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Decoding Village Agendas – July 23, 2018
Regular Meeting of the Board of Trustees
(Open to Public – Televised)
PRESENTATION/OTHER: Jay Peltz, General Counsel and Senior Vice President of Government Relations from the Food Industry Alliance of New York State, Inc., addresses the Board on the proposed plastic bag ban. A Q&A Session will follow.
- Letter from Deb Milano, Director of the Hudson Valley Gateway Chamber of Commerce, regarding the annual scarecrow contest. Ms. Milone is requesting permission for a second year of the Scarecrow contest that was initiated last year. Scarecrows made by individuals, families, clubs, classes, etc. can be entered. They would be placed on lamp poles throughout the Village during the month of October. Winners would be announced at the Goblin Parade on October 27.
- Consider renewal of a special permit for Smoke Town Discount, located at 50A Maple Street. This action was considered and postponed at the previous Board meeting. The renewal is for a one-year permit.
- Consider approving the employment agreement between the Village and the Village Manager for a term of three years beginning August 11, 2018 and authorizing the Mayor to sign the agreement on behalf of the Board of Trustees. The Board requested further review of the contract by Labor Counsel and the NYS Conference of Mayors Counsel at its last meeting. The contract utilizes the same language as previous contracts for the position with some minor changes pertaining to severance and car use.
- Consider authorizing the Village Treasurer to amend the 2018-19 General Fund Budget with respect to insurance recovery funds received. This is budgetary housekeeping with respect to receipt of insurance monies for a storm-damaged fence at the new DPW building.
- Consider authorizing the Village Treasurer to amend the 2017-18 General Fund Budget with respect to grant funding received to cover the costs of the Croton Coalition. The Village manages the federal grant money received each year by the Croton Coalition. This authorizes the distribution of $113,799.81 of that money for the payment of Coalition expenses.
- Consider scheduling a public hearing for August 6, 2018 at 8 PM in the Stanley H. Kellerhouse Municipal Building Meeting Room for the purposes of adopting Local Law Introductory No. 6 to amend Chapter 172 of the Village Code, Peddling & Soliciting. The proposed amended Soliciting Law updates the licensing requirements as it applies to commercial soliciting in the Village. Exact requirements as to information that must be provided to the Village Clerk is included. The proposed law also makes the Village Manager responsible for decisions on sales of food items in Village Parks.
- Consider authorizing the Village Treasurer to make an interfund transfer in the General Fund in the amount of $15,896.03 for the purpose of purchasing speed signs. The Police Dept. has requested more electronic speed signs to add to their speed control efforts. The Village has two currently. Two more would be purchased along with a software program that would enable them to download and utilize the resulting speed reports. This was not anticipated in the budget so the request is to transfer the funds from the Contingency account.
- Consider authorizing the Village Treasurer to make an interfund transfer in the General Fund in the amount of $3,200.00 for costs associated with the planned Multi-Cultural Festival on September 29, 2018. The Village would like to host a multi-cultural event which would include music, dancing and food. The proposed transfer of funds would cover the police and DPW overtime anticipated.
- Consider authorizing the Village Treasurer to make an interfund transfer in the General Fund in the amount of $1,600.00 for the purpose of covering Fire Department training expenses. The funds will cover six nights of training costs for volunteer firefighters. This cost was not previously included in the approved budget of the Fire Dept.
- Consider authorizing the Village Manager to sign a proposal from RAN Fire Protection Engineering for construction of a fire suppression system in the new DPW Garage at a cost of $23,500.00. The Town is requiring a fire suppression system that was not previously expected for the building. Three companies were contacted for pricing and two responded. RAN is the recommendation of DPW Superintendent Balbi.
- Consider authorizing the Village Manager to sign the revised proposal from LynStaar Engineering in the amount of $18,250.00 for Phase II of the Nordica Drive Sewerage Pump Station project. Lynn Staar had previously done design work for this project. Village Engineer O’Connor has recommended that they provide updated design work for the second phase of this project.
- Consider authorizing the Village Manager to accept a proposal from TCS Communications Corp. at a cost of $7,495.00 to conduct a radio path study for the Village SCADA System. The SCADA system relies on a radio transmission signal for its operation. A radio path study must be performed in order to confirm that the system will operate correctly once the Department of Public Works is relocated to the new facility.
- Consider authorizing the Village Manager to sign a change order with Con-Tech Construction in the amount of $76,517.11 for the removal of contaminated soil from Elliott Way. The original contract with Con-Tech approved in March 2017, was short of actual costs largely due to contaminated soil removal that was not anticipated.
- Consider appointment of Jeremy Davis to the position of Police Officer in the Croton-on-Hudson Police Department at an annual salary of $63,048.28, pending approval of the Westchester County Dept. of Human Resources. Chief Harper recommends Mr. David to fill one of the two open Police Officer positions in the Department.