A Regular Meeting of the Board of Trustees of the Village of Croton-on-Hudson, NY was held on Monday, January 7, 2002 at the Municipal Building, Van Wyck Street, Croton-on-Hudson, NY 10520.
The following officials were present:
Mayor Elliott Trustee Grant
Treasurer Reardon Trustee Harkins
Village Attorney Waldman Trustee McCarthy
Absent: Village Manager Herbek
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 Wiegman made a motion to approve the minutes of the Regular Board Meeting held on December 17, 2001 as corrected. Trustee Harkins seconded the motion. The Board voted for approval with Trustee Grant abstaining.
Trustee Harkins made a motion to approve the minutes of the Executive Session held on December 17, 2001 as corrected. Trustee Wiegman seconded the motion. The Board voted for approval with Trustee Grant abstaining.
3a. APPROVAL OF VOUCHERS:
Trustee Grant made a motion to approve the vouchers as follows, subject to review by the Audit Committee. Trustee Wiegman seconded the motion. Motion was approved unanimously.
General Fund $ 35,433.77
Water Fund 1,105.52
Capital Accounts 3,206.13
Trust & Agency 4,889.89
3b. Fire Chief Dinkler presented awards to eleven members who all had over 50 years of service as volunteer firemen. They were presented with either a watch or a ring. Mayor Elliott thanked all of the firemen and their families for their dedication to the Village.
Mayor Elliott opened the Public Hearing for Local Law Introductory #14 of the year 2001 regarding off-street parking requirements in O-1, C-1 and C-2 zoning districts.
Maria Cudequest, 84 Grand Street, suggested that, in the future, information about Public Hearings should be posted on the Village s website in advance. Trustee McCarthy added that the correspondence could be scanned and put on the website in advance of meetings and resolutions could be put on as well..
David Tuttle, 94 Grand Street, asked that this proposal be put into lay terms. Ann Gallelli clarified that this evolved from earlier work of the Comprehensive Plan Committee; that the planning consultant noticed that planning requirements in the code were not consistent with general planning procedures or with most other Westchester or Putnam County municipalities; this changes parking requirements to 4 parking spots per 1000 square feet. Ms. Gallelli added that this proposal was sent to Westchester County and Frank Fish; positive comments were received from both.
Trustee Grant made a motion to adopt this local law; seconded by Trustee Wiegman.
Discussion: Trustee McCarthy referred to Mr. Burough s response that sometimes there are different parking needs, such as with a Blockbuster store and she feels that this law will be visited again. Ann Gallelli replied that there is provision in the code already that addresses special needs for stand-alone property; she added that all shopping centers at present have variances on parking and this variance goes with the land, so none of them will be affected by this. Ms. Gallelli added that pedestrian linkages will turn out to be a very important part of the proposed Comprehensive Plan and if done right should help with shared property.
Vote was taken with all Trustees and Mayor Elliott voting “aye”.
Local Law Filing
Village of Croton-on-Hudson
Local Law No. 1 of the year 2002
A local law Making certain amendments to Section 230-35 of the Village Code with regard to off-street parking requirements in 0-1, C-1 and C-2 Zoning Districts.
Be it enacted by the Board of Trustees of the Village of Croton-on-Hudson as follows:
Section 1.That portion of Section 230-35 of the Croton-on-Hudson Village Code that prescribes the number of required off-street parking spaces is hereby amended to read as follows:
For All Permitted Uses In
O-1 C-1 C-2
Off-street parking spaces (whichever is greater):
Per 300 square feet of office floor area 1* 1* 1*
Per employee 1* -- --
Per 250 square feet of retail/service floor area 1* 1*
Section 2. This Local Law shall be effective upon filing in the office of the Secretary of State.
Treasurer Reardon read the following correspondence (full text available at the Village Office):
A letter from Stephen Dominello, Asst. Chief, Croton Fire Department, requesting the use of the Village parking lot south of the village garage on Saturday, September 21, 2001 for the 96th annual convention of the Westchester County Volunteer Fireman s Association. Trustee McCarthy made a motion to approve this request, dated December 23, 2001; Trustee Grant seconded the motion; unanimous approval.
A letter from Klaus Wimmer, WaveNet, regarding the proposal from Nextel to install antennas on the Municipal Building. Mr. Wimmer was present to answer questions regarding their proposal. Trustee McCarthy asked if they had proposals pending in surrounding communities. Mr. Christopher Olsen, a radio frequency consultant from WaveNet, replied that there were proposals in Cortlandt and Ossining; the need for this site does not impact the other site approvals or rejections. Trustee Harkins asked if this is for the radio wave transmission. Mr. Olsen replied that it was. Trustee Grant and Trustee McCarthy asked Mr. Wimmer to further explain the drawings submitted. Trustee Harkins asked for clarification of poor coverage tests done at the DPW site, which was clarified by Mr. Olsen, adding that
coverage from the Municipal Building will not help transmission to the DPW building, but it will help when these employees are traveling throughout the Village using their Nextel cell phones. Trustee Harkins asked if there will be any danger to employees working in the Municipal Building. Mr. Wimmer replied that they will prepare an emission analysis, however, there are already antennas in this building. Trustee Wiegman asked if they knew the number of individuals in the Village that would benefit from this. Mr. Olsen replied that they have not looked at that number and they generally do not do this. This proposal is to be referred to the Planning Board and Visual Environmental Board for their comments.
A letter from Assemblywoman Sandra Galef regarding safety and security measures at Indian Point. Trustee McCarthy asked if it was known if anyone could prove the evacuation route is not feasible, could they be forced to close down Indian Point. Mayor Elliott replied that there is a coalition of groups examining that. Trustee Wiegman added that they might be able to force the NRC to take steps if the County does not approve the evacuation routes; they would then have to come up with alternates; it would be a long process.
A letter from Jan Wines, who is resigning from the Trails Committee and turning the chair over to Paul Gisondo effective January 1, 2002. Mayor Elliott officially appointed Mr. Gisondo as Chair, upon the recommendation of the Trails Committee.
A letter from Robert Gaudioso, Snyder & Snyder, informing the Village that Sprint PCS is applying for a telecommunication license with the Village of Ossining.
A letter from Emilie Spaulding with information about a price adjustment for Cablevision customers in the Hudson Valley Region for 2002. Trustee McCarthy asked if the Village could look into finding an alternate provider, perhaps in conjunction with a consortium. Mayor Elliott replied that this has been discussed, but there has not been a lot of enthusiasm in getting together to attract another provider; this is not an exclusive contract and anyone could come into the Village with a proposal.
Maria Cudequest informed the Board that Ellen Stoutenberg, spokesperson for the DEC, who was well liked and very helpful to activist groups, passed away recently. Ms. Cudequest added that she wanted to clarify what appears to be misinformation about allowable tonnage information in relation to MetroEnviro. She stated that the County Commission believes that Metro Enviro could take in 1000 tons a day or 6000 tons per week; this information has been corrected; MetroEnviro is allowed to take in 4200 tons per week or 700 tons per day according to DEC information. Ms. Cudequest asked the board to get this in writing directly from Mr. Weiss; that the issue of language be clarified and that Mr. Mack and Mr. Berger be copied on this and all future correspondence on MetroEnviro. Ms. Cudequest, in reference to insurance,
asked the Board if the Village has received the actual letter of credit or a sample letter of credit. Village Attorney Waldman replied that he does have a letter of credit and will check if it is a signed one or not. Ms. Cudequest asked that the Board not extend the MetroEnviro permit until they are sure it has financial coverage. Ms. Cudequest asked about clarification of subsidiary guarantor . She also inquired if MetroEnviro property has been reassessed since 1998 since the property now has a structure on it and other improvements. Mayor Elliott replied that they will find out. Ms. Cudequest stated, regarding the cell tower proposal, that it is important to review this appropriately and suggested there should be a Public Hearing on this proposal. Ms. Cudequest stated that trucks enter the Village without County Licensing stickers; Mr. Herbek acknowledged to her that inspections of these stickers has not been taking
place; she has copies of the stickers and will send the file to the Board and Mr. Herbek; she suggested some sort of education program regarding these licensing stickers should be set up. Trustee McCarthy stated that Mr. Steinmetz, several meetings ago when she mentioned the DEC permit to him, acknowledged that they had to comply with that lower number; someone needs to take the corrected quarterly reports, crunch the numbers and provide a report to the Board to see if they are in violation of the DEC permit. Trustee Grant replied that the Village should be making sure MetroEnviro is in compliance with the Village s permit and that she has a problem with Village employees spending time monitoring the DEC permit compliance.
Tom Brennan, 121 Riverside Ave., stated that the stickers mentioned by Ms. Cudequest are just one issue against MetroEnviro. Mr. Brennan commented about dumpsters taking up parking spots; he spoke with Mr. Herbek about this and was told they would be moved that day or violations will be written up; Mr. Brennan noted that the dumpsters were still there for several more days. Treasurer Reardon stated that he believes violations were issued and Mr. Herbek was aware of an operational issue between the property owner and the merchants. Mr. Brennan added that he saw an ambulance and support people at that shopping center and it didn t look like the emergency procedures could have gone well because of the dumpsters that were blocking access.
Dave Tuttle, 94 Grand Street, asked the Board to think about if putting any number of cell towers in the Village would really give adequate coverage because of the geographic layout. He added that compensation to the Village would be a large concern and discounts for emergency and government services should be negotiated. Mr. Tuttle asked the status of the organic waste transfer station. Treasurer Reardon replied that he believes the leaves have been trucked out, but he is not sure they have finished collecting all leaves in the Village. Mayor Elliott added that when the leaves are gone, the operation will be closed. Mr. Tuttle addressed a speeding problem on Grand Street between Old Post Rd. and Hamilton; there is parking on both sides of the street and this is used as a shortcut to the train station; he
suggested lowering the speed limit on that stretch to 20 or 25 mph and also ticket speeders aggressively. Mayor Elliott replied that he will pass this suggestion along to the Police Department.
Lenny Amicola, 119 Grand St., stated that parking in the upper Village is a problem; the Day Care Center, merchants and residents should park in the municipal parking area; he cannot park in front of his own home; delivery trucks have to double park; merchants should have parking spaces available for potential customers. Mayor Elliott replied that he will take this up with Chief Coxen and Mr. Herbek; adding that the parking lot and special permits are available to residents and merchants and using these would help with the parking space shortage. Trustee Grant added that she is not sure she is in agreement; she had a resident of Grand Street complain to her recently that she could not park in front of her own residence and felt she should be able to. Trustee McCarthy stated that the parking enforcement officer should be
able to cover the upper Village especially on weekends. Mr. Amicola added that the No Parking restrictions between 3 and 6 am should be enforced.
Maria Cudequest stated that the Concerned Citizens of Croton has an email address which is CCC1@bestweb.net.
a. On motion of Trustee Grant, seconded by Trustee Wiegman, the following resolution was adopted by the Board of Trustees of the Village of Croton-on-Hudson, New York with the following vote: Trustees Grant, Wiegman and Mayor Elliott “aye”; Trustees Harkins and McCarthy “no”.
RESOLVED: that the annual Village Election of the Village of Croton on Hudson, NY, shall be held Tuesday, March 19, 2002, at the following polling place:
Community Room, Municipal Building in the Village of Croton on Hudson, at which election the polls will be open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Discussion: Trustee McCarthy stated that she thinks the Village should go back to the local poll places. Trustee Harkins added that he agreed with that because he feels there is not sufficient parking at the Municipal Building.
b. On motion of TRUSTEE Grant, 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, the Village Treasurer has reviewed the 7 month year to date expenditures for each departmen