Ann Gallelli: Decoding Village Agendas No. 358 & 359

Decoding Village Agendas –   March 20, 2017

Work Session of the Village Board

7: 15 p.m.

 (Open to Public and Televised)


NOTE:  This meeting will precede the Regular Board Meeting and will start at 7:15 pm



  • Discussion with Police Chief regarding current departmental practices related to immigration status.  Included in the backup materials are a statement from Croton Police Chief Tramaglini and also a memo from NYS Attorney General Schneiderman.  The Board will discuss whether it should establish a policy with regard to immigration status.__________________________________________________________________ Decoding Village Agendas – March 20, 20178:00 pm PRESENTATION: 


  2. Dr. Greg Schmidt as Mayor of the Village of Croton-on-Hudson, on behalf of the Village Board of Trustees, deem it an honor and pleasure to wich Vera Munson a “Happy 100th Birthday” and do hereby proclaim March 17, 2017, in the Village of Croton-on-Hudson, to be “Vera Munson Day”. Vera Munson  lived in Croton for 89 years and was in the first graduating class from Croton High School in 1935.
  3.  (Open to Public  – Televised)
  4. Regular Meeting of the Village Board
    1. Jennifer Pauly, Croton Parents Care; re: Requesting permission to have a group of students and parents gather at Vassallo Park on Friday, April 7, 2017 at 7:30 PM in support of the girls and  young women of Croton.  The group proposes to meet at the High school and march to Vassallo where there would be some speakers.  The Board of Education is aware of the event and supportive although this is not a School sponsored event. It is a community organized event to energize daughters around the topic of preventing sexual assault.


  • Dan O’Connor, Village Engineer; re” Request for a building permit extension for the homeowner of 3 Mt. Airy Road.  Due to extenuating circumstances, the property owner has been unable to complete the work under this building permit and is requesting an extension to August 8, 2017.  The renovation is for a second floor addition and improvement to a studio on first floor.  There have been previous extensions of this building permit.  Mr. O’Connor recommends granting it.



    1. Authorizing the Village Manager to sign the amended Operating Plan with the Down to Earth Farmers Market for the 2017 season in Section/Parking Lot A of the Croton-Harmon Train Station.  The Market would be at the same location as last year.  It would start on Sunday, May 7 and rum through November 19, 2017, except for June 18.
    2. Authorizing the Village Manager to implement policies  and procedures for the purpose of benchmarking energy usage in municipal buildings.  The Village would use Building Energy Benchmarking to make smarter, more cost-effective operational and capital investment decisions, reward efficiency and drove improvement with regard to energy performance of its buildings.
    3. Village Board of Trustees proposes to schedule a Public Hearing on Local Law Introductory No. 1 of 2017 to transition the Village’s Water billing from biannually to quarterly, for Monday, April 17, 2017 at 8:00 PM in the Meeting Room of the Stanley H. Kellerhouse Municipal Building. The Village water billing is currently twice a year.  The Village staff would like to change to quarterly billing.  This requires a change in the law.  Since current water billing comes at the end of a six month period, it often means that a December bill, reflecting the summer months, is very high. The tiered rates are based on the prior year’s consumption. The proposed change would result in the rates being charged according to the prior quarter consumption. The Village has several tiers of water rates based on overall annual consumption.  This change would reflect higher or lower consumption on a quarterly basis and individual customers might be in different tiers during the year.


  • Authorizing the Village Manager to award the bid in the amount of $1,589,777.50 to Con-Tech Construction Technology, Inc. of Yorktown Heights, NY for the Elliott Way Improvement Project.  This proposal is the result of the first bids on the project being rejected.  The proposal was revised and put to bid.  Nine proposals were received and this one is recommended by Site Design Services which is providing design consultant services for the project.
  • Authorizing the Village Manager to sign the proposal from Chazen Company in an amount not to exceed $10,000 for assistance in the review of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation’s Wetland permit application for the treatment of Hydrilla on the Croton River.  The Water Control Commission which must grant a permit for the Hydrilla treatment proposed by the NYSDEC feels it needs outside expertise in evaluating this proposal. The Chazen proposal would aid the WCC in their evaluation of the project. The issue of who would pay for this consultant, Village or DEC, is not resolved.
  • Authorizing the Village Manager to issue a Change Order in the amount of $108,557.66 to Bilotta Construction Corp. for the water and sewer main replacement project on Farrington Road and Hunter Place.  During the water main replacement part of the project several changes added to the cost of the project, including replacement of a water main fitting on Riverside Avenue, relocation of hydrants, additional trench excavation and restoration, and additional rock removal.  The original contract with Bilotta was for $1,271,870.20 but the above named changes require the change order for the additional work items.



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