Ann Gallelli: Decoding Village Agendas No. 503

Dear neighbor, Here is the 503rdinstallment 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 17, 2020

Regular Meeting of the Village Board

5:00 pm

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NOTE:  This meeting will start with an Executive Session at 5:00 pm.  The Call to Order for the Regular Meeting will begin, via Zoom, at 6:00 pm.

Executive Session:  Consider a motion to enter into an Executive Session to discuss matters of personnel.


a.    Continuation of Public Hearing on Local Law Introductory 6 of 2020 to amend Chapter 168 of the Village Code, Parks and Recreation Areas, to prohibit the use of remote-controlled aircraft in Village-owned parks. This law would prohibit drones, as well as other remote-controlled aircraft, being launched in Village parks, excepting Gouveia Park.


a.     Letter from Peter Lavery of Finney Farm Road regarding the proposed leaf blower    legislation.   Mr. Lavery objects to the recommendation of the Conservation Advisory Committee regarding banning of gas-powered leaf blowers. He believes there are factual errors in their report and the studies they cite may not be applicable to Croton.  He believes that Noise is the real problem and that noisy equipment should be regulated under the Noise ordinance.  He makes some recommendations for amendments to the Noise ordinance.

b.      Survey results from Black Rock Dog Park permit holders.  Dog Park permit holders were asked their preference for dog park hours at the Black Rock Dog Park as well as at Croton Landing.  Individual responses were received from 49 people. There are 57 individuals holding permits for 67 dogs.  The largest preference ( about 27%) was for hours of 8am to 11 am and 4 pm to 7 pm at Black Rock Park.  Only about 1% preferred 8 am to 8 pm at Croton Landing. 

c.     Report from the Village Manager concerning Con Edison’s response to Tropical Storm Isaias.


  1. Consider adoption of the LGS-1 Schedule establishing retention periods for various government records.  In NYS different levels of government have different requirements for the retention and management of documents.  This is a new schedule of retention developed by the State that would apply to all levels of the NYS governments.
  2. Consider authorizing the Village Treasurer to amend the 2020-2021 General Fund Budget in the amount of $1,000 for monies received from the New York State Justice Court Assistance Program. The Village Justice Court has received this money to help deal with some Covid-19 expenses.
  3. Consider authorizing the Village Manager to execute the memorandum of understanding with Sustainable Westchester to renew the Community Choice Aggregation program for the period beginning January 1, 2021.   This would continue Croton’s Community Choice Aggregation arrangement with Sustainable Westchester and Constellation.  The current agreement ends in 2020.
  4. Consider the provisional appointment of Lt. John Nikitopoulos to the position of Chief of Police effective August 29, 2020, at an annual salary of $165,000.  Lt. Nikitopoulos has been with the Croton Police Department since 1986 and has served in many capacities including Sergeant, Detective and Lieutenant.   Currently there is no binding County Civil Service Promotional List for Police Chief in the Village of Croton-on-Hudson.  Lt. Nikitopoulos will serve as Provisional Chief, according to the regulations of the County Department of Human Resources, until next Civil Service for Police Chief is offered and taken.
  5. Consider the reduction of Village fees for on-street vending and vending in the parks through October 31, 2020, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  To help business owners deal with the revenue effects of the Covid-19 virus, the Village would reduce it fees fo the above vending permits by 50%, ending on October 31, 2020.
  6. Consider authorizing the selling of alcoholic beverages in Senasqua Park during certain hours and days.  This would require a fee of $100 and be subject to times and days set by the Village Manager.

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