Ann Gallelli: Decoding Village Agendas No. 354

Dear neighbor, Here is the 354th 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 – February 21, 2017

Regular Meeting of the Village Board

8:00 pm

 (Open to Public  – Televised)


NOTE:  This meeting is on Tuesday due to Presidents’ Day





1.      New York State Senator Terrence Murphy to honor Croton resident and veteran Thomas Burniston, and will provide a legislative update.

2.      New York State Assemblymember Sandy Galef to provide a legislative update.   

3.      Village Board to review Consideration of Local Waterfront Revitalization Program policies in determining consistency with regard 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.  Before adopting an updated plan, the Village Board must complete its review under our LWRP as well as under SEQRA.    The Board met last week with the Comp Plan Committee in work session to review comments and revisions to the draft document.

4.      Village Board to review Consideration of Local Waterfront Revitalization Program policies in determining consistency with regard to 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 application process for the amended special use permit requires it be consistent with the Village’s LWRP.  The Waterfront Advisory Committee has mad such a recommendation and the Village Board must do its own review and make its own findings as well.

5.      Village Board to review Consideration of Local Waterfront Revitalization Program policies in determining consistency with regard to the adoption of Local Law Introductory No. 7 of 2016, amending 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.  As indicated above, the Village Board must make its own finding of consistency with the LWRP before acting to approve this zoning amendment.



  1. Glenn E. Simpson, President, Croton Little League; re: requesting assistance from the Village for the Croton Little League Opening Day Parade and Ceremonies on Saturday, April 8, 2017.  As in past years, the Croton Little League will assemble at the high school and parade through the Upper Village to Dobbs Field for opening ceremonies.  They are asking for Village help in preparation for the parade and field .
  2. Sharon McCarthy, Executive Director for National Alliance of Mental Illness (NAMI) of Westchester; re: Ribbon Campaign for the NAMI of Westchester, Inc. honoring Mental Health Awareness Month in May.  The organization would like the Village to show support by allowing for ribbons to be tied around trees or utility poles in various locations as well as outside of the Municipal Building.  This was approved last year.
  3. Dorothy Pezanowski, Village Historian; re: 2016 Report of the Croton Historical Society.  The position of Village Historian is mandated by NYS municipal law.  The Historian is required to file an annual report  each year on the prior year’s activities.  The report indicates that the Historical Society has become more computerized and efficient.  They are looking for new members.  They have also changed Visitors Day to Tuesdays.  They are located on the first floor of the Municipal Building.



  1. Authorizing the Village Manager to sign the 2017 Inter-Municipal Agreement for fire protection services with the Town of Cortlandt which provides that the Town shall pay the Village the sum of $359,104.48, with  $71,821 paid directly to the Fire Council of the Village of Croton-on-Hudson and the balance of $287,284 paid to the Village, for providing fire protection services within the Mount Airy/Quaker Bridge Fire District during the period from January 1,2017 to December 31, 2017This annual agreement between the Town and Village provides for fire protection in an area that the Town is not able to easily serve and which is more easily accessible by the Croton Fire Dept.
  2. Age Manager to sig Cortlandt for Emergency Medical Services which states that the Town shall pay the Village the sum of $66,043 to provide Emergency Medical services within the Mount Airy/Quaker Bridge Fire District during the period from January 1 to December 31, 2017As above, this is an annual agreement between the Town and Village to provide services in an area of the Town that is more accessible by Croton emergency services.
  3. Authorizing the Village Manager to sign the proposal from Chazen Company, the Village’s design engineer for the corrosion control system project, in the amount of $41,924 for assistance during the shop drawing review process, construction administration review process, construction administration and inspection assistance, preparation of as-built plans and some work previously performed to address comments and design changes requested by the Westchester County Department of Health.  Now that the contract for the actual construction has been awarded. The steps identified above need to be performed and carried out as part of the implementation of the corrosion control system.  Work is expected to begin later this Spring and conclude in the autumn.
  4. Authorizing the Village Treasurer to amend the General Fund 2016-2017 budget in the amount of $3,000 for funding received through New York State’s Justice Court Assistance Grant program.  This funding will be used to improve the operations of the Village Court.   Each year the Village applies for this funding and has been successful in receiving it.
  5. Authorizing the Village Manager to sign the agreement with Ossining Volunteer Ambulance Corps (OVAC) in the amount of $127,500 per fiscal year through May 31, 2020 for advanced life support ambulance services.  The Village of Croton-on-Hudson’s EMS provides Basic Life Support (BLS) ambulance service, but does not offer Advanced Life Support Service.  OVAC has been providing Advanced Life Support ambulance service to the Village of Croton-on-Hudson since 1996.  This agreement is a tri-community effort with the Village of Briarcliff Manor and OVAC participating.  Phelps Memorial Hospital provides over sight and medical direction.  OVAC operates the Fly Car.

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