Ann Gallelli: Decoding Village Agendas

Dear neighbor, Here is the 345th installment of Decoding Village Agendas to keep Croton residents informed of the actions of the Village Board at their meetings.  I continue to add recipients to this email update on agendas so you may be receiving it for the first time. I enjoy getting your feedback and hope to continue to hear from you.  If you do not wish to receive these periodic email updates from me, please reply to this email and your name will be removed from the email list.

Ann Gallelli

 

 

 

Decoding Village Agendas – December 5,  2016

Regular Meetings of the Village Board

8:00

 (Open to Public  – Televised)

 

 

The meeting will start with the Annual Organization Meeting at which  Trustees-elect Ann Gallelli and Brian Pugh will be sworn in.  Formal appointments for the following year will be made to positions and volunteer committees by the Mayor

 

 

Regular Meeting Agenda

 

PUBLIC HEARING:   Public Hearing to consider the special permit modification request from Skyview Rehabilitation & Healthcare to allow for an administrative office building renovation project on their property located at 1280 Albany Post road.   Skyview wishes to utilize the house at tis entrance for business  office purposes.  This would enable them to free up more space in the main facility for patient related purposes.    The Planning Board issued a favorable recommendation.

 

CORRESPONDENCE:

 

  • Dan Ahouse, Area Director of Government Affairs, Altice: re: Notification that effective December 15, 2016, C-SPAN3 will be relocated from Channel 102 to channel 107.  There are no changes to packages or pricing.   As required, Altice must  provide notification of changes in its program line up or pricing changes.

 

    1. Mayors and Supervisors of the Indian Brook-Croton Gorge (IBCG) Committee; re: Draft letter from the Mayor and Supervisor of the Indian Brook – Croton Gorge Committee to the Westchester County Department of Planning requesting assistance in updating the Indian Brook-Croton Gorge Watershed Conservation Action Plan. The IBCG Action plan was completed in 2009  with the assistance of the County Planning dept.  It resulted in an Intermunicipal Agreement (IMA) for all participating municipalities to take actions to preserve these watersheds.  While not very active in recent years, the committee would now like to consider some actions, both zoning and otherwise, which would help preserve these watershed.  The letter is a draft to the County from all IBCG member municipalities asking for assistance from the Planning Dept.  Specifically they are requesting GSI services.  The committee is preparing to apply for a Hudson River Valley Greenway grant and the GIS information would be helpful in the application.

 

  • Robert Luntz, Chairman, Village Planning Board; re: Requesting more information from Hudson National Golf Club related to their special permit modification request for an extension of their locker room.  The additional information being requested is needed before the Planning Board can make a final recommendation back to the Village Board of Trustees.    The proposed locker room would extend close to an access road.  The Planning Board wants information on the acceptability of the width of the access road for fire and emergency vehicles.  They are also seeking more information on tree removal near the clubhouse and whether it is permitted under the existing special permit.

 

 

PROPOSED RESOLUTIONS:

  1. Authorizing the Village Manager to sign the change order in the amount of $4,945 to Gentech LTD for additional work needed to replace the Village-owned generator at Half Moon Bay. The original generator was installed under a roof structure.  At some point walls were added completely enclosing the generator but the utility systems remained as originally installed.  During the replacement process, Con Edison required a new installation of the meter bank and regulator with venting to conform with an interior use.  In addition, plastic electrical conduits installed over the old unit, not visible until removal, were being melted by extensive heat and are now replaced with metal conduit.  Lighting was also upgraded to meet interior maintenance light levels.  The original contract with Gentech for the replacement was in the amount of $62,661.00
  2. The Village has received an application for an amended special use permit from Hudson National Golf Club to construct a 12-room cottage building for overnight guests and a caddy storage building on their property located at 40 Arrowcrest Drive. The Village Board of Trustees determines that the proposed action is an unlisted action under SEQRA and declares the Village staff to circulate the application documents to involved agencies including the Village Planning Board, Village Zoning Board, Village Waterfront Advisory Committee, Town of Cortlandt and Westchester County to notify tem of the Village’s intent to serve as Lead Agency and request a response within 30 daysThe 1999 Special Permit approval for the Golf Club permitted 12 rooms in three separate buildings which currently exist.  They are near the clubhouse.  This application would replace those  3 buildings with a single structure containing 12 rooms.  In the same general area, it would also add a caddy/cart storage area.  This application is the beginning of a review process by all the above-mentioned committees and boards.

 

  • The Village Board of Trustees hereby calls for a Public Hearing on January 3, 2017 at 8 pm in the meeting room of the Stanley H. Kellerhouse Municipal Building to consider the special permit modification request from Hudson National Golf Club to allow for an addition to their locker room and bathroom on their property located at  40 Arrowcrest Drive.   This public hearing is necessary because the application is for an amendment to a special permit previously granted by the Village Board.  The request is being considered by the Planning Board as referenced in the Correspondence item above.

 

 

Brian Pugh: Voting with our dollars for the kind of world we want.

To The Editor,

This Thanksgiving, there is much to be grateful for – food, shelter and security for our families and community.

As work and wages are the foundation of every community, I encourage readers to vote with their dollars for the kind of world they want to live in.

The Holiday shopping season begins this Black Friday and provides a great opportunity to shop with your values.

A few suggestions:

1)Buy American–Holiday spending contributes billions of dollars a year to the trade deficit. Imagine what we could do if that money was spent domestically? UnionLabel.org has a comprehensive guide to products union-made in America.

2) Shop Local–Locally owned stores generate much greater benefits for the local economy than national chains do. One study found that the local retailers return a total of 52% of their revenue to the local economy, compared to just 14% for the national chain retailers.

When we buy our gifts, let’s make sure we are also giving workers a fair shot and ensure Happy Holidays for years to come.

Sincerely,

Trustee Brian Pugh

Ann Gallelli: Update from the New York Conference of Mayors

To the editor,

As a Trustee, I firmly believe that the Village Board can achieve the best results for Croton if we engage with other municipalities who share similar problems.  To that end, last week I joined participants from 61 villages and cities in Albany to identify and discuss our legislative priorities for the next session of the NYS Legislature.   The meeting was organized by the New York Conference of Mayors (NYCOM).   NYCOM  both provides information and advice to member municipalities. It also represents our interests in Albany to the Senate, Assembly and the Governor’s office.

In January, the NYS Legislature will begin a new session and consider a wide range of proposed legislation.  It is important that local governments are prepared to ask for legislation that would aid them with common problems.  At the meeting we identified and discussed some 45 policy issues in the areas of finance, employee relations and public safety, government operations and community development, and environment and energy.

Not all of these are relevant to Croton but the exchange of ideas on these matters is helpful in understanding common problems and how they might be approached.  NYCOM staff will now engage with legislators on our behalf to try to move legislation beneficial to villages forward.  

As I have in the past, I look forward to continuing to engage  with other villages, both state-wide and in the County, on behalf of Croton.

Ann Gallelli

Decoding Village Agendas

 

Ann Gallelli <anngallelli@gmail.com> Sat, Nov 26, 2016 at 11:41 AM
To: Ann Gallelli <anngallelli@gmail.com>

Dear neighbor, Here is the 344th installment of Decoding Village Agendas to keep Croton residents informed of the actions of the Village Board at their meetings.  I continue to add recipients to this email update on agendas so you may be receiving it for the first time. I enjoy getting your feedback and hope to continue to hear from you.  If you do not wish to receive these periodic email updates from me, please reply to this email and your name will be removed from the email list.

Ann Gallelli

 

 

 

Decoding Village Agendas –   November 28, 2016

Work Session of the Village Board

7: 30 p.m.

 (Open to Public and Televised)

 

 

  1. Discussion about the request from Croton AYSO to store four soccer goals at Croton Landing Park.  Croton AYSO currently has soccer goals that can be deconstructed after use, making them easier to store. Croton AYSO would like to purchase four higher quality goals that will take up more storage space and will need to be secured outside of their storage area.  The Croton AYSO would like to acquire these goals for games and practices beginning in Spring of 2017.  The new goals would be stored and secured in an area east of the playing field and adjacent to the fence separating the park and the railroad.
  2. Reaffirming the Village’s determination to uphold and comply with civil and human rights laws.   The Board received a letter from 7 local religious leaders asking for an further affirmative statement of support for the goals that all board members committed to when taking their oath of office. This further commitment is requested in light of a current climate of prejudice, especially against Muslims.  The full letter was also a full page ad in the past week’s Gazette.
  3. Discussion of the request by Hudson Nation Gold Club for the Village to accept the Declaration of Restrictive Covenant related to the club’s proposed private driving range and teaching facility, which will relocate the wetlands area and nature trial.  While the new driving range is in the Town of Cortlandt, its approval required the eliminating of an area of wetlands.  In mitigation, the club is expanding the wetlands area located in their property in the Village.  This was approved by the Water Control Commission and also the Army Corps of Engineers.  The ACOE also required that a covenant or easement be granted to a third party to ensure environmental oversight  of the expanded area. 
  4. Discussion about reducing the scope of the Elliott Way Improvement Project to include just the elevated walkway, culvert repair, and road repaving.  The Village Board of Trustees rejected the two bids submitted for the original project in October that were far in excess of the Village’s good faith cost estimate.  The Board will look at reducing the scope of the project as originally conceived. Due to the high bid prices, the board will consider whether to reduce the project in the short term to just the area between the north end of Senasqua Park and the Yacht Club primarily by providing a separated walkway and repaving the road.   If this is agreed upon, new bids will solicited.

Ann Gallelli: Decoding Village Agendas

Dear neighbor, Here is the 343rd 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

anngallelli@gmail.com

Decoding Village Agendas – November 21,  2016

Regular Meetings of the Village Board

8:00

 (Open to Public  – Televised)

 

CORRESPONDENCE:

  1. Dan Ahouse, AreaDirector of Government Affairs, Altice; re: Notification that effective November 29, 2016, BuenaVision TV will no longer be carried on Optimum en espanol video package.   BuenaVision TV is Spanish language programming.  They have notified Altice that they are unable to deliver their signal to Optimum.
  2. Bruce Kauderer, Deputy Chairman of the Village Planning Board; re: The Planning Board’s recommendation pertaining to Introductory Local Law No. 7 of 2016 on zoning code amendment language regarding fences, walls and attached structures.  The Planning Board is recommending some changes in the proposed law.  One would vary the conditions for the height and composition of fences in the three smaller lot zoning districts – RA-5, RA-9, and RB.  As proposed, the law would allow 6 foot fences on side and rear yards.  They also recommend that for new construction which requires a Minor Site Plan review, that the Planning Board be allowed to approve a front yard retaining wall height of up to 6 feet if it is necessary to construct the driveway or primary structure.  The memo notes that the recommendation on the first item was not unanimous.
  3. Rhoda Stephens, Chair of the Zoning Board of Appeals; re: The Zoning Board’s recommendation pertaining to Introductory Local Law No. 7 of 2016 on zoning code amendment language regarding fences, walls and attached structures.  The Zoning Board supported the proposed zoning amendments and made some clarifying suggestions to its language.
  4. Peter Baynes, Executive Director, New York Conference of Mayors; re: Request that municipalities sign letters of support/opposition regarding three bills that have been delivered to the Governor which could have significant impact on cities and villages throughout New York State.  NYCOM represents the interests of villages and cities in the state government.  As part of their function, they take positions on behalf of villages regarding legislation that may have positive or negative effects on them.  They are seeking supporting resolutions from member municipalities.  Two of the three bills are opposed by NYCOM.  They are an amendment to the Retirement law that would allow police officers and profession firefighters the opportunity to participate in a non-contributory 20-year retirement if their employer elects to do so.  The second one bill would mandate the time and manner in which a municipality mus notify their employees of changes and require at least 90 days prior to the governing board approving a health insurance plan.  NYCOM agrees with the need for advance notification but disagrees that this time frame is appropriate and could restrict a local government’s ability to make a prudent fiscal decision.  The third law, which NYCOM supports, would repeal language in the adopted budget which would allow the MTA to undertake development on MTA-owned property without regard to local zoning.

PROPOSED RESOLUTIONS:

  1. Authorizing the Village Manager to sign the proposal from Dvirka & Bartilucci Consulting Engineers in the amount of $20,000 for construction and administration services for the Storm Water Management Basin Outlet Structure and Culvert Improvements for the Georgia Lane Storm Water Retention Pond. The proposal includes engineering services during construction, approvals of manufacturers and suppliers; preparation of change orders; evaluation of Village/contractor initiated substitutions and design changes; interpretations and clarifications of control documents; payment requisition review; construction site visits, inspection and project meetings, and project closeout.  The construction contract for this work was awarded in September.  This resolution provides for the necessary oversight of the entire project from start to finish.
  2. The Village Board of Trustees has received a Special Permit modification request from Hudson National Golf Club to allow for an addition to the locker room facility on their property located at 40 Arrowcrest Drive.  This request is a Type II action and requires no further review under SEQRA.  The Village Board of Trustees hereby refers the special permit modification request to the Planning Board as required by law for comment back to the Village Board of Trustees.  The proposal is to add an 282 square feet addition to the current locker room on the lower level of the clubhouse.
  3. The Village Board of Trustees hereby cancels the interest and penalties in the aounmt of $567.61 associated with the Farribank Homeowners Association, Tax Parcel ID 078.08-003-068.00.  when the four Bank Street affordable housing units were created a communal piece of property was created to be used as a parking lot with the owner of record being the Farribank Homeowners association.  However, the Farribank Homeowners Association was never formed, thus taxes on the property were never paid.  This ultimately resulted in the small piece of property accruing interest and penalties since 2002.   This resolution will clear the books of the tax liability that has accrued and in the future, the Village will act to either exempt this property or reduce its assessment to zero.
  4. The Village Board of Trustees hereby authorizes write offs in the General fund, Old Accounts Receivables for fire protection services and insurance recoveries in the amount of $184,875.18.  During the 2015-2016 fiscal year-end audit process the Village Manager, Village Treasurer and auditor concluded that prior year outstanding receivables should be closed out at this time. All monies were received, however, the correct accounting entries to reverse the receivables were not done, leaving open outstanding receivables.  The close out of these accounts follows good government accounting standards.  This action reflects the corrections made to the accounting entries as a result of the 20215-2016 audit.
  5. Authorizing te Village Treasurer to amend the 2016-2017 General fund Budget in the amount of $3,539.60 for monies received from Cortlandt and Buchanan for the 9-11 Memorial Ceremony.  Buchanan and the Town share in the expenses related to the memorial which is located in the Village in Croton Landing Park.
  6. Authorizing the Village Treasurer to amend the 2016-2017 General Fund Budget in the amount of $754.50 for monies received from insurance to repair damage to the Recreation bus.  This is a budget housekeeping  item.

Brian Pugh: Moving Croton Forward

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To the editor:
Thank you again to the all the voters and candidates that participated in last week’s elections. I am humbled by the thousands of votes that Trustee Ann Gallelli and I received.
The margin is clear and so is the responsibility. We will work continuously to honor the trust you have placed in us.
I am cheered by Croton United’s election night Facebook post: We congratulate Ann Gallelli and Brian Pugh on their re-election to the board and hope to work with them as we continue to bring honest, responsive, inclusive, and financially sustainable government to Croton.
As part of a renewed spirit of cooperation, I would like to suggest some easy steps to move our community forward:
1) Put the dummy light, the bungalow road stop sign and other traffic control measures on the agenda for a public meeting. Whatever the merits of these changes, the public was never given a chance to weigh in on them before their adoption. This is the least we can do.

2) Restore the monthly Village newsletter. Since finances are a concern, I would be happy to write it gratis and discuss innovative and affordable distribution methods.

3) Invite a representative from Sustainable Westchester to an upcoming Board meeting to discuss the future of Community Choice Aggregation for our Village.

Cooperation may be challenging, but the voters–in their wisdom–have seen fit to ensure that we share power on the Village Board for at least another year. We owe it to our neighbors to diligently discharge our duty.
Brian Pugh

Brian Pugh: Election Day Is Just The Beginning

 

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To The Editor:

Thank you to all those who voted on Tuesday, regardless of party, for participating in our democracy.
As said Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis once said, “The most important political office is that of the private citizen.”

Election Day may come only once a year, but citizenship is a full-time responsibility and there are countless ways to get involved. From running for office, to serving on a volunteer committee or simply writing to this newspaper regarding an issue that matters to you, there are many ways you can contribute.
Sincerely,

Brian Pugh
914-374-3960