Decoding Village Agendas No. 402

Dear neighbor, Here is the 402nd 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

NOTE: This work session is on a Wednesday.

Decoding Village Agendas – April 18, 2018

Work Session of the Village Board

7: 30 p.m.

(Open to Public and Televised

The proposed Village budget for Fiscal Year 2018/2019 calls for total appropriations of $19,457,684 with $11,730,400 to be raised by property taxes. The Tentative 2018/2019 budget is available from the Village’s website

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Review of Proposed Fire Department Budget for Fiscal Year 2018-19. The Fire Department proposed budget is Account A3410 in the Tentative budget available from the Village Home page.

Recap of the Budget. All of the changes and adjustments that have been talked about during all the prior budget work sessions will be reviewed. The Board will be reaching a consensus on the many department expense budgets and reviewing the revenue projections to finalize the 2018/2019 Budget for adoption on April 23.

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Ann Gallelli: Reducing Waste With Reusable Bags

To the editor,ann2016

Recently I attended a meeting about re-useable bags, along with fellow trustee Sherry Horowitz, at which 14 municipalities were represented. The meeting was organized by Chris Burdick, Supervisor of the Town of Bedford. The purpose of the meeting was to provide an opportunity for many municipalities to hear how others are moving on various initiatives regarding single-use plastic bags.

The basic premise of discussion, upon which there was no disagreement, was that these bags are bad for our environment on multiple levels from their manufacture, recyclability, and negative environmental effects when disposed. The discussion centered around the best method for eliminating their use.

There was also agreement that, regardless of the approach chosen by each municipality, it is important not to wait for the County or State to act, but rather, to move ahead sooner than later. This creates impetus for action on a higher level. Also, the more such regulations affect contiguous areas, the better it is for merchants as it creates a level playing field for them.

Although single-use plastic bags do not represent the universe of plastic products that are difficult or impossible to safely recycle, it is the starting point for many Westchester and Long Island municipalities. I am appreciative of the efforts of our local activists, like the Croton Climate Initiative, to educate us all and for beginning the conversation on how best to address this issue.

Ann Gallelli

Ann Gallelli: Decoding Village Agendas No. 401

Dear neighbor, Here is the 401st 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 – April 16, 2018

Regular Meeting of the Board of Trustees

8:00 pm

(Open to Public – Televised)

CORRESPONDENCE:

Letter from Croton Market Organizers requesting support for a pop-up village farmers market. Three local women, the Croton Market Organizers, ask for permission to organize a one-time farmers’ market in June or July. Since the receipt of this letter, they have been working with the administration to find an acceptable time and place. With Board approval, it is tentatively set for Saturday, June 9 in Vassallo Park. Further details will be announced by them as they proceed.
Letter from Kristen Motel, Cuddy & Feder, requesting adjournment of the special use permit application hearing for 25 South Riverside Avenue. The attorneys are asking for a postponement of the public hearing due to the need to work out some of their plans with the NYS Dept. of Transportation regarding right-of-ways. This is the mixed use application for the location of the former Croton Hardware store.
Capital Markets News – April 2018. This is a newsletter that is periodically sent to the Village and Board by Capital Market Advisors, one of the firms that advises the Village on Municipal finances.
Email from Shannon Laukhuf, Executive Director, SPCA of Westchester, offering thanks for the village’s recent support of grant application to New York State. Ms. Laukhuf thanks the Mayor and Village for its letter in support of its successful grant application. The SPCA has been granted $500,000 to help in its rebuilding of its aging center in Briarcliff.

PROPOSED RESOLUTIONS:

Authorizing the Village Manager to award the contract for tree trimming and removal services to Golden’s Tree Service at the rate of $1,605.60 per day for a total of $48,168.00. There were four bids with Golden’s being the lowest. The highest bid was $168,400.
Authorizing the Village Manager to sign the proposal from Peter Gisolfi Associates to complete design work for the Washington Engine roof replacement project in the amount of $24,500.00. The roof repairs at Washington Engine house were previously approved in the 2017/2018 budget. In order to move ahead on the project, a complete detailed design must be done along with bidding documents for the actual work.
Authorizing the Village Manager to sign the proposal from Quality Environmental Solutions & Technology (QuES&T) to test the roof materials at Washington Engine in the amount of $1,953.00. The existing roof on Washington Engine is the original roof. It must be tested for asbestos to ascertain the correct way of removing it prior to the planned repair.
Authorizing the Village Manager to implement a new minimum wage schedule as of June 1, 2018, for all seasonal part-time employees of the Village. The Village currently follows federal minimum wage standards which are set at $7.25/hour. NYS has adopted its own minimum wage schedule. The Village Board is considered adopting that wage schedule for all seasonal part-time employees of the village including camp counselors, lifeguards, gate attendants and laborers. That hourly wage for 2018 is $10.40 and would increase to $11.10 next year.

Decoding Village Agendas No. 400

Dear neighbor, Here is the 400th installment of Decoding Village Agendas to keep Croton residents informed of the actions of the Village Board at their meetingsI 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

NOTE:  This  work session is on a Wednesday.

 

Decoding Village Agendas –   April 11, 2018

Work Session of the Village Board

7: 30 p.m.

 (Open to Public and Televised

 

The proposed Village budget for Fiscal Year 2018/2019 calls for total appropriations of $19,457,684 with $11,730,400 to be raised by property taxes.  The Tentative 2018/2019 budget is available from the Village’s website

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Review of Proposed Administration and Parking (Board, Manager, Clerk, Treasurer, Engineering & Court) Budgets for Fiscal Year 2018-2019. This will include discussion regarding the proposed fee schedule.

The Proposed Administration and Parking Budgets includes the following expense accounts: A1010, A1110, A1210, A1230, A1320, A1325, A1355, A1362, A1410, A1420, A1440, A1650, A1680, A1910, A1920, A1930, A1940, A1950, A1960, A1980, A1990, A4020, A5650, A6410, A7510, A8010, A8020, A8710, A8760, A8790, A9010, A9015, A9030, A9031, A9040, A9045, A9050, A9060, A9730, A9951

 

 

 

As indicated, this discussion covers all of the administrative functions of the Village government.  The heads of each department will attend and provide an overview of their department’s functions.