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May 31, 2000
Special Meeting
May 31, 2000

A Special Meeting of the Board of Trustees was held on Wednesday, May 31, 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
        Manager Herbek
        Recreation Superintendent Zimmermann
        Director of Public Works Kraft
        Water Foreman Brann

The meeting was called to order at 7:30 PM and the following items were discussed:

Request for taxi spaces at the Croton Harmon Railroad Station – The Village Board has received a request from Carlos Posso of Ossining, New York to have two or three spaces leased to him specifically for his taxi business in order to operate at the Croton Harmon Railroad Station. The station currently is serviced by two other taxi companies, J & S Taxi and Larry’s Taxi. Both of these companies have a lease agreement with the Village allowing them to operate up to six taxis each out of the station. Each of the other taxi companies presented their positions that a third taxi company should not at this time be allowed at the station due to economics and the fact that there are more than sufficient taxis to service the station. After a lengthy discussion, Trustee Grant proposed a motion to provide two spaces to Mr. Posso in the area of the Resident Permit Section of the lot adjacent to the current handicapped/ taxi area. The motion was seconded by Mayor Elliott and was voted down by a vote of 2 to 3 with Mayor Elliott and Trustee Grant voting aye and Trustees, Watkins, McCarthy and Harkins voting no. The Board did agree to take the issue of taxi parking allocations up toward the latter part of the calendar year in an October or November timeframe.
Proposed procedures for park passes. Superintendent of Recreation Mary Zimmermann and members of the Recreation Advisory Board discussed the proposed procedures for use of the Village’s parks and recreational facilities. The reason for the new regulations is to tighten up some of the department’s procedures to prevent abuse and specifically resident identification at the various facilities. After discussion the Board was in general agreement with the proposed new regulations except with respect to the issue of “Nannies” which is still under review.
Proposed building at wellfields to house water meters, valves etc., Director of Public Works Ken Kraft and Water Foreman Tom Brann reviewed with the Board the need for additional space to house certain water supplies and equipment at the wellfields. They explained that the additional space was needed to replace space lost due to the automation project and also to consolidate supplies and equipment that had been stored at the DPW Garage. The proposal is to build an addition out of cement blocks at Well # 3. The previous plan had been to build the addition at Well # 4. The staff explained that this building addition was easier to build at Well # 3 and also fits better at Well # 3 rather than at Well # 4. After the Board’s questions were all answered it was the consensus of the Board to go ahead with the project and to have the necessary budget modification placed back on the agenda of the next Village Board Meeting.
Parking on Maple Street from Old Post Road to Olcott Avenue. Ken Kraft explained that the Village used to paint designated lines in the Upper Village to delineate where to park. We stopped this practice as it became costly and moreover did not really accomplish what everyone had hoped. It actually led to somewhat of a reduction is spaces as the painted spaces were 22 or 23 feet in length. With typical cars being at 17 feet and compact cars even less than that we actually lost a number of spaces. Mr. Kraft stated that he did not see the need for this and believes we should plan for the maximum number of spaces that are available. If vehicles block driveways, the police are available to enforce the law and issue citations. Trustee McCarthy suggested getting together with some of the neighbors in this area of the Village and reviewing possible solutions to some of the parking problems with them. Village Manager Herbek said that he would arrange such a meeting.
Millennium Pipeline – Joel Klein, a resident of the Village with expertise in this area and member of the Planning Board provided the Board with an update of the status of the Millennium Pipeline which is being built by Columbia Gas and Transmission Company. Mr. Klein stated that a new route is being planned for the pipeline along the Route 9 corridor as the Public Service Commission is disallowing the use of the route along the Con Edison power lines. The new route is proposed to go along Rt. 9 and might have a major impact on the Village.  An alternative to the use of Route 9 is to have the pipeline installed through the Seprieo Property and along the shoreline of the river proceeding to the Finkelstein Property, the Metro Enviro Property, the Shoprite Property and the Van Cortlandt Manor Property. If an agreement could be worked out to allow this alternative route there may be some enhancements that might be negotiated to the benefit of the Village. The Board indicated that they would give some thought to all of the possible options and decide what course of action to take in the next few weeks.
The Village Manager distributed the listing of work session dates for the Board’s information. He said that he tried to accommodate each trustees schedule as best as possible. He also said that a reception is being planned at 7:00 PM prior to the next Village Board Meeting to receive an Isadora Duncan watercolor which will be presented by Cornelia Cotton.
33 Brook Street -       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 OF CROTON-ON-HUDSON (the “Village”) is the owner of certain premises at 33 Brook Street, Croton-on-Hudson, NY (the “premises”); and

WHEREAS, the CROTON HOUSING NETWORK, INC., has undertaken the redevelopment of the premises by construction of a two-family affordable housing residential building; and

WHEREAS, in order to finance such redevelopment, Leviticus Alternative Fund, Inc., has agreed to loan the CROTON HOUSING NETWORK, INC., the amount of One Hundred Twenty-eight Thousand Six Hundred Dollars ($128,600) to be secured by a note to be executed by CROTON HOUSING NETWORK, INC., and by a mortgage to be executed by the Village on the premises.

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED: that the Village execute a mortgage, but not a note, in favor of Leviticus Alternative Fund, Inc., on premises at 33 Brook Street, Croton-on-Hudson, NY, in the amount of One Hundred Twenty-eight Thousand Six Hundred Dollars ($128,600).

AND BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED: that the Mayor, or the Village Manager, be and hereby is authorized to execute such documents as may be necessary to mortgage the aforesaid premises to Leviticus Alternative Fund, Inc., as aforesaid, and

AND BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED: that the Mayor or Village Manager is hereby authorized to sign the agreements required between the Village of Croton-on-Hudson and both the Croton Housing Network and the County of Westchester to grant the Croton Housing Network permission to construct a two family house on the property known as 33 Brook Street, currently owned by the Village of Croton-on-Hudson, and encumber such property with liens from the County of Westchester in the furtherance of such development.
The Village Manager provided an update to the Board on the status of Teamster negotiations.

The meeting ended at 10:45 PM.

Respectfully submitted,

Richard F. Herbek
Village Manager and Clerk