A Regular Meeting of the Board of Trustees of the Village of Croton-on-Hudson, NY was held on Monday, July 22, 2002 at the Municipal Building, Van Wyck Street, Croton-on-Hudson, NY 10520.
The following officials were present:
Village Manager Herbek Trustee McCarthy
Treasurer Reardon Trustee Wiegman
Village Attorney Waldman Trustee Schmidt
Absent: Trustee Grant
1. CALL TO ORDER:
Mayor Elliott called the meeting to order at 8:00 p.m. Everyone joined in the Pledge of Allegiance.
2. APPROVAL OF MINUTES:
Trustee Wiegman made a motion to approve the minutes of the Regular Board Meeting held on June 24, 2002 as corrected. Trustee McCarthy seconded the motion. The Board voted unanimous approval.
Trustee McCarthy made a motion to approve the minutes of the Regular Board Meeting held on July 8, 2002 as corrected. Trustee Wiegman seconded the motion. The Board voted unanimous approval.
3. APPROVAL OF VOUCHERS:
Trustee Wiegman made a motion to approve the vouchers as follows, subject to review by the Audit Committee. The motion was seconded by Trustee Schmidt and approved unanimously.
General Fund $ 70,979.33
Water Fund 2,551.02
Capital Accounts 23,382.59
Trust & Agency 22,951.19
Village Manager Herbek read the following correspondence (full text available at the Village Office):
a. A Press Release from the Villages of Briarcliff Manor and Croton on Hudson regarding Millennium Pipeline; the complete text was read by Village Manager Herbek; he indicated that the Department of Commerce has agreed to a public comment period and a public hearing which should be scheduled in the Fall. Village Manager Herbek also read a memo from Concerned Citizens of Croton, regarding the Pipeline Safety Bill Update.
b. A letter from Andrew J. Spano, Westchester County Executive, regarding the Westchester County Comprehensive Emergency Response Plan revision. Village Manager Herbek added that there have been several meetings with the chief operating officers of municipalities in Northern Westchester; they plan on meeting monthly and have raised a number of issues including the coordination effort that needs to be taken. Mayor Elliott agreed that it is a good idea to lay a foundation for that type of coordination. Trustee Schmidt asked who are these focus groups and is anyone from Croton in the groups. Village Manager Herbek replied that he will see that the Trustees get the whole packet with further information.
a. A letter from Marian H. Rose, President, Croton Watershed Clean Water Coalition, informing the Village of changes in permit requirements due to the new NY City watersheds “Critical Resource Waters” designation.
6. CITIZEN PARTICIPATION:
Roger Solymosy, Old Post Road North, gave praise to the marvelous summer his children are having in Tiny Tots. He also praised the counselors in Group 6 and wanted to give recognition to the teens in these programs; the children at Silver Lake have been terrific. Village Manager Herbek invited members of the Board to visit some of the summer programs being run by the Recreation Department. Mayor Elliott added that the Comprehensive Planning Committee, on which Mr. Solymosy serves, is also doing great work on behalf of the Village.
a. On motion of Trustee McCarthy, seconded by Trustee Schmidt, the following resolution was unanimously adopted by the Board of Trustees of the Village of Croton-on-Hudson, New York:
WHEREAS the Village Treasurer needs to fund the retirement incentive passed in December 2001, and has reviewed the 12-month year to date expenditures for each department and recommends the following modifications:
1. Increase 001-9010.800 by $23,000.00 (Retirement Incentive Exp.)
2. Decrease 001-1620.431 by $ 7,900.00 (Heating Oil)
3. Decrease 001-1640.480 by $ 8,100.00 (Diesel Fuel)
4. Decrease 001-3410.431 by $ 1,700.00 (Heating Oil)
5. Decrease 001-8090.415 by $ 2,300.00 (Recycling Dump Fees)
b. Decrease 001-9015.800 by $ 3,000.00 (Retirement – Police)
c. Decrease 002-9010.800 by $30,200.00 (Retirement Incentive Exp.)
8. Decrease 002-8340.120 by $ 2,200.00 (Personnel Services)
9. Decrease 002-8340.400 by $28,000.00 (Contractual Expense)
NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Village Treasurer amend the 2001-2002 General Fund and Water Fund budgets to reflect these changes.
Discussion: Trustee McCarthy noted that the retirement incentives resolution presented at the last meeting (which was not passed) was different from this resolution. Trustee Schmidt asked about the heating oil decreases? Treasurer Reardon replied that this is the last of the liabilities; these accounts are surplus monies in other accounts left over from 2001-02, the budget year that has just ended. Trustee McCarthy stated that she is glad Mr. Reardon is keeping right on top of this and asked if money were not used for this purpose, would it have been part of undesignated fund balance. Treasurer Reardon replied that this is right.
On motion of Trustee Wiegman, seconded by Trustee Schmidt, the following resolution was unanimously adopted by the Board of Trustees of the Village of Croton-on-Hudson, New York:
WHEREAS, the Village Board and the Croton Free Library had agreed to a $1,000.00 contribution for the construction of a kiosk; and
WHEREAS, the Village Treasurer recommends utilizing funds in the contingent account to pay for this project (1990.00); and
WHEREAS, the Treasurer wishes to move those funds to the General Fund Budget and make the following transfers:
1. Increase 001-1460 0400 by $1,000.00 (Records Management Contractual)
2. Decrease 001-1990.0400 by $1,000.00 (Contingent Account)
NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED: that the Village Treasurer is hereby authorized to transfer $1,000.00 as described above; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED: that the Village Treasurer is hereby authorized to pay the Croton Free Library $1,000.00 toward this project.
Discussion: Mayor Elliott stated that he would hope this would be an electronic kiosk that would be linked to the Village’s web site and/or the Library web site where the calendar could be updated. Trustee Schmidt replied that it is not electronic because it is very expensive. Trustee Reardon added that there are additional upkeep costs involved. Trustee Schmidt added that this is a good start, it is only one kiosk and more are needed.
Village Manager Herbek reported that they are finishing up some projects; the Palmer Ave. sewer project just needs some additional sidewalk work and the road will be resurfaced in the next round; this week paving will take place by the Yacht Club; they will finish off the handicapped trail project, people are beginning to use the trail and it will look a lot better; they are trying to complete work at the Grand St. Firehouse, just a small number of items need to be completed by the end of the month; the Ladder truck was delivered but has not been officially put into service.
Treasurer Reardon reported on a memo he sent out regarding the water rate recommendations. He stated that he has proposed lowering the minimum to 900 cubic feet and increase rates 46 cents per cubic foot for high users in hopes to encourage conservation; he didn’t recommend eliminating the minimum entirely because of the possibility of repair expenses that must be covered. Mayor Elliott polled the Board for their opinions. Trustee McCarthy thanked Treasurer Reardon for his detailed memo and agreed with the recommendations. Trustee Wiegman stated that he agrees also. Trustee Schmidt stated that they are rewarding people for conserving and also making people aware that if they use more water they have to pay more. He also asked if Half Moon Bay was one meter and had concern about that. Treasurer Reardon replied that, yes, they are, but the system should allow him to circumvent this. Village Manager Herbek added that the flow is through a meter to Half Moon Bay and is connected to MTA and the county; some subtraction needs to take place so they don’t penalize the residents of Half Moon Bay
Trustee Wiegman stated that a concern was if the Recreation Dept. got the space needed this summer, which has worked out well. Trustee Wiegman quoted a sentence regarding Millennium Pipeline whereby the Commerce Secretary found for the Village because the inconsistencies were so glaring. Trustee Wiegman reported also that one family in town has reduced energy by 70% on a monthly basis solely by means of conservation; this is quite a reduction; the Village should look to methods for conserving energy we need. He referred to a web site: www.energycurrents.com which as a lot of information specific to Westchester. Treasurer Reardon added that the people of Croton should applaud past & present board members for stepping up to undertake the fight to stop the pipeline.
Trustee McCarthy stated that when speaking to residents who question why they are fighting this, she reminds them that the pipeline would go right over the Village well fields and it is an important fight and all are committed to continue this fight to the conclusion. Trustee McCarthy added that one of the things that has helped to mount the fight is the wonderful fiscal management by Mr. Reardon; the Village started last year with 2.4 million dollars of undesignated fund balance, 1.2 million was used for the pipelines, sidewalks and other projects and the undesignated fund balance is now back up to about 1.8 million and he should be commended for excellent fiscal management. Trustee McCarthy reported that she was speaking with Ken Kraft about the sidewalk on Cleveland Dr. by Veterans Corners & CET School; there are some safety issues there and it should be discussed at a work session; there is not a full curb and it is not painted.
Trustee Schmidt reported that the air conditioning is working in this room tonight and ceiling fans have been ordered which, as a conservation measure, will help keep the air conditioning down in summer and heat down in winter. Trustee Schmidt suggested the speeding enforcement be returned coming into Village on Rt. 129; he also asked if the traffic enunciator has been received and was told it is on Benedict Blvd. now. Trustee Schmidt added that it was suggested that people not be allowed to make a left at Wood Road. Mayor Elliott agreed that this has been brought up before and he suggested close off Wood Road by using a barrier that is a break-away that the fire department and the police department could run over. Trustee Schmidt added that he took walk on Seprieo property and some metal still sticking out of ground that needs to be taken care of.
Mayor Elliott reminded everyone of the Teen Theater’s production. Mayor Elliott also asked if the Board would agree to asking the D.O.T., for Village identification, to put on either end of expressway- signs saying “NEXT 3 EXITS FOR CROTON-ON-HUDSON” and also ask MetroNorth to put Croton-on-Hudson in parenthesis under Croton-Harmon Station on their signs.
Trustee Wiegman made a motion to adjourn, seconded by Trustee McCarthy, approved unanimously.
The meeting was adjourned at 9:00 P.M.
Phyllis A. Bradbury, Secretary
Village Clerk/Acting Clerk