A Special Board Meeting of the Board of Trustees of the Village of Croton-on-Hudson, New York, was held on Wednesday, February 7, 2001 at the Municipal Building, Van Wyck Street, Croton-on-Hudson, New York.
The purpose of the meeting was to address several timely Resolutions and other business scheduled for the Regular Board Meeting on Monday, February 5, which had been canceled because of a snow storm.
The following officials were present:
Village Manager Herbek
Village Treasurer Reardon
Trustee Georgianna Grant
Village Attorney Waldman and Trustee Harkins were absent.
1. CALL TO ORDER:
Mayor Elliott called the meeting to order at 7:40 p.m.
2. APPROVAL OF MINUTES
Trustee Grant made a motion to approve the minutes of the Regular Board meeting held on January 22, 2001, as corrected. The motion was seconded by Trustee McCarthy. The motion to approve the minutes was unanimously approved.
Trustee Grant made a motion to approve the minutes of the Special Board meeting held on January 29, 2001, as corrected. The motion was seconded by Trustee McCarthy. The motion to approve the minutes was unanimously approved.
The vouchers were approved, subject to review by the Audit Committee.
General Fund $46,933.23
Water Fund $ 513.10
Capital Acct: $ 7,792,58
Trust & Agency $ 1,100.70
It was agreed that the agenda item would be held over until the next Regular Board Meeting so that interested residents could address the concerns raised. Village Manager Herbek pointed out that the next Regular Meeting would be held on Tuesday, February 20 as Monday, February 19 is Presidents' Day, a national holiday. It would also be the annual "Grievance Day," from 4 - 8 p.m.
5. CITIZEN PARTICIPATION
No private citizens were present at the meeting.
a. It was agreed that the call for a Public Hearing to discuss Local Law Introductory Number 2 amending Section 230-4 of the Zoning Law regarding signage be postponed until the next Regular Board Meeting on February 20.
b. On motion of Trustee Grant, seconded by Trustee McCarthy, the following resolution, with addendum, was adopted by the Board of Trustees of the Village of Croton-on-Hudson, New York by a unanimous vote.
RESOLVED: that pursuant to Article 15, Section 116 of the Election Law,
the following persons are hereby appointed inspectors of
election to preside at the Village Election of March 20, 2001:
DEMOCRATIC: Carol Seaver
REPUBLICAN: Doris Daubney
and be it FURTHER RESOLVED: that the compensation for each inspector of election
shall be fixed at $175.00 per day, and $200.00 for each chairperson; and be it
FURTHER RESOLVED: that voting machines be used for recording the vote for the election of Village officers, and be it
FURTHER RESOLVED: that the Village Clerk is hereby directed to hire R. Michael Mitchell and Bobby Hill as Technicians of voting machines at a compensation of
$50. per machine to prepare voting machines.
Village Manager Herbek was granted the authority to substitute appointed inspectors of the election in the event of a vacancy.
c. 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 Board and the Village Manager have investigated the cost of additional dredging to be done at the Duck Pond; and
WHEREAS, other funds are necessary to finance this additional work, but shall be drawn down only if needed, where all unused funds revert back to the General Fund upon completion of the work; and
WHEREAS funds to cover these over expenditures exist in the General Fund Transfer to Capital account, the Village Treasurer wishes to amend the 2000-2001 Capital fund budget effecting the following accounts; and
Increase 3-7140-0200-9900-0045 by $ 10,000.00 ( Duck Pond Dredging )
Increase 3-5031.0006 by $ 10,000.00 ( Duck Pond Dredging )
Now Therefore be it resolved that the Village Treasurer amend the 2000 -2001 General Fund budget to reflect these changes.
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There was no discussion.
d. 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 by a unanimous vote.
WHEREAS, the Village has over the last decade petitioned the County of Westchester to eliminate the nonsewered properties in the village from the Ossining Sanitary Sewer District, and
WHEREAS, in 1999 354 nonsewered properties were removed from the Ossining Sanitary Sewer District, which properties were 500 or more feet from a sewer line, and
WHEREAS, subsequent to this action the Village learned that the County standard was more than 100 feet for properties to be removed from a sewer district, and
WHEREAS, the Village has studied this issue further and believes that 136 additional properties should be removed from the District, and
WHEREAS, the Village has also identified 52 properties that should be included in the Ossining Sanitary Sewer District,
NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED: that the Village Manager is hereby authorized to file a petition with the County Executive and the County Board of Legislators to remove 136 properties from the Ossining Sanitary Sewer District and to add 52 properties into the Ossining Sanitary Sewer District as attached
Responding to a question from Trustee Grant, Village Manager Herbek acknowledged that all non-sewered properties in the Village of Croton-on-Hudson, located over 100 feet from the Ossining Sewer District have been removed from the district. He added that owners of the 52 identified properties that should be included in the Ossining Sewer District will be charged for the service. Mr. Herbek clarified that the identity for inclusion is the property and not the current resident.
Mr. Herbek told the Trustees that the relevant material has been prepared to return to the Westchester County Board of Health.
e. 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 of Croton on Hudson has benefited from several inter-municipal agreements with the Town of Cortlandt over the years with respect to bidding by the Town Purchasing Director, shared use of equipment and the removal of freon from appliances; and
WHEREAS, the Village is desirous of continuing these inter-municipal agreements for another year;
NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED: that the Village Manager is hereby authorized to sign the three Intermunicipal agreements which deal with bidding by the Town Purchasing Director, shared used of equipment and removal of freon from appliances.
Village Manager Herbek explained that the resolution was a usual intergovernmental agreement with the Town of Cortlandt, with respect to bidding by the Town Purchasing Director, shared use of equipment and the removal of Freon from appliances.
f. At the request of Trustee McCarthy, with agreement by Trustee Grant, the Resolution authorizing salary increases was tabled until the next Regular Board Meeting on February 20. Treasurer Reardon assured the Trustees that postponement would not cause accounting problems.
Village Manager Herbek reported on materials about the Millennium Pipeline. He told Trustees that a letter regarding evacuation routes from Indian Point had been sent to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). He indicated that data requests from the Millennium Pipeline have been inadequate and require further clarification.
In response to a question from Trustee Grant about when a decision will be made on the proposed route of the pipeline, Mr. Herbek said the next supplemental DEIS was imminent, and he considered it appropriate to file the papers before then.
Mr. Herbek explained the four communities - Croton-on-Hudson, Briarcliff Manor, Village and Town of Ossining - that are cooperating in an effort to prevent the pipeline installation on Routes 9 and 9A considered it timely to have a meeting with FERC in Washington, DC, as soon as possible. He said such a meeting has been arranged in Congresswoman Sue Kelly's office, with the communities' attorney, on Monday, February 12 at 1:30 p.m. He was unsure who would attend to represent Croton -- with the exception of Joel Klein, who is very knowledgeable about the project.
Trustee Grant expressed concern about keeping the snow off the sidewalks in the school districts, and hoped the problem could be addressed before the next snowfall. She praised DPW workers and neighbors for their efforts but remained concerned about safety.
A variety of suggestions were offered, but it was generally agreed the topic should be included in the agenda of an upcoming joint Village/School Board meeting.
The subject prompted a suggestion from Treasurer Reardon regarding the snow-plowing of the Croton-Harmon Railroad Station Parking Lot. He asked the Board of Trustees to consider contracting out the final clearing of snow -- given the conflicts of arduous hours imposed on DPW employees to remove snow from village streets and the parking lot and the complaints from commuters when piles of snow closed 50 -60 parking spaces. Trustee Grant agreed the Board of Trustees should look at the problem.
On the motion of Trustee Watkins, seconded by Trustee Grant, the meeting was adjourned at 8:20 p.m.
Lyn Roessler, Secretary