Ann Gallelli: Decoding Village Agendas No. 454

ann2016Dear neighbor, Here is the 454th 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 17, 2019

Regular Meeting of the Village Board

8:00 pm

(Open to Public – Televised)





  1. Presentation by Mario Garcia, U.S. Census Partnership Specialist, on the 2020 Census.   The Village formed a Census Count committee about a year ago at the behest of the Census Bureau which requested all municipalities to do so.    Mr. Garcia will report on the activities that local groups will be undertaking to ensure a complete count in the 2020 Census.
  2. The Village Board will consider a motion to enter into an executive session to discuss a personnel matter related to a particular individual.  If the motion is passed an executive session will be held.



  1. Public Hearing to consider the expansion of the special permit for Happy Hearts Take Two, located at 365 South Riverside Avenue.    The Board will hear comments on the application for the special use permit expansion.  The proposed expansion is for ten additional classrooms at their existing location.  The automotive use will be eliminated.



  1. Letter from Toni Senecal Shea, owner of the Croton Tapsmith, requesting use of one parking space in front of their establishment for a monthly pizza trailer event.  Based on their Summerfest experience, Tapsmith would like to have a pizza popup on the first Sunday of each month using a trailer in front of the store.  This requires approval of use of this parking space by the Board.
  2. Request from Daniel O’Connor, Village Engineer, for a building permit extension at 10 Newton Court.  The contractor has requested an extension for 6 months.  The Village Engineer approves it being granted.



  1. Consider authorizing the Village Manager to execute a contract for EMT services with the Mid-Hudson Ambulance District for a period of one year from June 1, 2019, through May 31, 2020.  The Village has been contracting with Mid-Hudson for supplemental EMT services since 2011.  The hourly rate is $23/hour.
  2. Consider scheduling a Public Hearing to amend Chapter 197 of the Village Code, Streets and Sidewalks, to prohibit signage in the Village’s right-of-way for Monday, July 1, 2019, at 8 PM in the Georgianna Grant Meeting Room of the Stanley H. Kellerhouse Municipal Building.  The proposed amended law would clarify the Village’s signage prohibitions in public areas.  This resolution calls for a public hearing on it.
  3. Consider adoption of the Village’s Social Media and Email Blast Policy.  The Board has been considering aspects of such a policy over several work sessions. The intent is to  set parameters for the implementation and use of social media, such as Facebook, and public email blasts for the dissemination of official Village information and as a means of assisting not-for-profits and other organizations in the Village.
  4. Consider authorizing the Village Manager to sign Change Order A with Hendrickson Fire Rescue Equipment of Islandia, New York, for changes made to the design of the 2018 Triple Combination Pumper, for a credit amount of $5,391.00.  This is a reduction in the total cost anticipated for Engine 118.
  5. Consider authorizing the Village Manager to sign a five-year lease agreement with Fleetwood Finance Leasing, LLC, of Cranford, New Jersey, for the use of a voice recorder for the police telephone lines in the amount of $35,680.  Due to its aging recording equipment, the Police Dept. has requested replace equipment. Leasing appears to be the best financial option for replacing and updating the equipment which is necessary for recording incoming and placing out going conversations.
  6. Consider authorizing the inclusion of the Village of Croton-on-Hudson in the North Westchester WQIP Consortium and the grant application for Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems (MS4) Mapping.  This resolution would allow the Village to join other Towns  and Villages in Northern Westchester in applying for a new DEC grant that would result in storm sewer mapping across the entire area.  The other participants in this application are the Towns of Bedford, Cortlandt, Lewisboro, New Castle, North Castle, North Salem, Somers, Yorktown and the Villages of Buchanan and Croton-on-Hudson.
  7. Consider authorizing the Village Manager to execute a stipulation of agreement with the Croton Police Association.  The Village Manager needs authorization to enter into an agreement with the Police Association.
  8. Consider approving the proposal from Ecogy Energy to install a solar array on the roof of the DPW Garage at 435 Yorktown Road for the purpose of community solar.  The proposal would provide about 250 kW of solar panels on the DPW roof which would first undergo a repair.  The result would be $754,899 in lease payments to the Village over 27 years with no out-of-pocket costs.  It would provide discounted power to Croton residents under community solar.  The Village’s Sustainability Committee, after evaluating some 20 companies sent RFP’s to 8 and ultimately received 2 proposals of which Ecogy Energy was selected.  This resolution directs the Village Manager to develop a lease agreement with Ecogy which will require subsequent approval by the Board.
  9. Consider authorizing the Village Manager to sign the proposal from RPL Architects of Toronto, Canada, in the amount of $6,000 for design and layout services during the schematic design of the renovations for the Police Department.  RPL would provide architectural design input for areas that are police specialty requirements.  They would be working with Peter Gisolfi Associates on the overall schematic design of a Police Dept. renovation.
  10. Consider authorizing the Village Manager to extend the tree trimming and removal services contract to Golden’s Tree Service of Montrose, New York, at the rate of $1,605.60 per day, for a total of $48,168.00, for the period beginning June 1, 2019, until May 31, 2020.  This is an extension of one year, at the existing rates, of Village’s contract with Golden’s Tree Service.
  11. Consider authorizing the Village Manager to extend the contract for welding services with Santella Welding at the rate of $94/hour for the welder and $89/hour for the welder’s helper, for a total of $25,620, for the period beginning December 5, 2018 until December 5, 2019.  This is an extension of the existing contract with Santella at existing rates.
  12. Consider authorizing the Village Manager to extend the lawn maintenance contract with Errico Landscaping Corp. of Hartsdale, New York, in the amount of $46,400, for the period beginning May 1, 2019 until April 30, 2020.  This is an extension of the existing contract with Errico for an additional  year at the same rates.

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