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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


Hours: Mon. - Fri., 8:30 am - 4 pm
 
Board of Trustees Meeting November 7, 2005
Regular Meeting of the Board of Trustees of the Village of Croton-on-Hudson, NY was held on Monday, November 7, 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 Stecich                Trustee Brennan
Treasurer Zambrano              Trustee Steinberg


1. CALL TO ORDER:
Mayor Schmidt called the meeting to order at 8:15 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                    $ 93,280.32
                Water Fund       7,894.41                               
                Capital Accounts            1,500.00
        Trust & Agency     5,784.00     
                         $108,458.73


3.      CORRESPONDENCE:
Village Manager Herbek read the following correspondence (full text available at the Village Office):
A letter from Andreas Y. Gruson, Chair and CIO, Regus Industries, LLC, 2730 Transit Rd., West Seneca, NY 14224, regarding Northeast Interchange Railway, LLC’s proposed operations at the rail property on Croton Point Ave.
A memorandum from Ann Gallelli for the Planning Board, regarding the proposed fire department training facility and stating that the Planning Board supports the proposal with recommendations for screening, plantings and painting.
A memorandum from Carolyn Fahey, Office of Real Property Services, regarding the Village’s choice to remain an assessing unit.  Village Manager Herbek suggested putting this on a work session for further discussion and explanation of why the previous Boards have chosen to remain an assessing unit.

4.      CITIZEN PARTICIPATION-Agenda Items

Georgiana Grant, 37 Wells Ave., asked if Hudson National Golf Course, MetroNorth and the County have been contacted about their participation in the sewer tax.  Mayor Schmidt replied that MetroNorth has been contacted and has indicated that they will not participate in this.  Mayor Schmidt added that if MetroNorth was going to pay it would be in addition to the money collected, it ultimately will equalize based on use.   Ms. Grant stated that the Village requires Hudson National to pump 30 gallons per minute into the Arboretum.  Mayor Schmidt replied that every bill that goes out will be based on usage and to be fair, the Village will have to charge everyone who uses the system; there can’t be exemptions in the law for every eventuality out there.  Ms. Grant stated that the Village may consider some help for seniors who may not hear a leak or running water, at one time, the suggestion was made to use Scouts to monitor designated residences.  Mayor Schmidt replied that the automated meters will put a check on unusual use and will be an avenue to notify residents if something is wrong.  Ms. Grant asked will those who have a septic tank be taxed also.  Mayor Schmidt replied that if they are in the geographical area they will.  Ms. Grant stated that she is not clear why, as long as the tax money is going into the operating fund, does this have to be done through the water fund when it can be left where it is.  Village Manager Herbek replied that the Village cannot keep any money in separate accounts in a general fund, any funds left over at the end of the year would become a part of the fund balance.  Trustee Kane responded that the Village could at any time institute a reserve fund for sewers for one year or a capital fund would be for extended periods.  Mayor Schmidt replied that there is another philosophy coming down through municipal law that says we, as users currently, should not only be paying for what is used now but also help defray future costs; the Village will have a fund to take care of future expenses rather than expecting future generations take care of what we have neglected to do now; those who use very little water will pay very little and those who use a lot will be paying their fair share. Ms. Grant asked if there are any law suits, is there an attorney to defend this law?  Mayor Schmidt replied that Village Attorney Stecich feels very confident in what the Village is doing.  Ms. Grant asked if the Village will be sending MetroNorth a bill even though they will not participate.  Village Manager Herbek replied that they are exempt from paying any rents, taxes or fees unless they receive a benefit; it does not appear they can be charged and they will not be sent a bill.  Ms. Grant asked if the Board will be meeting with Mr. Gruson from Greentree.  Mayor Schmidt replied, no, not at this time.  Trustee Steinberg added that it is his opinion that the Board has been very adamant about their position regarding the pending application before the Solid Waste Commission.  Trustee Brennan added that they have not filed any application with the Village for any type of permit.
Maria Cudequest, 84 Grant St., distributed material to the Board.  She stated that she is pleased the Board will not be meeting with Regus; she pointed out misrepresentations in their letter; adding that there is no groundswell of residents begging to negotiate.  She pointed out several reasons why she believes that the Village’s position is correct and asked the Board to not negotiate with Regus.  
Michael Goetz, 19 Irving Ave., had several questions about the water fund and the new sewer rent, which cannot be deducted for tax purposes.   Mayor Schmidt replied that residents will not be able to deduct sewer rent as it is a utility.  Mr. Getz replied that the water bill is not part of taxes; however, residents having been paying for sewers through the general fund and if this is approved, will the Village now take the approximate $69.00 off his tax bill.  Treasurer Zambrano replied yes.   Mayor Schmidt added that they will be looking at this sewer rent on a year to year basis; they will seek advice from the Village Manager and Treasurer and factor in what improvements are planned and approved; he believes that the average homeowner will come out equal or better than now.
Pat Barua asked when the Regus letter is dated and who is copied on it?  Village Manager Herbek responded to his questions.  Mr. Barua also asked if Maria Cudequest was correct that the letter said the county urged the Village Board to talk to them.  Village Attorney Stecich replied that it was one commissioner and it was made clear it was just the opinion of one of the commissioners, not the whole board. Pat Barua also asked if the letter also said that the public wanted this.  Village Attorney Stecich replied that Mr. Gruson, based on watching the meeting, determined the public wanted them to sit down and talk.  Ms. Barua asked if the Village Attorney could tell anything about the status of the STB action and is there anything further to be filed.  Village Attorney Stecich replied that there is nothing further to be filed.  Pat Barua requested that the letter from Mr. Gruson be posted on the web site.  Ms. Barua questioned how they arrived at the 10% sewer rent rate.  Treasurer Zambrano replied that it was determined that at this first billing, the sewer fund will not incur expenses, it will go into the fund balance this year and the plan is for next year it will be incorporated into the sewer funds budget and leave some funds in the fund balance for future infrastructure repairs and maintenance.  Ms. Barua replied that the proposed law does not authorize that kind of procedure and asked if an estimate was done last April as it says in the law.   Ms. Barua stated that in imposing the rent without prior estimates based on what the law says, anyone could challenge this year’s sewer rent on that basis and asked if there will be another public hearing on the rate.  Mayor Schmidt replied that the next hearing will be at budget time.
Bob Wintermieir, 43 Radnor Ave., stated that he spent some time putting together a chart which he displayed and distributed copies to the Board members.  He added that he also spent time with Treasurer Zambrano today about this proposal; tax exempts such as the county, schools and churches were free of any payment toward the maintenance fee; the water rent expects to get additional fees from tax exempts; he strongly supports this sewer rental fee.
Susan Koenig, 37 Elmore, stated that she does not have a problem with the sewer rent fee and is glad the Board is not going to meet with another waste company.  She added that Allied was fined by the DEC for violations in Mt. Kisco.
Don Daubney, 45 Bungalow Rd., stated that the main advantage of a sewer rental is establishing a fund to draw upon when needed in the future; previously emergency funds were pulled from the general fund and paid for in a tax increase the next year; this will not cost the average tax payer any more than in the past; he is in support of this measure and also supports not meeting with Regus.

5.      Village Engineer, Daniel O’Connor, gave an update of the on-going water project: a lot of the water main work has been completed; Crest St. will be done this Thursday; more complicated will be the water main from Benedict Blvd., across Riverside to Wayne St.; have patience when goes across Riverside Ave.; a lot of testing is going on right now; they need Health Dept. approval to turn water mains on, then will start installing service lines; he urged homeowners to continue replacing old water lines and sewer pipes; they hope to be able to work through the winter.  Trustee Kane stated that homeowners perhaps would prefer to wait until spring to hook up because of the expected unprecedented heating costs and asked if this would this be a problem.  Village Engineer O’Connor replied that since no paving will be done this fall, homeowners can connect to the water main later if they prefer; fees are being waived at present while the inspectors are out their working right now; however, sewers are more critical as they go out into the street.   Trustee Wiegman stated that the question of curbs came up and asked for more information.  Village Engineer O’Connor replied that they will not be installing any curbs except on Benedict Blvd. around the island.   Trustee Brennan asked for an update of what is going on up at Kaplan’s Pond.  Village Engineer O’Connor replied that they have dropped the level of the pond about 2 ½ feet; it takes the pond about a day to lower; some soil is undergoing testing to get the right mixture and landscaping is being done this week; a bridge & trail will be constructed and they will take some trees down by the dam.  Trustee Brennan asked if it is his opinion that engineering helped the lower area of Brook St.  Village Engineer O’Connor replied that it definitely helped.

Mayor Schmidt announced that Matthew Pucci, a local Boy Scout was present to complete requirements for a citizenship badge.

6. RESOLUTIONS:
a)      On motion of Trustee Brennan,  seconded by  Trustee Steinberg,  the following resolution was adopted by the Board of Trustees of the Village of Croton-on-Hudson, New York with the following vote:  Trustees Kane, Wiegman, “nay”; Trustees Steinberg, Brennan and Mayor Schmidt, “aye”.

WHEREAS, The Village has been considering the adoption of Local Law Introductory No. 1 of 2005 establishing of sewer rents in the Village; and

WHEREAS, this proposed law was a subject of a Public Hearing held on April 18 2005 and October 17, 2005; and

WHEREAS, the Village Board must consider the environmental impacts of the adoption of this law; and

WHEREAS, a short environmental assessment form has been prepared,

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED:  that the Village Board of Trustees hereby declares this to be an unlisted action and adopts the Negative Declaration with regard to this action.  
Discussion: Trustee Steinberg stated that the environmental component is a positive and will make people more aware of their consumption of the utility.  He added that it will be incumbent on future Boards to not create an artificial reduction in the tax rate in the Village and should be held accountable.  Trustee Brennan stated that he has been given the obligation to be a proper steward of the Village; he believes that the infrastructure needs to be looked out for and not pay as you go, but plan for future emergencies and expenses.  Trustee Kane stated that the Village could institute a capital reserve fund or a repair reserve fund to do the same thing and they would remain tax deductible; seniors and veterans would get their exemptions.  He added that in the projected budget, 2006-07, sanitary sewer rehab is expected to be $200,000 plus $40,000 for the High Street project and he feels that the 10% rate is a teaser rate and that this fund will run in the red; they are looking at a 30% sewer rent within 2 years and he does not support this.  Mayor Schmidt stated that improvement money was borrowed through the water department and these are anticipated costs, not written in stone; costs will be borne by the proper area.  Trustee Wiegman asked if we know how many are on septic that will be paying the sewer rent.  Mayor Schmidt replied that he knows of one, himself; he already pays this fee in his general taxes and has no problem paying the sewer rent.  Trustee Wiegman stated that he would be for this sewer rent law if someone could answer what is the problem they are trying to solve by passing this now and why is this the solution; the law was written to capture those who are not paying a sewer fee; the Village has not had a sewer funding problem in the last 75 years.  Mayor Schmidt stated that he believes there has been a sewer funding problem; he believes that this is forward looking government; the infrastructure has been ignored and it is sound financial business to put something away.  Trustee Wiegman replied that he has seen problems with the newer equipment, not the older; should recognize that the state and county health departments are very interested in connecting everyone possible to a sewer line; what in this law makes that possible.   Mayor Schmidt replied that it is not the Village’s responsibility to connect individual homes to the Village sanitary sewer system.  Trustee Wiegman asked what further study will be done to get those connected.    

b)      On motion of  Trustee Steinberg,  seconded by  Trustee Brennan,  the following resolution was adopted by the Board of Trustees of the Village of Croton-on-Hudson, New York with the following vote: Trustees Kane, Wiegman, “nay”; Trustees Steinberg, Brennan and Mayor Schmidt, “aye”.

WHEREAS, The Village has been considering the adoption of Local Law Introductory No. 1 of 2005 establishing of sewer rents in the Village; and

WHEREAS, this proposed law was a subject of a Public Hearing held on April 18 2005 and October 17, 2005; and

WHEREAS, the proposed law was discussed in a number of work sessions and reviewed by the Village Treasurer, Village Manager, Village Engineer and Village Attorney; and

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED:  that the Village Board of Trustees hereby adopts Local Law Introductory No. 1 of 2005 effective December 1, 2005,
AND BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED:  that the Village Treasurer is authorized to establish a separate sewer fund.

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

WHEREAS, Nextel of New York, Inc. is interested in constructing a cellular tower and related communications facilities in an area located near the salt storage shed; and

WHEREAS, Nextel Communications is also interested in constructing communications facilities including antennas and equipment to be located in interior space and on the roof of the Municipal Building; and

WHEREAS, such communications facilities would greatly improve cellular service and emergency communications services within the Village; and

WHEREAS, the first step in this process has been to prepare lease agreements allowing for the rental of Village property for the purpose of constructing communications facilities; and

WHEREAS, these lease agreements are subject to special permit approval by the Village Board of Trustees as described in Chapter 206, Telecommunications Towers, of the Village Code and Site Plan Approval by the Planning Board before any construction can take place,

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED:  that the Village Manager is authorized to sign the two lease agreements with Nextel Communications providing for the rental of Village property for the purpose of constructing and providing communications services, subject to final changes currently in discussion with the Village Attorney.

Discussion:  Trustee Steinberg inquired why a lease is signed before the special permit and site plan approval.   Village Manager Herbek replied that is because it is on Village land/property; it is an expensive approval process and Nextel needs to know that the Village, as landlord, is willing to sign this agreement and also to have standing.   Trustee Brennan stated that this does not mean a cell tower will be approved; it is just an agreement the Village will work with them to some extent.  Trustee Kane asked how much revenue is expected from Nextel.  Village Manager Herbek replied about $1800 per month for the ground lease at the salt shed; $2000 for the municipal building; a co-locater should be about 10% additional; he will compare this with other municipality leases.  Trustee Wiegman asked what presentations they have to make for health impacts.  Attorney Stecich replied that this will be part of the special permit process.

d)      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, on June 1, 2004 the Village appointed the Croton Housing Network to be the developer for the Symphony Knoll affordable housing project; and

WHEREAS, The Village has been working with the Croton Housing Network and the Westchester County Department of Planning on the development of the Symphony Knoll Affordable Housing Project; and

WHEREAS, the goal of the Symphony Knoll Affordable Housing Project is to construct 11 units of affordable housing at 15-25 Mount Airy Road for persons of over age 55 who meet County income eligibility criteria; and

WHEREAS, the Croton Housing Network has submitted a completed part I of the Full Environmental Assessment form; and

WHEREAS, the Village Board of Trustees must consider the environmental impacts of constructing Symphony Knoll,

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED: that the Village Board of Trustees declares its intent to serve as lead agency for this action,
AND BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED:  that the Village Board authorizes the circulation of Part I of the Environmental Assessment Form to The Village of Croton on Hudson Planning Board, the Westchester County Board of Legislators, the Westchester County Industrial Development Agency, and the Westchester County Department of Planning.

e)      On motion of Trustee Steinberg, 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 first 1,600 feet of the road leading from Municipal Place to the Half Moon Bay Condominiums and Elliott Way is known as Hudson River Drive; and

WHEREAS, the Southern Access Road that connects Croton Point Avenue with the south end of the Half Moon Bay Condominium complex is soon to be opened and needs to be named; and

WHEREAS, it is desired that there be one name for the entire road that connects from Municipal Place to Croton Point Avenue; and

WHEREAS, Finkelstein Tire Warehouse has agreed to a name change for their address provided that they can keep the 1 address number and that the renaming won’t become effective until January 1, 2006,

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED:  that the Village Board of Trustees hereby names the entire road which begins at Municipal Place, goes through the Half Moon Bay Condominium Complex, and ends at Croton Point Avenue to be Half Moon Bay Drive,
AND BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED:  that January 1, 2006 will be the effective date for the name change of Hudson River Drive to Half Moon Bay Drive.


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

WHEREAS, Hunter Street has been known over the years as Hunter Street and Hunter Place; and

WHEREAS, the Village Engineer’s office has records such as deeds, property record cards, and tax maps referring to Hunter Street and Hunter Place; and

WHEREAS, there has been other inconsistencies with the way the street has been referred to among the NYS Dept of Transportation Local Highway Inventory, 911, the Town of Cortlandt, and the Post Office; and

WHEREAS, it is important for emergency services, the post office, and Village records to be consistent,

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED:  that the Village Board of Trustees hereby designates the official name of this road located between Old Post Road North and Farrington Road to be Hunter Place,
AND BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED:  that the Village Board of Trustees authorizes the purchase of new street signs to read Hunter Place.

g)      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:

WHEREAS, on October 4, 2005 the Village Board approved a resolution authorizing the Village Manager to sign the intermunicipal agreement with Westchester County conveying the title of the southern access road to the Village and giving the Village the responsibility to maintain the road and 8-foot-wide pathway to be used as a bicycle and walking trail; and

WHEREAS, the intermunicipal agreement cannot go into affect until metes and bounds descriptions of the new road, pathway, and 5-foot easement can be prepared; and

WHEREAS, the surveyor utilized by the County for the initial survey work for this project has given the Village a quote for the metes and bounds descriptions needed; and

WHEREAS, it is desired to have the road open and utilized as soon as possible,

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED:  that the Village Board of Trustees hereby ratifies the signature of the Village Manager authorizing the surveyor Dennis Walden, Land Surveyor, to prepare the three necessary metes and bounds descriptions at a total cost of $4,850,
AND BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED:  that this amount is to be charged to account #1940.400.
        Discussion: Trustee Kane asked if this meets the requirements for the bid process.  Village Attorney Stechic replied that it must be over $10,000 and surveyors are on the list of professions that the municipalities do not have to go out to bid.

h)      On motion of Trustee Brennan, 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 does not have space to store and compost its leaves; and

WHEREAS, it is necessary to truck the leaves to a yard waste transfer site; and

WHEREAS, the Village of Ossining owns a facility known as the Old Highway Garage on Water Street where it stores its own organic waste; and

WHEREAS, the Village of Ossining will allow the Village to deposit its collected organic yard waste at the Old Highway Garage at a cost of $20 per ton,

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED:  that the Village Manager is hereby authorized to sign the agreement with the Village of Ossining for the storing of its leaves at a cost to the Village of $20 per ton.
Discussion:  Trustee Wiegman asked how much will this cost for the fall.  Village Manager Herbek replied that it was $18 per ton last year.  Trustee Kane added that the Board must think about where to truck the leaves as the letter from Ossining says this will not be available next year.        

i)      Upon request of Trustee Kane and consensus of the Board, this resolution was pulled from the Agenda pending further discussion at a work session.
j)      On motion of Trustee Steinberg, seconded by Trustee Brennan, the following resolution was adopted unanimously by the Board of Trustees of the Village of Croton-on-Hudson, New York:

WHEREAS, Local Law No. 4 of 2004 established gateway overlay districts within the Village; and

WHEREAS, one of the prohibited uses in the gateway overlay districts is drive-through windows for commercial establishments; and

WHEREAS, the owner of the property of 379 S Riverside Avenue is considering the construction of a new free standing building on this property to be occupied by Washington Mutual as a bank; and

WHEREAS, the question has been raised as to whether a drive-through ATM should be considered a drive-through window as specified in the Gateway Law; and

WHEREAS, Local Law Introductory No. 4 of 2005 has been drafted amending Chapter 230, Zoning, Section 230-4, Terms defined, to include a definition of drive-through Windows,

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED:  that the Village Board of Trustees hereby calls for a Public Hearing on November 21, 2005 at 8 pm in the Stanley H. Kellerhouse Municipal Building to consider Local Law Introductory No. 4 of 2005, amending Chapter 230, Zoning, Section 230-4, Terms defined, to include a definition of drive-through Windows.

Discussion: Trustee Wiegman asked why this is happening.  Village Attorney Stecich replied that in reviewing this local law, it would be better to define what is intended as drive-through window in the code; it would be permitted only by a use variance which is almost impossible; it is the intent of the Board that a drive-through window would not include ATMs; an applicant has asked for an interpretation of the law, rather than give an interpretation, it is better to define the term which would apply to all drive-throughs.  
k)      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:

WHEREAS, the Village of Croton on Hudson maintains a record of its fixed assets, and

WHEREAS, in order to continue being in compliance with the GASB 34 requirements and to continue the MUNIS system conversion, a current inventory and reconciliation of the Village’s fixed assets is necessary, and

WHEREAS, the Village requested proposals from consultants to complete such inventory and reconciliation of its assets, and

WHEREAS, two proposals have been received in the treasurer’s office, and

WHEREAS, Z&Z Enterprises, Inc submitted a proposal to perform a physical inventory and reconciliation of the assets of the Village of Croton on Hudson at a cost of $16,000.

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED:  that the Village Manager is hereby authorized to sign the agreement with Z&Z Enterprises, Inc. to do a physical inventory and reconciliation of the Village’s fixed assets.
AND BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED:  that the Village Treasurer is authorized to transfer $16,000 from the General Fund’s contingency account number A1990.4000 to account A1325.4000.

l)      On motion of Trustee Wiegman, seconded by Trustee Brennan, the Board of Trustees of the Village of Croton-on-Hudson, New York unanimously approved the request for extension of a building permit for the Jacob residence, 38 Farrington Road, as recommended by the Planning Board in their letter dated 11/4/05; the $50.00 fee was received.
 
CITIZEN PARTICIPATION – NON-AGENDA ITEMS:

Pat Barua asked how an ATM machine is going to be defined, as part of a bank or any ATM.  Village Attorney Stecich replied that if a walk up ATM, it is not under consideration.  Ms. Barua asked for clarification on the sewer rent; is she correct in that the Board has not established the rent for now, but has passed the law.  Mayor Schmidt replied that is correct

Bob Wintermieir stated that there were comments regarding who came up with the sewer rent idea and based on previous meetings, he heard the recommendation came from staff.  Mr. Wintermieir stated also that the Village has had problems with parking on sidewalks for years and suggested odd-even street parking.  Mr. Wintermieir stated that he has been in favor of drive-throughs; it benefits seniors & parents with young kids and is favor of pharmacy drive-throughs as well as banks; but he is not in favor of road bumps.

Don Daubney, 45 Bungalow Rd., stated that he came before the board 1½ years ago regarding trees that may become a danger to streets and power lines; some attention was given to that initially but he urged the Board to do a semi-annual on-going study; there are still trees that might be of danger to citizens.

        
8.  APPROVAL OF MINUTES:
Trustee Brennan made a motion to approve the minutes of the Regular Board Meeting held October 17, 2005 as corrected.  Trustee Kane seconded the motion.  The Board voted approval with Trustee Wiegman abstaining.

9. REPORTS:
Village Manager Herbek no report

Trustee Wiegman reported that the next work session is Monday the 14th.  Village Manager Herbek added that the next environmental law review will take place on the 28th; the last work session of the calendar year is scheduled for December 12th.  Trustee Wiegman reported that the Saw Mill Audubon Society has installed new interpretive signs at Brittan Brook Sanctuary. He reminded everyone that Election Day is tomorrow; voting takes place at county or local neighborhood, places.  Trustee Wiegman asked when the cell tower lease language is firmed up, please post the final form; he has received inquiries.  Trustee Wiegman asked if the sewer rent calculations made in April fall short, what happens if it runs in the red?  Treasurer Zambrano replied that when budget process commences in April, the expenses for the next fiscal year will be determined. Trustee Wiegman asked if we are flagging & tracking expenses more carefully?  Trustee Zambrano replied that this is correct, and he will be able to keep track of man hours whenever any kind of sewer work is done.

Trustee Kane no report

Trustee Steinberg reported that the Journal News has good editorials regarding two proposals on tomorrow’s ballot.  He offered congratulations to members of the girls’ swim team who placed in their events.  Trustee Steinberg reported that the Van Cortlandt Manor Jack o’ Lantern blaze was awesome and recommends residents to attend next year.

Trustee Brennan congratulated the Croton HS girls’ volleyball team who played in the sectionals this week.   He reminded residents that the community center meeting will be held on Wednesday at 7:30 pm in the Municipal building; everybody is welcome.

Mayor Schmidt reported that on there will be a short ceremony at 11 am on Veteran’s Day, Friday, Nov 11th.  He stated that after tonight’s regular meeting is adjourned; the Board will be meeting with Village Attorney Stecich in the Manager’s Office for advice of counsel.

Trustee Brennan made a motion to adjourn.  Trustee Steinberg seconded the motion; approved unanimously.  The meeting was adjourned at 10:55 p.m.


Respectfully submitted,

Phyllis A. Bradbury
Phyllis A. Bradbury, Secretary



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Village Clerk