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Board of Trustees Minutes 01-03-05
A Regular Meeting of the Board of Trustees of the Village of Croton-on-Hudson, NY was held on Monday, January 3, 2005 at the Municipal Building, Van Wyck Street, Croton-on-Hudson, NY 10520.

The following officials were present:

        Mayor Elliott                           Trustee Grant
Village Manager Herbek          Trustee Wiegman
        Treasurer Zambrano              Trustee Schmidt
        Village Attorney Waldman                Trustee Kane

Mayor Elliott called the meeting to order at 8:05 p.m.  Everyone joined in the Pledge of Allegiance.


Trustee Wiegman 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.

                General Fund                    $45,106.46  
                Water Fund       135.00                                 
                Capital Accounts         250.00
        Trust & Agency          500.00  

        a.      David Goldman, 76 Young Avenue, asked what effect the Federal cut-backs for affordable housing will have on the Symphony Knoll reimbursement.  Mayor Elliott replied that he did not believe the potential reductions would have any impact on this project and suggested that Mr. Goldman discuss this further with the Housing Network. Mr. Goldman asked if, out of the money spent for negotiations, was anything spent that was not for legal fees for Metro Enviro.  Village Attorney Waldman replied that he did not believe so.
        b.      Bob Wintermeir, 43 Radnor Ave., referred to an article in the Gazette about a possible 15% tax increase and suggested that the Board look at where the money is spent such as the extra man who has been hired for the police force and overtime; look at the $120,000 the Library is asking for; he feels that this belongs in the school budget.  Regarding police cars-why are extra cars being used to sit as decoys.  Mayor Elliott replied that these police cars are being used to deter speeders; the vehicles are not usable and would be scrapped otherwise. Mr. Wintermeir suggested also looking at grants and the sidewalk project as well as carryover service expenses.  Village Manager Herbek replied that all this is explained in the current Village newsletter which outlines the Village expenses specifically.  Mr. Wintermeir was given a copy of the newsletter.  Mr. Wintermeir questioned how money was loaned to the Affordable Housing Network to acquire the property.  Village Manager Herbek replied that the Village did not loan them any money; the Village owns the property which will be sold to Westchester County and the Village will receive all costs for the property plus expenses; however, there is no date yet set for this settlement.

c)      Tom Brennan, N. Riverside, asked what happened with the contractor who was dumping material by the Skateboard Park.  Village Manager Herbek replied that they have verified that there was only one instance of dumping and the amount of material put there is very close to what was documented.  Mr. Brennan, regarding the sidewalk program, stated that 4 residents had sidewalk improvement over $5000, well above the average; the Board should look very hard at requests.  Mr. Brennan added that tomorrow there is a hearing scheduled in White Plains on solid waste and recycling laws.  Village Manager Herbek responded that he is aware of this hearing which is only to receive public comments; he has been in contact with Mr. Berger of Westchester County Public Works with his concerns about the possibility of the County’s establishing a $20,000 annual fee for all storage yards; this would be of major concern to all municipalities as each has one or more such facilities.  Mr. Brennan stated that there is a need to tighten up on C&D regulations, especially those that are not monitored such as the operation in the Village.  Trustee Grant replied that when she visited MetroEnviro on December 28, she noticed that Westchester County Dept. of Health, the DEC and the Solid Waste Commission had all signed in at different times as of Dec. 27th, so this facility is being monitored.

d)      Susan Koenig, 37 Elmore, stated that Legislator Abbinanti is doing a good job staying on top of regulations.  She added that the intersection of Rts. 9 and 9A is a mess and needs a clean up; she suggested imposing a fine on those that are creating the mess.  Ms. Koenig inquired how the Village will be reimbursed for Symphony Knolls if there are going to be cut-backs on affordable housing financing.  Trustee Wiegman replied that the cut-backs are not related to this project; the story was about an agency in Ossining.  Mayor Elliott added that Section 8 is possibly facing cut-backs, but this is unrelated to Symphony Knolls.  Ms. Koenig noted that the agenda shows there will be a work session tonight and asked what the topic is.  Village Manager Herbek replied that they will be prioritizing left over items and the Village Engineer will be giving reports.


a)      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:

RESOLVED:       that the annual Village Election of the Village of
                        Croton on Hudson, NY, shall be held Tuesday,
                        March 15, 2005, at the following polling place:

                        Community Room, Municipal Building

                        in the Village of Croton on Hudson, at which election
                        the polls will be open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.

The Board unanimously agreed to hold over review of the minutes of December 20, 2004 to the next Board meeting.

Village Manager Herbek reported that the North County News issue of January 26, 2005 will be running a feature article on Croton-on-Hudson.

Trustee Grant wished everyone a Happy New Year and offered an ‘olive branch’ to those here tonight and those who will be involved in the upcoming political season.

Trustee Wiegman made a motion to adjourn.  Trustee Grant seconded the motion; approved unanimously.  The meeting was adjourned at 8:30 p.m.  The Board adjourned to Executive Session to discuss interpretation of the minutes of a previous meeting.

Respectfully submitted,

Phyllis A. Bradbury, Secretary

Village Clerk