Ann Gallelli: Decoding Village Agendas No. 413

Dear neighbor, Here is the 413th 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 6, 2018

Regular Meeting of the Board of Trustees

8:00 pm

(Open to Public  – Televised)

PRESENTATION/OTHER:  Appointments to Boards and Commissions. The Mayor will announce new appointments.

PUBLIC HEARING: Public Hearing to consider Local Law Introductory No. 6 to amend Chapter 172 of the Village code, Peddling & Soliciting.   This law was previously amended in2015 to remove sections on non-commercial soliciting. This amendment includes specifics about licensing requirements for commercial solicitation.



  1. Letter from Joel Gingold regarding cell phone service in the Village.  Mr.Gingold notes poor cell reception in certain areas of the Village and inquires as to what is being done to improve it.
  2. Letter from Jud Ramaker, Race Director, regarding the 38th Annual Harry Chapin Memorial Run Against Hunger.  The race is scheduled for Sunday, October 21.  Starting times have been moved earlier.  Mr. Ramaker is requesting Village help from the Police, DPW, Fire and EMS departments.  This has been provided in the past.
  3. Memo from Jim Gile, IT Consultant, on Village’s cybersecurity protocols.  Mr. Gile outlines the Villages approach to this as falling into three general areas: prevention, disaster recovery\ continuity, and Ongoing training and Strategy.  He provides details of what each encompasses.
  4. Memo from Daniel O’Connor, Village Engineer, regarding special use permit renewal for 365 South  Riverside Avenue  Mr. O’Connor notes that several of the conditions from the previous special permit have now been completed but a few remain outstanding. This permit has expired and the Planning Board was unwilling to recommend renewal with these conditions still uncompleted.



  1. Consider authorizing the Village Treasurer to amend the 2019-2019 General Fund Budget with respect to funds received for the planned multi-cultural festival.  This reflects $500 received from The Hudson Valley Gateway Chamber of Commerce in support of this event.  The event will be held on September 29.
  2. Consider adopting a resolution in support of the creation of a school speed zone on Route 129/Maple Street in the area of the school crosswalk.  Although this is a State road, the law allows for speed limits to be created in the vicinity of a school if there are walkers or bikers.  The proposed limit would be 20 mph from 7 am to 6 pm on school days.
  3. Consider the adoption of the municipal benchmarking policy and procedures.  The Village would use Building Energy Benchmarking to better understand the performance of municipal buildings to enable smarter decision-making regarding operational and investment decisions and identify opportunities to cut costs and reduce pollution. Summaries of the information gathered would be made available to the public in an annual report.  This is currently being used in the Town of Bedford.
  4. Consider scheduling a public hearing for August 20, 2018 at 8 PM in the Stanley H. Kellerhouse Municipal Building Meeting Room for the purpose of adopting Local Law Introductory No. 7 to amend Chapter 168 of the Village Code, Parks & Recreation Areas, to prohibit smoking or vaping in Village parks.  This would apply to all tobacco products as well as electronic cigarettes or other similar products.
  5. Consider authorizing the Village Treasurer to make an interfund transfer in the general Fund in the amount of $7,900.98 for the purpose of covering expenses related to the Fire Department Fair, related fire prevention supplies and various training exercises.   This authorizes expenses for the Fire Fair.  Parts of the Fire Department expenditures are being authorized on an as needed basiswith money set aside in the contingency fund.
  6. Consider authorizing the Village Manager to sign an agreement with Mancon, LLC in the amount of $5,000.00 for the purposes of inspecting and repairing the perimeter of the new DPW garage for leaks.  Some water leaks have been found from exterior walls.  This proposal will ensure that all are detected and remediated in the ongoing renovation of the building.

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