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October 5, 1998
A Regular Meeting of the Board of Trustees of the Village of Croton-on-Hudson, NY was held on Monday, September 8, 1998 at the Municipal Building, Van Wyck Street, Croton-on-Hudson, NY 10520.

The following officials were present:

        Mayor Elliott                           Trustee Daubney
Treasurer Reardon                       Trustee Grant
        Village Manager Herbek          Trustee Watkins
        Village Attorney Waldman                
         Absent:  Trustee McCarthy


1. CALL TO ORDER:

Mayor Elliott called the meeting to order at 8:00 p.m.  Croton Boys Scouts led everyone in the Pledge of Allegiance.


2. APPROVAL OF MINUTES:

Trustee Grant made a motion to approve the minutes of the Regular Board Meeting held on August 24, 1998 as corrected.  Trustee Watkins seconded the motion.  The Board voted for unanimous approval.


3. APPROVAL OF VOUCHERS:

Trustee Daubney made a motion to approve the vouchers as follows, subject to review by the Audit Committee.  The motion was seconded by Trustee Grant and approved unanimously.

                General Fund                    $   29,326.60
                Water Fund       3,224.94                                       
                Capital Accounts        11,493.73
                Trust & Agency       722.50                             
                                                 $  44,767.77

PUBLIC HEARINGS:
Mayor Elliott opened the Public Hearing portion of the meeting.  Village Manager Herbek read the following:

A  public hearing for Local Law Introductory #3 of the year 1998, creating a new Chapter, Chapter 61, providing village officials with supplemental indemnification and defense against civil claims.

Discussion:  There were no comments from the floor.  Mayor Elliott closed the public comment portion.  Trustees’ comments:  Trustee Watkins stated that it is his understanding that this applies to all employees of the Village. Trustee Watkins asked about Section 61-3, Additional Indemnification, if the provision of defense occurs only when acting in good faith while in employment or in all instances?  Village Attorney Waldman replied that the defense is only during good faith within the scope of employment.   Trustee Watkins suggested adding the word “shall” under this section, to change the sentence to read: “Such legal defense and indemnification shall be provided only where the officer or employee at the time of such alleged act or omission was acting in good faith and within the scope of his public employment, powers or duties."

Trustee Daubney asked when and who establishes the fact of “good faith”.  Village Attorney Waldman replied that it could be established during the course of the lawsuit, or if not, by the Village Board.

Trustee Grant made a motion to approve the resolution; seconded by Trustee Daubney.  

Trustee Watkins asked to have the word “only” included as stated.  Trustee Grant modified the motion to include the change.  Trustee Daubney seconded the motion.  All voted ‘aye”.

Mayor Elliott opened the Public Hearing for the resolution for Local Law Introductory #4, amending Section 230-79 of the Village Code, Duties of Village Engineer.  Village Attorney Waldman added that the Zoning Board of Appeals has recommended this as the result of a case that was appealed.

A resident asked what is an intrusion into a setback?  Village Attorney Waldman replied that a setback is required under the Village’s designing law and the plans must show where the building will go from the property line and the contractor is required to precisely put the foundation as the plans are specified and according to the permit issued; this revision would provide the Village Engineer with the power to require “as built” survey of the foundation before anything more takes place; this pertains only to a building, not equipment.  No further public comments were offered.

Trustee Watkins commented that if a builder has put up more than a foundation, does the Village Engineer loose the window of opportunity?  Village Manager Herbek replied that a builder would not be allowed to proceed without the inspection of the foundation.

Trustee Grant made a motion to approve the resolution.  Trustee Daubney seconded the motion.  Vote was taken, with all voting “aye”.

Mayor Elliott opened the Public Hearing on Local Law Introductory #5 of 1998, publication of legal notices for Zoning Board of Appeals.  A letter was read from Donald Sapir, a member of the ZBA, who was not in favor of shortening the notice period.

Discussion: Dan Dashman asked if the change is five business days or five calendar days.  The consensus was that it meant five calendar days.  Mr. Dashman commented that this may not be enough time to publish in the local paper, The Gazette.  Another resident commented that this change would not give citizens time to express opinions.

Trustee Grant added that she would like to hear from the rest of the Zoning Board members and have some time to think about it.  Trustee Watkins asked for advice from Village Attorney Waldman if this is necessary at all, that he believes this was written in an effort to codify the various Boards’ regulations.  Attorney Waldman replied that the range of times NY State boards use indicates that uniformity of all Boards is not necessary.

        Local Law Introductory #5 of 1998, publication of legal notices for Zoning Board of Appeals was tabled for further review.
        


5.  CORRESPONDENCE:

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

A letter from Andrew J. Spano, Westchester County Executive, confirming the awards to the Village from the Westchester County Community Development Block Grant program as follows:  $15,000.00 to the Croton Caring Committee for Expansion of Senior Services and $35,000 for Dobbs Park Rehabilitation.
Trustee Grant asked about the timetable for the Dobbs Park Rehabilitation.  Village Manager Herbek replied that a contract to do the survey was awarded several weeks ago; when completed, this will then go to the County’s design staff for approval; bids will go out to begin spring construction.  
A letter from Gerald A. Munson, Fire Chief, requesting the Village conduct a permissive referendum instead of a public referendum for the two new firehouses. This request will be added to a work session.
A letter from Ann Gallelli, for the Planning Board, explaining that the Planning Board approved an amended site plan for Metro Enviro, but as the result of a test, they have determined that a reduction in height of the proposed building would make the building less visible from Rt. 9; the Board is asking to allow for extra time for MetroEnviro to complete the revision beyond the 120 days presently required.  Discussion:  Trustee Grant suggested concurrence with the Planning Board recommendation.  Village Attorney Waldman suggested the Board adopt a resolution to the effect that if the Planning Board determines that the reduction in height proves feasible, be it so advised that paragraph 35 of the MetroEnviro special permit be amended to extend the time period from 120 days to 150 days.  Trustee Grant made a motion to extend the time period if required as stated previously.  Trustee Watkins seconded the motion; approved by all.
A letter from Ann Gallelli, Chairman, Planning Board, recommending against the proposed amendment to the O-1 zone as requested by Ms. B. Cox for her used car business.  Trustee Watkins stated that the Board should be consistent with other areas in the Village where used cars are currently being sold, perhaps not with accurate zoning approval.  Village Manager Herbek replied that there are certain circumstances that need to be looked into and will bring this up at a work session.  Trustee Daubney asked if this business has been continuing.  Trustee Grant replied that they will be given enough time to correct the circumstances.  Village Manager Herbek added that the business was cited on June 5th, after which they applied for the amendment to the zoning, now that it has not been approved, they will proceed further.

CITIZEN PARTICIPATION

a.      Deanne Sarcone, 153 Grand Street, stated that she believes the owners of 163 Grand Street have applied for a liquor license and she would like the Board to relook at the Master Plans and Zoning Laws and make adjustments; she feels there are enough bars in the area; when she rented a portion of her property to an office, she was required to have three off-street parking areas and does not believe 163 Grand Street has this available; that a dentist was going to use this piece of property and had trouble with the off-street parking regulations.  Trustee Grant stated that she has received phone calls regarding this matter and Ms. Sarcone is not alone in her concerns.  Trustee Daubney added that he also has received phone calls about this.

Dan Dashman stated that he was asked to contact persons who volunteered to be monitors for MetroEnviro, adding that he has reached all but 4 and will give the information to Village Manager Herbek.  Mr. Dashman added that he has sent Mr. Herbek a memo regarding materials on hand at the establishment.

Ed Mills stated that the Croton Rotary will hold their annual Car Show on Sunday,  September 27th at the Croton Railroad Station.  Mr. Mills added that his term as Administrative intern is coming to a close; that he is pleased and honored to have served with Croton administration and staff and gave his thanks for the opportunity to serve.  Mayor Elliott thanked Ed Mills for his work these past years and stated that he hoped Mr. Mills learned as much from those he worked with as they have learned from him.

Dan Salzberg thanked Ed Mills for his assistance and for being helpful as possible and he did a wonderful job.  Dr. Salzberg stated that he agreed with Mr. Scott’s statements in his letter to the newspaper regarding MetroEnviro.  Dr Salzberg added that he wanted to identify himself with Ed Rondthaler’s request to keep the tunnel under the railroad track by Senasqua Park open for vehicular traffic.  Dr. Salzberg added that a unique feature of the Village is the Croton Dam and he and Ed Rondthaler worked to get the fountain to run again and they have been working to get the full water overflow over the dam.  Village Manager Herbek stated that he has received word that the flashboards will be removed on September 9th.  Dr. Salzberg stated also that the MetroEnviro issue possibly paid a role in the past election; that there was partisan interest from the competing recycling facility in Peekskill.  Trustee Daubney replied that the Mayor and the Board worked vigorously to control and deny MetroEnviro from coming into town; no one on the Board desired to have MetroEnviro move in.  Dr. Salzberg spoke about the 17.6 million dollar law suit against the Town of Cortlandt, which should give a lesson that if something is allowed, something is desirable, and can be controlled, it must be allowed to operate.   Trustee Watkins added that he agrees about the exposure to monitory consequences, but he agrees with Trustee Daubney that there were not any Board members who were in favor of MetroEnviro.

A resident stated that the zoning and Master Plan need to be reviewed and it must be looked at how the Village wants to utilize space, whether for mixed use or that more attention should be paid to businesses; the review of the Master Plan should involve many residents of the Village.  Mayor Elliott replied that the Village is nearing completion of several projects and Ann Gallelli is now involved in reconciling  what the Village is using as the Master Plan and the Local Waterfront Revitalization Plan; any additional assistance anyone may wish to give, would be welcome.  Trustee Grant offered a word of caution that should be raised early; that when someone buys a house, there is some comfort in the fact that the ’20 acres’ behind them will remain as is because of the current zoning and residents should be aware of the possibility some assurances will go away and possible repercussions and potential problems may arise with changing zoning.

Deanne Sarcone stated that she doesn’t believe MetroEnviro approval was politically motivated and still does not want nor need a dump.


RESOLUTIONS
Trustee Grant made a motion to approve the following resolution authorizing an additional amount of $4,000.00 to Frederick P. Clark regarding signage.  Trustee Daubney seconded the motion.

Discussion:  Trustee Daubney inquired what the firm has done so far.  Village Manager Herbek replied that he has received a draft report dated 8/11/98, which is a preliminary scope of work completed; the items have expanded and additional funds are needed to complete the work.  Ann Gallelli, Chair of the Planning Board, stated that the Planning Board has had two work sessions on the draft which was originally requested in 1995; some work was done; the Planning Board got very busy and it was put aside; the Village Board has asked for this to be reopened and it has turned out to be a much larger job than anticipated.  Mayor Elliott added that this is a very important piece to the planning program and they have been working for 10 years to turn the Village appearance around.  Trustee Grant recommended that a representative of the Chamber of Commerce be included in one or more future meetings.  Attorney Waldman stated that there should be a clear cap and the letter is too sketchy to accept as a contract; he asked for a more formal contract from Frederick P. Clark, Asso.

Vote was taken, with all voting “aye”.

Trustee Daubney made a motion to approve the following resolution regarding the salt storage shed.  Trustee Grant seconded the motion; all voted “aye”.
        BOND RESOLUTION OF THE VILLAGE OF CROTON-ON-HUDSON, NEW YORK, ADOPTED SEPTEMBER 8, 1998, AUTHORIZING THE ACQUISITION OR CONSTRUCTION OF A SALT SHED, STATING THE ESTIMATED MAXIMUM COST THEREOF IS $75,000, APPROPRIATING SAID AMOUNT THEREFOR, AND AUTHORIZING THE ISSUANCE OF $75,000 SERIAL BONDS OF SAID VILLAGE TO FINANCE SAID APPROPRIATION.
                  BE IT RESOLVED by the Board of Trustees (the "Board of Trustees") of the Village of Croton-on-Hudson, Westchester County, New York (the "Village") (by the favorable vote of not less than two-thirds of all the members of said Board of Trustees) as follows:
                  Section 1.  Based upon the review of this action by the Village, the Board of Trustees hereby determines that it is a Type II Action under the State Environmental Quality Review Act (Article~8 of the Environmental Conservation Law) and therefore no further environmental review is required.
                  Section 2.  The Village is hereby authorized to acquire or construct a building, in particular, a salt shed, whether or not including grading or improvement of the site, or original furnishings, equipment, machinery or apparatus required for the purposes for which such building is to be used.  The estimated maximum cost of said specific object or purpose, including costs incidental thereto and the financing thereof, is $75,000 and said amount is hereby appropriated therefor.  The plan of financing includes the issuance of $75,000 serial bonds of the Village to finance said appropriation, and the levy and collection of taxes on all the taxable real property of the Village to pay the principal of said bonds and the interest thereon as the same shall become due and payable.  No amount has been previously authorized by the Village to be applied to the payment of such specific object or purpose.
                  Section 3.  Serial bonds of the Village in the principal amount of $75,000 are hereby authorized to be issued pursuant to the provisions of the Local Finance Law, constituting Chapter 33-a of the Consolidated Laws of the State of New York (herein called "Law"), to finance said appropriation.
                  Section 4.  The following additional matters are hereby determined and declared:
                  
                  (a)   The period of probable usefulness of said specific object or purpose for which said $75,000 serial bonds authorized pursuant to this resolution are to be issued, within the limitations of Section 11.00 a. 11.(a) of the Law, is thirty (30) years.
                  (b)   The proposed maturity of the bonds authorized by this resolution will exceed five (5) years.
                  (c)   The building shall be of Class “A” construction within the meaning of Section 11.00(a) of the Law.  
                  Section 5.  Each of the bonds authorized by this resolution and any bond anticipation notes issued in anticipation of the sale of said bonds shall contain the recital of validity as prescribed by Section 52.00 of the Law and said bonds and any notes issued in anticipation of said bonds, shall be general obligations of the Village, payable as to both principal and interest by general tax upon all the taxable real property within the Village without limitation of rate or amount.  The faith and credit of the Village are hereby irrevocably pledged to the punctual payment of the principal of and interest on said bonds and any notes issued in anticipation of the sale of said bonds and provision shall be made annually in the budget of the Village by appropriation for (a)~the amortization and redemption of the bonds and any notes issued in anticipation thereof to mature in such year and (b)~the payment of interest to be due and payable in such year.
                  Section 6.  Subject to the provisions of this resolution and of the Law and pursuant to the provisions of Section 21.00, Section 30.00, Section 50.00, Sections 56.00 to 60.00, and Section 63.00 of the Law, the powers and duties of the Board of Trustees relative to authorizing bond anticipation notes, determining whether to issue bonds with substantially level or declining annual debt service, prescribing the terms, form and contents of the bonds herein authorized, bond anticipation notes issued in anticipation of said bonds, and renewals of said bond anticipation notes, and any other powers or duties pertaining to or incidental to the sale and issuance of the bonds herein authorized, bond anticipation notes issued in anticipation of said bonds, and the renewals of said bond anticipation notes, are hereby delegated to the Village Treasurer, the chief fiscal officer of the Village.
                  Section 7.  The validity of the bonds authorized by this resolution and any bond anticipation notes issued in anticipation of the sale of said bonds, may be contested only if:
        a.      such obligations are authorized for an object or purpose for which the Village is not authorized to expend money, or
        b.      the provisions of law which should be complied with at the date of the publication of this resolution, are not substantially complied with,
and an action, suit or proceeding contesting such validity, is commenced within twenty days after the date of such publication, or
        c.      such obligations are authorized in violation of the provisions of the constitution of the State of New York.
                  Section 8.  This resolution is adopted subject to permissive referendum and shall take effect thirty (30) days after its adoption or, if a referendum is held, upon the affirmative vote of a majority of the qualified electors of the Village voting on the referendum.
                  Section 9.  The Village Clerk is hereby authorized and directed, within ten (10) days after the adoption of this resolution, to cause this bond resolution to be (a) published in "THE GAZETTE," the official newspaper of the Village, and (b) posted in at least six (6) public places together with a notice of the adoption thereof.  After this bond resolution shall take effect, the Village Clerk is hereby further directed to cause this bond resolution to be published, in full, together with a Notice attached in substantially the form prescribed in Section 81.00 of the Law, in said official newspaper of the Village.
                           The adoption of the foregoing resolution was seconded by    Sam Watkins           and duly put to a vote on roll call, which resulted as follows:
                           AYES: __4__
                           NOES: __0__
The resolution was declared adopted.

Trustee Grant made a motion to approve the following resolution in regard     to the truck mounted sewer jet purchase.  Trustee Daubney seconded the motion; unanimous approval.

        BOND RESOLUTION OF THE VILLAGE OF CROTON-ON-HUDSON, NEW YORK, ADOPTED SEPTEMBER 8, 1998, AUTHORIZING THE PURCHASE OF A SEWER JET, STATING THE ESTIMATED MAXIMUM COST THEREOF IS $5,000, APPROPRIATING SAID AMOUNT THEREFOR, AND AUTHORIZING THE ISSUANCE OF $5,000 SERIAL BONDS OF SAID VILLAGE TO FINANCE SAID APPROPRIATION.

                BE IT RESOLVED by the Board of Trustees (the "Board of Trustees") of the Village of Croton-on-Hudson, Westchester County, New York (the "Village"), (by the favorable vote of not less than two_thirds of all the members of said Board of Trustees) as follows:
                Section 1.  Based upon the review of this action by the Village, the Board of Trustees hereby determines that it is a "Type II Action" under the State Environmental Quality Review Act (Article 8 of the Environmental Conservation Law) and therefore no further environmental review is required.
                Section 2.  The Village is hereby authorized to purchase machinery or apparatus to be used for constructing, reconstructing, repairing, maintaining or removing the snow and ice from any physical public betterment or improvement, in particular, a sewer jet.  The estimated maximum cost of said specific object or purpose, including preliminary costs and costs incidental thereto and the financing thereof, is $5,000 and said amount is hereby appropriated therefor.  The plan of financing includes the issuance of $5,000 serial bonds of the Village to finance said appropriation and the levy and collection of taxes on all the taxable real property in the Village to pay the principal of said bonds and the interest thereon as the same shall become due and payable.  No amount has previously been authorized by the Village to be applied to the payment of such specific object or purpose.
                Section 3.  Serial bonds of the Village in the principal amount of $5,000, are hereby authorized to be issued pursuant to the provisions of the Local Finance Law, constituting Chapter 33_a of the Consolidated Laws of the State of New York (herein called the "Law") to finance said appropriation.
                Section 4.  The following additional matters are hereby determined and declared:
                (a)     The period of probable usefulness of said specific object or purpose for which said $5,000 serial bonds authorized pursuant to this resolution are to be issued, within the limitations of Section~11.00 a. 28. of the Law, is five (5) years.
                (b)     The proposed maturity of the bonds authorized by this resolution will not exceed five (5) years.
                Section 5.  Each of the bonds authorized by this resolution and any bond anticipation notes issued in anticipation of the sale of said bonds shall contain the recital of validity as prescribed by Section~52.00 of the Law and said bonds and any notes issued in anticipation of said bonds, shall be general obligations of the Village, payable as to both principal and interest by general tax upon all the taxable real property within the Village without limitation of rate or amount.  The faith and credit of the Village are hereby irrevocably pledged to the punctual payment of the principal of and interest on said bonds and any notes issued in anticipation of the sale of said bonds and provision shall be made annually in the budget of the Village by appropriation for (a)~the amortization and redemption of the bonds and any notes in anticipation thereof to mature in such year and (b)~the payment of interest to be due and payable in such year.
                Section 6.  Subject to the provisions of this resolution and of the Law and pursuant to the provisions of Section 21.00, Section 30.00, Section 50.00, Sections 56.00 to 60.00 and Section 63.00 of the Law, the powers and duties of the Board of Trustees relative to authorizing bond anticipation notes and the renewals thereof, determining whether to issue bonds with substantially level or declining annual debt service, prescribing the terms, form and contents of the bonds herein authorized, bond anticipation notes issued in anticipation of said bonds and the  renewals thereof, and any other powers or duties pertaining to or incidental to the sale and issuance of the bonds herein authorized, bond anticipation notes issued in anticipation of said bonds and the renewals thereof, are hereby delegated to the Village Treasurer, the chief fiscal officer of the Village.
                Section 7.  The validity of the bonds authorized by this resolution and of any notes issued in anticipation of the sale of said bonds, may be contested only if:
                (a)     such obligations are authorized for an object or purpose for which the Village is not authorized to expend money, or
                (b)     the provisions of law which should be complied with at the date of the publication of such resolution are not substantially complied with,
and an action, suit or proceeding contesting such validity, is commenced within twenty days after the date of such publication, or
                (c)     such obligations are authorized in violation of the provisions of the constitution.
                Section 8.  The Village Clerk is hereby authorized and directed to publish this resolution, in full, together with a Notice attached in substantially the form prescribed in §~81.00 of the Law~in "THE GAZETTE," the official newspaper of the Village.
                Section~9.  This resolution shall take effect immediately.
                The adoption of the foregoing resolution was seconded by   Sam Watkins            and duly put to a vote on roll call, which resulted as follows:
                        AYES: __4__
                        NOES: __0__
The resolution was declared adopted.





Village Treasurer Reardon presented several bond issue resolutions which were the outgrowth of previous discussions and purchase approval by the Board.  

$10,000 -  Printer
        Trustee Grant made motion for approval; seconded by Trustee Daubney.
        Roll call was taken:    Trustee Watkins “aye”
                                        Trustee Daubney “aye”
                                        Trustee Grant           “aye”
                                        Mayor Elliott           “aye”

$150,000 – Air conditioning for Municipal Building – TABLED

$40,000 – Underground liquid fuel tanks
        Trustee Watkins made motion for approval; Trustee Daubney seconded.
        Roll call was taken:    Trustee Watkins “aye”
                                        Trustee Daubney “aye”
                                        Trustee Grant           “aye”
                                        Mayor Elliott           “aye”

$35,000 – Embellishment of Dobbs Park
        Trustee Daubney made motion for approval; Trustee Watkins seconded.
        Roll call was taken:    Trustee Watkins “aye”
                                        Trustee Daubney “aye”
                                        Trustee Grant           “aye”
                                        Mayor Elliott           “aye”

$75,000 – Salt Shed construction or acquisition
        Trustee Grant made motion for approval; Trustee Watkins seconded
        Roll call was taken:    Trustee Watkins “aye”
                                        Trustee Daubney “aye”
                                        Trustee Grant           “aye”
                                        Mayor Elliott           “aye”

$5,000 – Sewer Jet purchase
        Trustee Grant made motion for approval; Trustee Watkins seconded
        Roll call was taken:    Trustee Watkins “aye”
                                        Trustee Daubney “aye”
                                        Trustee Grant           “aye”
                                        Mayor Elliott           “aye”

$30,000 – Replacement of sewer lines
        Trustee Grant made motion for approval; Trustee Daubney seconded
        Roll call was taken:    Trustee Watkins “aye”
                                        Trustee Daubney “aye”
                                        Trustee Grant           “aye”
                                        Mayor Elliott           “aye”

$150,000 – Reconstruction of Municipal Building
        Trustee Grant made motion for approval; Trustee Daubney seconded
        Roll call was taken:    Trustee Watkins “aye”
                                        Trustee Daubney “aye”
                                        Trustee Grant           “aye”
                                        Mayor Elliott           “aye”

$20,000 – Purchase of a leaf loader
        Trustee Grant made motion for approval; Trustee Watkins seconded
        Roll call was taken:    Trustee Watkins “aye”
                                        Trustee Daubney “aye”
                                        Trustee Grant           “aye”
                                        Mayor Elliott           “aye”

$139,000 – Purchase of two 4X4 low boys and a dump truck
        Trustee Grant made motion for approval; Trustee Daubney seconded
        Roll call was taken:    Trustee Watkins “aye”
                                        Trustee Daubney “aye”
                                        Trustee Grant           “aye”
                                        Mayor Elliott           “aye”

REPORTS

Village Manager Herbek read a memo he prepared regarding the application for a liquor license for a business establishment at 163 Grand Street.  Mayor Elliott asked Mr. Herbek to draft a report on neighbors’ opinions and comments and discuss the change of the complexion of the neighborhood as well as the Board’s position.

Village Manager Herbek reported also that he spoke with the resident engineer in charge of the Pedestrian Bridge project; work will start tomorrow; construction on the pier will begin Sept. 10th; construction on the ramp will begin Sept. 10th and should be completed by Sept. 14th or 15; the two main pieces of the bridge are still being fabricated and should be ready to be put up on Sept. 26th or 27th between the hours of 12 am and 5 am; the Rt. 9 bridge over the Croton River will have a temporary lane switch on September 10th.

Village Manager Herbek recommended dates for work sessions and items for the agenda.

Trustee Watkins asked about the status of the entrance signs.  Village Manager Herbek reported that he is getting a formal proposal.  Trustee Watkins reported there was an accident recently with injury to 7 youths and questioned what possibly could be done to improve the area; Dennis Coxen, Richard Herbek and himself have met to discuss this.  Trustee Watkins thanked Ed Mills for the work he did for the community; he has been efficient, productive, polite and always in good humor.

Trustee Daubney stated that he had to repeat his concern with trash being put out too early for next day pick up which is against Village ordinance and asked how to address this problem.  Village Manager Herbek replied that citizens can contact his office; this is a minor code violation and he has found that when the residents are  advised of the violation in writing, there is about a 95% compliance.

Trustee Daubney added that he had received complaints about lack of traffic officers for the 7:20 am train traffic and asked if police are assigned for this time slot.  Village Manager Herbek replied that there is an assignment for that time as part of the regular tour of duty and he has observed the officers there at that time, but he will check further.  

Trustee Daubney added that he is interested in seeing how movement of product is done by Metro North.  

Trustee Daubney wished Ed Mills good luck and agreed that Mr. Mills approached his job with good humor and discipline.

Trustee Daubney reported that he has read that Atlantic Richfield has been assigned complete cleanup of the Hastings Anaconda site and he draws a parallel between that and Croton’s railroad tie situation.

Trustee Daubney added that he was a little distressed by comments by Dan Salzberg tonight and feels his comments were political and he should have been stopped; there should not be political discussion allowed.  Mayor Elliott replied that he will allow the Board to decide about this.

Trustee Grant thanked Ed Mills for his tenure here; which is a benefit of the  successful internship program;  he has produced lots of quality work and she concurs with the praises made by other Board members.

Trustee Grant reported there has been a serious request from the Senior Citizens to have zebra stripes painted at the Van Wyck II shopping center.  Trustee Grant reported the following was discussed at the Planning Board meeting: site plan approval for MetroEnviro, extension of Holy Name of Mary approval; Pour Boys’ application.  Trustee Grant reported at the Zoning Board of Appeals has on their agenda tomorrow night at 8:00 p.m. a Public Hearing for the MetroEnviro variance application.  

Trustee Grant stated that she has noticed the Riverside Café sign says “on vacation” and although it appears that they have been “on vacation” a very long time, the Croton Dodge should not have cars using the Riverside Café parking lot.

Trustee Grant requested from Trustee Daubney a report from the Recreation Department on residents’ use of the Golf Course this summer.  Trustee Daubney stated that it appears only about 45 persons used the Golf Course.  

Trustee Grant thanked Dan Dashman and his committee for the work they have done with MetroEnviro; Mr. Dashman is still doing his job and reporting back.

Village Attorney Waldman gave his best wishes, thanks and good luck to Ed Mills.

Village Manager Herbek stated that Ed Mills will be missed by the entire Village staff; some were present when he received his Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Marist College in May.  He added that it has been an honor working with him and he has done a lot of fine work for the Village; he is a Rotarian and the prime mover of getting the Municipal Building entrance sign in honor of Stan Kellerhouse.  He added that a lot of new ideas, theories and philosophies taught in the Public Administration graduate schools are brought back to the Village through the interns.  Mr. Herbek recommended the meeting be adjourned in Ed Mills’ honor.







Trustee Grant made a motion to adjourn in honor of Ed Mills.  Trustee Daubney seconded the motion; unanimous approval.  The meeting was adjourned at 10:45 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,


        

Phyllis A. Bradbury, Secretary



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Village Clerk/Acting Clerk


Corrections to the minutes of the meeting of August  24,1998:

Page 2, 1st paragraph, line 13, change to read:
        There is no Village money involved.

Page 16, 1st paragraph,  line 1: change from Trustee Daubney to:  
        Trustee Watkins stated…