Ann Galleli: Decoding Village Agendas No. 536

Dear neighbor, Here is the 536thinstallment 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 – April 19, 2021

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1. Review of Proposed Budget for Fiscal Year 2021-22.



a.     Letter from Kathleen Ferguson-Tusa of the Croton Historical Society regarding the recent relocation of the society offices.   Ms. Ferguson-Tusa thanks the DPW for their work in remodeling the Society’s new space in the Municipal Building and aiding in the successful move.b.     Memo from Daniel O’Connor, Village Engineer, regarding a building permit extension request at 38 Nordica Drive.  The Village Engineer recommends a 6-month extension of the building permit due to  applicants request based on escalating costs.c.     Memo from Daniel O’Connor, Village Engineer, regarding a building permit extension request at 145 Benedict Blvd.   Village Engineer recommends an extension to September, 2021 due to Covid related issues in construction.d.     Email from Jim Steinberg of the Croton-Harmon Booster Club requesting permission to hang posters at Firefighters Field.  The posters would feature senior student athlete softball players and would be removed at the end of the season.e.     Email from Marie Considine, Executive Director of NAMI Westchester, requesting permission to display ribbons in recognition of Mental Health Awareness Month.  Ms. Considine requests permission for NAMI to place ribbons supporting mental health in key areas of the Village during the month of May.  This has been approved in the past but was not done last year due to Covid.f.      Draft version of a letter to Governor Andrew Cuomo, Senator Peter Harckham and Assemblywoman Sandy Galef regarding the Croton Gorge Unique Area.  This proposed draft addresses problems resulting from the Croton Gorge Unique Area having become a popular destination over past summers.  It proposes: 1.Establishing a no-fee permit system for the Unique Area similar to the one currently in place at Peekamoose Blue Hole, which is administered by the DEC, to avoid overcrowding.2. Authorizing resident-only parking along Truesdale Drive in Croton-on-Hudson, to discourage people attempting to reach the river from the Croton side from trespassing through private residential property along that street. Resident-only parking is a form of structural de-escalation since it enables the village to deter trespassers using parking enforcement officers ticketing vehicles rather than armed police officers confronting trespassing individuals.3. Fully funding the stewardship program for the Croton Gorge Unique area. This is a state property under the administration of the DEC. The state is responsible for its management. The stewardship is an inexpensive intervention that has so far shown great promise in encouraging the safe use of the area. 4. Deploying sufficient park rangers to adequately enforce the regulations governing the Croton Gorge Unique area. Despite the new regulations adopted in 2016, frequent and flagrant violations, including consumption of alcohol and littering, were widely reported in recent years. PROPOSED RESOLUTIONS:a.     Consider approving the Croton-on-Hudson Fire Department members in the Length of Service Award Program for 2020 and authorizing its posting for 30 days.  The list of Fire Department members to receive Length of Service benefits must be approved and posted by the Board of Trustees before final approval.b.     Consider scheduling a public hearing on the special permit application from Regan Development Corporation for a proposed multi-residential building at 41-51 Maple Street for May 3, 2021, at 6 PM, via Zoom videoconference.   This sets the date for a public hearing. The proposed Special Permit would allow two, 2-story buildings with 33 1,2,and 3 bedroom apartments. c.     Consider scheduling a public hearing on Local Law Introductory 3 of 2021 to amend Section 230-44, Signs, of the Zoning Chapter of the Village Code to modify provisions related to signage in residential zoning districts for May 17, 2021, at 6 PM, via Zoom videoconference.  This sets the date for a public hearing. The modifications to the law pertain to signs on residential properties and would permit three signs on lawns and eliminate the time restriction. 

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