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Decoding Village Agendas – August 30, 2021
Regular Meeting of the Village Board
- Public Hearing on Local Law Introductory No. 8 of 2021 to amend the Zoning Chapter of the Village Code, Section 230, to eliminate the prohibition against video game and arcade machines, update notification procedures for sheds and update penalties for offenses. This proposed law would make updates to existing code with regard to video games, limit distance required for notification of neighbors for sheds, and change the penalty amounts for various offenses. It can be viewed in the backup documents.
- Environmental and Consistency Review of Local Law Introductory No. 8 of 2021. The board will complete the relevant SEQRA and LRP forms for the above proposed law.
- Press Release from Westchester County Seeking Public Input to Update Hazard Mitigation Plan. The County is preparing a survey for citizens to fill out to help them in identifying and preparing for such a Plan. It will be followed by public hearings for further input. The survey will be available in late September.
- Letter from Jud Ramaker, Race Director of the Harry Chapin Memorial Run Against Hunger, requesting Village support for this year’s Run Against Hunger. Mr. Rudmaker states that this year’s event will be a hybrid enabling participants to run on their own schedule on certain days as well as the more traditional events on October 16th. He asked for the support of our Police, DPW, and EMS as at past events and thanks us for the Village’s support.
- Letter from New York State, Division of the Budget regarding additional funds from the American Rescue Plan Act. We are advised that we will receive an additional $3,375.95 due to some municipalities not applying for the available funding. This raises our total to $830,253.92 which will be disburse in equal parts to us, half this year and half next year.
- Letter from Don Daubney of the Croton Lions Club requesting permission to hold their Christmas tree sale along South Riverside Avenue. On behalf of the Lions Club, Mr. Daubney requests permission for the sale to occur on South Riverside Ave, across from Shop Rite.
- Consider authorizing the Village Treasurer to amend the 2021-2022 General Fund Budget in the amount of $2,500 for EMT services. This expense was not included in the adopted budget and will be taken from the Contingency account.
- Consider authorizing the Village Treasurer to refund Public Improvement Serial Bonds issued in 2012, 2013 and 2014 and to issue a refunding bond. The refunding of these bonds will result in a savings in the Village’s debt service. This action was recommended by the Village’s financial counsel.
- Consider ratifying the Village Manager’s decision to accept a proposal from Tub Construction Corp. of Yonkers, New York, for probing of the engine room floor at the Grant Street Firehouse at a cost not to exceed $7,000. The work will determine and load capacity of the floor of the Grand Street Engine room.
- Consider authorizing the Village Manager to execute a grant disbursement agreement with the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York to accept $50,000 for the purchase of a hybrid police vehicle. This new hybrid police vehicle will replace an older traditional vehicle.
- Consider the issuance of a special permit to Sol Systems of Washington, DC, for the installation of solar canopies at the Croton-Harmon Train Station Parking Lot. The Board will vote on granting a special permit for this application following a previously held public hearing. Included in the conditions is the requirement that a conduit be installed during construction for future use for Electric Vehicle (EV) charging stations.
- Consider authorizing the Village Treasurer to amend the 2021-2022 General Fund Budget in the amount of $85,205 in relation to personnel changes. Changes in staffing and associated salaries since the adoption of the budget has resulted some accounts being over budgeted. This allows transfer of that money to other accounts, primarily Contingency.
g. Consider the emergency authorization for the Village Manager to accept the proposal from VCI Emergency Vehicle Specialists for a new ambulance in the amount of $194,154 under New York State GML § 103(4). One of the Village’s two ambulances, 2010 Ford ambulance, is requiring costly repairs. It was scheduled to be replaced in next year’s capital budget plan. The Village Mechanic as advised that the vehicle is in poor shape. VCI will also pay $10,000 for the old ambulance. The ambulance is necessary to provide emergency care and service to the Village and the Mt. Airy/Quaker Bridge Fire Protection area