Chairman Richard Masur: Remembering Trustee Georgianna Grant

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When my wife, Eileen Henry, and I moved to Croton on Hudson fourteen years ago, one of the people we were lucky enough to meet was Georgianna Grant.  She had already retired from her service on the Village Board of Trustees, but continued to be, as she had been for decades, deeply interested in and involved with the life of this community.  She welcomed us and invited us to join with her and the other wonderful women and men of the Croton Democrats who have devoted themselves to the welfare of our village and the wellbeing of its residents.  Eileen and I have been honored to have known her and will continue to strive to follow her example. On behalf of the Croton Dems, I want to offer our sincere condolences to the entire Grant clan. We are all diminished by her passing.

 

Richard Masur

Chair, Croton Democratic Committee

 

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Ann Gallelli: Decoding Village Agendas No. 418

Dear neighbor, Here is the 418th installment of Decoding Village Agendas to keep Croton residents informed of the actions of the Village Board at their meetings.  I continue to add recipients to this email update on agendas so you may be receiving it for the first time. I enjoy getting your feedback and hope to continue to hear from you.  If you do not wish to receive these periodic email updates from me, please reply to this email and your name will be removed from the email list.

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Decoding Village Agendas –   September 12, 2018

Work Session of the Village Board

7: 30 p.m.

 (Open to Public and Televised

 

NOTE:  This meeting is on a Wednesday.

  1. Meet with representatives from the Fire Department to discuss financial oversight procedures that have been put in place.   Over the past several months, the Fire Council  has implemented several new procedures  with regard to their finances.  These will be discussed with the Board.

  1. Meet with members of the Advisory Board for the Visual Environment to discuss code enforcement and beautification efforts in the Village.  The VEB will discuss with the Board signage standards and their enforcement throughout the village.  This includes signs on businesses.  They would like to develop a strategy for  improving the signage and enforcing the regulations.

 

  • Discussion of reusable bag initiative.    The Board will continue its discussion of the proposed Reuseable Bag Initiative including necessary procedural steps if the Board moves ahead with the initiative.

 

 

Ann Gallelli: Decoding Village Agendas No. 417

Dear neighbor, Here is the 417th installment of Decoding Village Agendas to keep Croton residents informed of the actions of the Village Board at their meetings.  I continue to add recipients to this email update on agendas so you may be receiving it for the first time. I enjoy getting your feedback and hope to continue to hear from you.  If you do not wish to receive these periodic email updates from me, please reply to this email and your name will be removed from the email list.

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Decoding Village Agendas –  September 4, 2018

Regular Meeting of the Board of Trustees

 

8:00 pm

(Open to Public  – Televised)

 

 

 

PRESENTATION/OTHER: 

Jay Peltz, General Counsel and Senior Vice President of Government Relations from the Food Industry Alliance of New York State, Inc., Lori Hodgkinson, ShopRite Store Manager for Croton-on-Hudson, and Tom Urtz, Vice President of Operations, ShopRite Supermarkets, Inc., address the Board on the proposed plastic bag ban.

PUBLIC HEARING: 

 

  •  Public Hearing on renewing the special use permit issued to T-Mobile Northeast LLC, f/k/a/ Omnipoint Communications Incorporated, for the colocation of a personal wireless facility at 1 Van Wyck Street.   The wireless facility has been located at the Municipal building since 2012.  This  is to consider a renewal of the permit.

 

  1. Public Hearing on renewing the special use permit for 365 South Riverside Avenue.   The location is a Motor Vehicle Service Station.

CORRESPONDENCE:

PROPOSED RESOLUTIONS:

  1. Consider authorizing the Village Manager to sign the proposal from LynStaar Engineering to conduct an emergency power study at Well #4 in the amount of $3,750.00.  In order to ensure reliable emergency back-up power supply for one of the three wells that supply water in the Village, it is being recommended that a study of various options be conducted before selecting a solution.
b.      Consider authorizing the Village Manager to sign an agreement with the New York State Dept.

Of Transportation to amend the 2016-2017 Snow and Ice Agreement.  The total amount owed to

Consider authorizing the Village Manager to execute a rider to the cooperation agreement with Westchester County for the purposes of applying for future Community Development Block Grant funds.The Village for its snow removal services for this time-frame has been increased by $6,062.09.

c.       Consider authorizing the Village Manager to execute a rider to the cooperation agreement with

Westchester County for the purposes of applying for future Community Development Block Grant

 funds.  While the Village already participates in the CBDG program, this rider would allow it to

     potentially  receive money from the Emergency Solutions grant fund.  
 
d.      Consider authorizing the Village Manager to accept the Drug Free Communities Support Program grant received from the Federal Government Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) in the amount of $125,000.   This money funds the Coalition Against Drug and Alcohol Abuse program in the Village.  The Village manages the federal money received.  This is the tenth year of the grant.  

e.       Acknowledge receipt of special permit application from Hudson National Golf Course and consider

declaring the Board of Trustees to be lead agency under SEQRA and refer such application to

the Planning Board for review.   Hudson National is proposing to relocate their caddy building on their

which requires site plan review.

 

f.        Consider scheduling a public hearing for October 1, 2018 at 8 PM in the Stanley H. Kellerhouse

Municipal Building Meeting Room for the purposes of renewing the special use permit for

 the telecommunications tower at 26 Veterans Plaza.    The existing permit is expiring and

must be renewed.  It is currently being used by T-Mobile, Sprint and AT&T.

 

g.       Consider scheduling a public hearing for October 1, 2018 at 8 PM in the Stanley H. Kellerhouse

Municipal Building Meeting Room for the purposes of adopting Local Law Introductory No. 8 to

amend Chapter 123 of the Village Code, Firearms.  This proposed amendment to the Village’s

Firearms code, would eliminate the offering of firearms training in the Village outside of Police

Dept. training.

 

 

   
h.      Consider authorizing the Village Treasurer to make interfund transfers in the 2017-18 General Fund,

Water Fund and Sewer Fund budgets in the amounts of $25,508.00, $20,716.00 and $20,272.00,

respectively, based on the year-end audit completed.  This is housekeeping for last year’s Fiscal Year.

 

i.        Consider authorizing the Village Treasurer to make an interfund transfer in the General Fund in

 the amount of $2,100.00 for the purpose of covering equipment purchases for the Fire Department. 

This is for the cost of rescue equipment that was part of the Fire Dept. Budget approved for FY 2018/2019.

 

j.        Consider authorizing the Village Treasurer to amend the 2017-18 General Fund Budget in the amount

of $243,281.00 to cover the cost of retirement payouts made to four employees.  This money

would be transferred from the Restricted fund Balance account to be used for employee benefits and

retirement.

 

k.      Consider authorizing the Village Treasurer to issue a tax refund to the property owner of 161 Maple

Street as a result of a tax grievance filed and settled in the State Supreme Court.   The amount to

be refunded is $1,241.63.

Ann Gallelli: Decoding Village Agendas No. 416

Dear neighbor, Here is the 416th installment of Decoding Village Agendas to keep Croton residents informed of the actions of the Village Board at their meetings.  I continue to add recipients to this email update on agendas so you may be receiving it for the first time. I enjoy getting your feedback and hope to continue to hear from you.  If you do not wish to receive these periodic email updates from me, please reply to this email and your name will be removed from the email list.

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Decoding Village Agendas –   August 27, 2018

Work Session of the Village Board

7: 30 p.m.

 (Open to Public and Televised

 

 

 

 

  • Discussion with John Nikic, owner of 425 South Riverside Avenue, on proposed apartment building development.    Mr. Nikic is proposing a  42-unit apartment building at the location of the current ET Equipment/Straddles across from ShopRite.  He is asking the Board to consider some zoning changes that would be needed for this to happen.  Mr. Nikic points to the need for this type of housing in the Village (for seniors, young adults, singles, etc.).

 

 

 

  • Discussion on moving forward with proposed local law on affordable housing.  The Board will continue a multi-year discussion regarding an Affordable Housing Law.  The Village conducted a facilitated discussion on housing needs in Croton in June of this year.  The comments and input were intended to inform the discussion on a possible law.  A proposed  law that is under consideration would call for 1 affordable unit if 10-14 new units are constructed, 2 affordable units if 15-24 new units constructed, etc.

 

 

  1. Discussion about proposed local law regulating solar installations within the Village.  The draft law provides updates that would pertain to ground-mounted solar installations as an accessory structure.  The draft law follows the guidelines of the NYS Model law for solar installations.

 

  1. Discussion regarding current village ordinance on signage and possible changes.   A proposed amendment would prohibit signs in the Village’s right-of-way and provide that temporary signs on private property include a date indicating when the sign was first placed.

Ann Gallelli: Decoding Village Agendas No. 415

Dear neighbor, Here is the 415th installment of Decoding Village Agendas to keep Croton residents informed of the actions of the Village Board at their meetings. I continue to add recipients to this email update on agendas so you may be receiving it for the first time. I enjoy getting your feedback and hope to continue to hear from you.  If you do not wish to receive these periodic email updates from me, please reply to this email and your name will be removed from the email list.

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Decoding Village Agendas –  August 20, 2018

Regular Meeting of the Board of Trustees

 

8:00 pm

(Open to Public  – Televised)

 

 

 

PRESENTATION/OTHER:  Jay Peltz, General Counsel and Senior Vice President of Government Relations from the Food Industry Alliance of New York State, Inc., Lori Hodgkinson, ShopRite Store Manager for Croton-on-Hudson, and Sarada Bernstein, Manager of Community Affairs & Public Relations, ShopRite Supermarkets, Inc., address the Board on the proposed plastic bag ban.  

Appointments to Boards & Commissions.    The Mayor will announce any new appointments.

PUBLIC HEARING:  Public Hearing to consider Local Law Introductory No. 7 to amend Chapter 168 of the Village Code, Parks & Recreation Areas, to prohibit smoking or vaping in village parks. The proposed law would prohibit smoking or burning of tobacco or tobacco substitute and carrying burning tobacco or tobacco substitute in the form of a cigarette, cigar, or any other smoke-producing product or device, including pipes, or the use of electronic cigarettes or other similar products that rely on vaporization or aerosolization, or the disposal of tobacco products, lit or unlit, including cigarette or cigar butts, except in containers designated for that purpose.

CORRESPONDENCE:

 

  • Email from Assistant Chief John Munson regarding membership changes in the Fire Department.    The Board is advised that two new members have been added to the Department – Kim Russel-Goldstein and Senator Bjorge.
  • Memo from Daniel O’Connor, Village Engineer, requesting an extension of a building permit for 3 Mt. Airy Road.    Mr. O’Connor requests that the Building Permit be extended another 6 months to February 22, 2019.

 

 

PROPOSED RESOLUTIONS:

  1.  Consider adoption of a resolution in support of the Global Climate Action Summit and associated Croton Rise for Climate March being held onSeptember 8, 2018.  The Board will consider supporting a local march on that date in support of Climate action world-wide.  The march will begin at 10am at the Croton Library and proceed through the Upper Village to the Municipal Building and then to Vassallo Park.
  2. Consider adoption of a resolution opposing the U.S. Army Corps. of Engineers proposed plans for Coastal Storm Risk Management.    A proposal from the ACOE suggests 6 possible alternatives to address storm surges along the coastline of New York Harbor.  This are includes the Hudson River up to Troy.  Riverkeeper has provided information on the inadequacies of several of the proposed alternatives.  The resolution calls for a full analysis of all the proposals rather than just the one or two already tentatively selected by the ACOE.  Additionally, the ACOE proposal does not include Coastal Zone Management Policies as among those to be included in any study.  This effectively precludes municipalities with Local Waterfront Revitalization Programs (LWRP) such as Croton from commenting officially on any of the proposals.    This resolution calls for those policies to be included in any review.
  3. Consider scheduling a public hearing for September 4, 2018 at 8 PM in the Stanley H. Kellerhouse Municipal Building Meeting Room for the purposes of renewing the special use permit issued to T-Mobile Northeast LLC, f/k/a, Omnipoint Communications, Inc. for the collocation of a personal wireless facility at 1 Van Wyck Street.   T-Mobile is seeking a renewal its current special use permit.
  4. Consider scheduling a public hearing for September 4, 2018 at 8 PM in the Stanley H. Kellerhouse Municipal Building Meeting Room for the purposes of renewing the special use permit for 365 South Riverside Avenue.      This is for the Motor Vehicle Service Station at that location.
  5. Consider a resolution declaring the Village as lead agency for SEQRA Review of the Senasqua Park Walkway project and authorizing the Village Manager to submit the application package to the appropriate authorities.   The design work and regulatory application paper work has been completed for this project.  The resolution permits the administration to move forward with the application to receive the needed permits.
  6. Consider adoption of a resolution to acknowledge the completion of the required Village Justice Court audit and authorize the Village Clerk to forward a copy of the report and resolution to the NYS Office of Court Administration. This is a required annual confirmation that the audit of the court documents has been completed.
  7. Consider authorizing the Village Manager to execute a Water Infrastructure Improvement Act Grant Agreement with the NYS Environmental Facilities Corporation and any and all other contracts, documents and instruments necessary to bring about the Project and to fulfill the Village’s obligations under the Grant Agreement.    This would authorize the Village to take the necessary steps to receive the $271,650. Award from the NYS Water Infrastructure Improvement project for its corrosion control project which was mandated by the County Board of Health.  The total cost of the project was $388,500.
  8. Consider authorizing the Village Treasurer to amend the 2018-19 General Fund Budget in the amount of $1,485.48 to account for insurance recovery funds received. This an insurance recovery for damages that occurred in the area of the Veterans Memorial.
  9. Consider authorizing the Village Treasurer to amend the 2018-19 General Fund Budget in the amount of $10,691.82 to account for reimbursement received for staff overtime.  This reimbursement is from the Clearwater Festival for Village personnel overtime costs.
j.     Consider authorizing the Village Treasurer to make an interfund transfer in the General Fund in the amount of $8,506.00 for the purpose of covering expenses related to the Fire Department Inspection and equipment purchases.   This amount would cover the costs of the upcoming Inspection in September and for 6 new pagers.    Money for these expenses was anticipated in the adopted budget but is being held in the Contingency account for allocation as needed.

Ann Gallelli: Decoding Village Agendas No. 413

Dear neighbor, Here is the 413th installment of Decoding Village Agendas to keep Croton residents informed of the actions of the Village Board at their meetings.  I continue to add recipients to this email update on agendas so you may be receiving it for the first time. I enjoy getting your feedback and hope to continue to hear from you.  If you do not wish to receive these periodic email updates from me, please reply to this email and your name will be removed from the email list.

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Decoding Village Agendas –  August 6, 2018

Regular Meeting of the Board of Trustees

8:00 pm

(Open to Public  – Televised)

PRESENTATION/OTHER:  Appointments to Boards and Commissions. The Mayor will announce new appointments.

PUBLIC HEARING: Public Hearing to consider Local Law Introductory No. 6 to amend Chapter 172 of the Village code, Peddling & Soliciting.   This law was previously amended in2015 to remove sections on non-commercial soliciting. This amendment includes specifics about licensing requirements for commercial solicitation.

 

CORRESPONDENCE:

  1. Letter from Joel Gingold regarding cell phone service in the Village.  Mr.Gingold notes poor cell reception in certain areas of the Village and inquires as to what is being done to improve it.
  2. Letter from Jud Ramaker, Race Director, regarding the 38th Annual Harry Chapin Memorial Run Against Hunger.  The race is scheduled for Sunday, October 21.  Starting times have been moved earlier.  Mr. Ramaker is requesting Village help from the Police, DPW, Fire and EMS departments.  This has been provided in the past.
  3. Memo from Jim Gile, IT Consultant, on Village’s cybersecurity protocols.  Mr. Gile outlines the Villages approach to this as falling into three general areas: prevention, disaster recovery\ continuity, and Ongoing training and Strategy.  He provides details of what each encompasses.
  4. Memo from Daniel O’Connor, Village Engineer, regarding special use permit renewal for 365 South  Riverside Avenue  Mr. O’Connor notes that several of the conditions from the previous special permit have now been completed but a few remain outstanding. This permit has expired and the Planning Board was unwilling to recommend renewal with these conditions still uncompleted.

 

PROPOSED RESOLUTIONS:

  1. Consider authorizing the Village Treasurer to amend the 2019-2019 General Fund Budget with respect to funds received for the planned multi-cultural festival.  This reflects $500 received from The Hudson Valley Gateway Chamber of Commerce in support of this event.  The event will be held on September 29.
  2. Consider adopting a resolution in support of the creation of a school speed zone on Route 129/Maple Street in the area of the school crosswalk.  Although this is a State road, the law allows for speed limits to be created in the vicinity of a school if there are walkers or bikers.  The proposed limit would be 20 mph from 7 am to 6 pm on school days.
  3. Consider the adoption of the municipal benchmarking policy and procedures.  The Village would use Building Energy Benchmarking to better understand the performance of municipal buildings to enable smarter decision-making regarding operational and investment decisions and identify opportunities to cut costs and reduce pollution. Summaries of the information gathered would be made available to the public in an annual report.  This is currently being used in the Town of Bedford.
  4. Consider scheduling a public hearing for August 20, 2018 at 8 PM in the Stanley H. Kellerhouse Municipal Building Meeting Room for the purpose of adopting Local Law Introductory No. 7 to amend Chapter 168 of the Village Code, Parks & Recreation Areas, to prohibit smoking or vaping in Village parks.  This would apply to all tobacco products as well as electronic cigarettes or other similar products.
  5. Consider authorizing the Village Treasurer to make an interfund transfer in the general Fund in the amount of $7,900.98 for the purpose of covering expenses related to the Fire Department Fair, related fire prevention supplies and various training exercises.   This authorizes expenses for the Fire Fair.  Parts of the Fire Department expenditures are being authorized on an as needed basiswith money set aside in the contingency fund.
  6. Consider authorizing the Village Manager to sign an agreement with Mancon, LLC in the amount of $5,000.00 for the purposes of inspecting and repairing the perimeter of the new DPW garage for leaks.  Some water leaks have been found from exterior walls.  This proposal will ensure that all are detected and remediated in the ongoing renovation of the building.

Brian Pugh: Taming Traffic in the Upper Village

To The Croton Community:pugh2016

Last week, the Village of Croton-on-Hudson announced new 25 MPH speed limits on certain roads in the Upper Village area: Cleveland Drive, Grand Street, Old Post Road North and Old Post Road South. These new speed limits go into effect on Monday, August 27, 2018.

The amendment to the Vehicle and Traffic Code of the Village was made by the Village Manager after several discussions held by the Board of Trustees and the Bicycle-Pedestrian Committee. These discussions began with the Bicycle-Pedestrian Committee’s March presentation to the Board outlining a five-year plan to protect, improve, and expand biking and walking in the Village. One strategy proposed was a speed-limit reduction, particularly around the “dummy light” area of the Upper Village. The discussions were followed by correspondence from the Bicycle-Pedestrian Committee recommending a village-wide speed reduction to 25 MPH, which was part of the agenda of the June 4, 2018 Regular Meeting of the Board of Trustees. The proposal to reduce the village-wide speed limit to 25 MPH was discussed at the televised July 16, 2018 work session of the Village Board.

In their letter to Board, the Bicycle-Pedestrian Committee (BPC) made the case for a 25 MPH speed limit: “It will be safer for pedestrians, bicyclists, and fellow motorists. Slower speeds mean a driver has more time to react and needs less time to come to a full stop. And should an impact occur, that impact will be less injurious than one that takes place at a higher speed..It will improve the village’s quality of life. Speeding cars are noisy, aggravating, and anxiety-producing, particularly on the village’s often narrow thoroughfares. The reduction in speed will allow drivers to more easily ‘share the road’ with cyclists, walkers, and their fellow drivers, too…Neighboring municipalities have implemented 25 MPH to great effect. Using different strategies, NYC, Peekskill, Tarrytown, Irvington, Dobbs Ferry, and Eastchester, among other nearby locales, have adopted a generally lower speed limit.”

Although the BPC sought a village-wide reduction in speed, it was determined that this was not permissible under State law. According to an opinion from the NYS Comptroller: “Based on the language of the statute which provides that no speed limit of less than thirty m.p.h. may be applicable “throughout” a village, it is clear that section 1643 [of the NYS Vehicle & Traffic Law] prohibits a village-wide speed limit of less than thirty m.p.h. […] Accordingly, a village has no authority under section 1643 to impose a village-wide maximum speed limit of twenty-five m.p.h.” This interpretation was affirmed by the Village Attorney.

However, Villages can set speed limits to 25 MPH on specific roads. While not ruling out including additional streets in the future, the Village Board of Trustees decided to implement a 25 MPH speed limit in the Upper Village. This area represents the commercial heart of Croton. The Upper Village is dotted by small businesses, apartments, houses, and houses of worship, as well as being popular with local students during their lunch break. The Upper Village was a the logical choice to reduce the speed limit in Croton due to its intense vehicle and pedestrian activity.

We ask for public cooperation as we work toward a safer and calmer community. For any suggestions you may have, please write to the Board of Trustees: boardoftrustees@crotononhudson-ny.gov

Sincerely,

Brian Pugh, Mayor

Brian Pugh: New Speed Signs Approved

brian-pugh-group-croppedTo the Editor:

Our Village Board authorized the purchase of five new automated speed signs for our Village at Monday’s regular meeting of the Croton Board of Trustees. These automated signs, which display the speed of passing vehicles, are a cost-effective way to protect the lives and limbs of residents and visitors of our Village.

Both common sense and Federal Highway Administration research has found that these signs reduce speeding and accidents.

We regularly receive complaints from residents about speeding in our community. However, the reality is that our police force cannot be everywhere at all times. But we can use technology as a force multiplier to help extend the reach of the long arm of the law.

Curbing speeding is essential to pedestrian safety.

A car traveling at 45 mph is likely to kill anyone that it strikes, according to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. But if the speed is reduced by just 10 mph, a barely imperceptible speed reduction from the driver’s perspective, the chances of being killed plummet–about half of all elderly pedestrians would survive and the chances of a 30-year-old are reduced to 1 in 4.

These signs are just one step in a process. Our Village Board will continue to work with the Bicycle Pedestrian Committee, the Police Department, School District and members of the community to make our streets safer for all.

Brian Pugh, Mayor

Ann Gallelli: Decoding Village Agendas No. 412

Dear neighbor, Here is the 412th installment of Decoding Village Agendas to keep Croton residents informed of the actions of the Village Board at their meetings.  I continue to add recipients to this email update on agendas so you may be receiving it for the first time. I enjoy getting your feedback and hope to continue to hear from you.  If you do not wish to receive these periodic email updates from me, please reply to this email and your name will be removed from the email list.

Ann Gallelli

Decoding Village Agendas –  July 23, 2018

Regular Meeting of the Board of Trustees

 

8:00 pm

(Open to Public  – Televised)

 

 

 

PRESENTATION/OTHER:  Jay Peltz, General Counsel and Senior Vice President of Government Relations from the Food Industry Alliance of New York State, Inc., addresses the Board on the proposed plastic bag ban. A Q&A Session will follow. 

 

 

CORRESPONDENCE:

 

  • Letter from Deb Milano, Director of the Hudson Valley Gateway Chamber of Commerce, regarding the annual scarecrow contest.  Ms. Milone is requesting permission for a second year of the Scarecrow contest that was initiated last year.  Scarecrows  made by individuals, families, clubs, classes, etc. can be entered.  They would be placed on lamp poles throughout the Village during the month of October.  Winners would be announced at the Goblin Parade on October 27.

 

 

PROPOSED RESOLUTIONS:

 

  • Consider renewal of a special permit for Smoke Town Discount, located at 50A Maple Street.   This action was considered and postponed at the previous Board meeting.  The renewal is for a one-year permit.
  • Consider approving the employment agreement between the Village and the Village Manager for a term of three years beginning August 11, 2018 and authorizing the Mayor to sign the agreement on behalf of the Board of Trustees.    The Board requested further review of the contract by Labor Counsel and the NYS Conference of Mayors Counsel at its last meeting.  The contract utilizes the same language as previous contracts for the position with some minor changes pertaining to severance and car use.
  • Consider authorizing the Village Treasurer to amend the 2018-19 General Fund Budget with respect to insurance recovery funds received.   This is budgetary housekeeping with respect to receipt of insurance monies for a storm-damaged fence at the new DPW building.
  • Consider authorizing the Village Treasurer to amend the 2017-18 General Fund Budget with respect to grant funding received to cover the costs of the Croton Coalition.  The Village manages the federal grant money received each year by the Croton Coalition.  This authorizes the distribution of $113,799.81 of that money for the payment of Coalition expenses.
  • Consider scheduling a public hearing for August 6, 2018 at 8 PM in the Stanley H. Kellerhouse Municipal Building Meeting Room for the purposes of adopting Local Law Introductory No. 6 to amend Chapter 172 of the Village Code, Peddling & Soliciting.  The proposed amended Soliciting Law updates the licensing requirements as it applies to commercial soliciting in the Village.  Exact requirements as to information that must be provided to the Village Clerk is included.  The proposed law also makes the Village Manager responsible for decisions on sales of food items in Village Parks.
  • Consider authorizing the Village Treasurer to make an interfund transfer in the General Fund in the amount of $15,896.03 for the purpose of purchasing speed signs. The Police Dept. has requested more electronic speed signs to add to their speed control efforts.  The Village has two currently.  Two more would be purchased along with a software program that would enable them to download and utilize the resulting speed reports.  This was not anticipated in the budget so the request is to transfer the funds from the Contingency account.
  • Consider authorizing the Village Treasurer to make an interfund transfer in the General Fund in the amount of $3,200.00 for costs associated with the planned Multi-Cultural Festival on September 29, 2018.    The Village would like to host a multi-cultural event which would include music, dancing and food.  The proposed transfer of funds would cover the police and DPW overtime anticipated.
  • Consider authorizing the Village Treasurer to make an interfund transfer in the General Fund in the amount of $1,600.00 for the purpose of covering Fire Department training expenses.  The funds will cover six nights of training costs for volunteer firefighters.  This cost was not previously included in the approved budget of the Fire Dept.
  • Consider authorizing the Village Manager to sign a proposal from RAN Fire Protection Engineering for construction of a fire suppression system in the new DPW Garage at a cost of $23,500.00.  The Town is requiring a fire suppression system that was not previously expected for the building.  Three companies were contacted for pricing and two responded. RAN is the recommendation of DPW Superintendent Balbi.
  • Consider authorizing the Village Manager to sign the revised proposal from LynStaar Engineering in the amount of $18,250.00 for Phase II of the Nordica Drive Sewerage Pump Station project.   Lynn Staar had previously done design work for this project.  Village Engineer O’Connor has recommended that they provide updated design work for the second phase of this project.

 

    1. Consider authorizing the Village Manager to accept a proposal from TCS Communications Corp. at a cost of $7,495.00 to conduct a radio path study for the Village SCADA System.  The SCADA system relies on a radio transmission signal for its operation.  A radio path study must be performed in order to confirm that the system will operate correctly once the Department of Public Works is relocated to the new facility.

 

  • Consider authorizing the Village Manager to sign a change order with Con-Tech Construction in the amount of $76,517.11 for the removal of contaminated soil from Elliott Way. The original contract with Con-Tech approved in March 2017, was short of actual costs largely due to contaminated soil removal that was not anticipated.  
  • Consider appointment of Jeremy Davis to the position of Police Officer in the Croton-on-Hudson Police Department at an annual salary of $63,048.28, pending approval of the Westchester County Dept. of Human Resources.  Chief Harper recommends Mr. David to fill one of the two open Police Officer positions in the Department.

 

 

Ann Gallelli: Decoding Village Agendas No. 410

Dear neighbor, Here is the 410th installment of Decoding Village Agendas to keep Croton residents informed of the actions of the Village Board at their meetings.  I continue to add recipients to this email update on agendas so you may be receiving it for the first time. I enjoy getting your feedback and hope to continue to hear from you.  If you do not wish to receive these periodic email updates from me, please reply to this email and your name will be removed from the email list.

Ann Gallelli

Decoding Village Agendas –  July 9, 2018

Regular Meeting of the Board of Trustees

 

8:00 pm

(Open to Public  – Televised)

 

 

 

PRESENTATION/OTHER: 

Lindsay Audin, Chair of the Sustainability Committee, provides an update on Community Choice Aggregation (CCA).  Mr. Audin will talk about the upcoming  bidding on a new contract and how the Village might use this negotiation to require the successful bidder to purchase Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) which would result in government operations being carbon neutral.

 

PUBLIC HEARING: Public hearing on the special permit renewal of Smoke Town Discount, located at 50A Maple Street.    The Smoke Shop had a one-year special permit.  The Planning Board reviewed their application for renewal and found nothing different from a year ago when they recommended approval. They are recommending a one-year renewal.

 

CORRESPONDENCE:

 

  • Email from John Munson, Acting 1st Assistant Chief of the Croton-on-Hudson Fire Department, regarding the election for Acting 2nd Assistant Chief.   In a special election, Phil Dinkler was elected as Acting 2nd Assistant Chief through 2018.
  • Letter from Hollis Anzani, President of the Croton Caring Committee, announcing their new executive director.  Ms. Anzani announces that the Croton Caring Committee has selected Carrie Sena as their new Executive Director.  They look forward to meeting with the Village Board in the near future to discuss their plans.
  • Letter from Dr. Sandra Kolk and Mr. Michael Kolk regarding the special permit renewal at 50A Maple Street.  Dr. and Mr. Kolk write to express their opposition to the renewal of the special permit for the Smoke Shop.
  • Letter from Dr. Greg Schmidt, President of the Croton Rotary Club, requesting use of Lot F at the Croton-Harmon Train Station on September 23, 2018 for the annual Rotary Club Car Show.  The Rotary Club has held their car show in this location for many years and wish to utilize this area again.
  • Adopted Resolution from the Planning Board regarding an illegal retaining wall located on the property of 3 Arrowcrest Drive.   The Planning Board, as p art of its adoption of this resolution, required that it be sent to the Village Board, Zoning Board of Appeals, Village Attorney and Village Prosecutor.  The resolution refers to long running efforts (since 2006) by the Board and the Village to resolve an unpermitted  wall of 15 feet or more at a private residence on Arrowcrest Drive.  The owner, approximately 4 years ago, sought a variance from the Zoning Board for this wall.  The Zoning Board, in turn, required that it’s variance would depend on the Planning Board determining that it was satisfied with the wall’s safety which, by this resolution, they have not found to be the case due to failure of the applicant to provide sufficient and satisfactory documentation.    The Village Board will need to determine how to move forward with this situation.

 

 

 

PROPOSED RESOLUTIONS:

 

  • Consider adoption of a resolution to signify the intent of the Village to participate in the Waste/Recycling shared service program as proposed by Sustainable Westchester and described in the documentation submitted to the Board, subject to the final review of the service agreement.  This program would have the potential to save time for DPW staff in responding to waste and recycling calls.  Information for all 42 members of Sustainable Westchester would be available in one place. 

 

 

 

  • Consider approving the employment agreement between the Village and the Village Manager for a term of three years beginning August 11, 2018 and authorizing the Mayor to sign the agreement on behalf of the Board of Trustees.   The proposed three-year contract sets the salary at $170,000.

 

 

 

  • Consider authorizing the Village Manager to sign the proposal from Chazen Companies to complete design work for the Washington Engine roof replacement project in the amount of $9,870.00.   Chazen would produce the final design documents for this project so that it can bid.

 

 

 

  • Consider ratification of the signed proposal from WSG for a new VMware Server in the amount of $19,981.00.  The new server will address space and memory issues.

 

 

 

 

  • Consider authorizing the Village Manager to sign Amendment B to the New York State DOT Municipal Snow and Ice Agreement to provide for an index adjustment of $18,931.41 due to the severity of the 2017-18 winter.   The Village will be receiving $38,133.49 for its snow and ice removal instead of the original estimate of $19,202.08.

 

 

 

  • Consider authorizing the Village Manager to accept the proposal from Provident Design Engineering for an amount not to exceed $49,000.00 for construction services associated with the Croton-Harmon Train Station parking lot.  Provident has previously been engaged to do conceptual design documents.  This resolution would authorize them to perform final design drawings, necessary permitting documents, and construction documents for bidding purposes.  This work relates to the redevelopment of the current DPW location at the train station.

 

 

 

  1. Consider adoption of a resolution requesting the New York State Department of Environment Conservation modify the compressor station technology and emission regulations affecting natural gas infrastructure facilities.     The resolution which has been adopted by the Town of Cortlandt, Pleasantville and numerous other Westchester municipalities, calls for more stringent performance requirements by the NYSDEC for these facilities and enumerates over 12 steps which, if adopted, would further the safety and welfare of residents.  If adopted it would also be sent to the Governor, State Senator Murphy and State Assemblyperson Galef.

 

  • Consider authorizing the Village Manager to sign an agreement with Verizon New York Inc. to resolve any disputes regarding the Gross Receipts Tax up to March 31, 2018 in the amount of $4,000.00.  In 2016, the Village hired a consultant to determine if Verizon was complying with the Gross Receipts tax.  As a result, under this agreement, Verizon will be reimbursing the Village $4,000.