Ann Gallelli: 368th installment of Decoding Village Agendas

ann2016Dear neighbor, Here is the 368th 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 – May 15, 2017
Regular Meeting of the Village Board
8:00 pm
(Open to Public – Televised)

Dan O’Connor, Village Engineer; re: Request for a building permit extension for the homeowner of 37 Park Trail. Due to extenuating circumstances, the property owner has been unable to complete the work under this building permit and it is recommended to extend the permit to October 20, 2017.

Dan O’Connor, Village Engineer; re: Request for a building permit extension for the homeowner of 16 King Street. Due to extenuating circumstances, the property owner has been unable to complete the work under this building permit and it is recommended to extend the permit until November 7, 2017.
Mark Duncan, Recreation Supervisor; re: Summerfest street closings and parade.


The Village Board declares its intent to be lead agency for SEQRA purposes to consider the acquisition of two adjoining properties at 435 and 439 Yorktown Rd. on Route 129 for the relocation of the Village’s Department of Public Works facility and the decommissioning of the current facility to surface parking. The Board also authorizes the circulation of the Environmental Assessment Form to the Planning Board, Waterfront Advisory Committee and the Town of Cortlandt Planning Board. The current Village Department of Public Works facility is located in a flood plain, is adjacent to the Croton River Estuary, and is housed in a deteriorated and undersized building. The Village Board is considering the purchase of a building and adjoining vacant piece of property which would allow it to upgrade its operations and centralize all public works in one location. Relocating to a new facility would allow for a more efficient operation, ensure longer life for Village equipment, and create a safer environment for its workers. The building proposed to be acquired is the vacant building on Route 129 just beyond the Village border, in the Town of Yorktown. Although it appears to be an office building, only about 1/3 of it is office, the remainder being open space with bays for large trucks. The total space is about 25,000 square feet. The adjoining undeveloped lot would also be acquired so that most DPW vehicles could be located there. This would allow for repair work to proceed and several vehicles at a time which is not currently possible in the current space. It would also allow more equipment to be stored indoors which would prevent rapid deterioration from exposure to weather. The current DPW facility is in dire need of repairs and a new roof. The Village is reluctant to spend money on this building given its overall small and inadequate size, its location in a sensitive area. The space made available by the demolishing of the current DPW would allow approximately 130 additional parking spaces at the train station lot which would generate about $150,000/year in additional parking revenue. The total purchase price of the two lots is $2,710,000. More details on this proposed acquisition are available on the Village website under “News and Notices”.

Authorizing the Village Treasurer to amend the General Fund 2016-2017 budget in the amount of $1,259.52 for monies received through the U.S. Department of Justice for the reimbursement of police overtime. The Police Department overtime was related to a narcotics investigation.

The Board of Trustees refers the special use permit request to operate a smoke shop at 50 Maple Street to the Village Planning Board for comment back to the Board of Trustees. Since the proposed action is under 4,000 square feet, SEQRA is not required. An application has been made to open a Smoke and Vapor store in the recently added space next to CVS (formerly occupied by State Farm). The plaza is in a C-2 zoning district which requires a special permit for retail uses. Such a permit must be issued by the Village Board. The Board is required to get a recommendation from the Planning Board as directed by this resolution. According to the submitted information, it would be open from 7am to 10 pm and expects about 30 customers/day.

The Village Board of Trustees schedules a Public Hearing for June 5, 2017 at 8 pm in the meeting room of the Stanley H. Kellerhouse Municipal Building to consider the Special Permit Application from Desiree Drapala to operate a child care center located at 365 South Riverside Avenue. The applicant owns the Happy Hearts childcare center in the Upper Village and is seeking additional space in the building that was the former Croton Dodge location. Specifically, the proposed day care would be in the former showroom area of the building. The Planning Board has made a positive recommendation with some conditions. They note that they had concerns with ventilation, air quality and drop off issues. An inspection by the NYS Office of Children and Family Services found the location and proposal to be in compliance. Conditions proposed by the Planning Board include addressing the ventilation, car exhaust, removal of an oil tank in the rear, and protection of the drop off space by bollards. If a special use permit is granted, the applicant will return to the Planning Board for site plan approval.

Authorizing the Village Manager to sign the agreement with the SPCA of Westchester, Inc. to provide services to the Village for seized, stray and homeless dogs and cats. This is an annual contract renewal through May 31, 2018. There has been no increase in the $6,737.38 fee.

Authorizing the Village Manager to accept the proposal from Woodward and Curran in the amount of $18,974 for the required technical assistance and programming needed to integrate the new corrosion control equipment into the existing SCADA system. The corrosion control treatment building and system at the well field are in the process of being constructed. This system, when completed, will provide for the injection of a blended ortho/polyphosphate corrosion control additive which will reduce copper and lead levels in the tap water. The corrosion control system, when completed will need to be integrated into the existing SCADA system at the Water Department. The SCADA system provides for electronic data collection and control of equipment. The design and building of the corrosion control system for the Village’s water supply has been under way for an extended period of time. In February 2017, the Board awarded the contract for building it to Pierotti Corporation for $388,500. This contract with Woodward and Curran will assure that the new corrosion control system is correctly integrated into the Village’s new automated SCADA system which controls the equipment at the well field.
Authorizing the Village Manager to award the bid for the Farrington Road and Hunter Place pavement, curb and sidewalk improvement project to ELQ Industries Inc. of New Rochelle, NY in the amount of $1,015,086. The water and sewer main replacement project on Farrington Road and Hunter Place has concluded. The next and final phase requires curb and sidewalk improvements and the repaving of the roadway. Following several years of work on the water and sewer mains on these streets, the road, sidewalk and curbs will be improved to complete this project. Four bids were received.

Authorizing the Village Treasurer to transfer $12,500 within the 2016-2017 General Fund to cover expenses related to contracts and overtime for the Recreation Department. This is a budget housekeeping measure that applies to the 2016/2017 general fund budget.

UPDATE: The location of the Building in Resolution 1, referring to a relocation of the Village’s DPW building, is on Yorktown Road (129) in the Town of Cortlandt; not the Town of Yorktown as stated.

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