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Decoding Village Agendas – March 19, 2018
Regular Meeting of the Board of Trustees
(Open to Public – Televised)
PUBLIC HEARING: To consider Local Law Intro. 3 of 2018 amending Chapter 230 of the Village’s Zoning Code concerning vape and tobacco shops which would prohibit a vape or tobacco shop to open within 500 feet of the middle school or high school property line.
Note: the first two items below are letters sent by the Village, not letters received.
Board Letter to Assemblywoman Galef and Senator Murphy on environmental issues coming before the New York State Legislature. The letter from the Board urges support for three bills currently before the NYS Legislature including 1) imposing a statewide polluting fee for greenhouse gas producers, divestiture of the NY Common Fund from fossil fuel investments, and implementation of a ban on the sale and use of single-use plastic bags.
Board Letter to Assemblywoman Galef and Senator Murphy on local government issues coming before the New York State Legislature. The letters asks the legislators to support four current bills that would allow local municipalities to receive some revenue from the Local Gross Receipts tax of cellular services, shorten the redemption period for Tax foreclosures for abandoned properties, make the Tax Levy Cap a true 2% and not dependent on the rate of inflation, and allow municipalities to deposit funds in local savings banks, credit unions, etc. The letter also opposes a current bill that would preclude municipalities form having a say in the location of small wireless installations. These recommendations are supported by NYCOM – New York Conference of Mayors which advocates on behalf of Villages and cities.
Letter from Glenn Simpson, Croton Little League President, regarding Opening Day parade on April 14, 2018.
Letter from Kate Cascone, Territory Manager – Westchester County, regarding termination of the Croton Farmers Market. Ms. Cascone informs the Village that the Down To Earth Farmers’ Market is terminating their agreement with the Village and will not be operating in the Village this year. She thanked the Village for their help and good relationship over the past years. They are open to returning in the future depending on a suitable location.
The Village Board determines that the Proposed Action, lease agreement and the construction of the wireless facility with Verizon Wireless located at 1 Van Wyck Street, complies with the policy standards and conditions set forth in the Village’s LWRP; issues and adopts the EAF Part III, adopts a Negative Declaration in connection with the Proposed Action and authorizes the Village Manager to sign the lease agreement with Verizon Wireless.
Authorizing the Village Manager to sign a memorandum of agreement with the Croton Little League for improvements to the Field at Duck Pond Park. The Agreement would allow the Little League organization to make certain improvements to the field at the Duck Pond Park. They will assume responsibility for the improvements which include removing infield grass, regrading and adding clay paths on the field, replacing some fencing and adding new drainage. The cost of these improvements which they will incur is $29,100.00.
Authorizing the appointment of Eric Seymour to Police Sergeant to fill the vacant position left open due to the retirement of one of the Department’s employees. Officer Seymour’s appointment to the supervisory role of Sergeant will help reduce the current overtime costs incurred due to a recent retirement and some vacancies. As per the Police Association agreement, his salary will be $127,375.86.
Authorizing the Village Board of Trustees to sign the 2017 Sponsor Approval Form for Volunteer Fire Department Service Award Program. The Service Award program requires that the Fire Department certify of list of members who earned service credits in the past year. The Board of Trustees is required to approve it. The Fire department Service Award program was authorized by referendum in 2003.