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Board of Trustees Minutes 05 14 03 Specia
A Special Meeting of the Board of Trustees of the Village of Croton-on-Hudson, NY was held on Wednesday, May 14, 2003 at the Municipal Building, Van Wyck Street, Croton-on-Hudson, NY 10520.

The following officials were present:

        Mayor Elliott                           
Trustee Grant
        Trustee Schmidt
        Trustee Wiegman
        Village Manager Herbek
        Village Engineer O’Connor
        Fire and Code Officer Pusatere

        Trustee McCarthy was not present but participated by conference call.

The first agenda topic was discussion of the Village Police Department enforcement of the truck decal requirement of Chapter 826-a of the laws of Westchester County also known as the County Solid Waste and Recyclables Collection Law. Village Manager Herbek explained that this law was enacted in August, 1999 by the Westchester County Board of Legislators and that the law permits municipalities to enforce the required display of the licenses on trucks. He also reported that Bruce Berger, Executive Director of the Westchester County Solid Waste Commission had written to the Village inviting Croton-on-Hudson to undertake enforcement of this provision.

Chief Coxen reported that on July 26, 2002 representatives of the Police Department met with Mr. Berger and Louis Vetrone also of the Solid Waste Commission. He also handed out to the Board a memorandum from Ellen Imbiano to Lieutenant Tramaglini which discussed the issue of using Vehicle and Traffic Law tickets to enforce the provisions of the County Solid Waste Law. Village Manager Herbek had learned from Bruce Berger and Louis Vetrone that some municipalities were using the V & T ticket for enforcement purposes which appears to be not permitted.

Chief Coxen also discussed some of the problems with enforcement of this law and that it is very ambiguous. After further discussion with members of the Board he indicated that he would begin a spot enforcement program of this law.

Village Manager Herbek then presented the following resolution to the Board which was moved by Trustee Schmidt seconded by Trustee Wiegman and approved by all present. Trustee McCarthy who was not present and could therefore not vote indicated her support of this resolution.

        On motion of  TRUSTEE Schmidt,  seconded by  TRUSTEE Wiegman,  the  
following resolution was adopted by the Board of Trustees of the Village of Croton-on-Hudson, New York:  

RESOLVED: that the Resolution adopted by the Board of Trustees of the Village of Croton-on-Hudson, New York, at its May 5, 2003 meeting applying the Emergency Tenant Protection Act to certain residential accommodations within the Village of Croton-on-Hudson is hereby modified and amended to add the following as a final WHEREAS provision:

Whereas, the Board has found on the basis of information received from the owner of Bari Manor, the sole housing complex currently covered by the May 5, 2003 Resolution, and from the Croton Housing Network that participated actively in the information-gathering process that preceded the May 5 public hearing, as follows:  (1) There are no (zero) housing units vacant and available in Bari Manor; (2) There is one (1) unoccupied housing unit that is now being renovated by the landlord, and that unit has a tenant under lease awaiting occupancy upon completion of the renovations; (3) The landlord has a Priority Waiting List consisting of two prospective tenants who have already paid deposits to the landlord in order to hold a place on that list; (4) The landlord has an additional waiting list of 15 to 20 prospective tenants who are awaiting an available apartment if and when one becomes vacant.

Village Manager Herbek then discussed with the Board a possible grant application submission in accordance with the provisions of Title 9 of the Environmental Protection Act of 1993 for a project known as the North Cove and Croton Landing Improvement Project for a matching grant in the amount of $250,000. The applications are due on June 20, 2003. The following resolution was moved by Trustee Wiegman, seconded by Trustee Grant and approved by a vote of 3 in favor and 1opposed. Mayor Elliott, Trustee Wiegman and Trustee Grant voted in favor of the resolution and Trustee Schmidt voted no as he felt that the Village’s debt service was already too high and this would add to the debt level and also that there were other priorities that should be funded before the Village spends more funds for riverfront improvement projects.  Trustee McCarthy, who could not vote as she was participating in the meeting by telephone, stated that she is opposed to this resolution for the same reasons expressed by Trustee Schmidt.

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

RESOLVED: that Richard F. Herbek, the 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 Title 9 of the Environmental Protection Act of 1993 or the Federal Land and Water Conservation Fund Act of 1965, in an amount not to exceed $250,000, and upon approval of said request to enter into and execute a project agreement with the State for such financial assistance to the Village of Croton of Hudson for the North Cove and Croton Landing Improvement Project and, if appropriate, a conservation easement/preservation covenant to the deed of the assisted property.

The meeting adjourned at 9:30pm.

Respectfully submitted,

Richard F. Herbek
Village Manager