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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


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January 22 Board of Trustees Minutes
A Regular Meeting of the Board of Trustees of the Village of Croton-on-Hudson, New York was held on Monday, January 22, 2001 at the Municipal Building, Van Wyck Street, Croton-on-Hudson, New York.

The following officials were present:

        Mayor Elliott                           Trustee Grant
        Village Manager Herbek          Trustee Harkins
        Village Attorney Waldman                Trustee McCarthy
                                                Trustee Watkins

Treasurer Reardon was absent.

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 January 8, 2001, as corrected.  The motion was seconded by Trustee McCarthy.  The motion to approve the minutes was then carried.  (Trustee Watkins abstained.)

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:           $40,207.97
        Water Fund:                     $  3,029.02
        Capital Acct.                   $  1,661.08
        Trust & Agency          $     703.50

4.      CORRESPONDENCE:

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

A letter from Emilie Spaulding, Director of Government and Public Affairs, for Cablevision of Westchester, informing the Village that Cablevision has become the cable television provider for the Media One systems in the area.

A letter from Wayne Spector, of Sweeney, Cohn, Stahl & Vaccaro, representing Neil Hammond, owner of real property on Nordica Drive.  (Mr. Herbek noted that the section, block, and lot designations were the old ones and not the new.)  The property is subject to contract of sale with Gregory Carey, contingent upon Mr. Carey being able to get a building permit.  Since it has been determined that the property is subject to the Steep Slope Law, the letter requests the application of a special permit to allow the building of a one-family house on the property, pursuant to Section 195-9 of Village Code.

Mr. Herbek stated that the procedure set forth in the Village Code is that these applications need to go to the Planning Board for review and a recommendation back to the Village Board.  Until that is done, nothing more would need to be done at this point.

Mr. Herbek noted that he had spoken to Ann Gallelli about the letter.  She had informed him that certain documents that are required by the Code were missing from the current application but were supposed to be submitted.

Mayor indicated that unless someone had an objection, the matter would be referred to the Planning Board.  (No objections were raised.)

A letter from Environmental Resources Management to the New York Department of Environmental Conservation with regard to the Metro-North Commuter Railroad Company, Harmon Railroad Yard.  Mr. Herbek reported that this is a final Closure Report, as dated May 20, 2000, on what is known as Operable Unit I, as prepared by Environmental Resources Management and Hill Environmental on behalf of the Metro-North Commuter Railroad company.  The purpose of the report is to document the implementation of the Operable Unit I remedy; to provide the documentation needed by Metro-North to demonstrate compliance with the Stipulation of Discontinuance between the New York Department of Environmental Conservation and Metro-North, dated August 5, 1994, pertaining to submittal of the as-built drawings, engineering report and certification; and, to provide the documentation needed by Metro-North to request reimbursement for the remaining funds expended for remediation of the Operable Unit I site.

The Closure Report is comprised of two volumes.  Volume I, which was attached to the letter, contains the text of the Closure Report.  Volume II contains the As-Built Drawings and Surveyor Drawings.

Without reading the entire report as attached, Mr. Herbek noted for clarification that Operable Unit I constituted the remediation of the wastewater treatment plant lagoon and pond system; the surface soils located adjacent to the lagoon; and contaminated components of the Old Wastewater Treatment Plant.  Remediation was substantially completed on May 3, 1996.
Further, as indicated in the Report, Mr. Herbek noted that Operable Unit II components, as identified in the 1992 Operable Unit I Record of Decision, included the investigation of and, if needed, the remediation of three environmental media (as set out in the Report). It was determined through investigation and feasibility study that the non-aqueous phase liquid (NAPL) located around the former wastewater treatment plant lagoon was determined to be the only Operable Unit II environmental media requiring remedial action.  The decision was documented in a Report of Decision, March 27, 1998.  In accordance with that Decision, the design of the NAPL remediation system is underway.

       Mr. Herbek stated that he was being kept well informed.

letter from Tom Wood, Town Attorney for Town of Cortlandt, on behalf of the Town Board with regard to the proposed conveyance of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) building on Terrace Place.  Mr. Wood indicates that the Town feels since the VFW still uses the lower level, the Town would like to maintain the control of the property and its uses.  

Mr. Herbek reported that he was surprised to have first heard of the Town’s reaction when he attended a meeting of the Northern Tier Group the other day, at which this was discussed.  He had thought they were interested in conveying the property.  He noted that he would seek the input of the Council of the Arts, Hudson Stage, Teen Theatre, and would then have a follow up discussion with Town Supervisor Puglisi.
Mayor Elliott asked Trustee Watkins to contact Ms. Puglisi.

Trustee McCarthy added that the Continuing Education program, also run out of that building, has certain needs that would have to be accommodated.

5.      PARTICIPATION:  

Maria Cudequest: addressed the Board about Metro Enviro.  It has been six months since the pleas made for hiring a monitor were denied. Since that time, much has happened. Last August, the citizens stuck to facts, quoted from articles appearing in the New York Times, The Washington Post, and the Journal News; quoted from company character profiles prepared by mainstream environmental organizations and from organized crime reports prepared by Congressman Hinchey, as well as articles written by Legislator Thomas Abinanti, who is the author of the County’s new Carting Law.  They also presented reports and press releases from the Attorney General’s office, the DEC, the FBI, and others.  Information was provided on the history of owners, fines, and penalties in the millions over the years, naming the environmental and anti-trust laws that have been flouted. At that time, last August, the citizens also discussed Metro’s acquisition by Allied Waste.  Troubled not only in this area but also throughout the country. She noted that at that time, certain opposing Trustees had indicated that the residents did not present enough evidence to warrant the hiring of a monitor at Village expense.  

Ms. Cudequest cited some recent disturbing articles from the New York Times and the Gazette.  She pointed out that it has been newly discovered that Mt. Kisco has filed a $15 million lawsuit, naming Allied Waste, Metro Enviro’s owner as a defendant. Further that Allied Waste had merged with the equally troubled BFI, also known as Browning Ferris, the second largest waste hauler in the nation.  

She asserted that given the failures of the past and present, Croton could not continue to rely on government agencies, voluntary efforts and State laws to protect the Village.  The resolution to hire a monitor was defeated and only six months later the update is not a pretty picture.  She thanked the residents who continue to do what government has not – keep watchful eye, a permanent weekly contact not only with the County Waste Commission but the New York City Trade Waste Commission as well.  She queried why would Croton residents continue to take on this burden?  The answer was simple.  Government agencies fail to do their jobs.  Laws are only as good as their enforcement.  The residents feel compelled to do so out of frustration and fear.  

Ms. Cudequest directed the Village Board to four different items in her report, as provided, and spoke to them.  An August 23, 2000 article from New York Newsday; a June 26, 2000 article from The Journal News; a December 2000 article from The Gazette; and the fourth, an article from the Staten Island Advance, dated January 17, 2001.  The first cited the fining of BFI for falsifying amounts hauled to boost prices.  The next was about a Mt. Kisco lawsuit naming Allied Waste as a defendant.  The third detailed the disclosure of numerous violations discovered by the DEC at Metro-Enviro.  And, the fourth regarding a man banned from doing business ever again in the waste industry, who was found to still own an 18-acre parcel of waterfront property being rented out at $1.2 million a month to an Arizona company, owned by Allied Waste, for the transfer of half of the twelve tons of trash produced daily by New York City.

She pointed out that despite State laws mandating the notification to the Village of inspection reports, and the active participation by the residents in seeking out these reports, which were also supposed to have been provided by the DEC to the residents through the Freedom of Information Act, the Village and residents were left in the dark.

In closing, Ms. Cudequest said she hoped this six-month update would prompt the Board to reexamine the situation and to acknowledge the limitations of the current monitoring mechanism in place. She said, Croton is not being proactive.  It is not enough to ask, are we better off now than before, because clearly the site is better.  Croton, however, mustn’t stop there.  It must ask, How can we ensure history does not repeat itself? As she noted, apparently it has.  And must ask further, Are up to the task? Which, she said, apparently we are not.

Gary Rubin, 12 Glengary Road.  Said he and his wife had moved to Croton three years ago from Los Angeles, after researching the area to find a community where they could enjoy the outdoors, particularly for walking, and found the Glengary area nice because it was close to the Arboretum and walking trails.  He pointed out that the increased traffic to and from Temple Israel not only prevents them from getting their mail at times, but he and his wife have gotten to the point where rather than brave the walk to go to the Arboretum, they have resorted to driving there.  Further, he said they had noticed that the number of accidents had increased quite a bit, and since the last Village Board meeting there was another head-on collision in the same spot as the last accident.  Mr. Rubin said this situation represented a tragedy in waiting for residents, pedestrians, and the Temple congregation. Mr. Rubin also expressed concern over the issues of what would happen if there were a fire in the area, particularly during a time of heightened Temple activity and consequently high-traffic, as well as the reduced street width resulting from the recent snowstorms.  Mr. Rubin said he had heard the Village Board sent a note to the Temple requesting that they put in some stop signs, which he appreciated, and does feel helps to space out the flow of traffic.  He then asked what were the findings of the Village, as it was indicated at the last meeting that the number of traffic accidents that have occurred in that area would be looked at.

The Mayor responded that report was prepared by the Police Department, which he would be happy to provide.  He thanked the resident for his concerns and commented that he had other ideas as to how to continue the dialogue with the Temple.

Beverly McGee, Glengary Rd.  Said she had spoken at a previous meeting and thanked the Board for having the Department of Public Works put up safety signs, but asserted that this was not enough.  She said the issue was evidenced by an article in the Gazette referencing an accident that happened right after the signs were put up.  She held up a picture of the accident, which she said represented her bird’s eye view from her home as the accident was at the foot of her driveway.  Fortunately no one was hurt and said that safety was a concern for everyone.  She asked what the Village intended to do to make it a safer street before something more tragic happened.  

Kerry Hocutt, 17 Glengary.  Said he wanted to talk about the school bus issue, as it related to traffic.  Now that there are snow banks, the road is only 18-feet wide.  When school busses, particularly the long ones that extend several feet beyond the rear axle, come around a curve in the road, they take up considerable space, barely allowing enough room for a car to pass coming in the opposite direction.  The situation is equally difficult during the autumn when leaves are piled on the street, and it poses a constant difficulty and hazard to walkers and bike riders.  Thus, he stated that it is not a sporadic thing based on recent snowstorm limitations.  Precedent was set by the school district not having school busses on Glengary, partially because of the turn-around issue.  Based on the pattern of growth of the Temple, further expansion could be expected, which would likely expand their use of busses as well.  Mr. Hocutt added that on High Holy Days it has taken him an inordinate amount of time to get out of his driveway.  He suggested that one way to help that would be to keep one lane completely clear while traffic is coming in one direction and then reversing it to go the other way.  This would require two people directing traffic, one at each end, as is done in road construction situations.  Mayor Elliott agreed that certainly on the High Holy days, the auxiliary police should be up there.

Jeffrey Yeates, residing at 220 Hessian Hills Road for over five years.  Asserted that this particular neighborhood has been under assault for the last three years.  During this period the Village successfully defeated the placement of a 120-foot Nynex monopole at the top of Hessian.  A defeat, to which he felt he contributed greatly by having pointed out and emphasized the close proximity to the high voltage Con Edison lines. The second assault has been the threatening discussions about the installment of a gas line, which would not only run closest to his house among all; it would also likely run close to the Arboretum.  The third assault he said is the issue of a non-profit organization, a non-residence entity in a residential neighborhood, the presence of which, everyone is greatly concerned, could reduce property values.  Two properties are also owned by this non-profit organization, and there was almost a third.  Nevertheless this represents that a domino effect has started in taking these properties off the residential tax roles.  This third assault is on the health and safety of the children and families and the quality of life they moved to Croton to enjoy.  He then asked the Mayor and Trustees, as the elected stewards of the community, that they not only support the concerns of the residents who elected them, but that they act unequivocally and demonstrably to defend the quality of life and defend against these repeated attempts at commercialism.

Jerry Rosso, local resident and real estate agent for 22 years, and currently a broker with Coldwell Banker, said he wanted to address and be informed of the parking status at the Croton-Harmon railroad station.  He said there is great concern among all his colleagues in the real estate field in not knowing exactly what to tell prospective buyers who would like to move to the area but are concerned with this factor. He said he and others have had to tell clients recently that if they couldn’t find parking space at the Croton station, then there was always the alternative of the Cortlandt station.  Thus, he had come to the meeting with the understanding that the Board would be considering the expansion of priority permits to residents of the School District as well, which until now have been only for Village residents.

Mayor Elliott said the subject of rates’ adjustments was an agenda item that would be discussed later after the Citizens Participation portion of the meeting was concluded.  The priority of dispensing those permits would be part of such.  However, to further answer the resident’s query, Mayor Elliott said that we are all victims of our own success, and noted that since Metro North’s ridership is up by ten percent, many of the towns are having the same problem in how to accommodate the parking needs of the riders. While the Village has been talking about alternatives, such as a jitney service, or building a second story, it has guaranteed to the Village residents that they will have a guaranteed parking space.  With regard to whether or not a second story could be built, the Mayor said not only does that subject require further research, it is also a matter of money and added that anything can be done, it just depended on whose money was being used.

Tom ‘Tex’ Dinkler, 50 Batten Road, Chief of Croton Volunteer Fire Department said he wanted to also address the parking lot issue and the matter of extending permits to residents of the school district. He asked that when the discussion and consideration of the matter comes up, that the Board give further consideration to extending those permits to the current members of the Croton Volunteer Fire Department who are not residents of the Village.  Along that same note, he added, that he would also like to see the Board extend other village privileges to these volunteers as well, such as use of Silver Lake Park or Senasqua Park.  He finished by saying, after all these people devote their time freely to the Village.

The Mayor said he would agree that anything the Village could do to encourage and thank the volunteers should be considered.

Mr. Rosso stood to ask one further questions regarding the recent restriction of parking on Croton Point Avenue and asked if this was recently imposed due to snow restrictions to which the Mayor responded that there needs to be further discussion of that matter because he and the Trustees were not of one mind on that subject.  He felt that this subject was one that the Board needed to revisit.

Trustee McCarthy said having heard the comments at the last meeting as well as this with regard to Glengary Road, she had begun to jot down some particular things that the Board could address.  She said she felt the school bus issue does present a safety concern and pointed out that since certain Village streets do now currently prohibit trucks of a certain size, then the Board should consider legislation to prohibit large busses from going up this road.

Mayor Elliott said that his first response would be to try to foster a dialogue between the neighbors and the Temple itself to see if they couldn’t come to a resolution themselves.  He noted that the Temple also acknowledges that the busses are dangerous.  

Trustee McCarthy commented further that she felt the Board had the duty to make an independent determination as to what needs to be done for the health and safety of the residents, and such responsibility shouldn’t be handed over to others.   The Mayor said he would not disagree but felt it would be appropriate for the Village to help begin the discussion to see if it could be worked out by all.

Trustee McCarthy said that with regard to the traffic issue, she felt the Chief of Police and the Fire Chief should meet to give their evaluation on the issue of traffic on Glengary Road, particularly where High Holy Days are concerned.  She noted that a question was raised at the last meeting as to whether there should be a fire truck and an ambulance up there on High Holy days, but she pointed out that if the roads can be kept open, it might not be necessary.  Ms. McCarthy then asked her colleagues on the Board if they were in favor of the discussion she had just posed between the Police and Fire Chiefs.

Trustee Grant said that she would have to agree with Trustee McCarthy that assurance should be given to the audience that the Board is united on this, to which the Mayor agreed as well.  Trustee Grant also noted that the Board had talked about putting a traffic counter up there.  However, she would have to suggest that it seemed better to wait until the spring, perhaps April, to do this because traffic is reduced at this time of year.  Further she suggested that when it is done, there needs to be a traffic counter there 24 hours a day, seven days a week, for at least a month.  Further she noted that it should also be assuring for everyone to know that the Village Attorney is researching various points that were raised as well.  He added that while the matter seems to be moving slowly, it is moving.

Trustee McCarthy then pointed out that Dave Davidson had raised the issue of signs, such as “Children at Play,” speed limits and hikers signs.  Since then, the Village has replaced some signs, however, not with the results desired.  Trustee McCarthy said she did feel it would be appropriate to put up hiking signs because people do use Glengary Road to get to the trail system, many by foot.  Another sign she would support seeing would be ”Children at Play” signs.

Mr. Herbek pointed out that the Village does not put up “Children at Play” signs anywhere in the village and follows the advice of the New York State Department of Transportation.  Mayor Elliott added that the reason for this is that it gives people a false sense of security.  The signs that are up now along the roadways in that area are the result of issues having come up over the years, which were responded to with separate evaluations resulting in the signs that are there now, one of note would be the “Winding Curve” sign.

Mayor Elliott suggested that there would be no reason why the Village couldn’t put up a speed-limit sign below the Village speed limit of 30 at perhaps 15 miles per hour.  While it may not be legally binding, it would be suggestive.

Trustee Grant asked the participants how they would feel about having “No Parking” signs on both sides of the street.  She noted that on Bungalow Street there is no parking on either side of the street because of the nature of the road.  Several citizens responded that this was not desirable for the residents and pointed out that there were already some “no parking” signs along the road.

Dave Davidson commented that 15 miles-per-hour speed-limit signs would be a step in the right direction as far as making it safer for the pedestrians and in relation to the greater crisis.  He noted that it is interesting that there is now signage there that seems to address psychologically the protection of the drivers.  It probably presents the most real danger for somebody traveling at high speed.  But to raise the notion that it is more than that, to bring attention to the fact that there is vehicular as well as non-vehicular traffic, that it is a shared thoroughfare.

Trustee Grant said she generally has to question the true benefit of signs, saying that she felt more often than not, they are ignored anyway.  Thus, she felt the Village would have to do more than just put up some signs.

Mr. Herbek commented that the issue of signs comes up all the time as to whether they are helpful or hurtful.  The Village is now in the process of studying and reviewing all of the issues raised.  Mr. Herbek noted that it would be helpful if one of the residents on Glengary or Hessian Hills would volunteer on behalf of the community to work with one of the officers doing an investigation to which Dave Davidson volunteered and provided his phone number.

Mr. Yeates asserted that these suggestions were just addressing the symptoms.  Putting up signs would be an attempt to control the speed and parking.  But the volume would continue to increase.  The school bus issue is not just for the concern of the neighborhood, but also for the safety of the riders.

A query was made to the residents as to whether there had been adequate snow removal along Glengary or if the snowbanks were still excessive and posed a problem, which the Village could take care of immediately.  One woman responded that while they were plowed quite adequately there was one spot in particular where the bank was too high for visibility. Both the Mayor and Mr. Herbek commented that this would be looked into.

6.      RESOLUTIONS:

a.1.    On motion of Trustee Grant, seconded by Trustee McCarthy, the following resolution was adopted by the Board of Trustees of the Village of Croton-on-Hudson, New York by a unanimous vote.

WHEREAS, the Village Treasurer has reviewed the seven month year-to-date expenditures for each department and recommends the following modifications:

         1.   Increase  1110.100  by    $   1,383.68  (Personnel Expense)
         2.   Increase  1325.100  by    $   2,450.32  (Personnel Expense)
         3.   Increase  1325.110  by    $      262.99  (Personnel Expense)
         4.   Increase  1440.100  by    $   3,258.38  (Personnel Expense)
         5.   Increase  1620.100  by    $   3,112.71  (Personnel Expense)
         6.   Increase  1640.100  by    $   3,932.02  (Personnel Expense)
         7.   Increase  1680.110  by    $   1,475.98  (Personnel Expense)
         8.   Increase  3310.100  by    $   1,256.56  (Personnel Expense)
         9.   Increase  3310.120  by    $      200.00  (Personnel Expense)
        10.  Increase  3510.100  by     $      175.00  (Personnel Expense)
        11.  Increase  5010.110  by     $   3,566.23  (Personnel Expense)
        12.  Increase  5010.120  by     $   1,300.00  (Personnel Expense)
        13.  Increase  5110.120  by     $   3,675.69  (Personnel Expense)
        14.  Increase  5142.100  by     $ 11,000.00  (Personnel Expense)
        15.  Increase  5142.120  by     $ 10,000.00  (Personnel Expense O/T)
        16.  Increase  5182.100  by     $   1,200.00  (Personnel Expense)
        17.  Increase  5183.110  by     $   7,918.58  (Personnel Expense)
        18.  Increase  5650.100  by     $   3,196.82  (Personnel Expense)
        19.  Increase  5650.120  by     $   3,500.00  (Personnel Expense)
        20.  Increase  7140.120  by     $   2,000.00  (Personnel Expense)
        21.  Increase  8090.100  by     $   7,796.70  (Personnel Expense)
        22.  Increase  8090.110  by     $      473.39  (Personnel Expense)
        23.  Increase  8120.100  by     $   1,500.00  (Personnel Expense)
        24.  Increase  8140.100  by     $   2,000.00  (Personnel Expense)
        25.  Increase  8160.100  by     $   6,789.84  (Personnel Expense)
        26.  Increase  8170.100  by     $   1,000.00  (Personnel Expense)
        27.  Increase    8560.100  by   $   4,000.00  (Personnel Expense)
        28.  Increase  8560.120  by     $   1,000.00  (Personnel Expense O/T)
        29.  Decrease 9010.800 by       $  89,424.89 (ERS Payments)

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Village Treasurer amend the 2000-2001 General Fund budget to reflect these changes.
 
a.2.    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 by a unanimous vote.

WHEREAS, the Village of Croton Fire Department wishes to apply safety markings on the new fire chief’s vehicles in accordance with standard practice; and

WHEREAS, funds to purchase and apply said markings were budgeted in the original specification, but due to an increase in the light bar packages funds ran short; and

WHEREAS, the Treasurer has requested funds in the 2000-2001 budget to be amended to address the safety markings; and

WHEREAS, the Treasurer has reviewed the budget and has requested the following budget transfer to accommodate this purchase:

        1.   Increase   001-3410.400   by       $   1,993.00  (Contractual Expense)
        2.   Decrease 001-1990.400   by $   1,993.00  (Contingent)

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Village Treasurer amend the 2000-2001 General Fund budget to reflect these changes.

On motion of Trustee Grant, seconded by Trustee Harkins, the following resolution was approved by the following vote:  Trustees Grant, Harkins, Watkins, Mayor Elliott “Aye”, and Trustee McCarthy, “Nay.”

WHEREAS, the Village has undertaken an improvement program during the last several years at the Croton Harmon Railroad Station Parking Lot to reduce flooding, re-grade the former privately-owned lot, provide improved lighting, reconfigure the parking spaces to maximize the number of spaces, widen the drive through area directly in front of the station building to accommodate the County bus and make the train station into more of an intermodal facility, among other improvements, and

WHEREAS, it has been many years since the parking lot fees have been increased, and

WHEREAS, the Board of Trustees has been considering raising the parking fees at the Croton Harmon Parking Facility,

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the following parking lot fees are increased accordingly:

        Preferred       from    $84.00 per month        to      $100.00 per month
        
        Resident
        Monthly from    $36.00 per month        to      $40.00 per month

        Non-Resident
        Monthly from    $54.00 per month        to      $70.00 per month

        Meters  from    $.25 per hour           to      $.50 per hour

        Daily           from    $3.50 per day   to      $4.00 per day

AND BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the daily rate fee increase shall be effective as of February 1, 2001 and the meter increase shall be effective upon the change in the meters; and

AND BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the various monthly fee increases shall be effective as of 6/1/01; and

AND BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the availability of monthly permits shall be first to Village of Croton-on-Hudson residents and this shall be unrestricted making available a monthly permit to any village resident who applies for such a permit; second to residents of the Croton-Harmon School District when such monthly permits become available until such demand is exhausted; and third to all other non-residents, utilizing the existing list of applicants on a first-come, first-served basis.

Responding to a series of questions by the Trustees, Mr. Herbek first said that the Preferred spaces are otherwise known as “reserved.”  These 54 spaces guarantee space closest to the train station.   These spaces do not include those used by the taxi companies, but the taxi companies do pay $100 per space fee and the Village has lease agreements with the taxi companies that provide that in the event of a rate increase for the parkers, the Village has the ability at the same time to raise their rates as well.

Mr. Herbek further explained that with regard to the availability of permits for the School District residents the Village continues to evaluate on a month-to-month basis.  When there is a regular decrease in the number of non-resident permits over time and the Village feels able to sell additional permits, the first priority has gone to Village residents who are guaranteed a space.  The next priority would be to school district residents.  With regard to how many non-resident permits that have opened up, the Village has gone through the ‘95 list and the ‘96 list.  There are currently about 500 names remaining on the ‘97-2000 waiting lists.  The Village has issued over 200 non-resident permits to the people on the waiting list.

Further, Mr. Herbek noted, for example, that if the Village knew there were ten more permits available, it would cull out those individuals on the waiting list who are in the school district.  Those individuals would be given first priority.

Trustee Grant spoke in favor of the resolution saying that she felt it went a long way toward fostering community spirit and inclusion.  She pointed out that there are many school districts residents who volunteer their time to school activities and extra curricular sports.  This lends recognition of that.

Trustee Harkins suggested a wording change to the last Resolve clause.  He suggested that instead of saying “to residents of the Croton Harmon School District when such monthly permits become available” it should say, “to residents of the Croton Harmon School District when such monthly permits become available and until such demand becomes exhausted and allow for issuance on an unrestricted basis.”

Trustee Harkins supported this change by saying since the school district residents are paying a non-resident fee; there would be no loss in revenue to the Village.  It’s would be a win-win situation providing inclusion as stated by Trustee Grant with regard to the volunteer factor.

Mayor Elliott agreed and said he would also like to add what the Fire Chief had suggested—the unrestricted issuance to Non-resident Fire Department volunteers.

Trustee Harkins noted that permits have been issued on a quarterly basis, but the procedure would be moving toward a semi-annual basis. The Fire Chief would have to provide the Village with a list.

Mr. Dinkler said that there were perhaps 15 to 20 non-Village resident volunteers, not all of these would necessarily need parking permits, but potentially could.

Mayor Elliott said the issue of how to recognize and accommodate the Fire Department volunteers would be taken up in another discussion, another evening.  It would be discussed in the context as to what other privileges could be extended to these people, as was suggested by Mr. Dinkler.
Trustee Harkins was asked to repeat his amendment, upon which Trustee McCarthy asked him what he meant by “for issuance on an unrestricted basis.”  Mr. Herbek addressed this and said that if all school district names were culled, and granted permits on an unrestricted basis, then the Village would likely have a situation where it sold more permits than parking spaces available.  However, he added that a study was underway to determine what the numbers were on the list and the various daily occurrences.  There are those Village residents who are buying daily permits as needed, as they are not regular commuters.  There are also the Amtrak riders, which the Village would like to accommodate as well.  When it can be determined administratively that the Village can sell say, ten more permits, priority would go to school district residents.

Mayor Elliott asked the Trustees if they were comfortable with the amended wording, to which Trustee McCarthy again stated that she felt the use of the word “unrestricted” was problematic.  She suggested that the sentence end after the word “exhausted.”

Following further discussion, Trustee Harkins said he would agree to end the sentence after the word “exhausted,” as suggested by Trustee McCarthy.

Mr. Herbek said he felt compelled to report that the two neighboring Town Supervisors from Cortlandt and Yorktown had asked him personally if their residents could have special consideration in the issuance of permits.  Mayor Elliott responded that they certainly could if their residents fell within the Croton Harmon school district, which many do.

Trustee McCarthy commented that as she had opined previously, she didn’t oppose the proposed rate increases to the Preferred parking category, but did feel the Resident and Non-resident rate increases were excessive.  She noted further that the resolution states that it has been many years since the rates were increased, but she pointed out that when she came on the Board in 1998, there was an increase that year to the nonresident rate.  Mr. Herbek verified this to be accurate.  Trustee McCarthy pointed out that with a Resident rate of $40, when looking at a comparative chart of other communities Croton would be the third highest out of nine.  That list includes Tarrytown, Peekskill, Ossining, Rye City, and Cortlandt.  The two higher are White Plains and Tuckahoe.  So of the stations in the northern county, Croton would be the highest.  With regard to the Non-resident rate, Croton would be the second highest at $70 a month.  The only one higher in that category is Tarrytown at $83 month.  Rye City is only $40 per month.  

Trustee McCarthy further stated that she believed from reports she had seen that the Village would make its revenue projections without having to make this increase to the residents.  She encouraged her fellow Trustees to rethink the proposed change and pointed out that everyone that comes into the Village community is someone that is potentially going to utilize the services.  With regard to the residents, residents already pay for this through their taxes and then have to pay again by being charged for their permits; that rate increase is exacerbated by calling for an additional ten percent.

Mr. Herbek reminded Trustee McCarthy that this entire issue was widely debated at a Work Session a week ago.
Trustee Watkins said he would have to disagree with Trustee McCarthy and said he didn’t feel that a $4 increase was excessive but felt that the fees were more than fair.  And on the contrary, he felt it incumbent upon the Board to raise the fees in the community other than through the taxation of real estate.  He commended Mr. Harkins for his work on the proposed resolution.

Trustee McCarthy stated that through all of this discussion she hadn’t heard anything about increasing the efficiency of the operation.  She pointed out that the Village’s expense with regard to train station personnel is in the neighborhood of $100,000, which she felt could be drastically reduced by automation, an option among others that is not being discussed.  She felt it was easy to come in and say we are going to raise the rates, but that was not necessarily the best approach for the long-term interest of the Village.

Trustee Grant acknowledged that it was an 11 percent increase, but felt that when looking at it from a monthly perspective and breakdown it was only $1 a week more.  Further she contended that the Board has had these discussions already, and it is not like the money is being taken and spent frivolously.  It is taken into the General Fund, thereby reducing taxes.  She said she had also raised the point at the Work Sessions that it was not fair to subsidize the reduced fees for people who take the train, the same considerations aren’t given to Village residents who drive to work.  Thus, she didn’t believe the entire tax base of the Village should subsidize the train-commuting sector.

Trustee McCarthy said that as a Board, she felt the Village should be encouraging the use of public transportation.  With the cost of parking and train ticket rising, at some point, it would become more cost efficient for some people to drive to the city.

Mayor Elliott said when considering the number of days people go to work in a month, the cost of a monthly permit for Residents is less than $2 a day as opposed to the Daily Rate of $4 a day.

Trustee Grant said with regard to the remark about efficiency and improvements, it cannot be denied that there have been remarkable improvements to the parking operation and lot since the Village took over.  Everyone must remember how it used to be not that long ago.

Mayor Elliott agreed, saying that the Village has been working and working on changing it and making it more efficient, which will continue further, and the Village does continue to look toward operating it in a more cost-efficient manner.

Trustee McCarthy said the Trustees need to be sympathetic to the fact that there are other tax increases the residents are going to be facing, and to say that it is just $1 a week, is not fair when considering that people are going to be bearing another tax burden in the community.

Mayor Elliott said he saw this as an alternative source of revenue, which helps to offset the tax base.

Village Attorney Waldman proposed a resolution, which he noted was not in writing, nor which had been put on the agenda.  He explained that it had to do with his assignment of issues to look into regarding Temple Israel.  One of issues that was referred to him from the last meeting had to do with the environmental questions of one, the septic system, and two, the possible consequences of automobiles on the two parking lots with regard to lubricant and petroleum product leakage seeping into the ground in the gravel lots.  

Attorney Waldman said that there was not sufficient expertise in house to do the job.  With regard to the septic issue, he contacted the County Board of Health, which did not respond with great enthusiasm because they felt no action was being taken of the kind that normally generates inquiry on their part

Thus, he stated he was asking for a resolution authorizing the Village Manager to send out a Request For Proposal to three or four consulting firms to ascertain information as to the kind of studies they routinely make in these two areas.  The Village would not be bound by the information coming in, but it would provide the Village with an idea of what costs could be.  Therefore, the resolution is merely a request to authorize that a Request for Proposals to go out.

On motion of Trustee McCarthy, seconded by Trustee Grant the suggested resolution was brought before the Board of Trustees of the Village of Croton-on-Hudson, New York, discussed, and adopted by a unanimous vote.  

BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Village Manager be authorized to send out a Request for Proposals seeking information relating to both the septic tank system and the parking lot issue.

Trustee Grant said she would have to agree with this as the Village does have a responsibility to do something if it believed there were environmental concerns, to which Attorney Waldman stated that it was circular in nature in that the Village could do a phase I environmental study to see if there needed to be a further study.

Trustee Watkins verified with Attorney Waldman that he had been asked to review the Temple’s Site Plan and the compliance with such.  He also asked what the independent entities being sent out for the RFP would do.

Attorney Waldman responded that he was asked to look into whether there have been violations of the Site Plan that particularly lead to environmental concerns.  With regard to the RFP, he said he was not sure what the approach would have to be, as to whether they would have to look at borings, do discoloration tests.  Since he was not familiar with that area of expertise, he couldn’t say for sure, but that was one of the reasons for doing the RFP to find out what the normal course of procedure would be to investigate the issue properly.

Mr. Herbek responded to a question as to whether the snow would make it prohibitive to do any initial study by pointing out that it was actually a helpful thing when doing dye tests because of the visibility on the snow of the dye.  Trustee Grant said that tests would not only determine if the septic tank was functioning properly, but would also determine if it were the right capacity for the population using it.

Trustee Watkins said he couldn’t understand why that would not be the function of the County Board of Health to make that determination as they would for a house.  Further, he said he would have to question whether the Village would have the right to send in independent entities onto the property of the Temple without explicit permission to do so.

Attorney Waldman said that he felt the Village would have to contact the Temple and inform them but that in order to do that there would have to be an authorized Request for Proposal first.
During discussion Trustee McCarthy raised a query as to the last County inspection of the septic system in 1991 and whether there was on file a particular representation with regard to capacity because the County had likely approved the system based on a maximum usage number, which with the Temple’s growth has likely exceeded.
Attorney Waldman stated that the County didn’t look to see whether it was adequate, whether it was over capacity or under.  They looked and said it’s been there and it’s the same one that was previously approved.

Trustee Grant emphasized that the Village has to be concerned about its wetlands and whether there any violations that might endanger those, to which Trustee Watkins commented that unless there was evidence of such, he would have difficulty with the process of putting out an RFP, obtaining an independent consultant, and then just going up there and saying hi, we are checking things out here.  Further, he added that he felt the County Board of Health should be able to just provide statistics as to size of septic and maximum accommodation.

Mr. Herbek said that no one knows the physical layout, which is necessary to make a determination on this.  Trustee Harkins asked if there was not anything in the Village files indicating the size the septic system or systems on their property, to which Mr. Herbek said that not only does Croton not have anything in its files, the County does not either.  Several members concurred in concluding that the Village needed to be careful in how it proceeded in this regard and would definitely need to talk to the Temple first to see if they would cooperate with this.

With regard to the parking lot issue, Attorney Waldman said it is a matter of whether or not there lubricants and petroleum product leakage going through the gravel and into the wetlands and whether or not there is an effect from this.  He pointed out that it was reported that one of the lots is not paved, it is graveled.  The authorization for RFP would be for two parts, so as to get information on this issue as well.

Mr. Herbek noted that although other quotes would be sought, he knew already that the Cortlandt Tank Service could do an evaluation of the two fields.  He was told that a thorough examination could be done for a fee of $125 plus $25 for any digging. There are probably soil tests that would have to be done on the parking lot to see if there is any aggregation of lubricants or petroleum products in the area.

Mayor Elliott distributed a resolution entitled Resolution in Support of EPA’s Reassessment of PCBs In The Hudson River and The Evaluation of Potential Remedial Actions, which he reported was prepared by the Environmental Protection Agency concerning the clean up the Hudson.

On motion of Trustee Grant, seconded by Trustee McCarthy, the following resolution was adopted by the Board of Trustees of the Village of Croton-on-Hudson, New York by a unanimous vote.

WHEREAS, the health and beauty of the Hudson River is critical to the economic vitality of our community and the Hudson River is a treasure asset; and

WHEREAS, the Hudson River has been designated an American Heritage River, and the Valley as a National heritage Area; and

WHEREAS, nearly 200 miles of the Hudson River – from Hudson Falls to New York City – are a federal Superfund site due to the polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) contamination; and

WHEREAS, PCBs are the most significant contaminant limiting full use and enjoyment of the Hudson River; and

WHEREAS, PCBs were banned in 1976 because of a variety of known and suspected impacts on humans and wildlife; and

WHEREAS, PCBs remain in the Hudson River exposing humans and wildlife to their effects; and

WHEREAS, an estimated $40 million annually has been lost over the last twenty years because of the closure of Hudson River commercial fisheries and restrictions on recreationally caught fish.  As a result, the Hudson Valley has lost an important cultural heritage and way of life and the economic vitality of the Hudson River region continues to be hampered by the limitations on recreational use of the River and the stigma of PCB contamination; and

WHEREAS, U. S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Superfund officials determined in February 1997 that PCB “hotspots” in the sediment of the upper Hudson are the “dominant source” of PCB contamination to the River, and that microbial breakdown will not rid the River of PCBs; and

WHEREAS, the EPA’s Hudson River Reassessment has determined that without remediation, present levels of contamination will continue indefinitely; and

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Village of Croton-on-Hudson hereby expresses support for the findings of the proposed remediation plan in the Hudson River Reassessment being conducted by the U. S. EPA under the Superfund, and urges EPA to complete the Reassessment and issue a Record of Decision (ROD) without delay, including the evaluation and timely implementation of remedial actions, which include environmental dredging, that can most effectively restore the Hudson River, as well as the evaluation of traditional disposal methods as well as innovative technologies that can be used to destroy PCBs.  Further, the Village of Croton-on-Hudson urges that the U. S. EPA fully consider public opinion and complete the Hudson River Reassessment as expeditiously as possible.

Trustee Watkins presented a resolution, which he noted had to with amending Local Law, Chapter 54 of the Village Code to increase the compensation to the Mayor from $3000 to $5,000 and the Trustees from $2,000 to $3,000 beginning in 2001.  The change would take effect beginning June 2001.

On motion of Trustee Watkins, seconded by Trustee Grant, the following resolution was adopted by the Board of Trustees of the Village of Croton-on-Hudson, New York, after discussion, by the following vote:  Trustees Grant, Harkins, Watkins, Mayor Elliott, “Aye,” Trustee McCarthy, “Nay.”
BE IT RESOLVED that a public-hearing date be set for February 20th to discuss amending Local Law, Chapter 54 of the Village Code to increase the compensation to the Mayor  from $3000 to $5,000 and the Trustees from $2,000 to $3,000, effective June 1, 2002.

7.      REPORTS:

Metro-Enviro

Village Manager Herbek reported that as he had mentioned in the memo distributed, he had provided a number of documents.  The first was from Allied Waste, January 3, 2001 addressing violations included in the 11/1/00, 4/1/00, and 1/21/00 NYSDEC inspection reports. Also included, a letter from Donald Weiss from the NYSDEC, along with DEC reports dated 12/1/00 and 12/21/2000.  Mr. Herbek noted that there was a time when the Village was not receiving the inspection reports because of personnel changes.  When the Village realized it was not getting these, action was taken in the form of letters and phone calls.  Mr. Weiss takes full responsibility for this in his letter and is ensuring timely reports.

Village Manager Herbek said he had also had a lengthy discussion with David Pollock, Environmental Engineer for the DEC regarding the reports. Mr. Herbek said that depending on how the reports are looked at determines how meaningful they actually are.  He explained that the reports with columns indicated “C,” “NI,” and “V,” mean “Checked,” “Not Inspected,” and “Violation.”  Thus, he asked Mr. Pollock to be more specific as to what the “V” really meant.  His response was that “V” was essentially to be a warning, and generally they are given a period of time within with the corrections must be made, but more often than not the corrections are made on the spot.  The DEC doesn’t institute fines unless the warnings aren’t taken seriously and corrected.  He characterized the Metro Enviro operation as one that is well run with some problems that needed to be followed up.  

Trustee Grant directed attention to the letter dated December 19, 2000 from the Village Manager to Charles Marino of Metro Enviro and cited the four areas as set out in the letter.  One, “not using a tracking document for materials leaving a C&D debris processing facility in a form prescribed by or acceptable to the DEC.”  Two, “The control of dust – dust blowing out of the open building.”  Three, “Litter blowing around the facility grounds from the open building and off several untarped rail cars.”  Four, “Open burning occurring within the open processing building facility.”
Village Manager Herbek referred to the letter dated January 3, from John Costello of Allied Waste, in response to those violations listed and explained.  First with regard to the C&D tracking documents, they apparently had a tracking document, but the DEC hadn’t completely approved it 100 percent, so they couldn’t use it.  However, it has now been approved and is being used.  Second, dust control is being addressed through the installation of various doors, which would eliminate crosswind effects through the building.  With regard to the third, litter control, Mr. Costello cites the reason listed in item 2, crosswind effects as a reason for the problem, which is being addressed by the installation of doors to reduce such effect and the tarping of rail cars.  And, the open burning issue is being addressed by all employees being informed that it is against company policy and any infraction of the rule would result in immediate termination.  Mr. Herbek noted that he was told that there was one occurrence of employees having started a fire in a barrel in order to stay warm on a cold day.

Village Manager Herbek then reported that with regard to the Northern Tier Group’s, use of the Resco facility.  The Group was informed that it would no longer be able to take recyclables there as o f December 31, 2000.  The Village is currently in the process of working out an arrangement with the Town of Cortlandt, where the Town will be leasing and later purchasing some land off the Roa Hook Road.  The Town will be entering an agreement with the County for a transfer station at this site, the permit for which would be $2,500 per month to be shared in equal parts by the Northern Tier coalition, excluding the Town of Cortlandt.  This would eventually become the Northern Westchester Transfer Facility. Each would pay $500 a month for the lease cost of this land. County Department of Environmental Facilities would operate it.  Thus, the only cost to the Village would be the split-cost of the lease expense.  

Further he reported that for organic yard waste, the tipping fee would be $11.50 less per ton than the current tipping fee ($23 per ton) at Resco.  All the municipalities in the county that utilize the various transfer stations pay a similar charge to the host communities.
 
Further, Village Manager Herbek reported that the Town of Cortlandt will enter into an IMA with the participating members where the tipping fee charge for the yard-waste would be less than the current fee at Resco.   The revenue difference between the price charged by the County and the price charged to the communities will reflect the recoupment by the Town of any expenses incurred by the Town in preparing the site leading to the property to be used for the transfer station.  At the present time the Village of Croton, Town of Ossining, Village of Ossining, and the Town of Yorktown have all indicated a desire to go forward along with the Town of Cortandt.  Buchanan had not given an answer yet.  Further, Mr. Herbek said he was asked before the close of business to let know able to go forward with this arrangement and he did so.  

Mr. Herbek said the Village would in the future have to enter into that agreement.  The net result is that the Village would pay less money than it was before.

Village Manager Herbek said the next report had to do with the Brook Street Grade-Crossing Elimination program. A meeting took place earlier in the day in the Village office, where he met with Mayor Elliott, Dick Bernard, Counsel to Metro North, John Kennard, Planner for Metro North, Lisa Blue, a Planner for Metro North, LeRoy Armstead, of the NYSDOT, Rich Peters of the DOT, and Howard Permut, where an agreement was reached in principle as to how the project would be funded and what agreements would be necessary.  Essentially there would be two agreements, one with the Village and Metro North on maintenance responsibility, liability, dedication of the road as the Village road, Village responsibility for minor repairs to Senasqua Tunnel, maintenance and liability.  The Village will pay for the installation of the water main.  The second agreement regarding funding will be only between Metro North and the Department of Transportation.  This would be a standard grant agreement.  The TIP (Transportation Improvement Program) will be amended where there is currently $1.4 million budgeted, to $2 million to finance the cost of the project.  With the Metro North budget of $2 million as well, the total comes in excess of $4 million for the project.  The plan is for the road to be built over Senasqua Tunnel, so that the Tunnel could still be used for pedestrians.  The Tunnel will have to be lengthened by about ten feet to make room for the road.   There will also be a riverfront walkway built as part of the project.  The timing is hoped that the agreement between the Village and Metro North will be approved before the end of March 2001.  The agreement between Metro North and DOT would take upwards of five months, and then the next step would be another four to five months.  Thus, the completion of the entire project could be expected to be another ten to twelve months or so before construction starts.

Village Manager Herbek reported on the Duck Pond project.  He reported that the Village received a proposal from WD Contracting in the amount of $41,875 for the excavation of two feet of soil to be removed from the Duck Pond and transporting out, such information being sought as an interim measure.  Two feet of soil comes to 2600 cubic yards of soil over the entire area of the Duck Pond and transporting that soil to the (inaudible) property.  He said that he intended to go back to the company and ask what it would cost to dredge and transport only one foot of soil.

Trustee Watkins asked the Village Manager if he had prepared a report on all of the Board’s goals and objectives, as was previously requested that he do.  Village Manager Herbek said his intention was to prepare a list earlier, but that was superceded by the lengthy meeting with Metro North.  So, while he had nothing in writing, he said he would be happy to tick off a list that he was contemplating for the written list.  One, was the installation of new sidewalks, which Cronin Engineering has been engaged to provide the plans and specifications for the sidewalk running along Riverside starting at ET Cycle toward Municipal place and up Municipal Place to 129, then up 129 to the intersection of the first road.  As soon as the Village receives the info, the next step would be to apply for the necessary highway work permits from the DOT.  Once the work permits have been obtained, the job could then go out to bid.

Next, Village Manager Herbek said would be the completion of the station parking lot.  Although Phase II of the project is near 99-percent completion, there still is a small amount of work left, amounting to about $20,000.  Since Westwing Industries went into bankruptcy, the Village has been working with the Sheridan Company in terms of hiring another company to finish the work, and it would be expected that would be completed within the next few months.

Firehouse improvements are moving along, but here too, the winter weather has had an impact.  The latest estimate is that they would be completed by September.

Then, there is the waterfront road project from Half Moon Bay to Sepreio property, as was just reported in the Brook Street Grade Crossing report.  This is the first time ever that the Village has had a plan worked out.  

There was the evaluation done by each Department head, written, completed, and measurable.

Next on the list is the Duck Pond dredging project, which was also just reported.

Village Manager Herbek said next on the list would be the comprehensive plan review and the zoning laws, which is under way.  Ann Gallelli and the Comprehensive Planning Committee are doing a good job on that.

Then, there is the subject of enhancing the beauty of the Village and its gateways.  While there have been some grant applications filed, there is no money for these.  Nevertheless, they are on file and although the Village does not have the money for this, there is hope that grants could be provided for this work.
Also on the list of goals and objectives for the Village to concern itself with is the Metro Enviro permit, the renewal of, which has been the subject of discussion this evening.  That is another subject that could be further discussed when closer to the budget season.

The tenth item on the list was the capitol plan review, which has not yet been done in the form of a Work Session; it will be addressed during the budget preparation season.

Trustee Watkins reminded the Village Manager that they had also previously discussed the issue of signs for the north and south entrances to the Village, which would also need to be on the upcoming budget.

Village Manager Herbek said he believed the Village currently had the money for the two additional signs, but since the Village was not completely satisfied with the job the previous sign company had done, it would have to look for another.
Trustee McCarthy said she would also like to raise the issue the STAR Program.  She understood that people, who had not previously signed up for it, could apply for it.  Her concern was that given the tax increases the Village residents would be getting, she felt it imperative that the Board should promote that program and necessity to apply for it.  It would be a great service to all residents.
Mayor Elliott commented that while the Governor had sent out notice, Croton could work with the Town to coordinate efforts in this regard.  However, with regard to application, once an applicant applied, there was no need to apply again for it.

Trustee McCarthy said one way to help would be to promote it on the Village Website, which the Mayor agreed could be done as well as to use any Village publications.  Trustee McCarthy then suggested having an open night at the Village offices where citizens could come in and apply, to which Mayor Elliott said that has been the Town function.  Trustee McCarthy suggested discussing coordinating that with the Town to have a night in Croton to make it easier on the Village residents not having to travel up to the Town offices.  Mayor Elliott said he felt that was a reasonable request to make.

Trustee Harkins asked if there was any movement on the water supply to the Arboretum.

Village Manager Herbek reported that he had a follow-up conversation with Greg Stanley, who indicated that he’d be in touch with Mark Bergschneider, head of Hudson National.  While Karen Jescavage-Bernard indicated with some minor improvements to those wells the yield would be greater, Mr. Stanley expressed that with great expense, they might yield more water.  The question, however, becomes one of what is better for them from an obligation standpoint.  If the cost were terribly high, they would be better off using Village water.

In response to a question from Trustee Harkins regarding Hunter Place, Village Manager Herbek reported that the Village had decided to put off the renovation work until the weather breaks.  Appropriate protective fencing has been put up and the Village is looking into the possibility of putting out a public bid.

In response to a query from Trustee Grant, the Manager reported that there has been much back and forth communication between the residents there and the Village office.   Trustee Grant then congratulated Village Manager Herbek and Ken Kraft on the work they have down with the Northern Tier.

Mayor Elliott then stated that as there was a letter in the agenda packet to Mr. Giglio, there should have been another to Ms. Bobby Beller.  The Board of Trustees would want to extend its congratulations to both Mr. Giglio and Ms. Beller.

Trustee Grant read the letter addressed to Mr. Giglio and Ms. Beller and then expressed disappointment in that no one was notified in a timely manner of the event inducting these two Croton residents into the Westchester Country Senior Citizens Hall of Fame.  Both the Mayor and the Village Manager agreed that they too would have liked to have known because they would have shown up at the event in support and recognition of these two residents, however, Mr. Herbek noted that he mentioned this to Mae Carpenter, who is usually very good about timely notification.  He said although it was not quite clear what happened, something had fallen through the cracks in notifying the Village.

Trustee Grant made a motion to adjourn with a date for the next Executive Session being set for Monday, January 29, which was seconded by Trustee Watkins, and approved unanimously.  The meeting adjourned at 10:52 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Carol Keenan Kohl



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Village Clerk