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Decoding Village Agendas – September 20, 2021
Regular Meeting of the Village Board
Memorial flag presentation to Tanya Chuck-Habib in memory of late Trustee John L. Habib
Public Hearing on Local Law Introductory No. 11 of 2021 to adopt Chapter 99 of the Village Code, Cannabis On-Site Consumption Opt-Out, to prohibit on-site cannabis consumption establishments within the Village of Croton-on-Hudson. The NYS law on cannabis would allow on-site establishments for cannabis consumption unless a municipality “opts out”.
UPDATE by Chief of Police John Nikitopoulos on the Police Department Reform Plan. The Chief will provide an update on what the Police Dept. and the Police Advisory Task Force committee have done since passage of the Reform Plan.
- Decision and Order issued by the Westchester County Supreme Court in the matter of Maria Elena DiBella v. Village of Croton-on-Hudson, Croton-on-Hudson Planning Board and Half Moon Bay Homeowners Association. The Court has dismissed the suit brought against the Planning Board decision regarding paving of the promenade along the Hudson River at HMB.
- Compilation of Hydrilla Status Reports from NYS DEC for 2021. The report covers the status of hydrilla in the Croton River from June 2018 through September 2021.
- Request from Seaver T. Wang, President of the Croton-on-Hudson Rotary Club, to display banners for their Auto Show on September 26. Mr. Wang requests permission to put up banners for the Rotary Auto Show one week before the event.
- Memo from Frank Balbi, Superintendent of Public Works, regarding renovations to the EMS House. In August, the EMS building at 44 Wayne Street was found to have mold in the basement. The basement was closed off but EMS personnel remained on the upper floor. Based on analysis by a licensed contractor, to perform the necessary mold abatement as well as repairs needed ( performed in-house by the DPW) will cost $109,000. He is also recommending that if this work is done, some other repairs and upgrades be performed as part of the work even though they are not part of the mold abatement and repair work.
- Email from Toni Senecal Shea requesting to serve alcohol at Senasqua Park on Friday, October 1. Ms. Senecal met with Manager Healy and two board members to discuss a proposed event on October 1 (Friday) at Senasqua from 4 pm to 8:30 pm. A previous proposal had called for hours to extend to 10 pm.
- Resolution 150 of 2021: authorizing the Village Manager to execute the amended lease agreement from Sol Systems for the Solar Canopy Project at the Croton-Harmon Train Station Parking Lot. This resolution was adopted at the work session of September 13. It calls for revisions to the lease agreement regarding the solar battery incentive and contaminated soil removal.
- Resolution 151 of 2021: authorizing the inclusion of the Village of Croton-on-Hudson in the grant application for the State and Municipal Facilities Program (SAM). This resolution authorizes the village to be included in a State grant process for up to $100,000 for a new fire boat.
- Consider the appointment of Tyler J. Pece to the position of Police Officer effective October 1, 2021, pending approval of the Westchester County Department of Human Resources, at a salary of $67,235.43. Officer Pece comes from the SUNY New Paltz department and has completed the probabtionary period.
- Consider adopting a resolution to acknowledge receipt of the 2021 Justice Court Audit. The Board acknowledges that the required annual audit has been performed.
- Consider authorizing the Village Manager to execute an agreement with La Teja Contractors & Landscaping Inc. to provide snow removal services for the 2021-2022 winter season. La Teja would provide snow removal from properties that have not properly removed snow and ice as required under Village code.
- Consider scheduling a Public Hearing on amending Chapter 127 of the Village Code, Fireworks, to revamp the procedures for submitting a fireworks application and to provide notice to residents for October 4, 2021, at 7 PM. The proposed code change would incorporate NYS Code requirements as well as call for additional public notice. This calls for a Public Hearing.
- Consider scheduling a Public Hearing on amending Chapter 160 of the Village Code, Noise, to include time constraints on the operation of gas-powered leaf blowers for October 18, 2021, at 7 PM. The proposed code change would prohibit gas-powered leaf blowers between June1 and August 31 of 202 And January 1 and March 31 of 2023 and thereafter excepting properties in RA-40, RA-60 and WD districts. Exceptions can be permitted by the Village Manager on a case-by-case basis. This calls for a Public Hearing o the proposed regulations.
- Consider adopting a Negative Declaration for SEQRA purposes and a finding of consistency with the Village’s LWRP in regards to the adoption of Local Law Introductory No. 8 of 2021. This formalizes the Board’s review of Part 2 of the EAF under SEQRA and a Finding of Consistency with the Village’s LWRP regarding the proposed law to update sections of the code including eliminating the prohibition of video arcades. This is a necessary step prior to adoption of the law.
- Consider adopting Local Law Introductory No. 8 of 2021 to amend the Zoning Chapter of the Village Code, Section 230, to eliminate the prohibition against video game and arcade machines, update notification procedures for sheds and update penalties for offenses. Follow “f” above, the Board will vote on adoption of this update of the Zoning law.
- Consider scheduling a public hearing to amend Chapter 227 of the Village Code, Wetlands, to amend the date range for public hearings for October 4, 2021, at 7 PM. This proposed law changes the date range in which a public hearing required to be held when the Planning Board is the approving authority. This calls for a Public Hearing on the change.
- Consider authorizing the Village Manager to execute the Memorandum of Agreement between the Village of Croton-on-Hudson and the Croton Police Association. This addresses vaccination and testing for COVID among members.
- Consider authorizing the Village Manager to execute the Memorandum of Agreement between the Village of Croton-on-Hudson and Local 456, International Brotherhood of Teamsters. This addresses vaccinations and testing for COVID among Teamster members.
- Consider authorizing the Village Manager to execute the Laboratory Services Agreement between the Village of Croton-on-Hudson and Sovereign Laboratory Services, LLC, of Fair Lawn, New Jersey, concerning all unvaccinated employees. The company will perform regular testing for all unvaccinated employees.
- Consider adopting a finding of consistency with the Village’s LWRP in regards to the bridge washing proposal from NYSDOT. The Village Board is formalizing its finding of Consistency of the proposed NYSDOT bridge washing action with our local LWRP.
- Consider authorizing the Village Manager to accept the proposal from “The 145’s Band” for an amount not to exceed $1,000 to perform for the Village of Croton-on-Hudson Fall Festival in Vassallo Park. This was not part of the previously approved budget for the event so needs authorization to transfer money. The band will perform from 12:30 to 5:30 at Fall Fest.
- Consider scheduling a Public Hearing on the special permit applications from Hudson National Golf Club for a proposed tier 3 solar energy use and the Club use on the reduced property for October 18, 2021 at 7 PM. The Village Board has previously declared itself Lead Agency on this application under SEQRA. It has completed Part 1 of the EAF, received recommendations from both the Planning Board and the Waterfront Advisory Committee on this application. The next steps are a public hearing and completion of part 2 of the EAF. This calls for the public hearing.