Decoding Village Agendas No. 402

Dear neighbor, Here is the 402nd 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

NOTE: This work session is on a Wednesday.

Decoding Village Agendas – April 18, 2018

Work Session of the Village Board

7: 30 p.m.

(Open to Public and Televised

The proposed Village budget for Fiscal Year 2018/2019 calls for total appropriations of $19,457,684 with $11,730,400 to be raised by property taxes. The Tentative 2018/2019 budget is available from the Village’s website

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Review of Proposed Fire Department Budget for Fiscal Year 2018-19. The Fire Department proposed budget is Account A3410 in the Tentative budget available from the Village Home page.

Recap of the Budget. All of the changes and adjustments that have been talked about during all the prior budget work sessions will be reviewed. The Board will be reaching a consensus on the many department expense budgets and reviewing the revenue projections to finalize the 2018/2019 Budget for adoption on April 23.

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Ann Gallelli: Reducing Waste With Reusable Bags

To the editor,ann2016

Recently I attended a meeting about re-useable bags, along with fellow trustee Sherry Horowitz, at which 14 municipalities were represented. The meeting was organized by Chris Burdick, Supervisor of the Town of Bedford. The purpose of the meeting was to provide an opportunity for many municipalities to hear how others are moving on various initiatives regarding single-use plastic bags.

The basic premise of discussion, upon which there was no disagreement, was that these bags are bad for our environment on multiple levels from their manufacture, recyclability, and negative environmental effects when disposed. The discussion centered around the best method for eliminating their use.

There was also agreement that, regardless of the approach chosen by each municipality, it is important not to wait for the County or State to act, but rather, to move ahead sooner than later. This creates impetus for action on a higher level. Also, the more such regulations affect contiguous areas, the better it is for merchants as it creates a level playing field for them.

Although single-use plastic bags do not represent the universe of plastic products that are difficult or impossible to safely recycle, it is the starting point for many Westchester and Long Island municipalities. I am appreciative of the efforts of our local activists, like the Croton Climate Initiative, to educate us all and for beginning the conversation on how best to address this issue.

Ann Gallelli

Ann Gallelli: Decoding Village Agendas No. 401

Dear neighbor, Here is the 401st 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 – April 16, 2018

Regular Meeting of the Board of Trustees

8:00 pm

(Open to Public – Televised)

CORRESPONDENCE:

Letter from Croton Market Organizers requesting support for a pop-up village farmers market. Three local women, the Croton Market Organizers, ask for permission to organize a one-time farmers’ market in June or July. Since the receipt of this letter, they have been working with the administration to find an acceptable time and place. With Board approval, it is tentatively set for Saturday, June 9 in Vassallo Park. Further details will be announced by them as they proceed.
Letter from Kristen Motel, Cuddy & Feder, requesting adjournment of the special use permit application hearing for 25 South Riverside Avenue. The attorneys are asking for a postponement of the public hearing due to the need to work out some of their plans with the NYS Dept. of Transportation regarding right-of-ways. This is the mixed use application for the location of the former Croton Hardware store.
Capital Markets News – April 2018. This is a newsletter that is periodically sent to the Village and Board by Capital Market Advisors, one of the firms that advises the Village on Municipal finances.
Email from Shannon Laukhuf, Executive Director, SPCA of Westchester, offering thanks for the village’s recent support of grant application to New York State. Ms. Laukhuf thanks the Mayor and Village for its letter in support of its successful grant application. The SPCA has been granted $500,000 to help in its rebuilding of its aging center in Briarcliff.

PROPOSED RESOLUTIONS:

Authorizing the Village Manager to award the contract for tree trimming and removal services to Golden’s Tree Service at the rate of $1,605.60 per day for a total of $48,168.00. There were four bids with Golden’s being the lowest. The highest bid was $168,400.
Authorizing the Village Manager to sign the proposal from Peter Gisolfi Associates to complete design work for the Washington Engine roof replacement project in the amount of $24,500.00. The roof repairs at Washington Engine house were previously approved in the 2017/2018 budget. In order to move ahead on the project, a complete detailed design must be done along with bidding documents for the actual work.
Authorizing the Village Manager to sign the proposal from Quality Environmental Solutions & Technology (QuES&T) to test the roof materials at Washington Engine in the amount of $1,953.00. The existing roof on Washington Engine is the original roof. It must be tested for asbestos to ascertain the correct way of removing it prior to the planned repair.
Authorizing the Village Manager to implement a new minimum wage schedule as of June 1, 2018, for all seasonal part-time employees of the Village. The Village currently follows federal minimum wage standards which are set at $7.25/hour. NYS has adopted its own minimum wage schedule. The Village Board is considered adopting that wage schedule for all seasonal part-time employees of the village including camp counselors, lifeguards, gate attendants and laborers. That hourly wage for 2018 is $10.40 and would increase to $11.10 next year.

Decoding Village Agendas No. 400

Dear neighbor, Here is the 400th installment of Decoding Village Agendas to keep Croton residents informed of the actions of the Village Board at their meetingsI 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

NOTE:  This  work session is on a Wednesday.

 

Decoding Village Agendas –   April 11, 2018

Work Session of the Village Board

7: 30 p.m.

 (Open to Public and Televised

 

The proposed Village budget for Fiscal Year 2018/2019 calls for total appropriations of $19,457,684 with $11,730,400 to be raised by property taxes.  The Tentative 2018/2019 budget is available from the Village’s website

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Review of Proposed Administration and Parking (Board, Manager, Clerk, Treasurer, Engineering & Court) Budgets for Fiscal Year 2018-2019. This will include discussion regarding the proposed fee schedule.

The Proposed Administration and Parking Budgets includes the following expense accounts: A1010, A1110, A1210, A1230, A1320, A1325, A1355, A1362, A1410, A1420, A1440, A1650, A1680, A1910, A1920, A1930, A1940, A1950, A1960, A1980, A1990, A4020, A5650, A6410, A7510, A8010, A8020, A8710, A8760, A8790, A9010, A9015, A9030, A9031, A9040, A9045, A9050, A9060, A9730, A9951

 

 

 

As indicated, this discussion covers all of the administrative functions of the Village government.  The heads of each department will attend and provide an overview of their department’s functions.

Decoding Village Agendas No. 398

Ann Gallelli <anngallelli@gmail.com> Sat, Mar 24, 2018 at 11:00 AM
To: Ann Gallelli <anngallelli@gmail.com>

 

Dear neighbor, Here is the 398th 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

 

NOTE:  There are two Budget work Sessions this week.  Both are described below.

 

 

Decoding Village Agendas –   March 26, 2018

Work Session of the Village Board

7: 30 p.m.

 (Open to Public and Televised

 

The proposed Village budget for Fiscal Year 2018/2019 calls for total appropriations of $19,457,684 with $11,730,400 to be raised by property taxes.

 

 

Review of Proposed Department of Public Works and Water Department Budgets for Fiscal Year 2018-19.

 

Link to proposed budget for F/Y 2018- 2019

http://www.crotononhudson-ny.gov/Public_Documents/CrotonHudsonNY_Fin/ProposedBudget-2018-19/ProposedBudget2018-2019

 

Department of Public Works includes the following expense accounts: A1620, A1640, A3310, A3510, A5010, A5110, A5140, A5142, A5182, A7550, A8090, A8140, A8160, A8170, A8510, A8560

Water Fund includes the following expense accounts: F1320, F1650, F8310, F8320, F8340

Sewer Fund includes the following expense accounts: G1320, G1650, G8120

The DPW department has 30 full time employees and up to 12 part time employees at various times of the year.  The department’s responsibility includes highway, sanitation, building maintenance, water, parks, and the repair facility (garage).  It also supports several functions that occur in the village such as Summerfest, Earth Day, Run Against Hunger and others.

 

The Water and Sewer Fund are paid for by water and sewer fees, not property taxes.

 

The Water Fund budget is recommending an increase in water rates of $0.20/100 cubic feet of consumption for Tier 2 (basic), in order to help fund the improvements made to the water infrastructure.

 

The Sewer Fund currently has a deficit of $199,201.  The proposed budget recommends a rate increase of 20% to help offset this deficit.  This would increase the rate to $1.5388/100 cubic feet of water consumption from the current $1.2823.

 

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Decoding Village Agendas –   March 28, 2018

Work Session of the Village Board

 

7: 30 p.m.

 (Open to Public and Televised)

 

 

 

1.      Review of Proposed EMS Budget for Fiscal Year 2018-19.

Link to Proposed Budget

 

       EMS Department includes the following expense account: A4540.

 

       The proposed budget calls for expenditures of  $386,760 for the coming year.  This is a reduction of about $11,000 from the prior year.  The EMS expenses are offset in part by insurance recoveries from ambulance services which are expected to be $220,000 in the coming fiscal year.

 

 

 

 

2.      Review of Proposed Police Department Budget for Fiscal Year 2018-19.

Link to Proposed Budget

 

Police Department includes the following expense accounts: A3120, A3150, A3189

 

 

Police dept. expense include that of the Department itself as well as the Auxiliary Police and  Crossing Guards.    The proposed Police Dept. Budget if proposed at $3,215,663, an increase of approximate $20,500 over the current year.

Brian Pugh: Advocating for Our Village

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At the last meeting of the Village Board, we approved the dispatch of a two letter on state issues concerning our community and others to our State Senator Terrence Murphy (R-Yorktown) and Assemblywoman Sandy Galef (D-Ossining).

One letter was on local government issues coming before the New York State Legislature. Some of of the noteworthy recommendations includes making the Tax Levy Cap a true 2% (and not dependent on the rate of inflation) and to allow municipalities to deposit funds in local savings banks, credit unions, etc. rather than just the big commercial banks. The letter also opposes a current bill that would preclude municipalities form having a say in the location of small wireless installations. These recommendations are supported by NYCOM – New York Conference of Mayors which advocates on behalf of Villages and cities.

The other letter is on environmental issues coming before the New York State Legislature. The letter from the Board recommends: 1) imposing a statewide polluting fee for greenhouse gas producers, 2) divestiture of the NY Common Fund from fossil fuel investments, and 3) a ban on the sale and use of single-use plastic bags.

Local governments are creatures of the state, established by the legislature and regulated by its laws (e.g. the VIllage Law, the General Municipal Law, etc.). And as a New Yorkers, we are all, of course, affected by the policies pursued by our state.

Our Village and its residents are in a relatively unique position to make our voices heard, as we are represented by legislators who are part of the majority of their respective houses.. We will continue to work with our colleagues at all levels of government to improve the quality of life of our residents and advocate for their interests.

 

Brian Pugh

Decoding Agendas No. 397

Dear neighbor, Here is the 397th 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 – March 19, 2018

Regular Meeting of the Board of Trustees

8:00 pm

(Open to Public – Televised)

PUBLIC HEARING: To consider Local Law Intro. 3 of 2018 amending Chapter 230 of the Village’s Zoning Code concerning vape and tobacco shops which would prohibit a vape or tobacco shop to open within 500 feet of the middle school or high school property line.

CORRESPONDENCE:

Note: the first two items below are letters sent by the Village, not letters received.

Board Letter to Assemblywoman Galef and Senator Murphy on environmental issues coming before the New York State Legislature. The letter from the Board urges support for three bills currently before the NYS Legislature including 1) imposing a statewide polluting fee for greenhouse gas producers, divestiture of the NY Common Fund from fossil fuel investments, and implementation of a ban on the sale and use of single-use plastic bags.
Board Letter to Assemblywoman Galef and Senator Murphy on local government issues coming before the New York State Legislature. The letters asks the legislators to support four current bills that would allow local municipalities to receive some revenue from the Local Gross Receipts tax of cellular services, shorten the redemption period for Tax foreclosures for abandoned properties, make the Tax Levy Cap a true 2% and not dependent on the rate of inflation, and allow municipalities to deposit funds in local savings banks, credit unions, etc. The letter also opposes a current bill that would preclude municipalities form having a say in the location of small wireless installations. These recommendations are supported by NYCOM – New York Conference of Mayors which advocates on behalf of Villages and cities.
Letter from Glenn Simpson, Croton Little League President, regarding Opening Day parade on April 14, 2018.
Letter from Kate Cascone, Territory Manager – Westchester County, regarding termination of the Croton Farmers Market. Ms. Cascone informs the Village that the Down To Earth Farmers’ Market is terminating their agreement with the Village and will not be operating in the Village this year. She thanked the Village for their help and good relationship over the past years. They are open to returning in the future depending on a suitable location.

PROPOSED RESOLUTIONS:

The Village Board determines that the Proposed Action, lease agreement and the construction of the wireless facility with Verizon Wireless located at 1 Van Wyck Street, complies with the policy standards and conditions set forth in the Village’s LWRP; issues and adopts the EAF Part III, adopts a Negative Declaration in connection with the Proposed Action and authorizes the Village Manager to sign the lease agreement with Verizon Wireless.
Authorizing the Village Manager to sign a memorandum of agreement with the Croton Little League for improvements to the Field at Duck Pond Park. The Agreement would allow the Little League organization to make certain improvements to the field at the Duck Pond Park. They will assume responsibility for the improvements which include removing infield grass, regrading and adding clay paths on the field, replacing some fencing and adding new drainage. The cost of these improvements which they will incur is $29,100.00.
Authorizing the appointment of Eric Seymour to Police Sergeant to fill the vacant position left open due to the retirement of one of the Department’s employees. Officer Seymour’s appointment to the supervisory role of Sergeant will help reduce the current overtime costs incurred due to a recent retirement and some vacancies. As per the Police Association agreement, his salary will be $127,375.86.
Authorizing the Village Board of Trustees to sign the 2017 Sponsor Approval Form for Volunteer Fire Department Service Award Program. The Service Award program requires that the Fire Department certify of list of members who earned service credits in the past year. The Board of Trustees is required to approve it. The Fire department Service Award program was authorized by referendum in 2003.

Brian Pugh: Thank you to our first-responders & DPW

brian-pugh-group-croppedTo the Editor:

 

The last week has brought incredible challenges to our Village. Our Village staff and volunteers have worked long and hard hours to help residents and should be appreciated for all they have done.

 

I’d like to publicly recognize the excellent work that our Village’s Department of Public Works and our police and first-responders, especially our Volunteer Fire Department and EMS. The Village’s professional staff also deserves our thanks for their timely and informative updates regarding the status of recovery efforts.

 

We are fortunate to have such a team dedicated keeping our Village clean and safe, especially during and after the recent winter storms. Many thanks to all who assisted in a professional, conscientious way.

 

Sincerely,

 

Brian Pugh

Decoding Village Agendas –   March 12, 2018

Decoding Village Agendas –   March 12, 2018

Work Session of the Village Board

7: 30 p.m.

 (Open to Public and Televised)

 

  1.  Members of the Bicycle Pedestrian Committee will provide an update to the Board.   The BPC has a five-year plan of goals including traffic calming in the upper village, implementing the Croton Point Avenue project, safe walking to schools and library, walkable shopping, and more.
  2. Discussion of proposed improvements to the access trail to Silver Lake.. 
  3. Discussion about proposed local law regulating solar installations within the Village.  A memo from the Village attorney outlines some zoning regulations that should be considered in such a law.
  4. Discussion of rezoning of certain commercial areas of the Village.  The discussion will center on whether current zoning primarily in the Municipal Gateway area is up to date and consistent with the goals of the Village’s Comprehensive Plan.
  5. Proposed resolution to Support Amtrak’s National Network.  This is in response to the proposed federak budget reducing  funding for Amtrak by half in 2019.
  6. Village Manager provides Board an overview of 2018-2019 Village Budget Process.

Brian Pugh: Reviewing Performance of Our Utilities in the Recent Storms

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After Hurricane Sandy left customers without power for days on end, Con Edison announced a $1 billion upgrade program to harden the electric grid against future storms. Following this week’s Nor’Easter, Con Edison’s performance must be reviewed carefully.

Con Edison’s storm-hardening upgrades were used to justify​ ​recent​t ​rate increases . Con Edison, a for-profit corporation with an effective monopoly on electrical service, also substantially boosted dividends to shareholders and compensation for key executives in the years after Sandy.
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​Our Village government has been in regular contact with Con Edison since the storm struck. It’s not clear that they will reach their own estimates for power restoration.​​ ​Although Croton is not not as severely affected as other Westchester communities, power outages have plagued hundreds of households since the Nor’Easter.​ ​For some this is a minor inconvenience, for others, a major disruption if not a potential personal catastrophe.​ ​

As of this writing (Tuesday), it’s too early to make a final judgment. However, anecdotal evidence indicates that many Con Edison customers have been underwhelmed by the company’s storm response so far.

After the dust settles, Con Edison’s handling of the storm must be carefully reviewed. If ​further analysis show​s​ Con Ed to have failed ratepayers,​ ​we must work with our colleagues in government to ensure​ ​our utilities are​ ​held accountable and are made to do better.