Ann Gallelli: Decoding Village Agendas No. 510

Dear neighbor, Here is the 510thinstallment 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 – October 19, 2020

Regular Meeting of the Village Board

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  1. Presentation by John Dullaghan, Director of Government Affairs for Altice USA, regarding the August 2020 Optimum service outages.


  1. Revised proposal from the Conservation Advisory Council to limit the use of leaf blowers within the Village.   The CAC has submitted an updated proposal regarding gas-powered leaf blowers in response to comments received on their earlier submission.  It recommends a longer time frame for implementation along with citizen education on their use and benefits of alternatives.  The new proposed guidelines would ban them from May – October in 2021, January – October in 2022, and year round in 2023.


  1. Consider authorizing the Village Justice Court to apply for a grant in the 2020-2021 Justice Court Assistance Program.  The court will be applying for a grant to cover costs associated with PPE clothing and accessories for use in court as well as protective changes at the entrance to the courtroom.
  2. Consider authorizing Village personnel to perform a cleanup of the property located at 117 North Riverside Avenue and to place the cost for such cleanup as a lien upon the property if not paid.  After failure to respond to notices from the Village, the property will be cleaned up and costs invoiced to the owner or added to the property taxes.
  3. Consider authorizing the Village Treasurer to amend the 2020-2021 General Fund Budget in the amount of $95,000 to account for monies received from the sale of surplus property.  The Village sold an unimproved property located outside the village in the Town of Cortlandt.  This money is now being reflected in the budget.
  4. Acknowledge receipt of special permit application from Marco Ordonez, of M & J Auto Repair Corp., to operate a motor vehicle repair garage at 485 S. Riverside Avenue, refer such application to the Planning Board for review and schedule a Public Hearing on November 16, 2020, at 6 PM, to consider the request for a special permit.  This use requires a special permit in its C2 zone.  The Board is taking the first step in referring it to the Planning Board and scheduling a public hearing.
  5. Consider authorizing the Village Manager to execute Change Order 1 from Michels Pipe Service for the water main infrastructure project in the amount of $11,619.10.  This additional amount is for replacement of a curb box and valves not included in the original work contract.
  6. Consider authorizing the Village Manager to execute the Electrical Services Agreement with Sustainable Westchester at the enclosed rates for the Community Choice Aggregation program for the period of January 1, 2021, through December 31, 2022.   The new rates at 7.405 cents for residential renewable and 6.749 cents for stand residential are lower than the current rates under the prior contract.
  7. Consider declaring the Board of Trustees to be lead agency under SEQRA for the amended special use permit application from Ralph Rossi and Philip Spagnoli for the construction of a multi-residential building at 25 S. Riverside Avenue and refer such application to the Waterfront Advisory Committee for review.    After referral to the Planning Board, Zoning Board and County Planning Board, tno objections were received.  The Village Board can therefore declare itself Lead Agency under SEQRA on this proposal.  The proposal itself has been downsized since its initial submission.  It is now calling for 39 units (26 -1BR, 13 – 2BR, including 4 affordable units) in a building of 42,000 square feet.  The previous proposal was for a 54,000 square foot building.  The next step is for the WAC to make a Determination of Consistency with the Local Waterfront Revitalization Program (LWRP).
  8. Consider adoption of a resolution to acknowledge receipt of the 2020 Justice Court Audit.  Justice Courts are required to conduct an audit and provide it to the NYS Office of Court Administration.

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