Ann Gallelli: Decoding Village Agendas No. 433

Dear neighbor, Here is the 433rd 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 – February 19, 2019

Regular Meeting of the Village Board

8:00 pm

(Open to Public – Televised)


NOTE:  This meeting is on a Tuesday.




 Continuation of Public Hearing on revising Chapter 223 of the Village Code, Water, to reflect new bill delivery options (Hearing will be left open due to notice issues).   The proposed amendment would allow for water bills to be sent via email.  As the notice of the hearing  was not made  within the legal time frames, the hearing on this will be left open so comments can also be heard at a subsequent meeting.





  • Email from John Munson, Fire Council Secretary, regarding Fire Department membership changes.  The Fire Department is notifying the Village of the addition of three new members.
  • Letter from Linda Puglisi, Cortlandt Town Supervisor, on proposed cuts to AIM funding.


Supervisor Puglisi copied the Village on her letter to the Governor asking that the elimination of AIM funding  proposed in his budget be restored.




  • Consider adoption of a Breach Notification Policy in accordance with New York State


law.  The proposed policy would notify residents whose information may have been subject of identity theft.  Such a policy is required by NYS.


  • Consider revision of the conditions listed in the special permit issued to New York SMA Limited Partnership d/b/a Verizon Wireless for the proposed co-location of a personal wireless services facility at the Municipal Building, 1 Van Wyck Street.  Two conditions in the approved permit are no longer considered necessary by the Engineer for the installation of this wireless facility and would be removed.
  • Consider scheduling a public hearing for Monday, March 4, 2019, at 8 PM in the Georgianna Grant Meeting Room of the Stanley H. Kellerhouse Municipal Building to amend Section 197 of the Village Code, Streets and Sidewalks, to revise the existing street  sidewalk improvement program and establish a general sidewalk improvement program for the Village.  The Village is considering reinstituting a sidewalk replacement program of past years. The amendment to the Streets and Sidewalk Law would add a new section saying beginning June 1, 219 and continuing for three years, the Village will cover 40% of sidewalk replacement costs.
  • Consider authorizing the Village Manager to sign the 2019 Inter-Municipal Agreement with the Town of Cortlandt to provide Emergency Medical Services within the Mount Airy/Quaker Bridge Fire District during the period of January 1, 2019 to December 31, 2019 for the amount of $66,043.  This is an annual agreement between the Town and the Village which calls for the Croton EMS to provide coverage in the about stated area of the Town.
  • Consider establishment of standard work days for elected and appointed officials of the Village of Croton-on-Hudson.  The NYS Retirement System annually requires  municipalities to establish for elected and appointed officials who are members of the retirement system the number of hours that constitute a standard work day and the the number of days accrued in a month.
  • Consider amending the Master Fee Schedule of the Village of Croton-on-Hudson to include an administrative fee to property owners billed for clearing of sidewalks. The Village recently started a program whereby homeowners who do not clear their sidewalks of snow and ice by 18 hours following a storm, will be issued a violation and have their sidewalk cleared by a contractor.  The cost of this clearing is billed to the owner.  A significant amount of administrative overhead is incurred for this billing process.  A fee is proposed to be added as a fee to the owner’s bill for the sidewalk clearing on an escalating basis: $35 for first violation; $50 for second; $75 for third and more.
  • Consider appointment of John Smith to the position of Detective Sergeant, filling a vacancy, at an annual salary of $139,983.31, per the PBA contract. Chief Harper is recommending that Detective  John Smith be promoted to Detective Sergeant filling that vacant position in the Department.
  • Consider authorizing the Village Treasurer to make an interfund transfer in the amount of $12,748.49 for Fire Department costs.  This money is for both equipment and training expenses that were authorized in the 2018/2019 Budget approval.  The money was placed in the Contingency account to be authorized as needed during the year.



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