A Regular Meeting of the Board of Trustees of the Village of Croton-on-Hudson, NY was held on Monday, November 4, 2002 at the Municipal Building, Van Wyck Street, Croton-on-Hudson, NY 10520.
The following officials were present:
Mayor Elliott Trustee Grant
Village Manager Herbek Trustee McCarthy
Treasurer Reardon Trustee Wiegman
Village Attorney Waldman Trustee Schmidt
1. CALL TO ORDER:
Mayor Elliott called the meeting to order at 8:15 p.m. Everyone joined in the Pledge of Allegiance.
2. 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 $ 133,362.11
Water Fund 4,896.14
Capital Accounts 67,332.60
Trust & Agency 26,741.42
Village Manager Herbek read the following correspondence (full text available at the Village Office):
a) A letter from Buckhurst Fish Jacquemart regarding the Revised Gateway Overlay Zone Local Law and Environmental Assessment for Gateway Overlay Zone. Village Manager Herbek added that this latest draft is on file in the Village office; it is still undergoing discussion by the Trustees.
b) A letter from Buckhurst Fish Jacquemart regarding the Environmental Assessment Form for the proposed Comprehensive Plan. Village Manager Herbek stated that this also follows the State Environmental Review law requirements
c) A letter from Robert F. Davis, Shamberg Marwell Hocherman Davis & Hollis on behalf of Peter Aguanno and Sharon Singer regarding their application for a Steep Slopes Special Hardship Permit. Mayor Elliott asked that this be referred to the Planning Board; agreement from all Trustees.
a) Fran Allan, Finney Farm, Chair of the Waterfront Advisory Committee, gave a status report on the Dept. of Commerce Hearing to be held on Wed., November 13 regarding the Millennium appeal; she gave some background. Ms. Allen stated that the Dept. of Commerce is holding a Public Hearing at the Tarrytown Hilton on the Millennium Pipeline plans on areas covered by the Coastal Zone Management Program; the task on the 13th is to convince the Dept. of Commerce that Millennium should not be allowed to implement its current plan; this hearing is an outcome of the appeal and the briefs that have been submitted; there is new material that will be presented and Concerned Citizens of Westchester will be bringing in government officials and environmental experts;
a new topic is alternate routes which the consultants have found and they have done a very good engineering study of their feasibility and cost estimates that have shown some of these alternates will be less expensive. Ms. Allan explained how the meeting would run that day; they need to have someone talk about Croton’s well field concerns; there will be additional information on the Village web site. Trustee McCarthy asked if Neil Levy is going to coordinate with Board members. Mayor Elliott replied that Mr. Levy will prepare a statement for both himself and Keith Austin about what he thinks will be the most critical things to be put on the record; if possible, every member of the Board should be there. Ms. Allan replied that she is very interested in having Board members speak on specific topics that would not repeat already covered ground. Village Manager Herbek added that he has discussed this with Neil Levy; Millennium will be there, but they are
not going to say anything; this is being conducted for the public to be able to address their relevant concerns and everyone will be given a very limited amount of time; the Dept. of State will not be making a presentation, either, but will be there; must make best use of time that is given; Trustees can coordinate with Fran Allan who has volunteered to be the point person up until the time of the hearing. Trustee Grant added that she has heard that the only things related to consistency or inconsistency with Coastal Zone Management will be entertained. Trustee Schmidt asked if Trustees will be given special time consideration or is this for only the Mayor? Village Manager Herbek replied that no, it could be anyone; there will be set times during the day for speakers.
a. The resolution regarding the Overlay Districts was withdrawn pending further work to be done and discussion at work sessions.
b. On motion of TRUSTEE Wiegman, seconded by TRUSTEE Schmidt, the following resolution was adopted unanimously by the Board of Trustees of the Village of Croton-on-Hudson, New York:
RESOLVED: That Richard F. Herbek, as Village Manager of the Village of Croton on Hudson, is hereby authorized and directed to file an application for funds from the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation in accordance with the provisions of the Recreational Trails Program, in an amount not to exceed $75,000, and upon approval of said request to enter into and execute a project agreement with the State for such financial assistance to this municipality for the Croton Gorge Trail Spur Erosion Restoration Project.
c. On motion of TRUSTEE Wiegman, seconded by TRUSTEE Schmidt, the following resolution was adopted unanimously by the Board of Trustees of the Village of Croton-on-Hudson, New York:
RESOLVED: That Richard F. Herbek, as Village Manager of the Village of Croton on Hudson, is hereby authorized and directed to file an application for funds from the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation in accordance with the provisions of the Recreational Trails Program, in an amount not to exceed $70,000, and upon approval of said request to enter into and execute a project agreement with the State for such financial assistance to this municipality for the Mt Airy Road Spur to Riverlanding Trail Project.
6. APPROVAL OF MINUTES:
Trustee Wiegman made a motion to approve the minutes of the Special Board Meeting held on October 21, 2002. Trustee Grant seconded the motion. The Board voted unanimous approval.
Trustee Wiegman made a motion to approve the minutes of the Regular Board Meeting held on October 21, 2002 as corrected. Trustee McCarthy seconded the motion. The Board voted unanimous approval.
Village Manager Herbek announced that the agenda for the work session on Tuesday, November 12th will focus on public works items; Ken Kraft, Bob Reardon, Dan O’Connor and Tom Brann will be present at that meeting; he will provide an update of the storm water study, sanitation & recycling management study and phase two storm water regulations. Village Manager Herbek added that a purchase order has been issued to Bilotta Construction Co. to repair the High Street bottoming out problem. Village Manager Herbek reported that all Trustees have been e-mailed a report regarding the CDBG program and he has hopes that all three will get funded. Village Manager Herbek reported on the Duck Pond dredging project-the contractor is trying to drain off as much as possible and to
come up with the best method to complete the project before the end of the calendar year. Village Manager Herbek reported also that the sidewalk work on Maple Street and Olcott Ave. has begun; this project will be done in two parts and should be done by the end of next spring. Village Manager Herbek announced that Erik Kiviat from Hudsonia will be at the November 25th work session regarding the railroad tie project and this might also be a good opportunity for the Board to discuss the Comprehensive Plan prior to the December meeting. Mr. Herbek announced that there will be a Veteran’s Day ceremony on November 11th and Mr. Mayti stated all are invited.
Trustee Wiegman announced that the VEB will be meeting on November 12th. Trustee Wiegman, speaking on the topic of energy, related several items about compact fluorescent bulbs; if these bulbs are installed with the ballast at the bottom they will last longer, the bulb does not give instant light, but will consume ? the wattage of incandescent bulbs, it is best to experiment with where they are to be used in the home.
Trustee McCarthy reported that on the side of the street where Robbins’ Pharmacy is, the signs reflecting 2 hour parking have not been replaced since the sidewalk work was done; adding that perhaps 30 minute parking is more appropriate due to the number of businesses in that area; also that the Enforcement Officer may have to be more vigilant on how cars having prolonged parking are identified. Mayor Elliott suggested that Trustee Schmidt take this suggestion back to the Chamber of Commerce for their comments. Village Manager Herbek added that the last time this was discussed, a shorter time frame was considered, but the existing beauty salon said 30 minutes was not enough for their customers; he added that he has told Ken Kraft this morning to put the signs back up; they are planning
on enforcing the 2 hour parking time; South Riverside Ave has 30 minute parking on one side of the street and 1 hour parking on other side and this mix seems to work there; it has been a while since that has been discussed; try to urge business people to not park on the street but use the back lots where there is a special permit procedure to allow merchants to park for a longer time, although some still choose to park on the street; this is an issue worth hashing out once more. Lou Milano added that at present there are no signs, so some employers and employees park there all day.
Trustee Schmidt added that parking in the Upper Village requires another solution to get more parking; certain events tie up the parking at certain times. Trustee Schmidt added that if every household in the United States replaces one regular light bulb with a compact florescent, we could turn off one very large power plant. Trustee Schmidt reported that he and Village Manager Herbek recently met with Yorktown Supervisor Linda Cooper regarding a traffic seminar she attended and a big part of an efficient traffic program is getting the public involved.
Trustee Grant reported that last Monday the Board of Trustees had a joint meeting with the School Board; it was very productive, it is important to work together, there was a good exchange of ideas and they hope to do this more often. Trustee Grant stated that she hopes a community group will look at the bulb-out at the end of Cleveland Dr. to improve its appearance. Trustee Grant asked that when Northern Tier meeting is scheduled she would like to be notified. Village Manager Herbek replied that he would follow up. Trustee Grant asked about the trial run of revised parking on North Riverside Ave. and suggested the Board should be due a report shortly. Trustee Grant gave kudos to Josh Moreinus on his reports regarding the CDBG applications; they are very complete and
helpful. Trustee Grant asked if there is an update on the new waterfront road and what is happening with the sales office there. Village Manager Herbek replied that the project is scheduled for the 1st quarter of 2003, but may be moved back a bit; all the money is in place; Metro-North handed out flyers at the open house and are available in the Village office; next design work will be prepared by a design consultant in conjunction with the Village; need to include looping of the water main and waterfront walkway; everything is on track and should be well on the way by the end of 2003.
Mayor Elliott stated that tomorrow is Election Day and he hopes that everyone remembers to vote.
Trustee Schmidt made a motion to adjourn. Trustee Grant seconded the motion; approved unanimously. The meeting was adjourned at 9:30 p.m.
Phyllis A. Bradbury, Secretary