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Decoding Village Agendas – April 4, 2022
Regular Meeting of the Village Board
Georgianna Grant Room
LWRP Consistency Review for the NYSDOT Bridge Painting Project for the Warren Road Overpass. The Board will review the proposed painting project for consistency with the Village’s Local Waterfront Revitalization Plan (LWRP).
a. Letter from the Arbor Day Foundation declaring Croton-on-Hudson a 2021 Tree City USA. The Village has been selected as a 2021 Tree City, one of 3,600 nationwide. Recognition materials will be sent to Village for a future Arbor Day ceremony.
b. Letter from the New York State Department of State requesting a LWRP Consistency Review for the installation of a generator at Symphony Knoll (15 Mount Airy Road). Westchester County received an award of $5,469.396 from the Federal Housing Urban Development CDBG. As a member of the Urban County Consortium, the Village is eligible to benefit from this grant. The proposed project is to install a generator at the Senior Housing development of Symphony Knoll. This would ensure electricity is available during any service outages. The estimated cost of the project is $100,000 which would be fully paid by the award. Since the Village has a Local Waterfront Revitalization Program (LWRP), the Board must first find that this proposal is consistent with that plan.
c. Memorandum from Daniel O’Connor, Village Engineer, requesting a building permit extension for 22 Wells Avenue. Engineer O’Connor recommends a six month extension due to COVID-related issues that caused delays in the project completion.
d. Letter from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation regarding the issuance of a permit for the Croton-Harmon Train Station Solar Canopy Project. The DEC has granted a permit for the proposed solar array installation at the railroad station. It was needed because parts of the area are located adjacent to a recognized freshwater wetland.
a. Consider proclaiming April 29 as Arbor Day in the Village of Croton-on-Hudson. This is the 150th Anniversary of Arbor Day. The Village has been a Tree City since 1984.
b. Consider adopting a home rule request for a residential parking permit system on Benedict Blvd. between South Riverside Avenue and Hastings Avenue. A residential parking permit system has previously been instituted for sections of Hastings and Young Ave. This action, on a public street, required the approval of the NYS Legislature. The Board is now requesting the Legislature to approve enabling such a residential parking system for a portion of Benedict Blvd. Assemblywoman Galef and Senator Harckham have submitted bills to enable this but it requires a resolution from the Board as well.
c. Consider adopting a home rule request for a residential parking permit system for the Croton River area: Nordica Drive, Truesdale Drive, Cedar Lane and a portion of Old Post Road South. As in the above resolution, the Board is requesting that the Legislature enable a residential parking system in the named streets. Our State representatives have submitted bills to that effect and the Village Board must also submit a resolution requesting it.
d. Consider authorizing the Village Manager to extend the landscaping contract with La Teja Contractors and Landscaping of Ossining, New York, for the period from June 1, 2022, to May 31, 2023. A one-year extension of the current contract.
e. Consider authorizing the Village Manager to execute a Memorandum of Understanding with Sustainable Westchester to participate in the upcoming ESA with Westchester Power. The Village would agree to future continuation in the Community Choice Aggregation program beginning in July 2022.
f. Consider scheduling 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, for April 18, 2022, at 7 PM in the Georgianna Grant Meeting Room of the Stanley H. Kellerhouse Municipal Building. 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.”
g. Consider adoption of a statement of consistency with the Village’s Local Waterfront Revitalization Program (LWRP) for the NYSDOT Bridge Painting Project for the Warren Road Overpass. This is the project that the Board reviewed for consistency at the beginning of this meeting. The Waterfront Advisory Committee already found it consistent.
h. Consider authorizing the Village Treasurer to make an interfund transfer in the amount of $19,450 for additional services being provided by AKRF for the South Riverside Area Zoning Study. This would fund a Traffic Impact study for this area currently being studied for potential rezoning.
i. Consider authorizing the Village Treasurer to amend the 2021-2022 General Fund Budget in the amount of $6,020 to account for the forfeiture of street opening bonds. The Village receives performance bonds for street openings done by private contractors to ensure they are properly closed to the Village’s standards. Two openings were not closed to the satisfaction of the Village and performance bonds associated with that work have been forfeited.
j. Consider authorizing the Village Treasurer to amend the 2021-2022 General Fund Budget in the amount of $20,352.42 to account for the reimbursement of police overtime. Con Ed, Altice and PCI Industries requested Police help during road restoration work being performed by them. They agreed to reimburse for overtime expenses.