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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
 
April 3, 2000 Organizational Meeting
The Annual Organizational Meeting and a Regular Meeting of the Board of Trustees of the Village of Croton-on-Hudson, NY were held on Monday, April 3, 2000 at the Municipal Building, Van Wyck Street, Croton-on-Hudson, NY 10520.

The following officials were present:

Mayor Elliott                           Trustee Grant                   Trustee Watkins
Village Manager Herbek          Trustee Harkins                 Trustee McCarthy        
Treasurer Reardon                       Village Attorney Waldman
                
ORGANIZATIONAL MEETING:
Mayor Elliott called the meeting to order at 8:00 p.m.  Everyone joined in the Pledge of Allegiance.
Village Manager Herbek filed the oath of office for newly elected members of the Board of Trustees, Trustee McCarthy and Trustee Harkins.
On the 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 meeting dates for the Board of Trustees for 2000/2001 are hereby adopted.
April 10, 2000                  Public Hearing on Budget
April 17, 2000                  Regular Meeting
April 24, 2000                  Special Meeting to Adopt Budget
May 1, 2000                     Regular Meeting
May 15, 2000                    Regular Meeting
June 12, 2000                   Regular Meeting
June 26, 2000                   Regular Meeting
July 10, 2000                   Regular Meeting
July 24, 2000                   Regular Meeting
August 7, 2000                  Regular Meeting
August 21, 2000                 Regular Meeting
September 5, 2000                       Regular Meeting
September 18, 2000              Regular Meeting
October 2, 2000                 Regular Meeting
October 16, 2000                        Regular Meeting
November 6, 2000                        Regular Meeting
November 20, 2000               Regular Meeting
December 4, 2000                        Regular Meeting
December 18, 2000                       Regular Meeting
January 8, 2001                 Regular Meeting
January 22, 2001                        Regular Meeting
February 5, 2001                        Regular Meeting
February 20, 2001                       Grievance Day 4-8 p.m.
February 20, 2001                       Regular Meeting
March 5, 2001                   Regular Meeting
March 19, 2001                  Regular Meeting
All meetings will take place in the Meeting Room of the Municipal Building starting at 8:00 PM.

On the motion of Trustee McCarthy, seconded by Trustee Watkins, the resolution designating the Official Newspaper/s as the Gazette and Gannett was adopted by the Board of Trustees of the Village of Croton-on-Hudson, New York with the following vote: Trustee McCarthy “aye”, Trustee Harkins “aye”, Trustee Watkins “nay”, Trustee Grant “nay”, Mayor Elliott “aye”.
On the motion of Trustee Grant, seconded by Trustee McCarthy, the resolution naming the Bank of New York, Chase Bank, First Union, Hudson Valley, CLASS was Official Depositories was approved unanimously by the Board of Trustees of the Village of Croton-on-Hudson, New York.
On the motion of Trustee Grant, seconded by Trustee McCarthy, the resolution setting employee bond levels as follows:
                Treasurer/Court Clerk - $500,000;
                Dep. Treasurer/Comp. Oper/Account Clerks - $200,000;
                Other positions - $100,000
was approved unanimously by the Board of Trustees of the Village of Croton-on-Hudson, New York.
Mayor Elliott announced the following appointments:
                        Deputy Mayor:           Trustee Grant
                        Acting Village Justice: Paul Hoffman
                        Asst. Village Manager:  Robert Reardon
                        Historian:                      Joyce Finnerty  
                        Planning Bd. Chair:             Ann Gallelli
                Planning Board  Ted Brumleve    
                ZBA Chair:      Don Sapir
                ZBA – 5 yr      Rhoda Stephens
                Conservation Adv. Council:      Jon Goplerud, Claudia Smart,    
                        Greg Kullberg, Jan Johnsen
                Water Control Comm:     Mark Goldfarb
                Visual Environ. Board:  Valerie Leis
                Recreation Adv. Com:    Lisa Vlad, Gary Pettit, Joe. Streany
                Environmental Advisor:  Dan Salzberg
        Liaisons – Trustee Assignments:                 
                Public Safety:  Grant, Harkins, Elliott
                Recreation Adv: Harkins
                Conservation:   McCarthy
                Finance:        Harkins, McCarthy, Grant
                Planning:       Grant
                ZBA:    McCarthy
                Visual Env:     Watkins
                Water Control:  Watkins
                Library Harkins
                Cable:  McCarthy
                C of C/Bus. Dev:        Harkins, Grant
                Schools:        McCarthy
        Liaisons (cont’d)
                Town:   Grant
                County: Watkins
                Greenway:       Watkins
                Arboretum:      Harkins
                Parking Lot:    Harkins
                

The Regular Board Meeting: continued after the close of the Annual Organizational meeting.

2. APPROVAL OF MINUTES:

Trustee McCarthy made a motion to approve the minutes of the Regular Board Meeting held on March 20, 2000 as corrected.  Trustee Grant seconded the motion.  The motion was approved with the following vote: Trustees Grant and McCarthy voting “aye”; Trustees Watkins and Harkins and Mayor Elliott abstaining.

Trustee McCarthy made a motion to approve the minutes of the Special Meeting held on March 21, 2000; Trustee Watkins seconded the motion.  The minutes were approved with the following vote: Trustees Grant, Watkins and McCarthy voting “aye”; Trustee Harkins 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                    $ 29,365.78  
                Water Fund                           1,052.89                                   
                Capital Accounts                        947.80
                Trust & Agency               2,190.00   
                                                $ 33,556.47


4.  CORRESPONDENCE:

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

A letter from Carl T. Thurnau, The State Education Dept., regarding the Pierre Van Cortlandt Middle School- Addition and Alterations Project and asking comments on the draft EIS be submitted in writing on or before April 17,2000.
A letter from Dianne Barron, 54 Penfield Avenue with her views on trash, dog feces, and tag sale signs throughout the Village.  Village Manager Herbek noted that much of this is an education process and cleaning up after ones self or others is being a good neighbor.  Trustee McCarthy suggested that some of these issues be addressed in the next Village newsletter.’
A letter from Carlos Posso regarding his request to establish a new taxi service at the Harmon Station.  Discussion:
Mayor Elliott stated that he felt that there is a need to put this to rest as soon as possible and suggested designating a few spots to Mr. Posso on a trial basis and issue a notice that the Village will not accept any more applications until a policy is generated.
Trustee McCarthy stated that she spoke with current taxi businessmen; she doesn’t understand fully what the needs are to adequately service the station; suggested a survey be done within two months to determine how many people are using the taxies on a daily and weekly basis and how many taxies are needed for those using the service.
Village Attorney Waldman suggested an unannounced, unobserved spot check.  Village Manager Herbek stated that these checks would have to run for an entire day, a couple of weekdays and a Saturday.  Village Attorney Waldman added, as a commuter, he feels it would be a dangerous situation to add spaces in front because of the traffic patterns.  Trustee McCarthy agreed that part of this is the traffic flow and asked if the taxi spaces would be moved.  Village Manager Herbek replied that any move would be to only allow for more drop off space; then everything must be moved back.
Trustee Grant suggested to add two or three more spaces, then do a survey, which would give a better idea of the situation and respond to complaints that there is a need to have more taxicabs available.
Trustee Grant made a motion to add two taxi spaces, not in handicapped areas, to the end of the year, do a marketing study and prepare a policy.  No second to the motion; motion withdrawn.
Trustee Harkins stated that there is a need to measure what is going on in order to service the community; he would like to see a report to Village Manager Herbek or Treasurer Reardon on the number of taxies and usage, perhaps on a quarterly basis, done by the providers of taxi service.

Trustee McCarthy made a motion to expediently do a study of what the usage and needs are and to solicit proposals for spaces and locations.  Trustee Watkins seconded the motion.
Discussion: Trustee Watkins stated that he is not sure that he wants to commit a large sum of money to do a survey and would like a Village employee to conduct this survey for a few weeks.  Village Manager Herbek replied that the only one who should do this is he and he did not think this was a good use of his time.
Trustee Grant stated that she sees no downside to the Village to give two regular spaces to the new cab company and this would respond to complaints that have been received.

Motion was passed with the following vote: Trustees McCarthy, Harkins, Watkins- “aye”; Trustee Grant -“abstain”.
Trustee Grant made a motion that the Board should come up with a decisive policy on the taxi space allotment at Harmon Station by year-end.  Trustee McCarthy seconded the motion.  The motion was passed unanimously.

        d.      A letter from Bruno Pesavento, Jr. regarding the property owned by Mr. & Mrs. Doorley, 9 Sunset Trail.  Village Manager Herbek stated that the Doorleys should apply for a C of O and some research is needed regarding the child care item.  Mr. James Miller, attorney and friend of the Doorley’s stated that Village inspectors and Engineer visited the Doorleys shortly after Mr. Pesavento’s appearance at an open meeting.   Mr. Miller added that this does create an appearance of retaliatory action when people come forward and speak out.  He stated that a follow up should wait until a zoning issue is resolved before any action is taken, except for safety issues.  Trustee Watkins replied that he believes the Village Engineer had to respond to the complaint, that is the reason the inspection was done and that residents should have no fear about speaking out in public.

e.      A letter from Irwin Katz, Vice President, Kayson Auto Mall, confirming that items requested of him by Joseph Sperber will be expeditiously attended to.  Village Manager Herbek stated that they will remove banners, cartoon characters and some signs; he has agreed to allow Kayson to continue to park cars on the rock; he will address moving automobiles back so they are not impinging on the Riverside walkway.

A letter from Ron Aja, Director, Special Events, Clearwater, asking for use of the parking lot at Croton Harmon Station at no cost to them for The Great Hudson River Revival 2000 to be held at Croton Point Park on June 17 and 18.
Trustee Grant made a motion to approve the request dated March 21, 2000.  Trustee Watkins seconded the motion.  Discussion:  Trustee McCarthy asked why the Village couldn’t get some remuneration for the use of the parking lot.  Mayor Elliott replied that getting the Revival back to Croton is of benefit to the Village; it will blend with Croton’s identity and Village businesses will take advantage of the added visitors.  Vote was taken; the motion was passed unanimously.
A letter from Andrew Spano, Westchester County Executive, regarding mosquito larvae surveillance and control starting on or about April 15th.  Village Manager Herbek stated that he is providing the County with a report of all possible locations in the Village where there is standing water.  He added that it is important to note that it is everyone’s part to not allow standing water on private property and everyone needs to help in this effort.
Alice Bisgrove, representing Metricom, a wireless internet access provider, gave a follow up presentation asking for a right-of-way within the Village for installation of about 25 radios on existing light poles.  Ms. Bisgrove stated that these radios emit less that 1 watt of power and present no health issue and that the safety and visual impacts are minimal; each radio has an antenna that hangs down from it about 22 inches; they will also need a wire access point on an existing infra -structure, usually a building, which uses 1 watt also; this usually goes on the tallest structure available and about every 11 miles.  Trustee Harkins asked how many wire access points would be needed in Croton.  Ms. Bisgrove replied that there may not be any since the Village is just 5 square miles.   Trustee McCarthy expressed her concern with health and safety issues- the more types of transmission, such as is being proposed, that are allowed to go through the air, no one really knows what the long term affects may be, also the financial benefit to the Village is almost nil.  The representative from Metricom replied that he couldn’t argue against Trustee McCarthy’s personal opinion regarding health and safety, that Metricom can only go with the experts and what is accredited scientific explanation; they exceed all standards of safe radio frequency transmission.  Metricom is building the network and selling the product; another company, most likely MCI Worldcom will provide service and they probably will bundle this with other products.  Trustee McCarthy asked that a public hearing be held if the Board was inclined to permit this use.
The Board of Trustees gave no approval pending further study.

CITIZEN PARTICIPATION:
-Roger Solymosy stated that he was watching the meeting on cable and came down to thank the Board members for taking the time and responding to the needs of the community and its residents.

RESOLUTIONS:
a.     On motion of TRUSTEE MC CARTHY, 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 has been notified about the Justice Court Assistance Program which provides funding for improvements to facilities, furniture, law books, automation, supplies and education for Village Justice Courts, and

WHEREAS, the Village Justice Court has reviewed this program and believes that the Village should apply for funding for new computers, a new security buzzer system and new carpeting in the Village Justice Clerks Office, and

WHEREAS, this grant application program does not require any matching funds, and

WHEREAS, the Board of Trustees is in favor of this application,

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED: that the Mayor is hereby authorized to submit the grant application for new computers, a new security buzzer system and new carpeting in the Village Justice Clerks Office for funding in the amount of $12,275.00.

b.      On motion of TRUSTEE GRANT, seconded by TRUSTEE MC CARTHY, the  
following resolution was adopted by the Board of Trustees of the Village of Croton-on-Hudson, New York with unanimous vote:  

WHEREAS, an integral part of a Safe Communities and injury prevention program is enforcement of traffic safety laws; and

WHEREAS, the selective enforcement grant will provide municipalities with the opportunity to prioritize local objectives by examining problem areas, numbers of injuries/fatalities and resources; and

WHEREAS, the overall goal of the program continues to be preventing unnecessary deaths, reduce crashes and injuries by enforcing the speed limit and other safe driving practices, increasing public awareness/education of car safety seat issues, increasing safe bicycling practices and helmet usage, and monitoring of school bus operations; and

WHEREAS, these goals will be accomplished by a coordinated comprehensive effort where police agencies and community leaders become partners in determining traffic safety concerns, prioritizing local objectives, and seeking productive plans of action to reduce deaths and injuries; and

WHEREAS, participation with this grant program authorizes the Village of Croton to spend $2,900 on enforcement activity focusing on the following areas of traffic safety: speeding, seat belts and child car seat violations, bicycle safety/helmet use and violations involving motorists passing stopped school buses loading or unloading students,

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED: that the Village Manager is hereby authorized to sign the attached inter-municipal agreement with the County of Westchester for participation in the 1999-2000 Selective Enforcement For Traffic Safety Grant.


c.      On motion of TRUSTEE GRANT, seconded by TRUSTEE MC CARTHY, the  
following resolution was adopted unanimously by the Board of Trustees of the Village of Croton-on-Hudson, New York

WHEREAS, the Village received $ 16,000.00 from the cable franchise as a donation for the purchase of state of the art camera equipment to augment the public access channel; and

WHEREAS, the B & H Corp., 420 Ninth Avenue, New York, NY 10001 has won the NY State contract # P 053291 for audio and visual equipment; and

WHEREAS, the B & H Corp. has delivered the necessary equipment and seeks payment; and

WHEREAS funds to reimburse the Village exist in the Trust and Agency Fund, and the Village Treasurer wishes to amend both sides of the 1999-2000 General fund operating budget effecting the following accounts; and

Increase  1010.200  by    $  7,147.85    ( Equipment )
Increase  1010.400  by    $     140.00    ( Contractual )
Increase     2705      by    $  7,287.85    ( Gifts & Donations)

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


d.      On motion of TRUSTEE HARKINS, 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 received $ 5,578.00 from Mr. Thomas Habib, a Village resident, as a donation for a batting cage to augment the Little League program; and

WHEREAS, the SAM Fence Corp., 185 Marble Avenue, Pleasantville, NY 10570 has won the bid to erect the batting cage; and

WHERAS, the Nylon Net Company, 845 North Main Street, Memphis, TN 38019 has won the bid to erect the batting cage netting; and

WHEREAS, the SAM Fence Corp. and the Nylon Net Company, have been issued the necessary purchase orders for the equipment and will seek payment after Village personnel approve of the installation; and

WHEREAS funds to reimburse the Village exist in the Trust and Agency Fund, and the Village Treasurer wishes to amend both sides of the 1999-2000 General fund operating budget effecting the following accounts; and

Increase  7140.200  by    $  6,592.00    ( Equipment )
Increase     2705      by    $  6,592.00    ( Gifts & Donations)

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

Discussion:  the bid was not $1,000 more than the gift; Mr. Habib gave additional funds.




7.  REPORTS:
Village Manager Herbek stated that the report is back from the laboratories regarding the materials from the clean up of the Yacht Club basin and all samples tested show no PCBs.

Trustee Watkins welcomed Trustee Harkins to the Board.  Trustee Watkins noted that the State has removed the sign on Rt. 129; he has noticed that the Brook Street site is being worked on.  Village Treasurer Reardon replied that it is cleaned out and seems to be making progress; the footings are framed out and the contractor is getting ready to pour concrete.

Trustee McCarthy reported that the budgets for the Police Department, the Fire Department and the DPW were discussed at the last work session; next Wednesday they will be discussing the Recreation Department budget.  Trustee McCarthy reported she attended a meeting held by Rep. Kaplowitz; representatives of MetroNorth were there as well as members from various County departments; there was discussion on potential plans for Croton Point Park. Trustee McCarthy stated that she hoped the Board would soon set a Public Hearing date regarding proposed zoning changes as they related towaste transfer stations..  Trustee McCarthy added that she feels it is time to start working on MetroEnviro’s renewal application which is due in about a year; the Village needs proper information and she would like to have the subject of obtaining services of a consultant or expert discussed at a work session.  Regarding the Business Consultant, Trustee McCarthy stated that the Village now has proposals from Mullens Asso. and two other companies and she would like to have this on a work session agenda to decide how to proceed.  Trustee McCarthy stated that, regarding the Picture Tunnel, she went back to prior records and it appears that in the latter part of 1998, a resolution was passed stating that Village will promptly seek expert engineering advice if an acceptable, effective alternative is found to preserve the view and westbound vehicle traffic.  Trustee McCarthy asked the Board to reaffirm this resolution at this time.  Village Manager Herbek replied that it cannot be built like that and preserve the pedestrian pathway along the front of the property; the tunnel will have to be enlarged to provide the road going over the tunnel; the only way to preserve the westbound traffic would be to lengthen the tunnel even more which would cost much more; the plan is to keep the tunnel for pedestrian access only.  Trustee Grant asked what the time estimate is for completion of this road and tunnel.  Village Manager Herbek replied that this is being worked on.

Trustee Grant stated for the record how much she dislikes the chartreuse signs going up all over the Village; she finds them offensive, doesn’t think they are necessary.  Trustee Grant reminded people that composting bag demonstration will be tomorrow at 9 a.m.  She also reminded everyone to send in their census report if they haven’t done so already.  Trustee Grant added that Thursday, April 6th, there will be an open meeting regarding School Board plans; the meeting is open to the public.  Trustee Grant thanked Roger Solymosy and the rest of the Comprehensive Plan Committee for their time and the good work they have done.

Mayor Elliott congratulated Trustees Harkins and McCarthy and welcomed them to the Board of Trustees.  Mayor Elliott also thanked Roger Solymosy for coming tonight.

Trustee Grant made a motion to adjourn.  Trustee McCarthy seconded the motion.  Approved unanimously.

The meeting was adjourned at 10:45 P.M.


Respectfully submitted,


Phyllis A. Bradbury, Secretary



Richard F. Herbek, Village Clerk