A Regular Meeting of the Board of Trustees of the Village of Croton on Hudson, NY was held on Monday, July 25, 2005 at the Municipal Building, Van Wyck Street, Croton on Hudson, NY 10520.
The following officials were present:
Absent: Mayor Schmidt
1.~~~~~~CALL TO ORDER: Trustee Brennan called the meeting to order at 8:03 p.m. Everyone joined in the Pledge of Allegiance. Village Manager Herbek read the statement of the Village Board concerning legal proceedings brought by Metro Enviro Transfer LLC and Greentree Realty, LLC dated July 25, 2005. Trustee Brennan announced that Mayor Schmidt was on vacation and comments on the above matter should be held until citizen’s participation.
2.~~~~~~APPROVAL OF VOUCHERS:
Trustee Steinberg made a motion to approve the vouchers as follows, subject to review by the Audit Committee. The motion was seconded by Trustee Kane and approved unanimously.
Trust & Agency
Village Manager Herbek read the following correspondence (full text available at the Village Office):
a.~~~~~~Patrick Calcutti, re: thank you for handling the matter of naming streets after Veterans.
b.~~~~~~Westchester County Housing Opportunity Commission, re: Draft Affordable Housing Allocation Plan.
c.~~~~~~Lyn Roessler, Grand Street; re: Deterioration of historic Underhill wine cellars at Croton Point Park. Trustee Wiegman suggested that we follow up on that with a letter and Trustee Brennan agreed. Village Manager Herbek will compose a letter.
4. CITIZEN PARTICIPATION – AGENDA ITEMS
a.~~~~~~Authorizing the Mayor to sign the 2004 Sponsor Authorization Form for the Fire Service Award Program
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, the Volunteer Fire Department Service Award Program was approved by referendum in 2003; and
WHEREAS, the list of members of the Fire Department indicating those who earned a year of service credit during the calendar year, those that did not earn a year of credit, and those who waived participation has been posted for review by the Fire Department for 30 days, ~and
WHEREAS, this list has been approved by the Village Board,
NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED: that the Mayor is hereby authorized to sign the 2004 Sponsor Authorization Form.
b.~~~~~~Authorizing the Village Manager to sign the amendment to the Brook Street/Kaplans Pond CDBG project extending its termination date to December 31, 2005 ~
On motion of Trustee Kane, 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 and Westchester County entered into an agreement on July 8, 2004 wherein the Village will be receiving Community Development Block Grant Funds for a Brook Street Neighborhood improvement project; and
WHEREAS, this project consists of the replacement of the old outlet structure at Kaplans Pond and the construction of a new emergency spillway; and
WHEREAS, the County and the Village desire to amend the termination date of their agreement from June 20, 2005 to December 31, 2005,
NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED: that the Village Manager is hereby authorized to sign the amendment to Contract Number C-67-04-P18 extending the termination date to December 31, 2005
c.~~~~~~Authorizing the Village Manager to sign the agreement with MetroPool reimbursing the Village for the reimbursement of permit costs to the Village
On motion of Trustee Wiegman, seconded by Trustee Kane, the following resolution was unanimously adopted by the Board of Trustees of the Village of Croton-on-Hudson, New York:
WHEREAS, on March 21, 2005 the Village Board of Trustees approved a resolution offering free permit parking to those permit holders who drive a car deemed an energy efficient vehicle which has low emissions; and
WHEREAS, the Village Manager and staff held a number of meetings and discussions with David Markowitz of the NYS DOT, Carol Ryan and John Lyons of MetroPool; and
WHEREAS, as a result of these discussions it was determined that it would be more efficient for the Village to offer permit holders a 50% reduction to their permit so as to discourage occasional users from obtaining a quarterly permit, and
WHEREAS, the NYSDOT and MetroPool agreed that a 50% reduction was still a large incentive to permit holders, and
WHEREAS, an agreement between the Village of Croton on Hudson and MetroPool has been drafted whereby MetroPool agrees to reimburse the Village for its lost revenue resulting from offering a 50% reduction of the parking costs for those permit holders at the Croton-Harmon Station who can verify ownership of an energy efficient vehicle with low emissions such as a hybrid or electric car,
NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED: that the Village Manager is hereby authorized to sign the agreement with MetroPool for the reimbursement of permit costs to the Village.
Discussion: Trustee Wiegman suggested that the Village issue a press release and post on the website.
d.~~~~~~Authorizing the circulation of the Coastal Assessment Form and Full Environmental Assessment Form to all interested agencies regarding the Riverwalk Project ~
On motion of Trustee Kane, seconded by Trustee Wiegman, the following resolution was unanimously adopted by the Board of Trustees of the Village of Croton-on-Hudson, New York:
WHEREAS, Westchester County has received Legacy Funds of approximately $800,000 to extend the handicapped-accessible trail that has been constructed on the southern portion of Croton Landing through the Beaverkill (North Cove) section of Croton Landing as part of its Riverwalk Project; and
WHEREAS, this project will include an entire clean-up of the site, new plantings, and a separation of the site from the Metro-North railroad tracks; and
WHEREAS, the County has hired Cherbuliez Munz to complete the design plans for this project and the Village has now received preliminary plans from Hahn Engineering, a subcontractor; and
WHEREAS, the Full Environmental Assessment Form and the Coastal Assessment Form has been completed,
NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED: that the Village Board of Trustees hereby declares this project to be a Type I action,
AND BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED: that the Village Board of Trustees hereby declares its intent to become Lead Agency with respect to this matter,
AND BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED: that the Village Board of Trustees hereby authorizes the circulation of the Coastal Assessment Form and Full Environmental Assessment Form to all interested agencies including the Westchester County Board of Legislators, the Village of Croton-on-Hudson Waterfront Advisory Council, the New York State Office of Parks Recreation & Historic Preservation, and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation,
AND BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED: that the Village Board of Trustees will consider whether or not to issue a Negative Declaration with respect to this matter at the end of the review process.
e. Authorizing the Village Manager to sign the renewed snow and ice agreement with Westchester County
On motion of Trustee Steinberg, 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, the Village’s intermunicipal agreement with Westchester County on removing snow and ice from County Roads is due to expire on September 30, 2005; and
WHEREAS, the Village has received a renewed 5-year agreement commencing October 1, 2005 through September 30, 2010; and
WHEREAS, the agreement contains the annual C.P.I escalation provision with a bonus reimbursement rate for communities with approved salt sheds as shown on schedule A,
NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED: that the Village Manager is hereby authorized to sign the Renewed Snow & Ice Agreement with Westchester County for the years 2005-2010
6. CITIZEN PARTICIPATION – NON-AGENDA ITEMS
7.~~~~~~APPROVAL OF MINUTES: ~July 11, 2005, July 18, 2005 Special Meeting
Trustee Kane made a motion to approve the Regular Board Meeting held on July 11, 2005 as submitted. Seconded by Trustee Wiegman. The board voted unanimous approval.
Trustee Kane made a motion to approve the Special Board Meeting held on July 18, 2005 as submitted. Trustee Steinberg seconded the motion. The board voted unanimous approval.
Harmon Water Project Update from Village Engineer Daniel F. O’Connor – Contractor has finished up the intersections on Oneida Avenue. These consisted of replacing the valves at the intersection and extending the water main down the side streets a few lengths to hold the valves in place. Oneida Avenue is complete in terms of the 10-inch water main installation and also the intersections on Oneida into the side streets. The remaining work on Oneida will consist of tying in at Riverside Avenue and Cleveland Drive that should be within the next couple of weeks. Currently, they are working on Benedict Avenue; approximately 600 feet of pipe has been installed on Benedict. The contractor will continue to work on Benedict Avenue until he reaches Riverside and then do the intersections on Benedict
Avenue. Once the water mains are charged on Oneida and Benedict, the contractor will bring in a second crew to start installing the water service lines. A small period of water outage occurred on July 20th that was caused by the contractor hitting an old abandoned service line that was repaired in less than 2 hours. The public will be notified ahead of time when the connections are done at Riverside and Cleveland for tying into the main water main. It would help to take another route to get to Riverside while the work is ongoing on Benedict. Also wanted to remind people to think about replacing their water service line and their sewer line. Oneida will be one of the first streets that are overtopped with pavement so anyone on Oneida should contact him for sewer line replacement.
Trustee Brennan – Dan is doing an excellent job. He stopped by a few residents and they were very happy with the way they were able to get out of their driveway and everything seems to be going great.
Trustee Steinberg – Thanked Janine King and Village Manager Herbek for their assistance in putting together a welcome packet for new residents that will start going out in the next few weeks. It will include such information as a break down of the various services throughout the community available, garbage schedule, information on the library, recreational department along with a cover letter from the Mayor and the Village Manager. Secondly, wanted to remind everyone that the second family fun night of the summer at Silver Lake will be held on Wednesday, August 3rd at 6:00 p.m.
Trustee Kane – No report.
Trustee Wiegman – Announced that Croton Team Theatre had a big smash hit with Seussical. Read the names of the children that performed.
Village Manager Herbek – A letter was sent to him from Mark and Karin Stinga who are relatively new residents to the community and would like to replace their sidewalk but they did not make the May 31st deadline. Because of the way the plan is scheduled to work it is no longer a 50% reimbursement it is now only a 25% reimbursement to those who sign up as of June 1, 2005. They are wondering whether the board might want to take a look at this again and extend the 50% offer to them. If the board were so inclined, the only way to accomplish that would be to change the local law. Trustee Steinberg suggested that it be discussed at a work session.
Treasurer Zambrano – Recommended we include in the welcome package a schedule of taxes and water payment schedules.
Trustee Steinberg made a motion to adjourn and go into an executive session. Trustee Kane seconded the motion; approved unanimously. The meeting was adjourned at 8:48 p.m.
Marla Pardee, Secretary