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Friday, October 22, 2010

Finance Committee meeting leftovers

While the "Troy, NY" Facebook page resolution got the majority of the attention at last night's Finance Committee meeting, some other items of note were also brought to the table for the next regular City Council meeting.

The ongoing dispute between Councilman Bill Dunne, D-District 4, and the administration regarding crow dispersal in downtown Troy achieved some closure with a proposed resolution authorizing the Mayor to execute a crow dispersal agreement with Rensselaer County. The plan calls for the U.S. Department of Agriculture to come in and use the same techniques as last year, techniques that aren't believed to be entirely effective.

"I don't think it's effective at all, in my opinion," Tutunjian said at last night's meeting. Other Councilmen also asked if it would be possible to have the dispersal efforts in other areas of the city, as opposed to just downtown.

Dunne held a meeting last month with Green Island Mayor Ellen McNulty to get information about their method, which essentially consists of McNulty and the village attorney going out with pyrotechnic pistols every evening.

Tutunjian, however, was not in attendance at the meeting, and afterward there was an apparent stalemate where no dispersal efforts were taking place at all. County Legislator Pete Ryan has submitted a request to County Executive Kathleen Jimino seeking assistance with the $3,500 price tag for the effort.

The Council will also vote on a budget transfer to pay for a new $71k fire truck lift for the station on Campbell Avenue.

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