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Board of Trustees Minutes 12 15 2003
A Regular Meeting of the Board of Trustees of the Village of Croton-on-Hudson, NY was held on Monday, December 15, 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 
           Attorney Waldman    Treasurer Reardon
        Manager Herbek
        Absent: Trustee McCarthy,               


Mayor Elliott called the meeting to order at 8:01.  Everyone joined in the Pledge of Allegiance.  Mayor Elliott announced the news of the Dept. of Commerce decision regarding the Millennium Pipeline proposal.  The Dept. of Commerce upheld the NYS Dept. of State decision that the pipeline, as proposed, was inconsistent with the Coastal Zone Management Program.  Mr. Elliott said that along with Briarcliff Manor, the Villages were appreciative of the efforts of the NYSDOS, the Village’s Waterfront Advisory Committee (WAC) and the many volunteers who worked on this effort.  In particular he thanked WAC members, Fran Allen and Charlie Kane. Mayor Elliott asked Trustee Wiegman to say a few words.  Trustee Wiegman stated that the Dept. of Commerce had decided that it was a reasonable alternative to avoid the crossing of Haverstraw Bay and upheld the NYSDOS objection to the proposed crossing.  This is good news at this time but there may be another step in the future.  Nobody has had a chance to read the brief yet.  This decision points out the faults in the EIS submitted by Millennium.  He thanked Fran Allen and Charlie Kane for the Millennium research.  He also thanked Ann Gallelli , Joel Klein, and Karen Jescavage Bernard who all contributed a great deal to the Village’s effort. Trustee Schmidt stated that this effort was a huge financial burden on Croton but it was worth it to achieve this result.  Trustee Wiegman gave the website address to locate the decision:

On a motion by Trustee Schmidt, seconded by Trustee Wiegman, the vouchers were approved unanimously as follows, subject to review by the Audit Committee.

        General Fund            $ 46,801.94
        Water Fund                   4,276.42
        Capital Fund                     7,245.70       
        Trust & Agency      14,414.32
        Total                           $   72,738.38


a.      Cable Vision Franchise Renewal.
Discussion: Emilie Spaulding of Cablevision outlined the provisions of the franchise agreement.  The highlights are:  a new character generator, ability to add photos, $10k grant to Croton for telecommunications uses; $4k grant for construction to bring fiber optics to the DPW; Sr. Citizen discount of 1.50 off basic service effective immediately; a free cable modem to a designated location chosen by village; public access studio available free; also production van can be arranged; free modem service to schools and library for10 years.

Trustee Grant asked about how to apply for the Senior Citizen discount; once the document is signed, Senior Citizens can call Cablevision and provide copy of proof of age.

Claire McGarry stated that it should be clear that the Senior discount only applies to those with the basic service.

Robert Wintermeier asked what is ‘needy’?  He stated that rates are high here; he advocated boycotting the “DSL” connection that Cablevision offers until rates go down.

Mayor Elliott closed the Public Hearing.  Manager Herbek read the resolution to approve the franchise agreement with Cablevision.  

        On motion of  TRUSTEE Schmidt,  seconded by  TRUSTEE Grant,  the  
following resolution was adopted by the Board of Trustees of the Village of Croton-on-Hudson, New York: by a vote of 4-0-0.

WHEREAS, the Village of Croton-on-Hudson (“Village”) entered into a non-exclusive franchise agreement with American Cablesystems of New York, Inc. doing business as Continental Cablevision (“Continental”) for the provision of cable television and other communications services, and said authorization will expire on May 1, 2006; and,
WHEREAS, Cablevision of Wappingers Falls, Inc. a subsidiary of CSC Holdings, Inc. (“Cablevision”) acquired certain assets from AT& T/Media One on January 5, 2001 including the franchise previously held by Continental; and,

WHEREAS, Franchisee submitted a proposed franchise renewal agreement to operate a cable television system within the Village; and,

WHEREAS, the Village has determined that Franchisee, and its predecessor in interest is not in material breach of its current franchise; that Franchisee has the requisite legal, technical and financial capabilities to operate the cable system in the Village; and, that Franchisee’s proposal for renewal of the franchise meets the cable-related needs of the community; and,

WHEREAS, a duly noticed public hearing, affording an opportunity for all those interested parties within the Village to be heard, was held before the Village’s governing body on December 15, 2003, and;  

WHEREAS, the Village and the Franchisee have mutually agreed to the terms of a renewal franchise agreement attached hereto, and;

NOW, THEREFORE, be it resolved that:

The Board of Trustees of the Village of Croton-on-Hudson hereby grants Franchisee a franchise renewal under the terms specified in the agreement and authorizes the Honorable Robert W. Elliott, III, Mayor of the Village of Croton-on-Hudson to execute the franchise agreement on behalf of the Village; and

Be it further RESOLVED that this Resolution shall take effect immediately.

        b. Local Law Introductory No. 5 of 2003, a local law amending the allowable uses in the One-Family Resident (RA-40) District in Section 230-9 of the Zoning Code.

Discussion:  Attorney Waldman explained the reason for eliminating the word ‘religious’ from the current text of the zoning law.

Maria Cudequest, 84 Grand St., asked what precipitated the need for this change?  Attorney Waldman said someone applied to have a school but since it was not religious the current language was an absolute bar to that proposal. Mayor Elliott closed the hearing.  

On a motion by Trustee Grant, seconded by Trustee Schmidt, Local Law Introductory No. 5 was unanimously approved on a 4-0-0 vote.  Upon approval, it became Local Law No. 4 of 2003.

Local Law Filing                                                                     41 STATE STREET, ALBANY, NY 12231

        Village of Croton-on-Hudson

        Local Law No.  4 of the year 2003

A local law amending the allowable uses in the One-Family Residence RA-40 District in Section 230-9 of the Zoning Chapter

Be it enacted by the Board of Trustees of the

Village of Croton-on-Hudson as follows:

Section 1.  Section 230-9.A (4) is amended to read as follows:

Places of worship, including parish houses, schools, philanthropic and eleemosynary institutions, hospitals and sanitariums for general medical care, nursing and convalescent homes and homes for the aged, libraries, arboretums, all subject to a special permit by the Village Board of Trustees and the following requirements. A special permit shall be required for the expansion, extension, reconstruction, rebuilding or relocation of any use or building described in this Subsection A, notwithstanding that it represents an expansion, extension, reconstruction, rebuilding or relocation of a use or building legally in existence on January 1, 2001.

Section 2.  This Local Law shall be effective upon filing in the office of the Secretary of State.

c.      Local Law Introductory No. 6 of 2003, a local law changing the zoning designation of a certain parcel of land within the Village from C-2 to RB.

Discussion: Attorney Waldman read the recommendation from the Planning Board as a good explanation for the proposed change. The lot is currently C-2 and is being used as a single family residence.  Mixing and matching of RB and C-2 lots in this area reflects the area’s history.  The Planning Board made a positive recommendation.  There were no comments.  Mayor Elliott closed the public hearing.

On a motion by Trustee Grant, seconded by Trustee Wiegman, the Local Law Introductory No. 6 was approved unanimously on a 4-0-0 vote.  Upon approval it became Local Law No. 5 of 2003.

Local Law Filing                                                                             41 STATE STREET, ALBANY, NY 12231

        Village of Croton-on-Hudson

        Local Law No.  5 of the year 2003

A local law changing the zoning designation of a certain parcel of land within the Village of Croton on Hudson.

Be it enacted by the Board of Trustees of the

Village of Croton-on-Hudson as follows:

Section 1.  The Village of Croton of Hudson Zoning Law is hereby amended as follows:

By changing from Commercial C-2 District to Two Family Residence RB District Section 78, Subsection 8, Block 3, Lot 58 as shown on the tax maps and tax assessment rolls of the Village.

Section 2.  The Official Zoning Map of the Village of Croton on Hudson, NY is hereby amended to reflect the foregoing changes.  

Section 3.  This local law shall take effect immediately upon filing with the Secretary of State.


a.      J. Mark Robinson, FERC, re: Millennium Pipeline Project.  This is a copy of a letter to Millennium regarding the timeframe for constructing facilities.  Manager Herbek commented that this letter came before today’s announcement.

b.      Ann Gallelli, Planning Board Chair, re: Proposal by David Plotkin.  The letter summarizes the Planning Boards recommendations regarding this proposal as requested by the Village Board.  Attorney Waldman read the Planning Board recommendation.

c.      Craig Kominoski, NYS Office of Real Property Services, re: Residential Assessment Ratio.        Manager Herbek stated that this substantially reduces our property assessment ratio from last year.  Joe Sperber looked at the data they used and there are many corrections to be made which will be submitted for review and correction of the State’s determination.  There has been a steady downward trend as property values have increased.

d.      Colleen Ferrari, Grand Street, re: speeding along Route 129.  Ms. Ferrari is responding to a letter from Manager Herbek in reply to her original letter.  She is seeking a permanent solution to speeding in this location through speed bumps as radar enforcement cannot be a constant presence there.
e.      Joyce Finnerty, Historical Society, re: Croton Dam Coloring Book. Ms. Finnerty announces the availability of a Croton Dam Coloring Book for $3.95.  A book signing was held on December 14th at the Croton Museum in the Library.  Manager Herbek showed the coloring book on sale at the Historical Society in the Municipal Building and it will be in local stores soon.


Maria Cudequest, 84 Grand St.  Ms. Cudequest asked the Board to put the Dept. of Commerce decision on Croton’s website. The effort to achieve this decision was a true collaborative effort of many groups and volunteers; hopefully this is good news. She attended the Metro Enviro hearing last week regarding the $446k fine by the County’s Solid Waste Commission. Ms. Cudequest reviewed what the fine was for.  The hearing of December 10th was adjourned and will be resumed later in January – nothing was resolved.  Allied continues to maintain that it is diligent in being an environmentally concerned company; a remarkable statement in light of all the violations and fines that have occurred.  She attended, as did Manager Herbek.  Most of the meeting occurred behind closed doors.  Elissa Rothchild was the attorney for Allied; specializes in criminal litigation.  Michael Altobelli and Mark Saleski were also present.  Kenneth Gunshor was there representing the Metro Enviro landlord; she is unclear why.  Allied continues to maintain the position that since no one has died from their acceptance of the prohibited materials, it is ‘no big deal’. They gave the Commission many of the same documents they gave us.  They are admitting their guilt and looking to reduce the fine.  Hopefully we will be rid of them in 2004; this industry does what it wants to, when it wants to. Has the Village heard anything about the site or the business being up for sale? Manager Herbek said he had not. She suggested the Village follow up on these matters.  Does the Village intend to request the documents that were submitted by Allied?  Manager Herbek said he had called Michael Gerrard about it but Mr. Gerard hasn’t gotten back to him yet.  Ms. Cudequest said her group will be getting them.

Erin Coxen, an owner of Coxen Sister’s Deli on Old Post Road South. Ms Coxen said that on Tuesday morning after the first snow storm a section of the street was closed for snow removal which was very bad for the businesses there. She wants to be sure it won’t happen again. Manager Herbek said it was a wrong decision and when he became aware of it, he asked the DPW to open it up again as soon as possible; the Village prefers not to ever impact local businesses in conducting their operations; he communicated these thoughts to the DPW for the future but he can’t say ‘never’ since he can’t predict a future situation.   Trustee Schmidt stated that he had discussed with Manager Herbek how to accomplish this in the future without shutting down the upper village.

Robert Wintermeier, 43 Radnor Ave.  Speed bumps along route 129 are a bad idea.  He is totally against this approach; it will cause damage to cars. Speed bumps are hazardous and dangerous to the car itself. His reason for coming is about his comments on leaf pickup at the last meeting.  He made a mistake about a schedule for leaf pickup; it was really for bagged leaf pickup.  He recounted events since the last Board meeting when he spoke.  After the meeting, spoke with Mr. Herbek and suggested that there should be schedule; Manager Herbek stated that could be a problem.  Mr. Wintermeier said we all live by schedules and the Village should also; the Newsletter was incorrect in its statement about leaf pickup.  Mr. Herbek said he has not gotten complaints.  Mr. Wintermeier stated that was because he was getting all the complaints.  His neighbor also complained to the DPW so the fact that Mr. Herbek didn’t get a complaint doesn’t mean there aren’t problems; recommends that people should call Mr. Herbek in the future.  In Manager Herbek’s letter he says the task is not possible by the end of December. Mr. Wintermeier assumes that means we are understaffed. The Newsletter says vacuuming will continue to the end of December, after that only bagged leaves will be picked up. He is concerned about the goals of leaf pickup and setting the goals; he doesn’t remember this in other years. He stated that Manager Herbek suggested some solutions such as raking them properly into piles but this doesn’t keep them from blowing around.  Ed Walsh confirmed to him that going up and back on one street is the best way to do it so all leaves are picked up in one area.  Mr. Wintermeier feels that if it doesn’t get done in one week, should resume in same place the next week to finish it up.  If the Village had a published schedule, there would not be cars parked in the street obstructing the leaf pickup.  Thompson Ave., a street with lots of on-street parking, was cleared however.  The net result is that there are problems with leaf pickup – clogged sewers, slippery roads and overtime.  One solution which he favors is requiring bagging of all leaves.  Another option is outsourcing to an outside firm.  He believes leaves should be picked up by mid- December. Should get longer vacuum hoses and use rakes to help. Mayor Elliott said everyone would love to have a schedule but past experience shows it doesn’t work; also true in other communities; there are lots of variables  - when the leaves fall and early snow storms; no way the Village can print a schedule ahead of time. Mr. Wintermeier stated the Village should put a schedule on the web site on a weekly basis; even now the DPW can say where they will be any given week.  Manager Herbek said Mr. Wintermeier has raised some good issues.  Stormwater Phase 2 regulations may prevent us in the future from doing curbside pickup; vacuuming is not the most efficient method.  He will put it on a work session.  Trustee Grant pointed out that many of his comments have been discussed and tried in the past and found to be wanting for various reasons.  She reminded him that leaves are a continuing problem because it is one of the hardest things to handle in the village – no easy way to do it. She also reminded him that bagging was required about 5 or 6 years ago by a Village Board resolution; the community was outraged and there was so much concern by residents that the Village Board reversed the decision.  Mr. Wintermeier said then go to outsourcing to solve problem. Trustee Grant stated that outsourcing has many problems too; it’s expensive and there can be union related problems as well.  Many of his suggestions are good and valid and many have been tried.  Trustee Schmidt said Mr. Wintermeier is asking the Village to look at changing some variables to solve the problem – like alternate side of the street parking; also stormwater regulations may prevent loose leaves in the future; he agrees with starting in early 2004 to work on it.

Richard Pellicci, 65 Radnor;  Mr. Pellicci asked who owns or operates the massive container trucks going into Metro Enviro the last two weeks; there are no markings on them. Manager Herbek stated the best method to follow up on County permits is to make Metro Enviro check these on entrance to their facility. Mr. Pellicci said the staging area on route 129 has been cleared and he saw a trucking dumping there.  Manager Herbek stated that this area is being used for storing sidewalk debris from the sidewalk construction projects in the village; it is not being cleared and all the concrete will be crushed in a few months.  Mr. Pellicci asked Ann Gallelli about views blocked by the new Albert building – were views to river considered at time? She answered yes.  

Art Almeida, Palmer Ave.; During the snow storm there were 20 tickets issued for 9 cars at his building; no notification was given that the Village was going to enforce it this year.  Mayor Elliott said in the past warning tickets had been issued to remind people not to park during snow events.  Manager Herbek stated the law has been on the books for many years and he was directed by the Village Board to see that the law was strictly enforced because so many were not paying attention to it.  The Farrington/Palmer area is one of the most difficult areas because there are multi-family houses with no garages or spaces.  Cars cannot vanish, there has to be some place to put them. He really likes the new sidewalks but can’t drive up on them anymore to get off the street.  Many of his tenants now go completely up on the sidewalks so nobody can gain entrance into the buildings. Last year all went well on Palmer even with the big storm.  Trustee Grant pointed out the provision in the law to receive a Special Permit when there is no other alternative to on-street parking.  Trustee Schmidt asked if alternate side of the street for storm events would work.  Mr. Almeida said that might be reasonable or make one side designated as the snow side.  Trustee Schmidt said that would work on some streets and not on others. Manager Herbek said he would think about it but doing this would require sufficient signage to make it enforceable and also changes to the law.  He is going to suggest trying it out on a few selected streets to see how it works.  Trustee Grant asked if there was room for all the cars on one side. Mr. Almeida said there are some sections with no houses so there is room there; nobody would park on High St.

Another resident; he  parked at the Metro North railroad station and was flooded in about 3 feet of water; 20-30 other cars in same circumstance; second time in last 10 weeks.  This time he was in a spot not covered by the warning signs.  This flooding is a foreseeable event from year to year; what recourse do parkers have outside of our own insurance companies; he did that the first time and is out of pocket about $600.  This time the car is totaled.  Will there be compensation for people who experienced this and what are the plans to fix this situation in the future?  Manager Herbek stated the Village has made some improvements such as raising the grade but unless you build above the flood plan by about 8 feet the lot will get flooding.  Also part of the lot is in a bog so the more weight put on it, the more it sinks.  When the Village knows in advance there will be extreme high tides, the area is roped off. In this last storm we didn’t know until it actually happened. A full moon, high tide, south wind and melting of several inches of snow all contributed.  Mayor Elliott stated that the resident has the right to submit a claim to the Village. It’s sent to the Village’s insurance company, but our insurance company doesn’t pay on ‘Acts of God’.  The resident doesn’t see this recurring event as an ‘Act of God’. He suggested that the Village make these especially floodable areas free of charge.  Manager Herbek stated that would amount to several hundred spaces; it would be a Board decision. Mr. Herbek suggested a very large sign placed in the flood area.  Often there are sufficient spaces behind the Municipal garage which are above the flood area but a little longer walk.  Trustee Schmidt said the Village should try to do a better job off predicting this.

Fran Allen, Finney Farm Rd.   She is Chair of the Waterfront Advisory Committee (WAC).  She spoke about the Dept. of Commerce decision announced today regarding Millennium pipeline. It’s a good decision but it’s not over yet – they have been very persistent.  One big accomplishment is that Haverstraw Bay will not be breached.  She enjoyed reading the 40 page brief. She wanted to thank the many people who worked together and for risking the expenditures on this fight.  One group, not previously mentioned, were the people who put the Local Waterfront Revitalization Program (LWRP) policies in place over10 years ago. Croton is the only village around which is totally covered by this program.  That was the basis for the result we eventually got today.  Mayor Elliott said that Ms. Allen deserved much praise for all her work fighting this proposal.

Janet Maurer, Palmer Ave.  She has three cars with one off-street parking spot.  She got a ticket.  The road was not plowed and it is impossible to move cars when it is not cleared.  Her son parked on High and his car was hit and demolished this week. Trustee Grant suggested she apply for a permit.  Manager Herbek asked her to call him and he will look at her specific situation.  Ms. Maurer said she really has 4 cars. She liked the alternate side of the street solution; it makes sense but there are very many cars on that street so she is not sure all could park on one side.

Tom Brennan, 121 N. Riverside. Mr. Brennan wished everyone on the Village Board a Happy Holiday. He sympathizes with the snow parking situation. He is the Manager of Van Wyck Apts. with 31 apartments and 6 off- street spaces.  If each apartment has two cars, there are about 60 or 70 cars that need parking.  It’s a real problem; no one knows what they should do, where they can park, etc. Manager Herbek stated special provisions were made for Van Wyck Apts. to park overnight in the Municipal Building and behind 10 Old Post Rd. South.  Mr. Brennan asked about the Plotkin proposal – was he really proposing 2500 feet on three levels;  yes.  Was the land previously offered? yes.  

Robert Wintermeier, Radnor Ave. Regarding snow removal, he shoveled his driveway to get in because he knew the law. The solution is to look for some empty spaces around the Village even though it is a long walk.  He spent time in Rochester where there is lots of snow; they use alternate sides of the street.  People must get cars off the street.  When you are the other side, you are bound to be plowed in. It reminds him of a law about cars blocking a sidewalk between 2am and 6am being illegal; get rid of this law if it is still in effect.

Eleanor Soderlund, 57 High St.   Ms. Soderlund has lived 35 years in the Village. When she came here the law was on the books about not parking on the streets during snow storms; she rented a spot for her car from her neighbor.  She used to park up on sidewalks but doesn’t encourage that now.  People don’t seem to be paying attention to the weather reports; it’s hard to believe people don’t know a storm is coming.  She is always pleased and sometimes amazed at how well High St. is sanded and plowed every year. She pointed out that some spots near Honeys are available, but people complain that it is too far.  People today don’t want to be inconvenienced.  The Village bends over for a lot for residents – rightly so – it’s the reason why people want to live here. In other communities, residents must get cars off the street no matter what.  If permits are granted to, say 20 people, on Palmer then you have the same situation – cars on the street and the inability to plow.  It’s difficult – just like leaves.  Some things like wind and snow just can’t be controlled.


a.      Change of Village Board meeting dates and adding work session dates.

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 on a 4-0-0 vote.  

WHEREAS, it is necessary to change some of the meeting dates which were set at the 2003 Organizational Meeting; and

WHEREAS, the Village Manager would also like to set certain work session dates,

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED: that the following Meeting and Work Session dates are set through April 2004:

1/5/04          Board of Trustees Meeting
1/12/04 Work Session
1/26/04 Board of Trustees Meeting

2/9/04          Work Session
2/17/04 Grievance Day; Board of Trustees Meeting

3/1/04          Board of Trustees Meeting
3/8/04          Work Session
3/15/04 Board of Trustees Meeting
3/22/04 Work Session

4/7/04          Organizational Meeting and Board of Trustees Meeting
4/12/04 Public Hearing on Budget
4/19/04 Board of Trustees Meeting
4/26/04 Adoption of Budget

b.      Calling for Public Hearing to discuss Local Law Introductory No. 7 of 2003, a local law amending the allowable FAR in the General C-2 District from 2.0 to 0.5.

On motion of  TRUSTEE Wiegman,  seconded by  TRUSTEE Schmidt,  the  
following resolution was adopted by the Board of Trustees of the Village of Croton-on-Hudson, New York on a vote of 4-0-0.

WHEREAS, Local Law No. 10 of 2001 was adopted in June 18, 2001 and made certain revisions to the commercial and zoning districts of the Village Zoning Law; and

WHEREAS, this law was also intended to change the floor area ratio requirement in the General C-2 District from 2.0 to 0.5; and

WHEREAS, the Full Environmental Assessment Form prepared for this law dated May 2001 discusses the reasons for the reduction of the FAR; and

WHEREAS, through an oversight, Local Law No. 10 of 2001 did not actually impact Section 230-35 of the Zoning Law, the section which prescribes bulk requirements; and

WHEREAS, the Village would like to correct this oversight; and

WHEREAS, Local Law Introductory No. 7 of 2003 has been drafted, which reduces the allowable FAR in the General C-2 District from 2.0 to 0.5,

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED: that the Village Board of Trustees hereby call a Public Hearing on January 26, 2004 and 8 pm at the Stanley H. Kellerhouse Municipal Building to consider Local Law Introductory No. 7 of 2003,

AND BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED:  that the Village Board of Trustees declares itself Lead Agency with regard to this law, adopts the attached Negative Declaration, and authorizes the May 2001 Full Environment Assessment Form to be re-circulated to all interested parties.

c.      Authorizing the Village Manager to sign a proposal from Buckhurst, Fish & Jacquemart for the preparation of the FGEIS for the proposed Gateway Overlay District Law.

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 on a 4-0-0 vote.  

WHEREAS, the Village Board, together with the Comprehensive Plan Committee and the Planning Board have been working on the development of a Gateway Overlay District Law utilizing the planning consultant services of the firm of Buckhurst, Fish & Jacquemart, Inc; and

WHEREAS, a Draft Generic Environmental Impact Statement has been prepared and was discussed at a Public Hearing on November 3, 2003; and

WHEREAS, based on the public comments made at the Public Hearing and the written comments received during the public comment period it has been determined that a Final Generic Environmental Impact Statement should be prepared and submitted; and

WHEREAS, the Village has received a proposal dated December 10, 2003 to include the final revisions to the Gateway Overlay District Law, preparation of the FGEIS, and preparations of the Findings Statement at a cost not to exceed $9,000.00,

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED: that the Village Manager is hereby authorized to sign the proposal dated December 10, 2003 with the firm of Buckhurst, Fish and Jacquemart and charge account # 001-8020.0400,

AND BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED:  that the Village Treasurer is authorized to amend the 2003-2004 General Fund Budget as follows:

1.      Increase   001-8020.0400 by $9,000.00 (Planning Board Account)
2.      Decrease 001-1990.0400 by $9,000.00 (contingent account)


On a motion by Trustee Grant, seconded by Trustee Wiegman, the minutes of the Meeting of December 1, 2003 were approved as amended by a unanimous vote.

8.      REPORTS:

Manager Herbek:  Complements to the DPW crews; taxed heavily so far this season and its not even winter yet.  They work hard and it is not an easy job.  Our roads are always in pretty good shape comparable to other towns.

Trustee Wiegman:  The Croton Harmon school district bond vote is tomorrow from 6 am to 9 pm at the High School. The bond amount is $2.1 million.  At a League of Women Voters meeting recently, the speaker, Brian Nickerson, provided a census analysis done in Westchester with some very interesting facts.  Average income is $64k in Westchester; average home price is $570k; the middle class is getting smaller; the baby boom in the 90’s in Westchester is now driving a lot of school district decisions; the elder boom is happening now with a 14% increase and is projected to continue to rise.  These two booms are combining to create a crisis in affordable housing.  Transportation is also a big issue for workers in Westchester County. We need to keep these trends in mind as we make our decisions in the future to foster solutions to these problems.

Trustee Schmidt:  Trees in barrels are still available for decorating.  Thanks to Rick Herbek for getting the DPW out of the upper village that day to help the merchants and they (the DPW) are doing a good job.

Trustee Grant: Fran Allen is very humble; she was the one who brought our LWRP to the attention of the State along with Charlie Kane.  Croton came to the forefront not only with the ideas and research but also with the money; she named also Joel Klein and Ann Gallelli.   Snow is not a daily occurrence; it causes real problems, but usually only a few days, a couple of times a year.  Eleanor Soderlund hit it on the head – we all have to take responsibility for ourselves. She doesn’t understand where people get the idea that a law that has not been enforced doesn’t have to be abided by.  Thinks Trustee McCarthy would agree with her.

Mayor Elliott:  An interesting statistic is that only 24% of Americans live in traditional homes; the middle class is really shrinking.  Complements to DPW for their work on both leaves and snow.

On a motion by Trustee Wiegman, seconded by Trustee Schmidt, the Board voted unanimously to adjourn at 10:24 pm.

Respectfully submitted
Ann H. Gallelli, Secretary

Village Clerk