A Regular Meeting of the Board of Trustees of the Village of Croton-on-Hudson, NY was held on Monday, December 6, 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 Watkins
Village Attorney Waldman Trustee Grant
Absent: Trustee McCarthy, Village Manager Herbek
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 Daubney made a motion to approve the minutes of the Regular Board Meeting held on November 15, 1999 as corrected. Trustee Grant seconded the motion. The Board voted unanimous approval.
3. APPROVAL OF VOUCHERS:
Trustee Grant made a motion to approve the vouchers as follows, subject to review by the Audit Committee. The motion was seconded by Trustee Daubney and approved unanimously.
General Fund $ 89,381.52
Water Fund 1,873.10
Capital Accounts 146,533.09
Trust & Agency 7,472.49
In the absence of Village Manager Herbek, Treasurer Reardon read the following correspondence (full text available at the Village Office):
A letter from Governor George E. Pataki outlining preliminary plans for Census Day, April 1, 2000 and enclosing NYS Plan for Census 2000. Mayor Elliott explained that jobs are available, that the Village needs to publicize this for accurate census; this letter is simply an alert that the census count is coming next year.
A letter from Michael Crosby, Engineer, Boswell Engineering, asking for confirmation that the Village has monitored the Rts 9/9A bikeway lighting system and found the system to be functioning properly. Village Manager Herbek will contact Mr. Crosby to inform him that the system does not work 100% and some lights are not working.
A notice of Tentative Special Franchise Assessment from NYS Board of Real Property Services dated November 16, 1999, along with a memo regarding this assessment ratio from Joseph Sperber noting there were 16 errors in the data and he has forwarded the changes to the State.
A letter from Roger Kraminitz and Lauren Foodim regarding the absence of sidewalks in certain central spots within the Village. Village Treasurer Reardon stated that the Village has a sidewalk replacement policy in the works and is scheduled to work on that at the next work session. Trustee Grant reiterated her position that the Village should address the need for new sidewalks before repairing old sidewalks. Trustee Watkins stated that the letter is requesting cars not be parked by the Kayson entrance and suggested the business be contacted about this.
No citizens came forth to speak.
Trustee Grant made a motion to approve the following resolution for application to request the Village’s inclusion in the New York State Health Insurance Program. The motion was seconded by Trustee Watkins. Village Attorney Waldman stated that the second line of the resolution should indicate “and to include in such plans”. Trustee Grant amended the motion to reflect the change; Trustee Watkins seconded the amended motion. Vote was taken, with all voting in favor of the resolution as amended.
RESOLVED, that the Board of Trustees of the Village of Croton on Hudson, of the state of New York elects to participate as a participating employer in the New York State Health Insurance program and to include in such plan its officers and employees and to include in such plan its retired officers and employees, subject to and in accordance with the provisions of Article XI of the Civil Service Law and the Regulations governing the New York State Health Insurance Program, as presently existing or hereafter amended, together with such provisions of the insurance contracts as may be approved by the President of the Civil Service Commission and any administrative rule or directive governing the plan.
On motion of Trustee Grant, seconded by Trustee Daubney, the following resolution was adopted unanimously by the Board of Trustees of the Village of Croton-on-Hudson, New York.
NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED: that the Village Manager is hereby authorized to sign the agreement between the Village of Croton on Hudson and the Croton Housing Network, a non-profit organization, for the payment for demolition and removal of the existing dilapidated structure at 33 Brook Street.
Trustee Grant gave thanks to the members of the Housing Network for the superior job they did in putting this all together; it is the result of three years of hard work.
On motion of TRUSTEE Grant, seconded by TRUSTEE Watkins, the following resolution was adopted unanimously by the Board of Trustees of the Village of Croton-on-Hudson, New York:
The following revised meeting dates for the Board of Trustees are hereby adopted:
Cancel Regular Meeting of December 20, 1999;
January 3, 2000
January 18, 2000
February 15, 2000
March 6, 2000
January 10, 2000
January 24, 2000
February 7, 2000
In the absence of Village Manager Herbek, Village Treasurer Reardon read a memo from Mr. Herbek regarding the results of the lighting survey and asking that the Board be polled for their thoughts on going along with the majority from Benedict Blvd. and Cleveland Dr. Trustee Grant suggested putting in one light at Penfield and Hastings and leaving the rest alone. Trustee Watkins questioned why the negative votes were received regarding Cleveland Drive; a lot of kids walk along there in the morning and after school. Mayor Elliott suggested that the Board may want to take a closer look at this.
Trustee Watkins asked about the status of the Harmon station parking lot project. Village Treasurer Reardon replied that most of the sidewalks are in, but the area that will accept the tiles has not been done; he expects this to be done soon; he has talked repeatedly to the contractor about the lighting but they are still not erected and energized; he has held funds back pending completion. Trustee Watkins asked about the leaf composting at the sewer treatment site. Village Treasurer Reardon stated that this is working satisfactorily.
Trustee Daubney reported that there was a meeting of the Kiosk committee of the Library/School Board. The Ad Hoc committee met today about use of the baseball fields in the summer; there will be another meeting in January; discussion will continue about lighting more fields, but they do not wish to put a burden on the fields by overusing them. Trustee Daubney asked about the vandalism at Dobbs Park. Village Treasurer Reardon replied that the Police have taken care of this. Trustee Daubney reported that he attended the leaf compost demonstration last Friday along with Trustee McCarthy and Ann Gallelli and discussed some of the processes; cost of running this operation should be less than hauling leaves away; there is no discernable smell, the chimneys have charcoal filters. Trustee Grant added that the Village should be alert to not keep composted materials on site for any length of time. Trustee Daubney reported that the Pearl Harbor ceremony will be tomorrow, 11 a.m. at the Municipal Building.
Trustee Grant reported that most of the Holiday trees are completed; she thanked Doris Daubney who made decorations for the Village Board’s holiday tree and reminded those who have reserved a tree to complete the decoration. Trustee Grant reported that the Comprehensive Plan Committee’s first meeting was last week. She was impressed with the quality of the people on this committee: Ann Gallelli, Paul Doyle, Kurt Carlson, Larry Bickford and Roger Solymosy, who have excellent knowledge and backgrounds. They will address the needs of the Village, age & economic demographics of the Village, retail space, and will have professionals review existing plans and make recommendations; then plan for definite guidelines for implementation. They also intend to get the maximum public input from the community. The next meeting is scheduled for December 30, Thursday. Trustee Grant reported that several months ago, Empire State Magazine asked for nominations for influential people in New York State; Mayor Elliott’s name was recommended and he made honorable mention, making the list of the top 35 most influential people in NYS. Trustee Grant reported also that the HS girl’s volleyball team won the State Championship for the second time and congratulated them. Trustee Grant asked about the results of the meeting about the lights on Riverside Avenue. Village Treasurer Reardon replied that the contractor is ordering one test ballast with a lower voltage bulb and will see if this is a solution.
Mayor Elliott reported there will be a work session on December 13, 1999. Mayor Elliott also commented that the holiday trees look very nice. He stated that (referring to the girls’ volleyball team) this is the first time a Croton team has won back to back state championships. Mayor Elliott announced the appointment of Ellen Siracusa as ex-officio member of the CAC.
Trustee Daubney made a motion to adjourn, seconded by Trustee Grant, approved unanimously.
The meeting was adjourned at 8:45 P.M.
Phyllis A. Bradbury, Secretary