Ann Gallelli: Decoding Village Agendas No. 562

Dear neighbor, Here is the 562nd 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 –  January 10, 2022 

Work Session of the Village Board

7:00 pm

Municipal Building

Hosted by Zoom at the following link:

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1.    Review of Planning Board recommendations on the zoning petition for the North End Gateway District.   The Planning Board reviewed the proposed zoning amendment and has made some substantive suggestions to the proposed text. These include allowing a full third story and provide for additional housing and a more diversified mix of commercial uses. The Planning Board also recommended that in addition to mixed-use buildings that the zoning text amendments also allow all residential building.  Additionally, they recommend that at least one Affordable unit be included in buildings with 5 – 9 apartments.  The backup materials are available from the Village website, click on Projects and Initiatives.

2.      Update from AKRF on the South Riverside Area Zoning Study.   The Board will review some simulations of how the proposed zoning might appear if it was built out.  Views are from the station, Croton Point Avenue, the west end of Benedict, the Route 9 southbound parking ramp and from South Riverside.  The views are based on a FAR of 1.2 and both 4 stories and 5 stories.

3.    Discussion on existing deed restrictions for property adjacent to 72 Thompson Avenue.  The owners are requesting that an existing restriction be removed which would allow them to  change the lot lines to facilitate an additional house on the two lots.

4.    Review of timeline for proposed solar canopy project to be located at Hudson National Golf Club and discussion on future steps.

The Board will review the steps and actions taken since the application’s inception in August 2020.  The Village Attorney will review the procedural steps ahead.  The Village’s representative from LaBella (formerly Chasen) will review recent information and answers received from Matrix that were raised by the Board and the public.  The backup materials are available from the Village website, click on Projects and Initiatives.

5.    Consider a request from the Village Manager to enter into executive session to discuss matters of personnel.

Ann Gallelli: Decoding Village Agendas No. 562

Dear neighbor, Here is the 562nd 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 – January 4, 2022 

 Regular Meeting of the Village Board

7:00 pm

NOTE:  This meeting is on Tuesday

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CORRESPONDENCE:

  1. Memo from Manager Healy regarding consolidation of the Village Justice Court.  The Village Manager, in preparation for the development of the FY 2022/2023 Village Budget, is proposing that the Village Justice Court might be dissolved with the Town of Cortlandt Court taking its place.  He suggests that this suggestion be taken under discussion as to its ramifications.
  2. Memo from New York State Department of State regarding request for comments on LWRP coordination.  The NYS Dept. of Transportation (DOT) is pursuing a regionwide crack sealing and mastic contract to extend the service life and rideability of several roads in the Hudson Valley region.  This includes Route 9 from Peekskill to the Ossining border.  Since Croton has a Local waterfront Revitalization Plan (LWRP), we are being asked to comment on the consistency of this action with our LWRP as required under the Coastal Zone Management Act.
  3. Email from Stephen Campbell of New York Power Authority Regarding TreePower Program.  The Village is one of 30 NYPA customers that participated in their tree planting program.  Croton planted 12 trees which will store 339 lbs. of CO2 per year. This includes 10 trees that are native to New York State and which provide particular value to beneficial pollinators, birds, mammals, and other native wildlife.

PROPOSED RESOLUTIONS:

  1. Consider scheduling a public hearing on Local Law Introductory No. 1 of 2022 to override the “property tax cap” law enacted by State Legislature, for January 18, 2021, at 7 PM, via Zoom videoconference.  The Village has adopted this Override law every year since the Tax Cap law was passed in 2012.  It provides that if the Tax Cap establish for that fiscal year is exceeded, the municipality will not be subjected to fiscal penalties.  

The Tax Cap Law requires that the total amount to be raised through property taxes charged on the municipality’s taxable assessed value of property, is capped at 2% or the rate of inflation, whichever is less. The rate of inflation this year has been set by the State Comptroller’s Office at 4.23% for municipalities operating on a June through May fiscal year. The law enabling the override must already have been adopted by the Board of Trustees prior to budget adoption. 

b.      Consider re-affirming support for a residential parking permit system for Truesdale Drive and Nordica Drive.  The Village previously requested NYS legislative approval for a residential parking system on Truesdale and Nordica, but was denied in 2019. The Board is asking again for its approval.  The intention is to lessen on-street parking impacts to residents during times when large numbers of visitors to the Croton River are impacting the neighborhoods.  It requires approval from the NYS Assembly and Senate.

c.       Consider authorizing the Village Manager to sign the agreement with Westchester County to renew access to the Westchester County Repository for Integrated Criminalistic Information.  This would renew a five-year agreement that currently exists with the County.  It allows for the electronic transmission and storage of criminal records and police blotter information, which includes information related to a subject’s arrest, booking, detention or incarceration.

Ann Gallelli: Decoding Village Agendas No. 561

Dear neighbor, Here is the 561st 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 – December 20, 2021 

Regular Meeting of the Village Board

7:00 pm

Municipal Building

PUBLIC HEARING:

1.      Public Hearing on Local Law Introductory No. 15 of 2021 to amend Chapter 208 of the Village Code, Trees, to amend the approving authority for tree removal permits in relation to steep slope applications.   This proposed amendment clarifies that  in connection with any site plan, minor site plan, subdivision plat, wetlands permit or steep slope permit application being processed by the Planning Board where tree removal is under consideration, it is the Planning Board that is the approving authority as part of that process.  The proposed amendment clarifies but does not change the current process.

2.      Public Hearing on Local Law Introductory No. 16 of 2021 to amend Chapter 204 of the Village Code, Taxation, to amend the alternate and Cold War veteran exemptions.  NYS has increased the allowable amounts for veteran’s exemptions including non-combat, combat and disabled veterans.  Tax Assessor Waitkins recommends adoption.

3.      Public Hearing on Local Law Introductory No. 17 of 2021 to amend Chapter 215 of the Village Code, Vehicles and Traffic, to implement a residential parking permit system along certain areas of Hastings Avenue and Young Avenue in the Village of Croton-on-Hudson.   It would create a residential parking zone system for the hours between 7am and 7 pm, whereby residents can obtain permits, between Benedict and Oneida on Young Avenue and between Benedict and Devon on Hastings.

CORRESPONDENCE:

a.      Fire Department election results from Fire Council Secretary Munson.  The New Fire Department officers are Chief John Munson, First Assistant Chief Josh Karpoff, and Second Assistant Chief Chris Colombo.

b.      Firefighter membership update from Fire Council Secretary Munson.   Secretary Munson reports on changes in the Fire Department membership including seven new Active memberrships.

c.       Letter of Resignation from Dr. Merrily Besvinick from the Water Control Commission.  Thanked the Village for the opportunity to serve the Village she loves.

d.      Memorandums from Matrix Solar and Chazen Companies regarding the proposed solar energy project at Hudson National Golf Club.  The most recent reviews by the Village consultant, Chazen, on outstanding issues regarding the proposed application are available on the Project page from the Village’s website.  These issues include, among others, adverse change to natural resources; and increase in the potential for erosion, flooding or drainage problems.  The Village Attorney will be discussing next steps in the SEQRA process.

e.       41-51 Maple Application Response Letter from New York State Homes & Community Renewal.   The developers for this property had applied for financing help from the NYS Home and Community Renewal program.  They were notified that they were not successful in the December round of grants .

PROPOSED RESOLUTIONS:

1.      Consider appointing Detective Thomas Leonard to the rank of Police Sergeant at the annual salary of $139,229.35 per the current Croton Police Association bargaining agreement effective January 1, 2022Chief Nikitopolous is recommending this appointment to replace one of two Sergeants, one of whom has retired and the second has moved to a different position in the Department.

2.      Consider appointing Officer Thomas Levins to the rank of Police Sergeant at the annual salary of $139,229.35 per the current Croton Police Association bargaining agreement effective January 1, 2022.   Chief Nikitopolous is recommending this appointment to replace one of two Sergeants, one of whom has retired and the second has moved to a different position in the Department.

3.      Consider scheduling a Public Hearing on Local Law Introductory No. 14 of 2021 to amend Chapter 160 of the Village Code, Noise, to establish regulations on gas-powered leaf blowers on January 18, 2022, at 7:00 PM in the Georgianna Grant Meeting Room of the Stanley H. Kellerhouse Municipal Building.   The regulations would apply from June 1 to August 31 in 2022 and from January 1 to March 31 in 2023 and continue in succeeding years.  The regulations would allow properties greater than 40,000 square feet to apply for a permit to operate a leaf blower during these periods with conditions.

4.      Consider authorizing Mayor Pugh to sign the necessary Letter of Commitment indicating support for NYSERDA’s Clean Energy Community (CEC) program and that such grant funds received by the Village will be used as indicated in that letter.   The Village commits to take the necessary steps in NYSERDA’s Clean Energy Community (CEC) program competition to qualify to receive up to $15,000 in grants that do not require matching or other funds from the Village.  The particular application is the installation of additional electric vehicle chargers in Croton.

5.      Consider approving the agreement between the Village of Croton-on-Hudson and Croton Little League to permit the erection of a scoreboard at Firefighters Memorial Field.  Proposed work would be funded by the Little League.

6.      Consider approving the Stipulation of Agreement between the Village of Croton-on-Hudson and the Croton Police Association.

7.      Consider authorizing the Village Treasurer to amend the General Fund 2021-2022 budget in the amount of $467,183.42, and the Sewer Fund 2021-2022 budget in the  based services.   At the beginning of the fiscal year, personnel costs in DPW are all included in one account.  As work is performed in different departments, the associated personnel costs are transferred to that account.  

8.      Consider scheduling a Public Hearing to consider the zoning petition for the North End Gateway District on January 18, 2022, at 7:00 PM in the Georgianna Grant Meeting Room of the Stanley H. Kellerhouse Municipal Building.  The proposed zoning amendment would apply to the Northend Gateway Overlay zone.  It would set bulk regulations and use regulations for the overlay district.  Currently these regulations do not exist for this district.  The underlying zone of this area, comprising 8 lots, is O-1 and C-1.

QUARTERLY DEPARTMENT REPORTS:   available from the Village website (included in the Agenda for this meeting) for the following departments:  Manager office, parking, recreation, clerk’s office, court, engineering office, treasurer’s office, police and DPW.

Ann Gallelli: Decoding Village Agendas No. 558

Dear neighbor, Here is the 558th 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 – November 22, 2021

Work Session of the Village Board

7:00 pm

Municipal Building

a.    Approval of vouchers.  The vouchers were held over from the previous meeting which was cancelled.

b.    Consider approving the agreement between the Village of Croton-on-Hudson and Croton Little League for improvements to Dobbs Park Field.  Little League wishes to make some improvements to the field at their expense.  

c.    Update on the South Riverside Avenue Area Zoning Study Analysis.  AKRF, the Village’s Planning consultant on the possible zoning amendments, will make a report to the Board.  The areas under consideration are an expansion of the Harmon Gateway zoning south along South Riverside and the inclusion of some lots on Clinton and Wayne St.  The study, separately, is evaluating possible rezoning or zoning amendments for properties on Croton Point Avenue including Parking Lot A at 1ACPA.  These properties are in a LI district currently.

d.    Discussion on renewing the agreement for the Paddlesports Program at Echo Canoe Launch.  The Hudson River Recreation Co (HHR) has requested a three renewal after completing the first year of its existing contract.  The Village currently receives $1,150 annually for the rental of the storage area and the greater of $1,125 or 8% of the HRR gross income.  This would increase to          8  ½%, 8 ¾% and 9 % respectively over the proposed three-year renewal.

e.    Memo from Village Assessor, Tom Waitkins, regarding increase in veterans exemption amounts.   Allowable Veterans exemptions for both non-combat and disable veterans have been increased in NYS.  A Veterans’ exemption currently exists for veterans who apply in the Village. The Village must authorize this update if it is to apply to Village taxes.  The exemption applies to a percentage of assessed value.

f.     Discussion of residential parking situation in Harmon.   The Board will continue its discussion of possible residential parking permits on Young, Hastings and Benedict.

Ann Gallelli: Decoding Village Agendas No. 557

Dear neighbor, Here is the 557th 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 – November 3, 2021

Regular Meeting of the Village Board

7:00 pm

Municipal Building

PUBLIC HEARING:

1.      Public Hearing on granting a Special Use Permit to “The Dessertist”.  The applicant proposes to open a wholesale bakery in the building at the corner of Croton Point Avenue and Veterans Plaza.

ENVIRONMENTAL AND CONSISTENCY REVIEW OF HUDSON NATIONAL GOLF COURSE SPECIAL PERMIT APPLICATION FOR SOLAR ARRAY MATRIX PROPOSAL  The Board will complete Part 2 of the SEQRA Environmental Impact form as well as complete the Consistency Review required under the Village’s Local Waterfront Revitalization Program (LWRP).  The Board has received positive recommendations from the Planning Board and from the Waterfront Advisory Committee.

CORRESPONDENCE:

a.    Memo from Daniel O’Conner, Village Engineer, regarding Building Permit Extension for 38 Nordica Drive.  A six month extension is requested and recommended.  No work has begun on the project although the building permit has been issued.

b.    Email from Rose Cappa-Rotunno, President of The Event Department NY, regarding 2021 Westchester County Senior Hall of Fame Induction of Lindsay Audin.  Resident Lindsay Audin was nominated for the County Hall of Fame and has been selected to be honored on December 3 at the Westchester County Senior Hall of Fame ceremony . Mr. Audin has been instrumental in the Village’s progress towards environmental energy savings and efficiencies and has allowed the Village to take advantage of various incentives available for such programs.

c.    Invitations to Veterans Day Ceremonies from Town of Cortlandt and Fox-Eklof American Legion Post 505.  The Croton Fox-Eklof Post will hold its ceremony at 11 am on November 11 at Four Corners.  The Town will hold their ceremony at 1 pm the same day at the Morabito Community Center.

d.    Draft letter and survey from Village Manager Bryan Healy regarding residential parking in Harmon.  The Village is sending out a new survey to residents  of Young and Hastings and/or residents of Benedict Blvd (2 surveys) to try to determine whether a residential parking system is warranted in these areas due to competition for on-street parking from railroad commuters.

e.    Update on Fire Department Membership from Fire Council Secretary John Munson. Council Secretary Munson advises the Village on two changes in membership.

f.     Letter from Kyle Kimball, ConEd Vice President of Government & Regional Community Affairs, regarding ConEd gas safety literature and PSA.   This is part of an awareness campaign on what to do if you smell gas.

PROPOSED RESOLUTIONS:

a.    Consider authorizing the Village Manager to execute the Memorandum of Agreement between the Village of Croton-on-Hudson and Local 456, International Brotherhood of Teamsters, covering the period June 1, 2021 — May 31, 2022. 

b.    Acknowledge receipt of a zoning text amendment petition for the North End Gateway District in conjunction with a development proposal for a mixed use building at 1380 Albany Post Road, determine that the petition is an Unlisted Action under SEQRA, declare the Board of Trustees’ intent to be lead agency under SEQRA and refer the petition and associated documents to the Village Planning Board and Westchester County Planning Department in accordance with law.  The proposed development is in a O-1 district in the North End Gateway Overlay district.. The applicant seeks amendment to the Zoning code for this Gateway area that would permit mixed use by Special Permit and would allow various retail and business establishments as well as residential.  This is the beginning of multiple step process to consider this application.

c.    Consider the adoption of the new Employee Policy Manual dated October 2021.  The 111-page policy was last updated in 2016.  The Village was assisted by its Labor Counsel in developing the new  document  which concentrates on .The Teamsters Local 456 and Croton Police Association have reviewed and approved the new Employee Policy Manual,

d.    Consider authorizing the Village Manager to accept the proposal from Peak Power Systems in the amount of $8,789.21 for generator maintenance services at Village buildings. Four (4) proposals were received ranging from Peak Power at $8,789.21 to a high of $24,727. DPW Superintendent Balbi recommends Peak Power Systems.

e.    Consider authorizing the Village Treasurer to transfer money from the Capital Fund to the General Fund, and amend the 2021-2022 General Fund Budget and Capital Fund Budget in the amount of $549.92 for purchase of batteries to install on existing equipment. This money comes from the fund established for the accrual of monies from the solar array located at the DPW building.

f.     Consider authorizing the Village Treasurer to make an interfund transfer in the amount of $5,609.71 to provide payment for the set-up items in the new Croton EMS ambulance.  The new ambulance was acquired by the Village on October 29 from the vendor.  Some final set-up items are required before putting it in service.

Ann Gallelli: Decoding Village Agendas No. 556

Dear neighbor, Here is the 556th 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 –   October 25, 2021 

Work Session of the Village Board

7:30 p.m. 

1.    Discussion on the zoning amendment petition received for 1380 Albany Post Road.  The applicant, Matra Group, is requesting zoning amendments that would permit a mixed-use building on 2 parcels totaling 1.6 acres at 1380 Albany Post Road.  It is in a O-1 Limited Office Zone.  They are asking for a zoning amendment that would permit retail, banks, personal service establishments, showrooms and residential by special permit.

2.    Review of options for future location of Croton EMS.  Due to mold and health related issues, the EMS has been temporarily relocated to the Harmon Firehouse.  The Board will consider long-run solutions for EMS including 1) a renovation of its Wayne Street facility,2) a tear down and newly built facility at the Wayne Street location, 3) staying in the Harmon Firehouse where currently, temporarily located, or 4) moving EMS to Grand Street firehouse and oving Chemical Engine Company to Harmon Firehouse.

3.    Update on residential parking situation in Harmon.  In late 2019, at the request of the Village, the NYS Legislature approved a residential parking permit system for Young and Hastings Avenues in Harmon.  This is required for parking systems on public streets.  It was approved but not implemented.  A second survey was conducted in May 2021 with varying results depend on the sections of the relevant streets.  The Board will discuss whether to proceed with a residential parking system for this area; including required parking permits and time frames applying to residents of Young and Hastings.

4.    Discussion on sidewalk safety enforcement and future improvement programs.  The Bicycle Pedestrian Committee has submitted suggestions for speeding up sidewalk repair and enhancing it in the Village.  According to their Committee’s 2019 survey, sidewalk conditions were a source of concern by more than 1/3 of its respondents. Their suggestions include code enforcement, financing, work contracted out, and time frames.

Ann Gallelli: Decoding Village Agendas No. 555

Dear neighbor, Here is the 555th 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 – October 18, 2021

Regular Meeting of the Village Board

7:00 pm

Municipal Building

PUBLIC HEARING:

1.      Public Hearing to amend Chapter 160 of the Village Code, Noise, to establish regulations on gas-powered leaf blowers. The proposed regulations would prohibit use of gas-powered leaf blowers from June 1 to August 31, 2022 and January 1 to March 31, 2023.  It provides for temporary exemptions to be granted for properties in RA-40 and RA-60 zones by the Village Manager.   As well as for special storm related emergencies. 

2.      Public Hearing to consider the special permit applications for Hudson National Golf Club for the Club use on the reduced property and the proposed tier 3 solar energy use.  The proposal would use a portion of the golf club property for solar arrays and it requires amendment of the existing golf club special permit as well as for the proposed solar array installation.  Extensive backup materials are available on the Village website. Click on Projects & Initiatives from Homepage.

ENVIRONMENTAL AND CONSISTENCY REVIEW OF HUDSON NATIONAL GOLF COURSE SPECIAL PERMIT APPLICATION FOR SOLAR ARRAY MATRIX PROPOSAL  The Board will complete Part 2 of the SEQRA Environmental Impact form as well as complete the Consistency Review required under the Village’s Local Waterfront Impact Program (LWRP).  The Board has received positive recommendations  on both from the Planning Board and from the Waterfront Advisory Committee.

PROPOSED RESOLUTIONS:

1.      Consider scheduling a Public Hearing on granting a Special Use Permit to “The Dessertist” for November 3rd, 2021, at 7:00 PM.  The Dessertist is proposing to move  its business to Croton Point Avenue below the current location of the Green Growler and become a wholesale business.  This requires a special permit as this is located in a LI-zoned district.

2.      Consider affirmation of an executed agreement with Northwind Kennel of Bedford, New York, for the purposes of providing shelter for lost dogs at a cost of $1,500 for the period of July 1, 2021, through July 1, 2026.2All municipalities that issue dog licenses in NYS are required to either have their own shelter for such dogs or contract with such a shelter.  This is a 5-year contract ending in July 2026.

3.      Consider authorizing the Village Treasurer to transfer money from the General Fund to the Capital Fund, and amend the 2021-2022 General Fund Budget and Capital Fund Budget in the amount of $9,552 for purchase of additional equipment for the new fire engine 118.  This is for extrication spreaders used in motor vehicle accidents.  It was not included in the original cost.    

4.      Consider authorizing the Village Treasurer to amend the 2021-2022 General Fund Budget in the amount of $15,000 for renovations of the Harmon Firehouse Ready Room for use by Croton Emergency Medical Services.  The Croton EMS will be  temporarily housed in the Harmon  Firehouse due to their current location having mold issues.  This amount covers the necessary renovations to accommodate the EMS until a new permanent site is determined.

Brian Pugh: Protecting the Village Workforce & Public from COVID-19

Dear Neighbors:

In effort to protect its workforce & the public and ensure the continued delivery of vital services during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Village of Croton-on-Hudson has reached agreements with its two labor unions establishing a vaccination & testing policy. The Board of Trustees ratified these agreements at its regular meeting on Monday.

The agreements between the Village and Teamsters Local 456 and the Croton Police Association will require all employees provide proof of being fully vaccinated against SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, OR be tested weekly for COVID-19.

The emergence of the highly contagious delta variant of COVID-19 has made these additional safeguards necessary. While infection rates have fallen in recent weeks, as of this writing, there are still many times more confirmed COVID-19 cases in the Village than there were at the same time last year. A vaccination and testing program is a necessary workplace safety measure and will help to ensure reliable government services as the pandemic continues.

Our Village workforce makes sure that our community is safe, clean and open for business. I truly appreciate the labor unions partnering with the Village adminstration to keep Croton workers and the larger community protected.

Sincerely,

Brian Pugh, Mayor

Len Simon: Make Your Voices Heard at an Upcoming Public Hearing

Dear Neighbors:

The wall behind our Board of Trustees dais prominently features a signed print of one of the great Norman Rockwell’s most famous paintings – “Freedom of Speech”. It is a compelling portrait of a citizen making his case on an important issue at a municipal government public hearing.

That wonderful work of art is always inspiring. But it also reminds us that all of Croton is needed and should feel welcome in front of our speaker’s podium and microphone – especially at public hearings.

Public hearings are one of the best ways for residents of any community to let their elected officials know exactly how they feel about pending legislation being considered — and, if they wish to do so, propose improvements!

Very often our formal action on new local laws will follow these public hearings. For example, at our Board session on Monday evening, we held a public hearing on a proposed local law to prohibit on-site cannabis consumption establishments within the Village. Following the hearing, we adopted that law.

Fortunately for Croton, there are multiple opportunities in the next month for everyone interested to let us know how they feel about some very important issues:

(1) On October 4th we will have a public hearing on a proposed local law to strengthen our Village regulation and public notification requirements for fireworks;

(2) On that same day, we will also have a public hearing on a proposed local law to adjust the time frame for consideration of applications by our Planning Board concerning wetlands;

(3) On October 18th, we will have a public hearing on a proposed local law to place new time constraints on the use of gas-powered leaf blowers in the Village; and

(4) Also on October 18th we will have a public hearing on the request by the Hudson National Golf Course to use a portion of its property for solar energy.

More information and background on each one of these public hearings can be found in the agenda for our September 20th Board of Trustees meeting at https://play.champds.com/crotononhudsonny/event/37. All of the hearings will occur during Board meetings which begin at 7:00pm in the Georgiana Grant Meeting Room of our Stanley H. Kellerhouse Municipal Building.

Thanks, Croton – we look forward to hearing from all of you who are interested in these topics at the public hearings in the month ahead.

Len Simon, Trustee
Village of Croton-on-Hudson

Ann Gallelli: Decoding Village Agendas No. 553

Dear neighbor, Here is the 553rd 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 – September 20, 2021 

Regular Meeting of the Village Board

7:00 pm

Municipal Building

Memorial flag presentation to Tanya Chuck-Habib in memory of late Trustee John L. Habib

PUBLIC HEARING

Public Hearing on Local Law Introductory No. 11 of 2021 to adopt Chapter 99 of the Village Code, Cannabis On-Site Consumption Opt-Out, to prohibit on-site cannabis consumption establishments within the Village of Croton-on-Hudson.   The NYS law on cannabis would allow on-site establishments for cannabis consumption unless a municipality “opts out”.

UPDATE by Chief of Police John Nikitopoulos on the Police Department Reform Plan.  The Chief will provide an update on what the Police Dept. and the Police  Advisory Task Force committee have done since passage of the Reform Plan.

CORRESPONDENCE

  1. Decision and Order issued by the Westchester County Supreme Court in the matter of Maria Elena DiBella v. Village of Croton-on-Hudson, Croton-on-Hudson Planning Board and Half Moon Bay Homeowners Association.  The Court has dismissed the suit brought against the Planning Board decision regarding paving of the promenade along the Hudson River at HMB.
  2. Compilation of Hydrilla Status Reports from NYS DEC for 2021.  The report covers the status of hydrilla in the Croton River from June 2018 through September 2021.
  3. Request from Seaver T. Wang, President of the Croton-on-Hudson Rotary Club, to display banners for their Auto Show on September 26.  Mr. Wang requests permission to put up banners for the Rotary Auto Show one week before the event.
  4. Memo from Frank Balbi, Superintendent of Public Works, regarding renovations to the EMS House.  In August, the EMS building at 44 Wayne Street was found to have mold in the basement.  The basement was closed off but EMS personnel remained on the upper floor. Based on analysis by a licensed contractor, to perform the necessary mold abatement as well as repairs needed ( performed in-house by the DPW) will cost $109,000.  He is also recommending that if this work is done, some other repairs and upgrades be performed as part of the work even though they are not part of the mold abatement and repair work. 
  1. Email from Toni Senecal Shea requesting to serve alcohol at Senasqua Park on Friday, October 1.   Ms. Senecal met with Manager Healy and two board members to discuss a proposed event on October 1 (Friday) at Senasqua from 4 pm to 8:30 pm.  A previous proposal had called for hours to extend to 10 pm.

ADOPTED RESOLUTIONS

  1. Resolution 150 of 2021: authorizing the Village Manager to execute the amended lease agreement from Sol Systems for the Solar Canopy Project at the Croton-Harmon Train Station Parking Lot. This resolution was adopted at the work session of September 13.  It calls for revisions to the lease agreement regarding the solar battery incentive and contaminated soil removal.
  2. Resolution 151 of 2021: authorizing the inclusion of the Village of Croton-on-Hudson in the grant application for the State and Municipal Facilities Program (SAM).   This resolution authorizes the village to be included in a State grant process for up to $100,000 for a new fire boat.

PROPOSED RESOLUTIONS

  1. Consider the appointment of Tyler J. Pece to the position of Police Officer effective October 1, 2021, pending approval of the Westchester County Department of Human Resources, at a salary of $67,235.43. Officer Pece comes from the SUNY New Paltz department and has completed the probabtionary period.
  2. Consider adopting a resolution to acknowledge receipt of the 2021 Justice Court Audit.  The Board acknowledges that the required annual audit has been performed.
  3. Consider authorizing the Village Manager to execute an agreement with La Teja Contractors & Landscaping Inc. to provide snow removal services for the 2021-2022 winter season.  La Teja would provide snow removal from properties that have not properly removed snow and ice as required under Village code.
  4. Consider scheduling a Public Hearing on amending Chapter 127 of the Village Code, Fireworks, to revamp the procedures for submitting a fireworks application and to provide notice to residents for October 4, 2021, at 7 PM.   The proposed code change would incorporate NYS Code requirements as well as call for additional public notice.  This calls for a Public Hearing.
  5. Consider scheduling a Public Hearing on amending Chapter 160 of the Village Code, Noise, to include time constraints on the operation of gas-powered leaf blowers for October 18, 2021, at 7 PM.  The proposed code change would prohibit gas-powered leaf blowers between June1 and August 31 of 202 And January 1 and March 31 of 2023 and thereafter excepting properties in RA-40, RA-60 and WD districts.  Exceptions can be permitted by the Village Manager on a case-by-case basis.  This calls for a Public Hearing o the proposed regulations.
  6. Consider adopting a Negative Declaration for SEQRA purposes and a finding of consistency with the Village’s LWRP in regards to the adoption of Local Law Introductory No. 8 of 2021.  This formalizes the Board’s review of Part 2 of the EAF under SEQRA and a Finding of Consistency with the Village’s LWRP regarding the proposed law to update sections of the code including eliminating the prohibition of video arcades.  This is a necessary step prior to adoption of the law.
  7. Consider adopting Local Law Introductory No. 8 of 2021 to amend the Zoning Chapter of the Village Code, Section 230, to eliminate the prohibition against video game and arcade machines, update notification procedures for sheds and update penalties for offenses.  Follow “f” above, the  Board will vote on adoption of this update of the Zoning law.
  8. Consider scheduling a public hearing to amend Chapter 227 of the Village Code, Wetlands, to amend the date range for public hearings for October 4, 2021, at 7 PM.  This proposed law changes the date range in which a public hearing required to be held when the Planning Board is the approving authority.  This calls for a Public Hearing on the change.
  9. Consider authorizing the Village Manager to execute the Memorandum of Agreement between the Village of Croton-on-Hudson and the Croton Police Association.  This addresses vaccination and testing for COVID among members.
  10. Consider authorizing the Village Manager to execute the Memorandum of Agreement between the Village of Croton-on-Hudson and Local 456, International Brotherhood of Teamsters.  This addresses vaccinations and testing for COVID among Teamster members.
  11. Consider authorizing the Village Manager to execute the Laboratory Services Agreement between the Village of Croton-on-Hudson and Sovereign Laboratory Services, LLC, of Fair Lawn, New Jersey, concerning all unvaccinated employees.    The company will perform regular testing for all unvaccinated employees.
  12. Consider adopting a finding of consistency with the Village’s LWRP in regards to the bridge washing proposal from NYSDOT.  The Village Board is formalizing its finding of Consistency of the proposed NYSDOT bridge washing action with our local LWRP.
  13. Consider authorizing the Village Manager to accept the proposal from “The 145’s Band” for an amount not to exceed $1,000 to perform for the Village of Croton-on-Hudson Fall Festival in Vassallo Park.  This was not part of the previously approved budget for the event so needs authorization to transfer money.  The band will perform from 12:30 to 5:30 at Fall Fest.
  14. Consider scheduling a Public Hearing on the special permit applications from Hudson National Golf Club for a proposed tier 3 solar energy use and the Club use on the reduced property for October 18, 2021 at 7 PM.   The Village Board has previously declared itself Lead Agency on this application under SEQRA.  It has completed Part 1 of the EAF, received recommendations from both the Planning Board and the Waterfront Advisory Committee on this application.  The next steps are a public hearing and completion of part 2 of the EAF.  This calls for the public hearing.