A Regular Meeting of the Board of Trustees of the Village of Croton-on-Hudson, NY was held on Monday, April 21, 2003 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 Absent: Trustee Schmidt
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 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 Wiegman and approved unanimously.
General Fund $ 31,274.94
Water Fund 794.97
Capital Accounts 29,200.85
Trust & Agency 12,124.24
Village Manager Herbek read the following correspondence (full text available at the Village Office):
a) A letter from Peter Cannito, Metro North Railroad responding to the Village’s correspondence about noise from the Croton-Harmon maintenance facility. Village Manager Herbek stated that he has scheduled a meeting with MetroNorth personnel for June 30, 2003.
b) A letter from Mary Gilligan, King Street, regarding the increase in rent of Senasqua Pavilion. Mayor Elliott stated that this has been referred to the Recreation Advisory Board.
c) A letter from Larry Provost, Teatown Road, regarding the parking at the mini mall on Rts. 129 and 9 and also at Dom’s Service Station across the street. Mr. Provost stated that on-street parking also should not be allowed on this strip of 129. Village Manager Herbek suggested that the Village consider improvements for this area from Olcott Ave. all the way down past this mini-mart; some curbing should be added to aid in water drainage; however, if this is done, 3 homes would lose their street-side parking. He added that he will review the parking area at the mini-mall and hopes to improve that situation. Trustee McCarthy added
that she is concerned about the effect the improvements would have on these three homes and feels this would warrant further Board discussion.
d) A letter from Ronald Cerniglia, NYS Dept. of Public Service, regarding proposed changes to rules regarding cable television.
e) A letter from Bari Manor Residents requesting enactment of ETPA. Trustee Wiegman made a motion to adjourn to Executive Session to discuss refinement of a proposed resolution calling for a Public Hearing on this matter; Trustee McCarthy seconded the motion; approved unanimously. The Board adjourned at 8:25 pm and reconvened at 8:30 pm.
Trustee Grant made a motion to approve the following resolution. The motion was seconded by Trustee Wiegman and approved unanimously:
WHEREAS, the Bari Manor Tenant’s Group, faced with large rent increases from the new landlord (Home Properties), has petitioned the Village Board to adopt the Emergency Tenant Protection Act (ETPA) for their complex, and
WHEREAS, the Village Board has caused the issue to be researched, has met with tenants and landlord and has obtained information that an emergency tenant housing shortage may well exist in the Village that may warrant adoption of ETPA for buildings or complexes housing rental units, and
WHEREAS, the Village Board desires to obtain input from the public concerning the existence of an emergency whether or not ETPA should be adopted for rental units in the Village and, if so, the number of units required to be housed in a building or complex for ETPA to be applicable,
NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Village Board calls a public hearing on May 5, 2003 at 8:00 P.M. in the Meeting Room of the Municipal Building to consider whether an emergency exists and whether the provisions of the Emergency Tenant Protection Act should be invoked, and if so, the number of dwelling units required to be in a building or complex to trigger the applicability of the Emergency Tenant Protection Act. Trustee Grant thanked the Croton Housing Committee and Tom Berneson for their help in gather information on this matter.
f. A letter from John Rosenow, National Arbor Day Foundation, announcing Croton-on-Hudson’s having been named a 2002 Tree City USA. Village Manager Herbek stated that there will be a tree-planting ceremony on Thursday, April 24th, 10 am, at the cemetery along Cleveland Drive.
g. A letter from Gerard E. Mulligan, Commissioner, Westchester Dept. of Planning, announcing the Westchester County Citizen’s Volunteer Monitoring Program (WCCVMP), a new initiative in the county’s effort to protect water quality. Village Manager Herbek stated that the brochures will be placed in public areas as well as the Village office; this will be referred also to the WCC and CAC.
Maria Cudequest stated that she has been asked by some residents of Bari Manor to make a few comments at their request; she is glad to hear the board is considering the ETPA and some answers may be obtained through the Public Hearing process. Ms. Cudequest stated that though she has been approached by both Republicans and Democrats, if she is nominated she will not run and if elected, she will not serve. She added that the way to off-set the cost of legal fees for MetroEnviro is to issue violations and issue fines suitable to a company of that size and fine them often. Ms. Cudequest added that the Millennium Pipeline fees spent for attorneys specializing in this field is money well spent and referred to pipeline ruptures in areas of the country, adding that when she reads these reports,
she is less reluctant to be concerned about the cost. Ms. Cudequest asked about the status of the second report from the monitor and any depositions given. Mayor Elliott replied that Village Manager Herbek will call Mr. Gerrard. Ms. Cudequest asked if the briefs and depositions can be put on the Village’s web site. She asked also if any tickets have been issued to unlicensed haulers. Village Manager Herbek will inquire. Ms. Cudequest asked if anyone is keeping on top of the Cortlandt Master Plan which will be going to public hearing in four to six weeks and have any members of the Board reviewed the draft plan; if not she urged the Board to get a copy and review especially the area that mentions Croton as it may impact the Village’s gateway.
5. APPROVAL OF MINUTES:
Trustee Wiegman made a motion to approve the minutes of the Special Meeting held on Tuesday, April 8, 2003 as corrected. Trustee Grant seconded the motion. The Board voted unanimous approval.
Trustee Grant made a motion to approve the minutes of the Annual Organizational Meeting held on Tuesday, April 8, 2003. Trustee Wiegman seconded the motion. The Board voted unanimous approval.
Trustee Grant made a motion to approve the minutes of the Regular Board Meeting held on Tuesday, April 8, 2003 as corrected. Trustee McCarthy seconded the motion. The Board voted unanimous approval.
Village Manager Herbek reported that on Wednesday night at 7:30 they will meet to continue work on the Village budget; a special meeting has been scheduled to approve the budget on Monday night, April 28th.
Trustee Wiegman asked if there is an increase of traffic or accidents because of the closing of Croton Bridge Road and suggested additional stop signs. Mayor Elliott replied that it has been suggested that the Town of Cortlandt and Croton put up stop signs on both ends of the road. He added that this bridge was to be put on the National Historic Register by the County, but he believes this has not been done yet and he will follow up on getting this approved so the bridge stays the way it is. Trustee Wiegman thanked the Village Manager and Treasurer for the revised Capital budget for next year. Regarding the Millennium Pipeline, he reported that they have received the Dept. of State brief and he would like to take a look at the whole document.
Trustee McCarthy reported that in respect to the Capital budget, there are some interesting issues to address over the next three to four years. Trustee McCarthy reported that Earth Day is scheduled for 9 am on Saturday at Senasqua Park. Ms. McCarthy added that because you cannot see, there is a request for a stop sign on Old Post Road South, going up the hill, at the corner of Old Post Road and Morningside Drive, which will make it a four way stop. Village Manager Herbek replied that he thinks this would be a violation of the NYS manual of stop sign control; this has been evaluated a number of times in the past but it can be revisited. He added that the Board can override the departments’ recommendations. Trustee Wiegman added that there is quite a bit of brush which
may contribute to the poor visibility. Village Manager Herbek stated that he will take a look at this area for a possible alternate solution.
Trustee Grant made a motion to adjourn. Trustee McCarthy seconded the motion; approved unanimously. The meeting was adjourned at 9:05 p.m.
Phyllis A. Bradbury,