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July 17, 2000
Special Meeting
July 17, 2000
7:00 PM

A Special Meeting of the Board of Trustees was held on Monday, July 17, 2000, at the Municipal Building, Van Wyck Street, Croton-on-Hudson, New York.

The following officials were present:

        Mayor Elliott
        Trustee Grant
        Trustee Harkins
        Trustee McCarthy
        Trustee Watkins

The meeting was called to order at 7:00 PM and the following items were discussed:

Railroad Tie Removal Project/ Croton Bay Wetland Restoration Program – Colonel Michael Kelley, PhD., P.E., Professor of Environmental Engineering at the United States Military Academy made a presentation on the Croton Bay Rail Tie Removal Project. He spelled out the goals of the project as Croton Bay restoration, Scientific Understanding of the Ecosystem, Improved access for fishing, aesthetic improvement and as a showcase of governmental cooperation. He discussed the timeline for the project beginning with the Village in 1997 applying for a Clean Water Clean Air grant from New York State. He then introduced Rachel Jones, the NYS DEC representative on the project and Captain Chip Elliott, also from the Department of Geography and Environmental Engineering. The background considerations, proposed scope of work for the request for proposals, and pending actions were also discussed. The Village has received a $50,000 grant from the NYS Clean Air/ Clean Water Bond Act with the Village committing to another $30,000 and $20,000 being provided in in-kind services.
Cable TV issues – John Figliozzi of the NYS Public Service Commission attended the meeting specifically to answer any questions that the Board has about Cable TV related issues. Also in attendance was Elizabeth Graham of Media One and Timothy Rooney of Cablevision. The questions centered around the issue of Cablevision providing a senior citizen discount and also on the consolidation of Cablevision with AT&T Corporation. Mr. Figliozzi stated that the Village could not use the consent resolution as a bargaining chip in obtaining a senior citizen discount. This can only be done is separate negotiations with Cablevision either at their consent or at the time of renewal of the franchise agreement. The Village Manager was requested to review the current franchise agreement for compliance and that the resolution should be put back on the agenda of the next Regular Village Board Meeting.
Various Village Recreation Department issues – Superintendent of Recreation Mary Zimmermann and Recreation Supervisor Mark Duncan discussed with the Board issues relating to the siting and development of a skateboard park, duck pond dredging, teen programs and other summer recreation programs. It was specifically noted the large number of young people either participating in or working in the various camps or in the parks. It was decided to take up the issue of the Skateboard Park again at a work session in the fall.
Metro Enviro – the Board discussed whether it should retain a paid professional company or individual to monitor Metro Enviro for compliance with the conditions of the Special Permit and the Manual of Operations. A majority of the Board is opposed to pursuing this.
Housing for ambulance and fire apparatus – the Village Manager stated that of all  the issues confronting the Village that this is the most serious and can have major implications on Village residents if we do not solve this problem soon. He referred to the memo from Tina Bleakly as well as an analysis of costs prepared by Ken Kraft outlining the options. He further stated that the Village should definitely rent the space from Mr. Napalitani on Brook Street and that the Village should get this in place as soon as possible to give Fire Patrol a place to operate out of during this interim period. He also recommended that the Village opt for the surcharging of the foundation for the Butler Building instead of the use of piles as Mr. Hoyt recommended. This will give the Fire Department and the DPW the additional space that they require and after the new firehouses are completed the space that the DPW needs for the long-term housing of vehicles and equipment which operate on hydraulics and diesel fuel. After a lengthy discussion Trustee McCarthy moved a resolution to authorize the Village Manager to enter into an agreement with Ron Napolitani of Mid-Westchester Management, Inc., for the lease of his building at 87 Brook Street for the storage of several pieces of fire apparatus for a period of one year with one month extensions after the year at $2,000.00 per month. The motion was seconded by Trustee Watkins and unanimously approved. Trustee Grant then moved to authorize the Village Manager to proceed with the construction of the Butler Building for the DPW using the surcharge method recommended by Architect James C. Hoyt. The motion was seconded by Trustee Watkins with Trustee Watkins, Trustee Harkins and Mayor Elliott voting for the motion and Trustees McCarthy and Grant voting no.  

The meeting ended at 10:00 PM.

Respectfully submitted,

Richard F. Herbek
Village Manager/ Clerk