Ann Gallelli: Decoding Village Agendas No. 540 – June 7, 2021

Dear neighbor, Here is the 540thinstallment 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 – June 7,, 2021

 Regular Meeting of the Village Board

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Public Hearing on Local Law Introductory 4 of 2021 to amend Chapter 197 of the Village Code, Streets and Sidewalks, to include an appeals process for the removal of snow and ice on sidewalks.  This would add a method for appealing a violation of snow removal on sidewalks which currently is not in the code.

2. Public Hearing on Local Law Introductory 5 of 2021 to amend Chapter 70 of the Village Code,Alarm Systems, to update the appeals process for contesting denial, suspension, revocation orcharges.  This would add a method for appealing an Alarm System violation or charge which currently is not in the code.  3. Public Hearing on the Village’s Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) fundingapplication.  In order to apply and qualify for CBDG grants, the projects must be identified and apublic hearing must be held.  The four projects that the Village is considered applying for grantfunding for are: the improvement of the Brook Street parking lot, the replacement of the DobbsPark playground equipment and resurfacing of the Dobbs Park basketball court, the replacementof the retaining wall along lower Grand Street and the replacement of an existing sidewalk alongSouth Riverside Avenue between Oneida Avenue and Bungalow Road; 


a. Letter from Marjorie Blum & Jack Manno regarding a $1,000 donation for a bench at Croton Landing.   Ms. Blum and Mr. Manno have generously donated a bench for the park.

b. Email from Cynthia Lippolis of the Croton Rotary Club requesting permission to use the Croton-Harmon Train Station parking lot for their annual car show on September 26. As done last year, there will also be a car parade.

c. Temporary Restraining Order issued by the Westchester County Supreme Court in the matter of Maria Elena DiBella v. Village of Croton-on-Hudson, Croton-on-Hudson Planning Board and Half Moon Bay Homeowners Association. 

The court has issued a “temporary restraining order prohibiting THE BOARD OF DIRECTORSOF THE HALF MOON BAY HOMEOWNERS’ ASSOCIATION, INC. (the “HOA Board”)from paving the Discovery Cove Promenade until this motion is decided.” The matter was brought against the Planning Board, the Village of Croton and the HMB Homeowners Association by the homeowner.

d. Letter from Kelly Turturro, DEC Regional Director, regarding the Croton Gorge Unique Area.   The letter is a response to both County Executive Lattimer and Mayor Pugh.  It states that the DEC is continuing to monitor the situation, mentions the Trail Stewards will be returning this season on weekends and holidays and the DEC Forest Rangers will be monitoring the area as well.

eMemo from Daniel O’Connor, Village Engineer, requesting an extension of a building permit for 1250 Albany Post Road.   Mr. O’Connor recommends a building permit extension for 6 months due to construction delays related to Covid.


a. Consider adoption of the 2021-2022 Bond Resolutions for the purpose of   funding the capital budget.  The resolutions are for bonding approval for items that were in the 2021/2022 Capital Budget that was approved in April.  The five resolutions/bonds total $909,509.

b. Consider authorizing the Village Treasurer to establish a trust account for donations towards the creation of the Black Rock Park bocce courts.  A special account will be created for this project.

c. Consider authorizing the Village Manager to execute an agreement with Croton-Harmon Car Service (dba J&S Taxi) for the rental of two spaces at the Croton-Harmon Train Station parking lot for the period beginning June 1, 2021, through May 31, 2023.   The Village extends the parking spot rental for two additional years to May 2023.

d. Acknowledge receipt of a special permit application from Joseph Lippolis for a first-floor residential dwelling at 368 S. Riverside Avenue and consider determining that the Proposed Action is a Type II Action under SEQRA and referring the necessary documents to the Village Planning Board as required by law.    The applicant received a variance from the ZBA for this use.  A special permit from the Village Board is now required.  The Board is referring it to the Planning Board for review and recommendations.

e. Consider authorizing the Village Treasurer to amend the 2020-2021 General Fund Budget in the amount of $2,765 for expenses related to sidewalk snow removal.  The Village has received $2765 from snow removal billings where the owners were charged for its removal.

fConsider scheduling a public hearing on Local Law Introductory 7 of 2021 to amend Chapter 108 of the Village Code, Dogs, to clarify the allowable hours for leashed dogs in Black Rock Park, for June 21, 2021, at 6 PM, via Zoom videoconference.   This calls for a public hearing to amend the law pertaining to hours for leashed dogs in Black rock Park.  The new language states that leashed dogs can be in the park in the same timeframes as allowed in the unleashed area of the park..

g. Consider authorizing the Village Manager to accept the proposal from AKRF of White Plains, New York, for consulting planning services for zoning updates to the Harmon/South Riverside Gateway zoning district for an amount not to exceed $35,000.  The Village Board is considering an expansion of the Harmon Gateway zoning to include additional parcels, including the Parking Lot A parcel, as well as considering permitting all residential uses in the Gateway area with a Special Permit.  AKRF will study the zoning requirements and implications of this proposal.

h. Consider awarding Bid 3-2021 for street resurfacing to Morano Brothers Construction of Croton-on-Hudson, New York, in the amount of $215,200.  As part of its annual street maintenance work, bids were solicited and 6 were received. Superintendent Balbi has recommended Morano  Brothers receive the contract.

i. Consider authorizing the Village Manager to execute a contract with Regan Development Corporation for the sale of the Village-owned property at 41-51 Maple Street.   The updated terms of acquisition and development call for a payment to the Village of $2 million with a PILOT of $70,000/year, increasing 3% annually, for 30 years as well as a User payment to the Village of $20,000/year for 30 years.

j. Consider authorizing the Village Manager to execute a support contract with Rio Supply for the period of July 1, 2021, through June 30, 2022, in the amount of $5,500.  Rio supplies the software that supports the Water Departments hand held meter reading.  The contract is for one year. k. Consider authorizing the Mayor to execute the Sponsor Authorization Form for the Croton-on-Hudson Fire Department Length of Service Award Program for 2020.  The list of eligible members was circulated in April 2021.  The Mayor must be authorized to sign it.

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