Ann Gallelli: Decoding Village Agendas No. 491

ann2016Dear neighbor, Here is the 491st 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.

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Decoding Village Agendas – April 27, 2020

Special Meeting of the Village Board

6:00 pm

(Zoom )

 

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Note:  This Special Meeting for the Budget Adoption will be followed immediately by a Regular Meeting of the Village Board.

 

 

  1. Consider adoption of the 2020-2021 Village Budget for the fiscal year commencing June 1, 2020 through May 31, 2021.  The budget to be voted on calls for $11,929,350 to be raised by taxes on a total appropriation of $19,299,402.  The tax rate/$1000 of assessed valuation is a 1.98% increase.  The backup documents are available on the Village website, click on Minutes and Agendas.

 

  1. Consider the addition of past due receivables to the tax bills for the 2020-2021 fiscal year. These are unpaid receivable for such things as snow removal, commercial garbage and alarm fees, etc.

  1. Consider adoption of the Master Fee Schedule for 2020-21.   This updates the Village’s fees for the coming year, beginning June 1, 2020.

  1. Consider authorizing the Mayor to sign the Tax Warrant for the collection of taxes for the period commencing June 1, 2020 through May 31, 2021. The Mayor must sign the Tax Warrant and this authorizes that action.

 

 

The Board will immediately convene  for it’s Regular Meeting.

 

 

 

CORRESPONDENCE:

 

  1. Letter from Marie Therese Dominguez, Commissioner of the New York State Department of Transportation, regarding the fence located along Route 9 in the Village. The NYSDOT agrees to fix the broken fence running along South Riverside and will allocate money from this year’s budget.

 

PROPOSED RESOLUTIONS:

  1. Acknowledge receipt of application from David M. Christensen, owner of 85-87 Grand Street, requesting a change of use from office to residential and refer such application to the Planning Board for review.    The property is currently a legal non-conforming use. In an RB district.  The owner seeks a change to all residential with 4 units, also non-conforming.  Change from one non-conforming use to another requires a Special Permit and must be referred to the Planning Board for review.
  2. Consider authorizing the Village Treasurer to accept a grant from the United States Dept. of Health & Human Services in the amount of $6,151.28 for assistance related to the CARES Act.  Under this recently passed act, funds are provided for costs associated with health care providers associated with the coronavirus.  These expenses were incurred by the EMS.
  3. Consider authorizing the Village Manager to execute an agreement with Kevin Dwarka in the amount of $5,000 to assist in the marketing and branding of the Village-owned parcel known as the Katz Property and to assist in the drafting of an RFP for the purchase and development of this property.  At its April 6 meeting, the Board approved Mr. Dwarka’s proposal.  It has since been turned into a contract which must be approved.

Brian Pugh: Keep Croton No. 1!

Dear Neighbors:brian-pugh-group-cropped

Croton-on-Hudson is No. 1–but we need your help to keep it that way.
Residents of the Village of Croton-on-Hudson, as of this writing, have completed the 2020 Census at a higher rate than any other community in Westchester County with over 68% of addresses reporting in. However, hundreds of households have yet to complete the Census.
The Census Bureau estimates that every person that is not counted equals a loss of approximately $2,500 per year to local municipalities. This means that every 400 people who are not counted equates to a loss of about $1 Million in funding.

Did you know that you can respond to the Census over the phone? Operators are standing by from 7am to 2am every day. The toll free numbers are as follows: 844-330-2020 (English) & 844-468-2020 (Spanish)

This is also the first US Census is history that can be completed online. You can fill it out by visiting: my2020census.gov
Please do your part and make sure Croton counts and remind your friends and neighbors to do the same.

Brian Pugh, Mayor

Ann Gallelli: Decoding Village Agendas No. 490

Ann Gallelli

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Dear neighbor, Here is the 490th 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.

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Decoding Village Agendas –   April 20, 2020

Work Session of the Village Board

6:00 p.m.

 

NOTE:  Please note that the meeting will start at 6 p.m.  It will be followed by a regular Village Board meeting and Public Hearing on the Tentative 2020/2021 Budget at 8 pm.

The meeting will be conducted via Zoom (see information below) and will also be available on the Village Facebook page.

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  1. Continued Review of 2020-2021 Village Budget.  

The Board will further discuss updates to the Tentative Budget for FY 2020/2021.  They will review changes suggested by the Manager and staff as well as the results of the Board’s input from their most recent work session on April 13.

Currently the proposed 20/20 budget modifications call for a reduction of $404,589 from the original Tentative budget of late March.  This reduction is also $117,454  less than the prior year’s Expenses.  As it stands now, a proposed tax rate increase of 1.99% is proposed.

As part of the work session review of the 2020/2021 budget, the Board will also be reviewing the proposed Capital budget (reduction of $4,605,000)  and the updated Debt Service expense budget (reduction in debt of $495,385.83).  The documents are included in the backup for the agenda available from the Village website.

Ann Gallelli: Decoding Village Agendas No. 488 & 489

ann2016Dear neighbor, Here is the 488th and 489th installments 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.

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Decoding Village Agendas –   April 13, 2020

Work Session of the Village Board

6:00 p.m.

 

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  1. Continued Review of 2020-2021 Village Budget.   The initial Tentative Budget for FY 2020/2021 has been revised due to the change in financial circumstances resulting from the coronavirus emergency.  The revisions are available in the backup documents for this meeting on the Village website.  It now calls for 1.84% increase per 1000 of Assessed valuation.    The Board will review and consider the proposed changes.

 

 

 

Regular Meeting of the Board ofTrustees

8:00 pm

 

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PUBLIC HEARINGS:

  1. Public Hearing on the adoption of the 2020-2021 Tentative Village Budget.  The proposed Village Budget will be presented  to the public with a Power Point presentation followed by public comments.    (All comments should be submitted to the Village by 4 pm on Monday, April 13 using the Public Comments section on the Village’s Homepage)

 

  1. Public Hearing to consider Local Law Introductory No. 3 of 2020 to repeal the prior tax cap override in Local Law 2 of 2020.   If the Board does not anticipate exceeding the NYS Tax Levy Cap, it must override I’s previous vote to allow an override.

Richard Masur: Playing Politics With A Pandemic

Dear Neighbors: 

Richard Masur

Mr. Paul Steinberg wrote a piece that was printed in last week’s Gazette and published on the website of the Croton United party.  As everyone who reads this publication is aware, he is an avid and frequent contributor to these pages and that website. I have been a far less frequent contributor to the Gazette, and have never (to my knowledge) been published on that website.  When, on occasion. I do write I have tried to make my letters civil in tone and encouraging of a reasoned discourse among the members of the Croton on Hudson community.  

 

In that spirit, I want to make clear that I have no way of knowing what Mr. Steinberg’s (or anyone else’s) motives are in writing what they write.  Nor do I choose to speculate on what his (or anyone else’s) motives may be. I believe that we are each entitled to our own opinions and have every right to express them publicly.  What I do not understand is what there is to be gained by ascribing malign motives to people who have gone out of their way to run for office and have sacrificed many hours of each week to serve our community by doing the job of elected officials.  I would point out that every member of the Village board was elected by the residents of Croton on Hudson and, as in this current cycle, all the Trustees and the Mayor have run unopposed for three straight elections.

 

I will not recap Mr. Steinberg’s extremely lengthy piece, nor will I attempt to refute the many misstatements and baseless assumptions that fill his piece.  I simply ask, once again, that we try to comport ourselves with civility and, if we disagree we do so without being disagreeable.

 

However, I feel I must raise a question about the central thesis of Mr. Steinberg’s piece.  He states as fact that, “Where a normal human reaction is to grieve the loss of life, the Board of Trustees and Village Manager see a tremendous opportunity.” How does he know this?  He cannot. So, he spends the rest of his words attempting to “prove” the case that the Mayor and the Trustees and the Village Manager are placing lives in danger by allowing the work to continue on the construction of the much-needed safety improvements to Croton Point Avenue.  He cites Governor Cuomo’s order that “non-essential construction is going to stop” but, for some reason, he omits the fact that the Croton Point Avenue project has been deemed by the state to be an “essential construction project”, leaving the impression that Croton Point Avenue is “non-essential construction”.  That is simply false.

 

Mr. Steinberg’s specious premise is that the Village is somehow defying the Governor’s orders for cynical reasons: that the Village is “using” this crisis to endanger lives for political purposes.  But they are not. The Mayor and the Trustees are doing the business of the Village, as well as they can under very difficult circumstances, while ensuring that the contractors are taking all possible steps to protect the safety and health of the workers on the site.

 

So, who is actually trying to “use” our current crisis for cynical political purposes?  Is it the Mayor and the Trustees, or is it Mr. Steinberg? You decide.

 

Richard Masur 

Brian Pugh: No Penalties for Q1 Water Bills

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The COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic and the unprecedented measures taken to contain it, including the closing of non-essential businesses, has put financial stress on many residents of the Village of Croton-on-Hudson and communities around the country.  Village of Croton’s  Board of Trustees would like to support those struggling under these extraordinary circumstances while fulfilling our obligation to protect the public purse.

At Monday’s meeting of the Board of Trustees voted unanimously to authorize the Village Treasurer to waive any and all penalties that would be accrued for late payment of the March 15, 2020, utility bills through June 12, 2020.

This grace period shall apply to those accounts in Tiers 1 through 4 of the water rate schedule (all ratepayers using between 1 and 250,000 cubic feet per quarter). Penalties will begin accruing on June 15, 2020.

In person payment of utility bills is suspended due to COVID-19.

Checks should be made payable to the Village of Croton-on-Hudson and can be mailed to the address on the front of the bill.  Alternatively, payments can be made online by either credit card or ACH at crotononhudson-ny.gov by selecting “online payments” button on the homepage.

There is an additional service fee for payment by credit card.  Payment via check or ACH is FREE.

These are trying times and the most serious challenges are likely to come.  The Board of Trustees will continue to work to keep our community together and do what we can to support those who have been affected by economic or other hardship.

Brian Pugh, Mayor

Richard Olver: Preparing For Life After COVID-19

olver2While we’re all doing our utmost to prevent the spread of coronavirus in Croton, we also need to mitigate its economic damage.  I’m glad to see that New York state is contributing to our future economic recovery by having the Croton Point Avenue reconstruction project proceed.  As the Gazette observed, all health protocols including social distancing will be enforced. Maintaining worker health should be quite feasible on a job like this.  And by starting the project now, it will provide many jobs later this year when we are desperate to get the US back to work.
There have been 10 million unemployment claims in the last two weeks – why does Croton United want to add to their number by shutting this project down?
Richard Olver

 

Ann Gallelli: Decoding Village Agendas No. 486

ann2016Dear neighbor, Here is the 486th 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.

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Decoding Village Agendas –   March 30, 2020

Work Session of the Village Board

7: 30 p.m.

 

NOTE:  Please note that the meeting will not be conducted at the Stanley H. Kellerhouse Municipal Building. The meeting will be conducted via Zoom (see information below) and will also be available on the Village Facebook page.

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  1. Consider adoption of a resolution to exempt emergency responders from the Families First Coronavirus Response Act.    This would ensure that our first responders remain available during the current crisis.

 

  1. Review of Proposed Capital Budget for Fiscal Year 2020-21.

Link to Proposed Budget for FY 2020-21

The Village Manager has REVISED THE Manager’s Budget message.  When it was written, the Covid-19 situation had not yet developed.  It’s impacts on the proposed budget are reflected in Manager King’s revised budget statement which now calls for an increase of $39,165.33 over the allowable Tax Levy limit.  The resulting tax rate increase would be 3.62% as opposed to the earlier projection of 0.27%

 

  1. Review of Proposed Fee Schedule for Fiscal Year 2020-21.  All of the Village Department fees are encompassed in a single Master Schedule.  The proposed budget includes small increases to fees for Silver Lake,, commercial sanitation collection, Planning Board application fees, monthly parking permit and a new Street Closing fee.

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Ann Gallelli: Decoding Village Agendas No. 485

Dear neighbor, Here is the 485th 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 –   March 25, 2020

Work Session of the Village Board

7: 30 p.m.

 

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  1. Review of Proposed Fire Department Budget for Fiscal Year 2020-21.

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Fire Department includes the following expense accounts: A3410

 

  1. Review of Proposed EMS Budget for Fiscal Year 2020-21.

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EMS Department includes the following expense account: A4540

  1. Review of Proposed Police Department Budget for Fiscal Year 2020-21.

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Police Department includes the following expense accounts: A3120, A3150, A3189

Ann Gallelli: Decoding Village Agendas No. 484

Dear neighbor, Here is the 484th 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 –   March 23, 2020

Work Session of the Village Board

7: 30 p.m.

 

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  1. Update from Westchester County George Latimer on the COVID-19 Pandemic.
  2. Overview of the Tentative 2020-2021 Village Budget by Village Manager Janine King.
  3. Review of Proposed Recreation Department Budget for Fiscal Year 2020-21.

Recreation Department includes the following expense accounts: A7020, A7140, A7180, A7310, A7610

  1. Review of Proposed Department of Public Works and Water Department Budgets for Fiscal Year 2020-21.

Department of Public Works includes the following expense accounts: A1620, A1640, A3310, A3510, A5010, A5110, A5140, A5142, A5182, A7110, A7550, A8090, A8140, A8160, A8170, A8510, A8560

Water Fund includes the following expense accounts: F1320, F1650, F8310, F8320, F8340

Sewer Fund includes the following expense accounts: G1320, G1650, G8120