A Regular Meeting of the Board of Trustees of the Village of Croton-on-Hudson, NY was held on Monday, April 2, 2001 at the Municipal Building, Van Wyck Street, Croton-on-Hudson, NY 10520.
The following officials were present:
Mayor Elliott Trustee Grant
Treasurer Reardon Trustee Harkins
Village Attorney Waldman Trustee Wiegman
Absent: Trustee McCarthy, Village Manager Herbek
1. CALL TO ORDER:
Mayor Elliott called the meeting to order at 8:15 p.m. Everyone joined in the Pledge of Allegiance.
2. APPROVAL OF MINUTES:
Trustee Grant made a motion to approve the minutes of the Special Meeting held on March 12, 2001. Trustee Harkins seconded the motion. Vote was taken with Trustees Grant, Harkins and Mayor Elliott voting “aye”; Trustee Wiegman abstaining. Motion was passed
Trustee Grant made a motion to approve the minutes of the Regular Board Meeting held on March 19, 2001 as corrected. Trustee Harkins seconded the motion. Vote was taken with Trustees Grant, Harkins and Mayor Elliott voting “aye”; Trustee Wiegman abstaining. Motion was passed
Trustee Grant made a motion to approve the minutes of the Special Meeting held on March 20, 2001. Trustee Harkins seconded the motion. Vote was taken with Trustees Grant, Harkins and Mayor Elliott voting “aye”; Trustee Wiegman abstaining. Motion was passed
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 $ 148,088.92
Water Fund 3,198.61
Capital Accounts 3,575.00
Trust & Agency 7,704.95
Village Treasurer Reardon read the following correspondence (full text available at the Village Office):
A letter from Judy Sullivan and Rosalind Morrissey regarding the community blood drive scheduled for Sunday, May 20, 2001 at Croton-Harmon High School from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
A letter from Ron Aja, Dir. Of Special Events, regarding a request from Clearwater asking for use of the Village’s parking lot for their summer festival the weekend of June 16 and 17th at no cost to Clearwater or those using the lot on that weekend to attend the festival. Discussion: Trustee Harkins asked how the Village will assure paying customers will have a place to park. Treasurer Reardon replied that they will rope off a portion of the lot as was done previously. Trustee Grant made a motion to approve the request as stated in the letter dated March 21, 2001 and leaving Village Manager Herbek to work out the details. Trustee Harkins seconded the motion; approved unanimously.
A letter from Elizabeth Faranda, 16 Alexander Lane, objecting to the possibility of a land swap for the construction of a skate park at the dead end portion of Alexander Lane as stated recently by Joseph Streany, Recreation Advisory Board. Mayor Elliott responded that no one intended to put a skate board park at the end of Alexander Lane.
A letter from David Steinmetz, Attorney for Allied Waste Industries regarding renewal of their Special Permit. Mr. Steinmetz was present at this meeting, along with John DiNapoli and John Costello. Mr. Steinmetz stated that he has submitted this request for renewal of the Special Use Permit on behalf of Allied Waste, which was Metro Enviro, LLC. He added that they are not asking for a modification or change in the original permit; they invite a site inspection with Allied representatives; the Village code, Section 230-56, regarding renewal of special permits does not give a lot of information about procedure and asked if this request must get referred to the Planning Board; if so, there may be a problem of time since the permit expires on May 5, 2001. He asked that if the Board does refer this to the Planning Board,
they would like to avoid a lapse in the continued appropriateness and legality of the operation. He added that if there is going to be a referral to the Planning Board and are not in a position to schedule a Public Hearing, a temporary permit be issued. Trustee Harkins stated that since there seems to be no changes, he does not see that this will be a lengthy process. Village Attorney Waldman asked for assurance that they are asking for the current level of 850 tons for the duration of the permit of 3 years. Mr. Steinmetz agreed that is correct. Mayor Elliott asked the Board if they feel it should be referred to the Planning Board. Village Attorney Waldman stated that he had a problem with an abbreviated hearing at the Planning Board level and if something is referred to them, they have to take it seriously. He added that 3 years ago, everything of consequence happened at the Village Board level; he is not sure the Planning
Board will add anything and it will delay matters because he doesn’t feel the Village Board will automatically approve Planning Board recommendations. The Planning Board Chair, Ann Gallelli was present and stated that it is her opinion if there are no changes being asked of the site plan and operation, there is nothing of consequence the Planning Board could look at that wasn’t looked at when the same permit was granted last time; if changes are needed in the future, they would be consulted, but she doesn’t see the need to refer to the Planning Board. Mayor Elliott added that this must be referred to the County Planning Board and they must respond in 30 days. Village Attorney Waldman stated that April 23rd should be scheduled as a Public Hearing solely on the temporary extension of the permit so those who may have strong feelings will have adequate time to respond to both the temporary permit and the renewal request. He also suggested the notice of Public Hearing
for April 23rd should indicate that it is only for a 60-day temporary permit.
Trustee Grant made a motion to: 1) schedule a Public Hearing for April 23, 2001 on the Allied Waste temporary permit which will be in effect for 60 days from May 5, 2001 and 2) schedule another Public Hearing on May 7, 2001 for the renewal of the Special Permit. Trustee Harkins seconded the motion; approved unanimously.
Additional Discussion: Mr. Steinmetz stated that reports are available if there is something specific the Board wants, he will supply them at or before the next Public Hearing. Village Attorney Waldman suggested Board members should submit any request through Village Manager Herbek. Mr. Waldman stated that Mr. Steinmetz make submissions on change of ownership, etc. and, in lieu of the fact that the request is being accepted in form of a letter, he should look over the information previously submitted to make sure they are still accurate; if there are any corrections of any kind, send this to Village Manager Herbek. Trustee Grant stated that the new County Waste Hauling Law has been implemented and she wants to make sure that the County licensing, which may not have been required at previous hearings, be in place or submit a
report explaining where Allied Waste is at present in regard to this licensing.
Trustee Grant made a motion to accept the letter as an official application. The motion was seconded by Trustee Wiegman, approved by all.
A letter from Sally Odland, WCC, in response to the RFP dated January 30, 2001, which solicits proposals to evaluate the Temple Israel septic system and parking lot for possible impact on adjacent wetlands stating that the WCC recommended awarding the project to Ecosystems Strategies Inc (ESI). Trustee Grant added that the Temple should bear the costs of this study.
Trustee Grant made a resolution to engage ESI for Phase I; the motion was seconded by Trustee Harkins, approved unanimously.
A letter from Robert Scott, speaking on behalf of retaining the Duck Pond and the wildlife it supports and suggesting a skate board park be constructed at Croton Point Park on the Croton side of the toll booth which would make it both accessible and free of any entrance fee. Trustee Grant asked that this location be taken under consideration and asked that Trustee Harkins, as liaison, be asked to approach the County with this option.
No citizens came forward to speak
a. On motion of TRUSTEE GRANT, seconded by TRUSTEE WIEGMAN, 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 reviewed the 10 month year to date expenditures for each department and recommends the following modifications:
Increase 1640.480 by $ 5,000.00 ( Gasoline )
Increase 5142.100 by $ 2,000.00 ( Personnel Expense )
Increase 5142.120 by $ 3,000.00 ( Personnel Expense O/T )
Increase 5183.110 by $ 5,000.00 ( Personnel Expense )
Increase 8090.100 by $ 10,000.00 ( Personnel Expense )
Increase 8140.100 by $ 600.00 ( Personnel Expense )
Increase 8160.100 by $ 10,000.00 ( Personnel Expense )
Increase 8170.100 by $ 1,500.00 ( Personnel Expense )
Decrease 1960.404 by $ 5,000.00 ( Refunds on Real Property)
Decrease 5110.100 by $ 32,100.00 (Personnel Expense )
NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Village Treasurer amend the 2000 - 2001 General Fund budget to reflect these changes.
b. On motion of TRUSTEE GRANT, seconded by TRUSTEE WIEGMAN, the
following resolution was adopted by the Board of Trustees of the Village of Croton-on-Hudson, New York by unanimous vote:
WHEREAS, the a Village Treasurer has over collected in the interest earnings account for Village Cash investments; and
WHEREAS, the 800 Line per minute high speed printer purchased in 1990 must be replaced; and
WHEREAS the Village Treasurer wishes to amend the 2000-2001 General fund budget effecting the following accounts; and
Increase 001-1325-0200 by $ 2,000.00 ( Equipment )
Increase 001-1680-0200 by $ 11,000.00 ( Equipment )
Increase 001-0001-2410 by $ 13,000.00 ( Interest Earnings )
Now Therefore be it resolved that the Village Treasurer amend the 2000 -2001 General Fund budget to reflect these changes.
c. On motion of TRUSTEE WIEGMAN, 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 $ 16,000.00 from the cable franchise as a donation for the purpose of augmenting the public access channel, with a remaining balance of $ 5,082.50; and
WHEREAS, the Village needs to provide electrical connections for the camera in the meeting room, and to purchase additional equipment; 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 2000-2001 General fund operating budget effecting the following accounts; and
Increase 001-1010-0200 by $ 2,700.00 ( Equipment )
Increase 001-0001- 2705 by $ 2,700.00 ( Gifts & Donations)
Now Therefore be it resolved that the Village Treasurer amend the 2000-2001 General Fund budget to reflect these changes.
d. On motion of TRUSTEE GRANT, seconded by TRUSTEE HARKINS, the
following resolution was adopted by the Board of Trustees of the Village of Croton-on-Hudson, New York with unanimous vote:
WHEREAS, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has found that an alternate route to the Millennium Pipeline Route 9 and 9A proposal is equally acceptable; and
WHEREAS, that alternative, running alongside, by and large, the Con Edison right-of-way and Taconic Parkway, will not pose a threat to people and property in the significant and severe way that the Route 9 and 9A proposal will; and
WHEREAS, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has, in essence, given the New York State Public Service Commission the option to select either route,
NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED: that the Village of Croton Board of Trustees strongly urge the New York State Public Service Commission designate the “Taconic option” as its preferred routing for the Millennium Gas Pipeline and so notify the FERC as soon as that determination is made.
On motion of TRUSTEE HARKINS, seconded by TRUSTEE WIEGMAN, the following resolution was adopted by the Board of Trustees of the Village of Croton-on-Hudson, New York by unanimous vote:
BE IT RESOLVED: that the Village Manager is hereby authorized to sign the Prisoner Transportation Agreement with the County of Westchester, for the period January 1, 2001 through December 31, 2001.
Trustee Wiegman read a letter from Ed Rondthaler regarding the picture tunnel and redistribution of weight and his concern that the tunnel would be reduced to pedestrian traffic only. (Full text of the letter is available in the Village Manager’s Office)
Trustee Harkins reported: 1) the Library has issued their long-range planning report, covering a ten-year period. The total circulation figures are in for the year 2000; they handled 130,000 items. He added that the Library is updating their permanent collection. He also reported that on April 5th the Library will have an Adopt-A-Book day, volunteers will be there to help those that wish to participate; the hours on Thursday will be from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Trustee Harkins reported that the Library has launched their web site; it can be accessed through www.crotonfreelibrary.org; there is a link on the Croton Village website. He stated that the Library has hired a children’s librarian, Susan Carfi who will be starting today.
2) the Memorial Day Charity Baseball Tournament; that there is a newly formed entity in Croton called Croton-in-Action and they have organized this Memorial Day weekend where they will be raising money for charity by organizing athletic events; the sponsors for this event are Franzoso Contracting and the Recreation Dept; 16 teams are going to participate from neighboring towns; each team pays an entrance fee, the funds from this goes to the top three teams’ charities; there will also be a business journal and those proceeds will go to local Croton charities; there will be a concession run by Croton Boy Scouts. The games will begin on Saturday at 9 am and 11 am on Sunday and 12 noon on Monday. To get more information about the journal, contact Nancy Cohen at 271-8346; for more information about the event, call Ed Spector at
3)on the Arboretum year 2000 milestones and their goals for the year 2001.
4)about the Senior League ball field; that the County Board of Legislators has approved $100,000 for design fees for layout of the fields for Croton Point Park; he and Marshall Goldberg attended a pre-design meeting with the deputy commissioners and a representative from County Executive Spano’s office; this meeting was organized by Legislator Kaplowitz.
Trustee Grant encouraged everyone to take a look at the firehouses, particularly the one at Harmon; they are going along quickly and they are looking terrific will be a nice-looking building. Trustee Grant reported on the Chamber of Commerce meeting, where they discussed the Grand Union building and the space wanted by CVS; this will leave 2 long buildings that will be in need of occupancy. She encouraged community involvement to assist in filling the empty space. Mayor Elliott added that he sent a letter to CVS headquarters requesting a meeting to explain the Village’s point in the matter. Trustee Grant reported that she attended the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the affordable housing on Brook St.; people have moved into both parts; the Croton Housing Network is due great applause for this success
story. Trustee Grant reported she attended the Senior Citizen’s meeting where Nancy Shatzkin of the Housing Network spoke; the Village will be at 26 units shortly, close to the number set by the County.
Trustee Grant stated that she has had many responses about the Skateboard Park; 9 different places have been suggested; has received pro and con about all 9 of these locations; key is to find a place to put it; the Recreation Dept. is working hard on finding an appropriate location.
Mayor Elliott reported that he has asked Lyn Roessler to chair the Historical Preservation Committee and he is looking for other volunteers to join.
Trustee Wiegman made a motion to adjourn; seconded by Trustee Harkins, approved unanimously.
The meeting was adjourned at 9:45 P.M.
Phyllis A. Bradbury, Secretary