A Regular Meeting of the Board of Trustees of the Village of Croton-on-Hudson, NY was held on Monday, March 6, 2000 at the Municipal Building, Van Wyck Street, Croton-on-Hudson, NY 10520.
The following officials were present:
Mayor Elliott Trustee Grant
Trustee McCarthy Trustee Daubney
Trustee Watkins Manager Herbek
Attorney Waldman Treasurer Reardon
1. CALL TO ORDER:
Mayor Elliot called the meeting to order at 8:08 PM. 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 February 15, 2000 as corrected. The motion was seconded by Trustee Daubney and 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 $ 206,606.17
Water Fund 26,963.38
Capital Acct. 40,000.00
Trust & Agency 0.00
PRESENTATION OF PLAQUE TO JANE NORTHSHIELD
Mayor Elliot presented Jane Northshield with a plaque as a Certificate of Appreciation for her service as Village Historian for 25 years. Ms. Northshield served as Historian from 1974 to 1999. The Village thanked Ms. Northshield for her dedication of time and effort including per publications titled, “History of Croton-on-Hudson” and also her articles on the “History of Mt. Airy”. Mayor Elliot declared March 6, 2000 Jane Northshield Day in the Village of Croton-on-Hudson.
FIRE DEPT. PRESENTATION RE: BOND REFERENDUM ON FIREHOUSE IMPROVEMENTS
Chief Dinkler came before the Board to address the Village concerning two Firehouse referendums to be voted on during the elections on March 21. Chief Dinkler stated that the Fire Department was taken by surprise by the bid for the firehouse proposals. After consulting with the Village Treasurer, a small reduction in the amount of $33,000 for the Harmon project and $29,000 for the Grand Street project was decided. Any further cutbacks would detract from the practical functionality of the firehouses. If residents would like to see the current condition of the firehouses or learn more about the projects that the referendums will be funding, there will Open Houses at both the Grand Street and Harmon Firehouses on Saturday March 18th and Sunday March 19th from 8:30 AM to 1 PM. If anyone has any questions, please contact the Fire Department’s business phone at 271-2693. The referendums reflect the full costs of the two projects, $4,345,000, including bonds that are already approved and borrowed. This will have an impact on the homeowner with an average assessment of $14,000 or less than $36 annually. Chief Dinkler asked that all residents vote YES for propositions 1 and 2 at the March 21st elections.
Carlos Posso, Ossining, NY, re: establishing Croton Taxi and Airport Service.
Manager Herbek read the letter to the Board with three possible solutions. The first would be to take 1 space away from the current taxi owners. The second would allow the Board to make additional spaces. The third would be to maintain the current situation. Mr. Herbek did say that J&S Taxi Service is not willing to give up any of their spaces. He does not have any answer from the other services, Larry’s or Croton Taxi Service. Attorney Waldman said that he was contacted before the meeting by the lawyer of Larry’s taxi and was asked to put any vote or discussion off until he could be there. The Board agreed to postpone any decisions until all of the taxi services can be present. Trustee Daubney asked if there is need for additional service. Trustee Grant stated that she has had numerous phone calls concerning inadequate service at the station especially on nights and weekends; the Mayor, as well, has been at the station and there have been residents waiting for service. Mr. Posso explained to the Board the knowledge and experience he has in this particular field. He discussed various aspects of his company including up-to-date vehicles and safety issues. Mr. Posso is requesting 3 spaces. Mr. Herbek has been informed by Mr. Posso that he has all of the correct permits and licenses.
Virginia Bacon, 27 Brook Street, re: lighting at end of Brook Street, and damaged storm drain.
Manager Herbek explained that the overhead lights were turned off at this location. Apparently there is now a problem with the wattage of the lights that are currently operating so now it seems too dark. Mr. Herbek also stated that in the letter there is reference to a storm drain that was damaged during Hurricane Floyd.
Governor George Pataki, re: Census 2000.
Manager Herbek explained the main points of the letter. He asked that the questionnaires be mailed back on April 1, 2000. As stated in the letter each household represents more than $2,000 in federal funding and it is very important to participate in the Census. If any one has any questions, or needs a questionnaire, please contact the Village offices.
Linda & Wayne D’Auria, 3 Hixson Road, re: restricting parking on Hixson Rd.
Manager Herbek stated that perhaps some recommendations could come from the staff.
State Education Department, re: SEQRA requirements-Croton School System
Manager Herbek briefly explained the content of the letter. He stated that the two projects are a Type 1 Action and a draft environmental impact statement will be needed.
Jon Goplerud, Conservation Advisory Council, re: remediation for Duck Pond
And Kaplan’s Pond.
Jon Goplerud and Jan Johnson gave explanations of the situation with the Duck Pond. Ms. Johnson stated that after considerable research the recommended dredging for the pond will result in a depth of 8 feet from the 3.5 feet it is now. Funds will be needed to do this. To control the algae in the pond, AQUA T should be used. Additionally the pond should be stocked with grass eating carp; approximately 7 carp for every 3 acres. Trustee Grant stated that the last time this was proposed, the Board decided against it due to the reproduction issues. It was pointed out that the carp are sterile. Trustee Daubney asked what will happen to the carp after the grass is gone. This will have to be researched more. Also, it was asked what will happen to the silt after the dredging is completed. Manager Herbek said the material is very “soupy” and disposal will have to be looked into.
Ms. Andrea Rock, Morningside Drive, addressed the Board with concerns of the lack of car service at the railroad station, especially during rush hour and weekends. She stated that there is a very long wait and an additional car service would help the community. She added that she personally uses Mr. Posso’s service and it is very reliable.
a) On motion of TRUSTEE Grant, seconded by TRUSTEE McCarthy, the following resolution was adopted unanimously by the Board of Trustees of the Village of Croton-on-Hudson, New York
WHEREAS, other funds are needed to finance the additional gasoline control systems necessary to fully augment the gasoline control program; and
WHEREAS funds to cover these costs exist in the General Fund Transfer to Capital account, the Village Treasurer wishes to amend the 1999-2000 Capital fund budget effecting the following accounts; and
Increase 3-5110.0200.9899.0008 by $ 880.00 (Storage Tank Upgrades )
Increase 3-3-5130.9899.0008 by $ 880.00 (Storage Tank Upgrades )
Now Therefore be it resolved that the Village Treasurer amend the 1999 -2000 Capital Fund budget to reflect these changes
Discussion: Trustee McCarthy wanted to clarify that this is a new system. Treasurer Reardon confirmed that a new device allows for staff to use the pumps with out “overriding the system” with a key. It is an automated system with no paperwork required.
b) On motion of TRUSTEE Grant, seconded by TRUSTEE McCarthy, the following resolution was adopted unanimously by the Board of Trustees of the Village of Croton-on-Hudson, New York.
WHEREAS, the Village Treasurer has been asked to modify the DPW budget by the Director of Public Works and recommends the following modifications:
Increase 8160.421 by $ 750.00 (Sanitation Supplies)
Decrease 5110.470 by $ 750.00 (Highway Vehicle Repairs)
Increase 8160.470 by $ 1,750.00 (Sanitation Vehicle Repairs)
Decrease 5110.470 by $ 1,750.00 (Highway Vehicle Repairs )
NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Village Treasurer amend the 1999 -2000 General Fund budget to reflect these changes.
c) On motion of TRUSTEE Grant, seconded by TRUSTEE Watkins, the following resolution was adopted by the Board of Trustees of the Village of Croton-on-Hudson, New York. A vote was taken Trustees McCarthy, Watkins, Grant and the Mayor voting “aye” with Trustee Daubney voting “nay”:
WHEREAS, the Village has budgeted funds in this year’s budget for an air conditioning upgrade study, and
WHEREAS, it is essential that this study be completed as soon as possible to determine the best means of providing air conditioning for the Municipal Building as all of the windows have now been replaced and all of the window air conditioning units have been removed, and
WHEREAS, the Village has obtained a proposal from Lynch Engineering, PC of Pleasantville, New York to provide such an air conditioning study and design documents for the Municipal Building at a cost of $14,250.00,
NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED: that the Board of Trustees hereby authorizes and approves the Village Treasurer’s signing of the agreement with Lynch Engineering, PC to provide professional services for an air conditioning study and design documents for the Municipal Building at a cost of $14,250.00.
Discussion: Trustee Daubney asked if there were other submissions. Manager Herbek confirmed that there was one. Manager Herbek stated that he was referred to Lynch Engineering through a local architect who did previous work on this building. Trustee McCarthy stated that she believed a study needs to be completed; however, she would like to know why there are not more submissions. Manager Herbek and Treasurer Reardon stated that they could get more bids; however they feel it is a waste of time. They believe the one bid they have is the way to go. Also, some of the units are failing and this work would need to be done very soon. Trustee McCarthy said she understood the time constraints; but she feels that more bids would be in the Boards best interest. Manager Herbek stated that he can have more proposals but it would take about 1 month to complete and he is not in favor of it. Trustee Watkins stated that he believes there is not a general consensus to have the work done. The Mayor stated that this resolution at hand determines that a study is needed to determine if there will be a project and there is a general agreement for that. The Mayor called the question.
On motion of TRUSTEE Grant seconded by TRUSTEE McCarthy, the
following resolution was adopted by the Board of Trustees of the Village of Croton-on-Hudson, New York with the following vote:
WHEREAS, the Hudson River Estuary Action Plan was approved and released by Governor Pataki in May, 1996, in furtherance of the requirements of the Hudson River Estuary Management Act adopted by the state Legislature in 1987; and
WHEREAS, the Hudson River Estuary Action Plan identifies 20 priority actions that the Department of Environmental Conservation has committed to implementing for the purposes of:
Conserving Natural Resources
Promoting use and enjoyment of the river, and
Cleaning up pollution; and
WHEREAS, in the 2000-01 State Executive Budget, Governor Pataki has proposed making the Estuary Program a permanent category in the Environmental Protection Fund (EPF) budget, eligible for annual funding to support implementation of the Estuary Plan; and
WHEREAS, a $6 million EPF appropriation is now proposed in the 2000-01 Executive Budget for the Estuary Management Program; and
WHEREAS, these funds will be used to:
Assure that shad, striped bass, sturgeon and other important species are sustained in the Estuary;
Provide grants to municipalities and non-profit organizations for river access, interpretive centers, habitat conservation, and other purposes;
Improve water quality of the Estuary and its tributaries, among other things.
NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED: that the Village of Croton-on-Hudson urges the New York State Legislature to support the Estuary Program as a permanent category line item in the Environmental Protect Fund and the $6 million appropriation for 2000-01 be approved in full.
Manager Herbek stated that the Water Department completed a leak detection test of the water distribution system. He stated that in October and November of 1999 a test revealed that the system was pumping 200,000 more gallons than usual. In December the system was pumping 30+ million gallons which Manager Herbek stated is high. During January of this year, the water department found several small water breaks and a search firm was brought in to locate the problem. The leak detection team found large leaks that were draining into the ground. Manager Herbek stated that during mid February the amount was decreased. He also stated that an annual evaluation should be completed each year of the water system.
Trustee Watkins requested a status on the demolition work at 33 Brook Street. Manager Herbek stated that demolition had been completed. There is no definite date when the project will be completed.
Trustee McCarthy stated that the homeowners of Half Moon Bay would like to meet and have a discussion on the proposed bike path. The Mayor stated the developer should be involved in such a meeting when one is chosen. Trustee McCarthy also questioned the composition of soil that is being removed from the Yacht Club, she recommended possible testing. Manager Herbek stated that the “dredging” was FEMA related. It is a two day project that will remove silt that was deposited into the basin. He will look into the cost of testing the material. Trustee Daubney suggested to use it for fill. The Mayor suggested to rely on professionals for that decision. Trustee McCarthy announced that a committee has been formed for the skateboard park. She added that the triangle piece of land owned by the Village near CET could be a very good location.
Trustee Daubney stated Fireman’s field will not be available for 6-8 weeks and girl’s softball will have to use an alternate location. He recommended not to use the field when the snow fences are still up. Trustee Daubney also suggested to eliminate the clay tennis courts and make them all-weather court surfaces. He said that clay courts get minimal usage.
Trustee Grant stated that the Comprehensive Plan Committee met last Thursday. They are interviewing four consultant firms. Two firms will be interviewed over two different nights. Trustee Grant also stated that there is an abandoned truck at the Yacht Club. Manager Herbek said he would contact the State and have it removed. Trustee Grant also stated that there is large hole at the location of the picture tunnel. Manager Herbek said it is part of a temporary connection with the sewer line.
Trustee Daubney made a motion to adjourn; seconded by Trustee McCarthy; approved unanimously.
The meeting as adjourned at 9:43 PM
Carolyn Di Cuirci, Secretary
Richard F. Herbek, Village Clerk