VILLAGE OF CROTON ON HUDSON, NEW YORK
PLANNING BOARD MEETING MINUTES – TUESDAY, JULY 11, 2006
A regular meeting of the Planning Board of the Village of Croton-on-Hudson, New York was held on Tuesday, July 11, 2006 in the Municipal Building.
MEMBERS PRESENT: Fran Allen, Acting as Chairperson
ABSENT: Chris Kehoe, Chairman
ALSO PRESENT: Ann Gallelli, Liaison from the Village Board
Daniel O’Connor, P.E., Village Engineer
1. Call to Order:
The meeting was called to order at 8:00 P.M. by Fran Allen, acting as chairperson in Chris Kehoe’s absence.
2. OLD BUSINESS:
Leonard Amicola – 119 Grand Street (Sec. 67.20 Blk. 3 Lot 24) – Application for a Sign Permit for Groovy on Grand Children’s Clothing Store
Lisa Primeggia and Andrea Andrews, owners of the prospective business (children’s clothing store), were present for this application.
Ms. Andrews told the board members that she and her partner, Ms. Primeggia, went before the Advisory Board on the Visual Environment (VEB) with their sign application for Groovy on Grand on Wednesday, June 21st. A few changes have been made to their signage for the storefront windows as a result of comments provided by the VEB members.
Ms. Andrews showed the board a photograph of the originally proposed signage. She then showed the Planning Board a rendering of the “new” signage with the changes recommended by the VEB. Ms. Andrews stated that the lettering, “Cool Clothes for Cool Kids,” was originally at the bottom of the window facing front. The VEB recommended that it be moved up to just beneath the larger lettering of the store name, “Groovy on Grand.” The VEB also recommended that the store’s e-mail address be put on the front window rather than the side window.
Ms. Andrews noted that the Village Code states that commercial signage can only take up 25% of the total window space. The signage on their front window would take up 22% of the total window space, so it meets the Village Code requirements.
Ms. Andrews noted that the VEB liked the colors and the logo of their sign(s), so no changes have been made to the colors and the logo that they originally proposed.
Ms. Andrews stated that the lettering, “Groovy on Grand” on the storefront window, facing front, would be five feet in length and one foot, two inches in width.
Mr. Luntz noted that as he understands the procedure on sign applications, the VEB makes recommendations to the Planning Board; however, they do not have the approval authority. In a change of use application such as this one, the Planning Board approves the signage.
Mr. Sharma referred to the minutes of the VEB meeting pertaining to this sign application and asked if the Applicant would be proposing “new” signage that incorporates all of the VEB’s recommendations. Ms. Andrews told Mr. Sharma that the VEB’s recommendations have already been incorporated into their sign application. That is what is being presented tonight.
The Village Engineer asked if the Applicant could take a digital photograph of their signage and send it the Village Engineer’s Office for inclusion in the property file on 119 Grand Street.
Chairperson Allen asked if there were any other comments on this sign application, to which there were none.
Chairperson Allen entertained a motion to approve the signage application for Groovy on Grand, as presented to the Planning Board tonight. The motion to approve was made by Mr. Luntz, seconded by Mr. Sharma and carried by a vote of 4 to 0.
b) Sky View Rehabilitation and Health Care Center– 1280 Albany Post Road (Sec. 67.18 Blk. 1 Lot 2) – Application for an Amended Site Plan Approval
Michael Bergen, Superintendent of Grounds at Sky View Rehabilitation and Health Care Center, was present for this application.
Chairperson Allen stated that the Village Board, at its meeting last night, acted on Sky View’s application for an amended special permit. The Village Board granted the amended special permit with conditions. The main condition, which applies to the Planning Board because of the implications it might have on the Planning Board’s approval of the Applicant’s amended site plan, has to do with the sewer system at Sky View.
The Village Engineer noted to the Planning Board that the Village Board granted the amended special permit on the condition that Sky View install a grinder for their sewage within 180 days. The Village Engineer noted to the Planning Board that the Village would need to make sure that the Sky View facility is in compliance with all of the NYSDEC and County regulations. He spoke with a representative of the Westchester County Environmental Facilities today and was told that Sky View is not required to have a pre-treatment facility at the nursing home. The County considers the Sky View facility to be domestic in nature; therefore, they need not adhere to any special treatment requirements. The Village Engineer said that he has contacted, and left a message with, the NYSDEC to determine if there are
any issues at the state level that need to be addressed.
Chairperson Allen noted that, at the Village Board meeting, Trustee Kane expressed his concern about the sewage at Sky View. It was her (Chairperson Allen’s) impression that Trustee Kane’s main concern had to do with medical waste. He questioned how the Village could ensure that medical waste from the Sky View facility is not entering into the sewer system. The Village Engineer noted to the board members that disposal of medical waste is a heavily regulated field. He would assume that the nursing home pays strict attention to the proper disposal of their medical waste.
The Village Engineer noted that Janine King of the Village Manager’s Office listened today to last night’s Village Board meeting on the Village’s web site to get the specific terms (language) of the conditions on the Sky View application that the Village Board wants to impose.
Trustee Gallelli noted to the Planning Board members that the Village Board approved the amended special permit for the terrace extension and storage space at Sky View on the condition that a grinder be installed. The Planning Board must approve the location of the grinder. The proposed location of the grinder should be a part of the Applicant’s amended site plan application to the Planning Board. Trustee Gallelli noted that one of the other conditions of the Applicant’s amended special permit was that local, county and state licenses and regulations be examined for purposes of compliance.
Chairperson Allen recalled that another condition of the Village Board’s resolution of approval had to do with access to the site by emergency vehicles. Trustee Gallelli said that it is her recollection that this matter was discussed, but it was not made a condition of the approval.
Mr. Luntz wanted to know what action(s) should be taken by the Planning Board tonight. Chairperson Allen said that, at tonight’s meeting, the Planning Board should review the Applicant’s amended site plan application and decide whether or not to call the public hearing.
The Village Engineer noted that the installation aspects of the grinder have not been developed yet.
Mr. Bergen recalled that there was a proposal for a grinder at Sky View years ago, which was never carried out. The proposed grinder was to be situated directly between the manhole and the pit. The Village Engineer said that, as he sees it, another pit could be installed for the grinder in between the manhole and the wet well. The Village Engineer told Mr. Bergen that, for the next meeting, the Planning Board would want to see on the Applicant’s site plan an indication of the location of this pit area with an arrow saying “Proposed Grinder.”
Chairperson Allen recalled that, at the Village Board meeting last night, there were some issues raised regarding access to the sewer pump station. The Village Engineer said that he would be meeting with the superintendent of the Department of Public Works, Ken Kraft, and the Village’s pump maintenance company to make sure proper access is being maintained. Mr. Luntz said that the Village would want to make sure that there is adequate access, given the new gate locations, to which the Village Engineer said, this is, indeed, the case.
Mr. Luntz noted that the Applicant’s revised plan shows the area underneath the new terrace to be used as storage. Also, the Applicant’s elevation drawing has been updated to show the doors going into the new storage area.
Mr. Bergen noted that among the articles to be stored in the new storage area are extra beds and wheelchairs. Some new lighting of the storage area would be required.
Chairperson Allen said that the doors to the storage area are below ground level. She asked if there would be grading required, to which Mr. Bergen said that the doors would be at ground level once the retaining wall is put in.
Mr. Andrews noted that, as shown on the Applicant’s revised plan, a new driveway to the storage area is being proposed.
Mr. Andrews said that, on the Applicant’s previous plan, there was a fence being proposed to block the pump chamber tank. Mr. Bergen said that they have moved it (the fence) back closer to the pit so as not to block the residents’ view of the Hudson River.
Mr. Bergen said that, in so far as the new driveway is concerned, the new driveway extension to the storage area would run off of the existing driveway.
Mr. Bergen stated that the new terrace extension would give them the ability to separate the smokers from the non-smokers. There may be 12 to 15 residents using the smoking area(s) at any given time. The residents are limited as to when they are permitted to smoke because aides have to accompany them to the smoking area(s). There are set times when they are allowed to smoke.
Mr. Andrews asked if the existing fence was going to be moved, to which Mr. Bergen said that they would stay as far away from the existing fence as they can.
Chairperson Allen asked if the Planning Board was agreeable to setting the public hearing date tonight. The Village Engineer asked if the Planning Board had any additional requirements that they wanted incorporated into the Applicant’s amended site plan application. Chairperson Allen recalled that the Village Engineer had requested that the Village right of ways should be shown on the plan. Mr. Bergen said that the Village right of ways are shown on Drawing #L1. The Village Engineer noted to Mr. Bergen that the easement lines should be drawn back in. It appears that they have been erased. Chairperson Allen thought that the easement lines should be shown on a “blow-up” (detail) of that part of the site. Mr. Bergen said that the Village would have on record what the actual, physical
easement is, to which Chairperson Allen told Mr. Bergen that the easement (easement lines) should still be shown on the plan(s).
Mr. Sharma asked if the terrace is encroaching on the easement, to which the Village Engineer said that a corner of the previously approved terrace encroaches on the easement. The Village Engineer noted to Mr. Sharma that it was decided at the time that the terrace would not reduce the Village’s rights or operations of the sewer pump station facility. The Village Engineer noted that the fence and gate would also be in the easement area. He would be meeting with the DPW on this matter. He did not think that the encroachment of the fence/gate into the easement area would be an issue.
The Village Engineer said that, for the next meeting, the location of the proposed grinder and the easement lines should be shown on the Applicant’s plan(s).
Chairperson Allen asked Mr. Bergen when he thought Sky View’s architect, John Cohen, could have a revised site plan prepared. Mr. Bergen said that he would contact Mr. Cohen as soon as Mr. Cohen returns from his vacation. Mr. Bergen noted that Sky View would like to be back on the agenda for the Planning Board meeting of Tuesday, July 25th.
Chairperson Allen asked if the two projects – installing the grinder and building the terrace/storage area – could take place simultaneously. Mr. Bergen thought that it would be difficult to do the two projects at the same time. The contractors would “get in each other’s way.” The Village Engineer suggested that Sky View should finish the terrace first. He (the Village Engineer) would draw up a letter to Sky View regarding the grinder. The Village would keep in close touch with Sky View to make sure that the grinder is installed. The Village Engineer noted that, from a design standpoint, the grinder is a relatively small project.
The Planning Board scheduled the public hearing on the Sky View amended site plan application for Tuesday, July 25th.
3. OTHER BUSINESS:
Chairperson Allen informed the board members that, at the Village Board meeting last night, the Village Board referred the NIR (1A Croton Point Avenue) proposal to the Planning Board for a recommendation. This referral application would (most likely) be before the Planning Board at their meeting of Tuesday, July 25th.
The Village Engineer told the board members that, at their meeting last night, the Village Board agreed to make available for review an alternate site for Nextel’s proposed monopole installation. The new site would be south of the DPW complex and closer to the light poles at the Croton-Harmon Train Station.
4. APPROVAL OF MINUTES:
Approval of the June 13, 2006 Planning Board minutes was adjourned until the next Planning Board meeting on July 25th.
The meeting was adjourned at 9:13 P.M., on a motion by Mr. Andrews, seconded by Mr. Sharma and carried by a vote of 4 to 0.