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September 20, 2001 Minutes
A Regular Meeting of the Board of Trustees of the Village of Croton-on-Hudson, NY was held on Thursday, September 20, 2001 at the Municipal Building, Van Wyck Street, Croton-on-Hudson, NY 10520.

The following officials were present:

Mayor Elliott                   Village Manager Herbek
Village Treasurer Reardon               Village Attorney Waldman
Trustee Grant                   Trustee McCarthy
Trustee Wiegman                         Trustee Harkins

1.CALL TO ORDER;

Mayor Elliott called the meeting to order at 8:07.  Everyone joined in a moment of silence in tribute to all those affected by the World Trade Center and Pentagon tragedies.
Everyone joined in the Pledge of Allegiance.

2. APPROVAL OF MINUTES:

Trustee Grant made a motion to approve the minutes of the Special Board Meeting held on  June 21, 2001 as corrected.  Trustee McCarthy seconded the motion.  The Board voted approval as follows:  Trustees Grant, McCarthy, Wiegman and Mayor Elliott, “aye”, Trustee Harkins abstained.

Approval of the minutes of the regular Board Meeting of September 4, 2001 was postponed until the next meeting of the Board.

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            $92,897.40
        Water Fund                51,516.41
        Capital Acct.             39,873.89
        Trust & Agency      8,620.80
        Total                   $192,908.50
Because of the large number of people and school children present pertaining to the issue of a skateboard park, the Mayor moved items 4a and 4b under Correspondence and item 6d under Resolutions to the head of the Agenda for discussion.  

Village Manager Herbek read the following correspondence (full text available in the Village Office).

a.      A letter from Gary Cohen, via e-mail, asking for the skateboard discussion to be early on the agenda.
b.      A letter from Eugene Perl, President, Croton-Harmon Board of Education, stating the Board’s concerns regarding building a skatepark on the land near Spencer Field which are (1) their desire to make decisions based solely on their educational goals and (2) their need to retain as much of their level land as possible.

Mayor Elliott recounted the history of the skateboard discussion and that the Village Board had agreed to make a decision tonight after receiving a recommendation from the Recreation Advisory Board on two sites being considered as temporary locations.

Joe Streany, representing the Recreation Advisory Board (RAB), spoke on the background of the project.  Over several years the RAB has looked at many sites – approximately 18 in his estimation.  At this time, they are recommending the parking lot area by the ball field at the Duck Pond.  He identified the criteria they used in this selection – safety, neighborhood acceptability and constraints associated with financing it.  6500 square feet are needed.

Mayor Elliott asked about second or third choice recommendations.  Mr. Streany indicated that the triangle parcel by CET, filling in a portion of the Duck Pond, and the basketball court at the Duck Pond had all been actively considered but were taken off the list after various impediments were raised about each.

Trustee McCarthy asked what the RAB’s top two recommendations for a permanent site were, but Mr. Streany indicated that the RAB was not yet ready to make that recommendation because some possible sites may change in the future.

Trustee Wiegman asked about the parking area at the end of Truesdale Dr.  Mr. Streany said that it is still on the list for consideration but there are some problems associated with it, primarily site work and the expense of doing it.  He reiterated that the parking lot by the ball field at the Duck Pond is the short-term recommended site.

Trustee Grant asked about the Sewer Treatment plant location.  Mr. Streany said the RAB feels it needs to become a safer site which might happen in the future with the installation of sidewalks nearby.

Mr. Waldman suggested a wording change to the resolution providing that the location of a permanent site would be determined by the Village Board after consultation with the RAB, the Board of Education, if appropriate, and the SkateCroton representatives.

Trustee McCarthy stated that the Board needed to decide on a temporary site and that she endorsed the resolution in front of them to locate it at the Duck Pond parking lot.  She would also allow parking on South Riverside Ave. during the ball season to compensate for lost parking at this location.

Trustee Grant pointed out that Police Chief Coxen is concerned about this site due to traffic and parking problems.  She said she leans more to using Vassallo Park.  She doesn’t feel the proposed site is the right answer even temporarily.  She knows the neighbors of the Park may not support this.

Trustee Harkins stated that speed and costs are important considerations on this matter.  The Board needs to exercise good judgment.  The top two sites have drainage in place which makes locating a temporary site at the Duck Pond most expeditious. The Duck Pond is a good trial place to use while determining if sufficient interest exists in this facility while not destroying any landmarks.

Trustee Wiegman noted that Chief Coxen stated his strong opposition to this site because of heavy current use.  Can adjustments be made to the plan that would move the children further from the road?  Mr. Streany noted that other parks in the village do not have off-street parking available.  Also, the parking lot closer to the basketball courts can be used.

Trustee McCarthy said the RAB is better able to address recreational issues than the Police Dept.

Mayor Elliott stated that no site will be agreeable to all.  In his opinion, three sites are preferable to the Duck Pond site – the Sewer Treatment plant, the end of Truesdale Drive and Vassallo Park.

Manager Herbek pointed out that use of the Duck Pond parking lot would have implications for the eventual dredging to be done in the Pond making that operation more costly.

Gary Cohen, representing SkateCroton, said the organization spent the last year talking to trustees, raising funds, gathering petition signatures, studying skate parks and logistics. They are determined to make this a reality.  He asked if the Board was going to make a decision tonight for a location that will be open in Spring 2002?  SkateCroton would be happy with either of the Duck Pond sites as a temporary site. He does not believe that any other site could be ready by April 2002.  Manager Herbek agreed that the Sewer Treatment plant site could not meet that deadline but felt that the Truesdale Drive and Vassallo Park locations could be ready in the spring.

Edith Scott, 33 Ridge Rd., spoke of her concern that the Trustees have located all commercial areas along South Riverside and now want to put major recreational facilities in the same area.  She thought it was supposed to be a place where skaters could walk to.  Commercial areas near the Duck Pond use up all the available parking.  The village seems to be trying to pack everything into one area of the village.

Doris Daubney, Bungalow Road, brought sketches showing current parking and also a 1992 Village Law stating that no parking can be permitted along one side of Bungalow Road in the area where the proposed skateboard facility is intended to be.  This law was enacted in response to difficulty the Fire Department had in fighting a fire on Bungalow Road in the early 90’s.  She thought the Fire Dept. should be asked for their opinion on this matter.  Ms. Daubney also stated that the parking areas are heavily used and there are drainage problems due to natural springs which exist there.  She urged the Board to find a suitable permanent location and not create a temporary facility.

Fran Allen, Finney Farm Road, and chair of the Waterfront Advisory Committee, reviewed the highlights of Croton’s Coastal Management plan which protects many areas.  The Duck Pond is a designated wetland.  Since protecting our wetlands is part of the village’s case against the proposed Millennium Pipeline, she feels allowing this use at the Duck Pond would jeopardize the Village’s position in that battle.

Bart Schalansky, Bungalow Road, said the blind curve on the road is the scene of many close calls.  Increased use is likely to lead to serious accidents.

Kelliann Davidson said his main concern was a permanent location.  Vassallo Park would be ideal. The surface should be cement.

Louis Fortez said it should be at the Duck Pond.  The surface should be black top.

Don Daubney, Bungalow Road, said he agrees with Trustee Grant that it should be in Vassallo Park.  The Duck Pond basketball court is the most used in the Village.  The best temporary places would be the basketball court/play area at CET or the basketball court at the corner of Benedict Blvd. and Young.  Vassallo was the first place investigated years ago, but the neighbors’ objections scared the committee away so this site was not looked at much after that.  There are ways to make it less objectionable to the neighbors.  Bungalow Road is a dangerous road now and drawing more people there is not a good idea.  Vassallo Park is the best location for a permanent skate park.

Maria Cudaquest, 84Grand St., said that Vassallo Park is a good site in principle but neighbors will be very upset about it.  Why not Seprieo?  Mr. Streany said it is unsafe because there are no restrictions to keep people from the railroad right-of-way. She endorsed Ms. Allen’s statement about negatively affecting the case against the pipeline.

Joan Turkell, Bungalow Road, said the road is very unsafe and she is concerned for children’s safety there.

Peter Tsagarakis, Morningside Dr. and owner of Croton Diner, reiterated the dangerous road and the fact that parking is not sufficient now.  He called for the Duck Pond to be rehabilitated as well.

Sam Davies and two other youths said they favored Vassallo as a permanent location.

Trustee Grant said she would not vote for the Duck Pond locations but would support Vassallo Park.

Trustee Harkins suggested changing the resolution so that if Vassallo Park proves to be doable by March 15, 2002, it be done; otherwise the Duck Pond parking lot location will become the temporary location of the skateboard facility.

Manager Herbek took this opportunity to introduce Susan Menz, the new Superintendent of Recreation.  Ms. Menz has been involved professionally with recreation since the mid-80’s both in Nassau County and in Briarcliff Manor.  Ms. Menz said she was happy to be here and hoped to meet all the people in the audience in the near future.

Mr. Gary Cohen of SkateCroton said they would be very happy with the Vassallo Park location with the Duck Pond parking lot at a fallback position for next spring.

Janine King, Lounsbury Road, asked if the Vassallo Park location was contingent upon neighbor’s approval.  Mayor Elliott indicated the answer was ‘no’.

On the motion of Trustee Harkins, seconded by Trustee Grant, the following resolution was unanimously adopted by the Board of Trustees of the Village of Croton on Hudson, New York.

        WHEREAS, the Village of Croton wishes to establish a skateboard facility and incorporate it within the recreation program offering in Croton:

        Now, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Village Manager is hereby authorized to organize an in-house project to establish a permanent skateboard facility in Vassallo Park.  This in-house project will consist of;
1.      The Village Administration organizing the installation of an appropriate skateboard surface and fencing as coordinated with the Recreation Advisory Committee, the Recreation Department and Skateboard Park representatives.  A schematic drawing, blocking out equipment types, sizes and location must be mutually agreed to by all 3 entities.
2.      The Skateboard Park representatives, will provide equipment specifications to the Village Administration for RFP’s in accordance with Village purchasing guidelines.
3.      The Skateboard Park representatives will organize a community event for the purpose of assisting in the construction and/or installation of various components of the skateboard facility in accordance with insurance carrier guidelines.
4.      The Village Administration will obtain any and all planning board approvals required for this skateboard facility.

Further, THEREFORE BE IT ALSO RESOLVED, that if the skateboard facility at Vassallo Park is not completed and ready for use by March 15, 2002, than an alternate skateboard facility shall be created, within 30 days, at the parking lot at the Duck Pond located between the ball field and the Duck Pond.



4.  CORRESPONDENCE

Village Manager read the following correspondence, the text of which is available in the Village Office:
c.      A letter from Marjorie Castro, Superintendent of Schools, stating that it would be very helpful for the school district to have the triangular parcel of land near CET for a parking turnaround.  She hopes to discuss this further with the Board.
d.      A letter from Joan Turkell, Bungalow Road, regarding the need to restore the Duck Pond to its natural beauty.
e.      Letters from Frederick Boerner, attorney for Millennium Pipeline Company stating (1) that the two Canadian partners in the Millennium Partnership have not withdrawn from the partnership, only withdrew their applications for procedural reasons and (2) the new in-service date for the proposed Millennium pipeline is now November 1, 2003.
f.      Letter from Neil Levy of Kirkland and Ellis giving an update on the progress of the Millennium Pipeline case being made by the Village.  Manager Herbek provided an update on the amount of money spent so far -  in the range of $330,000.
g.      A letter from Phil Tully, Eklof Court, stating his concerns about (1) the amount of money being spent by the Village in fighting the Millennium pipeline and (2) the amount of time spent discussing Metro Enviro and (3) the hiring of Mr. Emerick to oversee the construction of the firehouses.

5.  CITIZEN PARTICIPATION:
        a.  Maria Cudequest, Grand Street, spoke on matters concerning Metro Enviro .  She stated that she has new information and documentation that she will provide to the Village tonight regarding NYSDEC actions.  She also questioned whether Metro Enviro would be a site for the rubble from the World Trade Center disaster.  If so, the Village needs to find out answers about possible contaminants present in it.  She stated that if the Metro Enviro permit is extended, tonnage fees should be imposed as well as the hiring of an independent monitor.

In response to questions from Ms. Cudequest, Trustee McCarthy inquired of the Village Manager whether David Steinmetz, attorney for Metro Enviro, had responded to her questions asked at the previous meeting.  Mr. Herbek said that he had not but that Mr. Steinmetz had verbally confirmed that there are no lease arrangements with anyone at the Metro Enviro site.  Further questions were asked about the owners of Metro Enviro Transfer LLC - does the Village still have the bond posted by Metro Enviro, and when will the report from Mr. Mack, the Federal Monitor, be available?  Mr. Waldman responded that he thought it would be late September or early October.

Trustee McCarthy asked that the firm of Arnold and Porter be asked to meet with the Trustees as they have dealt with Allied in their special permit request for a transfer station in the Village of Mt.Kisco.  Mr. Waldman suggested that a first step would be to get the paper record from the Mt. Kisco situation.

b.  Joe Streany, Hillside Ave., said flooding continues to be a problem for his property.  Hiring a consultant is a good thing, but some things can be undertaken right away.  The odor problem has not gone away.  Manager Herbek said he has not heard of any problems or complaints since the  bioxide was installed last week.  Mr. Streany said he was aware of the plans of Verizon to add a second story to their existing building on North Riverside.  While he can understand their need, he feels the Village needs to also pay attention to the cellular needs of the area residents.
     
Mr. Streany also pointed to a flyer featuring the Second Wind Band which is playing in the Village on Friday night (9/21) as part of a Recreation Dept. program.  They hoped to raise money for the World Trade Center victims and volunteers but incorrectly stated on the flyer that the money was for the Fireman’s Fund.  It needs to be understood that this is incorrect.  Also, they need the permission of the Village to do this.

c.      Pat Zanfardino, Brook Street, spoke regarding a gas main going through
Brook St., he asked if anything has been done.  Manager Herbek replied that the Village is waiting the opinion of the consultant which they are hiring.  Mr. Zanfardino also asked that the Village examine the manholes in Brook Street to look for any obstructions that might be removed.

d.      Doris Daubney, Bungalow Road, said the problems of purple loosestrife and
phragmites are very serious in the Village and all over.  She explained how both these  plants proliferate.  She is also concerned about the trees that were cut down around the Duck Pond.  What will replace them?  Mr. Herbek replied that he thought forsythia would replace them. Ms. Daubney also pointed out that the willows around the pond are being strangled by vines which need to be taken off.

6. RESOLUTIONS:

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

RESOLVED:       that Daniel V. Turner and Douglas M. Oles are hereby appointed as Police Sergeants from the County of Westchester Eligibility List, effective September 18, 2001.


b. On a motion of Trustee Harkins, 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, many Village residents have experienced hardships from severe flooding and storm-water runoff during recent storms; and

WHEREAS, the Village Board has requested the Village Manager to retain an engineering firm to develop a plan to address drainage issues in certain areas of the Village; and

WHEREAS, the Village has received a proposal from Dvirka and Bartilucci, Consulting Engineers for a development of a phased storm water management plan and identification of actions to reduce the adverse impacts of excessive or uncontrolled runoff; and

WHEREAS, the Village has received a number of positive recommendations from the references provided by Dvirka and Bartilucci,

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED: that the Village Manager is hereby authorized to sign the contract with Dvirka and Bartilucci for the completion of tasks one through eight and Option # 2 in their letter of 9-13-2001 for a total of $ 155,500.00; and

BEIT FURTHER RESOLVED: to include the production of the application for a matching grant from the Clean Air – Clean Water Bond Act to cover a portion of this work for an additional fee of $1,500.00, bringing the contract total to  $ 157,000.00


        Discussion:  Trustee Harkins supported the second option as it would open the possibility of receiving some grant money to cover the costs.  Three of the village’s drainage thirteen sub basins will be covered under this proposal. The money will come from the Fund Balance.  Trustee Harkins was delighted to see that Dvirka and Batilucci has agreed, at no additional cost, to provide all work and drawings in electronic format and also coordinate the integration of storm drainage maps and tables into the Village’s GIS database.

     c. 1. On a motion by Trustee Grant, 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, additional funds are needed to finance curbing at Sunset Park which was not budgeted in the original scope of work amounting to $ 3,630.00; and

        WHEREAS, $1,052.15 remains in the Sunset Park account; and

WHEREAS, funds to cover the remaining cost of $ 2,577.85 exist in the recreation Department’s playground account ( 7140.414 ); and

WHEREAS, The Treasurer wishes to move those funds to the General Fund Transfer to Capital account ( 001-9953-0900 ), and amend the 2001-2002 Capital fund budget effecting the following accounts; and

Increase  3-7140.200.9899.0001  by  $ 2,578.00    ( Sunset Park Expenses )
Increase  3-003.5031.9899.0001  by  $ 2,578.00    ( Sunset Park Revenues )

Now Therefore be it resolved that the Village Treasurer amend the 2001 -2002 Capital Fund budget to reflect these changes.

    c. 2. On a motion by 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 of Croton Board of Trustees has been committed to stopping the “ Pipe Line” from inception, and in that effort hired the law firm of Kirkland & Ellis to carry out said opposition; and

WHEREAS, the fight to stop the “ Pipe Line” has grown in scope, thus outstripping the appropriations the Village Manager estimated to fund the total opposition; and

WHEREAS, rather than shrink away from the fight, the Village Board has chosen to press for a positive outcome to defeat the project, and, among other things, to protect our well fields, arboretum, etc, thus committing the Village to paying for more of Kirkland & Ellis’ time; and

WHEREAS, funds to pay for this work had not been budgeted for in the 2001-2002 budget; and

WHEREAS: the Treasurer has reviewed the budget and has requested the following budget transfer to accommodate this additional cost:

Increase   001-1420.401  by      $  50,000.00     ( Legal Fees )
Decrease  001-3120.100  by      $  50,000.00     ( Personnel )

Now Therefore be it resolved that the Village Treasurer amend the 2001 -2002 General Fund budget to reflect these changes.


Discussion:  Mayor Elliott suggested that first Whereas be deleted as this resolution refers only to the Village’s current legal case, and that the fourth Whereas be amended to include the words “and to, among other things, protect our well fields and our Arboretum.”

    c.3. On a motion by Trustee Grant, seconded by Trustee Wiegman, the following resolution was unanimously adopted by the Board of Trustees of the Village of Croton-on-Hudson, New York:

WHEREAS, the Village Treasurer has reviewed the 3 month year to date expenditures for each department and recommends the following modifications:

Increase   1910.400  by      $         59.00     ( Insurance )
Increase   1930.400  by      $       781.00     ( Judgment & Claims )
Increase   3310.100  by      $    6,500.00     ( Personnel Expense)
Increase   3310.120  by      $       300.00     ( Personnel Expense O/T )
Increase   3410.800  by      $    1,157.00     ( Workers Compensation )
Increase   3510.120  by      $       300.00     ( Personnel Expense O/T )
Increase   5140.100  by      $    2,000.00     ( Personnel Expense )
Increase   5182.100  by      $    5,000.00     ( Personnel Expense )
Increase   5183.110  by      $  53,000.00     ( Personnel Expense )
Increase   6410.400  by      $         85.00     ( Contractual Expense )
Increase   8090.100  by      $  36,000.00     ( Personnel Expense )
Increase   8120.100  by      $    2,400.00     ( Personnel Expense )
Increase   8140.100  by      $  10,000.00     ( Personnel Expense )
Increase   8160.100  by      $  36,500.00     ( Personnel Expense )
Increase   8170.100  by      $  10,000.00     ( Personnel Expense )
Increase   8560.100  by      $    7,000.00     ( Personnel Expense )
Increase   9040.800  by      $    1,480.00     ( Workers Compensation )
Decrease  1990.400  by      $    3,562.00     ( Contingent )
Decrease  5110.100  by      $169,000.00     (Personnel Expense  )


NOW  THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Village Treasurer amend the 2001 - 2002 General Fund budget to reflect these changes.

     c. 4. On a motion by Trustee Grant, seconded by Trustee McCarthy, the following resolution was unanimously adopted by the Board of Trustees of the Village of Croton-on-Hudson, New York:


WHEREAS, additional funds are needed to purchase a snow box which will be used in conjunction with our snow removal efforts with the new front end loader which was not budgeted in the original scope of work amounting to $ 7,828.00; and

        WHEREAS, $ 4,575.98 remains in the Front End Loader account; and

WHEREAS, funds to cover the remaining cost of $ 3,252.00 exist in the Highway Department’s snow equipment account ( 5142.200 ); and

WHEREAS, The Treasurer wishes to move those funds to the General Fund Transfer to Capital account ( 001-9953-0900 ), and amend the 2001-2002 Capital fund budget effecting the following accounts; and

Increase  3-5130.200.9900.0027  by  $ 3,252.02    ( Front End Loader )
Increase  3-003.5031.9900.0027  by  $ 3,252.02    ( Front End Loader )

Now Therefore be it resolved that the Village Treasurer amend the 2001 -2002 Capital Fund budget to reflect these changes.


     e. On a motion by Trustee Harkins, seconded by Trustee McCarthy, the following resolution was adopted by the Board of Trustees of the Village of Croton-on-Hudson, New York with a vote of four – “ayes” and Trustee Grant voting “nay”:

        WHEREAS, the Recreation Advisory Board has recommended the need for an analysis of all parks and recreation facilities to evaluate current and future uses against the changing Village demographics and community needs and wishes and

        WHEREAS, the current comprehensive plan is not addressing land use at the parcel level and Lucille Munz of the firm of Cherbuliez/Munz has presented at a work session the rational and benefit of a recreational needs assessment both as a stand alone working document and an incorporated component of the comprehensive plan, to the Village Board; and

        WHEREAS, the Parks and Recreation Department is desirous of optimizing the use of limited space and recreational resources, by developing a comprehensive plan for park and recreation facilities at the parcel level

        NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED: that the Village Manager is hereby authorized to enter into a agreement with the landscape architect and site planning firm of "Cherbuliez/Munz" for the fee of $15,000 to provide a Recreational plan for community park and recreation facilities at the parcel level.  The timeline for this project is approximately 4 months after agreement initiation.  Funding shall be provided for in the fiscal year 2002 expense budget.


Discussion:  Trustee Grant feels that this information is already available in the village through other data previously gathered.  Also, just one proposal is available.  Trustee Wiegman said this consultant is already familiar with the village and the information might be useful to the new Superintendent and to other groups in the village such as the schools.  Trustee Harkins feels it will be a good addition to village plans for the future.
    A motion was made by Trustee Harkins, seconded by Trustee McCarthy to take the money from the Contingency fund.  The motion passes 4-1 with Trustee Grant dissenting.

     f.   The resolution authorizing the Village Manager to sign a contract with Chazen Engineering OR Malcolm Pirnie for review of the Special Permit Use for Metro Enviro was held over pending further information and discussion.


h.      On motion of Trustee Grant, seconded by Trustee Wiegman, the following resolution was unanimously adopted by the Board of Trustees of the Village of Croton-on-Hudson, New York:

WHEREAS, the County of Westchester, together with the Land Use Law Center of Pace University has announced a $60,000 Qualities Communities grant award that is exclusively available for Westchester’s 13 Hudson Riverfront communities for Hudson RiverWalk demonstration projects; and

WHEREAS, the goal of the Hudson Riverwalk project is to create an inter-connected functionally linked Hudson River waterfront in Westchester County consisting of esplanades, greenways and trails; and

WHEREAS, the Village has already received funding from a Clean Water/Clean Air Bond Act grant in order to construct a handicapped-accessible trail along the southern portion of the Croton Waterfront Park; and        

WHEREAS, the Village Board of Trustees would like to extend this trail to encompass the northern portion of the Croton Waterfront Park,

NOW BE IT RESOLVED:

That Richard F. Herbek, as Village Manager of Village of Croton-on-Hudson, is hereby authorized and directed to file an application for funds from the Westchester County Department of Planning in accordance with the provisions of the Quality Communities Grant Program, in an amount not to exceed $35,000, and upon approval of said request to enter into and execute a project agreement with the County for such financial assistance to the Village of Croton-on-Hudson for the design and construction of a handicapped-accessible trail in the northern section of the Croton Waterfront Park.

7. REPORTS:

Village Manager Herbek announced that Frank Pusatere, the Village’s fire Inspector, will take on 17 ½ hours/week for sign code enforcement.  He will attend the October 9 work session.  Hughes St. sidewalk project is started and going along quickly. The Village still has not received the highway work permits for the work on Route 129 which is delaying it.  

Village Treasurer Reardon explained the sources of some money recently received by the Village.  $200,000 was received from NYS from the Clean Air/Clean Water fund.  He was able to redo some paperwork which resulted in the Village receiving $10,000 more in aid as a result of Hurricane Floyd.  Two fines resulting from parking ticket counterfeiting were in the amounts of $8,700 and $3,200 respectively.  He credited Sergeants Nikitopoulos and Corvinus with the latter.

Trustee Wiegman reported that the Village Board/Board of Education meeting is scheduled for October 22.  Please give agenda items to him.  He is working with Jeff Yates on this.  The VEB should be invited to the October 9 work session.

Trustee McCarthy said some residents have told her there are not enough flags up around the village and that some are in very poor condition and should be replaced. Manager Herbek said they are supplied by the Central Veterans Committee and are on order now.  She was surprised about the opening of Westchester Limo on South Riverside.  Manager Herbek said a letter had been sent by the village telling them to cease operating at that location as they have no permit.

Trustee Harkins deferred his reports due to the lateness of this meeting.

Trustee Grant said there are going to be difficult policy decisions ahead regarding sign enforcement.  $20,000 is not going to do the whole job, so decisions about how and where will have to be made.   Our Police and Fire Departments were involved as volunteers in the recent events at the World Trade Center – helping as needed. She is proud of all our employees in their responsiveness to the situation.  Manager Herbek handed out a letter from Chief Coxen describing how the Croton Police aided in the effort.


Trustee Wiegman made a motion approving the raising of funds at the Village-sponsored concert tomorrow night (9-21) for the aid of victims and volunteers at the World Trade Center.  Seconded by Trustee Grant and approved unanimously.

Trustee Grant made a motion to adjourn, seconded by Trustee Harkins, approved unanimously. The meeting was adjourned at 12:08 a.m.


Respectfully submitted,


Ann H. Gallelli, Secretary


Richard F. Herbek
Village Clerk