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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
 
December 4 2000
A Regular Meeting of the Board of Trustees of the Village of Croton-on-Hudson, NY was held on Monday, December 4, 2000 at the Municipal Building, Van Wyck Street, Croton-on-Hudson, NY 10520.

The following officials were present:

        Mayor Elliott                           Trustee Grant
Village Manager Herbek          Trustee Harkins
        Treasurer Reardon                       Trustee Watkins
        Village Attorney Waldman                Trustee McCarthy
        
1. CALL TO ORDER:

Mayor Elliott called the meeting to order at 8:05 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 November 20, 2000 as corrected.  Trustee McCarthy 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 Harkins and approved unanimously.

                General Fund    $  73,352.46
                Water Fund          47,664.33                                   
                Capital Accounts        14,446.23
                Trust & Agency    8,853.00      
                        $ 144,316.02


4.  CORRESPONDENCE:

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

A Notice of Resident Assessment Ratio from the NYS Board of Real Property Services, for the current year.

Village Manager Herbek noted that upon review, some errors have been noticed and he will be sending in a challenge to the Office of Real Property Assessment.

5.      CITIZEN PARTICIPATION:  

Joel Klein, Old Post Rd. N., stated that, as someone who does not use the train station parking lot, he considers the proposed increase outrageous; that the parking lot is an amenity that benefits all residents and the Board should look at it as such.  He added that what other towns charge for parking is irrelevant; every dollar that the Village could charge for parking and does not, represents one dollar that Village residents have to pay in property taxes; he asked for no increase to Village residents, but maximize the amount charged to non-residents.


RESOLUTIONS:

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:  

WHEREAS, many municipalities in Westchester County have adopted local laws or ordinances authorizing and regulating the issuance of franchises for telecommunications services; and

WHEREAS, such local laws can be useful when undertaking negotiations with telecommunications providers,


NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED: that a public hearing is hereby called for         December 18, 2000, at 8:00 PM in the Municipal Building to consider the adoption of Local Law Introductory #5 of 2000 entitled “Telecommunications Franchising and Licensing” to provide for the granting of one or more nonexclusive franchises and revocable licenses for telecommunications services within the municipal boundaries of the Village and to provide for the process under which said granting of franchises and revocable licenses shall take place.


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

RESOLVED:       that the Stipulation of Agreement between the Village of Croton on Hudson and Local 456, IBT, which provides for new terms and conditions of employment for the period June 1, 1999 – May 31, 2003, is hereby ratified and approved, and be it

FURTHER RESOLVED: that the Village Manager is hereby authorized to sign a new contract between the Village of Croton on Hudson and Local 456, IBT, to incorporate those changes specified in the Stipulation of Agreement for the period June 1, 1999 – May 31, 2003.

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

WHEREAS, the Village received a letter from Alice Bisgrove, Esq., representing Metricom, Inc., dated March 28, 2000 requesting that the Village enter into a Right of Way Use Agreement with Metricom, and

WHEREAS, Metricom is in the business of constructing, maintaining, and operating a mobile digital data communications radio network known as Ricochet, a network operated in accordance with regulations promulgated by the Federal Communications Commission, utilizing radios and related equipment certified by the Federal Communications Commission,

WHEREAS, at the November 6, 2000 Village Board Meeting, the Village Board directed the Village Manager and Village Attorney to negotiate a Franchise Agreement with Metricom, Inc., taking into account the recommendations of the Board of Trustees and subject to a public information meeting at a regular Village Board meeting, and

WHEREAS, such negotiations have taken place and a negotiated franchise agreement is ready for further consideration of the Board,


NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED: that a public information meeting is hereby        called for December 18, 2000 to consider the recommended franchise agreement with Metricom, Inc.
Discussion:  Village Attorney Waldman stated that he assumes the format is self-evident as a draft that shows what changes have been negotiated in the agreement. He added that he did get, late this afternoon, a change that Metricom wants in one section; it is not major and can be read and discussed at a subsequent meeting.  Attorney Waldman stated also that, if approved, Metricom intends to begin installation in January 2001.




7.      REPORTS:

Village Manager Herbek presented an update to the Board of space constraints.  The Historical Society prefers to remain in the Municipal Building and would like to take over additional space currently used by the Auxiliary Police on the first floor.  Village Manager Herbek stated that the Police Dept. is anxious to get back and reuse the space in the basement for the Auxiliary Police and he included a memo in the Board packet further explaining this request.  Village Manager Herbek added that 10 or 12 years ago, he allowed that space to be used for school district records and he will have to inform them that they will need to find other space for the school records.

Village Manager Herbek also distributed and discussed information about the proposed parking lot fees and he would like to further discuss this at a work session the beginning of January; he needs to have a decision made no later than the January 22, 2001 meeting of the Board in order to implement the decisions ultimately made by the Board.  Trustee Grant asked if people are aware that the Village will be selling semi-annual permits.  Treasurer Reardon replied that he needs some time to let them know well ahead of time; they will not be selling monthly permits unless for special circumstances.  He added that they are also looking at using credit card applications, one pass for 6 months and have discussed the use of EZ Pass-type cards.  Treasurer Reardon added that he is doing a mailing to see if “waiting list” people were still interested.  Mayor Elliott asked that a copy of the memo distributed to the Board tonight also be sent to the Parking Lot Committee.  Trustee McCarthy stated that for the work session she would like some projections and would like to know how many spaces are available to daily and permit parking and also the sale of 6 month permits will generate interest revenue and this should be factored in future discussions.  John Harbeson stated that paying for a 6-month permit is a lot of money for some people and the Board should discuss how this would work and also ask for input from the public.

Village Manager Herbek proposed a recommended list of dates for future work sessions.  He added that the final round of leaf clean up is being made and if leaves are not raked to the street by now, the residents should bag them for pick-up.

Trustee Watkins stated that the Board should try to discuss the parking lot rates sooner than January.  Trustee Watkins stated also that the public should know the waiting lists and letters are to non-residents and if a resident wants a parking permit, there is no waiting list.  He added that residents should know how much time the Board, Manager Herbek and Treasurer Reardon have spent on this project.  Trustee Watkins reported that at the last work session the Board discussed the proposed water line down Finney Farm Rd., the Bennet-Kielson audit and the parking lot fees.  He added that the next work session is scheduled for December 19th.

Trustee McCarthy stated that she would like to see work sessions scheduled in a more regular pattern – keeping the days consistent.

Trustee Harkins reminded everyone that the First Annual Winterfest is scheduled for December 10th, 4 P.M. at Vassallo Park.  Mayor Elliott added that the Croton Chorale will be doing Part I of the Messiah at 7 P.M. at the Holy Name of Mary Church after Winterfest.  Trustee Harkins reported that he attended the County budget hearing last Tuesday and the County will permit the Croton-Harmon School District to utilize the senior baseball field, he approached the County Budget Board and asked that they accelerate the second field from 2004 to 2001.  He stated that he felt it was well received and there is a good shot it will happen.

Trustee Grant reported that the Comprehensive Plan Committee’s next public input workshop is scheduled for January 11, 2001 to discuss commercial areas of the Village; everyone is invited to attend.  Trustee Grant stated that the directional signs look good, though some people are not happy because of the placement of some signs, but she thinks they are a good addition to the Village; perhaps some adjustments can be made if necessary.  Trustee Grant reported that the compost at the sewer disposal plant is available to residents; just bring a bag between 8:00 a.m. and 3 p.m. and take as needed to enrich garden soil now and in the spring.

Mayor Elliott thanked Carolyn Whiting for her work on the Village’s signs and the regional sign program as well.


Trustee McCarthy made a motion to adjourn; seconded by Trustee Watkins.  Approved unanimously.  The meeting was adjourned at 9:05 P.M.


Respectfully submitted,

Phyllis A. Bradbury, Secretary



Village Clerk