Ann Gallelli: Decoding Village Agenda No. 603

Dear neighbor, Here is the 603rd installment of Decoding Village Agendas to keep Croton residents informed of the actions of the Village Board at their meetings.  I continue to add recipients to this email update on agendas so you may be receiving it for the first time. I enjoy getting your feedback and hope to continue to hear from you.  If you do not wish to receive these periodic email updates from me, please reply to this email and your name will be removed from the email list.

Ann Gallelli

Decoding Village Agendas –  December 4, 2022

Meeting of the Village Board

7:00 pm

Georgianna Grant Room

Municipal Building

NOTE: The Village Board Organizational Meeting will be followed by a Regular Meeting of the Village Board.

ORGANIZATIONAL MEETING:

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

REGULAR MEETING:

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).

CORRESPONDENCE:

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.

PROPOSED RESOLUTIONS:

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.

Ann Gallelli: Decoding Village Agendas No. 602

Dear neighbor, Here is the 602nd installment of Decoding Village Agendas to keep Croton residents informed of the actions of the Village Board at their meetings.  I continue to add recipients to this email update on agendas so you may be receiving it for the first time. I enjoy getting your feedback and hope to continue to hear from you.  If you do not wish to receive these periodic email updates from me, please reply to this email and your name will be removed from the email list.

Ann Gallelli

Decoding Village Agendas –  November 21, 2022

Meeting of the Village Board

7:00 pm

Georgianna Grant Room

Municipal Building

PUBLIC HEARING:

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.

CORRESPONDENCE:

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.

PROPOSED RESOLUTIONS:

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.

Ann Gallelli: Decoding Village Agendas No. 601

Dear neighbor, Here is the 601st installment of Decoding Village Agendas to keep Croton residents informed of the actions of the Village Board at their meetings. I continue to add recipients to this email update on agendas so you may be receiving it for the first time. I enjoy getting your feedback and hope to continue to hear from you. If you do not wish to receive these periodic email updates from me, please reply to this email and your name will be removed from the email list.

Ann Gallelli

Decoding Village Agendas – November 14, 2022

Work Session of the Village Board

7:00 pm

Georgianna Grant Room

Municipal Building

  1. Octoberfest/Fall Festival debrief. The Board, DPW, Police, members of the Croton Business Council, and other Upper Village merchants will discuss the recent event.
  2. Village Treasurer presentation on expanded reporting. Treasurer Tucker will provide an update on the Year-to-Date budget status and cash flow of the General Fund.
  3. Discussion on lowering speed limit minimum within Village boundaries. The Bicycle Pedestrian Committee has unanimously endorse the establishment of a 25 mph speed limit on all Village Streets where it is not otherwise prohibited by NYS Law (Albany Post road, Riverside, Route 129).
  4. Continued discussion on development of Gouveia Park. The Board will discuss a memo from Trustee Horowitz who has reinitiated the discussion of the future uses of the Gouveia property. She points to two groups that made proposals in 2015 and 2019 but no further action was taken. Trustee Horowitz suggests that “the Village should be working on a Master Plan for the park’s development, prepared by a site planning professional with input by the community. The Master Plan will become a dynamic instrument to balance the interests of various stakeholders against time and budget, allowing for informed, phased improvements with an eye to the whole.”

Len Simon: New Zoning, New Opportunities

Dear Neighbors:

Legislation titled “Local Law Introductory No. 11 and No. 12 of 2022” may bring on a yawn, but their details have the potential to help guide the Village’s towards an exciting future.

Our Board adopted those two laws November 1 after more than 1 ½ years of analysis, environmental review, hearings and consideration by advisory bodies, helped by talented planners and, most importantly, Croton residents actively participating in the process.

The evolution of this effort can be viewed at the Project Page for the South Riverside Avenue Area Zoning Study at https://www.crotononhudson-ny.gov/ongoing-projects-initiatives-proposed-infrastructure-improvements/pages/south-riverside-avenue-area and at our Board meeting for November 1, 2022 when we adopted the legislation at https://play.champds.com/crotononhudsonny/event/808.

Our objective in adopting these laws was to encourage revitalization and reduce commercial vacancies in the Harmon neighborhood and introduce a mixed-use transit-oriented concept to the train station area.

Mixed used buildings, containing both retail/commercial and housing have been permitted in Harmon for many years. The changes adopted would allow housing without a retail/commercial component, since the requirement for it may be an impediment to future housing development. The new law also permits housing to have three full stories rather than requiring the third story to be constructed within the roofline of the building.

Our hope is that with these modifications, there will be more housing, some affordable but most of it market-rate, for those currently living or working in the Village or for those who aspire to be part of our Croton community, and, of course, new customers for Croton businesses.

The legislation also allows for transit-oriented mixed use and multi-family residential development in the Light Industrial zoning district near the train station. For Example – “Lot A” – the overflow parking lot across from the main train parking lot – is not needed in post-Covid commuting, so it could be an appealing site for development that would enhance our Village.

These new Zoning amendments establish the rules for future development in these areas. But actual development will only happen on a project-by-project basis under the scrutiny and oversight of our Planning Board and the Board of Trustees, with ample neighborhood and public engagement at every step in the process.

As we proceed, we will be eager to learn from the development community of their interest in pursuing opportunities on vacant or underutilized land and on properties owned by the Village. I’m looking forward to a bright future for these parts of Croton, and the active involvement by Village residents to make it so.

Len Simon, Trustee

Village of Croton-on-Hudson

Ann Gallelli: Decoding Village Agendas No. 600

Dear neighbor, Here is the 600th installment of Decoding Village Agendas to keep Croton residents informed of the actions of the Village Board at their meetings. I continue to add recipients to this email update on agendas so you may be receiving it for the first time. I enjoy getting your feedback and hope to continue to hear from you. If you do not wish to receive these periodic email updates from me, please reply to this email and your name will be removed from the email list.

Ann Gallelli

Decoding Village Agendas – November 1, 2022

Regular Board Meeting of the Village Board

7:00 pm

Georgianna Grant Room

Municipal Building

NOTE: This meeting is on Tuesday.

PUBLIC HEARING:

Public Hearing to consider Local Law Introductory No. 15 of 2022, to delete §197-9 of the Code of the Village of Croton-on-Hudson, General Use Regulations for Street Trees, to align with provisions in §208 of the Village Code, Trees. This is not a change in regulations but rather a clean-up of the sections for consistency.

CORRESPONDENCE:

a. Letter from New York Power Authority and Clean Path NY regarding the submission of an application for a Certificate of Environmental Compatibility and Public Need for the Clean Path NY transmission line project. The transmission line project is 178 from Delhi, NY to Queens, NY. The announcement letter indicates more information on the project can be found at http://www.cleanpathny.com.

b. Email from John Munson, President of the Croton Fire Council, regarding membership status changes in the Croton Fire Department. Chief Munson notifies the Board of changes in the Fire Department membership.

PROPOSED RESOLUTIONS:

a. Consider adopting EAF Parts 2 and 3 Determination of Significance attached hereto, adopting a Negative Declaration under SEQRA and a statement of consistency with the Village’s LWRP in connection with adopting Local Law Introductory No. 11 of 2022 and Local Law Introductory No. 12 of 2022. At its’ last meeting the Board completed the EAF parts 1 and 2 and the Local Waterfront Revitalization Program (LWRP) Consistency Review. This resolution formalizes their review.

b. Consider adopting Local Law Introductory No. 11 of 2022 to amend the provisions of the zoning code of the Village of Croton-on-Hudson to expand the area of, and modify the zoning regulations for and related to, the Harmon/South Riverside Gateway Area. The Harmon Geteway are would be expanded to include the lot on the east side of South Riverside across from ShopRite and lots on Clinton and the former EMS building on Wayne street. It would also allow multi-family as an allowable use.

c. Consider adopting Local Law Introductory No. 12 of 2022 to amend the provisions of the zoning code of the Village of Croton-on-Hudson to allow for transit oriented mixed use and multi-family residential buildings in the Light Industrial zoning district. The area specified in this amendment is limited to the lots to west of route 9 on Croton Point Avenue.

d. Consider scheduling a public hearing to consider Local Law Introductory No. 16 of 2022, increasing the income eligibility level for the tax exemption for persons with disabilities. Currently, the Village allows a 50% reduction for disabled ersons with an income of $19,500 or less annually. This would raise that reduction for disabled persons with an income of less than $50,000 in accordance with NYS legislation.

e. Consider authorizing the Village Manager to implement a new minimum wage schedule This minimum wage policy would apply to all seasonal parttime employees of the Village, including, but not limited to, camp counselors, lifeguards, gate attendants and laborers. The minimum wage of $14.20 per hour would become effective as of December 31st, 2022, for all seasonal part-time employees of the Village.

f. Consider authorizing the Village Manager to execute the agreement between LaBella Associates and the Village of Croton-on-Hudson for services related to the technical review of the proposed Riverside Apartment project located at 25 South Riverside Avenue. This would provide technical assistance to the Village Engineer for evaluating the retaining wall proposed at this location.

g. Consider authorizing the Village Manager to execute the agreement between Worldpay, LLC and the Village of Croton-on-Hudson for services that will enable the Village to accept credit card payments in Village Offices. This would allow the Village Office to accept certain bill payments by credit card. Currently, some types of bills cannot be paid by credit card while others can be. It applies to Discover, Master Card and Visa.

Brian Pugh: Savings for Senior Citizens

Dear Neighbors:

Keeping housing affordable is a key objective of our Village of Croton-on-Hudson’s Board of Trustees. That’s why we adopted a resolution expanding eligibility for the senior tax exemption.

Previously, the village maintained a senior tax exemption at the maximum level of 50% for those senior citizens earning $29,000/year or less. Under the new threshold, the maximum income level is raised to $50,000.

Seniors must apply annually for this exemption to ensure their income remains within the eligible range. This year, 35 properties have applied for and received the senior tax exemption.

Based on an analysis of census data, the Village staff estimate for the number of new eligible households will be between 25 and 46.

The cost of living crisis continues to affect us all. Its impacts are particularly acute on those with limited incomes, especially senior citizens. The Board of Trustees will continue to do what we can with the resources available to us to mitigate the impact of these challenging economic times on our community.

Sincerely,

Brian Pugh

Croton-on-Hudson, Mayor

Len Simon: Slow Down Croton Is More Than A Slogan

Dear Neighbors:

“Slow Down Croton” is more than a slogan or a yard sign – it’s a guiding principle for all of us here in the community and a key priority for our Village government.

So we should all be very pleased that our Croton Police Department has won the Gold Award in the AAA Northeast  2022 Community Traffic Safety Awards program, recognizing communities that identify local traffic safety problems and then work to solve them. 

Our Board of Trustees is proud of Croton’s police for achieving the Gold Award. But we all know there is more work to be done, which is why we were so glad to hear at our Monday night Board meeting from Police Chief John Nikitopoulos regarding the ongoing work to achieve better traffic safety. You can view the Chief’s comments by going to Village website at https://www.crotononhudson-ny.gov/board-trustees/pages/webcasts clicking on “October 17 Board of Trustees Meeting”, and then clicking on the Chief’s presentation, the 4th item on that night’s agenda.

In his remarks the Chief noted that speeding is one of the biggest issues raised to the department by Croton residents. To help address the problem, he is now dedicating one full time officer each month to traffic enforcement.

This intense focus on traffic safety translates into real action – a 28.9% increase in traffic summonses issued in the January-August period compared to the previous year, including speeding, illegal right on red, going through a stop sign, or other violations. These summonses represent both a response to violations but hopefully also a deterrence to future ones.

Assisting the public to follow the law are the speed machines posted all around the Village to monitor a driver’s vehicle speed, with a new one to be added at the end of this month. The department’s strategy is to deploy these in numerous locations moving them to new streets when necessary. These devices are an effective way to let the driver know in real time that they are going too fast and must slow down.

We’ve made a good deal of progress on traffic safety, including by implementing suggestions made by our hard-working Bicycle and Pedestrian Committee, but we can’t stop now. For a safer Croton, we all need to decrease our speeding and increase our observance of all the traffic laws in place to protect all of us and our families.

Len Simon, Trustee

Village of Croton-on-Hudson

Ann Gallelli: Congratulations to Janet Meyer

Dear Neighbors:
Congratulations and kudos to Croton resident, Janet Meyer, and being nominated to the Westchester County Senior Hall of Fame.
Janet is a past President of the Croton Seniors Club and had the unfortunate job of leading the Seniors through most of the Covid pandemic years. Janet, working with others, was a key force in keeping the group together with regular ZOOM meetings and online events and communications. Janet’s background in organizing events no doubt helped the Croton Seniors organization remain intact throughout this challenging period.
Janet, a former Cryptographer in the Women’s Army Corps during the Vietnam War, is also an active member of the Fox/Eklof Post 505 of the American Legion in Croton. In that capacity she has been a regular speaker at the Memorial Day and Veterans’ Day ceremonies held in the Village. Janet’s “talks” always add an interesting anecdote and insight to the ceremony of the day bringing home its importance locally. Janet also organizes and promotes a monthly food drive held at the Municipal Building to benefit the Veterans at the VA facility in Montrose.
Janet is also a member of the Croton Caring Committee and an active member and volunteer of Croton’s Asbury Methodist Church. Janet is a champion of encouraging more participation. She was, and is, interested in the challenges of interpersonal connections among family and friends during the COVID and post-COVID world. She is always looking for new ways to connect. As such, Janet was one of two seniors who participated with local high school students in an Innovation Challenge focused on building intergenerational connections in the post-COVID world.

Congratulations, Janet, on your well-deserved recognition and nomination to the Senior Hall of Fame.

Ann Gallelli, Trustee

Ann Gallelli: Decoding Village No. 598

Dear neighbor, Here is the 598thinstallment of Decoding Village Agendas to keep Croton residents informed of the actions of the Village Board at their meetings.  I continue to add recipients to this email update on agendas so you may be receiving it for the first time. I enjoy getting your feedback and hope to continue to hear from you.  If you do not wish to receive these periodic email updates from me, please reply to this email and your name will be removed from the email list.

Ann Gallelli

Decoding Village Agendas – October 17, 2022

 Meeting of the Village Board of Trustees

In the Georgianna Grant room

Stanley Kellerhouse Municipal Building

7:00 pm

 PRESENTATION:Presentation by John Nikitopoulos, Chief of Police, regarding traffic safety. Presentation of the “Key to the Village” to Seaver Wang, former President of the Croton Rotary Club, in recognition of outstanding service to the Village. PUBLIC HEARINGS:a.      Public Hearing to consider Local Law Introductory No. 13 of 2022, to revise the time limit parking within the residential permit parking system zones from 2 hours to 4 hours between the hours of 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM on weekdays.  b.      Public Hearing to consider Local Law Introductory No. 14 of 2022, increasing the income            eligibility level for the senior property tax exemption.  In August 20221, NYS passed legislationincreasing income eligibility for senior property tax exemptions from $29,000 to $50,000. Municipalities have the option of opting to do this or not..  Manager Healy estimates thatbetween 25 and 46 households would be eligible. CONSISTENCY REVIEWa.      LWRP Consistency Review and EAF Part II Review for Local Law Introductory 11 and Local Law Introductory 12 of 2022.  The Village Board will review and complete the formsfor the SEQRA process and the Local Waterfront Revitalization Plan for the two zoning laws under consideration.  Local Law 11 pertains to amending the Harmon Gateway Overlay Zoning area by expanding its area and allowing multi-family use.  Local Law 12 pertains to allowingTransit Oriented Development (TOD)zoning in the LI district at the top of the railroad station,west of Route 9. 
  

CORRESPONDENCE:

a.      Letter from Mae Carpenter, Westchester County Commissioner of Senior Programs, announcing the induction of Croton resident Janet Meyer into the Senior Hall of Fame for 2022.   Janet Meyer, past President of the Croton Seniors Club and active member of American Legion Fox- Eklof  Post 505 has been accepted into the Westchester County Senior Hall of Fame.  The formal County-wide ceremony will be held on Friday, December 2.

b.      Email from John Munson, President of the Croton Fire Council, regarding membership status changes in the Croton Fire Department. As required, Chief Munson is notifying the Village of membership changes in the Fire department.

c.       Letter from John Corlett, Vice President of Public and Government Affairs, congratulating the Village upon earning a Gold Award in the 2022 Traffic Safety Awards Program.    The American Automobile Association (AAA) recognizes Croton for its commitment to traffic safety and will present the award at its annual Community Traffic Safety luncheon on October 26th.

PROPOSED RESOLUTIONS:

a.      Consider authorizing the Village Manager to execute an agreement with Ten Old Post Road South Corporation for use of 6 parking spaces along the north side of 10 Old Post Road South. This formalizes a previous agreement that has expired for the Village use and maintenance of 6 spaces that are half in the Village-owned parking lot adjacent to Vassallo park and also half in the property of 10 Old Post Road South.  The agreement expires in 2027.

b.      Consider authorizing the Village Manager to execute an agreement with American Legion Fox-Eklof Post 505 to support patriotic observances and remembrances throughout the year.   The Village supports patriotic observances and remembrances throughout the year, including, but not limited to, Vietnam Veterans Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Veterans Day and Pearl Harbor Day and wants to continue cooperation with Fox-Eklof Post 505 to further these events.  The Village agrees to provide up to $2500/year for supplies and refreshments to help sponsor these events.

c.       Consider adjusting the terms of the members of the Water Control Commission to align with the terms spelled out in the law.The terms of the current members of the Water Control Commission have become inconsistent with the terms spelled out in the law, namely that one member’s term should expire each year. This would adjust the terms as follows: Stuart Greenbaum: Term to expire December 31, 2022 Leo Wiegman: Term to expire December 31, 2023 Richard Wetherbee: Term to expire December 31, 2024 Mark Goldfarb: Term to expire December 31, 2025 William Pfrang: Term to expire December 31, 2026

d.      Consider adopting a resolution to acknowledge receipt of the 2022 Justice Court Audit. The Village acknowledges that the required audit was conducted.

e.       Consider scheduling a public hearing to consider Local Law Introductory Number 15, deleting §197-9 of the Village Code to align with the provisions in §208 of the Village Code, Trees    No change to existing practice is being proposed with this local law. This is simply a housekeeping change to ensure the accuracy of the Village Code.

f.        Consider authorizing the Village Manager to accept the proposal from Sullivan Architecture of White Plains, New York, to design an addition onto the Harmon Firehouse for Croton EMS to utilize as their headquarters.   Currently, Croton EMS is no longer operating out of 44 Wayne Street and has temporary headquarters in the Harmon Firehouse. A working group of EMS, Firemen and Village administration have determined that putting an addition onto the Harmon Firehouse for Croton EMS to use as their headquarters would be the most economical and wise use of Village resources.  The contract is not to exceed $32,000.  The funding was allocated in the current budget.;

g.      Consider adopting an updated FOIL Policy to include the Retention and Disposition Schedule for New York State Local Government Records (LGS-1) as the Village official subject matter list for records.    The Village is required to maintain a subject matter list of records available under the Freedom of Information Law. This resolution adopts the State’s subject matter list for Village purposes.

h.      Consider authorizing the Village Manager to execute the agreement between the Village and M&B Towers LLC of West Babylon, New York.   Since 2006 M&B Towers has leased a portion of the train station parking lot to host a telecommunications tower that currently has 4 carriers on it.  This will extend the number of renewals possible as well as increase the monthly rent.

i.        Consider authorizing the Village Treasurer to amend the 2022-2023 General Fund Budget in the amount of $5,000 for expenses related to Oktoberfest. This is a budget amendment to reflect income and expenses related to the event.

j.        Consider authorizing the Village Treasurer to make an interfund transfer in the 2022-2023 General Fund Budget in the amount of $23,176 for recordkeeping purposes related to the hiring of a new assessor.  The Village has hired a part-time Assessor. This reflects the transfer of salary expenses to the position from the General fund.

k.      Consider authorizing the Village Treasurer to amend the 2022-2023 General Fund Budget in the amount of $12,385.40 related to police overtime reimbursements.  The Croton Harmon School District, Con Edison, and the Croton Rotary Club requested police services for various events during the fiscal year and have agreed to pay the overtime costs for the officers.  

Sherry Horowitz: Support Proposition 1–Clean Water, Clean Air, Green Jobs Environmental Bond Act

Dear Crotonites,
It gives me great pleasure to share with you that at the Village Board meeting on October 3, 2022, the Board voted unanimously to adopt a Resolution in support of Statewide Ballot Proposal 1: Clean Water, Clean Air, Green Jobs Environmental Bond Act of 2022. The Act was passed by the New York State Legislature as part of the 2022-2023 New York State Budget, and will appear on the November 8, 2022 New York State General Election Ballot for voter approval.
The Clean Water, Clean Air, Green Jobs Environmental Bond Act would authorize the four billion and two hundred million dollars of bonds to finance critical environmental restoration, clean water, and infrastructure projects across New York State. The Act will provide funding for a variety of environmental initiatives, among them protecting our local waterways from pollution and modernizing water infrastructure to safeguard clean water, reduce flooding, and reduce lead exposure and other health threats. Funding will also go towards building green roofs, upgrading cooling centers, upgrading transportation and stormwater infrastructure, restoring natural resources, growing urban forests, protecting open space and farmland, upgrading facilities at state and local parks and preserves, and creating new outdoor recreational areas, thereby protecting wildlife habitat and providing more people with access to nature. All of these initiatives will reduce the pollution that causes climate change, and protect the State’s vulnerability to extreme weather, characterized by rising temperatures, stronger and more frequent storms and storm surges that put people, properties and public assets at risk. In addition, these funded initiatives will support more than 84,000 family-sustaining jobs for New Yorkers: green jobs, with strong labor provisions . The Environmental Bond Act also stipulates that at least 35%, with a goal of 40% of the measure’s funding will go towards addressing pollution, public health threats and other hazardous conditions in disadvantaged communities across the State.
For all these reasons, the Village Board is pleased to support the Clean Water, Clear Air, Green Jobs Environmental Bond Act, and hope you will too when it appears on the ballot for public approval on Election Day, November 8th!
Sincerely, Sherry Horowitz, Trustee, Croton Village Board