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Decoding Village Agendas – March 16, 2020
Regular Meeting of the Village Board
NOTE: Pursuant to Governor Cuomo’s Executive Order #202-1 dated March 12, 2020 no members of the public will be allowed to attend Village Board of Trustee Meetings until further notice. The Public can view the meetings live and on demand on the Village website and Channel 78. If you wish to submit a public comment for the meeting, please go to the Village website homepage and click on send-us-comments under Webforms.
Presentation by Norma Drummond, Westchester County Planning Commissioner, on the Westchester County Housing Needs Assessment Study.
- Email from Quinn Simmons, senior at Croton-Harmon High School, regarding the Take Back the Night march and rally scheduled for April 24th.
- Letter from Daniel Boglioli, Treasurer of the Croton Caring Committee, acknowledging the Village’s contribution to the committee, and the February 2020 Croton Caring Committee Newsletter. The Caring Committee thanks the Village and looks forward to continuing its relationship in the future.
- Letter from Dan Lambe, President of Tree City USA, acknowledging Croton’s status as a 2019 Tree City USA. The letter is not included in the backup materials.
- Letter from Kelly Turturro, Regional Director of the NYS DEC, regarding the stewardship program at the Croton River Gorge Unique Area. Ms. Turturro states that its is the intent of the NYSDEC to work with the NY-NJ Trail conference to provide a Steward program for the Croton Unique Area in 2020. They will provide 50% or up to $18,000 for the program.
- Acknowledge receipt of application from Victor Conte, owner of 34 Brook Street, requesting a change of use from office to residential and refer such application to the Planning Board for review. Mr. Conte is proposing to go from an existing non-conforming use to another non-conforming use. This requires a special permit from the Village Board. It is being referred for comments to the Planning Board.
- Consider scheduling a Public Hearing on the adoption of the 2020-2021 Tentative Village Budget for Monday, April 6, at 8 PM in the Georgianna Grant Meeting Room of the Stanley H. Kellerhouse Municipal Building. The Village Board is required to hold a Public Hearing on the proposed Tentative Budget for fiscal year 2020-2021. The Tentative Budget will be released on Friday, March 20.
- Consider scheduling a Public Hearing on April 6, 2020 to consider Local Law Introductory No. 3 of 2020, repealing the prior tax cap override in Local Law 2 of 2020, at 8 PM in the Georgianna Grant Meeting Room of the Stanley H. Kellerhouse Municipal Building. The Board previously adopted a Property Tax Override resolution to avoid penalties in the event the proposed property tax would exceed the NYS Tax Levy Cap. This is not anticipated so the override resolution must be rescinded before the 2020-2021 budget can be adopted.
- Consider authorizing the Village Manager to sign a revised project agreement with the New York State Department of Transportation to providing matching funds for the Croton Point Avenue Traffic, Pedestrian, and Bicycle Improvement Project in the amount of $1,000,000. The Board would resolve to move ahead with the project, accept the NYSDOT amount of $1 million for the project, and authorize the Village Manager to complete all necessary agreements.
- Consider adoption of a resolution affirming various practices and policies of the Village in relation to its Climate Smart Communities (CSC) submission. In seeking to be certified as a NYS Climate Smart Community, the Board must reaffirm certain documents and studies previously performed such as 2009 and 2018 Greenhouse Gas Emission Municipal Inventory, 2012 and 2019 government operations Climate Action Plan, and authorize a 20-day comment period on these plans. The Village also resolves to reduce its Greenhouse Gas Municipal emissions 20% between 2010 and end of 2025 and reduce community Greenhouse Gas emissions by 10% between 2010 and 2030.
- Consider authorizing the Village Manager to accept the proposal from Provident Design Engineering of Hawthorne, New York, for intersection traffic control design at Grand Street and Old Post Road South in the amount of $14,250. Following a work session discussion on possible improvements to this intersection, the resolution endorses the recommendation of the Bicycle Pedestrian Committee’s recommendation for a design that implements an all-way stop and awards Provident the contract for its implementation.
- Consider awarding Bid #1-2020 for water infrastructure improvements to Michels Pipe Services in the amount of $1,224,666. As part of its ongoing efforts to improve and update the Village’s aging water infrastructure, bids were requested for improvements along Cleveland drive and Old Post Road. Two bids were received and the Village Engineer has recommended that the project be awarded to the low bidder, Michels Pipe. They are the new owners of the former Heitkamp company that previously successfully performed all the water main relining in the village.