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Decoding Village Agendas – February 28, 2022
Regular Meeting of the Village Board
Note: The Board has returned to in-person meetings.
Recognition of Top Responders in the Croton-on-Hudson Volunteer Fire Department. In 2021, the Croton Volunteers answered 423 calls. The top responders will be recognized by the Mayor and Board. They are as follows: Captain Joe Kempter, 208 Alarms 2) Captain Dave Kempter, 184 Alarms 3) Lieutenant Jim Ferguson, 160 Alarms 4) Engineer Bill Gallagher, 142 Alarms 5) Firefighter Ben Farber, 136 Alarms 6) Firefighter Jake Dominello, 128 Alarms 7) Firefighter Frank Pusatere, 126 Alarms 8: Captain Dave Altamura, 120 Alarms 9) Firefighter Hal Lockwood, 117 Alarms 10) Deputy Chief Tex Dinkler, 108 Alarms 11) Firefighter Matt Mallory, 102 Alarms 12) Deputy Chief Bill Vlad, 92 Alarms. The Department Chiefs also answered a sizable amount of alarms, too: Car 2081: Phil Dinkler, 196 Alarms, Car 2082: John Munson, 258 Alarms, Car 2083: Josh Karpoff, 128 Alarms.
- Public Hearing on Local Law Introductory No. 3 of 2022 to amend the code of the Village of Croton-on-Hudson to reflect the abolishment of the position of Village Justice effective January 1, 2023 and the consolidation of the Village Justice Court with the Town of Cortlandt Justice Court. The Village Manager provided a memo to the Board in early January proposing that the consolidation of the Village Justice Court with the Town of Cortlandt would provide budgetary savings. Under NYS Village Law, the mechanism for doing this is to abolish the position of Village Justice. Backup documents are available from the Village’s Home page, click on Minutes and Agendas. The documents include the Manager’s memos, a consolidation analysis and a memo on expenses/revenues.
- EAF Part 2 and LWRP Review of Local Law Introductory No. 2 of 2022 to establish use and bulk/area regulations pertaining to the North End Gateway District. Although the Northend Gateway Zoning Overlay has existed for many years, no bulk and area regulations have been established for it. This local law would set those regulations. As part of the process of amending the Zoning law, the Board must complete the SEQRA documents as well as make a Determination of Consistency with the Village’s Local Waterfront Revitalization Program (LWRP). The Waterfront Advisory Committee has previously made a recommendation of consistency.
- Memo from Village Manager Bryan Healy regarding Upper Village traffic study. Manager Healy would like to revisit the traffic solutions proposed by a village-hired consultant, Provident Design Engineering, in 2019 for the “dummy light” intersection in the Upper Village. At the time, four solutions were proposed but due to Covid issues as well as lack of Board agreement at the time, no action was taken. The Bicycle Pedestrian Committee would like to reactivate this discussion.
- Email from Pete Frisoni, Public Safety Risk Management Specialist from PERMA, awarding a $5,000 grant to the Croton-on-Hudson Fire Department. The award is to pay for a gear washer.
- Email from Dennis Kooney of the Croton Yacht Club regarding its annual lease reporting documentation. As part of its lease agreement with the Village, the Croton Yacht Club makes an annual report to the Village on its membership and activities. The complete reports are part of the backup for this agenda item
- Email from Andy Shapley, Croton Little League President. regarding the Little League Parade and Photo Day. Mr. Shapely is asking for police assistance during their opening day parade on April 9. The parade will proceed from the high school, through the Upper Village to Dobbs Park. He is also requesting use of space at the Croton Station on May 7 for Little League’s Picture Day.
- Fire Council Membership Update from Fire Council Secretary John Munson. Secretary Munson regularly updates the Village on changes in the status of its membership.
a. Consider appointing Terance J. Yant as a Police Officer in the Croton-on-Hudson Police Department at the salary of $67,071.33. Mr. Yant completed his training at the Ulster County Police Academy and has undergone extensive background checks. Chief Nikitopolous is recommending his appointment.
b. Consider amending the Street Vendor License Policy to increase licenses and effective hours. The amendment would allow 8 vendor locations at three locations (Upper Village, Harmon, and Croton station) on Sundays from noon to 8 pm (June, July and August) and until 6 pm the remainder of the year. Allowances for earlier setup time is included in the amended policy.
c. Consider amending the Master Fee Schedule to affirm the fees for additional commercial sanitation collection. Additional commercial collection is provided by the DPW on Fridays upon request. This resolution increases the fees for such collections.
d. Consider authorizing the Village Manager to sign the 2022 Inter-Municipal Agreement with the Town of Cortlandt for Emergency Medical Services. The Village’s EMS provides service to the Mt. Airy/Quaker Bridge area of the Town. This IMA provides for a payment to the Village from the Town of $66,043 for this service in the calendar year of 2022.
e. Consider authorizing the Village Manager to sign the 2022 Inter-Municipal Agreement with the Town of Cortlandt for fire protection services. The Village’s Fire Department provides fire protection services to the Mt. Airy/Quaker Bridge area of the Town. This IMA provides for a total payment of $345,387 of which $69,077 will go to the Fire Council and $276,310 to the Village.
f. Consider affirming support for the mission and work of Ossining for Refugees and other nonprofits in welcoming and re-settling new Afghan neighbors and all those escaping oppression. This is an affirmation of support for this all volunteer group.
g. Consider authorizing the Village Manager to execute grant agreements with NYSERDA for the installation of solar panels and heat pumps at the Washington Engine Company firehouse. This grant is for $90,000 and will cover the costs involved in the installation. Ultimately, this installation will reduce the energy costs at the firehouse.
h. Consider authorizing the Village Manager to execute the Memorandum of Understanding (“Agreement”) with the Town of Cortlandt regarding aspects of the court consolidation. If the Village Court consolidation moves ahead, this MOU outlines aspects of the process including consideration of hiring current Village personnel and holding arraignments at the Municipal Building.
i. Consider authorizing the Village Treasurer to amend the General Fund 2021-2022 budget in the amount of $232,156.40 to allocate funds for each of the Department of Public Works based services. This reallocates money within the DPW budget to the specific intra-departmental uses for which it was expended.