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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 7 1999
A Regular Meeting of the Board of Trustees of the Village of Croton-on-Hudson, NY was held on Tuesday, September 7, 1999 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 McCarthy
        Village Attorney Waldman                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 Grant made a motion to approve the minutes of the Regular Board Meeting held on August 16, 1999 as corrected.  Trustee Daubney seconded the motion.  The minutes were approved with Trustees Watkins, Daubney and Grant voting “aye” and Trustee McCarthy abstaining.


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 McCarthy and approved unanimously.

General Fund                            $     49,269.09
Water Fund                                       3,156.35
Capital Accounts                                     530,156.48
Trust & Agency    22,204.70
                                                $   604,786.62

PUBLIC HEARINGS:
a)      Mayor Elliott opened the Public Hearing on the Transfer of Control of Media One to AT&T.  Village Manager Herbek read the letter from MediaOne and a suggested draft resolution.  Diane Rainey, Director of Public & Government Affairs, MediaOne, was present at the meeting to answer any questions.  No Public Comments were offered. Ms. Rainey spoke briefly about the merger with AT&T.  Trustee Daubney asked if rates would remain the same.  Ms. Rainey replied yes, however they may rise annually, but the merger has no effect on the rates.  Trustee Grant asked if AT&T will uphold the existing terms of the Village’s contract.  Ms. Rainey replied “Yes”.  Trustee Grant inquired what would happen if the Board does not approve the transfer of franchise to AT&T.  Ms. Rainey answered that the Village would have to show cause of why AT&T is not fit to hold the franchise.  Village Attorney Waldman inquired if this was a stock sale.  Ms. Rainey replied that it is a stock and cash sale.  Trustee McCarthy stated that the Board would like to see a senior citizen discount offered and hopes that AT&T would address that again.  Ms. Rainey replied that she has spoken to senior citizen groups and explained options that are available.  A resident asked what is the current state of AT&T owning more than 30% of the market and that it has not received FCC approval.   Ms. Rainey replied that this is still in the courts and FCC approval has not been granted as yet.

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

WHEREAS, MediaOne of NY, Inc. is duly authorized to operate and maintain a cable communications system in the Village of Croton-on-Hudson, NY, (the “System”) by the Board of Trustees of Croton-on-Hudson (“Franchise Authority”) pursuant to a franchise (the “Franchise”) granted by the Franchise Authority; and

WHEREAS, pursuant to the Agreement and Plan of Merger among AT&T Corp (“AT&T”), a newly formed whole subsidiary of AT&T (“Merger Sub”), and Media One Group, Inc., the parent of Franchisee (“MediaOne”), dated as of May 6, 1999 (the “Merger Agreement”), MediaOne will merge with and into Merger Sub with merger Sub as the surviving corporation in the merger, and as a result of the transactions contemplated by the Merger Agreement, MediaOne will become a wholly owned subsidiary of AT&T (the “Transactions”); and

WHEREAS, Franchisee will continue to hold the Franchise after consummation of the Transactions; and

WHEREAS, FCC Form 394 with respect to the Transactions has been filed with the Franchise Authority; and

WHEREAS, the parties have requested consent by the Franchise Authority to the Transactions.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED AS FOLLOWS:

SECTION 1.  The Franchise Authority hereby consents to and approves the Transactions to the extent that such consent is required by the terms of the Franchise and applicable law.

SECTION 2.  This Resolution shall be deemed effective in accordance with applicable law.

        PASSED, ADOPTED AND APPROVED THIS 7th day of September 1999.


Mayor Elliott opened the Public Hearing on Local Law Introductory #8 of 1999, providing for the granting of a partial real property tax exemption for persons with disabilities and limited incomes.

No public comments were offered.  Trustee Grant questioned the concept of property ownership.  Village Attorney Waldman replied that the disabled person must be one of the owners.  Trustee McCarthy suggested that the law should say that the disabled person must occupy the residence.  Village Attorney Waldman replied that he would prefer to look at the statute first before giving a definitive answer.  The Public Hearing was held over pending further clarification by Village Attorney Waldman.

5.  CORRESPONDENCE:

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

A letter from Jon Goplerud, Chair, Conservation Advisory Council, requesting Board approval for the fourth annual Croton River Cleanup day on Saturday, September 18, 1999.  The Board granted unanimous approval.
A letter from Gabriel M. Frayne, Attorney, 2055 Quaker Ridge Road, requesting that the execution of agreement between the Village and Hudson National Golf Course be placed on the agenda of the next Village Board meeting.
A letter from Joyce M. Lannert, Commissioner, Westchester County Dept. of Planning, regarding the county’s recently adopted Open Space Policies.
A letter from Ruth L. Pierpont, NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation regarding the nomination of Asbury Methodist Church/Bethel Chapel in the National and State Registers of Historic Places.   Trustee Daubney made a motion that the Board should send a letter of endorsement for appointment.  Trustee Grant seconded the motion, approved unanimously.  
A letter from Andrew J. Spano, Westchester County Executive, announcing a bike-a-thon across the Tappan Zee Bridge to raise funds for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society will occur on Sunday, October 3rd.
A letter from Elizabeth Faranda, 16 Alexander Lane, expressing her opposition to students, parents and recreation personnel using Alexander Lane as a drop off point for the ball field.  Village Manager Herbek stated that he discussed this with Marjorie Castro and Mary Zimmerman; a notice will go into the next Village Newsletter to not use Alexander Lane as an access road; the Village has asked AYSO to notify its participants not to use Alexander Lane as an access road.  Trustee Watkins stated that there are certain residents that must use this area as a drop off for certain people who couldn’t walk the long distance to the ball field, but the general public should refrain from doing so, adding that complaints should not be made with a fear of retaliation.
A letter from Kevin McLoughlin, Trails Director, Greenway Conservancy, with a copy of the resolution designating the Croton Bridge pathway as part of the Hudson River Greenway Trail System.

RESOLUTIONS:

a)      On motion of TRUSTEE Daubney, seconded by TRUSTEE Grant, the following resolution was adopted unanimously by the Board of Trustees of the Village of Croton-on-Hudson, New York:

WHEREAS, The Village Manager and the Director of Public Works have determined that the sewer pump at the Nordica Pump Station is in need of major repairs; and

WHEREAS, no funds were appropriated for these repairs and waiting is not an option funds must be taken from the contingent account; and

WHEREAS: the Treasurer has reviewed the budget and has requested the following budget transfer to accommodate this purchase:

Increase   8120.400  by      $   12,000.00     (Contractual Expense )
Decrease  1990.400  by      $   12,000.00     (Contingent )

Now Therefore be it resolved that the Village Treasurer amend the 1999 -2000 General Fund budget to reflect these changes.

b)      On motion of Trustee Daubney, seconded by Trustee Grant, the following resolution was adopted by the Board of Trustees of the Village of Croton-on-Hudson, New York with unanimous vote:

WHEREAS, the Village of Croton-on-Hudson received a $1.5 million in STP Urban funding for improvements to the Croton Station Parking Lot, and

WHEREAS, the parking lot improvement project is in the process of being completed with a contract awarded to Westchester Fine Grade, Inc., and

WHEREAS, the Village would like to expand the scope of this project to include a signage component to the project, and

WHEREAS, the Village Manager requested that the Mid-Hudson South Transportation Coordinating Committee amend this project currently shown of the Transportation Improvement Program (TIP), to include funding for the signage component, and

WHEREAS, the Village Manager has received correspondence from the Executive Director of the Mid-Hudson South Transportation Coordinating Committee that this amendment has been approved,

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED: that the Village Manager is hereby authorized to sign the agreement with the firm of Lev Zetlin Associates to provide transportation planning and engineering services for the Croton Harmon Station Facility Signage Master Plan as provided in their proposal of July 6, 1999 in the amount of $7,500.00.

Discussion: Why was this not in the original plan?  In hindsight, it probably should have; however, main concentration was elimination of drainage problem.

c)      On motion of Trustee McCarthy, seconded by Trustee Daubney, the following resolution was adopted unanimously by the Board of Trustees of the Village of Croton-on-Hudson, New York:  

WHEREAS, the Westchester County Board of Legislators Sub-Committee on Trash Hauling, having conducted an investigation into the solid waste industry in Westchester County and having held hearings relating to the influence of organized crime and anti-competitive practices on the industry reported its finding and recommendations in March of 1999, and

WHEREAS, one of the recommendations was that the Board of Legislators enact a new County law which would establish a Solid Waste Commission; set new licensing requirements designed to enhance the County’s ability to address organized crime’s corrupting influence; enhance consumer protections with a “Customer’s Bill of Rights;” encourage competition in the trash hauling industry by various means, including the establishment of an internet registry for customers actively seeking haulers, with a view toward reducing consumer prices and improving the quality of service, and

WHEREAS, the Board of Trustees of the Village of Croton-on-Hudson
supports the adoption of this law, and

WHEREAS, such a law has now been adopted by the Board of Legislators, and

WHEREAS, it is essential for the implementation of this law that the Solid Waste Commission be properly funded and that the Commission move forward with the execution of all of the duties and responsibilities as spelled out in the law,

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED: that the Board of Trustees hereby calls upon the Board of Legislators and the County Executive to properly fund the Solid Waste Commission and after the Commission is established to move forward as expeditiously as possible to implement all of the duties and responsibilities as spelled out in the law.

d)      On motion of Trustee Grant, seconded by Trustee Daubney, the following resolution was adopted by the Board of Trustees of the Village of Croton-on-Hudson, New York with unanimous vote:  

WHEREAS, the Village filed an application for a handicapped accessible trailway for a Greenway Small Grants Program through the Clean Water/ Clean Air Bond Act, and   

WHEREAS, the Village received a letter dated October 4, 1998 from the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation formally granting the Village $50,000 as part of the grant distribution for 1998, and

WHEREAS, the Village has now received the contract from New York State to proceed with the waterfront handicapped accessible trailway project,


NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED: that the Village Manager is hereby authorized to sign the agreement with New York State for the receipt of $50,000 in Clean Water/ Clean Air Bond Act Funds for this project.


1) Bond resolution: Trustee Daubney made the motion to approve the $41,200 Bond resolution for the acquisition and/or construction of a new building.  Trustee Watkins seconded the motion.

 Discussion:  Trustee Grant stated that she would rather have someone come up with a creative way to store the fire equipment and this should have been handled before now.  Trustee Watkins stated that he agrees the architect should have put this into the project, but this seems to be the best solution, plus a use will be made of the building by the DPW.  Trustee McCarthy stated that the idea of moving the garage to a different location is in the capital budget and no other way has been offered on how to deal with the temporary storage of the equipment.  Trustee Daubney stated that he supported the issue, that the savings on doing two firehouses at one time would more than cover this expense, also that the DPW is looking to expand their building and this would eliminate that cost.  Village Manager Herbek added that no one would recommend costly fire equipment, nor any other expensive piece of equipment, be stored out in the elements.
Role call vote was taken as follows: Trustee Watkins, “aye”, Trustee Daubney, “aye”, Trustee McCarthy, “aye”, Trustee Grant, “nay”, Mayor Elliott, “aye”. The resolution was declared adopted.

BOND RESOLUTION OF THE VILLAGE OF CROTON-ON-HUDSON, NEW YORK, ADOPTED AUGUST 16, 1999, AUTHORIZING THE ACQUISITION AND/OR CONSTRUCTION OF A CLASS “A” BUILDING TO BE USED FOR THE STORAGE OF MOTOR VEHICLES, STATING THE ESTIMATED MAXIMUM COST THEREOF IS $41,200, APPROPRIATING SAID AMOUNT THEREFOR, AND AUTHORIZING THE ISSUANCE OF $41,200 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 finance the acquisition and/or construction of a building which is of not less than Class "A" construction to be used for the storage of motor vehicles.  The estimated maximum cost of said specific object or purpose, including costs incidental thereto and the financing thereof, is $41,200 and said amount is hereby appropriated therefor.  The plan of financing includes the issuance of $41,200 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 $41,200 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 proposed building will be a building of Class “A” construction within the meaning of Section 11.00(a) (1) of the Law.
(b)     The period of probable usefulness of said specific object or purpose for which said $41,200 serial bonds authorized pursuant to this resolution are to be issued, within the limitations of Section 11.00 a. 11. (a)(1) of the Law, is thirty (30) years.
(c)     The proposed maturity of the bonds authorized by this resolution will 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 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.

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Trustee Watkins made a motion to approve a bond resolution authorizing the purchase of a passenger vehicle for approximately $15,450.  Trustee Daubney seconded the motion.  Discussion:  Trustee McCarthy stated that she now feels that the Village should be able to get by with what it has for this year; she feels there is a need to go to a pool system for vehicles and she would like a re-evaluation of the Village fleet; she stated that she has questions about the size of the vehicle that should be purchased.  Trustee Watkins suggested that this matter be held over and put at the beginning of a work session agenda to discuss again and go through the specifics.  Trustee Grant stated that in her opinion the Village should do away with staff cars and pay for travel expenses which could be factored into the budget.  Trustee Watkins withdrew his motion; Trustee Daubney withdrew his second.  Bond Resolution was held over.  

Trustee McCarthy made a motion to approve a bond resolution authorizing the purchase of an ambulance for use by the Village of Croton for approximately $18,540.  Trustee Watkins seconded the motion.

Role call vote was taken as follows: Trustee Watkins, “aye”, Trustee Daubney, “aye”, Trustee McCarthy, “aye”, Trustee Grant, “nay”, Mayor Elliott, “aye”. The resolution was declared adopted.

BOND RESOLUTION OF THE VILLAGE OF CROTON-ON-HUDSON, NEW YORK, ADOPTED AUGUST 16, 1999, AUTHORIZING THE PURCHASE OF AN AMBULANCE FOR USE BY THE VILLAGE, STATING THE ESTIMATED MAXIMUM COST THEREOF IS $18,540, APPROPRIATING SAID AMOUNT THEREFOR, AND AUTHORIZING THE ISSUANCE OF $18,540 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 a motor vehicle for use by the Village which is specially designed for use for the treatment, care or transport of sick or injured persons, whether or not including equipment or furnishings used in connection with such a vehicle.  The estimated maximum cost of said specific object or purpose, including costs incidental thereto and the financing thereof, is $18,540 and said amount is hereby appropriated therefor.  The plan of financing includes the issuance of $18,540 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 $18,540 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 $18,540 serial bonds authorized pursuant to this resolution are to be issued, within the limitations of Section 11.00 a. 27-a. of the Law, is ten (10) years.
(b)     The proposed maturity of the bonds authorized by this resolution will 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 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.

f)      On motion of Trustee Daubney, seconded by Trustee Grant, the following resolution was adopted unanimously by the Board of Trustees of the Village of Croton-on-Hudson, New York:  

BE IT RESOLVED: that the contract for hydrant installation is hereby awarded to WD Excavation & Contracting, Inc., in the total amount of $17,950.00.

REPORTS:

Village Manager Herbek reported that most of the scheduled resurfacing of roads has been completed; the quality of material and work has been good; they have run out of paving money and could not get to the trails, which will be done next year.  Village Manager Herbek provided a report on recycling to the Board; the next challenge is to commence an organic waste recycling program; he will be attending a meeting with other officials about this program.  Mr. Herbek announced that the local area 1999 household chemical cleanup day is Saturday, October 23rd, 9 am to 3 p.m. at FDR Park in Yorktown.  Village Manager Herbek reported also that the water restrictions would be lifted as of tonight; Tom Ferguson is still stressing water conserva- tion since the Village has not reached normal water table yet.  Village Manager Herbek reported that he has received correspondence that the Town of Cortlandt has received an application for Personal Wireless Connection on the existing Con Ed tower off Mt. Airy Road.

Trustee Watkins stated that he wanted to add to the report on the new paving work done by the DPW under Ken Kraft’s direction, that the work they did with the logistics was very admirable and effective.  Trustee Watkins gave the agenda for next work session scheduled for September 14th at 7:30 in Village Manager Herbek’s office.

Trustee McCarthy inquired that, if the grant being prepared for the Senasqua barges, is approved, does that mean the park has to be opened up to the public if the Village gets the grant.  Village Manager Herbek replied that this project has turned out to be more costly than thought; they have applied to two different state agencies and can get up to 50% of the cost, but there may be a way to find additional money to bring down the Village’s expense; if the Village did get the grant money, it would need to open the pier to the public, not the park.  Trustee McCarthy reminded everyone that schools are open and everyone should be careful not to speed, that there are young people walking to school.   Trustee McCarthy added that the discussion about school signs should be on a work session agenda and consideration should be given to replacing current signs.  Trustee McCarthy reported the following items were discussed at a recent work session: directional signage in the Village, fees on existing structures, and telephone participation; she added that she would like to see the Citizen Participation portion of the Board meeting expanded to three times during the Board meeting.

Trustee Daubney reported that he visited the Arboretum and the reading was 32 gallons per minute.  Trustee Daubney noted that a junk car and tires were still at the Croton boat launch area.  Trustee Daubney reported that DARE graduates were treated to a Yankee game by the Croton Lions Club.

Trustee Grant asked that a notice be put in the new Village Newsletter explaining what to do when a stray dog is seen.  Trustee Grant asked when the lights will be lit on Riverside Avenue.  Village Manager Herbek replied that he is holding money from the contractor, there is a punch list that must be completed, and the lights are included on this list.  Trustee Grant thanked Village Manager Herbek for his update from a recent conference and would like to see the same from the Main St. USA conference.

Mayor Elliott reported that he has asked the Planning Board to look into a program that will consolidate the signage and reduce the number of signs in the Village; also there is a suggestion to rename portions of the Village.  Mayor Elliott welcomed Neil Blitz who is the new Village intern; he is enrolled in the MPA Program at Pace University.  Mayor Elliott congratulated the Little League for winning the Westchester County championship for 9 and 10 year olds.


Trustee Daubney made a motion to adjourn; seconded by Trustee Grant; approved unanimously.  The meeting was adjourned at 10 p.m.


Respectfully submitted,


Phyllis A. Bradbury, Secretary


Richard F. Herbek, Village Clerk