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Decoding Village Agendas – February 6, 2017
Regular Meeting of the Village Board
(Open to Public – Televised)
NOTE: This meeting will begin at 7:30 pm.
Robert J. Freeman, Executive Director of the Committee on Open Government, to discuss the Freedom of Information Law. Mr. Freeman will present the FOIL law and answer questions.
The Village Board to review criteria of significance, environmental Assessment Form (EAF) Part II, related to the Village’s proposed amendments to the Village’s zoning code regarding walls, retaining walls, fences and accessory uses. The purpose of this amendment is to more clearly define certain terms such as walls, height, and accessory structures. The law also limits the height of fences in front yards to 4 feet. The Zoning Board has requested for some time a better definition of some terms in the law to help with their processing of variances. Currently fences up to 6 feet in height can be installed anywhere on the lot and fences less than 25% solid (chain link, etc.) have no height restrictions other than the maximum height of an accessory building which is 15 feet. The proposed amendment would limit the height of fences and walls in the front yard to 4 feet and limit the height of fences that are less than 25% solid to a maximum of 8 feet. It is also proposed that the finished side of the fence face the street or the abutting lot which is currently not covered in the code.
The Village Board to review criteria of significance, environmental Assessment Form (EAF) Part II, related to the adoption of the Village’s Comprehensive Plan. The Comprehensive Plan is a written document that contains goals, objectives, and strategies for the future development and conservation of the community. The Village Board must make its own findings on the adoption of the Comprehensive Plan. The proposed Comprehensive Plan is an update to the 2003 plan providing updated achievable goals for the future. It does not replace the recommendations and background documentation of the 2003 plan but adds to them.
Public Hearing to consider the 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 Board has completed its SEQRA review and received positive recommendations from the Planning Board and Waterfront Advisory Committee on the proposed amendment to the HNGC special permit.
Public Hearing to consider amending the Local Law regarding signage in Village Right-of-Way. The amendments would limit the type of signage that can be located in the Village’s right of way. The proposed law would amend Chapter 197, Section 8 regarding posting signs in the Village’s Right of Way (ROW). It would prohibit any signs from being put in the ROW. It also amends Chapter 230, Section 44 (K)(1) regarding the definition of temporary signs. This does not apply to political signs.
Dan Ahouse, Director of Government Affairs; re: Three letters notifying the Village of the following: Effective February 1, 2017, NBC Universal will cease operations of Cloo TV; effective March 4, 2017 WNET will cease operations of V-ME; and effective February 20, 2017 Esquire Network will no longer be carried on Optimum’s channel lineup. Changes to services are required to be noticed to the Village. Customers also receive notification in their billing statements.
Catherine A. McGlynn, Aquatic Invasive Species Coordinator, New York State Dept. of Environmental Conservation; re: Request by DEC to waive the Village’s wetlands activity permit fee for the Croton River Hydrilla Control Project. When one agency processes a permit for another, the permit fees are frequently waived.
Mary Cronin, Village Resident; re: Letter to the Village Board of Trustees in support of the proposed New York State “Raise the Age” Legislation. In NYS, youth are prosecuted as adults as of age 16. The proposed legislation at the State level would raise the age of criminal responsibility to 18. It would set up and fund juvenile support programs. The letter says that the Governor and the NYS Assembly are in agreement with the proposed change by the NYS Senate is not. Ms. Cronin requests the Board to pass a resolution in support of this change.
Authorizing the Village Manager to sign the proposal from Integrated Technical Systems of Wallingford, CT for the acquisition of two new pay machines to be used at the train station in the total amount of $22,559.28. The proposal includes the trade-in of the three older pay machines, the purchase of two new pay machines, removal, installation, training and a 2-year warranty. The Village was noticifed the the three older pay machines were no longer going to be supported bythe manufacturer starting in early 2018, which means they would not have a service agreement to repair and maintain the machines. With the implementation of alternative payment methods, replacing two of the machines would be sufficient. There are currently 6 payment machines at the train station parking lot of two types. Since they were installed, the Village has provided alternative ways for payment including by phone as well as a paying on a smart phone. This has reduced congestion at the machines themselves. As a result, the Village is recommending reducing the number by one.
Authorizing the Village Manager to sign the proposal from Capital Markets Advisors, LLC of Hopewell Junction, New York for financial advisory services in connection to the issuance of bonds and/or notes for the Village. Capital Markets has been acting in this capacity for the Village for some time. It provides services in connection with new issue bonds, bond anticipation notes, tax anticipation notes, deficit notes and budget notes undertaken by the Village.
Authorizing the Village Manager to award the contract to Pierotti Corp. of Stamford, CT, in the amount of $388,500 for the construction of a corrosion control system for the water supply. This project will serve to reduce copper action levels in the Village’s water supply, which was mandated by the Westchester Department of Health. Two bids were received for this project. Due to the copper action level being exceeded in Village tap water, a corrosion control system was mandated by the County Dept. of Health. The corrosion control will work by coating the interior surface of pipes to sequester iron that maybe in the water from corroded cast iron pipes with no cement lining. The system will inject a blended ortho/poly-phosphate into the water.
Authorizing the Board of Trustees to sign the 2016 Sponsor Approval Form for the Volunteer Fire Department Service Award Program. Article 11-A of the New York State General Municipal Law requires that the list of members of the Fire Department indicating those who earned a year of service credit during the calendar year, those that did not earn a year of credit, and those who waived participation must be certified under oath by the Fire Department. The Service Award program was approved in the Village in 2003 by a public referendum. Since then, each year, the Board has been required certify the list of Fire Department members and their service credits for that year.
Authorizing the Village Manager to approve Task 4 of the D& B Engineers contract for construction administration services for the Pump House Road Bridge and Culvert Replacement project in the amount fo $49,350. This includes rview and approval of construction shop drawings, the approval of all manufacturers and suppliers, review of all contractor payment requisitions, as well as construction site visits and inspections. The Village has been working on the design and implementation for this project since 2015 and has completed the tasks up to the point of awarding the contract for the work to WD Excavation and Contracting in January of this year. The above contract with D & B provides essential for complete oversight and supervision of the =work once it begins.