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Village of Croton-on-Hudson
1 Van Wyck Street
Croton-on-Hudson, NY 10520

Phone: 914-271-4781
Fax: 914-271-2836


Hours: Mon. - Fri., 8:30 am - 4 pm
 
July 14, 1997
A Regular Meeting of the Board of Trustees of the Village of Croton-on-Hudson, NY was held on Monday, July 14, 1997 at the Municipal Building, Van Wyck Street, Croton-on-Hudson, NY 10520.  At that time, the following officials were present:

        Mayor Elliott                           Trustee Grant
        Village Manager Herbek          Trustee Watkins
        Village Treasurer Campbell      Trustee Gallelli
        Village Attorney Waldman                Trustee Daubney


1. Call to Order:
        Mayor Elliott called the meeting to order at 8:00 p.m.  Everyone joined in the Pledge of Allegiance.


2. Approval of Minutes:
        Trustee Grant made a motion to approve the minutes of the Regular Meeting of June 30, 1997 as corrected.  Trustee Gallelli seconded the motion; Trustees Grant, Watkins and Gallelli vote for approval; Trustee Daubney abstained.


3. Approval of Vouchers:
        Trustee Grant made a motion to approve the vouchers as follows, subject to review by the Audit Committee.  The motion was seconded by Trustee Daubney and approved by all.

                General Fund            $34,133.14
                Water Fund                          1,604.30
                Trust & Agency              3,789.87
                                                $39,527.31


4. Public Hearing:
        Mayor Elliott opened the Public Hearing for Local Law Introductory #3 of 1997, increasing income levels for senior citizen tax exemption. Village Manager Herbek explained that each year the State Legislature makes changes to income limitations for a percentage of allowable tax exemptions dependent upon income levels and each year the Village Board adopts the recommendations.  Trustee Grant inquired if the Village Treasurer sends reminders to those that fall under this category; Village Treasurer Campbell stated that reminders are sent.
 
        No public comments were forthcoming; Mayor Elliott closed the public hearing.  Trustee Gallelli made a motion to approve Local Law Introductory #3 of 1997; Trustee Daubney seconded the motion.


        Trustee Daubney asked if a definitive answer is available to a previous inquiry as to how a "family unit" was defined for this exemption.  Village Manager Herbek replied that it is based on the income of both members of the housing unit regardless of age.  Village Treasurer Campbell added that he believed they must be joint tenants.  Village Manager added that he will double check but is quite certain that both incomes must be taken into consideration whether the property is in one person's name or not.

        Vote was taken with all Trustees voting "aye" with Trustee Daubney asking for clarification of the income question.


5. Correspondence: (full text available at the Village office)
        Village Manager Herbek read the following correspondence:


a)      A letter from Norma Drummond, Westchester County Dept. of Planning concerning architectural resources survey conducted by this department in the early to mid 1980's to provided information for Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) projects and indicating that the information continues to provide an adequate baseline; however, if any municipality wishes to have the information updated, a written request should be sent.

b)      A letter from Donald L. Reynolds asking for the closing of Church Street for a block party on July 26, 1997 from 2 to 10 P.M. and

c)      A letter from Cary Andrews asking for a closing of a portion of Hunter Street for a block party on August 23, 1997 from 12 noon to 9 P.M.

        The Board of Trustees agreed that both requests should be granted, with the usual conditions.

d)      A letter from Gregg H. Stanley, CGCS, Hudson National Golf Club, requesting the removal and pruning of some trees, removal of underbrush, dead or diseased trees, or those encumbered with vines, etc. at #2 Green of Hudson National Golf Club.

        Village Manager Herbek stated that he spoke with the Village's environmental consultant, Dan Salzberg who concurs with Hudson National's conclusion.  Trustee Gallelli stated that she did read this earlier and suggested Mr. Stanley come to tonight's meeting; she and Trustee Grant and Bruce Donahue went to see the property in discussion and agree it appears this request is a good solution.  Village Attorney Waldman stated that he would have to look at the deed before a decision is made.   Trustee Grant added that the area is on a slope and there would not be any digging or bulldozing done.  Mr. Stanley added also that many of the trees in this area show signs of old fire damage.

Trustee Waldman made a motion that the Board of Trustees endorses the proposal as stated in the letter from Gregg H. Stanley, CGCS, Hudson National Golf Club dated 7/11/97 (regarding Shade and Air movement at #2 Green at Hudson National Golf Club), subject to approval by the Planning Board. The motion was seconded by Trustee Gallelli; approved unanimously.

6. Citizen Participation:

1.      Karen Ford thanked the Village Board and Chief Coxen for having foot patrols in the Upper Village on an “as need” basis and stated that she hoped this patrol continues.

        Ms. Ford stated that a crosswalk at the Grand Union parking lot would be helpful in preventing a tragedy; there is no crosswalk at present and she has witnessed citizens having close calls in attempting to navigate to their automobiles.  Mayor Elliott replied that he would have the Police Chief take a look at it and contact the owner of the parking lot.

        Ms. Ford added that she is concerned with the state of the upper Village and suggested using the former James Drugs to display art work.  Mayor Elliott replied that he will contact the owner and see if he would cooperate.

2.      Ms. Anne DiCioccio, 12 Irving Ave., stated that the seniors are having their meetings at Senasqua Park since the Community Meeting Room has become too small; however, the Senasqua Pavilion is also too small.  Ms. DiCioccio asked if the Village would be getting a new pavilion.  Ms. DiCioccio asked also if there is anything that can be done about the goose droppings at the park.  Mayor Elliott replied that everyone in the area is working on the goose-dropping problem.  Village Manager Herbek replied also that the Village will be replacing the pavilion; that funds are in place; an architect will be selected and the project will be put out for bid; hopefully, the planning work will be started this Fall.  Trustee Grant suggested looking into having a dog patrol the area to disturb the geese; she believes this has been successfully done at the golf course.  Ms. Ford responded that she believes having a dog chase away the geese harms the ecological balance and suggested getting kids who are given community service come in and clean up the park area.

3.      Mr. Wintermeier stated that he agreed with the idea of using the kids to clean up the areas.  Mr. Wintermeier asked about the alleged fraud that occurred in the Village office in February 1997 and suggested conducting an independent audit; he has checked that the government does not require any independent audit, but still would like to see this done; the Westchester County D.A. is doing only an investigation.  Mr. Wintermeier asked what the target date is for the outcome of this investigation; he is concerned that the auditors did not target problem areas and if any safeguards have been implemented since February to protect the Village from future fraud.  Mayor Elliott replied that no charges have been made; all audits routinely make recommendations for improvements.   Village Manager Herbek added that the independent audit is taking longer than anticipated and a number of letters have gone out to residents who either owe tax money or water funds and that area has been the cause of the delay.  Mayor Elliott stated that completed audit reports are available at the Village office and are available at the Library.    Trustee Watkins added that the Board of Trustees had an extensive work session with the auditors and expressed some of the same concerns.


7. Resolutions:

a.      Trustee Gallelli made a motion to approve the resolution authorizing the Village Manager to sign the attached agreement with the firm of Lev Zetlin Associates to provide professional services for Phase II of the rehabilitation of the Croton Harmon Station Parking Facility for a lump sum cost of $64,500 for tasks 1 through task V and on site part time inspection at an estimated cost of $14,400.  Trustee Grant seconded the motion.

        Discussion:  Village Manager Herbek stated that he is hoping this will get paid with TIP money and before signing the agreement, will find out about the funding.  Trustee Watkins asked if the $14,400 for inspection is an option.  Village Manager Herbek replied that he would prefer the company does the inspection rather than the Village Engineer.  Trustee Grant added that she would like it made certain that one person is watching this project on a daily basis.  Village Attorney Waldman stated that he thought there should be more than three site visits and perhaps this should be included in the $64,500 base cost with per] diem costs after that.  Trustee Watkins added that the first three visits should be included in the base cost and per diem should start after the base.  Trustee Watkins made a motion to revise the motion to read “The resolution is approved with the discretion of the Village Manager to negotiate more than three visits”.  Trustee Grant seconded the motion; unanimously approved.


Trustee Daubney made a motion to approve the following resolution.  The motion was seconded by Trustee Grant, and approved by all.

BE IT RESOLVED, the Treasurer is hereby authorized to cancel any outstanding taxes on the property it acquired at 33 Brook Street, Croton on Hudson. Currently there is an outstanding Village Tax bill in the amount of $388.00 that was due on June 1, 1997 together with penalties of $19.40.



Trustee Daubney made a motion to approve the attached resolution rejecting all bids submitted for the Croton Gorge Trail Project.  Trustee Gallelli seconded the motion.

Discussion:  Trustee Watkins asked if the project should be restructured to keep the bids at approximately $50,000, which has been approved.  Village Manager Herbek replied that the Village has a $46,000 grant and $10,000 in capital funds available without appropriating any funds for the project and he expects to come in with the project close to that number; the additional drainage work along the trail inflated the price.

Vote was taken with all voting “aye”.


d.      Trustee Gallelli made a motion to approve the attached resolution for the issuance of $80,000 bonds to finance drainage improvement   on Old Post Road North.  Trustee Grant seconded the motion.

        Discussion:  Trustee Watkins stated when he added everything up, it came in higher than the figures he had.  Treasurer Campbell replied that the costs were rounded up.

        Roll call was taken as follows:
        Trustee Watkins, “aye”
        Trustee Gallelli, “aye”
        Trustee Daubney, “aye”
        Trustee Grant, “aye”

e.      Trustee Daubney made a motion to approve the attached resolution for the issuance of $80,000 bonds to finance the purchase of a sewer jet for the Public Works Dept.  Trustee Gallelli seconded the motion.

Roll call was taken as follows:
Trustee Watkins, “aye”
        Trustee Gallelli, “aye”
        Trustee Daubney, “aye”
Trustee Grant, “aye”






f.      Trustee Grant made a motion to approve the attached resolution for the issuance of $25,000 bonds to finance the purchase of a 4X4 pickup truck for the Public Works Dept.  Trustee Daubney seconded the motion.

Discussion:  Trustee Grant asked what will happen to the vehicle being replaced.  Village Manager Herbek replied that it is replacing a 1985 Dodge, which will go into surplus.

Roll call was taken as follows:
Trustee Watkins, “aye”
        Trustee Gallelli, “aye”
        Trustee Daubney, “aye”
Trustee Grant, “aye”

g.      Trustee Grant  made a motion to approve the attached resolution authorizing the issuance of $50,000 bonds to finance the replacement of windows in the Village Municipal Building.  Trustee Watkins seconded the motion.

Roll call was taken as follows:
Trustee Watkins, “aye”
        Trustee Gallelli, “aye”
        Trustee Daubney, “aye”
Trustee Grant, “aye”


h.      Trustee Grant made a motion to approve the attached resolution authorizing the issuance of $20,000 bonds to finance the purchase of a brush chipper for the Public Works Department.  Trustee Daubney seconded the motion.

Roll call was taken as follows:
Trustee Watkins, “aye”
        Trustee Gallelli, “aye”
        Trustee Daubney, “aye”
Trustee Grant, “aye”


Trustee Watkins made a motion to approve the attached resolution authorizing the issuance of $35,000 bonds to finance the addition of a covering structure for the Municipal Building handicapped lift.  Trustee Daubney seconded the motion.

Discussion: Trustee Grant stated that the professionals who put the lift in should have realized rain would come in and freeze and added that she doesn’t think the Village should be responsible for correcting the problem.  Trustee Gallelli suggested that the company from which the lift was purchased be held responsible for costs.  Village Attorney Waldman replied that approving the resolution does not preclude the Village from pursuing recovery of monetary compensation and, in fact, this proved the Village had a monetary loss.


Roll call was taken as follows:
Trustee Watkins, “aye”
        Trustee Gallelli, “aye”
        Trustee Daubney, “aye”
Trustee Grant, “aye”


Trustee Grant made a motion to approve the attached resolution authorizing the issuance of $35,000 bonds to finance the clearance and embellishment of the Village-owned Seprio property.  Trustee Gallelli seconded the motion.

Roll call was taken as follows:
Trustee Watkins, “aye”
        Trustee Gallelli, “aye”
        Trustee Daubney, “aye”
Trustee Grant, “aye”

Trustee Daubney made a motion to approve the attached resolution authorizing the issuance of $62,000 bonds to finance the installation of ballfield lighting at the Village-owned recreational area off Alexander Lane.  Trustee Grant seconded the motion.

Roll call was taken as follows:
Trustee Watkins, “aye”
        Trustee Gallelli, “aye”
        Trustee Daubney, “aye”
Trustee Grant, “aye”
        
Trustee Daubney made a motion to approve the attached resolution authorizing the issuance of $20,000 bonds to finance the replacement of a passenger vehicle for use by the Villager Manager.  Trustee Watkins seconded the motion.

Discussion:  Trustee Grant stated that she did not support passing the automobile down to the Village Engineer; that she would like to downsize the fleet and believes better scheduling for replacement vehicles would accommodate that objective.  Mayor Elliott replied that the vehicle now in use would become a pool car.

Roll call was taken as follows:
Trustee Watkins, “aye”
        Trustee Gallelli, “aye”
        Trustee Daubney, “aye”
Trustee Grant, “nay”

        
Trustee Grant made a motion to approve the attached resolution authorizing the issuance of $14,000 bonds to finance the installation of lightning protection for the Village Municipal Building.  Trustee Gallelli seconded the motion.

Roll call was taken as follows:
Trustee Watkins, “aye”
        Trustee Gallelli, “aye”
        Trustee Daubney, “aye”
Trustee Grant, “nay”

Trustee Gallelli made a motion to approve the attached resolution authorizing the issuance of $65,000 bonds to finance a Waterfront Master Plan for the Village.  Trustee Grant seconded the motion.

Roll call was taken as follows:
Trustee Watkins, “aye”
        Trustee Gallelli, “aye”
        Trustee Daubney, “aye”
Trustee Grant, “nay”

Trustee Grant made a motion to approve the attached resolution authorizing the issuance of $300,000 bonds to finance architectural fees for the consolidation or replacement of Harmon Firehouse and Renovations and additions to the Grant Street Firehouse for the Village.  Trustee Daubney seconded the motion.

Discussion:  Trustee Watkins stated that it was not necessary to spend all the money allotted; individual purchases can be determined.  Village Manager  Herbek replied that the hiring of an architect will take a separate agreement and will be brought back to the Board for approval; money will be approved, but all is subject to negotiation.

Roll call was taken as follows:
Trustee Watkins, “aye”
        Trustee Gallelli, “aye”
        Trustee Daubney, “aye”
Trustee Grant, “nay”

Trustee Gallelli made a motion to approve the attached resolution authorizing the issuance of $15,000 bonds to finance bulkhead improvements at the Village’s Senasqua Park.  Trustee Watkins seconded the motion.

Roll call was taken as follows:
Trustee Watkins, “aye”
        Trustee Gallelli, “aye”
        Trustee Daubney, “aye”
Trustee Grant, “nay”


Trustee Daubney made a motion to approve the attached resolution authorizing the issuance of $48,000 bonds to finance the improvement of North Rive4rside Avenue in the Village.  Trustee Grant seconded the motion.

Discussion:  Village Manager Herbek noted that the County is putting in an additional $18,500 toward this project.

Roll call was taken as follows:
Trustee Watkins, “aye”
        Trustee Gallelli, “aye”
        Trustee Daubney, “aye”
Trustee Grant, “nay”

Reports:

Village Manager Herbek reported that the Croton “home page” counter reported 966 hits on the site.

Trustee Watkins reported the signage will be a work session item and asked if Village Manager Herbek has talked with the VEB and will they be present.  Village Manager Herbek replied that the Planning Board started talks, they were put aside, but will be taken up again; he will refer to the Planning Board and the VEB.  Trustee Watkins asked also if the tennis court will be finished by the end of July.  Village Manager Herbek replied that he will check.  Mr. Watkins asked the status of the Brook Street affordable housing project.  Village Manager Herbek responded that they were trying to work out plans before demolition begins; ZBA rejected the application for the project saying it had a problem with fitting in with the character of Brook Street; they will get back to the Housing Network for modifications.  Trustee Watkins inquired if Mr. Zutt is still doing work for the Village since the B&B determination has been completed.  Mayor Elliott replied that he will get a status report from Mr. Zutt and will schedule this for a work session.  Trustee Grant added that it is critical to get a report from Mr. Zutt.  Trustee Grant added that it is her interpretation that the ruling is that the B&B had 5 beds and was non-conforming in 1985 and that the applicant will be coming back to the ZBA in September.  Trustee Watkins asked about a letter from Mr. Posey that the cleaning of Rt. 9 will not be available any longer.  Village Manager Herbek responded that they are rethinking the issue.

Trustee Gallelli reported the night construction work was approved last week and started just when they said it would; Ms. Gallelli asked if the asphalt layer will be done in the daytime.  Village Manager Herbek replied that it would, but only the asphalt will be done then.  Trustee Gallelli reported the Planning Board meetings will be held on July 23 and 30.  Trustee Gallelli gave congratulations to the Arboretum for the “Garden Day Tour” held recently which was well attended.  

Trustee Daubney suggested the Harmon Hill light at Benedict Blvd. should have one lane marked “Right turn only”.  Trustee Daubney asked about the water bills due at the Village by the date marked, but taxes can be post marked by State ruling-why can’t both be kept the same.  Trustee Campbell replied that the Village uses a bank lock-box and do not get the envelopes back, therefore cannot determine the postmark.  Trustee Daubney reported also that citizen can place trash in plastic bags, but it is not a good idea because of animals that tear these bags apart.  Trustee Daubney stated also that Half Moon Bay is forbidding citizen to use the walkway; there is a potential hazard and should be attended to.  Village Manager Herbek replied that Half Moon has gone to the Army Corps of Engineers, DEC and Planning Board; the DEC is holding up the repairs at present.  Trustee Daubney reported that there will be a Public Hearing regarding the County’s purchase of Hudson Hills Golf Course at the County Center at 7:30 P.M. tomorrow.  Trustee Daubney reported that the Library construction is a little behind, but the target for completion is mid-August.  Trustee Daubney also stated that a public telephone was vandalized on Bungalow Road about a month ago and should be taken care of.

Trustee Grant reported the ZBA  is encouraging the Housing Network to come back with a different plan for the affordable housing.  Trustee Grant stated that the Sidewalk Committee will meet on September 11th and would like Village Manager Herbek to attend.  Trustee Grant reported the Teen Council will have another meeting with the Chamber of Commerce on 7/23.

Mayor Elliott announced the formation of the Marketing Committee;  Trustees Grant and Daubney will be liaisons and he will be calling on people to serve.

Trustee Watkins made a motion to adjourn.  Trustee Grant seconded the motion.  The meeting was adjourned at 9:50 P.M.

Respectfully submitted,





Phyllis A. Bradbury, Secretary





Clerk/Deputy Clerk