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Board of Trustees Minutes May 2, 2005
A Regular Meeting of the Board of Trustees of the Village of Croton-on-Hudson, NY was held on Monday, May 2, 2005 at the Municipal Building, Van Wyck Street, Croton-on-Hudson, NY 10520.

The following officials were present:

Mayor Schmidt
Trustee Wiegman
Village Manager Herbek
Trustee  Kane
Village Attorney Waldman
Trustee Brennan
Treasurer Zambrano
Trustee Steinberg
        

1. CALL TO ORDER:
Mayor Schmidt called the meeting to order at 8:05 p.m.  Everyone joined in the Pledge of Allegiance.


2. APPROVAL OF VOUCHERS:
Trustee Kane 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
$20,469.78
Water Fund
6,911.05
Capital Accounts
85,365.53
Trust & Agency
8,290.44
$121,036.80

        Mayor Schmidt made appointments to the following Village boards:
        Planning Board: Ann Gallelli, Chair and Chris Kehoe
        Visual Environmental Board: Doug Wehrle, Chair and Valerie Leis
        Zoning Board of Appeals:  Kathleen Riedy, Chair and Rhoda Stevens
        Village Historian:  Joyce Finnerty
        Marriage Officer:  John Gochman
        Conservation Advisory Council: Richard Pellicci and Mark Magel
        Trails Committee:  Don Daubney
        Historic Preservation Committee: Carl Oeschner and Lynn Roessler


3.      PUBLIC HEARING:
Village Manager Herbek gave an overview and the background of the CDBG Program and grant process: the Urban County Consortiums were formed in 1975 with 20 communities forming the Westchester Urban County Consortium; it has now grown to 40 members; over 60% of funds have gone to directly into projects in the ten neediest municipalities in the consortium; Croton has received $2,953,227.00 since its beginning; projects range from clearing & demolition, construction of housing, financial assistance to certain not-for-profit projects, flood drainage improvements, park & recreation facilities, rehabilation of residential units and street improvements.  Village Manager Herbek added that you need to apply in 3 year blocks; now applying for 2006-2009; the Board has been briefed on potential projects which are infrastructure improvements at Hunter Place, Farrington Rd, High St. and Prospect Place; grant application packets are due June 1st; the Public Hearing is tonight; all projects are necessary improvements that are Village responsibility; CDBG funds would help.

Village Engineer, Dan O’Connor gave a presentation explaining the areas that would be improved within the Village.
Hunter Place from Old Post Rd N. to Farrington: there are no water mains in some areas; have had some brown water complaints; proposed plan will extend the water main & provide new service connections providing a loop system; there will be a new curb from Hunter Pl. to Palmer which will channel the water to drain system; the existing sewer main on Hunter Pl. is clay pipe, it has been inspected and it will be lined, so this section will not be replaced. There is no sewer main along an area on Hunter Place; the houses are served by Village sewer lines along the property lines; these are small sized pipes; there are problems maintaining these pipes because of limited access to backyards; they have been cleaned out from the road but not all have manholes on the road.  
High St., Riverside Ave. to Old Post Road project is a sewer line replacement as well as sidewalks & curbs; these sewer lines cannot be lined and will be replaced in some areas; some sidewalks will be left in place; the catch basins are in poor condition and will be replaced.  He added that the other projects going on in this area are part of a different grant.
Farrington Rd. starting at Riverside Ave., project is sewer line, sidewalk and curb replacements; also installation of a small parking lot on Farrington Rd.; the road has sufficient width to install a small parking lot to hold approximately 12 cars.
Prospect Pl. from Riverside Ave. project includes a proposed water main replacement, and replace sidewalks and curbs; from Riverside Ave. to Old Post Rd. N., replace the water main; some sidewalks and curbs are in good condition and will not be replaced.

Josh Moreinis, CDAG (community development advisory group) representative, 152 Cleveland Dr., stated that he endorses the projects as recommended by the staff; an excellent job was done in selecting these projects; some systems date back to the 1920s; they meet the objectives of the CDBG program and are consistent with the county’s consolidated plan.  He recommended that the Board authorize these projects; then they will be submitted to the County and, if selected, will be forwarded by the County Executive for selection by HUD.  He added that the County is sponsoring a series of affordable housing tours; May 20th is the kickoff tour starting in Croton.

Mayor Schmidt opened the Public Hearing:
Janet Regis, 63 Old Post Rd., N. commended the Board for taking advantage of programs and addressing drainage; however, sidewalks have been suggested on very steep slopes and where it is hard to get cars through; sidewalks on High St. and Hunter Place would be a problem.  She suggested removing the sidewalk portion from the drainage application; solving water problems in this area is commendable.
Bob Wintermeier, 43 Radnor Ave., asked if any notice went out to residents in the area about the meeting tonight.  Village Manager Herbek replied that there was a public notice published in the paper.  Mr. Wintermeier asked how financing is done.  Mayor Schmidt replied that financing is done as capital because they are long term projects.  Mr. Wintermeier asked what the tie in is with affordable housing.  Mayor Schmidt replied that the program is designed not to provide affordable housing, but make housing affordable.  Mr. Wintermeier stated that affordable housing projects are not meeting some of their goals and are being reevaluated. Mr. Wintermeier referred to the proposed 12 car parking lot on Farrington Rd. and asked if that sets precedence since other places have parking problems and are not included.  Village Manager Herbek replied that they are looking at where ever they can find a place to park vehicles safely especially in wintertime which helps everyone; some of these areas have no driveways or garages; the Village has created parking improvements with CDBG funds in other areas and should be trying to make these types of improvements where they can be made throughout the village.  Mr. Wintermeier stated that some water mains are in-line with no looping; will the lines installed be a loop type mechanism?  Village Manager Herbek replied that yes that is the main objective of the Hunter Place project; looping will go a long way to improve the brown water.
Ann DiCioccio, 12 Irving Ave., asked if Wolf Rd. is going to be included.  Village Manager Herbek replied that Wolf Rd. is not included in any of these projects.  Mayor Schmidt added that these were established on a priority basis; they are aware that Wolf Rd. ia also having brown water.  Ms. DiCioccio asked if this project is going to be carried out simultaneously with the Harmon Project.  Mayor Schmidt replied that they will not; they are future projects and they will not be going on at the same time but will be phased in.
John McKeon, 25 Prospect Pl., stated that he is concerned that it appears a decision has been tentatively made to allow a three lot sub division on top of Old Post Rd. which will require pumping sewage up to the main on Prospect which has a shallow sewer system; he has concern about the capability of the current sewage system and the additional load created with three additional houses which will be made on this line and asked if an analysis has been done.  Dan O’Connor replied that the subdivision will need to pump up to the sewer line, sewage will be shredded up during this process which allows it to flows easier; it can handle an additional three houses; there is no history of collapses; an analysis has been done; the decision was to do the water main, not sewer main which would raise the cost of the project by another $200,000.

Mayor Schmidt closed the public hearing with no further comments forthcoming.


a)      On motion of Trustee Wiegman, seconded by Trustee Steinberg, the following resolution was adopted unanimously by the Board of Trustees of the Village of Croton-on-Hudson, New York:

Resolution Endorsing the CDBG Application for the Hunter Place Infrastructure Improvement Project

WHEREAS, the Village of Croton on Hudson is seeking Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding for the Hunter Place Infrastructure Improvement Project; and

WHEREAS, funding will be for extension of the water main to eliminate a dead end in the system, replacing the existing curb to minimize drainage problems, installation of sanitary sewer manholes, and lining of the sanitary sewer main; and

WHEREAS, the total project cost is estimated at $378,000; and

WHEREAS, the Village pledges a $189,000 local share with a grant request of $189,000,

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED: that the Village Board of Trustees hereby endorses this Community Development Block Grant application being submitted for the FY 2006-2008 Funding Cycle.


b)      On motion of Trustee Kane, seconded by Trustee Brennan, the following resolution was adopted unanimously by the Board of Trustees of the Village of Croton-on-Hudson, New York:

Resolution Endorsing the CDBG Application for the Farrington Road Infrastructure Improvement Project

WHEREAS, the Village of Croton on Hudson is seeking Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding for Farrington Road Infrastructure Improvement Project; and

WHEREAS, funding will be for replacement of existing sanitary sewer main, installation of 10 manholes, replacement of existing sidewalk and curb including 100 feet on Hunter Place, construction of diagonal parking on lower Farrington, and installation of water valves on Farrington Road; and

WHEREAS, the total project cost is estimated at $526,000; and

WHEREAS, the Village pledges a $263,000 local share with a grant request of $263,000,

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED: that the Village Board of Trustees hereby endorses this Community Development Block Grant application being submitted for the FY 2006-2008 Funding Cycle.


c)      On motion of Trustee Kane, seconded by Trustee Brennan, the following resolution was adopted unanimously by the Board of Trustees of the Village of Croton-on-Hudson, New York:

Resolution Endorsing the CDBG Application for the High Street Infrastructure Improvement Project

WHEREAS, the Village of Croton on Hudson is seeking Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding for the High Street Infrastructure Improvement Project; and

WHEREAS, funding will be for replacement of existing sanitary sewer main and installation of manholes, replacement of drainage inlets and replacement of sidewalk and curb from Palmer Avenue to Old Post Road North; and

WHEREAS, the total project cost is estimated at $513,000; and

WHEREAS, the Village pledges a $256,500 local share with a grant request of $256,500,

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED: that the Village Board of Trustees hereby endorses this Community Development Block Grant application being submitted for the FY 2006-2008 Funding Cycle.


d)      On motion of Trustee Brennan, seconded by Trustee Kane, the following resolution was adopted unanimously by the Board of Trustees of the Village of Croton-on-Hudson, New York:

Resolution Endorsing the CDBG Application for the Prospect Place Infrastructure Improvement Project

WHEREAS, the Village of Croton on Hudson is seeking Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding for the Prospect Place Infrastructure Improvement Project; and

WHEREAS, funding will be for replacement of water main and sidewalk and curb; and

WHEREAS, the total project cost is estimated at $460,000; and

WHEREAS, the Village pledges a $230,000 local share with a grant request of $230,000,

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED: that the Village Board of Trustees hereby endorses this Community Development Block Grant application being submitted for the FY 2006-2008 Funding Cycle.

Discussion regarding these CDBG application resolutions: Trustee Wiegman stated that he is in favor of following the staff recommendations on each of these projects; if application is not made, the Village will not get any money. Trustee Kane stated that these projects are making an investment in the community. Trustee Brennan stated that extending the water main on Hunter Place will help with the water problem in this area and is a good investment; he is for these proposals.


4.      CORRESPONDENCE:
Village Manager Herbek read the following correspondence (full text available at the Village Office):
A letter from Ronald Wegner, PE, Cronin Engineering, enclosing materials in support of a Steep Slope Hardship Permit application for Margo Francy, Section: 67.20, Block:2, Lot:27, Old Albany Post Road. Village Manager Herbek stated that these materials should be referred to the Planning Board.  He added that two letters came in today from Janet Regis and from Sara & Ira Lipton, stating their concerns about this application.  Village Manager Herbek stated that with the approval of the Board, he will refer the whole packet to the Planning Board; when a report comes back, the Village Board will schedule a public hearing.  Trustee Wiegman made a motion to refer this matter and materials to the Planning Board; seconded by Trustee Brennan, approved by all.
A letter from William Pohlmann, President, Parish Council, Holy Name of Mary Church, expressing their objection to the proposed sanitary sewer rent law.  Mayor Schmidt stated that the public hearing was still open on that and they will have further public discussion.
Hudson River Estuary packet received from NYS Dept. of Environmental Conservation.  Mayor Schmidt stated that Croton is way ahead of a lot of communities, but there is still a lot to be done; copies are available in the Village office and on the DEC web site.  Trustee Wiegman made a motion to refer this document to the Waterfront Advisory; seconded by Trustee Kane, approved unanimously
Letter from Croton Housing Network asking for a waiver of fees for 14 Bank St., they are preparing this townhouse for resale; complete renovations need to be done; it will be offered first to priority groups within the Village.  Trustee Kane made a motion to approve the waiver of fees as requested; seconded by Trustee Brennan, approved unanimously.


CITIZEN PARTICIPATION-Agenda Items
Maria Cudequest, 84 Grand St., item asked what item “e” under resolutions on the agenda is.  Village Manager Herbek replied that it is the inter-municipal agreement that fulfills the requirement that all members of the consortium to be part of the CDBG program; the Village needs to be a member of the consortium to apply for grants.
Ira Lipton, 55 Old Post Rd N, commented on the application for a steep slopes permit; he lives directly behind this house and requested that in the future, please alert neighbors so they have a chance to comment.  He added that he has no expertise on the steep slopes law.  He asked if  the Planning Board will look at the engineers’ submission; there may be other issues to consider such as if the parcel qualifies for a hardship permit; a legal analysis should be done as to when the land was subdivided and by whom to see if it qualifies; does the Planning Board look at legal issues also?  He asked the Boards to comment on all issues that need to be considered.  Mayor Schmidt replied that they are sending this to the Planning Board for recommendation, if the project qualifies; it then comes back to the Village Board which schedules a public hearing where people are notified; the Planning Board meetings are open to the public and are noticed; residents are a part of this process.  Ann Gallelli, chair, Planning Board, replied that this is a correct statement and Mr. Lipton’s questions are valid; the Planning Board will look to see if it qualifies; the whole process as it plays out, is that they would make a recommendation to the Village Board who then schedules a public hearing; if the permit is granted, it will come back to the Planning Board for site plan approval and another public hearing.
Janet Regis stated that they were part of the original decision of Ira’s house being built; then they did not hear anything; they believed that it perhaps was not a good place to build a house and he has had to pay a lot of money to correct problems; she is paying money now to improve damage done to her land; this house should not have been built there; she wants to protect herself from another permit approval without considering the consequences to others; she does not want to spend more to maintain her house.
Mr. McKeon stated that he was living on Terrace Place when the flag lot that is being discussed tonight was created; the Jacobs family has created a series of real estate transactions that created a flag lot; now the property in front of the flag lot is being put forward as a variance for steep slope when the house is creating an illegal subdivision of the flag lot approved 13 years ago; only issue being referred to the Planning Board is a steep slope variance; not if the lot is even buildable.  He thinks that this is backwards; all issues associated with the question going to planning committee should be given to the board before being referred for determination; the Engineering Dept. should be involved before sending to the Planning Board.  Mr. McKeon added that there is no economic hardship on the part of the owner.   Trustee Brennan stated that he thinks they will be looking at everything that comes back from the Planning Board; they are professional enough to look first at whether it is a buildable lot or not; all “i’s” will be dotted and all “t’s” will be crossed, no one is going to get any special favors from this Board.  Mayor Schmidt added that when it does go to the Planning Board, they do take a look at the whole picture, all is taken into account and they may refer it to the Water Control Commission if there is a water issue; they have been pretty tough on steep slopes issues.  Trustee Steinberg asked if they know when this will it be on agenda of the Planning Board.  Ann Gallelli replied that it should be on the agenda of the May 24th meeting, but it may be rescheduled to 31st; she will know after tomorrow night’s meeting; the Planning Board agenda is put on the web site or residents can call the Engineer’s office. She suggested that people should know that there have been changes to the steep slopes law in the past year or year and half which has to do with qualifying factors in order to be considered for steep slopes variance, they have become tougher; wetlands issues would go to WCC for examination, set back issues will go to the ZBA; pieces of property left are more difficult and there are stiffer requirements; she encouraged the attendance of those with concerns.  Mr. McKeon added that in relation to Jacob’s properties at 53 Old Post Rd., approximately 9 yrs ago, he came to the Board regarding a variance being sought for a three family legality of occupancy and he was told the Village does not enforce occupancy laws on multi-dwelling properties so why should there be an issue to give them the variance.  Mayor Schmidt replied that if there is an issue that concerns him about zoning, please contact a member of the Board and they will do everything they can do to correct it.
Georgiana Grant, 37 Wells Ave., stated that she hopes that Trustee Brennan, by assuring residents that every “i” would be dotted and every “t” crossed and no special deals made, does not suggest that former boards have made deals.  Trustee Brennan replied that it does not.  Ms. Grant stated that she hopes they know where the removed sidewalk concrete is going and that it will not be dumped at the entrance to the Village.  She added that there was always concern about not knowing where sewer and water lines are located and asked if there is decent mapping of the lines in this area to prevent damage to other utilities.  Mayor Schmidt replied that with the new technology, the mapping gives a better understanding of where lines are and he believes that it is built into these projects to anticipate they may damage other utilities during the project.  Ms. Grant asked how have Harmon residents responded to hooking houses up to water lines?  Mayor Schmidt replied that they are not at this point yet, we will have a public meeting with residents well before the project gets under way and we will have a schedule so people can know when to anticipate doing this.  Ms. Grant added that she is in support of these CDBG projects, especially the Farrington Rd. parking lot area.




RESOLUTIONS:

a)      On motion of Trustee Wiegman, seconded by Trustee Kane, the following resolution was adopted unanimously by the Board of Trustees of the Village of Croton-on-Hudson, New York:

WHEREAS, three bids were received for the Municipal Building basement renovation-police storage area project; and

WHEREAS, NAC Industries Inc. submitted the lowest bid at $42,900; and

WHEREAS, the Village Engineer has reviewed the bid and recommends that the bid be awarded to NAC Industries,


NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED:  that the Village Manager is authorized to award the bid to NAC Industries, Inc. for the amount of $42,900,
AND BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED:  that this amount be charged to account #3-1620-200-0102-60.
Discussion: Trustee Kane asked if the police department has signed off.  Village Manager Herbek replied that they have been part of this process.

b) On motion of Trustee Wiegman, seconded by Trustee Steinberg, the following resolution was adopted unanimously by the Board of Trustees of the Village of Croton-on-Hudson, New York:

WHEREAS, the Village intends to construct a multi-purpose playing field at Croton Landing; and

WHEREAS, the Village sent out Request for Proposals for design work and the preparation of construction documents for the construction of the field; and

WHEREAS, three proposals were received; and

WHEREAS, Hahn Engineering of Brewster, NY submitted the lowest bid at $41,500 including $6,500 for the design of a 6” water line; and

WHEREAS, the Village Engineer has reviewed the proposal and recommends awarding the project to Hahn Engineering;

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED:  that the Village Manager is hereby authorized to award the contract to Hahn Engineering for $41,500
AND BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED:  that this amount be charged as follows:
Capital Account 003-7140-200-0304-107   $35,000
Water Fund 2-8340-400                           $ 6,500
Discussion:  Trustee Wiegman stated that it is a good idea to extend the water main using a bit of the water fund.  Trustee Steinberg suggested getting representatives from little league and AYSO involved as they are still short of fields.  Village Manager Herbek replied that first Hahn Engineering should get started, when they have a general plan, then these people can be brought in.  Trustee Wiegman added that the design is not particularly for a baseball diamond; creating a raised pitching mound would create a one sport playing field; can continue dialogue, however.  Trustee Kane suggested putting Trustee Steinberg’s concerns on a future work session.  Trustee Brennan added that they can have a moveable pitching mound.

c)      On motion of Trustee Kane, seconded by Trustee Wiegman, the following resolution was adopted unanimously by the Board of Trustees of the Village of Croton-on-Hudson, New York:

WHEREAS, over the years the Village of Croton on Hudson has entered into an agreement with the SCPA of Westchester, Inc. to provide shelter services to the Village on an annual basis; and

WHEREAS, it is now necessary for the Village to renew this agreement for the next fiscal year commencing June 1, 2005 and ending May 31, 2006,

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED: that the Village Manager is hereby authorized to sign the agreement with the SCPA of Westchester, Inc. to provide certain services to the Village for seized, stray and homeless dogs and cats in accordance with the terms of the agreement at the annual cost of $5,093.04


d)      On motion of Trustee Brennan, seconded by Trustee Kane, the following resolution was adopted unanimously by the Board of Trustees of the Village of Croton-on-Hudson, New York:

WHEREAS, The Village was awarded the 2004 Greenway Visions in Planning Award; and

WHEREAS, this award qualifies the Village for a $5,000 matching grant from the Greenway Communities Council; and

WHEREAS, this money will be used to help fund the improvements at the Senasqua Boat Basin; and

WHEREAS, The Village has received a Memorandum of Understanding from the Greenway,

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED:  that the Mayor is authorized to sign the Memorandum of Understanding with the Greenway for the improvements to the Senasqua Boat Basin.



e)                                      ADOPTED: _May 2, 2005__

        Trustee Kane offered the following resolution and moved its adoption, seconded by Trustee Wiegman:

RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE VILLAGE OF CROTON-ON-HUDSON TO ENTER INTO AN AGREEMENT WITH THE COUNTY OF WESTCHESTER FOR THE PURPOSE OF UNDERTAKING A COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM.

        WHEREAS, the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development of the United States is authorized, under Title I of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974 as amended, and Title II of the National Affordable Housing Act of 1990, as amended, to make grants to states and other units of general local government to help finance Community Development Programs; and

        WHEREAS, Section 99-h of the General Municipal Law of the State of New York grants to any municipal corporation the power, either individually or jointly with one or more municipal corporations, to apply for, accept and expend funds made available by the federal government, either directly or through the State, pursuant to the provisions of any Federal law which is not inconsistent with the statutes or constitution of this State, in order to administer, conduct or participate with the Federal government in programs relating to the general welfare of the inhabitants of such municipal corporation; and

        WHEREAS, the Community Development Act of 1974 as amended, Title II of the National Affordable Housing Act of 1990, as amended, and any “Eligible Activities” thereunder are not inconsistent with the statutes or Constitution of the State; and

        WHEREAS, a number of municipalities have requested Westchester’s participation, and the County of Westchester has determined that it is desirable and in the public interest that it make application for Community Development Block Grant funds and HOME funds as an Urban County; and

        WHEREAS, participation by the County of Westchester as an Urban County in the Community Development Program requires that the Village of Croton-on-Hudson and the County of Westchester cooperate in undertaking, or assisting in undertaking, essential community development and housing activities, specifically those activities authorized by statutes enacted pursuant to Article 18 of the New York State Constitution.

        WHEREAS, this Board deems it to be in the public interest for the Village of Croton-on-Hudson to enter into a Cooperation Agreement with the County of Westchester for the aforesaid purposes.

        NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Village Manager be and hereby is authorized to execute a Cooperation Agreement between the Village of Croton-on-Hudson and the County of Westchester for the purposes of undertaking a Community Development Program pursuant to the Housing and Community development Act of 1974 as amended and Title II of the National Affordable Housing Act of 1990, as amended.

        The foregoing resolution was adopted upon roll call as follows:

                AYES:           Trustees Wiegman, Kane, Steinberg, Brennan and Mayor Schmidt

                NOES:           __________________________

Certified by:   
INSTRUCTIONS FOR RESOLUTION
COOPERATION AGREEMENTS FY 2006-2008


1.      Name of Governing Board Member Offering Resolution.

2.      Name of Municipality

3.      Name of Municipality

4.      Name of Municipality.

5.      Name of Person/Title of Person Authorized to Sign Cooperation Agreement

6.      Name of Municipality

7.      Name of Governing Board Members Voting Aye

8.      Name of Governing Board Members Voting No

9.      Certification by Clerk


Resolution items f, g, h, i, on agenda – refer to item #3-Public Hearing

j)      On motion of Trustee Wiegman, seconded by Trustee Kane, the following resolution was adopted unanimously by the Board of Trustees of the Village of Croton-on-Hudson, New York:

WHEREAS, at the Special Meeting of the Village Board on April 25, 2005 Mayor Schmidt brought up the matter of the designation of the new road along the Hudson River shoreline which the previous Board had approved naming as “Elliott Way,” and

WHEREAS, two remaining issues needed to be resolved, one being keeping the name of the road as “Elliott Way” or changing the name to “Elliott’s Way, “and also the start and end point of the designation,

WHEREAS, at the Special Meeting it was decided to keep the designation of the new road as “Elliott Way,” with the start point being at the intersection with the Half Moon Bay Bridge and ending at the CSX Building at Croton Landing,

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED:  that the name of the new road shall be “Elliott Way” with a start point at the intersection with the Half Moon Bay Bridge and ending at the CSX Building at Croton Landing.


CITIZEN PARTICIPATION – NON-AGENDA ITEMS:
Maria Cudequest, 84 Grant St., stated that Westchester County is considering amendments to their licensing law; they have had hearings and there will be more; it will require licensing and background checks to reduce continued influence of organized crime in the industry.  She added that under consideration is mandatory and accurate company identification of trucks and containers; this is not mandated now; many trucks leaving MetroEnviro had no identification or if so, the company was no longer in business; Legislators Abbinanti and Oros recognize the legitimacy of concerns.  Ms. Cudequest asked the Board to send written support of this identification of trucks.  She added that other amendments are being considered and she will ask for Board support for those as well.  Ms. Cudequest stated that she sent the Board a PowerPoint presentation about Millennium pipeline that was given in Boston; it concerns phase 1 of construction and gives a hint of where phase 2 was going.  She noted that Millennium appears to be using competitor’s pipelines to piggy back gas to city customers which they said they couldn’t do.  Ms. Cudequest stated that many residents plan to attend the MetroEnviro oral arguments on June 8th at 2 pm in Albany.  She thanked the Board for getting the tax increase down and was pleased to see that it was lowered.
Bob Wintermeir, 43 Radnor, referred to the cut in the tax increase that was originally planned; initially were looking at a 15 or 17% increase; additional items could have brought the increase to more than 17%; residents did not realize what the Board was faced with.  He added that they used common sense, prioritized and delayed some expenses.  Mr. Wintermeier stated that $168,000 additional was needed and they had to find the money but still brought the budget down to less than 10%; those with fixed incomes are please with the efforts.  He stated that they deferred grant money and the acquisition of one police car and cut a police officer, which is not a safety factor; the Board listened to people and cut the budget; some items were added such as an additional amount for fuel; included $100,000 for pensions and $68,000 for a fire truck.  Mr. Wintermeier suggested seeing if the Village could use the railroad facilities for oil and florescent recycling which was Trustee Kane’s suggestion.  Debit should be used only as a last resort.
Ann DiCioccio thanked the Board for lowering the tax increase; seniors are indebted.
Fran Allen, 7 Finney Farm, stated that before the Village launches ball fields on the Hudson project, they need to understand if they are a permitted use for that area; it could very well be not permitted use; go through existing documentation very carefully.

        
8.  APPROVAL OF MINUTES:
Trustee Kane made a motion to approve the minutes of the Special Board Meeting held on April 11, 2005 as corrected.  Trustee Steinberg seconded the motion.  The Board voted unanimous approval.

Trustee Steinberg made a motion to approve the minutes of the Regular Board Meeting held on April 18, 2005 as corrected.  Trustee Kane seconded the motion.  The Board voted unanimous approval.

Trustee Wiegman made a motion to approve the minutes of the Special Meeting (Executive Session) held on April 18, 2005 as corrected.  Trustee Kane seconded the motion.  The Board voted unanimous approval.

Trustee Brennan made a motion to approve the minutes of the Special Board Meeting held on April 25, 2005.  Trustee Steinberg seconded the motion.  The Board voted unanimous approval.

9. REPORTS:
Village Manager Herbek reported that he received from the NY City Dept. of Environmental Protection a notice that they intend to permanently close Croton Dam Rd. due to security concerns; there is a process NYC DEP will be going through; a FEAS was sent, NYC Environmental Protection is asking to be lead agency; if any other agency believes it should be lead agency, the Village needs to raise objections to NYC DEP.  Trustee Kane asked if residents will have any opportunity to raise questions; there are concerns such as fire protection.  Village Manager Herbek stated that pedestrian and vehicle emergency traffic could still continue to use the road, but protocols need to be worked out.  Trustee Wiegman questioned if bicycles will be allowed.  Mayor Schmidt added that this is long term and there is a need to look at alternative access.  Village Manager Herbek reported that a work session is scheduled for next Monday; there will be discussion various recreation matters.

Trustee Wiegman reported that the current administration in Washington is seeking to move CDBG from HUD to another dept. and also the President has been on a Social Security tour; if folks want a NY prospective, see www.inthistogethercampaign.org   Trustee Wiegman added that he has received a lot of information regarding biodiversity workshops and will forward notes after he looks through it further.  

Trustee Kane reported that the Annual Village Earth Day cleanup was very successful; two benches were installed at the small boat launch; the Duck Pond was cleaned by scouts.  He stated that at the Duck Pond, 3 cubic yards of brush was chipped; 30 cubic yards of driftwood was removed from Senasqua beach; 4,460 lbs. of metal objects were removed, and 9 ½ tons of trash was removed from parks; there were about100 participants who did an outstanding job along with the DPW crews, environmental group and Liz Kaplan and her 3rd grade class

Trustee Steinberg reported that he attended the Library Assoc. annual meeting and they presented the Library with a check for $20,000; over 170,000 items were in circulation this past year.  He attended a Little League Parade and they did a very good job; Dobbs Field was in very good shape despite the rain.

Trustee Brennan reported that the Village newsletter has information about household cleanup dates; at FDR Park on May 6th from 1 to 3 and May 7th from 9 to 3 also at Westchester Community College, Valhalla, on June 10th from 1 to 3 and June 11th from 9 to 3.  He congratulated every one on the budget; they worked hard as a whole to help the Village.

Mayor Schmidt reported that residents should have received a copy of Focus on Recycling which has this information about clean up days and things that can be done at home to protect the environment.  He added that he did meet with the veterans, but no decision has been made yet.   Mayor Schmidt added that they did not cut a police officer as previously stated, but did cut a line for an additional officer that has been there.  He thanked the Board for working hard and making these difficult decisions; the budget was passed on April 25th and it is available if anyone is interested in looking at it.  He thanked the professional staff for the work they did to prepare the budget and helping them through it.


Trustee Kane made a motion to adjourn.  Trustee Brennan seconded the motion; approved unanimously.  The meeting was adjourned at 10:20 p.m.


Respectfully submitted,

Phyllis A. Bradbury
Phyllis A. Bradbury, Secretary


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Village Clerk