A Regular Meeting of the Board of Trustees of the Village of Croton-on-Hudson, NY was held on Monday, November 17, 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 Grant
Village Attorney Waldman Trustee Rickles
Village Treasurer Campbell Trustee Watkins
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 Watkins made a motion to approve the minutes of the Regular Board Meeting held on November 3, 1997 as corrected. Trustee Daubney seconded the motion; approved by all.
Trustee Daubney made a motion to approve the minutes of the Special Meeting of November 7, 1997. The motion was seconded by Trustee Grant, approved unanimously.
3. APPROVAL OF VOUCERS:
Village Manager Herbek asked to hold over approval of the vouchers for Wednesday night’s work session. Agreement was unanimous.
Village Manager Herbek read the following correspondence (full text available at the Village Office):
A report from Robert Karas, Chair, Sidewalk Committee. Mr. Karas gave an overview of the report prepared by the Sidewalk Committee (full text attached) Discussion: Trustee Rickles asked if there was consideration of retention of one contractor to do the majority of sidewalk work; adding that potentially the cost might be less to residents if there was one contractor to handle the work. Mr. Rickles stated that this was considered and it seems to be a matter of getting local contractors or others who are seriously interested in doing the volume of work. Treasurer Campbell added that the Village of Pleasantville went to bid for their sidewalk work on an annual basis; this gave them a set price. Trustee Rickles asked if consideration was given also to putting in sidewalks where none now exist. Mr. Karas stated that this is in the report. Trustee Grant stated that the report does suggest the possible need to put aside $100,000-150,000 in the budget and everyone will have to give serious thought as to where this money will be coming from. Village Manager Herbek stated that in the capital budget, there is about $150,000 for street work and perhaps a percentage of that may be used for sidewalk work.
Trustee Grant stated that she invited Alex Yamet, Eklof Court to attend this meeting to see how the process works for getting new sidewalks. Master Yamet spoke briefly. Trustee Grant offered to speak at his school regarding this issue.
A letter from Karen Jescavage-Bernard regarding the appointment of a monitor for the Arboretum water delivery system. Village Manager Herbek stated that he has responded to this letter.
A letter from Raymond R. Barlaam, Esq., Chair, OVAC Board, enclosing the FlyCar report as requested.
A letter from Catherine M. Hoffman, Town of Cortlandt Deputy Town Clerk, informing the Village that the Town Board adopted Resolution #322-97, authorizing the Supervisor to execute an inter-municipal agreement with the Village of Croton on Hudson to conduct the DARE Program.
A letter from NY State Assemblywoman, Sandy Galef, about the new law that allows municipalities the option of granting low income homeowners with disabilities a partial real property tax exemption and enclosing the regulations and guidelines.
A letter from Carol Poster, announcing her resignation as Senior Citizen Director. Trustee Grant gave thanks to Ms. Poster for her work on behalf of the Recreation Dept and the Senior Citizen group.
A letter from Elaine Cooperman, Circle School, requesting approval for the closing of the circle in front of Our Saviour Lutheran Church for a Wheel-a-thon, which would last 1 to 1 ½ hours in the Spring of 1998. Mayor Elliott suggested that perhaps this group could talk to the Centennial Committee to work this into the events scheduled. Village Manager Herbek will contact her.
A letter from Gabriel Frayne, Attorney, regarding the availability of a constant and reliable supply of uncontaminated water to support the ecology of the Arboretum. A copy of draft A and draft B of an agreement proposal was included and the letter stated that Hudson National Golf Club has not responded to their counter-proposal. Trustee Watkins suggested that Village officials may be able to facilitate a meeting between parties to resolve this issue and he asked Village Manager Herbek to arrange this.
A letter from Fran Allen, on behalf of the Waterfront Advisory Committee, stating at their meeting of November 13, 1997 they found the proposed Greenway Vision Plan consistent with the Local Waterfront Revitalization Plans, subject to some changes in the submitted Coastal Assessment Form. Village Manager Herbek stated that the memo will become an addendum to the CAF and the staff will work on the clarification of the size of the acreage and the size of the wetlands as requested. Mayor Elliott asked to set the Public Hearing for December 15th for including of the Greenway Vision Plan into the Village’s Master Plan.
A letter from Norman Sheer, submitting his resignation from the Planning Board effective at the end of this year. Mayor Elliott added that the law in effect, which allowed Mr. Sheer to remain on the Planning Board, will be reversed after he leaves and asked Village Manager Herbek to ready a draft.
5. CITIZEN PARTICIPATION:
Portia Clark, Old Post Road S., stated that she is against putting up monopoles and asked that open discussions be held before any decisions are made. Mayor Elliott stated that they are attempting to draft the best possible law on this issue and he suggested a technical consultant should assist.
Ruth Isaacs stated that people feel strongly that the matter of monopoles; that she has been following this issue and will continue to have an interest.
A resident stated that she had been told the FCC will not allow investigation of the question of health to citizens and this should be dealt with. Mayor Elliott replied that investigation can be done, but by law, the Village cannot predicate a decision with respect to monopoles or build a law around the health issue. Trustee Rickles stated that Sprint seems not to be concerned about visual or esthetic impact of monopoles on the Village. Trustee Grant added the suggestion that since this is a matter of such fast-moving technology, perhaps getting together with Ossining and Cortlandt would benefit with the value of utilizing three experts instead of one.
Karen Jescavage-Bernard, on behalf of the Arboretum, stated that she has received copies of correspondence from the Village’s Environmental Consultant regarding his not being allowed presence on the golf course. Village Manager Herbek stated that this matter has been resolved. Ms. Jescavage-Bernard added that as of last Wednesday, the site contractors have left behind unprotected construction sites, one that could cause erosion and water run off and the other a large excavation; she asked what option the Village has in matters such as this. Mayor Elliott replied that the Village Engineer will see that these items are taken care of immediately. Trustee Watkins added that the WCC should be notified about problems such as this.
Debbie Yurchuk-McCarthy asked about specific budget modifications on tonight’s agenda; Trustee Campbell answered her questions. Ms. Yurchuk-McCarthy asked also if there would be more focus on the way Village departments operate and a review of how they can operate more efficiently. Trustee Grant replied that there would be a total analysis on the way the Village operates and recommendations will follow.
A resident of Hunter Rd. had a complaint about rusty water at her residence since the golf course opened and this seems to happen most frequently on weekends; she added that she has not noticed it in the last couple of weeks, however. Village Manager Herbek replied that it could be from any number of things; he will have Tom Ferguson contact her. She stated also that leaf pick up should be looked at as her road is being narrowed by leaves that have been raked into the gutter, but not picked up. Trustee Daubney replied that he has spoken with Ken Kraft and urged him to have notice of leaf pick up in the local paper; he also suggested that residents do not put leaves by the street until pick-up is scheduled for that street; they can be raked into a pile at the edge of the property and then to the curb at the proper time.
a) Trustee Grant made a motion to approve the following resolution; seconded by Trustee Rickles, approved unanimously.
BE IT RESOLVED: that the Treasurer is hereby authorized to make the following budget modification for the Village’s fiscal year June 1, 1996 to
May 31, 1997.
TRANSFER FROM TRANSFER TO
1-9040-800 Workman’s Compensation 1-9060-800 Hospital & Medical Insurance $2,587.70
1-9040-800 Workman’s Compensation 1-5140-111 Brush & Weeds, Summer $1,647.50
Trustee Rickles made a motion to approve the following resolution; seconded by Trustee Daubney, approved unanimously.
TRANSFER FROM TRANSFER TO
3-5110-2080 Road Improvements 96/97 3-5110-2005 Road Improvements 97/98 $180,358.61
3-5110-2005 Road Improvements 97/98 3-5650-2015 Station Parking Lt. Phase 2-97/98 $80,000.
c)1 Trustee Grant made a motion to approve the following resolution. The motion was seconded by Trustee Watkins, approved by all.
TRANSFER FROM TRANSFER TO
1-1990.4 Contingent Account 1-1010.4 Board of Trustees $8000.00
c)2 Trustee Grant made a motion to approve the following resolution; seconded by Trustee Daubney. All voted “aye”.
RESOLVED: that the Village Manager is hereby authorized to sign the 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 of $64,500 for tasks I through tasks V and on-site part-time inspection at an estimated cost of $14,400.
Trustee Grant made a motion to approve the attached Resolution on Site Development Plan and Redevelopment Feasibility Study of Waterfront Parcel. Trustee Rickles seconded the motion. Vote was taken, with all voting “aye”.
Trustee Rickles made a motion to approve the resolution declaring the Board of Trustees as Lead Agency for the proposed application by Snyder & Snyder on behalf of Sprint Spectrum, L.P. The motion was seconded by Trustee Daubney.
After discussion, the motion was changed to amend paragraph 4 of the resolution to say “WHEREAS, Part I of the Environmental Assessment Form has been completed and submitted to this Board;”. Trustee Rickles made a motion to approve the amended Resolution; seconded by Trustee Daubney. Vote was taken with all voting “aye”.
Village Manager Herbek and Village Treasurer Campbell submitted a report regarding the audit of internal control procedures (text attached). Village Treasurer Campbell reported that he attended a meeting of the High School Environmental Club relative to the Community Garden and the basics on how to proceed were discussed. Further information will be forthcoming.
Trustee Watkins asked if the agreements with the Taxi Companies has been signed yet. Village Manager Herbek replied that it has not yet been signed;
that he has given them an extension. Trustee Watkins stated also that Norman Sheer has been a wonderful asset to the community and a marvelous source of advice on Planning issues and he always had great concern for the welfare of the community. Trustee Watkins reported that World AIDS Awareness Day is scheduled for December 1, 1997; for the first time there will be a program implemented in the schools through the Village, the School and the Teen Council.
Trustee Daubney reported for the Recreation Advisory Commission that they have discussed a recommendation for a memorial for Bill McCaffrey; also they are also organizing policies for the concerts. Trustee Daubney added that the Recreation Advisory commission also had questions about the role of the Police in the youth situation and this was discussed at length. Trustee Daubney asked when further discussion will be held on the Accessory Apartment issue. Village Manager Herbek replied that this is on the agenda of the work session for Wednesday night.
Trustee Grant reported that a number of people, especially kids, were involved in making ribbons for AIDS Awareness Day and that this is very much appreciated. Trustee Grant added that the Veterans Day ceremony was very moving and unfortunately, very few young people were in attendance and she urged teachers to make young people aware of the important historical role the Veterans have played. Trustee Grant asked about the possibility of the Board taking an ad in the Centennial Journal. Village Treasurer Campbell replied that they are not permitted to do that as a Village unit, but could contribute as a personal donation. Trustee Grant stated that she had a call from a businessman about the recently passed Garbage Law; she encouraged him to come to a meeting; the caller did mention that a private carter approached some businesses and said that they could contract privately at a lesser rate. Trustee Grant reported that she had several calls about the water bills, which should have shown a 17% increase, however, people are reporting that it is much more than that. Village Treasurer Campbell replied that the last reading included an additional two months, so most people have a full summer reflected on these bills; the next bills should be less. Trustee Grant welcomed Hugo’s Bakery to Croton and urged residents to support the stores in the Upper Village.
Mayor Elliott reiterated what was said tonight and thanked Bonnie and Sam Watkins for bringing the issue of AIDS awareness to the Village. He also congratulated Martha and Hugo for opening the bakery shop and also urged citizen support. Mayor Elliott reported that the interfaith service will be held at Holy Name of Mary Church on Thanksgiving Day eve this year.
Trustee Grant made a motion to adjourn. The motion was seconded by Trustee
Daubney; approved unanimously. The meeting was adjourned at 9:45 p.m.
Phyllis A. Bradbury
Village Clerk/Acting Clerk
Corrections to the minutes of the Board Meeting of November 3, 1997:
Page 3, Correspondence, b, continue with:…recommendations for the proposed telephone tower law.
Page 6, Citizen Participation, a, change to read:
“but meters flow from all sources coming into that stream.”
Page 7, e, 3rd paragraph, 8th sentence, change to read:
…out a letter but time restraints did not allow this; she added that the police were seriously focusing on groups that congregate.
Page 9, paragraph 1, 5th line: change to read:
..moved within the Municipal Building.
Page 9, paragraph 2, 6th line, add:
…the garden in front of the building.