Meeting Minutes

April 10, 2013

Present:      Ray Gillen, Brad Lewis, Sharon Jordan, Bob Wall, Bill Chapman, Ed Capovani, Robert Mantello, and Karen Zalewski-Wildzunas

Absent:      Neil Golub, Janet Hutchison and John Mallozzi

Others:      Jayme Lahut, Jim Callander and Chuck Steiner

Call to Order:    Mr. Gillen called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m.

1.     Approval of Minutes:  Ms. Jordan moved adoption of the March 20, 2013 meeting minutes; seconded by Mrs. Zalewski-Wildzunas and approved.

2.    Treasurer’s Report: Mr. Wall reviewed the Treasurer’s Report for the period ending March 31, 2013 which was distributed prior to the meeting. He noted that operating expenses were below budget, income was slightly ahead of budget and cash on hand totaled $1,947,062. The Treasurer’s Report was moved by Mrs. Zalewski-Wildzunas; seconded by Mr. Capovani and approved.

3.     Stratton Air National Guard Support Grant: Resolution 825-13 — Adopt the General Project Plan

Resolution 825-13 authorized a $25,000 grant matching a $125,000 State grant in support of base retention efforts at Stratton Air National Guard Base in Glenville and the Military Reserve Centers in Glenville and Niskayuna. The Schenectady Chamber’s Schenectady Military Affairs Committee (SMAC) will lead the retention effort with preparation of a regional economic impact study; analyze the real cost of base realignment and closure and update the SMAC website.  Mr. Capovani moved Resolution 825-13; seconded by Mr. Wall. Following discussion, Resolution 825-13 was approved (Mrs. Zalewski-Wildzunas abstained).

4.     Lower State Street Revitalization Project: Resolution 826-13 — Hold a Public Hearing

Resolution 826-13 called for a public hearing for a project that may involve using Metroplex bonds. The project involved curbs, sidewalk, and street lighting replacement, street repaving and other amenities on State Street from Erie Boulevard to N. Church Street. The Metroplex-sponsored initiative has gained City support and is budgeted at $1,675,000.  Ms. Jordan   moved Resolution 826-13; seconded by Mr. Mantello.  Discussion followed in support of the project and consideration for extending the street improvements beyond Church Street. Resolution 826-13 was approved.

Public Comment — Chuck Steiner, President of the Schenectady County Chamber, thanked the Board for their continuing support of the Stratton Air National Guard Base and noted that the Chamber is investing $25,000 in-kind for the base retention efforts.

Board Comment — none

Adjournment — Mr. Lewis moved to adjourn the meeting; seconded by Ms. Jordan. The meeting adjourned at 6:30 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Jayme Lahut
Executive Director