Ann Gallelli: Decoding Village Agendas No. 506

Dear neighbor, Here is the 506thinstallment 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 – September 8, 2020

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  1. Memo from Daniel O’Connor, Village Engineer, requesting an extension of three building permits for 120 Scenic Drive West and 10 Newton Court.  Engineer O’Connor has recommended extensions  for these permits which include a house, pool and pool spa structure.
  2. Letters from Michelle Phillips, Secretary to the Public Service Commission, regarding the DPS Investigation into the Utilities’ Preparation and Response to August 2020 Tropical Storm Isaias and Resulting Electric Power Outages.  Ms. Phillips is responding to letters of complaint about both Con Ed preparedness and responsiveness and Altice during the Isaias storm.  Mayor Pugh and Supervisor Puglisi sent a letter to the DPS regarding Con ed and Supervisor Lukas of Lewisboro sent a letter regarding Altice which was signed by several Mayors and Supervisors including Mayor Pugh.
  3. Acknowledge receipt of a special permit application from Hudson National Golf Club to amend their existing special permit to allow for the installation of solar panels on club property.  Hudson National Golf Club has submitted an application to install solar arrays on their property.  Since HNGC already has a Special Permit from the Village, this application would involve an amendment to that permit as well as a subdivision of approximately 15 acres of property for the installation. As proposed, HNGC would use about 40% of the power generated leaving about 60% for community usage.   The Village staff is currently ensuring that the application is complete before proceeding to the next step.
  4. Letter from Waddell Stillman, President of Historic Hudson Valley, regarding the operation of this year’s Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze.  Mr. Stillman outlines the steps taken by HHV to enable the Blaze including reducing ticket sales by 2/3 for each time slot, no tour buses, no food or beverage sales, all tickets are advanced sale, and continuous one-way path through the site among others.


  1. Consider authorizing the Village Treasurer to make an interfund transfer in the amount of $1,800 for the purchase of redundant internet service for the Municipal Building and DPW Garage.  The need for this was made clear as a result of the recent Isaias storm which disrupted communications at the Municipal Building and the DPW.  The cost is $200/month.
  2. Consider amending the Master Fee Schedule in regards to Train Station parking.  Permit increases previously set to occur for non-residents on September 1, 2020 and for residents on December 1, 2020, are rescinded.  A fee for cancellation of a permit has been added.
  3. Consider amending the Master Fee Schedule in regards to the new online accident report system.  This would allow residents and insurance companies to request an accident report online after paying the appropriate fee.
  4. Consider authorizing the Village Treasurer to amend the 2020-21 Water Fund Budget in the amount of $275,000 to reflect the proper chart of account coding.    This is a budget housekeeping matter for the Water Fund.
  5. Acknowledge receipt of a special permit application from Ralph Rossi and Philip Spagnoli for the construction of a multi-residential building at 25 S. Riverside Avenue and consider determining that the Proposed Action is an Unlisted Action under SEQRA, declaring the Village Board’s intent to be Lead Agency under SEQRA, and referring the necessary documents to the Village Planning Board and Village Zoning Board of Appeals as required by law, as well as the New York State Department of Transportation and Westchester County Planning Board.  An application for a Special Permit for a multi-family apartment building has been received by the Village.  This resolution initiates the require processes for any approval including the Board declaring itself Lead Agency for SEQRA and referring it for review to various boards and agencies.  The proposed plan, located at the location of the former Croton Hardware building and an undeveloped lot to its north, calls for 44 units with parking below.
  6. Consider authorizing the selling of alcoholic beverages in Senasqua Park during certain hours and days.   The Village Board would review each such application individually and authorizes such sales on Fridays from 2pm to 8 pm through the end of October. The fees for such a permit would be $130 plus an additional $261 to cover Village overtime costs for gate attendants and a park ranger. 

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