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Decoding Village Agendas – November 21, 2022
Meeting of the Village Board
Georgianna Grant Room
Public hearing to consider Local Law Introductory No. 16 of 2022, increasing the income eligibility level for the tax exemption for persons with disabilities. Following the NYS Legislature’s adoption of a new eligibility level for such a tax exemption, the Village law would be amended to increase the income level for eligibility from $19,500 to $50,000.
a. Memo from Village Manager Bryan Healy regarding future plans for two Village-owned parcels. Manager Healy addresses two -Village-owned properties. He suggests starting an RFP (Request for Proposal) for Lot A, th upper parking lot at the Croton train station. He also suggests that 119 Radnor Ave. (at 5 corners location) be donated to the Veterans for the purpose of building a home for a Veteran family which would have the added benefit of returning it to the Tax roll.
b. Email from Terrence McGarty, Trails Committee Chairman, requesting approval from the Board to transition the Trails Committee from a formal committee to a group. The Trails committee does not conduct meetings but only convenes on the Village Trails for clearing and other maintenance.
c. Letter from Daniel O’Connor, Village Engineer, requesting a building permit extension for 1250 Albany Post Road. The applicant relates that Covid delays in materials and worker shortages have caused the dal. This extends the permit to May 2023.
d. Notice of Layoff for Indian Point Energy Center (IPEC) subsidiary of Holtec International; Holtec Decommissioning International, LLC in connection with the Federal and State WARN Act. IPEC is notifying area governments of the layoff of 30 employees in February. This is a requirement of the State AND Federal law.
e. Letter from Denise Harrington-Cohen, Croton-Harmon Schools Assistant Superintendent for Business, with an update on the CHUFSD District-Wide Capital Improvement project. The district has sent the SEQRA EAF Part 3 documentation regarding their proposed capital improvements.
a. Consider appointing Mark E. Frascello as a Police Officer in the Croton-on-Hudson Police Department at an annual salary of $68,580.43, pending the passage of medical exams and approval from Westchester County Department of Human Resources. This position was scheduled in this year’s budget. Officer Frascello is currently with the Westchester County Police.
b. Consider scheduling a public hearing on Local Law Introductory No. 17 of 2022, amending Chapter 20 of the Village Code, Code of Ethics, for December 5, 2022, at 7 p.m. in the Georgianna Grant Meeting Room of the Stanley H. Kellerhouse Municipal Building. The Board will hold a Public Hearing to update its Code of Ethics consistent with NYS standards.
c. Consider authorizing the Village Manager to sign the STOP DWI Patrol Project Reimbursement contract with Westchester County commencing October 1, 2022, through September 30, 2023.This program is an overtime, added, patrol effort to enforce the New York State Vehicle and Traffic Laws against intoxicated and impaired driving (DWI/DWAI) in Westchester County. The Village ay be reimbursed up to $10,000. Croton has been part of this program for multiple years.
d. Consider a resolution of support for the development of an intermunicipal natural resources inventory (“NRI”) for the Town of Cortlandt and the Village of Croton-on-Hudson. , A natural resources inventory (“NRI”) compiles maps and descriptions of natural areas and provides a reference for planning in a community. The purpose of an NRI is to provide information for comprehensive land use and conservation planning, and to allow natural resource information to be included in local planning and zoning. The Town of Cortlandt and the Village of Croton-on-Hudson are interested in working together on an intermunicipal Natural Resources Inventory. The NYSDEC Hudson River Estuary Program is offering a 1-year technical assistance opportunity for two watershed municipalities to create a basic NRI, at no cost to the Village of Croton-on-Hudson but requiring a significant volunteer contribution.
e. Consider a resolution of support for Sustainable Westchester’s proposal to add a Solar Credit offering to the Westchester Power program. The Solar Credit offering will provide up to 10% savings on the electricity bills for eligible households and small businesses, and will be made available first to residents in participating municipalities who are enrolled in the utility’s low-income assistance programs.
f. Acknowledge receipt of a special permit renewal application from the Church of the Holy Name of Mary for a day care center at 114 Grand Street and consider referring the necessary documents to the Village Planning Board as required by law. This is a renewal application. It will be referred to the Planning Board for review and the renewal fee would be waived.
g. Consider authorizing the Village Manager to sign the 2022-2023 Volunteer Fire Department Service Fee Agreement with Penflex in the estimated amount of $6,700. Penflex provides the actuarial and administrative services necessary to administer this program.
h. Consider authorizing the Village Manager to extend the contract for welding services with Santella Welding of Putnam Valley, New York, for a one-year period beginning December 5, 2022, through December 5, 2023. A one-year renewal of an existing contract.
i. Consider authorizing the Village Manager to accept grant funding from the CREST program in the amount of $100,000 and work with New York State to allocate the funding towards the Harmon Firehouse expansion project. The CREST program is the Community Resiliency, Economic Sustainability, and Technology (CREST) Grant. The award was through Senator Harckham’s office and may be spent on Capital projects.
j. Consider authorizing the Village Treasurer to make an interfund transfer in the amount of $10,956.48 to replace two flow meters within the Village’s water distribution system. The Villageutilizes flow meters at its water distribution pumps to measure the amount of water being pumped through the distribution system.
k. Consider authorizing the Village Treasurer to make an interfund transfer in the amount of $5,751.30 related to solid waste invoices from fiscal year 2022. This is budget housekeeping.
l. Consider authorizing the Village Treasurer to make an interfund transfer in the amount of $2,475 to replace the Photo ID Card Printer System in the Recreation Department. The printer system used for issuing photo ids has become outdated and unreliable and needs to be replaced. The money is available in the budget.
m. Consider authorizing the Village Manager to accept a donation from Justin Rose-Sommers in the amount of $170.53. Justin Rose-Sommers fundraised $4,700 to create a new agility course at Black Rock Dog Park for his Boy Scouts of America (BSA) Troop 49 Eagle Scout project. He is donating the unused portion to the Village’s Park’s fund.