Ann Gallelli: Decoding Village Agendas No. 409

Dear neighbor, Here is the 409th 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 –  June 18, 2018

Regular Meeting of the Board of Trustees

 

8:00 pm

(Open to Public  – Televised)

 

 

 

 

CORRESPONDENCE:

 

  • Memo from Daniel O’Connor, Village Engineer, requesting an extension of a building permit for 3 Mt. Airy Road.  Mr. O’Connor recommends an extension of the permit to August 22, 2018.
  • Memo from Richard Luntz, Planning Board Chairman, regarding special use permit renewal for 365 South Riverside Avenue.  The Planning Board reviewed the renewal application for a special permit (expired in February 2018) for a Motor vehicle Service Station but found that several conditions from the previously issued special permit have not been implemented.  The Planning Board concluded that it cannot make a recommendation on a renewal in light of the lack of completion of the previously issued (but expired) special permit.  It recommends the Village Board direct the applicant to complete the existing requirements before returning to the Planning Board.

 

PROPOSED RESOLUTIONS:

 

  • Consider authorizing the Village Manager to sign the 2018-2019 Municipal Snow and Ice Agreement Extension with the New York State Department of Transportation. This is funding provided to the Village in the amount of $19,501.40 for snow and ice control on Route 129 and Route 9A.   This is a renewal of the annual agreement for snow and ice removal on the NYS roads in the Village.
  • Consider authorizing the Village Manager to sign an agreement with Virtual Towns and Schools to upgrade the Village website in the amount of $7,500.00.   This work will provide considerable new functionality for the Village’s website, an important source for information about Village government for residents.
  • Consider authorizing the Village Manager to sign an agreement with Mancon, LLC  for carpentry services for the new DPW garage.  The contract with Mancon, LLC, not to exceed $30,000, will assist in the completion of the interior renovations at the new DPW building by providing skilled labor to assist DPW laborers.
  • Acknowledge receipt of letter from Mr. Ibrahim Jamal, owner of Smoke Town Discount, requesting a renewal of the special permit for his business, refer such application to the Planning Board for review and schedule a public hearing on the special permit renewal for Monday, July 9, at 8:00 PMin the Meeting Room of the Stanley H. Kellerhouse Municipal Building.  The existing special permit for the Smoke Town Discount store was for one year, beginning in July 2017.  Mr. Jamal is requesting a renewal.  The Planning Board review the application and make a recommendation to the Village Board prior to a Public Hearing on the matter on July 9.
  • Consider authorizing the Village Manager to fund the part-time position of Assistant Building Inspector and authorizing the Village Treasurer to transfer $30,000.00 from contingency into the Engineering Department personal services budget line.  The Village Building Dept. is in need of additional help in building inspections so that they are performed on a timely basis.
  • Consider authorizing the Village Manager to sign a memorandum of agreement with the Croton Little League for improvements to Firefighters Memorial Field and David J. Manes Memorial Field.  Croton Little League is proposing to fund improvements to the two fields.  They have submitted proposals from DeRosa Construction for Manes field ($26,500) and Firefighters’ ($34,000).  Work at Manes would be primarily drainage improvements while improvements at Firefighters’ field would include removing infield grass and replacing with clay, clean up of the whole infield, drainage and fence work.

 

 

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Ann Gallelli: Decoding Village Agendas No. 408

Dear neighbor, Here is the 408th 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 –   June 11, 2018

Work Session of the Village Board

7: 30 p.m.

 (Open to Public and Televised

 

 

  • Review of Village’s Financial statements by auditor.   Alan Kassey from O’Connor Davies Accountants and Auditors, will present and answer questions on the Villages Financial Audit for fiscal year ending May 31, 2017.

 

    1. Discussion on feasibility of solar canopies at Croton Harmon Train Station.  No backup documentation is included for this topic.

 

  • Discussion on potential ban on Single-Use Plastic Bags in the Village.  The Board was asked to take up this issue by the local Croton Climate Initiative (CCI),  a group of environmentally concerned residents. They note that many communities in Westchester and the metropolitan area have adopted re-useable bag bans and encourage Croton to do so as well..  CCI has been working during the past year on getting support from residents and businesses in the Village.  They are generally following the model set by the Town of New Castle.  The Board Agenda on the Village’s website has links to the various bans enacted by New Castle, Villages of Larchmont, Mamaroneck and Hastings-on-Hudson as well as the City of Rye.
  • Discussion of upcoming Diversion and Inclusion initiatives in the Village.  Trustee Amy Attias has been working with local residents who are interested in developing some initiatives locally to support diversity and inclusion.  These will be described and discussed by the Board.
  • Discussion on the future of the Village Newsletter. No backup is available for this discussion.

 

 Other:

Village-sponsored  Housing event to be held on Wednesday, June 13 at 7:30 at Harmon Firehouse.    The topic of discussion, “What are Croton’s Future Housing Needs?” will be facilitated by Pace University Land Use Law Center.   All residents are encouraged to attend and participate in the breakout charrette sessions.  Light refreshments will be available.

Ann Gallelli: Decoding Village Agendas No. 407

ann2016Dear neighbor, Here is the 407th 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 –  June 4, 2018

Regular Meeting of the Board of Trustees

 

8:00 pm

(Open to Public  – Televised)

 

 

 

CORRESPONDENCE:

 

  • Letter from Eliza McCarthy, Chair, Bicycle-Pedestrian Committee, regarding the village speed limit.   Ms. McCarthy, writing on behalf of the Bike Ped Committee, endorses a Village-wide 25 mph speed limit.  She points to studies showing that injuries from a pedestrian being hit by a vehicle lessen when the speed  of impact is reduced to 25 mph from 30mph. 
  • Letter from Dick Nagle, Acting Fire Council Secretary, regarding Croton Fire Department membership changes.   Mr. Nagle is providing notification of resignations of three volunteer firemen and the death of another.  It is a requirement that the Village receive notice of changes in the Fire Department personnel.

 

 

 

PROPOSED RESOLUTIONS:

 

  •  Consider authorizing the Village Manager to execute a lease agreement with Asbury United Methodist Church for use of their parking lot for off-street parking for a term beginning June 1, 2018 and continuing until May 31, 2023.   The Village and Asbury Methodist Church have had a parking agreement for many years.  The current 5-year agreement expired in May.  This agreement extends it until 2023 and provides for the Village paying $4,000 annually.  The Village also performs routine  blacktopping, stripping and plowing but is not for responsible for any structural repairs.
  • Consider adoption of the 2018-2019 Bond Resolutions for the purpose of funding the capital budget.  The Board will vote on six resolutions to finance various projects and equipment.  All were previously discussed in recent work sessions on the Capital Budget.   The following items will be voted on:  Ambulance – $204,000 10-year Bond; Demolition of the DPW Garage in parking lot – $255,000 10 year Bond; a 6-Wheel Dump Truck and associated equipment – $249,000 15 year bond; Washington Fire House roof renovation $76,500 25 year Bond (the total cost of this project is $204,000 but $127,500 was previously authorized); DPW Garage renovations – $178,500 25 year Bond, ($510,000 had been previously authorized); and Annual Road Repair – $102,000  Bond Anticipation Note (BAN).
  • Consider awarding bid for office cleaning services to NSI Clean of Middletown, New York, in the amount of $3,276.00 per month.    Seven bids were received with NSI Clean being the lowest.  Superintendent Balbi has recommended that they received the contract.  The contract includes cleaning for the Police Station, Community Room, Gouveia House, DPW offices, Parking Lot  office, and Parking lot Pay kiosks.
  • Consider authorizing the Village Treasurer to amend the 2017-18 General Fund Budget in the amount of $968.18 for monies received from insurance recovery.   This is a budget housekeeping resolution to account for the receipt of money from the insurance company for repairs to a police vehicle that was involved in an accident.
  •  Consider authorizing the Village Treasurer to issue a tax adjustment in the amount of $4,400.62 for the property located at 180 North Riverside Avenue (known on the Village Tax Maps as 67.19-1-7).   The property owner was successful in a tax grievance in the Small Claim Assessment Review (SCAR) court.  The Village would reimburse them in the above amount.