A Regular Meeting of the Board of Trustees of the Village of Croton-on-Hudson, NY was held on Monday, January 26,2004 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 Trustee McCarthy
Manager Herbek Treasurer Reardon
1. CALL TO ORDER:
Mayor Elliott called the meeting to order at 8:05 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 $ 43,390.51
Water Fund 29,651.01
Capital Fund 15,443.64
Trust & Agency 16,171.18
3. PUBLIC HEARINGS:
a. To consider Local Law Introductory No. 7 of 2003 amending the Floor Area Ratio requirement in the General C-2 District from 2.0 to 0.5.
Discussion: Manager Herbek explained the reason for this law being proposed at this time; there was an oversight when the revisions to C- 1 and C-2 took place in early 2001 and these FARS were intended to be included at that time. Mayor Elliott and Attorney Waldman pointed out that this was previously discussed and it was the intention of the Trustees to approve this as part of the previous approval in early 2001. Trustee McCarthy asked about the relationship of FAR to parking. Comprehensive Plan Committee Chair Ann Gallelli responded that parking requirements can ultimately control the size of a building. The motion to approve was made by Trustee Grant, seconded by Trustee Schmidt and approved unanimously. Upon adoption the law became Local Law No. 1 of 2004.
NEW YORK STATE DEPARTMENT OF STATE
Local Law Filing 41 STATE STREET, ALBANY, NY 12231
Village of Croton-on-Hudson
Local Law No. 1 of the year 2004
A local law to amend the Floor Area Ratio requirement in the General C-2 District
Be it enacted by the Board of Trustees of the
Village of Croton-on-Hudson as follows:
Section 1. Section 230-35 of the Zoning Law, which prescribes the allowable floor area ratio for the General C-2 district, is hereby amended from 2.0 to 0.5.
Section 2. This Local Law shall be effective upon filing in the office of the Secretary of State.
a. Kenneth Verschoor, Department of Technical Services, Town of Cortlandt, re: Application for an amended site development plan for the construction of a garage building located at the Amberlands Condominium Complex. Mr. Verschoor advises that the Public Hearing on this application will be held on February 3, 2004.
b. Kenneth Verschoor, Department of Technical Services, Town of Cortlandt, re: Public Hearing regarding a zoning code change regarding contractor s yards.
c. Croton Free Library Board of Trustees, re: request for help from Department of Public Works to hang a “Book & Bake Sale” banner twice a year. The banner would be hung at the intersection of Maple Street and Albany Post Road.
Discussion: Trustee Schmidt said we should follow our own code and was this consistent with it. He asked about its size; it would be about the same as the Run Against Hunger sign. The matter was left up to Manager Herbek.
d. Richard Keil, State Board of Real Property Services; are: Notice of Tentative Special Franchise Assessment.
Discussion: Manager Herbek stated that this was not good news. These franchise numbers are factored into the village budget. Because of the tentative rate we currently have on the equalization rate (it s going down), this Special Franchise assessment will result in a 30% hit; it will cost us about a $400k or more loss as a result. Trustee Wiegman asked if we have any recourse. Manager Herbek said the village has challenged the equalization rate and that challenge is pending; the hearing is not until March; he is not sure how successful we will be. He and Treasurer Reardon have talked to the person in charge and were walked through the formula the state used, but it appears they are using the Towns assessed valuation numbers and applying them to Villages; they no longer do
separately for Towns and Villages. He and Treasurer Reardon are meeting with the Town Assessor to learn more about whether a challenge will be worthwhile. The Town took a big hit last year when Indian Point was removed from tax roles. Trustee McCarthy asked if it was worthwhile for someone to attend the hearing. Manager Herbek said he was planning now on attending. Trustee McCarthy said we need to reevaluate now whether we should merge our assessing function with the Town s. Manager Herbek said that the Town Assessor, Sal D Onofrio, is most knowledgeable about this issue and that maybe a work session on this would be a good suggestion. Trustee McCarthy stated that this is another factor that might change our previous decision to wait until the County did a revaluation; she thinks we might need to take another look at it. Treasurer Reardon said it still wouldn t impact this particular franchise assessment. Manager Herbek said that a revaluation would have the
effect of driving the assessment evaluation rate higher which would be beneficial in driving the franchise rate higher; some towns have gone ahead without waiting for the County. Trustee Wiegman asked about the likely dollar rate loss to the village as a result of this $400k loss. Treasurer Reardon said he could figure that out and will email all Trustees tomorrow with the figure. Manager Herbek said he had two other issues to bring up at this time. He was notified that the railroad ceiling is going down from $211k to $205k, only small decrease, which is sort of good news. The other issue is the residential assessment ratio; after making our case on 67 property sales and Joe Sperber s efforts, it has been raised to 3.71 from the lower initial ratio.
5. CITIZEN PARTICIPATION:
Maria Cudequest, 84 Grand Street. It s nice to see skaters at Duck Pond thanks to Trustees for restoring the pond. She and neighbors routinely pick up at Duck Pond and other parks. They are finding an increasing amount of waste generated by truck traffic - generated by Metro Enviro. They have seen the trucks and seen the flying debris and some debris is identifiable; she requests more diligence in cleaning up the site. On the County fine from the Solid Waste Commission, the first hearing was held in Dec. 2003 and adjourned to this week January 29th