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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
 
September 22, 1997

A Regular Meeting of the Board of Trustees of the Village of Croton-on-Hudson, NY was held on Monday, September 22, 1997 at the Municipal Building, Van Wyck Street, Croton-on-Hudson, NY 10520.

The following officials were present:

        Mayor Elliott                           Trustee Daubney
        Village Manager Herbek          Trustee Gallelli
        Village Attorney Waldman                Trustee Grant
        Village Treasurer Campbell      Trustee Watkins
                                        
                                                
Call to Order:
Mayor Elliott called the meeting to order at 8:00 p.m.  Everyone joined in the Pledge of Allegiance.

Approval of Minutes:
Trustee Grant made a motion to approve the minutes of the Regular Meeting of September 8, 1997 as corrected.  Trustee Watkins seconded the motion; approved unanimously.
        
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 unanimously.

        General Fund                     $  48,790.07
        Water Fund       6,483.63
        Capital Account  184,000.00                
        Trust & Agency               10,235.73          
                                        $ 249,509.43


Correspondence:  (full text available at the Village Office)
        Village Manager Herbek read the following correspondence:

a.      A letter from Robert F. Davis,  Shamberg Marwell Hocherman Davis & Hollis, P.C. enclosing a Protest Petition with respect to the Greenway Vision Plan on behalf of their client,  HMB Acquisition Corp.

b.      A letter from James W. Harris, NY Metropolitan Transportation Council announcing the availability of the Draft State Transportation Improvement program (STIP) for public review.

c.      A letter from H. Carl McCall, NY State Comptroller, with information that the 1997 legislation provides for the payment of State General Purpose Revenue Sharing (GPRS) to cities, towns & villages and that the Village will be receiving $35,522 for the 1997-98 fiscal year.  Village Treasurer Campbell stated that this check has already been received.

A letter from Diane Rainey, Director, Government & Public Affairs, Media One, announcing changes to their channel line-up and services effective October 10, 1997.


Citizen Participation:

Dan Salzberg spoke regarding wetlands, stating that Croton on Hudson has wetlands that the DEC thinks highly of.   He stated that the issue of having enough water to keep wetlands viable depends on a supply of water from public property, which should be protected from any adverse impact.  He suggested that the Village should have someone from the Arboretum monitor the meter when it is installed, or possibly ask the Golf Course to allow someone to go 5 ft. into their property to look at the meter or else extend the meter line onto Arboretum property.  Mayor Elliott stated that this will be passed on to the Planning Board.  Dr. Salzberg also reminded the Board to do a report on the railroad tie removal when it is available.


Resolutions:

Trustee Daubney made a motion to approve the following resolution; seconded by Trustee Grant, approved unanimously.

Resolved: that permission is hereby granted to the Recreation Department to hold its annual Goblin Walk on Saturday, October 25, 1997.

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

Be it Resolved:  the Treasurer is hereby authorized to make the following budget modification:

Transfer from:                          Transfer to:
Acct.               Trust & Agency              Acct.           Capital Fund
5-5-37  Deposits in Lieu                3-7140-2006     Senasqua Park           Balance + interest
                of Parkland                             Improvements            (currently $68,823.44)


Trustee Gallelli added that the funds come from money obtained from subdivision approval  in which parkland or money in lieu of  land is set aside for parkland use.
        
Trustee Watkins made a motion to approve the following resolution; seconded by Trustee Gallelli.

BE IT RESOLVED: the Treasurer is hereby authorized to reduce its accounts receivable for account 1-1-2410 in the amount of $200.00 for the month of July.

Discussion:  Treasurer Campbell stated that this is necessary as Larry’s Taxi has submitted a payment of $400.00 instead of the $600.00 we billed July 1, 1997.  His reason for this reduction is that the Village has already billed him for $600.00 and the accounts receivable must reflect the difference.  Mr. Campbell presented a draft of the new taxi agreement .

Trustee Grant added that there are 12 spaces reserved for taxi cabs and Larry’s Taxi is only using four, what would the Village do if someone else or the other taxi company wants to use the two spaces that are not being used now.  Village Manager Herbek replied that the wording of the present agreement is that up to six spaces are reserved for each of the two companies now using taxicab spaces.  He added that the new agreement does allow that if there are unused spaces, the Village can, if it chooses, have an agreement with another company.  Village Treasurer Campbell replied that this has been addressed in the new agreement.  There was discussion about the wording of the new agreement.  Mayor Elliott asked that the administration rewrite the agreement and make a firm deal for next year.  Village Manager Herbek stated that they will rework  the new agreement and come back to the Board.
Vote was taken, with Trustees Gallelli, Watkins, Daubney voting “aye” and Trustee  Grant voting “nay”.

d.      (Under Hudson Valley Greenway Act) (full text attached)
1a.     Trustee Gallelli made a motion to authorize the Village Manager to file grant applications pursuant to the Clean Water/Clean Air Bond Act for the Croton Bay Boat Launch & Trail Project.  Trustee Daubney seconded the motion; passed unanimously.
1b.     Trustee Grant made a motion to authorize the Village Manager to file grant applications pursuant to the Clean Water/Clean Air Bond Act for the Croton Bay Railroad Tie Removal Project, Wetland Restoration and Interpretation Project Trustee  Gallelli seconded the motion; passed unanimously
1c.     Trustee Grant made a motion to authorize the Village Manager to file grant applications pursuant to the Clean Water/Clean Air Bond Act for the Installation of Sanitary Sewer Line to Village Waterfront Parcel.   Trustee Gallelli seconded the motion.  Vote was taken, with Trustees Grant, Gallelli and Watkins voting “aye” and Trustee Daubney voting “nay”.



1d.     Trustee Daubney made a motion to authorize the Village Manager to file grant applications pursuant to the Clean Water/Clean Air Bond Act for the Senasqua Park Improvements Project.   Trustee Grant seconded the motion; passed unanimously.
1e.     Trustee Grant made a motion to authorize the Village Manager to file grant applications pursuant to the Clean Water/Clean Air Bond Act for the Village Waterfront Parcel Handicapped-Accessible Trailway Project (formerly Seprieo Property). Trustee Gallelli seconded the motion.  Vote was taken, with Trustees Grant, Gallelli and Watkins voting “aye” and Trustee Daubney abstaining.

d. (Under Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation) (full text attached)
        2a.     Trustee Gallelli made a motion to authorize the Village Manager to file grant applications pursuant to the Clean Water/Clean Air Bond Act for the Black Rock Pavilion Project.  Trustee Grant seconded the motion.  All voted “aye”.
       2b.     Trustee Grant made a motion to authorize the Village Manager to file grant applications pursuant to the Clean Water/Clean Air Bond Act for the Installation of Sanitary Sewer Line to Village Waterfront Parcel (former Seprieo property).  Trustee Gallelli seconded the motion.  Vote was taken with Trustees Watkins, Gallelli and Grant voting “aye” and Trustee Daubney voting “nay”.
        2c.     Trustee Grant made a motion to authorize the Village Manager to file grant applications pursuant to the Clean Water/Clean Air Bond Act for the Mount Airy/River Landing Trailway project. The motion was seconded by Trustee Daubney, approved unanimously.
        2d.     Trustee Grant made a motion to authorize the Village Manager to file grant applications pursuant to the Clean Water/Clean Air Bond Act for Senasqua Park Improvements project. The motion was seconded by Trustee Watkins, approved unanimously.

d.  (Under Water Quality Improvement and Pollution Prevention) (full text attached)
        3a.     Trustee Gallelli made a motion to authorize the Village Manager to file grant applications pursuant to the Clean Water/Clean Air Bond Act for a Compartmentalized Recycling Truck Project.  The motion was seconded by Trustee Daubney, approved unanimously.
 3b.   Trustee Grant made a motion to authorize the Village Manager to file grant applications pursuant to the Clean Water/Clean Air Bond Act for Installation of Sanitary Sewer Line to Village Waterfront Parcel (former Seprieo Property).  The motion was seconded by Trustee Watkins.  Vote was taken with Trustees Watkins, Gallelli and Grant voting “aye” and Trustee Daubney voting “nay”.
        3c.     Trustee Grant made a motion to authorize the Village Manager to file grant applications pursuant to the Clean Water/Clean Air Bond Act for Organic Waste Recycling Program Project.  Trustee Daubney seconded the motion; with all voting “aye”.


        3d.     Trustee Gallelli made a motion to authorize the Village Manager to file grant applications pursuant to the Clean Water/Clean Air Bond Act for Recycling Education Program Project.  The motion was seconded by Trustee Grant, approved unanimously.

        3e.     Trustee Gallelli made a motion to authorize the Village Manager to file grant applications pursuant to the Clean Water/Clean Air Bond Act for the Salt Storage Shed Project.  Trustee Grant seconded the motion; unanimous vote in favor of approval.  

6e.     Trustee Grant made a motion to approve the following resolution. The motion
                was seconded by Trustee Gallelli, approved by all.

                RESOLVED: that the Board of Trustees hereby does approve and endorse the application of the Croton Arboretum and Sanctuary, Inc. for a grant under the Environmental Protection Fund and/or Clean Water/Clean Air Bond Act.

Reports:

Trustee Watkins asked what the status is of the gentleman who will help with the design of the windows in the Municipal Building.  Village Manager Herbek stated that is a matter of scheduling a meeting with him.  Trustee Watkins also asked if Mr. Herbek has found out the name of the manufacturer of a sign outside of Katonah.  Ed Mills replied that this company is Signature Signs of North Salem.  Trustee Watkins asked about a letter from Mr. Corvinus that was received a short time ago about an accessory apartment and asked if there has been a response.  Village Manager Herbek replied that it was on the Planning Board agenda and they asked for more information.  Trustee Gallelli added that this is being considered by the Planning Board.  Trustee Watkins suggested, that since building permits are only good for a year, could a program be located that would notify the Engineering Dept. when a application has expired.  Village Manager Herbek replied that he will look into this.

Trustee Gallelli reported that there was a very successful clean up day on Saturday, run by the CAC and about 33 people collected over 30 bags of debris and they hope to  do it again next year in combination with a trail day.    Trustee Gallelli reported that the
CAC was asked to develop an environmental policy statement; and that they have been working on it and John Goplerud has shown an interest in following up with this to perhaps use it as a model for other municipalities.  Trustee Gallelli reported that she has heard from one artist willing to serve on the Public Arts Committee and added that more are welcome.  Trustee Gallelli mentioned that the Board had discussed the closing of the emergency access to River Landing; adding that she went to the area and noted that this has not been closed; that more homes are almost completed.  Village Manager Herbek replied that he has had discussions with Mr. Albert about completing that section of roadway and dedicating it to the Village; the usual practice is to wait until the top coat of paving is installed; there is a possibility of accepting it before the final topcoat, with a bond to assure completion.  Mayor Elliott asked Mr. Herbek  to continue discussions with the construction company to resolve this issue in an acceptable, timely manner.  Trustee Gallelli reiterated that it should be done now before people get used to using the road.

Trustee Daubney reported that the Library is not completed yet.  Trustee Daubney reported that a recycle truck worker indicated that many residents do not comply with the recycling rules and suggested coming forth with an re-education program to indicate to citizens what the recycling guidelines are.  Trustee Daubney added that Saturday night there was supposed to have been a concert at Senasqua Park, but it   had to be held in the high school; he commended the students for the way they handled the matter and hopes that they will try again.

Trustee Grant reported that the Sidewalk Committee had it’s first meeting with Bob Karas as chair and sent everyone home with work to do; they hope to have a recommendation within three or four meetings.  Trustee Grant added that she has just driven through Pennsylvania and Virginia and noted that the landscape is scarred with monopoles; that this was a dramatic change from last time she passed through and thinks they are pretty ugly.  Trustee Grant stated that the Village Teen Council is very hard working, are involving kids, and plans have begun which should come to fruition very soon.

Mayor Elliott reported that the CAC had a great cleanup day on Saturday; also that he agrees that the kids were great in putting together the concert.  Mayor Elliott reported that indicative to the number of people, with young children that are moving into the area and becoming active in the community, the Jewish Center has doubled the size of their sanctuary.  Mr. Elliott added that the WCC has recommended Mark Goldfarb be appointed to a position on the Croton Water Commission and he would like approval for Mr. Goldfarb’s appointment to the WCC.  All Trustees agreed to the appointment.

Trustee Daubney made a motion to adjourn.  The motion was seconded by Trustee Grant; unanimously approved.  The meeting was adjourned at 9:30 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,



Phyllis A. Bradbury
Secretary




Village Clerk/Acting Clerk








Corrections to the minutes of the meeting of September 8, 1997:

Page 2, paragraph 4, third sentence: should read one time event and is concerned that artists…                                   

Page 2, paragraph 4, last sentence:  should read…he added that this committee has been meeting since  April and its objectives have been discussed.

Page 4 and 5, g,: add that the Village Manager was asked to determine if a new special permit is required to continue the operation of IRS, Inc.

Page 6, paragraph 3, line 5, change to read:  emergency road access should be closed as called for in the permit…

Page 6, paragraph 3, last line: add only when necessary and otherwise be kept closed.  

Page 9: last paragraph, change to Herb Perry.