Ann Gallelli: Decoding Village Agendas No. 377

ann2016Dear neighbor, Here is the 377th 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 –  August 21,, 2017

Regular Meeting of the Village Board

7:30 pm

 (Open to Public  – Televised)


NOTE:  An Executive Session will be requested at 7:30 pm and held, if approved.  The regular meeting will start at 8 pm.



PRESENTATION/OTHER:  Request by Village Manager to enter into an Executive Session for personnel matters related to a specific individual.  If the request is granted, an Executive Session will be held at 7:30 pm.





  • Town of Cortlandt resolution dated August 15, 2017, authorizing an 80% reduction of assessment for 435 and 439 Yorktown Road.  After meetings and consultation between the Village  and Town, the Town has agreed to reduce the assessment from 80% from their previous proposed reduction of 60%.
  • Dr. Gregory Schmidt, President, Rotary Club of Croton-on-Hudson; re: requesting use of Section F in the train station parking lot for the Rotary Annual Car Show on Sunday, September 24, 2017 from approximately 10 am to 3 pm.  The Board has regularly granted this request for many years.
  • Jud Ramaker, Race Director, 36th Annual Harry Chapin Run Against Hunger; re: Requesting Village support for the 5k and 10k races scheduled for Sunday, October 15, 2017. The races will begin at 9:30 am and 11:00 am and will be held over the normal routes, unchanged from 2016, starting at various points close to Veterans Corner and finishing at Croton Harmon High School.    The Village Board has endorsed and supported this event over its 36 years.
  • Dan Ahouse, Area Director of Government Affairs, Altice; re: Notification that as of August 22, 2017, MTV2 and Nick Jr. will be re-tiered in the Hudson Valley Systems for residential and commercial customers.  In addition, Optimum has removed their Enlish Premier League  suite of channels as of August 2, 2017.
  • Dan Ahouse, Area Director of Government Affairs, Altice; re: Notification that as of August 25, 2017, NickMusic and BET Soul will no longer be available to residents and commercial customers.





  • Village Board declares its intent to be the Lead Agency for SEQRA purposes in connection with the proposed action, directs the Village staff to circulate the EAF, CAF, and other application documents to involved and interested agencies of such intent and also refers the application to the Village Planning Board for its review and recommendation in accordance with law.   An application for an enhanced garden center at 1360 Albany Post Road has been received.  It requires a special permit and may require a zoning variance.  This resolution refers the application to the Planning Board for a recommendation and also is a declaration of Intent to Serve as Lead Agency under SEQRA by the Village Board.  This is the site of the current Croton Country Gardens.
  • Authorizing the Village Manager to award the emergency generator maintenance contract to FM Generator of Canton, MA in the amount of $6,275 for a period of one year.   There were 6 bids for the contract.  When emergency service is required, FM Generator will be the provider.
  • Authorizing the Village Manager to accept the quote from Precision Built Fences in the amount of $9,400 to place fencing at Sunset Park. The funding for the fencing will be taken from the Recreation Trust.  Two bids were returned for this project which calls for 425 feet of 4 foot high fence of black steel core wire.
  • Authorizing the Village Manager to accept the quote from Playground Medic in the amount of $13,700 to replace the swing set at Dobbs Park. The new swing set will provide a total of 4 swings (2 infants & 2 toddlers swings) and build a border in order to keep the woodchips within the area. This funding will come from the Recreation Trust.   Three bids were received for this work.  The base of the set will be wood chips surrounded by wooden timbers.
  • Authorizing the Village Manager to approve the proposal from Dvirka & Bartilucci in an amount not to exceed $16,000 for design and bidding services for the Hillside Avenue Drainage Project.  D&B has been working with the Village since spring to determine the optimal plan for dealing with drainage issues in this area.  It has been determined that proceeding with implementing a drainage solution along Hillside will also alleviate problems on Hunter.  This authorizes D&B to proceed with design for that solution.
  • Authorizing the Village Manager to approve the proposal from the Chazen Companies in the amount of $800 for technical assistance to the Planning Board in its review of the safety of the stone wall, subject to the Village setting up an escrow account funded by the applicant.  The Planning Board has been reviewing an existing stone wall.  To determine  if it is safe, they are requesting an engineering review. The applicant is funding the $800 escrow account to pay for the review by Chazen.
  • Authorizing the Village Court Office to apply for the 2017-2018 Justice Court Assistance Program.  The Court applies for funding under this grant on a yearly basis.  It is for funding of some office or procedural improvement in the Court office.  If granted, the court office will use it for a new copy machine.
  • The Village of Croton on Hudson considers the establishment of standard work days, as detailed in the attached resolution, for elected and appointed officials, and will report the following days worked to the New York State and Local Employees’ Retirement System based on the record of activities maintained and submitted to the Village Clerk.  This is required reporting to NYS.  It establishes 7 hour work day as the standard work day for elected and appointed officials of the village.
  • Authorizing the Village Treasurer make budget transfer, as detailed in the attached schedule, to the 2016/17 General, Water, and Sewer Fund budgets. The onsite audit visit has been completed for the 2016/17 budget and these budget transfers are required.  As stated, following an audit by the NYS Comptroller’s Office, these transfers are required housekeeping.
  • Authorizing the Village Treasurer to amend the 2017/18 General Fund Budget in the amount of $1,000.36 for monies received from the NBC/ UNIVERSAL for Village employee personnel costs related to a filming at Black Rock Park.  Police, Recreation and Parking personnel were used during a filming by NBC/Universal.  This is a reimbursement for these costs over and above the permit fees paid.  The filming took place in July at Black Rock Park.
  • Authorizing the Village Treasurer to amend the 2017/18 General Fund Budget in the amount of $ 9,796.44 for monies received for the Clearwater festival reimbursement.   This is reimbursement for Police and Recreation personnel costs during the Clearwater Festival.



OTHER:  Request by the Village Manager to enter into an executive session to discuss contract issues regarding the purchase of 435-439 Yorktown Road. If the request is granted, an executive session will be held. 

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