Ann Gallelli: Decoding Village Agendas No. 431

ann2016Dear neighbor, Here is the 431st 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 – January 22, 2019

Regular Meeting of the Village Board

8:00 pm

(Open to Public – Televised)


NOTE:  This meeting is on Tuesday due to Martin Luther King Day Holiday



PRESENTATION/OTHER:  Certificates of Recognition presented to Croton-Harmon teachers who received Gold Standard Certification.


PUBLIC HEARING:  Public Hearing to consider adoption of Local Law Introductory No. 1 of 2019 to override the property tax cap.   This Tax Cap Override Law has been passed each year since the NYS Tax Cap was instituted in 2012.  It is recommended by the NY Conference of Mayors as a safety measure to prevent the Village being penalized in the event that they are unable to meet the Tax Cap.  Every year it must be repealed prior to the budget being approved.




  • Letter from Peter Baynes, New York Conference of Mayors Executive Director, on AIM funding elimination.  NYCOM Director is alerting Villages to the loss of State aid in the Governor’s proposed budget.  For Croton, it would be approximate $45,000.
  • List of Legislative Priorities for 2019 from the New York Conference of Mayors.  NYCOM has provided the Villages and cities it represents a list of priority legislation that it would like to see passed on our behalf. They will be presenting the various initiatives with NYS Legislators in the coming weeks.





  • Consider adoption of a resolution in support of a new “No Stopping” area on the east side of Route 9A (North Riverside Avenue) south of Farrington Road.   In response to a dangerous situation brought to the attention of the NYS DOT, they have agreed to post a No Stopping sign in this location if the Village demonstrates support for it  by passing a resolution.


    1. Consider revision of the Master Fee Schedule in relation to the 2019 summer camp fees.  The proposed camp fees would increase slightly for the coming season.  The amount depends on the number of weeks  and whether registrants sign up before June 1 or after.


  • Consider appointment of Debra Rodriguez 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.  Ms. Rodriguez has been recommended by Chief Harper and would fill one of two open positions in the Department.
  • Consider scheduling a public hearing for Monday, February 4, at 8 PM in the Georgianna Grant Meeting Room of the Stanley H. Kellerhouse Municipal Building for the purpose of revising Chapter 223 of the Village Code, Water, to reflect new bill delivery options.   The proposed law would enable sending water bills via email.
  • Consider authorizing the Village Manager to sign the proposal from BFJ Planning of New York, New York, to create a Harbor Management Plan (HMP) for the Local Waterfront Revitalization Program (LWRP) and the Village Treasurer to make an interfund transfer in the General Fund in the amount of $5,000 for the purposes of funding the HMP.  The Village completed an update of its 2003 LWRP and submitted to the NYS Dept. of State for final approval.  In the interim, the DOS instituted a new requirement for all LWRPs, requiring them to have a Harbor Management Program.  BFJ Planning will develop such a program to be added to our revised LWRP.


  1. Consider authorizing the Village Manager to award Bid No. 05-2018 for the Grand Street Drainage and Parking Lot Improvements to WD Excavation and Contracting, Inc. of Croton-on-Hudson, New York in the amount of $247,247.   This work is at the Grand Street Firehouse. Thirteen bids were received.  DPW Superintendent Balbi recommend WD Excavation, the second lowest bidder, due to the lowest bid not submitting adequate references.
  2. Consider authorizing the Village Manager to approve the change order from Con-Tech Construction of Brewster, New York, in the amount of $125,940 for additional retaining wall and sidewalk work along Elliott Way.   Additional work on the gabion wall along this walkway is needed.  Con-Tech would also construct the missing link between the new sidewalk at Senasqua Park and the new Elliott Way elevated walkway.
  3. Consider authorizing the Village Treasurer to make an interfund transfer in the General Fund in the amount of $25,000 to cover expenses related to Fire Department vehicle maintenance and repairs.   Several fire department vehicles are in need of repair due to wear and tear resulting from their usage.  There is not enough money currently in their budget.  This resolution would allow the Treasurer to transfer the needed amount from the Village’s Contingency account.
  4. Consider authorizing the Village Treasurer to amend the 2018-19 General fund Budget in the amount of $46,209.35 for monies received from Historic Hudson Valley to cover police overtime work for the Blaze.   The Village has received reimbursement for police overtime expenses incurred during The Blaze event in Fall 2018.

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