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Village of Croton-on-Hudson
1 Van Wyck Street
Croton-on-Hudson, NY 10520

Phone: 914-271-4781
Fax: 914-271-2836


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Board of Trustees Minutes 08-20-2003
A Regular Meeting of the Board of Trustees of the Village of Croton-on-Hudson, NY was held on Wednesday, August 20, 2003 at the Municipal Building, Van Wyck Street, Croton-on-Hudson, NY 10520.

The following officials were present:

        Mayor Elliott                           Trustee Schmidt
        Trustee Grant                           Trustee McCarthy
           Village Attorney Waldman
        Manager Herbek

        Absent: Trustee Wiegman, Treasurer Reardon

1. CALL TO ORDER:

Mayor Elliott called the meeting to order at 8:04 PM.  Everyone joined in the Pledge of Allegiance.  
  
2. APPROVAL OF VOUCHERS:
On a motion by Trustee Grant, seconded by Trustee Schmidt,  the  vouchers were approved unanimously as follows, subject to review by the Audit Committee

        General Fund            $ 96,103.01
        Water Fund                 27,778.29
        Capital Account             94,249.21
        Trust & Agency     35,209.54
        Total                           $253,340.05


3. PUBLIC HEARINGS
a. To consider Local Law Introductory No. 1 of 2003, amending the Special Hardship Permit Provisions of the Steep Slopes Law.

Discussion: Attorney Waldman summarized the intention of the proposed law; it eases the ability of residents to apply for a special hardship permit in that it eliminates some ownership requirements but at the same time the proposed amendments add some conditions that must be taken into account in consideration of any application.  He read the specific conditions in the proposed law.  The amended law also authorizes the Village Board to require a performance bond for such an approval.  Manager Herbek read the memo from the Planning Board with their recommendation on the amendment to the Steep Slopes Law and their suggestions.  They endorse the passage of this amendment to the law with some suggestions as to wording changes and additions. Mayor Elliott opened the hearing for public comment.

Norman Sheer, attorney for some residents on Morningside Drive, reminded the Village Board of his previous appearance on this matter; his clients support the additional requirements but oppose the elimination of the single and separate standard of ownership as a condition for an application.  

Pat Barua – Morningside Dr.; the proposed law would have significant environmental effects in the village. We don’t’ know how extensive the effect of  broadening of the application requirements would be – how many lots would be involved.  She was told that no such study had been done.  She said if an action is going to have a significant environmental impact it is subject to SEQRA.  To remove the ownership requirements would have an impact; the issue is how big these impacts would be, we need to know how much property is involved.  She identified two cases that illustrated her point which were noted by Attorney Waldman who said he would read them. Ms. Barua says that both cases  say going ahead in a piece-meal approach will not work.  Ms. Barua then spoke about the specific application that raised this issue. She asked what the expense to the Village would be if this amendment is challenged.

Carole Terello – Truesdale Dr.; The point is to mitigate damage; this change will increase damage; a full analysis should be done before passage of this law.  If the Village passes the law now, other applications might come in to apply before such a study is performed.  She wants a law that would increase the stringency of the law.

Maria Cudequest - 84 Grand Street; She and her neighbors were not surprised by the Planning Board’s positive recommendation because the Planning Board has a penchant for making bad decisions.  As an owner of lot on a steep slope she feels qualified to speak on this matter; many things went wrong and there no recourse to the Village.  Her development was approved in the 70’s but she has been told that with the Steep Slopes Law those homes would not be allowed to be built now.  She has experienced mud slides among other problems.  Haven’t we become urban enough; taxes have sky rocketed, organized crime connections, streets are crowded with cars and traffic; she doesn’t understand why the Planning Board would make this recommendation and why wasn’t it on the website?  If the Village Board is going to vote on it tonight, she asks each member to articulate why they are voting the way they are.  What is the role of the Planning Board -  whether a project should be built or can be built?  Trustee McCarthy stated that Fran Allen’s previous statement at an earlier meeting indicated that the Planning Board says whether it is technically feasible.  Attorney Waldman stated that there is an element of both – ‘can’ is a necessary precondition of ‘should’.   He stated that this amendment to the Steep Slopes Law doesn’t guarantee a positive decision by the Village Board but allows people to apply who might not otherwise have been able to. He recounted the history of the amendments made to the law to solve this problem as each case came up in the past (common ownership); it should not be an obstacle to hear an application.  As it stands now, in some cases we cannot even evaluate the can/should question because there is no possible way for an application to be considered.  Trustee McCarthy said it is not the Planning Board’s role to decide whether the permit is granted or not; the Village Board should not regard the Planning Board’s statements as definitive on the issue.  She feels the Village Board rubber stamps the Planning Board; this is her opinion and her experience since 1998.

Trustee Grant stated the Village Board has the responsibility to make decisions on individual permits, but the case that caused this discussion on a amendment to the Steep Slopes Law would not be decided by the passage of this amendment law.

Manager Herbek stated that this amendment does require a SEQRA component based on a discussion he had this afternoon with Attorney Waldman and Frank Fish of Buckhurst, Fish & Jacquemart.  He has prepared a short EAF and a Negative Declaration to comply with the SEQRA requirements. Trustee McCarthy asked exactly when did you begin to prepare this document; after 2 pm?  Was it completed by the time the office closed? Mr. Herbek believed this was completed within 30 minutes of when the office closed at 4 pm.  What documents did Janine King review in preparing this EAF?  Did she consult with the Village Engineer in its preparation? Mr. Herbek said Ms. King spoke with both the Village Engineer and the Village Attorney.  Trustee McCarthy said she thinks the EAF represents a cursory review of the amendment.  Mayor Elliott said they will probably not vote tonight and the hearing will be continued.  Trustee McCarthy said she wants to make her record here.  Attorney Waldman stated that this was not something that was suddenly sprung on the Village today; it has been discussed at several public meetings, work sessions, executive sessions; there have been various drafts and everybody has been informed and involved over a series of meetings.  This is something that the Village Board, at a lengthy work session has discussed and thought about at length.  Trustee McCarthy said it was also discussed that we should know the number of lots involved.  Attorney Waldman stated that the only thing involved here is the ability to come before the board; the amendment only removes the single and separate requirement.  Attorney Waldman said we wouldn’t know any more after a survey because in most cases, multiple variances would also be required and that is not affected by this change in this law.

Pat Barua – Morningside Dr.; You are saying that you cannot determine the number the lots that might be eligible.  Attorney Waldman said this amendment makes it easier to get before the decision making body but harder to get a positive result.  Ms Barua said that everyone who asks for a hardship permit is asking for a decision that impacts the environment.  Attorney Waldman said this is the case with any application that goes in front of the ZBA but those applicants are not prevented from going to a decision-making Board as they are in this situation.  Trustee McCarthy stated that they have to come to the Village Board showing they have a lot that conforms.  A survey would be done by looking at lots; she stated that there is an impact on the environment – services, schools- that occurs when you make a change that affects development in the village.  Attorney Waldman said he thinks the addition of the conditions to this law makes it tougher – ie it raises the standards; he believes these standards make the conditions harder to meet and thereby meet the requirements of SEQRA.  

Maria Cudequest, 84 Grand Street; Please look at the  case law and conduct a survey – make us happy.
Mariia Modica-Snow, attorney for Joanne Jackson owner of a lot on Morningside who is now unable to even apply for a permit; the original intent was always to protect single lot owners going back to 1989. The original law said it had to be a separate lot held separately; later the Village realized the law did not meet the intent.  The law was amended several times but always to allow lot owners to apply.  She knows of two cases where people have been unable to apply – an illegal taking in her opinion as their lots are rendered worthless. The amendment tonight is just to give standing to all; at present there is no mechanism for appeal from this law as it stands as there is in other zoning provisions. This does not open up steep slopes to developers.

Norman Sheer, attorney for some residents those opposed;  He does this all over the county. There are moratoriums all over the county where communities are trying to tighten their environmental rules.  He sees this as adopting a less restrictive law something he hasn’t seen elsewhere; he referred to the late 80’s period in Croton when this law was first proposed.  Mayor Elliott stated that most of these communities were trying to catch up with Croton’s lead in these areas. He adjourned the hearing to the next meeting and stated that additional written comments will be welcomed as well. Trustee McCarthy said she had comments and questions for Dan O’Connor, Village Engineer, about the discussion today with Janine for preparation of the Short EAF and his assistance to her in calculation of the area affected by this law. Mr. O’Connor said the area is very difficult to calculate since it involves topographical input.  A survey would not provide the individual lot detail needed; that is why this information is provided when an application is made – his estimate is rough and could be affected by various factors including even additions to houses.  The estimate may well have a high degree of error based upon the documents used to arrive at the estimate.  They agreed on about 200 acres as a reasonable figure. Trustee McCarthy asked about the total Village acreage; about 3200 acres.  She asked what documents were used to gather this information; he based his analysis on available documentation, such as a topographical map.

Pat Barua – Morningside Dr.; NYSDEC regulation 617.4 specify that certain actions are Type 1, one of these is adoption of changes in zoning affecting more than 25 acres – realizes this is not a zoning change.

Trustee McCarthy would like changes; wants a Moratorium enacted to allow a complete study to be done.  This legislation requires the same consideration as the Gateway moratorium also under consideration tonight. Let’s do it right from the start and develop the standards fully now. She told other members that she wants to see certain percentages introduced; wants to clarify through addition of wording that the applicant must establish first whether they have a buildable lot before coming in front of the Village Board. She feels we need a consultant to do this – establish percentages.  Attorney Waldman said that the percentages are already there in the law.  Trustee McCarthy gave an example of what she wants. Attorney Waldman stated that in reality she wants to eliminate any discretion of any Board involved.  Trustee McCarthy says it defines an appropriate threshold.  Trustee Grant suggested this all be talked about in depth at a work session; we are not voting on it tonight so let’s not do it here. She stated that while we are talking generally, we do have an applicant who should be allowed to be heard and not closed out based on a technicality.  Trustee Schmidt agreed that people should have a right to come before the Village Board, but wants the law tighter so that there is no discretion on the parts of any Board.  Attorney Waldman stated his disagreement with some of the Planning Board’s suggestions and reviewed the wording suggestions he thought were inappropriate. Trustee McCarthy said she wants to take out the words “to the maximum extent practical” – wants that changed, she is also against the word “significant”  Attorney Waldman felt that “significant” eases rather than tightens the standards. She suggested ‘no additional erosion’ on A.3. and to take out ‘to maximum extent possible’. In  Section 195-11 on bonding – both performance and an erosion control bond – Trustee McCarthy stated she wanted wording that these bonds should not be released until the applicant makes an application to release them to the Village Engineer, which would then be passed on, with a recommendation to Village Board and the Village Board would hold a hearing (with public notice) on it to be paid for by the applicant.

Pat Barua – Morningside Drive; She asked for the Negative Declaration and the Planning Board letter be placed on the web site.

Mayor Elliott adjourned the hearing on this amendment to the next meeting – September 2nd.

b. To consider Local Law Introductory No. 2 of 2003, establishing an interim                development moratorium in the proposed gateway districts within the Village.

Discussion: Manager Herbek summarized the proposed law and its background.

Maria Cudequest – 84 Grand Street; She  couldn’t download the maps and didn’t have chance to read it fully; why sudden need for this?  Attorney Waldman explained that while the Gateway law is going through the SEQRA process, this Moratorium law would prevent an applicant from coming in with an application under the current law at a time when different regulations are under consideration. Trustee McCarthy said the same logic applies to Steep Slopes Law as well.

Bob Wintermeier – 43 Radnor Ave.; He is already on record that the Comprehensive Plan is not a good plan; this effort to undermine development in the village is unethical and unfair.  Many members of this Board are anti business; to tell someone they cannot build - they should be ashamed.  The Gateway areas exclude some areas of the village that he feels should be included.  Comprehensive Plan also recommends against drive-ins – this is against the elderly or mothers with children in the cars – drive –ins add to their safety.  Also the Comprehensive Plan has too much property dedicated to shrubbery and landscaping.  Any moratorium is anti-business, anti-Croton.  More business development is a way to try to help us compensate for the high taxes.

Tom Brennan – 121 N. Riverside;  He feels we should have the moratoriums flip flopped – so it is on steep slopes rather than Gateways.

Gregory Keith, attorney from Shamburg, Marwell, et al, on behalf of  their client,Irwin Katz.  Mr. Katz is not taking a position on the Moratorium law but he will oppose any attempt to extend this and hopes it will expire without renewal.  Adam Wekstein has submitted a protest petition against the Gateway Law itself. Manager Herbek stated the proposed moratorium was referred to the Westchester County Planning Board and the response stated there are no County issues with this law and this proposed moratorium is consistent with their criteria.  Mayor Elliott stated that to be consistent with previous Public Hearing tonight, this one would be adjourned to Sept. 2.nd.


4.      CORRESPONDENCE:

a.      Adam Wekstein, Shamberg, Marwell Hocherman Davis & Hollis, re: Protest Petition against Local Law Introductory No. 3 of 2003, establish a gateway zoning district.

Discussion:  Manager Herbek read the letter. The effect of this protest petition is to require a super majority for the enactment of the Gateway law when it comes up before the Village Board.


b.      1. James Harkins, Dailey Drive, re: request for block party.
2. Sarah West, Darby Avenue, re: request for block party.
Discussion: Manager Herbek stated the staff has no problems with these requests.  On a motion by Trustee Schmidt, seconded by Trustee Grant, the Board unanimously approved these requests.

c.      Andrew Spano, County Executive, re: state legislation allowing municipal governments to provide property tax exemption to volunteer firefighters and ambulance workers.  Mr. Spano explains that it is necessary to pass a local law to provide this exemption.

Discussion: Manager Herbek provided background information on the specifics of the impacts of this for the Village prepared by Joe Sperber.  Trustee McCarthy asked about current exemptions; eligible members are allowed a $500 exemption on assessed value. Manager Herbek said this proposal would allow a further increase, the dollar impact is included in the report.


d.      J. Mark Robinson, FERC, re: granting of extension of time to Millennium Pipeline Company to file the Environmental Implementation Plan. The deadline is extended to July 31, 2004.
        
e.      William Rooney, 84 Grand Street, re: Metro Enviro.

f.      Richard Pellicci, Radnor Ave., re: Metro Enviro, requesting the Village acquire all depositions from Mr. Walter Mack’s office and make them available for public scrutiny.

Discussion: Manager Herbek said he received an email from Michael Gerrard that also went to Attorney Waldman saying he has requested the exhibits from the Dechter firm.  He was refused but will try to get them from Walter Mack’s office or the court if necessary

g.      Croton Fire Dept. re: annual inspection; It will be on Sept 14 and they want to close Grand Street from Old Post Rod. South to the foot of Mt. Airy from 12:30 to 2:30 pm.  Mayor Elliott suggested that Mr. Herbek check with the churches first. Trustee Schmidt suggested we just notify them of this.  

5.  CITIZEN PARTICIPATION
Maria Cudequest – 84 Grand St.;  she is happy to hear Mr.Gerrard will get a copy of the court record; can public get them?  Mr. Herbek said they can be FOILed but will not be on the web site; also avail to see in the office. Trustee McCarthy  said could copies of the depositions be put in library.  Trustee Grant asked why the office is not sufficient.  Ms. Cudequest addressed other items that she wants entered into the record at least on the video tape.  Many newspaper articles from the Journal News, the New York Times and other papers were reviewed by Ms. Cudequest; we are no better off with Allied than with the previous owners; a settlement will likely result in ending up in court again.  The alleged clean up of  the Metro Enviro site is suspected to have been accomplished by illegal dumping in 1996 and 1997.  She  spoke of  some findings form the Mack 2 report on ownership and money. The New York Times article mentioned that the matter of overages has been forwarded to the US Attorney Generals’ office; she is sure that the Village is happy about this. Several of her group is compiling a document/report on Metro Enviro telling what they were told before and now what they know; will forward it to all relevant agencies as far as Ohio. Metro Enviro may have received other waste (unauthorized), not Englehard, which we didn’t know about before; we may find out in next Mack report what it might have been.  She asked Mr. Waldman if he knew when it would be available; he doesn’t know but thought it was mostly about Valley Carting not Metro Enviro. She also acquired a document that Allied produced before acquiring Metro Enviro that was part of their due diligence; it includes anticipated revenues, tonnage, etc. receiving waste from a Bronx transfer station; using the rails for container storage;  they would pay up to $18.5 million to acquire Metro Enviro.  The parties made a healthy profit at our expense.  She will have copies of other depositions in the near future. Her group has spent over $300 for documents to date.  Trustee McCarthy suggested getting the depositions on disk from the stenographer’s company for a reasonable price,  National Reporting,  Attorney Waldman stated that if he found any reporting company that worked for him that did that, it would be the last time they worked for him.  Ms. Cudequest said not to exclude other information than depositions. Trustee Grant asked why is it important that we have this information if Mr. Gerrard has it.  Ms Cudequest said it will allow them to confirm that what they have been told in the past is true. It could also provide information that would be helpful if the Village ultimately settled with them. Trustee McCarthy said it’s a matter of public interest. Attorney Waldman asked whose deposition Ms. Cudquest is referring to; she declined to do it in public but it is provided in the packet she earlier provided.

Bob Wintermeier – 43 Radnor;  he finds it mind boggling that violations took place and we couldn’t do anything; should always have information available for interested citizens.  He found things that Ms. Cudequest didn’t mention such as expectation of higher tonnages; the Board needs to read depositions in order to deal with them.    He spoke against raising the tonnage levels. The Village should have had some of this information when Allied purchased Metro Enviro.  If we do not win the case, we can use these numbers to get more from Metro Enviro as part of their permit.  On Croton Landing, what is going on?  Mr. Herbek  said he believes the material Mr. Wintermeier is speaking of is the dredged material from the Duck Pond.  

Tony Gagliotti – 22 Young Ave;    Rusty water has been a problem for years. He bought white bathroom fixtures about two months ago and must scrub them every other day.  If money can be spent on the Duck Pond (might better be a sports field), also  a SkatePark ( a waste of money that should be sold and put on tax roles) it can be spent on the water system.  Years ago, Industrial Recycling was summonsed all the time – should have been closed; can’t believe it is still operating. We also fought to have the Millennium pipeline not go through here; Indian Point evacuation plan cannot work so the pipeline should be brought to Indian Point to replace it with natural gas.  Water is the top priority in the Village.  Mr. Herbek stated that work has already started; the Village has contracted with Kellard Engineering to upgrade water mains in the Harmon section – the intent is to eliminate the 2” galvanized mains; also upgrading some 4 and 6 inch mains;  The engineering work is under way but the time frame is probably a year away from going to bid.  Mr. Gagliotti said he hopes he doesn’t have to replace his fixtures again.

JoAnn Minett - 5 Van Cortlandt Place; Thanks to Ms. Cudequest for her hard work and her diligence, without her work you wouldn’t even have Mr. Gerrard and you wouldn’t be at this point; shouldn’t question why she has done this.  Ms. Minett wants to thank Mr. Herbek for the nice new area around the Municipal Place Gateway area – looks nice and is safe.  On the other hand, Children Safety signs in the area of the Middle School are needed but she  said Mr. Herbek said it is not likely to happen;  two signs were put on her block but are useless because of their location; they don’t make drivers aware.  She does not have children in the middle school.  She had hoped the signs would be up before school starts; she has three specific sites where she thinks the signs should be; she will organize a petition.  Mr. Herbek said he does not make sign decisions in a vacuum – consults with Village Departments and, in this case, also the school district. At the joint meeting with the district today, it was brought up.  He volunteered to bring the petitions she said she is getting to the next joint meeting; the general feeling is that these signs will not be effective.  He understands that she wants more signs. Ms. Minett said she can’t imagine why anyone would object to school safety signs.  Trustee Grant said that at today’s meeting with the school district this issue was discussed at length and the Transportation Director had some problems as well with Stop signs, but not necessarily with School Safety signs.  Trustee McCarthy asked what the schools position was on Joanne’s request; Mr. Herbek said it was not directly addressed and asked them to further consider it.  Trustee McCarthy said it important that the School Board know about this; it would help to move this issue along.  Trustee Grant said today’s meeting was more about what the traffic patterns will be when school opens because of all the construction and deliveries being made at this time.

Tom Brennan, 121 N. Riverside; He also thanks Ms. Cudequest - she spearheaded most of this.  He also has a traffic problem with the light at Municipal Place; would like Riverside marked as single lane only.  Mayor Elliott said that parking along the road will also slow down traffic in this area.
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6. RESOLUTIONS:

a. Issuance of Positive Declaration for proposed Gateway Overlay District Law.
        On motion of  TRUSTEE Grant,  seconded by  TRUSTEE Schmidt,  the  
following resolution was adopted by the Board of Trustees of the Village of Croton-on-Hudson, New York: with a 3-0-1 vote with Trustee McCarthy abstaining.

WHEREAS, the Board of Trustees is considering the adoption of a gateway overlay zoning district ordinance (hereinafter referred to as the “proposed action”) to establish standards that upgrade both the image and function of three gateway areas located at South Riverside/Harmon (including Block 2, Lots 5, 6, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 22.1, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32 and 33); Municipal Place (including Block 3, Lots 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 and Block 1, Lots 30, 66, 67 and 77) and North End Office District (including Block 2, Lots 1, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16 and 17); and

WHEREAS, on July 21, 2003, the Board of Trustees declared itself as Lead Agency for the proposed action and authorized the preparation of a Environmental Assessment Form (EAF); and

WHEREAS, based on a review of the EAF, the Board of Trustees has determined that the proposed action may have significant environmental impacts,

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Village Board issues a positive declaration on the proposed action;

AND BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Village Board adopts the written determination of significance attached hereto and directs that a Draft Generic Environmental Impact Statement (DGEIS) be prepared in connection with the proposed action in accordance with 6NYCRR, Part 617.7.
        Discussion: At the next work session Trustee Grant wants a definite decision about the materials stored at Municipal Place; she is willing to pay to have it taken out if necessary.  This should not be used as a staging area, some can go by the Garage, some by the well fields, places where it can’t be seen. Mr. Herbek suggested the work session on Sept. 8th .  Trustee Schmidt agreed.   

        b. Calling for a Public Hearing to consider Local Law No. 4 of 2003 amending                the chapter on fees.

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

WHEREAS, the Village Board is considering the adoption of Local Law Introductory No. 4 of 2003, a local law amending the chapter on fees,

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED: that the Village Board of Trustees hereby calls for a Public Hearing on September 15, 2003 at 8 pm in the Stanley H. Kellerhouse Municipal Building to consider the adoption of Local Law Introductory No. 4 of 2003, a local law amending chapter 122 on Fees.
Discussion:     Trustee McCarthy asked about the Village Photo ID card, she wants a family rate if more than a certain number are in a family.  Mr. Herbek said the Recreation Advisory Committee spent a lot of time on this issue so they should be asked that question; will refer it to them.  Trustee Schmidt said this law will make it easier to change fees in the future and it also sets fees for this point in time. It will allow fees to be changed in the future by resolution rather than local law.  Trustee McCarthy asked water lines and connections – only new construction? Mr. O’Connor explained what it would apply to. She asked about specific fees and Dan O’Connor responded regarding code violations, meter replacements,.

        c. Adopting a flexible benefits plan.

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

WHEREAS, the Village of Croton on Hudson Board of Trustees wishes to adopt a cafeteria plan within the context of Section 125 of the Internal Revenue Code for the benefit of the employer’s eligible employees,

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED: that the Village Board of Trustees hereby adopts the Flexible Benefits Plan (consisting of the flexible benefits plan document, the Adoption Agreement, and the component benefit plans and Policies) for the Employer named herein below effective as of the date specified in the Adoption Agreement.
RESOLVED FURTHER, that any officer of the employer may, without a further resolution, execute the Adoption Agreement and any related documents or amendments which may be necessary or appropriate to adopt the plan or maintain its compliance with applicable federal, state and local law.

        Discussion:  Mr. Herbek said there is interest on the part of some employees in the Aflack plan.



7. APPROVAL OF MINUTES:
On a motion by Trustee Schmidt, seconded by Mayor Elliott, the minutes of the Meeting of July 21, 2003 were approved without amendment.

8.      REPORTS:

Manager Herbek:  The CBDG project to replace the sidewalks in the vicinity of Dobbs Park will begin on August 25th and run approx. 8 weeks.  The contract with Accocella is expiring and being rebid;, bids to be opened on Sept. 4th.  The Village is keeping Silver Lake open until Labor Day this year and were able to find lifeguards.  Ballfield permits – we and school district are requiring regular users of fields to get permits.  Mayor Elliott said most such groups have already done so.

Trustee McCarthy:  She hopes everyone is having a great summer.  Remember that school opening is just around the corner – be careful and check your speed.

Trustee Schmidt: Enjoy the last weeks of summer.  He has two issues –a monitor at Metro Enviro is needed and regarding the recent power failure – do we have a procedure for Seniors in such circumstances.  Mr. Herbek responded that there are such emergency procedures.

Trustee Grant:  Be aware of school opening; Superintendent Castro is sending a letter to parents making them more aware of the problem associated with the construction and she would like parents to not drive to school – use buses if child qualifies for it.  Sidewalk progress – of our  list of  11 priority places, 9 have been completed.  Also in keeping with the Comprehensive Plan calling for a pedestrian and bicycle friendly environment, she wants the Municipal Place area cleaned up.  She is opposed to more signs in the village – children safety is utmost to her but she doesn’t believe the signs make any difference.  

Mayor Elliott:  There is a probable resignation from the Planning Board; suggestions for a new member are welcome.

Respectfully submitted
Ann H. Gallelli, Secretary



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