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Decoding Village Agendas – July 24, 2017
Regular Meeting of the Village Board
(Open to Public – Televised)
- Thomas F. Wood, Town Attorney, Town of Cortlandt; re: The Town has determined that the property being proposed for the Village’s new DPW facility, located within the Town of Cortlandt (435 Yorktown Road), will be granted at 60% real estate tax exemption. The Village had sought a 100% tax exemption on the property proposed to acquired for a new DPW garage on Yorktown Road (129) in the Town of Cortlandt. The Town Attorney has replied to the request that the Town will offer a 60% exemption rather than 100%. A 60% exemption would mean that the Village will pay in the range of $30,000 to $35,000/annually in taxes for the property.
- Maria Cudequest, Village Resident; re: Public parking at the Merwin Oak parking lot.
Ms. Cudequest indicates concern with the number of parking spots in this parking lot being restricted to special permit only.
- Dan Ahouse, Area Director of Government Affairs, Altice; re: Notification that as of July 14, 2017 NBC Universal will cease operations of the Universal HD network; as of July 15, 2017 Altice USA will launch the Olympic Channel HD; and effective July 18, 2017 i24 News will be re-tiered to be available to additional subscribers. Mr. Ahouse advises on changes in the line-up for Optimum customers.
- Dan Ahouse, Area Director of Government Affairs, Altice; re: Notification that as of August 15, 2017, the “sports surcharge”, currently $4.97/mo., will be $5.97 for all new residential and commercial customers. Mr. Ahouse advises that the “sports surcharge” will increase for “new” customers.
- Authorizing the Village Treasurer to close the enclosed Capital Project Accounts as of May 31, 2017 and return the associated amounts to their respective funding sources. This budget housekeeping resolution was passed at the Village work session on July 17 by a 5-0 vote.
- Authorizing the Village Treasurer to amend the 2016-2017 General Fund Budget in the amount of in the amount of $123,566.45 for grant monies received for reimbursement related to expenditures by the Croton Coalition. The Village is the administrating agency for the federal grant supporting the Coalition Against Drug and Alcohol Abuse. This year’s funding is being allocated to the various applicable accounts by this resolution.
- The Village Board of Trustees authorizes the Bike-Pedestrian Committee to submit a grant application to the NYS Greenway Communities Grant Program. At its July 17 work session the Board discussed with the Bike Ped Committee their desire to make this application on behalf of the Village. The application is to fund a Bicycle-Pedestrian Wayfinding and Access Enhancement project from the Greenway Communities grant program.
- Authorizing the Village Manager to fund the position of part-time Assistant Building Inspector in the amount of $30,000, and authorizing the Village Treasurer to transfer that amount from Contingency to Engineering Personnel Services – Part-Time. As stated, the Village is in need of some part-time help with its inspections.
- Authorizing Village Manager to extend the contract with Golden’s Tree Service for Tree Trimming and Removal Services for one additional year. The existing contract allows for an one year extension at $1,796.40. The DPW Superintendent recommends this extension.
- Authorizing the Village Manager to issue Change Order 1 in the amount of $70 to ADS Environmental Services. The work involved in this contract exceeded its authorization by $70.
- Authorizing the Village Manager to negotiate a price and execute the necessary agreements in order transfer ownership of the Village’s abandoned 4-inch water main on Observatory Drive to Con Ed for use as a sleeve for a new 2-inch gas main in order to provide gas service to residents in the area. Some residents on Observatory indicated a desire to have gas service installed in their area in a recent survey on the subject by the Village’s Sustainability Committee. An existing, abandoned, Village-owned water main on the street could be used as a sleeve for a new gas line by Con Ed. This resolution allows agreements to be reached for the Village to sell and transfer ownership of that abandoned water line to ConEd to be used for that purpose.