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

Dear Neighbors: brian-pugh-group-cropped

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

Ann Gallelli: Decoding Village Agendas No. 491

ann2016Dear neighbor, Here is the 491st 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 – April 27, 2020

Special Meeting of the Village Board

6:00 pm

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Note:  This Special Meeting for the Budget Adoption will be followed immediately by a Regular Meeting of the Village Board.

 

 

  1. Consider adoption of the 2020-2021 Village Budget for the fiscal year commencing June 1, 2020 through May 31, 2021.  The budget to be voted on calls for $11,929,350 to be raised by taxes on a total appropriation of $19,299,402.  The tax rate/$1000 of assessed valuation is a 1.98% increase.  The backup documents are available on the Village website, click on Minutes and Agendas.

 

  1. Consider the addition of past due receivables to the tax bills for the 2020-2021 fiscal year. These are unpaid receivable for such things as snow removal, commercial garbage and alarm fees, etc.

  1. Consider adoption of the Master Fee Schedule for 2020-21.   This updates the Village’s fees for the coming year, beginning June 1, 2020.

  1. Consider authorizing the Mayor to sign the Tax Warrant for the collection of taxes for the period commencing June 1, 2020 through May 31, 2021. The Mayor must sign the Tax Warrant and this authorizes that action.

 

 

The Board will immediately convene  for it’s Regular Meeting.

 

 

 

CORRESPONDENCE:

 

  1. Letter from Marie Therese Dominguez, Commissioner of the New York State Department of Transportation, regarding the fence located along Route 9 in the Village. The NYSDOT agrees to fix the broken fence running along South Riverside and will allocate money from this year’s budget.

 

PROPOSED RESOLUTIONS:

  1. Acknowledge receipt of application from David M. Christensen, owner of 85-87 Grand Street, requesting a change of use from office to residential and refer such application to the Planning Board for review.    The property is currently a legal non-conforming use. In an RB district.  The owner seeks a change to all residential with 4 units, also non-conforming.  Change from one non-conforming use to another requires a Special Permit and must be referred to the Planning Board for review.
  2. Consider authorizing the Village Treasurer to accept a grant from the United States Dept. of Health & Human Services in the amount of $6,151.28 for assistance related to the CARES Act.  Under this recently passed act, funds are provided for costs associated with health care providers associated with the coronavirus.  These expenses were incurred by the EMS.
  3. Consider authorizing the Village Manager to execute an agreement with Kevin Dwarka in the amount of $5,000 to assist in the marketing and branding of the Village-owned parcel known as the Katz Property and to assist in the drafting of an RFP for the purchase and development of this property.  At its April 6 meeting, the Board approved Mr. Dwarka’s proposal.  It has since been turned into a contract which must be approved.

Brian Pugh: Keep Croton No. 1!

Dear Neighbors:brian-pugh-group-cropped

Croton-on-Hudson is No. 1–but we need your help to keep it that way.
Residents of the Village of Croton-on-Hudson, as of this writing, have completed the 2020 Census at a higher rate than any other community in Westchester County with over 68% of addresses reporting in. However, hundreds of households have yet to complete the Census.
The Census Bureau estimates that every person that is not counted equals a loss of approximately $2,500 per year to local municipalities. This means that every 400 people who are not counted equates to a loss of about $1 Million in funding.

Did you know that you can respond to the Census over the phone? Operators are standing by from 7am to 2am every day. The toll free numbers are as follows: 844-330-2020 (English) & 844-468-2020 (Spanish)

This is also the first US Census is history that can be completed online. You can fill it out by visiting: my2020census.gov
Please do your part and make sure Croton counts and remind your friends and neighbors to do the same.

Brian Pugh, Mayor

Ann Gallelli: Decoding Village Agendas No. 490

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Dear neighbor, Here is the 490th installment of Decoding Village Agendas to keep Croton residents informed of the actions of the Village Board at their meetings.  I continue to add recipients to this email update on agendas so you may be receiving it for the first time. I enjoy getting your feedback and hope to continue to hear from you.  If you do not wish to receive these periodic email updates from me, please reply to this email and your name will be removed from the email list.

Ann Gallelli

 

 

Decoding Village Agendas –   April 20, 2020

Work Session of the Village Board

6:00 p.m.

 

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  1. Continued Review of 2020-2021 Village Budget.  

The Board will further discuss updates to the Tentative Budget for FY 2020/2021.  They will review changes suggested by the Manager and staff as well as the results of the Board’s input from their most recent work session on April 13.

Currently the proposed 20/20 budget modifications call for a reduction of $404,589 from the original Tentative budget of late March.  This reduction is also $117,454  less than the prior year’s Expenses.  As it stands now, a proposed tax rate increase of 1.99% is proposed.

As part of the work session review of the 2020/2021 budget, the Board will also be reviewing the proposed Capital budget (reduction of $4,605,000)  and the updated Debt Service expense budget (reduction in debt of $495,385.83).  The documents are included in the backup for the agenda available from the Village website.

Ann Gallelli: Decoding Village Agendas No. 488 & 489

ann2016Dear neighbor, Here is the 488th and 489th installments 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 –   April 13, 2020

Work Session of the Village Board

6:00 p.m.

 

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  1. Continued Review of 2020-2021 Village Budget.   The initial Tentative Budget for FY 2020/2021 has been revised due to the change in financial circumstances resulting from the coronavirus emergency.  The revisions are available in the backup documents for this meeting on the Village website.  It now calls for 1.84% increase per 1000 of Assessed valuation.    The Board will review and consider the proposed changes.

 

 

 

Regular Meeting of the Board ofTrustees

8:00 pm

 

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PUBLIC HEARINGS:

  1. Public Hearing on the adoption of the 2020-2021 Tentative Village Budget.  The proposed Village Budget will be presented  to the public with a Power Point presentation followed by public comments.    (All comments should be submitted to the Village by 4 pm on Monday, April 13 using the Public Comments section on the Village’s Homepage)

 

  1. Public Hearing to consider Local Law Introductory No. 3 of 2020 to repeal the prior tax cap override in Local Law 2 of 2020.   If the Board does not anticipate exceeding the NYS Tax Levy Cap, it must override I’s previous vote to allow an override.