Ann Gallelli: Decoding Village Agendas No. 415

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

Ann Gallelli

Decoding Village Agendas –  August 20, 2018

Regular Meeting of the Board of Trustees

 

8:00 pm

(Open to Public  – Televised)

 

 

 

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

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

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

CORRESPONDENCE:

 

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

 

 

PROPOSED RESOLUTIONS:

  1.  Consider adoption of a resolution in support of the Global Climate Action Summit and associated Croton Rise for Climate March being held onSeptember 8, 2018.  The Board will consider supporting a local march on that date in support of Climate action world-wide.  The march will begin at 10am at the Croton Library and proceed through the Upper Village to the Municipal Building and then to Vassallo Park.
  2. Consider adoption of a resolution opposing the U.S. Army Corps. of Engineers proposed plans for Coastal Storm Risk Management.    A proposal from the ACOE suggests 6 possible alternatives to address storm surges along the coastline of New York Harbor.  This are includes the Hudson River up to Troy.  Riverkeeper has provided information on the inadequacies of several of the proposed alternatives.  The resolution calls for a full analysis of all the proposals rather than just the one or two already tentatively selected by the ACOE.  Additionally, the ACOE proposal does not include Coastal Zone Management Policies as among those to be included in any study.  This effectively precludes municipalities with Local Waterfront Revitalization Programs (LWRP) such as Croton from commenting officially on any of the proposals.    This resolution calls for those policies to be included in any review.
  3. Consider scheduling a public hearing for September 4, 2018 at 8 PM in the Stanley H. Kellerhouse Municipal Building Meeting Room for the purposes of renewing the special use permit issued to T-Mobile Northeast LLC, f/k/a, Omnipoint Communications, Inc. for the collocation of a personal wireless facility at 1 Van Wyck Street.   T-Mobile is seeking a renewal its current special use permit.
  4. Consider scheduling a public hearing for September 4, 2018 at 8 PM in the Stanley H. Kellerhouse Municipal Building Meeting Room for the purposes of renewing the special use permit for 365 South Riverside Avenue.      This is for the Motor Vehicle Service Station at that location.
  5. Consider a resolution declaring the Village as lead agency for SEQRA Review of the Senasqua Park Walkway project and authorizing the Village Manager to submit the application package to the appropriate authorities.   The design work and regulatory application paper work has been completed for this project.  The resolution permits the administration to move forward with the application to receive the needed permits.
  6. Consider adoption of a resolution to acknowledge the completion of the required Village Justice Court audit and authorize the Village Clerk to forward a copy of the report and resolution to the NYS Office of Court Administration. This is a required annual confirmation that the audit of the court documents has been completed.
  7. Consider authorizing the Village Manager to execute a Water Infrastructure Improvement Act Grant Agreement with the NYS Environmental Facilities Corporation and any and all other contracts, documents and instruments necessary to bring about the Project and to fulfill the Village’s obligations under the Grant Agreement.    This would authorize the Village to take the necessary steps to receive the $271,650. Award from the NYS Water Infrastructure Improvement project for its corrosion control project which was mandated by the County Board of Health.  The total cost of the project was $388,500.
  8. Consider authorizing the Village Treasurer to amend the 2018-19 General Fund Budget in the amount of $1,485.48 to account for insurance recovery funds received. This an insurance recovery for damages that occurred in the area of the Veterans Memorial.
  9. Consider authorizing the Village Treasurer to amend the 2018-19 General Fund Budget in the amount of $10,691.82 to account for reimbursement received for staff overtime.  This reimbursement is from the Clearwater Festival for Village personnel overtime costs.
j.     Consider authorizing the Village Treasurer to make an interfund transfer in the General Fund in the amount of $8,506.00 for the purpose of covering expenses related to the Fire Department Inspection and equipment purchases.   This amount would cover the costs of the upcoming Inspection in September and for 6 new pagers.    Money for these expenses was anticipated in the adopted budget but is being held in the Contingency account for allocation as needed.
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Ann Gallelli: Decoding Village Agendas No. 413

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

Ann Gallelli

Decoding Village Agendas –  August 6, 2018

Regular Meeting of the Board of Trustees

8:00 pm

(Open to Public  – Televised)

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

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

 

CORRESPONDENCE:

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

 

PROPOSED RESOLUTIONS:

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

Brian Pugh: Taming Traffic in the Upper Village

To The Croton Community:pugh2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sincerely,

Brian Pugh, Mayor

Brian Pugh: New Speed Signs Approved

brian-pugh-group-croppedTo the Editor:

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

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

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

Curbing speeding is essential to pedestrian safety.

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

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

Brian Pugh, Mayor

Ann Gallelli: Decoding Village Agendas No. 412

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

Ann Gallelli

Decoding Village Agendas –  July 23, 2018

Regular Meeting of the Board of Trustees

 

8:00 pm

(Open to Public  – Televised)

 

 

 

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

 

 

CORRESPONDENCE:

 

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

 

 

PROPOSED RESOLUTIONS:

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

Ann Gallelli: Decoding Village Agendas No. 410

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

Ann Gallelli

Decoding Village Agendas –  July 9, 2018

Regular Meeting of the Board of Trustees

 

8:00 pm

(Open to Public  – Televised)

 

 

 

PRESENTATION/OTHER: 

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

 

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

 

CORRESPONDENCE:

 

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

 

 

 

PROPOSED RESOLUTIONS:

 

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

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

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

 

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

 

 

Brian Pugh: Help Beat The Heatwave With Energy Saving Tips

​​To The Editor:

With the first real heat wave of the summer, it’s worth reviewing what we as individuals can do to reduce energy consumption, avoid blackouts and brownouts and save money.

Keep blinds and curtains drawn to keep your home cool.
Avoid “vampire loads” by unplugging electronics when you are done.
Run major appliances (e.g. washing machines) in off-hours of the morning or evening.

These tips and more can be found on ConEd.com under the “Saving Energy & Money” tab.

If you are interested in a permanent boost to your home’s energy efficiency, please consider participating in the Energize program. When your home is not properly insulated you are wasting energy and money when using air conditioning on a hot day. Join your neighbors in making your home more energy efficient and comfortable. Energize NY​ ​arranges for free or reduced cost Home Energy Assessments, helps homeowners find a​ vetted​ energy efficiency contractor and guides them through the upgrade process.

​The Village has partnered with Energize for many years to help residents cut their energy consumption.​ ​​Energize has prevented ​over ​114,000 tons in CO2 emissions, resulted in annual energy savings of​ more than​ 731,125 kilowatt-hours (the typical US home consumes about 10,800 kWh annually) and saves homeowners millions of dollars a year in energy costs.

​Interested residents can​ learn more about Energize by visiting the Village Sustainability Committee’s website (sustain-croton.org​)​​ or reach out to Energize directly at 914-302-7300 ext. 8102 to discuss getting an energy audit for their home.​

 

Brian Pugh

Ann Gallelli: Decoding Village Agendas No. 409

Dear neighbor, Here is the 409th 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 –  June 18, 2018

Regular Meeting of the Board of Trustees

 

8:00 pm

(Open to Public  – Televised)

 

 

 

 

CORRESPONDENCE:

 

  • Memo from Daniel O’Connor, Village Engineer, requesting an extension of a building permit for 3 Mt. Airy Road.  Mr. O’Connor recommends an extension of the permit to August 22, 2018.
  • Memo from Richard Luntz, Planning Board Chairman, regarding special use permit renewal for 365 South Riverside Avenue.  The Planning Board reviewed the renewal application for a special permit (expired in February 2018) for a Motor vehicle Service Station but found that several conditions from the previously issued special permit have not been implemented.  The Planning Board concluded that it cannot make a recommendation on a renewal in light of the lack of completion of the previously issued (but expired) special permit.  It recommends the Village Board direct the applicant to complete the existing requirements before returning to the Planning Board.

 

PROPOSED RESOLUTIONS:

 

  • Consider authorizing the Village Manager to sign the 2018-2019 Municipal Snow and Ice Agreement Extension with the New York State Department of Transportation. This is funding provided to the Village in the amount of $19,501.40 for snow and ice control on Route 129 and Route 9A.   This is a renewal of the annual agreement for snow and ice removal on the NYS roads in the Village.
  • Consider authorizing the Village Manager to sign an agreement with Virtual Towns and Schools to upgrade the Village website in the amount of $7,500.00.   This work will provide considerable new functionality for the Village’s website, an important source for information about Village government for residents.
  • Consider authorizing the Village Manager to sign an agreement with Mancon, LLC  for carpentry services for the new DPW garage.  The contract with Mancon, LLC, not to exceed $30,000, will assist in the completion of the interior renovations at the new DPW building by providing skilled labor to assist DPW laborers.
  • Acknowledge receipt of letter from Mr. Ibrahim Jamal, owner of Smoke Town Discount, requesting a renewal of the special permit for his business, refer such application to the Planning Board for review and schedule a public hearing on the special permit renewal for Monday, July 9, at 8:00 PMin the Meeting Room of the Stanley H. Kellerhouse Municipal Building.  The existing special permit for the Smoke Town Discount store was for one year, beginning in July 2017.  Mr. Jamal is requesting a renewal.  The Planning Board review the application and make a recommendation to the Village Board prior to a Public Hearing on the matter on July 9.
  • Consider authorizing the Village Manager to fund the part-time position of Assistant Building Inspector and authorizing the Village Treasurer to transfer $30,000.00 from contingency into the Engineering Department personal services budget line.  The Village Building Dept. is in need of additional help in building inspections so that they are performed on a timely basis.
  • Consider authorizing the Village Manager to sign a memorandum of agreement with the Croton Little League for improvements to Firefighters Memorial Field and David J. Manes Memorial Field.  Croton Little League is proposing to fund improvements to the two fields.  They have submitted proposals from DeRosa Construction for Manes field ($26,500) and Firefighters’ ($34,000).  Work at Manes would be primarily drainage improvements while improvements at Firefighters’ field would include removing infield grass and replacing with clay, clean up of the whole infield, drainage and fence work.

 

 

Ann Gallelli: Decoding Village Agendas No. 408

Dear neighbor, Here is the 408th 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 –   June 11, 2018

Work Session of the Village Board

7: 30 p.m.

 (Open to Public and Televised

 

 

  • Review of Village’s Financial statements by auditor.   Alan Kassey from O’Connor Davies Accountants and Auditors, will present and answer questions on the Villages Financial Audit for fiscal year ending May 31, 2017.

 

    1. Discussion on feasibility of solar canopies at Croton Harmon Train Station.  No backup documentation is included for this topic.

 

  • Discussion on potential ban on Single-Use Plastic Bags in the Village.  The Board was asked to take up this issue by the local Croton Climate Initiative (CCI),  a group of environmentally concerned residents. They note that many communities in Westchester and the metropolitan area have adopted re-useable bag bans and encourage Croton to do so as well..  CCI has been working during the past year on getting support from residents and businesses in the Village.  They are generally following the model set by the Town of New Castle.  The Board Agenda on the Village’s website has links to the various bans enacted by New Castle, Villages of Larchmont, Mamaroneck and Hastings-on-Hudson as well as the City of Rye.
  • Discussion of upcoming Diversion and Inclusion initiatives in the Village.  Trustee Amy Attias has been working with local residents who are interested in developing some initiatives locally to support diversity and inclusion.  These will be described and discussed by the Board.
  • Discussion on the future of the Village Newsletter. No backup is available for this discussion.

 

 Other:

Village-sponsored  Housing event to be held on Wednesday, June 13 at 7:30 at Harmon Firehouse.    The topic of discussion, “What are Croton’s Future Housing Needs?” will be facilitated by Pace University Land Use Law Center.   All residents are encouraged to attend and participate in the breakout charrette sessions.  Light refreshments will be available.

Ann Gallelli: Decoding Village Agendas No. 407

ann2016Dear neighbor, Here is the 407th 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 –  June 4, 2018

Regular Meeting of the Board of Trustees

 

8:00 pm

(Open to Public  – Televised)

 

 

 

CORRESPONDENCE:

 

  • Letter from Eliza McCarthy, Chair, Bicycle-Pedestrian Committee, regarding the village speed limit.   Ms. McCarthy, writing on behalf of the Bike Ped Committee, endorses a Village-wide 25 mph speed limit.  She points to studies showing that injuries from a pedestrian being hit by a vehicle lessen when the speed  of impact is reduced to 25 mph from 30mph. 
  • Letter from Dick Nagle, Acting Fire Council Secretary, regarding Croton Fire Department membership changes.   Mr. Nagle is providing notification of resignations of three volunteer firemen and the death of another.  It is a requirement that the Village receive notice of changes in the Fire Department personnel.

 

 

 

PROPOSED RESOLUTIONS:

 

  •  Consider authorizing the Village Manager to execute a lease agreement with Asbury United Methodist Church for use of their parking lot for off-street parking for a term beginning June 1, 2018 and continuing until May 31, 2023.   The Village and Asbury Methodist Church have had a parking agreement for many years.  The current 5-year agreement expired in May.  This agreement extends it until 2023 and provides for the Village paying $4,000 annually.  The Village also performs routine  blacktopping, stripping and plowing but is not for responsible for any structural repairs.
  • Consider adoption of the 2018-2019 Bond Resolutions for the purpose of funding the capital budget.  The Board will vote on six resolutions to finance various projects and equipment.  All were previously discussed in recent work sessions on the Capital Budget.   The following items will be voted on:  Ambulance – $204,000 10-year Bond; Demolition of the DPW Garage in parking lot – $255,000 10 year Bond; a 6-Wheel Dump Truck and associated equipment – $249,000 15 year bond; Washington Fire House roof renovation $76,500 25 year Bond (the total cost of this project is $204,000 but $127,500 was previously authorized); DPW Garage renovations – $178,500 25 year Bond, ($510,000 had been previously authorized); and Annual Road Repair – $102,000  Bond Anticipation Note (BAN).
  • Consider awarding bid for office cleaning services to NSI Clean of Middletown, New York, in the amount of $3,276.00 per month.    Seven bids were received with NSI Clean being the lowest.  Superintendent Balbi has recommended that they received the contract.  The contract includes cleaning for the Police Station, Community Room, Gouveia House, DPW offices, Parking Lot  office, and Parking lot Pay kiosks.
  • Consider authorizing the Village Treasurer to amend the 2017-18 General Fund Budget in the amount of $968.18 for monies received from insurance recovery.   This is a budget housekeeping resolution to account for the receipt of money from the insurance company for repairs to a police vehicle that was involved in an accident.
  •  Consider authorizing the Village Treasurer to issue a tax adjustment in the amount of $4,400.62 for the property located at 180 North Riverside Avenue (known on the Village Tax Maps as 67.19-1-7).   The property owner was successful in a tax grievance in the Small Claim Assessment Review (SCAR) court.  The Village would reimburse them in the above amount.