Ann Gallelli: Decoding Village Agendas No. 499

ann2016Dear neighbor, Here is the 499th 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 – July 6, 2020

Regular Meeting of the Village Board

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PRESENTATIONS AND OTHER:

  1. Presentation by Jasmine Graham, Program Manager for Westchester Power, on the current Community Choice Aggregation program and its upcoming renewal.

 

CORRESPONDENCE:

  1. Letter from Mayor Robert T. Kennedy, President of NYCOM, regarding changes to discovery requirements and CARES Act funding.  Mr. Kennedy  addresses two topics, the changes in Criminal discovery requirements in NYS and, he urges municipalities to advocate US Senators in favor of stimulus help for municipalities.

 

APPROVED RESOLUTIONS:

  1. Affirmation of a resolution adopted on June 22, 2020, regarding a revision to the Village’s Street Vendor License Policy.   The Village Board approved street vendor licenses to be allowed for extra hours for June 25 and June 26 for graduation activities.
  2. Affirmation of a resolution adopted on June 22, 2020, to add a fee for food vendors in Village parks to the master fee schedule.   The Village Board approved the inclusion of a fee of $100/day for food vendors in Village Parks to be added to the Master Fee schedule.  Such Vendors are limited to the period between May 1 and September 30.

 

PROPOSED RESOLUTIONS:

  1. Consider authorizing the Village Treasurer to make necessary transfers in the 2019-2020 General, Water and Sewer Fund budgets.  In anticipation of the up-coming onsite audit, these transfers reflect the end of the fiscal year 2019/2020.
  2. Consider adopting a resolution of support for a residential parking permit system on Young Avenue and Hastings Avenue.  In December 2019, the Board discussed a residential parking permit system be instituted for Young and Hastings Avenues.  This requires NYS approval.  Assemblywoman Galef and Senator Harckham have introduced such legislation for this parking and require a formal Home Rule resolution asking for such from the Village Board.
  3. Consider authorizing Village personnel to perform a cleanup of the property located at 11 Lounsbury Road and to place the cost for such cleanup as a lien upon the property.  After officla notices to the property owner, the condition of this property requires the Village to take over the clean up.  The costs of this will be added to the property taxes.
  4. Consider authorizing the Village Manager to execute an amendment to the deed restriction in place for 40 Prospect Place to permit the construction of two additions to the residence.  A deed restriction, dating from 1972, required that construction be limited to the buildings shown in drawings at that time.  Current owners submitted a Minor Site Plan amendment to the Planning Board for two additions.  The Planning Board, after consideration, is recommending that the deed restriction be lifted.
  5. Consider authorizing the Village Manager to execute a license and service agreement with CivicPlus of Boxborough, Mass., in the amount of $4,368 for the period between July 1, 2020, through June 30, 2021.  CivicPlus is the new owner of VTS which has hosted the Village website since 2000.  This is the yearly contract renewal.
  6. Consider authorizing the Village Treasurer to close various capital project accounts as of May 31, 2020.  This would close out 13 capital accounts where the projects have been completed.

Ann Gallelli: Decoding Village Agendas No. 498

Dear neighbor, Here is the 498th 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 –   June 22, 2020

Work Session of the Village Board

6:00 p.m.

 

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  1. Discussion on Echo Canoe Launch parking issues.  The Board will consider a recommendation Krissy Gilligan,.  Ms. Gilligan manages the Village’s parking at the station and at other lots.  Her recommendation is that non-residents parking for the boat launch be charged a fee and restricted to Lot J, just north of the salt shed.  Village residents would have free parking but would need either a regular Village parking permit or a Resident weekend parking permit.  The proposed fee would be $1/hour.  Signage would be provided to inform and direct vehicles to the pay stations.

 

  1. Review of suggestions from the Bicycle-Pedestrian Committee.   The Bicycle Pedestrian Committee has provided the Board with its suggestions for a safer experience for school children to bicycle to school.  Among other items it asks for cross walk boxes along Benedict Blvd. at Young, Hasting sand Penfield.  The BPC is also suggesting that an identified preferred route for cycling to school be agreed upon and then promoted by the Village and schools with painted sharrows on the identified streets along with “Bike Route” signage.

Ann Gallelli: Decoding Village Agendas No. 496

Dear neighbor, Here is the 496th 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 –   June 8, 2020

Work Session of the Village Board

6:00 p.m.

 

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  1. Update from Historic Hudson Valley on the Van Cortlandt Manor Entrance Improvements Project.  Representatives from HHV will provide details on the status of the planned entrance improvement project for Van Cortlandt Manor on South Riverside Ave.  HHV applied for a grant in 204. The Village agreed to be the “sponsor” for official purposes with HHV assuming all obligations in 2009.  The Federal Highway Administration provided a $3.7 million grant for the project, 80% of which is provided by the government and 20% is from HHV.  Details of the proposal will be discussed.
  2. Discussion of possible solar projects at the Croton-Harmon Train Station.  As proposed by the Village’s Sustainability Committee, the Board will discuss the possibility of soliciting proposals for solar canopies at the train station parking lot.
  3. Review of Village Board resolution dated May 3, 1993, regarding special permits issued for outdoor dining and/or displays.  The Board will discuss whether the existing conditions remain applicable or should be updated.
  4. Review of new COVID-19 guidance from NYS on utilizing certain Village streets for outdoor dining.   The State has issued guidance on outdoor dining.  The Croton Business Council has submitted a proposal that calls for outdoor dining on Upper Village streets (Grand and Old Post Road South), with tables and chairs located in the cordoned off areas. The CBC proposes closure for outdoor dining on Saturdays and Sundays.  The NYS Liquor Authority also has guidance on outdoor alcoholic beverages.  The Board will discuss this proposal as well as look at other local proposals for outdoor dining.
  5. Update on anti-bias training in the police department.  A report will be given on the status of this training that began over the last year.

Ann Gallelli: Decoding Village Agendas No. 495

ann2016Dear neighbor, Here is the 495th 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 – June 1, 2020

Regular Meeting of the Village Board

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PUBLIC HEARINGS:

  1. Public Hearing to consider a special permit for Verizon Wireless for the co-location of a personal wireless services facility located at 26 Veterans Plaza. This is a renewal application for an existing wireless facility at the train station.  It was initially approved in 2010 and renewed in 2015.

 

  1. Public Hearing on Local Law Introductory 4 of 2020 to amend Chapter 191 of the Village Code, Sewers, to reflect the sending of sewer bills via email.  If approved, this resolution would permit the sending of sewer bills via email.

 

  1. Public Hearing on Local Law Introductory 5 of 2020 to amend Chapter 172 of the Village Code, Commercial Soliciting, to allow vendors the use of public streets on a license basis. The proposed amendment to the Village Code on Commercial Soliciting would allow licensing vendors to use public streets. It would allow the Village to issue a permit for a fixed location with days and times specified.

 

CORRESPONDENCE:

  1. Memo from Daniel O’Connor, Village Engineer, requesting an extension of a building
  2. permit for 370 South Riverside Avenue.  This is a request for 6 month extension to allow completion of ongoing work.
  3. Email from Claudia & Raul Castro of 152 Old Post Road South regarding a neighborhood petition to limit parking on Old Post Road South.  The Castro’s would like parking restrictions on Old Post Road South similar to those recently imposed on Truesdale, Nordica and Cedar.  They include a petition with several neighborhood signatures.
  4. Letter from Steven Jennings, President of the Croton Sailing School, regarding payments owed for lease of property.  The Sailing school operation which includes teaching sailing, offering charters, and operating a youth camp has been run by Mr. Jennings for 34 years.  Since last year’s operations were curtailed due to the Covid-19 virus resulting in a reduction of use in the facilities, he is asking for a prorated reduction in lease fees of $3517.68.  In regards to a renewed lease for 202 season, he would like it reduced on a prorated basis depending on when operations can resume.
  5. Memo from the Village Manager regarding the value of the Croton Police Department.  The Village Manager has reviewed the existing contracts for Police coverage for the Town of Cortlandt, Mount Kisco, and between the Town/Village of Ossining.  Manager King demonstrated that from a financial perspective, the Village pays less for more coverage by having its own Police department.  Included in this review are the costs of facilities, Overtime (not included in other contracts), numbers of officers and overall hours/days of coverage.  Additionally, the report points out that many aspects of local policing are at the direction of the Village which would not be possible if coverage was part of a contract with an outside agency..

PROPOSED RESOLUTIONS:

  1. Consider authorizing the Village Manager to execute Change Order 4 with Hendrickson Fire Rescue Equipment of Islandia, New York, for changes made to the design of the 2018 Triple Combination Pumper, in the change amount of $13.60.   This change order would result in the additional charge of 13.60 for the item in question.  This is the 4th change order so far in the design and building of this pumper with the over result being $11,000+ price reduction.
  2. Consider authorizing the Village Manager to accept a proposal from Danzinger & Markhoff LLP of White Plains, New York, for actuarial services in relation to GASB 75 for the reporting of post-employment retiree benefits in the amount of $4,305.  This will ensure compliance with the Government Accounting Standards Board (GASB) with regards to these specified benefits.
  3. Consider declaring Village property located on Hollis Lane to be surplus and authorizing the Village Manager to execute a contract of sale for this property with Bojan Petak in the amount of $100,000.  This property, outside the Village boundaries in the Town of Cortandt, is undeveloped and serves no us purpose for the Village.  Declaring it surplus allows the village to sell it.  There were multiple offers made on it.  The sale price is $100,000.
  1. Consider adoption of the Village’s Street Vendor License Policy and adoption of a license fee.  This would allow merchants to set up booths and tables in certain areas of the Village at certain times subject to obtaining a license and paying a fee.
  2. Consider adoption of the 2020-2021 Bond Resolutions for the purpose of funding the capital budget.  Eight bond resolutions will be considered for a total of $2,558,811 including $350,0000 for Water fund improvements.  These projects were approved by the Board in May when they approved the Capital Budget.
  3. Consider authorizing the Mayor to execute the Sponsor Authorization Form for the Croton-on-Hudson Fire Department Length of Service Award Program for 2019.  This is the final step in an annual process whereby members of the Fire Department are certified to have met requirements for the Service Award credit for 2019.
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Ann Gallelli: Decoding Village Agendas No. 494

Dear neighbor, Here is the 494th 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 – May 18, 2020

Regular Meeting of the Village Board

6:00 pm

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PUBLIC HEARINGS:

  1. Public Hearing to consider issuing a special permit for 1 Niles Road for a change of use from a non-conforming use to another non-conforming use.  The applicant is seeking to use the site as a storage place for personal vehicles.  The Planning Board has reviewed the proposal and issued a positive recommendation with several conditions.
  2. Public Hearing to consider issuing a special permit for 34 Brook Street for a change of use from office to multi-family.   The applicant is seeking to change from its current use as an electrical contracting business to adding two apartments in its place. It is a change from one non-conforming use to another.  The Planning Board reviewed the application and has provided a favorable recommendation.
  3. Public Hearing to consider issuing a special permit for 85-87 Grand Street for a change of use from office to multi-family.  The property has been used as a professional office.  The proposed new use would be to add two apartments, making it a multi-family use.  It is a change from one non-conforming use to another.  The Planning Board has made a favorable recommendation.

 

 

CORRESPONDENCE:

  1. Email from John Munson, Fire Council Secretary, regarding membership changes in the Croton-on-Hudson Fire Department.   Mr.  Munson apprises the Village Board of some membership status changes in the Fire Department.
  2. Review of Village Board resolution dated May 3, 1993, regarding special permits issued for outdoor dining and/or displays.  As part of an upcoming discussion of permits for businesses to have on-sidewalk activities, the 1993 resolution is provided for discussion purposes.  It created a permanent special permit for sidewalk displays and sidewalk dining with certain conditions.
  3. Letter from Assemblywoman Sandra Galef to the New York State Dept. of Environmental Conservation requesting the temporary closure of the Croton River Gorge Unique Area.  Assemblywoman Galef’s letter to the DEC is in response to a letter sent to her from Mayor Pugh, Supervisor Puglisi and Supervisor Levenburg, asking for Ms. Galef’s support in closing the Croton Gorge Unique area for the summer.  Last summer the Unique area was the source of a great deal of use and caused substantial  disturbance in the River area.
  4. Email from Raul and Claudia Castro of 152 Old Post Road South regarding the Village’s summer weekends parking regulations near the Croton River.  The Castro’s are asking that Old Post Road South in the area close to Truesdale and Nordica be included in the list of streets with parking restrictions during the summer months.

 

PROPOSED RESOLUTIONS:

  1. Consider authorizing the Village Manager to execute Change Order 3 with Hendrickson Fire Rescue Equipment of Islandia, New York, for changes made to the design of the 2018 Triple Combination Pumper, in the credit amount of $4,826.13.   The pumper was ordered by the Village in 2019 and is being custom fitted.  This change order results in a credit to the Village of $4,826.13.  It is one of several credits that have been issued in the  project for an overall credit in excess of $11,000.

 

NOTE:  The following three resolutions are for sub-contracts to complete the design and drawings for the proposed Police Department renovation.  Although the renovation itself has been postponed, the contract for the complete design was previously fully funded.  This work is necessary to complete that work.

  1. Consider authorizing the Village Manager to accept a proposal from Barile Gallagher Associates of Pleasantville, New York, for schematic design, design development and construction documents in regards to engineering services for technology infrastructure and security power installation for the police department renovation project in the amount of $20,150.  
  2. Consider authorizing the Village Manager to accept a proposal from RPL Architects of Toronto, Canada, for their contributions during the design development and construction documents phase in regards to architectural services in police specialty areas for the police department renovation project in the amount of $23,000.
  3. Consider authorizing the Village Manager to accept a proposal from Adelaide Environmental Health Associates of Brewster, New York, for asbestos abatement project design for the police department renovation project in the amount of $4,950.

 

  1. Consider scheduling a public hearing for June 1, 2020, at 6 PM via Zoom Videoconference to issue a special permit for Verizon Wireless for the co-location of a personal wireless services facility located at 26 Veterans Plaza.  This is a renewal application for an existing wireless facility at the train station.  It was initially approved in 2010 and renewed in 2015.
  2. Consider adoption of a resolution recognizing various days/months in celebration of Croton-on-Hudson’s diversity and inclusion.  The Diversity and Inclusion Committee is recommending the following dates be commemorated:

February: African-American History Month

March: National Women’s History Month, Irish-American Heritage Month

and National Deaf History Month (March 13 to April 15)

April: Diversity in Action Month

May: Asian Pacific-American Heritage Month, Older Americans Month   and

Jewish-American Heritage Month

June: Gay & Lesbian Pride Month and Juneteenth (June 19)

September: National Hispanic-Latino Heritage Month (September 15 to

October 15)

October: National Disability Employment Awareness Month and National

Italian-American Heritage Month

November: National American Indian Heritage Month

December: International Migrants Day (December 18)

 

  1. Consider scheduling a public hearing on Local Law Introductory 4 of 2020 to amend Chapter 191 of the Village Code, Sewers, to reflect the sending of sewer bills via email for June 1, 2020, at 6 PM via Zoom Videoconference.   If approved, this resolution would permit the sending of sewer bills via email.
  2. Consider authorizing the Village Manager to execute a contract extension (under the authority of GML Section 103(4)) with NSI Worldwide of Middletown, New York, for the period of June 1, 2020, through November 30, 2020, at a cost of $3,276.00 per month.   This calls for an emergency extension of the current cleaning contract through November 2020.
  3. Consider scheduling a public hearing on Local Law Introductory 5 of 2020 to amend Chapter 172 of the Village Code, Commercial Soliciting, to allow vendors the use of public streets on a license basis for June 1, 2020, at 6 PM via Zoom Videoconference.  The proposed amendment to the Village Code on Commercial Soliciting would allow licensing vendors to use public streets.

Ann Gallelli: Decoding Village Agendas No. 493

ann2016Dear neighbor, Here is the 493rd 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 –   May 11, 2020

Work Session of the Village Board

6:00 p.m.

 

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  1. Further discussion on the right-of-way easement request from the owner of 41 Harrison Street.  This has been a long-running discussion between property owners and the Village about allowing the Village’s existing ROW over this property to be used for access to an newly created 2-car parking area.

 

  1. Review of Village Code Chapter 172, Commercial Solicitation, and discussion on authorizing permits for street vendors.  The Board has received a memo from Village Counsel suggesting that the issue is one of public use of public streets and the Village’s ability to regulate such.  The memo suggests that if the Board wants to provide such permits it include limitations to specific areas, specific streets, and limits on times as well as on the number of such permits allowed in a given area to maintain availability of parking in the area..

 

  1. Discussion on adopting no parking regulations for Truesdale Drive and Nordica Drive on summer weekends.  The Board will revisit its previous discussions on setting parking restrictions on certain streets that are vulnerable to a high influx of cars during summer months and proximity to the Croton River.  The Village has sought support from NYS Assembly person Galef and State Senator Peter Harckham on this matter as closing of public streets to resident-only parking must be approved by the State.

 

  1. Discussion on the rental potential of the Gouveia House.   A report from the Village’s Assistant Engineer indicates that the building is in general compliance with those for a single-family residence.  The primary action needed if it were to rented as a residence, would be attention to safety railings or other measures for safety on the building’s surrounding decks.   The Board will discuss whether they  want to pursue rental as either a short-term or long-term use.

 

  1. Review of the Village’s executive order on the use of leaf blowers during the state of emergency.  The decision to ban the use of  all leaf blowers , made by Executive Order in April, will be reviewed by the Board.  Prior to the ban, they were restricted to certain hours based on the Village’s noise ordinance.

Ann Gallelli: The Westchester County Housing Needs Assessment & Croton-on-Hudson

Dear Neighbors, ann2016

At our May 4 meeting of the Board, Norma Drummond, Director of Planning for Westchester County, made a live presentation on the Westchester County Housing Needs Assessment Report published at the end of last year.  While the report includes the research, data, analyses, and recommendations for all municipalities, Ms. Drummond’s presentation was focused on the data for the Village of Croton.

The presentation is available to be seen from the Village’s website as well as on the Village’s Facebook page.  I highly recommend that residents take a look at it as it provides some very interesting information.  

The study covers the period from 2000 to 2017.  Interestingly, the study shows that while some 206,736 people commute out of Westchester to work, almost the same, 199,328, commute into Westchester for jobs because housing in the County is lacking and/or unaffordable.  

 With regard to Croton-on-Hudson, some 72% of housing in the Village is ownership and 28% is rental.  

While there are many interesting data presented regarding the Village, the report concludes that there is a big need for housing that is affordable, with the greatest need being for rental units.  The median renter income in the Village was $52,439.   Allocating 30% of income for housing costs makes $1,310  available monthly for a rental costs, falling well short of the average rental of $1,687 for a 2BR. The report indicates that there were 545 “Severely Cost-burdened” households in the Village, meaning they spend more than 50% of income on housing needs.  345 were owners and 200 renters.  

The current pandemic we are experiencing is undoubtedly going to have an impact on all these numbers, almost certainly in a negative way. There is much more of interest and local relevance in this report.  We all need to keep the findings of this report in mind while we make decisions and navigate our way through the current situation. 

 

Ann Gallelli, Deputy Mayor

Ann Gallelli: Decoding Village Agendas No. 492

ann2016Dear neighbor, Here is the 492nd 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 – May 4, 2020

Regular Meeting of the Village Board

6:00 pm

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PRESENTATIONS/OTHER:

Presentation by Norma Drummond, Westchester County Planning Commissioner, on the Westchester County Housing Needs Assessment Study.

CORRESPONDENCE:

Email from Lindsay Audin, chair of the Sustainability Committee, regarding Ecogy’s request to conduct interconnection studies for Croton Landing and Senasqua Park. In order for the studies to occur on these Village-owned properties, the Board needs to sign the Con Edison permission form.
b. Letter from the New York State Congressional Delegation to leaders of Congress regarding direct distribution of federal funding to local government. The letter from a bipartisan group of NYS Congressional representatives, Senators and Congressmen, asks for support of their work to get federal funding for local governments to offset the loss of revenues due to the COVID-19 Pandemic.

PROPOSED RESOLUTIONS:

The following three resolutions are simply setting a public hearing for the respective applications. All were reviewed by the Planning Board at its meeting on April 28.

Consider scheduling a public hearing for May 18, 2020, at 6 PM via Zoom Videoconference to issue a special permit for 1 Niles Road for a change of use from a non-conforming use to another non-conforming use.
Consider scheduling a public hearing for May 18, 2020, at 6 PM via Zoom Videoconference to issue a special permit for 34 Brook Street for a change of use from office to residential.
Consider scheduling a public hearing for May 18, 2020, at 6 PM via Zoom Videoconference to issue a special permit for 85-87 Grand Street for a change of use from office to residential.

Brian Pugh: Croton-on-Hudson Budget Update

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The Village of Croton-on-Hudson, like all communities in our country, faces grave economic uncertainty as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.  Nonetheless, thanks to the Village staff and my colleagues on the Board of Trustees, we adopted a budget beneath the property tax cap.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the  consequent drop in economic activity, the Village Manager forecast an estimated $1M reduction in Village revenues.
Between the publication of the Village Manager’s tentative budget in March and the adoption of the final budget on Monday, the Board met with our department heads to find  savings.  In that time, we cut 415,38 from the operating budget and $4,701,675 from the capital budget.

Even with these economies, the Village will still be able to provide key services to residents: EMS, Fire, Parks & Recreation, Police, Sanitation and Sewer & Water.
The Board of Trustees continued investments in the Village’s future with our revised capital budget, including: the Croton Point Ave/Veterans Plaza Improvements; general road repairs; Village-wide stormwater improvements; telecommunications upgrades for our first-responders; breathing apparatus for our  volunteer firefighters; and water main improvements.

The Village does all of this even though it’s just ¼ of the typical homeowner’s property tax bill–with the remainder going to the Town, the County and the School District.

Congress may consider assistance to municipalities to restore revenues lost to the COVID-19 crisis. Should this occur,  Trustees and I will be steadfast in working to ensure that Croton receives its fair share.

In the meantime, thanks to the creativity and diligence of our Village Manager, Treasurer and the leaders of our Village departments, we were able to adopt a budget with a tax levy $155,222 below the property tax cap.

Brian Pugh, Mayor Croton-on-Hudson

Ann Gallelli: Mapping the future of Municipal Place

Dear Neighbors,ann2016

I want to update residents on the current status of the Municipal Place Gateway following the rezoning earlier this year. At its meeting last Monday, April 27, the Village Board has entered into a $5,000 contract with Kevin Dwarka (KDLLC) for the development of a Request For Proposal (RFP) for the Village-owned property referred to as the “Katz” property. 

Mr. Dwarka, an independent consultant, also works for the Pace University Land Use Law Center. In that capacity he conducted the Village-sponsored Housing Charette in Spring 2018.

As part of his contract, Mr. Dwarka will provide the Village with 1) a market analysis focused on mixed-use and residential real estate trends; 2) a draft RFP including site descriptions, applicable zoning, a range of development themes contemplated by the Village, the business case for private investment in this area, and the rules and requirements for submission; and 3) the rules and requirements for submission.

Mayor Pugh recently appointed a 6-member advisory committee, along with 2 Board liaisons, to advise the Board of Trustees in the RFP process. The advisory committee includes members of the Planning Board (one of whom helped write the 2017 Comprehensive Plan), residents from Wells Avenue and Van Cortlandt Place and an experienced affordable housing developer. This committee will work to help ensure that the RFP meets the needs and goals of the community.

The Advisory committee and the Board of Trustees will review and discuss the draft over a period of several weeks in order to refine it into its final form.  It is anticipated that this review might be able to begin by the end of May.  Following this, the RFP will be provided in its final form to the Village Board.

We will keep the community updated as the RFP development work proceeds.

 

Ann Gallelli, Deputy Mayor