Ann Gallelli: Decoding Village Agendas No. 582

Dear neighbor, Here is the 582nd 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  3,  2022

Work Session of the Village Board

7:00 pm

Georgianna Grant Room

Municipal Building

Note:  This meeting is on TUESDAY.

1.      Presentation of Affordable Housing Task Force Report.    The Task Force Committee was formed in January 2020.  This comprehensive report examines current status and zoning and makes recommendations for moving forward to achieve the goals defined in the 2003 Comprehensive Plan and its 2017 Update.  The complete plan is available from the Village Website from the Agenda of this meeting.

2.      LWRP Consistency Review and EAF Part II Review for Local Law Introductory 5 of 2022.  The Board will review the SEQRA forms and the LWRP Consistency forms to make a determination of compliance and consistency regarding the proposed amendment to our Zoning Code defining the permissible locations for cannabis shops in the Village.

3.      Discussion on the implementation of the NYStretch Energy Code for the Village of Croton-on-Hudson.  Adoption of NYSERDA’s  STRETCH Energy Code is voluntary for municipalities.  It requires stricter energy standards for any new construction. Among it’s benefits are “significant energy and utility cost savings for homeowners, tenants, renters and building owners; reduced building operational costs; reduced environmental impact; increased occupant comfort and health; and increased real estate value and community attractiveness.”  The Village’s Sustainability Committee is endorsing this code.

4.      Discussion on revising the Volunteer Firefighter/EMS Tax Exemption.  Manager Healy encourages the adoption of a NYS property tax exemption for EMS personnel.  Since 1980 Fire Department personnel have received a local exemption of $500 but not the EMS personnel. Adoption of the NYS exemption would include EMS personnel.  “The State’s exemption is based off a percentage of the assessed valuation of the property rather than a fixed amount. Based on a calculation of the current exemptions on the Village rolls, the amount of exempt property would roughly double (from 21,000 currently to 40,283).”

5.      Discussion on possible changes to the mailing requirements for public hearings.  This would require an applicant to assume the costs of Public Notice for permit applications.  Manager Healy is recommending this change due to the rise of postage costs, the number of notices required to be sent by the Village (as many as 50 per application), and the number of Public Hearings on special permits held each year (approximately 50).   The Building Dept. would pass the cost on to the applicant. Another alternative implemented by some County municipalities, require the Applicant to do the work and provide a notarized Affadavit of Mailing to the Village.

6.      Review of options for distribution of Archeological Mitigation Funds.   In its amended Special Permit Approval for Hudson National Golf Course in April 1999, HNGC provided a Trust fund of $10,000 to be dispersed by the Village as mitigation for “potential impacts” at the Prickly Pear Quarry site, near the Prickly Pear Hill Dam.  The money has never been utilized.  The Special Permit restricts it to the Historical Society, the Croton Free Library, the School District and/or the local chapter of the NYS Archeological Association.

Ann Gallelli: Decoding Village Agendas No. 581

Dear neighbor, Here is the 581st 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 25, 2022 

 Regular Meeting of the Village Board

7:00 pm

Georgianna Grant Room

Municipal Building


CORRESPONDENCE:

a.      Request for an LWRP Consistency Review from the New York State Dept. of Environmental Conservation regarding site improvements at Van Cortlandt Manor.  The NYSDEC is asking the Village to confirm that this project is consistent with the Village’s LWRP.  It will be referred to the Waterfront Advisory Committee for review.

PROPOSED RESOLUTIONS:

A.    Consider adoption of the 2022-2023 Village Budget for the fiscal year commencing June 1, 2022, through May 31, 2023.  The proposed budget for Fiscal 2022/2023 falls under the NYS Tax Levy Cap.  It calls for a total appropriation of $19,222,047.  Of this amount, $12,655,820 would be raised by property taxes.  This amounts to a 2.38% rate or $6.479 per $1000 of assessed valuation.

b.      Consider the addition of past due receivables to the tax bills for the 2022-2023 fiscal.

C.    Consider adoption of the Master Fee Schedule for 2022-2023.

D.    Consider authorizing the Mayor to sign the Tax Warrant for the collection of taxes for the period commencing June 1, 2022, through May 31, 2023.

E.     Consider authorizing the Village Manager to execute a revised Memorandum of    Understanding with Sustainable Westchester to participate in the upcoming ESA with Westchester Power.  The previously approved MOU stipulated a not-to-exceed price of 12.5 cents during their bidding process for an energy supplier.  Due to the volatility in the energy market, this would revise the not-to-exceed price to 13.9 cents.

Ann Gallelli: Decoding Village Agendas No. 580

Dear neighbor, Here is the 580th 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  21,  2022

Work Session of the Village Board

7:00 pm

Georgianna Grant Room

Municipal Building

1.      Review of 2022-2023 Capital Plan  The proposed Capital budget for the General Fund 2022/2023 calls for $2,093,720 in expenditures to paid for with monies from Debt, Trust, CHIPS funding, and grants.  Projects include equipment purchases, storm water improvements, infrastructure improvements including sidewalks and roads. Fire Department, EMS and Police Department expenditures and an IT server for the Municipal Building.  Details can be found in the backup materials on the Village website.Continued Discussion on Recap of 2022-2023 Tentative Budget .  Manager Healy and Treasurer Tucker will continue the discussion and update on the tentative budget including changes resulting from previous discussions and new information

Ann Gallelli: Decoding Village Agenda No. 579

Dear neighbor, Here is the 579th 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 18, 2022 

 Regular Meeting of the Village Board

7:00 pm

Georgianna Grant Room

Municipal Building

PUBLIC HEARING:

a.       Public Hearing on Local Law Introductory 5 of 2022 to amend Chapter 230, Zoning, of the Village Code to adopt provisions regarding cannabis shops.  The proposed zoning amendment adds restrictions on locations where cannabis retail shops could be located in the Village as follows: “… except that no cannabis shop or vape or tobacco shop shall be permitted within 500 feet of the property line of the Pierre Van Cortlandt Middle School and Croton-Harmon High School and may not be located within 500 feet of any other cannabis shop or vape or tobacco shop.”

LWRP Consistency Review for the installation of a generator at Symphony Knoll (15 Mount Airy Road).   This project is federally funded and as it is located in Croton which has an approved LWRP, the Village must determine that it is consistent with the Village’s adopted plan.  The project is to build a 4×8 concrete slab and a five-foot-wide trench to house the gas and electric pipes for a new generator adjacent to the existing senior residential facility at 15 Mt. Airy Road, Croton on Hudson, NY.  This project requires no expenditure for the Village.  The Waterfront Advisory Committee (WAC) found it to be consistent. 


CORRESPONDENCE:

1.      Email from DJ Goldman, Director of Athletics at Croton-Harmon School District, requesting permission to hang banners at Firefighters Memorial Field.  The banners are of CHHS Senior athletes.

2.      Email from Marie Considine, Executive Director of NAMI-Westchester, requesting the hanging of banners and ribbons in recognition of Mental Health Awareness Month.  These banners have been displayed in the Village during the month of May in past years.  Ms. Considine is requesting that this continues for this year. 

3.      Email from Carolyn Whiting, Police Advisory Committee Chair, regarding the annual police survey for 2022.   Ms. Whiting is requesting the Board approve the postponing of the annual survey on Law Enforcement and Public Safety until spring of 2023.  The committee would like more time to “ more thoroughly analyze the 2021 survey results, and to make changes to the survey to make it more relevant and easier for residents. We would also like time for the Police Department to make any suggested adjustments to their work and to put in place avenues to better communicate to the residents the work that the police department is doing.         ‘

4.      Memo from Daniel O’Connor, Village Engineer, regarding a building permit extension request for 3 Mount Airy Road.  Engineer O’Connor recommends that the existing permit be extended to August 2022 in order to ready the building for sale.

5.      Email from John Munson, Fire Council Secretary, regarding membership changes in the Croton-on-Hudson Fire Department.  As required, the Fire Council is notifying the Village of membership changes in status in the various departments.

6.      Memo from Village Manager Bryan Healy detailing an Eagle Scout project for Black Rock Dog Park.   Manager Healy has approved an Eagle scout project proposed by Justin Rose-Sommers.  The project will create an agility course for dogs at the Black Rock Dog Park inside the existing dog park space.  It will entail no cost to the Village.

PROPOSED RESOLUTIONS:

  1. Consider amending the official map of the Village of Croton-on-Hudson to change the name of O’Reilly Court to O’Riley Court.  When the subdivision map for River Landing was approved in 1990, the spelling for this street was in error.  It was intended to be named for Clifford O’Riley, a resident of the Village who was killed in action during World War II.   
  2. Consider adopting a home rule request for a residential parking permit system on Benedict Blvd. between South Riverside Avenue and Hastings Avenue.  The Village Board would like to extend the existing residential parking system that is on Young and Hastings Avenues to Benedict Blvd.  A resolution of request to the NYS legislature is required.
  3. Consider authorizing the Village Manager to execute an agreement with Holy Name of Mary Parish for the rental of their parking lot for municipal parking for the period of June 1, 2022, through May 31, 2027, at a cost of $4,000 per year.   The term of the lease is 5 years.  The Village performs necessary maintenance at the lot.
  4. Consider authorizing the Village Manager to execute an Intermunicipal Agreement with the Town of Cortlandt for shared purchasing.  This shared service agreement applies to supplies and materials.
  5. Consider authorizing the Village Manager to execute an Intermunicipal Agreement with the Town of Cortlandt for the sharing of equipment. This agreement allows the Village to save on costs of purchasing and/or renting equipment and vehicles.  The City of Peekskill, Towns of Cortlandt and Philipstown and the Village of Buchanan are parties to this agreement.
  6. Consider authorizing the Village Manager to execute a termination agreement related to the restrictive condition on property located adjacent to 72 Thompson Avenue, known on the tax maps as 79.09-2-2.   The restrictive condition having to do with utility locations prevents this property from being combined with an adjacent property allowing its sale. 
  7. Consider authorizing the Village Manager to accept a proposal from Antonucci & Associates of Pelham, New York, for the preparation of bid documents and special inspections of the engine room floor at the Grand Street Firehouse at a cost not to exceed $30,000.  This work will eventually upgrade the fire house floor in the building.
  8. Consider authorizing the Village Treasurer to make an interfund transfer in the amount of $3,000 for the revision of construction plans for the Grand Street Retaining Wall project.  This project was initially proposed in 2020 but delayed due to pandemic considerations.  The Village has since received a matching grant for this work from Westchester County.
  9. Consider authorizing the Village Treasurer to make an interfund transfer in the amount of $8,000 for the purchase of a new diesel vehicle inspection station.  This work is undertaken to comply with NYS Inspection requirements.
  10. Consider adopting a statement of consistency with the Village’s Local Waterfront Revitalization Program for the installation of a generator at Symphony Knoll (15 Mount Airy Road).  This affirms that the Board has found the proposed generator at Symphony Knoll to be consistent with our Village’s LWRP.

Recap of 2022-2023 Tentative Budget

Manager Healy and Treasurer Tucker will review proposed changes to the tentative budget since it was introduced in late March.

Ann Gallelli: Decoding Village Agendas No. 578

Dear neighbor, Here is the 578th 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 11,  2022 

Work Session of the Village Board

7:00 pm

Georgianna Grant Room

Municipal Building

1.      Review of Proposed Fee Schedule for 2022-2023.  Proposed fee changes include raises in Silver Lake passes for non-residents and daily fees for resident,  increases for Senasqua Pavilion rentals and kayak storage, false alarm charges when there is no Alarm permit, rail station parking fees, and various Building Dept. fees.

2.      Review of the Recreation Department Budget

The five account lines include Recreation Administration, Playgrounds and Recreation, Special Recreation Facilities, Youth Programs, and Senior Citizens.  Overall, the 22/23 budget calls for expenditures of $559,683 with an increase of $33,997 over the prior year.  The largest increase is in youth programs.

3.      Review of the Administration Budget

The Administrative budget lines includes the following lines: Board of Trustees, Mayor, Manager, Auditor, Treasurer, Assessment, Tax Advertising, Village Clerk, Law, Engineering, Central Communications, Data Processing, Contingency, Registrar, Parking, Publicity, Historian, Zoning Board, Planning Board, Conservation, Emergency Disasters, Natural Resources and Undistributed. 

The Tentative Budget is available on the Village website and the following codes apply to the Administration budget: A1010, A1110, A1210, A1230, A1320, A1325, A1355, A1362, A1410, A1420, A1440, A1650, A1680, A1900, A1990, A4020, A5650, A6410, A7510, A8010, A8020, A8710, A8760, A8790, A9000

Ann Gallelli: Decoding Village Agendas No. 577

Dear neighbor, Here is the 577th 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 5,  2022 

Work Session of the Village Board

7:00 pm

Georgianna Grant Room

Municipal Building

1.    Review of the EMS Budget  Overall, the amount requested is $438,219, an increase over FY 2021/2022 of $12,601 or 2.96%.  The annual contracts for EMT and Paramedics has increased $16,776.   

2.      Review of the Fire Department Budget  The total request is $587,758, an increase of $10,642 (1.84%).  One component on the increase in the annual payment for the Length of Service Program, increased $15,915.  There was also a decrease of $23,000 in other lines.

3.      Review of the Police Department Budget   The Police Department proposed budget calls for an increase of $9,996 to $3,303,481.  This includes a proposed increase of $20,000 in the DARE program which was substantially curtailed during the Covid period. The proposed budget includes funding for one vacant Officer position of $68,916.

The complete proposed budget is available from the Village’s website as well as the backup documents for this agenda.

Ann Gallelli: Decoding Village Agendas No. 576

Dear neighbor, Here is the 576th 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 4, 2022
Regular Meeting of the Village Board
7:00 pm
Georgianna Grant Room
Municipal Building

LWRP Consistency Review for the NYSDOT Bridge Painting Project for the Warren Road Overpass. The Board will review the proposed painting project for consistency with the Village’s Local Waterfront Revitalization Plan (LWRP).

CORRESPONDENCE:
a. Letter from the Arbor Day Foundation declaring Croton-on-Hudson a 2021 Tree City USA. The Village has been selected as a 2021 Tree City, one of 3,600 nationwide. Recognition materials will be sent to Village for a future Arbor Day ceremony.
b. Letter from the New York State Department of State requesting a LWRP Consistency Review for the installation of a generator at Symphony Knoll (15 Mount Airy Road). Westchester County received an award of $5,469.396 from the Federal Housing Urban Development CDBG. As a member of the Urban County Consortium, the Village is eligible to benefit from this grant. The proposed project is to install a generator at the Senior Housing development of Symphony Knoll. This would ensure electricity is available during any service outages. The estimated cost of the project is $100,000 which would be fully paid by the award. Since the Village has a Local Waterfront Revitalization Program (LWRP), the Board must first find that this proposal is consistent with that plan.

c. Memorandum from Daniel O’Connor, Village Engineer, requesting a building permit extension for 22 Wells Avenue. Engineer O’Connor recommends a six month extension due to COVID-related issues that caused delays in the project completion.
d. Letter from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation regarding the issuance of a permit for the Croton-Harmon Train Station Solar Canopy Project. The DEC has granted a permit for the proposed solar array installation at the railroad station. It was needed because parts of the area are located adjacent to a recognized freshwater wetland.

PROPOSED RESOLUTIONS:
a. Consider proclaiming April 29 as Arbor Day in the Village of Croton-on-Hudson. This is the 150th Anniversary of Arbor Day. The Village has been a Tree City since 1984.

b. Consider adopting a home rule request for a residential parking permit system on Benedict Blvd. between South Riverside Avenue and Hastings Avenue. A residential parking permit system has previously been instituted for sections of Hastings and Young Ave. This action, on a public street, required the approval of the NYS Legislature. The Board is now requesting the Legislature to approve enabling such a residential parking system for a portion of Benedict Blvd. Assemblywoman Galef and Senator Harckham have submitted bills to enable this but it requires a resolution from the Board as well.

c. Consider adopting a home rule request for a residential parking permit system for the Croton River area: Nordica Drive, Truesdale Drive, Cedar Lane and a portion of Old Post Road South. As in the above resolution, the Board is requesting that the Legislature enable a residential parking system in the named streets. Our State representatives have submitted bills to that effect and the Village Board must also submit a resolution requesting it.

d. Consider authorizing the Village Manager to extend the landscaping contract with La Teja Contractors and Landscaping of Ossining, New York, for the period from June 1, 2022, to May 31, 2023. A one-year extension of the current contract.

e. Consider authorizing the Village Manager to execute a Memorandum of Understanding with Sustainable Westchester to participate in the upcoming ESA with Westchester Power. The Village would agree to future continuation in the Community Choice Aggregation program beginning in July 2022.

f. Consider scheduling a Public Hearing on Local Law Introductory 5 of 2022 to amend Chapter 230, Zoning, of the Village Code to adopt provisions regarding cannabis shops, for April 18, 2022, at 7 PM in the Georgianna Grant Meeting Room of the Stanley H. Kellerhouse Municipal Building. The proposed zoning amendment adds restrictions on locations where cannabis retail shops could be located in the Village as follows: “… except that no cannabis shop, or vape or tobacco shop shall be permitted within 500 feet of the property line of the Pierre Van Cortlandt Middle School and Croton-Harmon High School and may not be located within 500 feet of any other cannabis shop, or vape or tobacco shop.”

g. Consider adoption of a statement of consistency with the Village’s Local Waterfront Revitalization Program (LWRP) for the NYSDOT Bridge Painting Project for the Warren Road Overpass. This is the project that the Board reviewed for consistency at the beginning of this meeting. The Waterfront Advisory Committee already found it consistent.

h. Consider authorizing the Village Treasurer to make an interfund transfer in the amount of $19,450 for additional services being provided by AKRF for the South Riverside Area Zoning Study. This would fund a Traffic Impact study for this area currently being studied for potential rezoning.

i. Consider authorizing the Village Treasurer to amend the 2021-2022 General Fund Budget in the amount of $6,020 to account for the forfeiture of street opening bonds. The Village receives performance bonds for street openings done by private contractors to ensure they are properly closed to the Village’s standards. Two openings were not closed to the satisfaction of the Village and performance bonds associated with that work have been forfeited.

j. Consider authorizing the Village Treasurer to amend the 2021-2022 General Fund Budget in the amount of $20,352.42 to account for the reimbursement of police overtime. Con Ed, Altice and PCI Industries requested Police help during road restoration work being performed by them. They agreed to reimburse for overtime expenses.

Ann Gallelli: Decoding Village Agendas No. 575

Dear neighbor, Here is the 575th installment of Decoding Village Agendas to keep Croton residents informed of the actions of the Village Board at their meetings.  I continue to add recipients to this email update on agendas so you may be receiving it for the first time. I enjoy getting your feedback and hope to continue to hear from you.  If you do not wish to receive these periodic email updates from me, please reply to this email and your name will be removed from the email list. 

Ann Gallelli

Decoding Village Agendas – March 31,  2022 

Work Session of the Village Board

7:00 pm

Georgianna Grant Room

Municipal Building

1.      Review of the Department of Public Works Budget  The Board will review the DPW accts. There are 16 General Fund accounts that include Building Maintenance, Central Garage, Traffic control items, Animal Control, Administration, Street Maintenance, Brush & Weeds, Snow removal, Street lighting, Parks, Celebrations, Recycling, Storm Sewers, Refuse collection, Street cleaning, Community Beautification, and Shade Trees.

The Board will also review the Water Fund and Sewer Fund budgets items that DPW administers.

The proposed budget calls for an overall increase in the DPW budget of  0.08%, 

The tentative budget is available in the back up for this meeting from the Village website.

Ann Gallelli: Decoding Village Agendas No. 574

Dear neighbor, Here is the 574th 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 –  March 28, 2022 

 Budget Hearing Meeting of the Village Board

7:00 pm

Georgianna Grant Meeting Room – Stanley H. Kellerhouse Municipal Building

Note: The Board has returned to in-person meetings.

PUBLIC HEARING:   

a.       Public Hearing on the 2022-2023 Tentative Village Budget.  Village Manager Healy has presented his Tentative Proposed Budget for Fiscal Year 2022/2023.  Treasurer Tucker will present an overview of the proposed budget at the meeting prior to the Board taking comments.  The complete backup documents are available from the Village website. Click on Minutes & Agendas at the top of the page. 

The following excerpt is from Manager Healy’s Budget message:

“The proposed tax rate for the tentative budget is $281.930 per $1,000 of assessed valuation. This represents an increase of $9.974 per $1,000 of assessed valuation resulting in a 3.67% increase in the tax rate.  Based upon this proposed increase, the property representing the average assessment in the Village of $15,870 would pay an additional $158 in Village taxes.  The proposed budget for 2022-2023 reflects an increase in the Village’s assessments of $118,804.”

Ann Gallelli: Decoding Village Agendas No. 573

Dear neighbor, Here is the 573rd 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 –  March 21, 2022 

 Regular Meeting of the Village Board

7:00 pm

Note: The Board has returned to in-person meetings.

PUBLIC HEARING:

a.       Public Hearing to consider Local Law Introductory No. 4 of 2022 to repeal Chapter 141 of the Village Code, Housing Standards.   The local law that is proposed to be repealed was adopted in 1982 and has been supplanted by the NYS Fire Prevention and Building Code, the International Building Code and the NYS Property Maintenance Code.  This removes a piece of obsolete code from our local laws.


CORRESPONDENCE:

a.      Letter from Devin DiGiacopo, Aquatic Invasive Species Program Coordinator at Teatown, requesting to place a Watercraft Inspection Steward at the Echo Canoe Launch for the 2022 season.   This program is intended to help prevent invasive aquatic species from infesting the waterways.  The proposal would have stewards at the Echo Canoe Launch from May to September.  On a voluntary basis, they would provide information about such invasive species and help remove animal and plant material from watercraft.

b.      Letter from the New York State Department of State requesting a LWRP Consistency Review for a Bridge Painting Project along Route 9.  The bridge in the Village that would be repainted is on Warren Road over route 9.  As the Village has a Local Waterfront Revitalization Program (LWRP), the NYSDOS must request a finding of consistency from the Village.

c.    Notice from the New York State Public Service Commission regarding Virtual Public Statement Hearings on Con Edison proposed rate increase.  The hearings are scheduled for March 22, March 29 and March 31.  Registration is required.  Details are available at www.webex.com.

PROPOSED RESOLUTIONS:

a.       Consider acknowledging receipt of Local Law Introductory 5 of 2022 to amend Chapter 230, Zoning, of the Village Code to adopt provisions regarding cannabis shops, declaring the Village as Lead Agent under SEQRA, issuing the EAF and CAF and referring the draft law and other documentation to the Village Planning Board, Waterfront Advisory Committee and Westchester County Planning Board in accordance with Village and County law.  This begins the process of amending the Zoning Code to specifically add a prohibition of any cannabis retail shop from locating with 500 feet of either Pierre Van Cortlandt Middle school or Croton-Harmon High School or an existing smoke or vape shop.  NYS code already prohibits such shops within 500 feet of any school (including nursery schools) and religious institutions.