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Decoding Village Agendas – April 18, 2022
Regular Meeting of the Village Board
Georgianna Grant Room
a. Public Hearing on Local Law Introductory 5 of 2022 to amend Chapter 230, Zoning, of the Village Code to adopt provisions regarding cannabis shops. The proposed zoning amendment adds restrictions on locations where cannabis retail shops could be located in the Village as follows: “… except that no cannabis shop or vape or tobacco shop shall be permitted within 500 feet of the property line of the Pierre Van Cortlandt Middle School and Croton-Harmon High School and may not be located within 500 feet of any other cannabis shop or vape or tobacco shop.”
LWRP Consistency Review for the installation of a generator at Symphony Knoll (15 Mount Airy Road). This project is federally funded and as it is located in Croton which has an approved LWRP, the Village must determine that it is consistent with the Village’s adopted plan. The project is to build a 4×8 concrete slab and a five-foot-wide trench to house the gas and electric pipes for a new generator adjacent to the existing senior residential facility at 15 Mt. Airy Road, Croton on Hudson, NY. This project requires no expenditure for the Village. The Waterfront Advisory Committee (WAC) found it to be consistent.
1. Email from DJ Goldman, Director of Athletics at Croton-Harmon School District, requesting permission to hang banners at Firefighters Memorial Field. The banners are of CHHS Senior athletes.
2. Email from Marie Considine, Executive Director of NAMI-Westchester, requesting the hanging of banners and ribbons in recognition of Mental Health Awareness Month. These banners have been displayed in the Village during the month of May in past years. Ms. Considine is requesting that this continues for this year.
3. Email from Carolyn Whiting, Police Advisory Committee Chair, regarding the annual police survey for 2022. Ms. Whiting is requesting the Board approve the postponing of the annual survey on Law Enforcement and Public Safety until spring of 2023. The committee would like more time to “ more thoroughly analyze the 2021 survey results, and to make changes to the survey to make it more relevant and easier for residents. We would also like time for the Police Department to make any suggested adjustments to their work and to put in place avenues to better communicate to the residents the work that the police department is doing. ‘
4. Memo from Daniel O’Connor, Village Engineer, regarding a building permit extension request for 3 Mount Airy Road. Engineer O’Connor recommends that the existing permit be extended to August 2022 in order to ready the building for sale.
5. Email from John Munson, Fire Council Secretary, regarding membership changes in the Croton-on-Hudson Fire Department. As required, the Fire Council is notifying the Village of membership changes in status in the various departments.
6. Memo from Village Manager Bryan Healy detailing an Eagle Scout project for Black Rock Dog Park. Manager Healy has approved an Eagle scout project proposed by Justin Rose-Sommers. The project will create an agility course for dogs at the Black Rock Dog Park inside the existing dog park space. It will entail no cost to the Village.
- Consider amending the official map of the Village of Croton-on-Hudson to change the name of O’Reilly Court to O’Riley Court. When the subdivision map for River Landing was approved in 1990, the spelling for this street was in error. It was intended to be named for Clifford O’Riley, a resident of the Village who was killed in action during World War II.
- Consider adopting a home rule request for a residential parking permit system on Benedict Blvd. between South Riverside Avenue and Hastings Avenue. The Village Board would like to extend the existing residential parking system that is on Young and Hastings Avenues to Benedict Blvd. A resolution of request to the NYS legislature is required.
- Consider authorizing the Village Manager to execute an agreement with Holy Name of Mary Parish for the rental of their parking lot for municipal parking for the period of June 1, 2022, through May 31, 2027, at a cost of $4,000 per year. The term of the lease is 5 years. The Village performs necessary maintenance at the lot.
- Consider authorizing the Village Manager to execute an Intermunicipal Agreement with the Town of Cortlandt for shared purchasing. This shared service agreement applies to supplies and materials.
- Consider authorizing the Village Manager to execute an Intermunicipal Agreement with the Town of Cortlandt for the sharing of equipment. This agreement allows the Village to save on costs of purchasing and/or renting equipment and vehicles. The City of Peekskill, Towns of Cortlandt and Philipstown and the Village of Buchanan are parties to this agreement.
- Consider authorizing the Village Manager to execute a termination agreement related to the restrictive condition on property located adjacent to 72 Thompson Avenue, known on the tax maps as 79.09-2-2. The restrictive condition having to do with utility locations prevents this property from being combined with an adjacent property allowing its sale.
- Consider authorizing the Village Manager to accept a proposal from Antonucci & Associates of Pelham, New York, for the preparation of bid documents and special inspections of the engine room floor at the Grand Street Firehouse at a cost not to exceed $30,000. This work will eventually upgrade the fire house floor in the building.
- Consider authorizing the Village Treasurer to make an interfund transfer in the amount of $3,000 for the revision of construction plans for the Grand Street Retaining Wall project. This project was initially proposed in 2020 but delayed due to pandemic considerations. The Village has since received a matching grant for this work from Westchester County.
- Consider authorizing the Village Treasurer to make an interfund transfer in the amount of $8,000 for the purchase of a new diesel vehicle inspection station. This work is undertaken to comply with NYS Inspection requirements.
- Consider adopting a statement of consistency with the Village’s Local Waterfront Revitalization Program for the installation of a generator at Symphony Knoll (15 Mount Airy Road). This affirms that the Board has found the proposed generator at Symphony Knoll to be consistent with our Village’s LWRP.
Recap of 2022-2023 Tentative Budget
Manager Healy and Treasurer Tucker will review proposed changes to the tentative budget since it was introduced in late March.