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Decoding Village Agendas – December 4, 2022
Meeting of the Village Board
Georgianna Grant Room
NOTE: The Village Board Organizational Meeting will be followed by a Regular Meeting of the Village Board.
1. Appointment of Village Officers and Board/Committee Members
The oath of office will be administered to Trustees Ann Gallelli and Len Simon.
2. Adoption of Board Policies. The policies to be adopted include: Fund Balance, Procurement, Breach Notification, Sexual Harassment, Debt, Investment and Work Place Violence Prevention. Policies,
3. Setting of Meeting Times and Places The dates for Village Board meetings for the coming year will be established.
The following are work place policies that are adopted annually:
4. Designation of Official Newspapers
5. Naming of Official Depositories
6. Setting of Standard Work Day Hours for Employees
7. Setting of Employee Bond Levels
8. Adoption of Rules of Procedure for Board of Trustees
9. Setting of Standard Work Day for Elected and Appointed Officials
10. Adoption of Mileage Reimbursement Rate
11. Advance Approval of Claims
12. Adoption of Conference & Travel Policy
Public Hearing on Local Law Introductory No. 17 of 2022, amending Chapter 20 of the Village Code, Code of Ethics. The Village’s Code of ethics has not been updated in many years. This updated version follows the guidelines of the NY Conference of Mayors (NYCOM).
a. Email from John Munson, President of the Croton Fire Council, regarding membership changes in the Croton Fire Department. Chief Munson provides an update on membership changes in the Fire Department.
b. Information from the New York State Independent Redistricting Commission on upcoming public hearings regarding the court-ordered New York State Assembly redistricting plan. A draft redistricting plan for the State Assembly is being submitted for public review and comment in accordance with the order of Justice Laurence Love of the Supreme Court of New York County in his opinion of September 29, 2022. Twelve public hearings will be held in the State. The closest to Croton is at Pace University Law School on January 30 at 4 pm.
c. Letter from the NYS Division of Criminal Justice Services confirming the receipt of the Village Police Department’s application and participation agreement for the NYS Law Enforcement Accreditation Program. The Croton Police department has been accepted into the NYS program to become accredited.
d. Invitation to the 2022 Pearl Harbor Day Ceremony, which will take place at 235 Tate Avenue in the Village of Buchanan. The ceremony will be at noon. It is co-sponsored by the Village of Croton and the Town of Cortlandt, and the City of Peekskill.
e. Letter from Daniel O’Connor, Village Engineer, requesting a building permit extension for 150 Grand Street. The permit is for a rear building extension which has been partially completed. A 6-month extension is requested.
a. Consider authorizing the Village Manager to execute all documents necessary in connection with the closing of the sale of the 41-51 Maple Street Property to Westchester County subject to the Village Attorney’s final approval. The closing on the property, which the Village has owned since 2008, will be later this week. The sale price is $2 million. As a result of the financing arrangement the developer has with Westchester County an additional step is required whereby the Village first transfer it to the County and then the County transfers it to Regan Development Corp. This resolution authorizes the Village Manager to execute these steps.
b. Acknowledge receipt of a special permit application from the property owner of 193-195 Grand Street to convert the existing mixed-use building, a nonconforming use, to an all-residential building with three one-bedroom apartments, another nonconforming use, and referring the necessary documents to the Village Planning Board as required by law, as well as the Westchester County Planning Board. The Village Code allows a change from one non-conforming use to another provided the Board considers it either less restrictive in its nature or the same.
c. Acknowledge receipt of a special permit application from Dish Wireless LLC to collocate new transmission equipment on the existing wireless tower near the Croton-Harmon Train Station, and consider determining that the Proposed Action is an Unlisted Action under SEQRA, declaring the Village Board’s intent to be Lead Agency under SEQRA, and referring the necessary documents to the Village Planning Board as required by law, as well as the Westchester County Planning Board. As Sprint has merged with T-Mobile, there is now an open spot on the tower at the railroad station which Dish Wireless proposes to take over.
D. Acknowledge receipt of a special permit renewal application from Happy Hearts on the Hudson for a day care center at 10 Old Post Road South and consider referring the necessary documents to the Village Planning Board as required by law. This is a renewal application for a previously authorized permit.
E. Consider scheduling a public hearing on the special permit renewal application for the operation of a day care center at 114 Grand Street at the Holy Name of Mary Church for December 19, 2022, at 7 p.m. This application for a renewal was previously reviewed by the Planning Board which recommended its approval.
f. Consider reestablishing the Croton Trails Committee as a sub-committee of Croton Conservation Advisory Council. The existing Trails Committee was established in 1992 as a sub committee of the CAC before becoming a stand-alone committee. The CAC has recommended that the committee return to being a subcommittee of the CAC.
g. Consider authorizing the Village Manager to accept the proposal from DTS Provident Design Engineering to conduct a traffic study related to lowering of the Village-wide speed limit at a cost of $4,400 and authorizing the Village Treasurer to make an interfund transfer in the same amount. NYS has recently allowed municipalities to establish 25 mph speed limits. The law requires that a traffic study be performed prior to taking this action. The Village’s Bicycle Pedestrian Committee has studied the NYS provisions and favors establishing the lower speed limit.
h. Consider authorizing the Village Treasurer to make an interfund transfer in the 2022-2023 General Fund budget in the amount of $7,000 to cover increased overtime expenses connected with seasonal events. Various seasonal events that were not held during COVID are now occurring again, requiring more employee involvement.
i. Consider authorizing the Village Treasurer to make interfund transfers in the 2022-2023 General Fund and Sewer Fund budgets in the amount of $190,955.90 to allocate funds for various Department of Public Works-based services. This moves the funds to the actual account where the expenses occurred from the main General and Sewer fund accounts established at budget approval time.