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Decoding Village Agendas – January 4, 2022
Regular Meeting of the Village Board
NOTE: This meeting is on Tuesday
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- Memo from Manager Healy regarding consolidation of the Village Justice Court. The Village Manager, in preparation for the development of the FY 2022/2023 Village Budget, is proposing that the Village Justice Court might be dissolved with the Town of Cortlandt Court taking its place. He suggests that this suggestion be taken under discussion as to its ramifications.
- Memo from New York State Department of State regarding request for comments on LWRP coordination. The NYS Dept. of Transportation (DOT) is pursuing a regionwide crack sealing and mastic contract to extend the service life and rideability of several roads in the Hudson Valley region. This includes Route 9 from Peekskill to the Ossining border. Since Croton has a Local waterfront Revitalization Plan (LWRP), we are being asked to comment on the consistency of this action with our LWRP as required under the Coastal Zone Management Act.
- Email from Stephen Campbell of New York Power Authority Regarding TreePower Program. The Village is one of 30 NYPA customers that participated in their tree planting program. Croton planted 12 trees which will store 339 lbs. of CO2 per year. This includes 10 trees that are native to New York State and which provide particular value to beneficial pollinators, birds, mammals, and other native wildlife.
- Consider scheduling a public hearing on Local Law Introductory No. 1 of 2022 to override the “property tax cap” law enacted by State Legislature, for January 18, 2021, at 7 PM, via Zoom videoconference. The Village has adopted this Override law every year since the Tax Cap law was passed in 2012. It provides that if the Tax Cap establish for that fiscal year is exceeded, the municipality will not be subjected to fiscal penalties.
The Tax Cap Law requires that the total amount to be raised through property taxes charged on the municipality’s taxable assessed value of property, is capped at 2% or the rate of inflation, whichever is less. The rate of inflation this year has been set by the State Comptroller’s Office at 4.23% for municipalities operating on a June through May fiscal year. The law enabling the override must already have been adopted by the Board of Trustees prior to budget adoption.
b. Consider re-affirming support for a residential parking permit system for Truesdale Drive and Nordica Drive. The Village previously requested NYS legislative approval for a residential parking system on Truesdale and Nordica, but was denied in 2019. The Board is asking again for its approval. The intention is to lessen on-street parking impacts to residents during times when large numbers of visitors to the Croton River are impacting the neighborhoods. It requires approval from the NYS Assembly and Senate.
c. Consider authorizing the Village Manager to sign the agreement with Westchester County to renew access to the Westchester County Repository for Integrated Criminalistic Information. This would renew a five-year agreement that currently exists with the County. It allows for the electronic transmission and storage of criminal records and police blotter information, which includes information related to a subject’s arrest, booking, detention or incarceration.