and Community Relations – Tom Gebhardt
next meeting will be on Wednesday, May 8 at the Albany Police Department at
526 Central Avenue
.The topic for discussion shall be
“Spring 2002 Six-Point Plan.”
Police Council –
new members have joined the Council:Fred
Perkins, Pine Hills Neighborhood Assoc; Steve Winters, Second Avenue
Neighborhood Assoc; and someone from the Hudson Park Neighborhood Association.
Cresswell of the
will meet with and speak to members of
regarding the “bottoms up” government model discussed by
at the February
of Life Committee – David Phaff
report of the quality of life survey results is still in draft form.Requests for grants and funding to pay for assistance in compiling the
data have not been successful.
Notice of Violation form that was developed at the Neighborhoods Work
Conference were distributed and explained.The
Committee welcomes comments about the form.
participation in the redistricting plan remains minimal; in fact,
members may be the only attendees at the meetings.(The public is permitted to speak during the first 15 minutes of the
Commission meetings.)The Committee
will draft the proposed redistricting plan and distribute copies to