Ann Gallelli: Decoding Village Agendas No. 547

Dear neighbor, Here is the 547th installment 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 2, 2021

Regular Meeting of the Village Board

7:00 pm

Municipal Building


  1. Continuation of public hearing on Local Law Introductory 9 of 2021 to delete Chapter 202 of the Village Code, Tattoos.  The Village currently does not permit tattoo parlors.  This eliminates that prohibition.
  2. Public hearing on the special permit application from the Croton Circle School for a day care center at 119 Maple Street.  The proposal has been reviewed by the Planning Board which  gave it a positive recommendation.


LWRP Consistency Review (HNGC)  The Amended Special Permit being sought requires a review of the application with regard to its consistency with the Village’s LWRP.  The Waterfront Advisory Committee found the application to be consistent.


  1. Letter from Croton Merchants Regarding Upper Village Fall Events. The letter from Toni Senecal and the associated petition asks the Village to reconsider it’s previously announced plans for a Fall Festival event on October 2 in Vassalllo Park.  Instead, they request that the Village close Grand Street in order to allow for a street event.
  2. Memo from John Nikitopoulos, Chief of Police, in regards to the new police patch implementation plan.  Chief Nikitopoulos informs the Board that the new patch is being implemented on its letterhead and forms.  They are finalizing the new patch production.  It is anticipated that when the police switch to their long-sleeve uniforms in early November, they will have the new patch.  As well, the new patch will be on new vehicles as they are put in service.
  3. Letter from Merrily Besvinick of the Croton Arboretum in regards to request for multi-year exemption from wetlands activity fees.  The Arboretum is continuing its fight against the invasive phragmites growth.  To that end, it needs a Wetland Activity Permit.  The Arboretum is asking to be exempt from the Permit fee as the property is Village-owned.
  4. Letter from Cynthia Lippolis of Hudson Valley Gateway Chamber of Commerce in regards to conducting a scarecrow contest.  Ms. Lippolis is requesting permission to conduct the annual Scarecrow contest in October. The contest is sponsored by the HV Chamber of Commerce and the Croton Business Council.  Scarecrow contestants will be displayed around the Village.
  5. Letter from John Clark of Hudson River Recreation in regards to renewal of the agreement at Echo Canoe and Kayak Launch.  Mr. Clark  reports a successful season to date and requests a 3-year renewal as specified in the original contract agreement.


  1. Consider amending the Master Fee Schedule to adopt the vendor fees for Fall Festival.  This is a new event which is not covered under the existing fee schedule.  New fees will be set for participation in this event.
  2. Consider authorizing the Village Treasurer to amend the 2021-2022 General Fund Budget in the amount of $413,438.99 for expenses related to American Rescue Plan Act funds.  This is half of the total amount that the Village will receive with the second portion coming in the next fiscal year.
  3. Consider revising the rules and procedures in regards to conducting Board of Trustees Meetings.  This updates the rules and procedures to take out ZOOM meetings and to specify that regular and work session meetings will begin at 7 pm. 
  4. Consider issuing a special permit to the Croton Circle School for a day care center at 119 Maple Street.   The Planning Board has reviewed this application and submitted a letter of support.  A public hearing on the application was also held at a previous meeting.
  5. Acknowledge receipt of the special permit application from Sol Systems of Washington D.C. for the installation of solar canopies at the Croton-Harmon Train Station parking lot and refer the application to the Village Planning Board.  The proposed project is a 4.0 megawatt (MW) direct current solar photovoltaic facility and an associated 3.75 MW/15 MWhour battery storage system.  The application will be submitted to the Planning Board for review and recommendation.

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